"...a Chessmaster should be a combination of a beast of prey and a monk."

Saturday, November 2, 2013

A beautiful finish

Too bad I was on the losing side!

OldChessDog (1261) - JabotScrob (1188)

Result: 1-0
Site: Chess.com
Date: 2013.11.02
[...] 1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.d4 exd4 4.♘xd4 ♕f6 5.♘b5 ♗c5 6.♗e3 ♗xe3 7.fxe3 ♕e5 8.♘1c3 a6 9.♘d4 ♘f6 10.♘f3 ♕e6 11.♗d3 O-O 12.♕e2 d5 13.♘xd5 ♘xd5 14.exd5 ♕xd5 15.♗c4 ♕f5 16.O-O-O ♕a5 17.♖d5 b5 18.♘g5 ♘b4 19.♕h5 h6 20.♕xf7 ♖xf7 21.♖d8#

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A fun game

I play the Italian game because it's recommended for beginners as a good intro to the open game that's less theoretical than the Spanish.  I try to have fun with it if I can.  For instance, I play 4. Ng5 against the 2 Knights mostly because I'm kind of hoping for a chance to launch a Fried Liver or Lolli attack.  It doesn't happen very often.  One idea I've seen played a couple of times, is 3...h6 before 4...Nf6 to prevent 4 Ng5.  Then I'm in the position of having to try to prove this wasted tempo a disadvantage.

One problem I have is that, for some reason, the Fried Liver stuck in my head but the Lolli didn't.  That would be fine except that I'm tormented any time I see 5...Nxd5 because the Lolli is supposed to be a lot better than the Fried Liver.  So part of me wants to launch 6 Nxf7 right away, but the other part wants to remember the Lolli and do that.

In this game we see the result of this confusion on my part.  I play 6 d4 and then instead of 7 O-O on the next move I play Nxf7 which is a kind of conflation of the two attacks.  I think the thing is that the moves of the Lolli kind of make sense to me in that if white can get those moves then the attack will be stronger.  However, I have a fear in the actual moment of losing the opportunity to play Nxf7.

Anyway, in the game it works out fine.  Looking at it right after the game I thought 7 Nxf7 is a blunder because of the possibility of 7...Qe7+.  This seemed to me on a superficial analysis to win the knight without giving white the attacking chances he gets for the sacrifice in the usual ways.  Then, looking at it now before posting I saw that on 8 Qe2 though it seems that white will actually end up even because the knight d5 is still hanging and any attempt to take the knight on f7 drops the d5 knight and any attempt to save the knight d5 allows Nxh8.  So my conclusion at this point is that Nxf7 really isn't a blunder there.  Still, maybe it's not very good because with best play by black the position is pretty level instead of there being this amazing attack.

Anyway, the game was a lot of fun to play, and of course I am happy with the win.  Here it is:

globulon (1446) - bora2003 (1426)

Result: 1-0
Site: Internet Chess Club
Date: 2013.09.20
[...] 1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗c4 ♘f6 4.♘g5 d5 5.exd5 ♘xd5 6.d4 exd4 7.♘xf7 ♔xf7 (7...♕e7 8.♕e2 ♕xe2 9.♔xe2 ♘b6 10.♗b3 ♖g8 11.♘d6) 8.♕f3 ♔e7 9.♗xd5 ♕d6 10.♗g5 ♔d7 11.O-O g6 12.♕f7 ♘e7 13.♖e1 ♕xd5 14.♖xe7 ♔c6 15.♕f6 ♕d6 16.♖xc7 ♔d5 17.c4 ♔e4 18.♘d2 ♔d3 19.♕f3 ♔c2 20.♕b3#

Friday, September 20, 2013


Making a move which simultaneously threatens mate in 1 and the capture of the opponent queen is all well and good unless they happen to have a reply that removes the queen from danger, wins a piece, puts you in check, and forces you to trade off your own queen that was a key part of the threatened checkmate.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thought process again

Well, the blunder problems I mentioned have been continuing.  I played another absolutely despicable game in the team league.  I actually decided to bench myself for this week as a result.

Again, I think the problem is thought process, and I made an attempt in my regular weekly game this week to focus on the checks, captures, and threats mantra while I was playing.  As I mentioned before, even if I don't religiously check that three times through on each turn (my opponents checks captures and threats if I do nothing, my own possible checks captures and threats, and my opponents checks captures and threats after my candidate move) I am at least more careful and focused.  I think a really big problem for me is that I start to get too much into my own plans and ideas and stop considering my opponents possibilities enough, to the point that I'm not even really checking if my candidate move leaves pieces unguarded or something.

