IL State 2009 my games

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IL State 2009 my games

Postby Alex_Moiseyev on Mon Apr 06, 2009 11:34 pm

In this ty I was more lucky than in TN this year. Several months out of good practice (since Beijing) lowered my level. However it has nothing to do with Michael Holmes & John Webster wondeful play and accomplishment in TN ty. They both played extremely well in Lebanon and were well deserved to win 1st and 2nd prizes.

It seems like John is well armed for the upcoming GAYP Qualify ty in England this year.

In IL ty my play was a bit recovered - no losing games and few good wins against strong opponents.

[Event "IL State 2009, Rd.1, G2"]
[Date "April 4"]
[Black "L. Keen"]
[White "A. Moiseyev"]
[Result "0-2"]

1. 9-13 22-18 2. 11-16 (A) 18-14 3. 10x17 21x14 4. 6-9 23-18 (B) 5. 7-11 (C) 26-23 (D) 6. 11-15 18x11 7. 8x15 24-20 8. 9x18 23x14 9. 16-19 25-22 10. 3-7 20-16 11. 1-6 (E) 22-18 (F) 12. 15x22 14-9 3. 5x14 28-24 14. 19x28 30-26 15. 12x19 26x1 16. 4-8 1-5 17. 8-11 (G) 5-9 18. 11-15 29-25 19. 7-11 25-22 20. 11-16 9-14 21. 2-7 14-18 22. 7-11 18-14 23. 19-23 27x18 24. 15-19 14-10 25. 19-23 10-15 26. 23-26 15x8 27. 26-30 18-14 (H) White Wins


A. I was lucky with opening ! Larry Keen, former USA National champion (2002) has encyclopedical knowledges of basic publish play and it is extremely hard to beat him in any ordinary opening and standard PP. However Larry and several other strong old players are still, more or less, have troubles with new openings and after drawing Wilderness I had a good feelings.

B. Serious dilemma ! White has a good number of very strong attacks, but as Walter Hellman said once: "you can play only one attack at time !" However, it is proved in my eyes, that 23-18 generates more winning chances. In our first game Larry played here 26-22 and I was able to equalize things in the middle of game.

C. 7-11 defense is very weak in my opinion and must be avoided ! In fact - mail players abonded it long time ago and used only 1-6 as main defense. Richard Pask considers 16-20 (instead 6-9) defense as best, which also makes alot of sense, because the scope for white is limited, but position is much more critical for red in my opinion. I still don't have much preferences and playing occasionly 16-20 or 1-6, but never 7-11 (!) since 2007. 7-11 alows white a various danger attacks such as 26-23, 24-20, 25-21 or 24-19 as Clayton Nash played once on me.

D.From this point I decided to go for shot and danger man down ending for red as happened in our game.

E. 7-10? loses after 14-7 2x20 30-25 etc WW

F. See diagram #1 before shot which leads to man down but very strong ending for red.

G. It is hard to beleive, but this move is already loses ! Correct play is 7-10 5-9 2-7*** and after then fun begins ! White has alot of possibilities for attcks and every attack can be meet with one or another only drawn move for red. Not much strategy involve here and it is extremely hard to memorize the whole ending.

H. After the game Larry told me that he is willing to giveup on 7-11 defense and switch to 1-6. Good thinking !


[Event "IL State 2009, Rd. 3, G1"]
[Date "April 4"]
[Black "A.Moiseyev"]
[White "M.Holmes"]
[Result "2-0"]

1. 11-15 22-17 2. 15-19 (A) 24x15 3. 10x19 23x16 4. 12x19 25-22 5. 8-11 27-23 6. 4-8 (B) 23x16 7. 11x20 17-13 (C) 8. 9-14 26-23 9. 8-11 22-18 10. 5-9 (D) 32-27 (E) 11. 7-10 28-24 12. 2-7 (F) 24-19 (G) 13. 10-15 19x10 14. 6x22 13x6 15. 1x10 30-26 16. 14-17 21x14 17. 10x17 Red Wins

#1. Red to move ................. #2. White to move and draw
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5-9! ................................20-16!

#3. Red to move and wins.

A. WOW ! In TN tournament this year me and Michael drewed opening 11-15, 23-18, 8-11 which leaded to an immediate peaceful draw. In IL ty i didn't want to make his life easy again :D and decided to try something. It would still maynot work well if Michael doesn't accept my challenge, but he did !

B. Some advantage lovers (like Florida grandmaster R. Hallett) play here 11-16. Well ... :lol: playing like this requires a serious long study of this line, detail knowledges and good "fighting spirit". At the time when I played with Michael I was confident only with spirit, but not other components and decided to postpone this until next event !

C. First serious inaccuracy. 22-18 is giving here as the best and sound defense. Was this an experiment on Michael size or lack of knoweldges ? Only he can tell us the true.

D. See diagram #1 before 5-9. Michael said after the game that he expected here 6-10 which allows white after trade to play eventually 13-9 with good position and winning chances. Agree ! I looked at 6-10 for some period of time and abonded it for the same reason. However, I spent here a reasonable time (more than 10 minutes) by calculating all possibilities after 5-9. This move "close" position and often enough eventually one size runs out of moves.

All calculations showed that only white has troubles here and must play extremely carefully with star moves and pitches to secure a draw.

E. Loses ! Here white had a very pretty man down draw. Continue after 5-9 (order of moves can be vary): 29-25, 7-10, 25-22, 10-15, 28-24, 20x27, 31x24, 3-8, 32-28, 6-10, 13x6, 1x10, 24-20, 8-12 ... see diagram #2. And now only star pretty pitch 20-16* saves the game.

F. 10-15 also wins.

G. Even though game already lost, white still can try 31-26, 10-15, 26-22, 7-10, 30-25 ... see diagram #3. And now, in order to secure a win red here should find here the only star winning move 15-19*

More later ...
Last edited by Alex_Moiseyev on Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:59 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: IL State 2009 my games

Postby Mac Banks on Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:16 am

Hello Alex,

Nice Win by you over Larry in 2009 Il tourney. Alex, it is no disgrace for Larry to have lost that hard opening as not many in the world today could draw with red against the strongest white attack. Actually, Larry played the weak side with perfection until the 17th move where upon he moved 8-11 which is the losing move. 7-10 has to be made at this point for any hope of a red draw. Remember that Red has a piece up on white and can force white to get its piece back. Now after, 7-10 , continue with white: 2925 2-7 5-9 7-11 2522 8-12 9-6 1115 2218 1522 6-24 2225 2723 2530 2319 1317 etc. Drawn. Alex, the 1-6 defense is not easy either to draw if white knows the best attack. Alex, I have been studying this opening over 20 years and still have trouble some times remembering the best defense against the many white attacks.

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Re: IL State 2009 my games

Postby MostFamousDane on Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:33 pm

Hi Alex

In the first game 22-18 is not legal at B

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Re: IL State 2009 my games

Postby Alex_Moiseyev on Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:47 pm

MostFamousDane wrote:Hi Alex

In the first game 22-18 is not legal at B

Thanks, Sune ! I already updated text and B note. Your and Mac remark give me a good feelings :lol: that at least two people read my post !
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Re: IL State 2009 my games

Postby tommyc on Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:42 pm

1. 9-13 22-18 2. 11-16 (A) 18-14 3. 10x17 21x14 4. 6-9 23-18 (B) 5. 7-11 (C)............Im sure Larry wont ever play the 711 defence again ,1-6 is almost easy by comparison, but sure its a wise man that reads !Cannings Comp" every day, Alex!!.

And at the 16th move in yur game red can play 7-10 1st before 4-8 which gives a slightly better perspective.
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