Arizona vs Baltimore
- IM Mackenzie Molner (ARZ) vs GM Giorgi Margvelashvili (BAL) 1/2-1/2
- IM Tegshsuren Enkhbat (BAL) vs IM Levon Altounian (ARZ) 1/2-1/2
- IM Mark Ginsburg (ARZ) vs NM Jared Defibaugh (BAL) 0-1
- NM Richard Selzler (BAL) vs WFM Amanda Mateer (ARZ) 1-0
As Amanda and I remarked recently, we were just “not feeling it” during this match. Let’s see the games.
Board 1. Molner-ARZ – GiorgiM-BAL [C41]
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.g3 Be7 6.Bg2 0-0 7.0-0 b6 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Nh4 g6 10.Bh6 Re8 11.Qe2 a5 12.Rfd1 c6 13.Nf5 gxf5 14.exf5 Qc7 15.Nb5 cxb5 16.Bxa8 Nc5 17.g4 Kh8 18.Bg2 Nxg4 19.Qxg4 Rg8 20.Qh3 Qc6 21.f3
This is looking very unhealthy for white.
Black did not need more than a draw considering the match situation.
Board 2 Enkhbat-BAL – Altounian-ARZ [D21]
The battle lines are drawn. Black is up a pawn and white has freedom and the bishop pair. In the game, black defends tenaciously and even has a chance to be better near the end.
8.Nc3 Nc6 9.0-0 e6 10.Nb5 Qa5 11.Nd6+ Bxd6 12.Qxd6 Ne4 13.Qf4 Qf5 14.Qh4 Nf6 15.Rac1 Qg4 16.Qxg4 Nxg4 17.Bc5 Bd7 18.Rfd1 Nf6 19.Nd2 b6 20.Ba3 Nd4 21.Bc4 Nb5 22.Bxb5 Bxb5 23.Rc2 Bd3 24.Rc3 Ba6 25.Rdc1 Rd8 26.Rc7 Rd7 27.Nf3 Nd5 28.Rxd7 Kxd7 29.Ne5+ Ke8 30.Nc6 Kd7 31.Ne5+ Ke8 32.Nc6 f6 33.Nd4 Kd7 34.Rc6 Nf4 35.Rd6+ Kc7 36.Nxe6+ Nxe6 37.Rxe6 Rd8 38.Re7+ Rd7 39.Rxd7+ Kxd7 40.Bf8 g6 1/2-1/2
Board 3 Ginsburg-ARZ – Defibaugh-BAL [A34]
I should have studied the Botvinnik-Smyslov World Championship 1958 match book more closely before the game. This position occurred quite a bit.
Botvinnik came to the conclusion white should be going for d2-d4 instead of what I did. However, considering the huge miss I had at move 12, what I was doing here was OK.
Obviously 12. Bf4 was correct with Nf3-e5 coming and I cannot explain why I did not play it. Black cannot react with 12. Bf4 e5? as I can just take that pawn. Well, I had been bitten by a spider earlier in the day. Rather than give me super-powers, it appeared instead to make me very feeble at the board!
To show how feeble I was, I knew about the a5 resource and had decided only to do a2-a4 with knights traded off, but then I forgot about this key consideration.
Now white’s position makes no sense at all and the collapse is mercifully quick.
Our Board 4 managed to follow in my footsteps and also produce a stinker.
Board 4 Selzler-BAL – Mateer-ARZ [B42]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Bc5 6.Nb3 Be7 7.Qe2 d6 8.c4 Nd7 9.f4 Qc7 10.Nc3 Ngf6 11.0-0 b6 12.Bd2 Bb7 13.Rae1 Nc5 14.Nxc5 bxc5 15.e5 Nd7 16.exd6 Bxd6 17.Ne4 Be7 18.Bc3 Nf6 19.Ng5 Qc6 20.f5 e5 21.Bxe5 0-0 22.Nf3 Rfe8 23.Qc2 Rad8 24.Qc3 Qd7 25.Bc2 Ng4 26.Bxg7 f6 27.h3 Kxg7 28.hxg4 h6 29.Be4 Kh7 30.Bxb7 Qxb7 31.Re6 Rg8 32.Rfe1 Rd7 33.Qe3 Rg7 34.b3 Bd8 35.g5 hxg5 36.Ne5 Rde7 37.Ng6 Rxe6 38.Qh3+ 1-0