Due to this, right now I am convinced that the absolutely best thing for my improvement is just to focus on improving my thought process while playing games.  I am firmly convinced that this is simply the most important thing I can do to improve my chess.  Tactics are second and are good but studying tactics is not going to help me if my thought process is sloppy, random, and riddled with oversights.

I guess the corollary to this though is just the idea that when I have to remind myself to only play when I am really feeling energetic enough to focus on my thought process in this way.  The problem is that if I am tired then I don't do the things I should and yet when I lose I still feel unhappy.

Rooting interest

It always seems a little weird to me to root for chess players for some reason.  I'm an off and on baseball fan and have a team that I root for.  For some reason that seems natural whereas there seems to me something absurd about rooting for chess players.  I'm not sure that I can put my finger on what it is.  Maybe because chess is an intellectual competition, the idea of cheering doesn't really seem to fit.  I think part of it is that for me at least, my sympathies have little to do with any actual technical appreciation of the players work and more to do with outside factors.

Still, it doesn't stop me.

One example is that I am a Hou Yifan fan.  Not sure why.  I don't know anything about her personality, but of course I am impressed by her abilities given how young she is.  I have been following the current match and seeing her winning so easily is again impressive.  It also struck me as unfair that she was champion in match play and then was forced to give up the title to a knock-out tournament.  These always give unpredictable results.

In the world championship coming up I am rooting for Magnus Carlsen.  I have to say that I am a fan of Anand as well but that I want to see Magnus win.  I think these have a bit more rational basis to them.  Anand has a reputation as being a nice guy and somehow that means something to me.  I have a strong dislike for intellectual arrogance and the idea that someone can be at the top and be pleasant is appealing to me.  I also rooted for him against Kramnik and Topalov.  Another part of the reason there was that Kramnik and Topalov's place in the cycles still had to do with negotiations from the unification of the federations.  (At least that was my understanding.)  The way I saw it, when Anand won it was putting to rest some of those final threads from the past.  I thought it would be good for chess to have that happen.  Certainly, Topalov seems to be a bad guy to me for accusing Kramnik of cheating. On the other hand, Kramnik has grown on me due the opportunities I have had to see him in the postgame analysis sessions and such.

On the other hand, it seems to me that Carlsen is a decent guy so his personality doesn't really count against him in my mind.  The real trump card though is that he is clearly the strongest player in the world and I have a strong feeling that it would be good for the title and the rank to go together.  That being said I don't mean that the matches should be done away with.  I really like them.  I would just much prefer a solid system where the challengers earn there place and the championship match is much closer to the elo peak than the last match between Anand and Gelfland was.  I would like to see Carlsen as champion and then see the other players striving to beat him, so that even if they fail, great chess will be played.  Not that it won't all be over my head :)

As far as some others go, I have to say I'm a Luke McShane fan.  I like that he is an amateur and yet still plays so well.  I also got to see some of the coverage from the London Chess Classic 2011 and had a favorable impression of him then, particularly with his win against Kramnik.

I also have a certain sympathy for Ivanchuk, perhaps because I feel I can relate to someone who is temperamental and uneven in performance.

There's also the question of historical players.

For instance, I would say I have a dislike of Bobby Fischer.  I really don't like the way his career ended nor the opinions he expressed later on in his life.

In some ways, Kasparov and Karpov are my archetypes of high level chess as I remember there matches from when I was a boy.  I don't mean that I followed their matches much, but I was sufficiently interested in chess at the time to be aware of their match in '87 and took a clipping of one of their games to class for a project about reading the newspaper.

Of course there are plenty of others that I may have some opinion of for some reason or another but these are my thoughts on the subject for today.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Back in the Saddle

Well, I had something of a break from chess for a few weeks. First, we took a trip back to the US for a family reunion type deal. Got to hang out in Seattle. I recommend the Victrola coffee shop there.

They have free tastings on Wednesdays that are fun.

After getting back from that trip it was only a short time later that my mom came to visit us here in Taipei.  We did various fun things like going over to Hualien to visit Taroko Gorge, a very beautiful place.

