#
Columbia Open Chess Tournament

This was my first real chess tournament.

## Game 1

1. e4 {My first tournament game. I was nervous playing a 1320-rated player.} 1... d5 {The Scandinavian defense. I've played a few of these.} 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. Nf3 c6 5. Be2 Nf6 6. d4 e6 7. Bd2 Qd8 8. Bg5 {Now that the queen's back where she started from I decided to pin the knight.} 8... Be7 {The pin didn't last long!} 9. O-O O-O 10. Qd2 Nd5 11. Nxd5 cxd5 12. c4 {I don't remember why I made that move.} 12... f6 13. Bh4 Nc6 14. cxd5 exd5 15. Rac1 Bb4 16. Qd3 Be7 {Another retreat.} 17. Bg3 Bd7 18. a3 Rc8 19. Rc3 Be6 20. Rfc1 Bd6 21. Bxd6 Qxd6 22. Qb5 Rc7 23. Qa4 Rfc8 24. Bd3 g6 25. Qc2 Bf7 26. Bb5 Be8 27. Qe2 Re7 28. Re3 Rcc7 29. Rxe7 Rxe730. Qd2 a6 31. Bd3 Bf7 32. Re1 Kg7 33. Rxe7 Qxe7 34. Qd1 {At this point I had 17:21 left of 75 minutes. My opponent still had 49 minutes left. I was worried about the time and wanted to exchange some pieces.} 34... Qd6 35. b4 b5 36. a4 Nxb4 37. axb5 axb5 38. Bxb5 Qb6 39. Be2 {13:46 left.} 39... Qc7 40. g3 Qc3 41. Kg2 Qb2 42. Qd2 {I had 10:45 left. Here I wanted to exchange queens, but had no idea what could be done next. I was thinking a draw but wasn't comfortable asking for one. So when my opponent, who still had 39 minutes on his clock, offered a draw, I accepted.} 1/2-1/2

## Game 2

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 {I'm not very familiar with the Ruy Lopez and captured with the wrong pawn. The game got ugly quickly.} 5. Nxe5 Nf6 6. d3 Bd6 7. Bf4 O-O 8. Qe2 Bb7 9. Nd2 c5 10. Nxf7 {I thought this was too aggressive, too early for my opponent.} 10... Kxf7 11. e5 Qe7 12. exd6 Qxe2+ 13. Kxe2 Rfe8+ 14. Kf1 cxd6 15. Bxd6 Rac8 16. f3 Rc6 {68 minutes left.} 17. Nc4 Nd5 18. Bxc5 {This was a good move by the opponent. I can't capture the bishop because then Nd6 forks the king and rook.} 18... Ne3+ {I had planned this after move 17 but it doesn't work because of the extra bishop attacking that square.} 19. Bxe3 {Now I'm certain I'll lose this game.} 19... d5 20. Na5 {I'm not sure this was a good idea. It forks the rook and bishop but leaves c2 open and takes the protection off e3.} 20... Rxc2 21. Re1 {He noticed the hanging bishop.} 21... Rxb2 {Picks up a pawn and guards the bishop.} 22. Nxb7 Rxb7 23. Bd4 {Probably the biggest mistake. I had been looking for a way to skewer that h1 rook.} 23... Rxe1+ 24. Kxe1 Rb1+ 25. Kf2 Rxh1 26. Kg3 Rd1 27. Kf4 Rxd3 28. Ke5 Rd2 29. a3 Rxg2 30. h4 Rh2 31. Kxd5 Rxh4 32. Kc5 Rf4 33. Bc3 Rxf3 34. Bb4 Rf6 35. a4 Re6 36. a5 h5 37. Bd2 h4 38. Bf4 h3 39. Bh2 g5 40. Bg3 g4 41. Bh2 Rg6 42. Bg3 Kf6 43. Kd4 Kf5 44. Kd5 Rg8 45. Kc6 Ke4 46. Kb6 Kf3 47. Bc7 g3 48. Kxa6 g2 49. Bh2 g1=Q 50. Bxg1 Rxg1 51. Kb7 h2 52. a6 h1=Q 53. a7 Kg4+ 54. Kb8 Rb1+ 0-1

## Game 3

1. d4 e6 {I was not familiar with this move as a reply to d4.} 2. c4 c5 3. e3 cxd4 4. exd4 d6 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. Nc3 a6 7. Bg5 Be7 8. Qd3 Nc6 9. a3 Qa5 10. Be2 d5 11. O-O Qc7 12. cxd5 exd5 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. Nxd5 Qd6 15. Nxf6+ Qxf6 16. Qe4+ Ne7 17. Rac1 O-O 18. Bxa6? {I guess I was tired when I made this move. I never considered Rxa6 until I had made the move. Not the end of the world since I was down a bishop for two pawns, but still a mistake to me.} 18...Rxa6 19. Rfe1 Re6 20. Qc2 h6 21. Qb3 Rxe1+ 22. Rxe1 Nc6 {My opponent's clock is 25 minutes at this point.} 23. Qc3 {My clock is at 18:59.} 23... Rd8 24. Qe3 {Now I'm down to 13:42.} 24... Bg4 25. Ne5 {10:57 left.} 25... Nxe5 26. dxe5 Qe7 27. Qe4 h5 28. h3 {8:42 left for me.} 28... Be6 {13:58 left for my opponent.} 29. b4 {8:28 left.} 29... Bd5 30. Qe2 {8:06 left.} 30... Qg5 31. g3 g6 32. Kh2 Rc8 33. h4 {2:40 left.} 33... Qf5 34. Qb5 Qxf2+ 35. Kh3 {30 seconds left.} 35... Qg2# 0-1

