Saturday, May 21, 2005

Some Games from the Simul

I used to wonder why it was that you rarely got to see the great masters' wins in simultaneous exhibitions, while the game scores of their losses proliferated. Well, they say the winners get to write history, and we might add that simultanous players are just too busy to write down their moves.... I hope the members of the club will come forth with some of their game scores that show Steve at his best. Meanwhile, here we get to see some of the best by members of the club. I especially like Rich Lewis's startling Knight move, which he must have been planning as a trap when he played 17...b4!? You can download these games in PGN format (for viewing on your favorite PGN viewer, such as Fritz) or play over the moves below with a board:

(1) Stoyko,Steve - Minkov,Ari
Simul at the Kenilworth Chess Club Kenilworth, NJ, 19.05.2005
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nbd2 e6 5.e3 Bd6 6.Bd3 Nbd7 7.0–0 0–0 8.b3 e5 9.cxd5 Nxd5?! 10.Bb2?! [10.dxe5! Nxe5 11.Nxe5 Bxe5 12.Bxh7+ Kxh7 13.Qh5+ Kg8 14.Qxe5±; 10.Nc4!?] 10...Qe7?! 11.Ne4?! [11.dxe5! Nxe5 12.Nxe5 Bxe5 13.Bxh7+!] 11...Bc7 12.Re1?? f5 13.dxe5 fxe4 14.Bxe4 N5b6 15.Qc2 h6 16.Qc3 Qc5 17.Qxc5 Nxc5 18.Bc2 Bf5 19.e4 Bg4 20.Ba3 Nbd7 21.Nd4? [21.e6] 21...Bxe5–+ 0–1

(2) Stoyko,Steve - Lewis,Richard [D91]
Simul at Kenilworth Chess Club Kenilworth, NJ USA, 19.05.2005
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.d4 d5 5.Bg5 Ne4 6.Bh4 Nxc3 7.bxc3 c5 8.cxd5 [8.e3 Nc6=] 8...Qxd5 [8...cxd4 9.cxd4 Qxd5] 9.e3 cxd4 10.cxd4 Nc6 11.Be2 [11.Qb3] 11...0–0 12.0–0 Be6 13.Qa4 [13.Qb1!? Qd7 14.Rd1] 13...a6 14.Rfc1 b5 15.Qa3 Rfe8 [15...Qd7=] 16.Rc5 [16.Ng5! Qd7 17.Nxe6 fxe6 (17...Qxe6 18.Bf3 Rac8 19.d5+-) 18.Bf3 Rac8 19.Qxa6+-] 16...Qd7 17.Rac1 b4!? [17...Rec8 18.d5 Bxd5 19.Rd1 e6 20.e4 Bf8 21.exd5 exd5 22.Qe3 Bxc5 23.Qxc5±] 18.Qa4? [18.Qd3 Nd8 19.Rc7±] 18...Nxd4!! 19.Qd1 Nxe2+ 20.Qxe2 a5 21.Rc7 Qd5 22.Ng5 Qxa2 23.R1c2 Qa1+ 24.Rc1 Qb2 25.R1c2 Qe5 26.Nxe6 Qxe6–+ 0–1

(3) Stoyko,Steve - Kernighan,Mark
Simul at Kenilworth Chess Club Kenilworth, NJ USA, 19.05.2005
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.Bxc6+ bxc6 5.0–0 e5 6.c3 Nf6 7.Re1 Be7 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 Qc7 10.Na3!? 0–0 11.Nc4 Be6 12.b3 [12.dxe5! Bxc4 13.exf6 Bxf6 14.Qc2 (14.Bf4!?) 14...Be6 15.Bg5] 12...exd4 [12...Nxe4!? 13.Rxe4 d5 14.Rxe5 dxc4 15.Ng5 Bxg5 16.Bxg5 Qd7=] 13.Nxd4 [13.Qxd4 d5 14.exd5 cxd5 15.Bf4 Qc5=] 13...d5 14.exd5 Bxd5 15.Ne3 [15.Nf5!? Bb4 (15...Bc5 16.Be3 Bb4 17.Bd2) 16.Bd2= (16.Bb2? Bxe1 (16...Qf4µ) 17.Bxf6 Bxf2+!–+) ] 15...Rad8 16.Bb2 Be4 17.Qe2 Rfe8 18.Qc4 Bd6³ 19.g3 Be5 [19...Qb6!ƒ] 20.Rad1 [20.f4?! Bd6 21.Ndf5 Bxf5 22.Nxf5 Rxe1+ 23.Rxe1 Qa5!µ] 20...Qc8? [20...Qb6!] 21.f3? [21.Nxc6! Rxd1 (21...Bxc6 22.Rxd8±) 22.Nxd1 Bxc6 23.Rxe5 Rxe5 24.Bxe5²] 21...Bxf3 22.Nxf3 Bxb2 23.Rxd8 Qxd8!? 24.Rd1?? [24.Qxc6 Bd4 25.Nxd4 Qxd4 26.Qc4 Qb6] 24...Qb6!–+ 0–1