 On the other hand, during that time, I was able to set up a Team 4545 League team. It's my first go as a captain. Basically, I was a little disenchanted with being on other people's teams from last tournament. Not a big deal but I got kicked off of one team because of a schedule mix up. The captain had a rule that if you forfeit a game, then you are off the team. He had this rule every time and he always announces it at the beginning of the tournament so everyone knows. So I think it was fair that I got kicked off, so I'm not mad at him at all. Still, it seemed lame that I got kicked off just because I made a mistake in the times I offered and the other guy refused to even acknowledge that I had asked to reschedule. Then, the other team I was on used me for like one game and then I just was on the bench. So I decided to start my own team. I got lucky in that my friend that I play a regular weekly game with just happened to express interest right about then and gave me the extra prompting to do so. Anyway, I wouldn't say the process was easy. There were some mixups involving another team captain and such, but I negotiated the troubles and got us off the ground. Unfortunately, the tournament hasn't been going terribly well for us. So far we have only scored 2 game points and round 3 is almost over. We also have forfeited a game due to both a regular and the backup being unavailable on a given week. Still, it's been fun, and I'm happy to have my own team.

As far as getting back into playing, I've noticed that I have made a bunch of blunders since that break. I felt that I had gotten to a good place where I was making mistakes but not outright blunders. (I define a blunder as a mistake that is well below your normal capabilities). It seemed like I went through a period where I was quite frustrated by blunders, and that I got through it and was playing much more consistently and that my rating improved as a result. Since getting back, I've done things like imagining a sequence where I use a piece at the beginning and then later on in the sequence again use that piece as if it hadn't been moved. I lost a pawn due to that. Then I recently played a team league game where I dropped my queen from just not seeing that it wasn't guarded.

globulon (1461) - matthewc (1341)

Result: 0-1
Site: Internet Chess Club
Date: 2013.09.01
[...] 1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.♘d2 ♘f6 4.♘gf3 dxe4 5.dxe4 ♘c6 6.g3 ♗c5 7.♗g2 ♘g4 8.O-O ♗xf2 9.♖xf2 ♘xf2 10.♔xf2 ♘d4 11.c3 ♘xf3 12.♘xf3 ♕xd1 {Game 1554 (globulon vs. matthewc) globulon resigns

The funny thing is that I took plenty of time on the previous move and imagined the sequence that happened, I just didn't see that my queen wasn't protected. So after he played I just went ahead and made the response I had already imagined and then he immediately snagged my queen and I resigned. It was pretty embarrassing particularly because it was a team league game. Then last night I played a game, with opposite side castling and mutual attacks.

globulon (1457) - Toalla (1308)

Result: 0-1
Site: Internet Chess Club
Date: 2013.09.08
[...] 1.e4 c5 2.♘f3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.♘xd4 ♘f6 5.♘c3 a6 6.♗e2 e5 7.♘b3 ♗e6 8.♗e3 ♗e7 9.f3 ♘c6 10.♕d2 O-O 11.O-O-O b5 12.g4 b4 13.♘d5 ♖e8 14.h4 a5 15.♘xf6 gxf6 16.g5 a4 17.♖dg1 axb3 18.gxf6 ♔h8 19.♗h6 ♗xf6 20.cxb3 ♖xa2 21.♔b1 ♗xb3 22.♗g5 ♖a1 23.♔xa1 ♕a8 24.♔b1 ♕a2 25.♔c1 ♕a1# {Game 1265 (globulon vs. Toalla) globulon checkmated

I overestimated my attacking chances and underestimated his. There were a sequence of moves where I played to heighten my attack while ignoring his moves. Unfortunately, this so-called "heightening" really didn't amount to much and the moves he was making did. I class it as a blunder, because I was capable of seeing the situation more accurately but I let psychology distort the picture.

So, this has been a bit of a challenge for me because I really hate making blunders. So, the question is what do I do about it. One thing of course that I do is to look at the game and try to understand why I made the error. This can be a bit confusing though, because there can be contributing causes but the problem is to still find the more root causes. For instance, in the game where I dropped my queen, the opponent was playing at bullet speed in a 4545 game. He was also trading off every single piece he could. So I think because of that I got in the mindset that "This guys a clown." Now to be fair, I made attempts at my end to not get caught up in the pace he was playing at. I even purposefully stepped away from the computer to break up the intensity and not get caught up in a click war with him. My feeling was that I would win out against such an opponent if I just took my time and played my usual kind of game and used my time properly. Instead I hung my queen. So, the question is: "Where should I put the blame?" Was it the fact that in attempting to not get caught up in the click war I actually took myself out of the game? Was it just simple overconfidence? Or is it more general, that my thought process is really suspect and that the break has brought to the fore again the fact that I am really not systematic in my play?

