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Sardinia Round 3 - My game with Tom Warner

I found this game interesting and hence posting it. Pretty complex game with both not castling. Tom came up with a very nice tactic on move 32 with 32...Ng5 only to just spoil it few moves later. I returned the favor and then time pressure was not able to hold the position with some precise play by Tom. I have added some of my comments. Your comments welcome as well.


  1. Wow - what a great game by both Tom and Harish. Way better than the last Scandinavian game I looked at:

    Gary Kasparov-David Letterman, 1990 (B01)

    1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qe6+ 4.Be2 Nc6 5.d4 Qg6 6.Nf3 Qxg2 7.Rg1 Qh3 8.d5 Na5 9.Nb5 Qd7 10.Bf4 Nf6 11.Nxc7+ Kd8 12.Ne5 Qxc7 13.Nxf7+ Ke8 14.Bxc7 Kxf7 15.Bxa5 Bf5 16.Qd4 Bxc2 17.Rc1 Be4 18.Rc7 Rd8 19.d6 b6 20.Bc3 Bd5 21.Qe5 Be6 22.Qxf6 gxf6 23.Bh5# mate.


  2. It will be an interesting endgame after 56.a4 instead of 56.Bxc2

  3. It's fascinating and mind boggling after a4. I got dizzy trying to play this out in my head. Reluctant to see what Fritz says. Let's play this out a few times Wednesday at Wegman's. Here's the plan ... you play white with a4. I'll play Tom's position as black. If you beat me, then play Vic. If you beat Vic, then play Mark. If you beat Mark, then play Marijan and Barry. If you beat Marijan and Barry, then play Sam. If you beat Sam, then I agree - Tom is doomed by a4! Of course, Tom, you're always welcome at Wegman's to watch the "woulda, coulda, shoulda"!

  4. I agree, playing out such end games, will be a very nice excercise. will try it out.

  5. I might be wrong but I do not think black could save the game. I would gladly take white after 56.a4, but would pass opportunity to play black...

  6. A few thoughts:
    Yes I would have repeated moves as I only needed a draw to win the tourney.
    I thought on move 12 you took too long to play NxB and that got you into time trouble.
    56.a4 probably wins, Do you think if I play 54...Rg2 chasing the bishop before pushing the pawn would at least draw?
    good game!

  7. I had not decided at move 12 if I was going to leave my king in the middle and hence my delay in Nxg6. After that, with your h file open, I will not be able to castle (atleast it looks dangerous). So it was a tough decision at that point. But yes, that did cost me a lot of time.
    54...Rg2 is definitely annoying for White although in the time pressure I was in, you would have won with almost any legal move at that point. I dont see where to place the bishop after 54...Rg2 where it cannot be attacked again. So I suppose it is an immediate draw.

  8. Very hard fought game, bravo to both competitors! I believe white is winning as early as 48. not f3? but f4!! Also I believe everyone is right a4 is winning!!


  9. Weirdly, I get a java.lang.NullPointerException and cannot see this game:

    () only on my Intel Mac,
    () only on Firefox, not Apple's own Safari browser, and
    () only on this game---the Moro-Lagrave game is fine!

    I wonder if there is anything you did differently here, or whether this info might be useful for debugging (to whom?)...

  10. I.e. on Windows---even Windows virtual machines on this selfsame Mac---everything is fine. Anyone else got an Intel Mac?

  11. I cannot see ANY game with Chess Viewer Deluxe. My errors go a little something like this:

    Exception in thread "DownloadPGNThreadName" java.lang.NullPointerException
    at sun.awt.X11.XMenuPeer.repaintMenuItem(


    (Debian i686)

    I dunno. May this have something to do with the windowing system?

  12. Fixed the problem. I think that Java5 had some unresolved problems with X11. Upgrading to Java6 cleared everything up. - Tom

  13. I cant recollect doing anything different for this game as opposed to the Moro-Lagrave game. I chose this viewer as it had got some very good reviews and it even works on my windows mobile 6.1 on my htc sprint phone.

  14. Ken, et al,

    I asked a chess playing/Mac-owning friend to
    take a look at our blog, more particularly the
    game in question. He, too, is unable to see the
    game using Firefox on his Intel-based Mac but
    can, like Ken, when using Safari. It would be
    interesting to know what Java plugin version
    are attached to these 2 different browsers.


  15. Congratulations Tom on breaking the 1800 barrier. Just maybe it is due the back pressure of the Southtowns protegee Mad Dog Madden continuing his quick climb behind you.

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