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Alex Holmes Games

Postby Michael Holmes on Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:39 pm

Does anyone have games that they have played against Alex Holmes that they could send to me? Whether it is the last tournament that we played in or if it is any other game I would like to add it to his database of games that he has.
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Re: Alex Holmes Games

Postby Michael Holmes on Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:30 am

Alex wrote down most of his games at this last tournament. I wanted to post this game as I think it shows his patience and it is something noone else did at this tournament. Alex was the only one to win a round from Teal. Teal won both his games from Dr. Webster proving he is a strong master player. I barely survived my round with Teal and was very pleased to see my son win his 1st round against Teal.

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[Event "2012 D4-NC 9-14 22-18 5-9"]
[Date ""]
[Black "Teal Stanley"]
[White "Alex Holmes"]
[Result "0-1"]
1. 9-14 22-18 2. 5-9 25-22 3. 10-15 {A} 24-19 {B} 4. 15x24 28x19 5. 6-10 27-24 {C} 6. 11-15 18x11 7. 8x15 22-17 {D} 8. 1-5 17-13 9. 14-17 13x6 10. 2x9 21x14 11. 9x27 32x23 12. 7-11 29-25 13. 5-9 26-22 14. 9-14 25-21 15. 3-8 24-20 {E} 16. 15x24 22-18 17. 24-28 18x9 18. 28-32 9-6 {F} 19. 11-15 21-17 {G} 20. 15-19 23x16 21. 12x19 6-2 {H} 22. 10-15 2-7 23. 32-27 31x24 24. 19x28 7-11 25. 15-18 11-16 26. 8-12 16-19 27. 28-32 19-15 28. 18-23 0-1

A) I am not sure if this loses or not. Can someone with a 10 piece database research this and give the result with one or two possible variations?
B) The computer shows 22-17 as the strongest but at this early stage it is hard to not to make this trade to take control of the center. Now this is a run-up from the 10-15 24-19 opening.
C) I originally was not going to comment on this move as I thought it was the obvious move to keep the reds cramped in the center. However, Hunt, R. Pask, J. Ferrie, and W. Ryan all moved 22-17 allowing red to break free on the one side after 11-15. This game is probably original after this move which I consider just as good and even better if you are trying to avoid published play.
D) An aggressive move with a lot of endgame play.
E) A very good attack taking advantage of the many pieces in red's single corner.
F) This combined with 21-17 are very strong moves by white.
G) This is the best move and easily overlooked if white rushes to get a king to herd the little red singles to the side. This shows that Alex has plenty of patience to develop and attack at the same time.

H) White eventually won this game and it was the only lost round for Teal in the tournament. Great job Alex Holmes! You are the best in my book!
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Re: Alex Holmes Games

Postby liam stephens on Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:15 am

At move 23 - 32-27 as played is a loser.
15-18 instead draws.

At Note B - 22-17 15-22, 17-10, 6-15 is given as a W. W.
in Cayton's Compilation. The 7-14 jump is untested.
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Re: Alex Holmes Games

Postby tommyc on Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:07 pm

That 22-17 slip and the 6-15 is very close to the Inferno?
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Re: Alex Holmes Games

Postby liam stephens on Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:48 pm

Arises from the Black Hole:
10-14, 22-17, 9-13, 17-10, 6-15, 21-17, 13-22, 26-17, 5-9, 25-21, same.
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Re: Alex Holmes Games

Postby tommyc on Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:14 pm

O h aye Black Hole ...........6-15 draws ok. 7-14? prob lose.
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Re: Alex Holmes Games

Postby tommyc on Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:31 pm

Agree Liam...........cutting the king back by 32-27 loses .
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Re: Alex Holmes Games

Postby Alex_Moiseyev on Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:37 pm

One time in Internet I played 10-15 at earlier stage. My opponent replied 22-17 and i barely survived. My impression was that this move must be a loss but I never analyzed it deeply ... wasting time because I would never make this move in tournament play and if someone play it on me - I can (may be can't) handle it. In any case my memory is limited and I don't want to put more pressure on it :D

Alex win is very impressive and logical without oppponent blunders. I agree with Michael - Teal is certainly master level player today which makes Alex victory even more valuable.
I am playing checkers, not chess.
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