I think one thing I did before that helped me to make fewer blunders was to focus on my thought process during the game.  Doing the checks, captures, threats deal.  I wasn't very successful at actually instituting a rigid thought process on every move, but the attention to the process seemed to help none the less.  So the answer for me right now, is probably to get back to spending time on those things as often as I can.  I would just like to get back to feeling that I am playing at my own ability level instead of playing below it.

Other than that I have still been doing other things.  I played a simul on ICC against engineer78 again.

engineer78 (2326) - globulon (1457)

Result: 1-0
Site: Internet Chess Club
Date: 2013.09.07
[...] 1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗b5 a6 4.♗a4 ♘f6 5.O-O ♗e7 6.♖e1 d6 7.c3 O-O 8.d4 ♗g4 9.♗xc6 bxc6 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.♕xd8 ♖fxd8 12.♘xe5 ♖d6 13.♘xg4 ♘xg4 14.♗f4 ♖d7 15.h3 ♘f6 16.♘d2 ♖b8 17.♘c4 ♖b5 18.♖ad1 ♖xd1 19.♖xd1 ♘xe4 20.♗xc7 h6 21.♖d7 ♗c5 22.♔f1 ♗xf2 23.♖e7 f5 24.♖xe4 fxe4 25.♔xf2 ♖g5 26.♗f4 ♖c5 27.b3 ♖d5 28.♔e3 ♖d3 29.♔xe4 ♖xc3 30.♗d2 ♖c2 31.a4 ♔f7 32.♔d3 ♖a2 33.♘e5 ♔f6 34.♘xc6 ♔f5 35.♘b4 ♖a1 36.♘xa6 ♖g1 37.g4 ♔g6 38.a5 ♖f1 39.♘c5 ♖f6 40.a6 ♖f7 41.b4 ♖c7 42.♗e3 ♖c8 43.b5 ♖b8 44.a7 ♖a8 45.b6 {Game 939 (engineer78 vs. globulon) globulon resigns

I don't know what to think of these simul experiences.  It's cool in a way to play against a grandmaster, but I wonder after this last one about the quality of the games.  He's playing about 20 boards at 3030 each and of course he ended up in time trouble.  He was down to 19 seconds against me at one point.  I thought I might win on time.  Also, I don't think he is playing the best quality moves against me, so what should I make of the educational value?  Hard to say.

Other than that, I have been watching a couple of chessbase dvds.  One is Andrew Martin on the KID.  It's pretty good.  I think he is an engaging speaker.  Of course these dvd's seem kind of scattershot a lot of times.  They usually aren't very systematic at all.  Still they are fun to watch and I think.

The other dvd is the Daniel King Power Play 2  Attacking the King.  It's good, but I kind of blame it for my loss to Toalla above ; )   I think when I watch these, I start to imagine that I am an attacking genius for absolutely no reason.  So I think it's part of the overconfidence I had in that game.

I also have been playing some blitz against the Stockfish app.  Generally I am anti-blitz but against the computer it seems to be more educational for two reasons.  One, the computer plays book lines, so it can be good practice to memorize and familiarize with opening lines.  I actually feel pretty comfortable playing against the Sicilian as white because when I was getting back into chess in late 2011 I played a lot of games against the HIARCS app.  It would play the sicilian almost exclusively.  (As a side note, one thing I like about the Stockfish app is that when I play e4 against it it will play a good number of both c5 and e5.  I can't seem to get HIARCS to play that way, though I've messed with the book options a bit.)  So, I think that can be a real positive.  Of course, real opponents will deviate a lot but I think there is a confidence that comes with just being familiar with the positions and when someone deviates from what you are familiar with, it feels more like there is still some basis for comprehension.  The second reason that I think blitz against the computer is ok is that the computer is tactically sound even on lower settings.  It won't hang pieces and a lot of the time it will punish moves that leave me open to tactics.  This is good practice because it shows me where I am making a mistake.  If I just play crappy chess against someone my own level who is also playing crappy chess I just don't see what the good or fun is.  But if I am punished for my (at least more egregious) mistakes on a regular basis then I think I actually have a chance to improve through that process.

