I played this blitz game on chess.com today. Each player had 5 minutes each on the clock to start with, for the whole game. The graphics below show the time left to each player after the game was finished.
Never know what is the best move for Black here. Has white played the Grand Prix attack? I think various players at my club play this in response to the Sicilian. I don’t understand it at all and often come unstuck. This is what I played:
2. … e6
Which leaves me feeling uneasy about Black’s white bishop. White responded with
Which is what White always seems to play in this situation, so I guess this fellow knew what he was doing? I’ve got into all kinds of trouble in the past by trying to ignore the centre of the board, so I played:
3. … d5
and I did ‘the same’:
4. … exd5
Next Black decided to prepare for castling, with:
I developed a piece with:
5. … Nf6
because I wanted to castle on the same side of the board as white. White immediately castled, I got my Bishop in front of my King and prepared to castle:
Next white played:
and I thought, if I don’t castle now, I never will, so that’s what I did:
7. … 0-0
White’s next move I thought was weak. It seemed to me that by playing
White messed up the chances of further developing its black bishop. Club players will be affronted at this point for me not using the phrase ‘dark squared bishop’ but that expression drives me potty so instead I prefer to talk about White’s black bishop. Is everyone following …? Yes, thought so.
I decided to capitalise on the situation by making, if possible, my black bishop good and his weak. Perhaps I should have developed a piece, perhaps with 8. … Nc6 instead? I played:
8. … c4
I decided to continue the plan of making it a game about the black bishops, by developing my white bishop to a position from which it could go to an exchange:
9. … Bf5
In this position, I thought that I had overcome whatever the strengths of White’s opening might have been. Was I right? White played a bad move here:
and, in my humble opinion this is where it began to go downhill for white. As already explained, I had more or less decided to let go of my white bishop, so I played
10. … Be4
which left White’s knight flailing on the board’s rim, with nowhere obvious to go.
Thus White captured Black’s white bishop, which was my bad bishop. I recaptured with my knight, leaving it in a tasty spot in the middle of the board.
11. … Nxe4
White’s knight on the edge of the board is now hanging under a threat of immediate capture, due to the discovered attack realised by my last move.
White had to get its knight back into the game after all. I didn’t want my lovely black bishop taken out of the equation so I moved it to somewhere it had flight squares from:
12. … Bb4
White played into my hands with
so naturally I just put my lovely black bishop on the aforementioned flight square:
13. … Ba5
White united its rooks with
I decided I wanted to get my pawns onto white squares to let that lovely black bishop have maximum freedom, so I pushed the White knight away with
14. … g6
Predictably, white played:
and I attacked it again with
15. … Kg7
Then there was a flurry of swift moves, probably because my game was going to plan and White was short of time
16. Ng4 f5
17. Nf2 Re8
18. Nxe4 Rxe4
19. Rf3 Qe7
20. Kf2 Nd7
Leaving the position looking like this:
21. b3 b5
Why my club opponents never play these helpful moves is a mystery to me. Perhaps it is because they decline to play the 5 minute game?
22. … Bc7
Perhaps I was being hasty but by this time my opponent had insufficient time on his clock to play sensibly.
23. … Nf6
White played that move to stop me checking its King with my knight on g4
Obviously I was having doubts about the merits of the previous spot I’d placed my bishop.
White seemed to be missing the point of my game?
25. … Bc7
26. Qd2 Re8
27. Bd1 a6
My bishop has now achieved potentially perfect mobility with all the pawns on squares of the opposite colour
I’m not bothered by this, with a safe retreat lined up.
28. … Re6
Now, this might get interesting I thought. Surely I’ve got to press my attack or sit around and wait to be attacked?
29. … Ne4+
with a nice little fork on the Queen, classic stuff.
What a busy square e4 has been! White couldn’t let the fork on the Queen proceed so it exchanges instead its good bishop and I get to put my rook back on that square.
30. … Rxe4
Certainly I was concerned about this move, with the potential of creating a genuine attack on my King.
Time, as Mick Jagger once claimed with some justification, is on my side, I thought.
31. … Kh8
32. gxf5 gxf5
I was initially troubled by this but after a momenet’s reflection, I decided to play
33. … Qh4
preventing White’s forward rook from moving for the time being.
White acts to unpin his King immediately. No doubt time pressure played a part in the decision where! I continue to play fast:
34. … Rxe3+
35. Qxe3 Rxe3+
White’s attack would be okay if it had the initiative but…
36. … Qe7+
37. Kf3 Qe4+
38. Kf2 Qxf4+
Perhaps that wasn’t the most elegant set of moves I have ever played but, hey, I’m trying to concentrate too.
39. Ke2 Qe4+
and it’s all over for White, with my Black’s lovely black bishop’s discovered attack revealed.
40. Kd2 Bxg3
and white resigned.
I’d be grateful for any comments you may wish to share on this game, especially in the opening, where I think I was lucky to survive.