## Game 4

1. c4 e5 {I had no idea what the "proper" response to the English opening was, so I just moved a center pawn.} 2. Nc3 d6 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Be7 {My opponent missed this move and we both sat for maybe 10 minutes until he noticed his clock was ticking. But he moved quickly enough it never mattered.} 5. e3 c6 6. Nge2 Be6 7. b3 d5 8. cxd5 cxd5 9. d3 Nc6 10. O-O O-O 11. f4 Bd6 12. fxe5 Bxe5 13. d4 Bc7 14. Ba3 Bd6 15. Bxd6 Qxd6 16. Nb5 Qd7 17. a4 Ng4 {Hoping to pull off the fork on e3.} 18. Qd2 {Nope!} 18... a6 19. Nbc3 Rfe8 20. h3 Nf6 21. Nf4 {Here my opponent had 67 minutes left on his first 35 moves.} 21... Rac8 {Here I had 39 minutes left on my first 35 moves.} 22. Nxe6 Qxe6 {Perhaps Rxe6 would have been better.} 23. Rae1 Ne7 {31 minutes left.} 24. Ne2 Qd7 {25 minutes left.} 25. Nf4 b5 {24 minutes left. Trying to make some trouble on the queenside.} 26. e4 bxa4 {22 minutes left.} 27. bxa4 dxe4 {20 minutes left. Was considering Qxa4 but thought it was taking the queen away from the action.} 28. a5 {There went my chance to grab that pawn.} 28... Qd6 {17:55 left. I think I made this move to threaten the g3 pawn if the knight were to move.} 29. Bxe4 Nxe4 30. Rxe4 Nd5 {14:39 left.} 31. Qe2 {Now I start to worry about the back rank.} 31... Rxe4 32. Qxe4 Nf6 {10:02 left. Attacking the queen and adding protection to e8.} 33. Qf5 Re8 {8:22 left. After I moved this I saw that I missed Qxd4+} 34. Qc5 Qxc5 {7:08 left.} 35. dxc5 Ne4 {I had 5:08 left at the 35th move, at which point we added an hour per side. I intended to attack g3.} 36. Re1 {But now the knight is pinned.} 36... f5 {Protects the knight, but my friend liked Kf8 better.} 37. g4 Re5 {Here I thought I'd threaten a lot of his pawns but didn't think about losing the knight if I moved the rook.} 38. gxf5 Kf7 {I could have grabbed two pawns for my knight but I wasn't comfortable being down a piece.} 39. c6 Kf6 40. Nd3 Re8 41. c7 Kxf5 42. Nc5 {Attacks the knight and it's still pinned.} 42... Rc8 {I decided to abandon the knight and get that troublesome pawn.} 43. Nxe4 Rxc7 44. Nd6+ Kf4 45. Rf1+ Kg3 {32 minutes left.} 46. Ne4+ Kxh3 47. Ng5+ Kg3 {Here I was trying to figure out a way to force a draw with his king hemmed in.} 48. Nxh7 Rc2 49. Rd1 {He gives his king space and I can't force a draw by repetition.} 49... Rg2+ 50. Kf1 Rf2+ {25 minutes left.} 51. Ke1 Rf5 52. Rd3+ Kg4 53. Rd4+ Kg3 54. Rd7 g5 {Here my opponent offered the draw and I accepted. For fun we played out the game for several more moves and did end up with only kings left for the draw.} 1/2-1/2

## Game 5

1. d4 d5 2. c4 {Finally someone lets me play an opening I'm familiar with...} 2... c5 {But I'm not familiar with that response!} 3. e3 Nc6 4. Nf3 f6 5. Nc3 {I took a long time on this move since I thought he was preparing for e5.} 5... e6 6. b3 Bd6 7. cxd5 {I made this capture with the intention of developing my bishop to b5 for the pin.} 7... exd5 8. Bb5 {maybe I should have played Nxd5 to grab that pawn} 8... a6 9. Ba4? {I made this move quickly because in other games I've maintained a pin that way, but too late noticed that the bishop had no escape squares. I was certain b5 was next.} 9... Rb8 {I didn't understand this move, but I was relieved.} 10. Bxc6+ {I wasn't going to wait for b5 any longer.} 10... bxc6 {I was happy to double his pawns but not to let the rook have the mostly-clear file. Perhaps that was the intent of 9...Rb8?} 11. O-O c4 12. bxc4 dxc4 {Now I noticed he had two unprotected pawns.} 13. Qa4 {Attacks both of them!} 13... Ne7 {Probably his best reply. } 14. Qxc4 Rb4 15. Qd3 {Here I had 57 minutes left.} 15... O-O {My opponent had 62 minutes left. At this point I'm wondering if the pawn grab was too aggressive and my queen would be continually attacked.} 16. Bd2 c5 17. Ne4 c4 18. Qc2 Rb5 19. Nxd6 Qxd6 20. Qxc4+ Be6 21. Qc3 {36 minutes left.} 21... Rc8 22. Qd3 Bf5 23. e4 {32 minutes left. I wasn't happy with this move but I wanted to give my queen more retreat options.} 23... Bg6 24. Rfc1 {25 minutes left. I'm wanting to exchange pieces and simplify since I'm up two pawns.} 24... f5 25. Rxc8+ {24 minutes left.} 25... Nxc8 26. e5 {22 minutes left. I wanted to make trouble for his queen but here I am removing the defender from that bishop.} 26... Qd8 27. Rb1 {20 minutes left. As soon as I moved it I saw the bishop skewer and thought I had blown it.} 27... f4 {My opponent saw it too.} 28. Qc4+ {The one move to save it. I wish I could say I had planned this well ahead.} 28... Rd5 29. Rc1 {15:46 left.} 29... Bf7 {Here I saw a free knight and a queen exchange.} 30. Qxc8 {My opponent resigned here.} 1-0