Merv Morrison 2008 – Day 1

Over Labour Weekend I was in the Merv Morrison Chess Tournament at my local club, The Auckland Chess Centre. I was in the under 1700 rating division. I thought I’d post a little about it. It also gives me the excuse to test the Chess by Blog plugin for wordpress.

The Tournament was 6 rounds over 4 days ( 1 game Friday evening at 18:30, then 2 games at 09:30 and 16:00 on Saturday and Sunday plus one game at 09:30 on Monday) with 90 minutes for each player plus an additional 1 minute added for each move.

There were two divisions, a over-1700 ( NZCF rating points ) with 11 players and an under-1700 with 21 players.

The New Zealand ratings are due our at the start of November so I was hoping for a good result to push up my rating a little. I’m currently at 1261 by I’m probably playing closer to 1400.

My first game was against Bella Qian, who has a 650 rating against my 1260 rating, which means I should beat her 90-something percent of the time. However I wasn’t being careful ( silly really considering the fairly long time control ) and completely blew the game. You can follow the game below and my comments below.

[Event "Merv Morrison 2008, under 1700"]
[Site "Auckland Chess Centre"]
[Date "2008-10-24"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Bella Qian"]
[WhiteElo "646"]
[Black "Simon Lyall"]
[BlackElo "1261"]
[Result "1-0"]
[JsCom "startply 0"]

  1.      e4      e5
  2.     Nf3     Nc6
  3.     Bc4     Bc5 
  4.     Nc3     Nf6
  5.      d3     O-O
  6.     Bg5     d6
                { I probably should have played Be7 here to prevent the bad pawn structure after Bxf6 and gxf6 }
  7.      h3     a6
                { Na5 was a better way of attacking the Bishop on c4 }
  8.     Nd5      b5
  9.     Bb3     Nd4
                 { This is a bad idea, I should be swapping this Knight for the Bishop , not White's inactive Knight }
 10.    Nxd4    Bxd4
 11.   Nxf6+
 11.     ...    gxf6
 12.     Bh6     Re8
                { I'm down but 12 ... Bxb2 13 ... Bc3+ at least gets a pawn and forces White's King to move }
 13.      c3     Bb6
 14.     Qh5
 14.     ...     Be6
                { This move loses the game, The rest is a force mate by white }
 15.    Bxe6     Kh8
 16.    Qxf7     Rg8
 17.     Bf5     Rg6
 18.    Bxg6     Qg8
 19.    Qxf6+  
                { and I resign, Mate next move }