[Event "CAGP Round 1"] [Site "lichess.org"] [Date "2020.04.04"] [Round "?"] [White "AlbertoMuniz"] [Black "delriver"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B20"] [WhiteElo "2224"] [BlackElo "2073"] [Annotator "CaissaHK"] [PlyCount "71"] [EventDate "2020.??.??"] {A duel between coach Alberto Muniz (AlbertoMuniz) and former Caissa coach David Rivas (delriver), which turned out to be decisive for the first place.} 1. e4 c5 2. b3 {White aims to avoid the open Sicilian. With this sideline he plans to his bishop on the long diagonal, often combined with a quick queenside development and castling there.} d5 $6 {Black immediately responds by attacking the center.} (2... d6 3. Bb2 Nc6 4. Bb5 e5 {Is a way to try to neutralize the b2 bishop.}) 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. Nc3 {White gets his knight out for free.} Qd8 5. Bb2 Nf6 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Bb5 Bd7 8. Qe2 e6 9. Bxc6 {White is willing to give up the bishop pair to get a strong knight on d5.} Bxc6 10. Ne5 {[#]} Qc7 (10... Bxg2 $2 {Grabbing the pawn is much to dangerous for black.} 11. Rg1 Bc6 12. Nxc6 bxc6 13. O-O-O g6 14. Qf3) 11. O-O-O Bd6 (11... a6 { An important move to prevent white's next one.} 12. Nxc6 Qxc6 13. g4 {White has already finished his development and can think about attacking.}) 12. Nb5 $1 {Getting rid of the bishop pair and getting the b2 bishop to join the game.} Bxb5 13. Qxb5+ {[#]} Kf8 $5 (13... Nd7 {This move would put black into an annoying pin.} 14. Rhe1 Bxe5 15. Rxe5 O-O 16. Re3) (13... Ke7 $5) 14. f4 { Alberto's opening can be called a success. He has all his pieces developed, while David is struggling to get his king to safe place and his rooks into the game.} a6 15. Qe2 b5 16. Kb1 h5 $6 {Black plays on the wrong side of the board. This will make it easier for white to open the kingside. It would be better to start creating play on the queenside immediately.} (16... c4 17. bxc4 bxc4 18. Nxc4 Bxf4) 17. g3 (17. g4 $1 {Here Alberto misses a chance to exploit black's last move immediately.} hxg4 18. Nxg4 Nxg4 19. Qxg4 Rh7 20. h4 c4 21. Rdg1 g6 22. h5 $18) 17... Rh6 18. Rde1 Rc8 (18... c4 19. bxc4 Rc8 20. cxb5 axb5 { Now black can at least target the white king.}) 19. c4 $1 {[#] Stops black's plans dead in its tracks.} bxc4 20. Nxc4 Nd5 21. Rhf1 Kg8 22. h3 $2 {Too conservative.} (22. f5 Qd7 (22... exf5 23. Rxf5) 23. fxe6 Rxe6 24. Qxh5) 22... Rd8 23. Qf3 Bf8 {[#]} (23... a5) 24. g4 {Now Alberto finally starts with his attack.} hxg4 25. hxg4 Nb4 26. g5 Rh2 $1 {A good move looking for counterplay. Black needs to find a way to create threats against black's king. A passive defense will lead to a slow death.} (26... Rh7 27. g6 fxg6 28. Rxe6 Qf7 29. Qe4 {With a clear advantage for white.}) 27. g6 $1 {No time to waste!} fxg6 28. Rxe6 (28. f5 $1 Nd3 (28... gxf5 $4 29. Be5) 29. Rxe6 gxf5 30. Qxf5 Nxb2 31. Kxb2 {The white knight is keeping his king safe, freeing up his other pieces to keep attacking black's king. The black pieces lack communication, making it difficult to create any threats.}) 28... Nd3 (28... Qf7 {When defending it's imperative to bring enough pieces to your king. The queen is not only our strongest attacker, but also the strongest defender.}) 29. Bc3 $5 {Alberto prefers to keep his bishop on the board as it aids the attack from a distance.} (29. Rxg6 {Would leave white a healthy pawn up with his attack still ongoing.}) 29... Qf7 30. Qe4 Rh5 ({After} 30... g5 31. Rxa6 (31. f5 Rh4 32. Qg2 Rf4) 31... Nxf4 {David's position would still be unpleasant, but at least the material is equal.}) 31. Rxg6 Rf5 32. Rg4 Rd7 {[#] David's position is hanging by a thread. The queen is protecting g7, f5 and d7 and looks to be overloaded. Alberto tries to finish it off with a nice tactical blow, but a slow push would have been sufficient.} 33. Bxg7 $5 {A strong blow, especially when both clocks are running low on time. However, this move doesn't come without a risk.} (33. Ne3 Rh5 34. f5 a5 35. f6 {is enough to push black over the edge.}) 33... Bxg7 34. Rfg1 (34. Ne3 $1 {An important intermediate move.} Rf6 (34... Rh5 35. Rfg1 { Now it works.