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 }