(4) Stoyko,Steve - Goeller,Michael
Simul at the Kenilworth Chess Club Kenilworth, NJ, 19.05.2005
1.c4 Nc6 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 e5 4.d3 Bb4 5.g3 Bxc3+!? 6.bxc3 d6 7.Bg2 Bd7 [7...e4!?] 8.0–0 0–0 9.Rb1 b6 10.e4 Ne8 11.Ne1 [11.Nh4] 11...f5?! 12.exf5! [12.f4 fxe4=] 12...Rxf5 13.f4 Rc8 [13...exf4 14.Bxf4±; 13...Rb8] 14.g4?! [14.Nc2± with the idea of Ne3-d5] 14...Rf8 15.f5 Ne7! 16.Bg5 Nf6 17.h3 [17.Bh4!?] 17...h6 [17...Qe8 18.d4 Bc6] 18.Bh4 g5 19.Bg3 [19.fxg6 Nxg6 20.Bg3 Qe7 21.Rb2] 19...Kg7? [19...Bc6! 20.d4 Bxg2 21.Nxg2 exd4 22.cxd4 d5= makes Black's Rc8 look reasonable.] 20.Nc2 [20.d4!±] 20...h5?! [20...Bc6!] 21.Ne3?! [21.Qd2 Nh7 22.d4±] 21...hxg4 [21...h4? 22.Bxh4!? (22.Bh2 Bc6 23.d4²) 22...gxh4 23.g5!] 22.hxg4 c6?! [22...Bc6!] 23.d4! Qc7 24.c5! bxc5 25.dxe5 dxe5 26.Nc4 Ned5 27.Bxe5 Qd8 28.Nd6?! [28.Qd2! Nf4 29.Rb7+-] 28...Ne3? upon playing this move I said "Don't worry, I'll resign soon." It looked bad, though I did not see the mate: 29.Bxf6+? [29.Qd2!+- Nexg4 30.Qxg5+ Kh8 31.Qh5+ Kg7 32.Qg6+ Kh8 33.Rf3 forces mate -- he didn't see it either...] 29...Qxf6 30.Qd3?! Now the position slips into an ending where White has a distinct edge based on Black's doubled c-pawns and more exposed King, but no clear win. [30.Ne4! Qe7 31.Qd2 Nxf1 32.Rxf1‚] 30...Nxf1 31.Nxc8 Bxc8 32.Rxf1 Rd8 33.Qf3² White still has a clear edge, but the win would require more attention on Steve's part than he likely could devote here. So he offered me a draw, which I grabbed in an instant. ½–½

(5) Stoyko,Steve - Corcoran,Paul
Simultaneous at the Kenilworth Chess Clu Kenilworth, NJ, 19.05.2005
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.Qd2 0–0 8.0–0–0 c5 9.f4 Nc6 10.Nf3 a6 11.Bd3?! [11.dxc5] 11...f5 [11...c4!] 12.exf6 Nxf6 13.dxc5 Qxc5 14.Rde1 Bd7 15.Ne5 Rfe8 16.Kb1 b5 17.Ne2!? Rac8 [17...Nxe5 18.fxe5 Ng4 19.Nd4] 18.c3 a5?! [18...b4 19.cxb4 Qxb4 20.Qxb4 Nxb4=] 19.Nd4! Nxd4 20.cxd4 Qb6 21.g4 Re7 22.g5 Ne8 23.Re3 [23.f5! exf5 24.Nxd7 Rxd7 25.Bxf5+-] 23...g6 24.Be2 Ng7 25.Bg4 Nf5 26.Bxf5 exf5 27.Rd1 [27.h4] 27...Rf8 28.h4 [28.Nxg6!] 28...Kg7 29.h5 Qd8 30.h6+!? [30.hxg6 hxg6 31.Qh2 Rh8 32.Rh3+-] 30...Kg8 31.Rc1 Re6 32.Rec3 b4 33.Rc7 Rd6 34.Qc2 Be8 35.Qc5+- 1–0

More games (including a java playboard to view them on) will be posted to our website when I get a chance. Meanwhile, you can also download the PGN file.

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