}) 35. Rfg1 Qe6 36. Qg2 Rff7 37. Rg6 Qe7 38. Nd5 Qd8 39. Nf6+ Qxf6 40. Rxf6 Rxf6 41. Qe2 {Even though the material is mathematically equal, black's vulnerable king gives white a big advantage.}) 34... Qf6 $2 {David succumbs under the pressure. He had a chance to survive though.} (34... Qd5 $1 {Offering the trade of queens and allowing the rook to come back to f8 in case of Qe8.} 35. Qxd5+ (35. Qe8+ Rf8) 35... Rfxd5 36. Nb6 Rd4 37. Nxd7 Rxd7 { And even though white should still be better, the worse for black has passed.}) 35. Qe8+ Qf8 (35... Kh7 36. Rh1+) 36. Qxd7 {1-0 Black resigns.} 1-0 [Event "CAGP Round 1"] [Site "lichess.org"] [Date "2020.04.04"] [Round "?"] [White "baffledBear"] [Black "Chanintelligent"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D35"] [WhiteElo "1948"] [BlackElo "1775"] [Annotator "CaissaHK"] [PlyCount "35"] [EventDate "2020.??.??"] [TimeControl "600+5"] [WhiteClock "0:07:53"] [BlackClock "0:08:48"] {Lukas Lam scored a convincing win with the white pieces against Channing Li in the duel between the 3rd and 4th place of the final standings.} 1. d4 { [%emt 0:00:05]} d5 {[%emt 0:00:05]} 2. c4 {[%emt 0:00:01]} e6 {[%emt 0:00:04] The Queen's Gambit Declined, very popular at the highest level.} 3. Nc3 { [%emt 0:00:02]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:03]} 4. cxd5 {[%emt 0:00:02]} exd5 {[%emt 0:00: 08]} 5. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Be7 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 6. Bf4 {[%emt 0:00:04] Another idea is to put the bishop on g5.} O-O {[%emt 0:00:05]} 7. e3 {[%emt 0: 00:03]} Nbd7 {[%emt 0:00:05]} (7... Bf5 {Developing the bishop first is an interesting idea that leads to a complicated position.} 8. Qb3 Nc6 $5 (8... b6 9. Ne5) 9. a3 (9. Qxb7 $2 Nb4)) (7... Nc6 $2 {This is a bad move because now black cannot play c6 or c5.}) (7... c5 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9. Bd3 Nc6 {Would lead to a typical isolated pawn position.}) (7... c6 $5 {Is a flexible move that leaves black's options open. After this he can still develop his bishop first before going with the knight to d7.} 8. Bd3 Bg4 9. Qc2 Nbd7) 8. Bd3 {[%emt 0: 00:03]} c5 {[%emt 0:00:03] Channing's idea is logical to put pressure on the center. However, this idea would have been better on the previous move. Channing will soon find out that in this case the knight belongs on c6.} 9. O-O {[%emt 0:00:12] [#] White just ignores black's previous move and finishes his development. How should black continue?} Qb6 $2 {[%emt 0:00:23] A first step in the wrong direction. Without the knight on c6, black is unable to put any pressure on d4. The knight from d7 doesn't have any square, so he cannot develop his bishop on c8.} (9... b6 {would have been the logical continuation. Black can put his bishop on b7.} 10. Rc1 Bb7 11. Qc2 a6) 10. b3 {[%emt 0:00:14] } Qb4 $2 {[%emt 0:00:11] A second step in the wrong direction. The queen is going on a solo adventure.} 11. Qd2 {[%emt 0:00:13]} (11. Nb5 $1 {Is very strong} a6 12. a3 Qa5 13. Bc7 b6 14. b4 $1 cxb4 15. axb4 Qxb4 16. Qc2 $1 { Trapping the black queen with Rfb1 next move.}) 11... cxd4 {[%emt 0:00:13]} 12. exd4 {[%emt 0:00:05]} Nb6 {[%emt 0:00:14] [#] It seems like black finally solved his opening issues, being able to develop his bishop the next move. Unfortunately the queen on b4 doesn't have a whole lot of squares to go to.} 13. a3 $1 {[%emt 0:00:14]} Qa5 {[%emt 0:01:04]} 14. Rfe1 {[%emt 0:00:18] An intermediate move.} (14. b4 $1 {Would also have won a lot of material.} Bxb4 ( 14... Nc4 15. Bxc4 Qd8 16. Bd3) 15. axb4 Qxb4 16. Rfb1 Qe7 17. Rxb6) 14... Be6 {[%emt 0:00:25]} (14... Bxa3 {stops b4, but...} 15. Nb5 $1 Qxd2 16. Bxd2 Bb2 17. Ra2 $1 {Now leaves the bishop trapped!}) 15. b4 {[%emt 0:00:28] the queen is still trapped.} Bxb4 {[%emt 0:00:07]} 16. axb4 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Qxb4 { [%emt 0:00:02]} 17. Ne4 {[%emt 0:00:33] A nice move from white to force the trade of queens.} Qxd2 {[%emt 0:00:18]} (17... Qe7 18. Nxf6+ gxf6 (18... Qxf6 19. Bg5 {And now the queen gets trapped on the other side!}) 19. Bg3 {And as the white pieces are coming towards black's king, this also looks terrible.}) 18. Nxf6+ {[%emt 0:00:03] And black resigned as the remaining position doesn't leave him much hope. A very strong game by Lukas.} 1-0