Here's a game I played against Stockfish where I actually started out as black and was happy to get to play KID.

Stockfish - Me

Result: *
Site: ?
Date: Sep 5, 2013
[...] 1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 g6 3.♘c3 ♗g7 4.e4 d6 5.♗e2 O-O 6.♘f3 ♘c6 7.O-O e5 8.d5 ♘e7 9.♘e1 ♘d7 10.♘f3 f5 11.♗d2 f4 12.♕c2 ♔h8 13.♗d1 ♘g8 14.♗e2 g5 15.c5 g4 16.♘xe5 dxe5 17.♗d1 ♘h6 18.♕a4 ♘f6 19.♕a3 g3 20.hxg3 fxg3 21.f3 ♘h5 22.♖e1 ♕h4 23.d6 ♕h2 24.♔f1 ♘f4 25.♗xf4 exf4 26.dxc7 ♗d4 27.♔e2 ♕xg2 28.♔d3

 I feel that I was able to use some ideas from the Andrew Martin dvd and that I actually got an attack going.  So, obviously I didn't win the game or I would have posted it that way, and I actually tried a couple of different lines from the end position that weren't very good.  Also keep in mind that the app strength is set to 1300 so it's not like I was playing against full strength opposition but again, I think as practice to play with some ideas it was good and I was happy that I felt like I was able to get something hopping on the king side.

Other than that, I did head back to the Wednesday live club once and had a good long game and some crappy blitz.  One nice thing about the crappy blitz was that it was using a clock, and I really have only played with an actual chess clock a couple of times in my life if at all.  I was planning on going to a tournament here that weekend so the practice with the clock was nice although it seemed to distract me a lot and take the fun out of the games.

I did go the tournament, unfortunately it was canceled.  So I just ended up hanging out in a hallway with a couple of other people that showed up.

Anways that's about all the chess news here.  I will be focusing on the thought process stuff, though I will likely keep up on watching videos and other random stuff as well.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I got schooled!

Here I'm black. I knew when he played d4 that he wasn't supposed to but I couldn't remember anything about what I should do. Anyway, I clearly went wrong. After the game I looked it up in "Fundamental Chess Openings" and sure enough I had read the passage covering the reply to this several times. This is the kind of occasion when I really want a do over. I don't mind losing that much when I was just outplayed but there was a strong sense that I should have played a better reply here and I really wished I had another chance at it.

Edy (1486) - Globulon (1420)

Result: 1-0
Site: ?
Date: 2013.07.23
[...] 1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗b5 a6 4.♗a4 ♘f6 5.O-O ♗e7 6.♖e1 d6 7.d4 b5 8.♗b3 d5
I should have played 8...♘xd4 9.♘xd4 exd4 10.♕xd4??10...c5 11.♕d1 c4 traps the bishop. This is called the 'Noah's Ark' trap. Of course my opponent might have had another idea in mind than playing Qxd4 but at least I would have been a pawn up and avoided this disaster.
9.dxe5 dxe4 10.♕xd8 ♘xd8 11.exf6 exf3 12.♖xe7 ♔f8 13.♖xc7 ♘e6 14.♗xe6 fxe6 15.fxg7 ♔g8 16.gxh8=♕

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Gioachino Greco - NN

Result: 1-0
Site: Europe
Date: 1620
[...] 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.♘f3 ♘e7? +0.00 (3...g5 -0.44) 4.h4? -0.44 (4.d4 d5 +0.00) 4...h5? -0.04 (4...d5 5.d3 -0.44) 5.♗c4 ♘g6 6.♘g5? -0.48 (6.d4 ♗e7 -0.07) 6...♘e5? -0.04
6...d5 7.♗xd5 ♗g4 8.♗xf7 ♔e7 9.♘c3 ♘xh4 10.♘d5 ♔d7 11.♗e6 ♗xe6 12.♘xe6 -0.48
7.♗b3 f6 8.♘h3? -0.37 (8.♘f3 d5 9.♗xd5 c6 10.♗b3 ♗c5 11.d3 ♕d6 12.♕e2 ♗g4 13.♗d2 b5 -0.04) 8...g5? +0.37
8...f3 9.gxf3 ♘bc6 10.c3 ♘d3 11.♔e2 ♘ce5 12.♗c2 ♘xc1 13.♕xc1 c5 14.♘f4 -0.37
9.hxg5 fxg5 10.d4 ♘f7? +1.17
10...♘g6 11.♕d3 ♘c6 12.e5 ♘gxe5 13.dxe5 ♘xe5 14.♕e4 ♗g7 15.♘c3 c6 16.♗d2 +0.37
11.g3 fxg3? +3.25 (11...d5 12.♗xd5 +1.17) 12.♗xf7 ♔xf7 13.♘xg5 ♔e8 14.♖xh5? +1.91
14.♕f3 ♕e7 15.♖xh5 g2 16.♗e3 ♖g8 17.♕xg2 ♕f7 18.♖h8 ♕g6 19.♖xg8 ♕xg8 +3.25
14...♖xh5? +156.50 (14...♕f6 15.♗e3 +1.91) 15.♕xh5 ♔e7 16.♕f7 ♔d6 17.♕d5 ♔e7 18.♕e5#

Publishing update

A quick update on the diagram situation.  Now what I am using is Aquarium 2012.  I use the "ibook HTML for blog" option after clicking the "Web Export" button in the ribbon on the "Publish" tab.

The one weird thing I ran into was that at first there were some problems with the board.  These problems were mysteriously cured when the number of the replay boards gets over 5 on the whole blog.  I can't explain why that is, but it's been repeatable for me that this solves the problems.

That should explain why I post the two games of mine and the Greco games.  Anyway, Greco's cool!

Another Greco game

Gioachino Greco - NN

Result: 1-0
Site: ?
Date: 1620
[...] 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.♗c4 ♕h4 4.♔f1 ♗c5 5.d4 ♗b6 6.♘f3 ♕e7 7.♗xf4 ♕xe4 8.♗xf7 ♔f8 9.♗g3 ♘h6 10.♘c3 ♕e7 11.♗b3 c6 12.♕d3 d5 13.♖e1 ♕f7 14.♗d6 ♔g8 15.♖e7 ♕f6 16.♘xd5 ♕xd6 17.♘f6 ♔f8 18.♖e8#

A Greco Game

Gioachino Greco - NN

Result: 1-0
Site: ?
Date: 1620
[...] 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.♘f3 g5 4.♗c4 g4 5.♘e5 ♕h4 6.♔f1 ♘h6 7.d4 d6 8.♘d3 f3 9.g3 ♕h3 10.♔f2 ♕g2 11.♔e3 ♘g8 12.♘f4 ♗h6 13.♗f1 ♕xh1 14.♗b5 c6 15.♗xc6 bxc6 16.♕xh1

Another Game

Here's a game I played with my regular weekly partner. I'm black. I think I played a decent game for my level although we both made mistakes.

RudiV (1442) - globulon (1432)

Result: 0-1
Site: Internet Chess Club
Date: 2013.07.12
The players have agreed that disconnection will count as a forfeit.
[...] 1.d4 ♘f6 2.♘f3 g6 3.♗f4 ♗g7 4.e3 O-O 5.h3 d6 6.♗e2 ♘bd7 7.c3 c5 8.O-O cxd4 9.cxd4 ♕b6 10.♕b3 ♕xb3 11.axb3 ♘d5 12.♗g3 e5 13.♘c3 ♘5b6 14.♖fd1 ♖e8 15.d5 ♘c5 16.♗c4 ♗f5 17.♖e1 ♗c2 18.♘d2 ♖ec8 19.♖ac1 ♗f5 20.♗f1 ♘d3 21.♗xd3 ♗xd3 22.e4 a5 23.♖e3 ♗a6 24.♖a1 ♖c5 25.♗h4 ♗h6 26.♘f3 ♗xe3 27.fxe3 ♘d7 28.♗e7 f6 29.♗xd6 ♖cc8 30.g4 g5 31.h4 h6 32.hxg5 hxg5 33.♔f2 b6 34.♖h1 b5 35.♘d2 b4 36.♘a4 ♖c2 37.♖d1 ♗b5 38.♔g3 ♗xa4 39.bxa4 ♖xb2 40.♘c4 ♖c2 41.♘d2 ♖a2 42.♘b3 ♖xa4 43.♖c1 ♖a3 44.♘c5 ♖c8 45.♘xd7 ♖xc1 46.♘xf6 ♔f7 47.♗xe5 ♖xe3 48.♔f2 ♖b3 49.d6 ♖c2 {Game 1210 (RudiV vs. globulon) RudiV resigns