2011-12-31

4 Action Chess tournaments in Louisville, Kentucky

I am on a return flight from Louisville Kentucky to Minneapolis where
I will board another flight back to Salt Lake City. During my 2 week
family visit in North Vernon, Indiana, I also played in 4 G/30 chess
tournaments in Louisville.

I managed to win the top section of one of these tournaments. The
other 3 were won by rated experts who I failed to beat, but I nearly
won every game against the experts. One of the games was a draw, and
I lost the other two. Overall my scores were not that impressive, but
I was quite happy with the quality of my play.

The last game of the last tourney did not go so well. I succumbed to
a kingside attack by a teenage 1850, in the black side of a French
variation that I was not comfortable with. Had I won I could have
pushed both of my ratings over 2000. Instead I will end up with about
the same ratings that I started with before coming to Louisville.

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2011-12-27

Re: Louisville Chess Tournament

I also won round 1 against a 1700's player.    I wasn't happy with this game.  My opponent gave me a great position and I didn't know what to do with it.  I barely produced a win with 5 seconds left.  Maybe I can learn something from computer analysis. 

 Finally in round 3 I beat an 1800's player who made me play on a big wooden set that I didn't like.   He played an Albin Counter and it was a tough struggle that went down to  about 25 seconds for both players.  

So I won the top section of a 39 person tournament.  The usual Experts were a no show but there were 4 Class A players. 

[Event "Louisville G/30"]
[Site "Meijers"]
[Date "Dec 26, 2011"]
[Round "1"]
[White "John Coffey "]
[Black "Raysean Whitney"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nf6 3. cxd5 Qxd5 4. Nc3 Qd8 5. e4 e6 6. Nf3 Nbd7 7. Bc4?! c6 8.
O-O Be7 9. Bg5 O-O 10. Qd3?! (e5) h6 11. Bh4 Nh7 12. Bxe7 Qxe7 13. Rfe1 e5 14. d5 c5
15. Rac1?! b6 16. Ba6?! Ng5 17. Bxc8? Raxc8? (c4!) 18. Nd2! Nf6 19. Nc4 Rfe8 20. h4 Ngh7 21.
Qg3?!?! (was considering f4!? but chickened out) Nh5 22. Qg4 N7f6 23. Qf3 Nf4 24. g3 Ng6 25. Rcd1 Qd7 26. Qf5 Rcd8 27. h5
Qxf5 28. exf5 Ne7 29. Rxe5 Nxh5 30. Ne3 eventually
1-0

2011-12-26

Colle System

[Event "Louisville G/30"]
[Site "Meijers"]
[Date "Dec 26, 2011"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Ian Gilchridt 1600+"]
[Black "John Coffey 1970"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. e3 c5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 d5 6. Nbd2 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. dxc5
Bxc5 9. e4 Qc7 10. Re1 Ng4 11. Rf1 Nce5 12. Bc2 dxe4 13. Bxe4 Rd8 14. Qe2 Rxd2
15. Bxd2 Nxf3+ 16. Qxf3 Qxh2#
0-1

2011-12-23

Exciting Game

This game was exceptionally exciting and if I may say so, very well played on my part.  I was down to 3 seconds toward the end, which is why maybe I was going for a perpetual and not realizing that I was winning, nor did I bother to count the material on the board.  A few moves before the end I was totally winning but didn't realize it. Earlier I made a sacrifice at a time when there was a great deal of conversation around me, so I was distracted and the sack was not totally sound, but according to computer I was not that bad off and I was definitely winning toward the end.

This is the kind of game that needs serious computer analysis.  I have the computer working on it now, but as I entered the game it seemed to agree with many of my moves.

My opponent thought that my 16. Na3 was brilliant, with the idea being 16.  ... Qd7 17. Nb5, and as I entered the game into Fritz, the computer agreed with this move as well.

[Event "Louisville Action g/30"]
[Site "Bluegrass Magic Game Shop"]
[Date "2011.12.22"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Coffey, John"]
[Black "Busch , Chris"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D08"]
[WhiteElo "1971"]
[BlackElo "2090"]

 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4 4. Nf3 c5 5.
e3 Nc6 6. exd4 cxd4 7. Bd3 Nge7 8. O-O Bg4 9. Re1 Ng6 10. h3 Be6 11. Ng5 Ngxe5
12. Nxe6 fxe6 13. Qh5+ g6 14. Bxg6+ Nxg6 15. Rxe6+ Nce7 16. Na3 Kf7 17. Re4 h6
18. f4 (Bd2 is winning) Qd7 19. f5 Nxf5 (As Qxf5 loses) 20. Rf4 Kf6 21. Rf1 d3 22. g4 Bc5+ 23. Kh2 Qd6+ 24. Kh1
Qc6+ 25. Kh2 Bd6+ 26. Kg1 Qc5+ 27. Kh1 Nge7 28. gxf5 Qd4 29. Bd2 Qe4+ 30. Rf3
Qe2 31. Bc3+ Be5 32. Bxe5+ Qxe5 33. Rg1 Rag8 34. Rxg8 Rxg8 35. Qxh6+ Kf7 36.
Qh7+ Kf8 37. Qh6+ Rg7 38. f6 Qe1+ 39. Kh2 Qe2+ (Missing Qg1#) 0-1

In the previous round I turned a pawn down king and pawn ending into a win because my 1951 opponent was a little unclear on how to play it.

2011-11-05

Chess game

[Event "Quick Tournameny"]
[Site "Salt Lake Community College"]
[Date "2011.11.05"]
[Round "3"]
[White "John Coffey"]
[Black "Ben Balter"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 Qe7 5. e3 Bxd2+ 6. Nbxd2 d6 7.
e4 e5 8. d5 Bg4 9. Qb3 c6 10. Be2 Na6 11. dxc6 bxc6 12. Qa4 Qb7 13.
Qc2 d5 14. cxd5 cxd5 15. exd5 Qxd5 16. Bxa6 Rd8 17. Bc4 Qd6 18. Ne4 1-0

Chess game

[Event "Quick Tournameny"]
[Site "Salt Lake Community College"]
[Date "2011.11.05"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Vishwa"]
[Black "John Coffey"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E20"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. f3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 d5 6. cxd5 exd5 7.
e3 O-O 8. Bd3 Re8 9. Ne2 c5 10. dxc5 Nbd7 11. O-O Nxc5 12. Bc2 Bd7 13.
Nf4 Bb5 14. Re1 Rc8 15. Bb3 Nxb3 16. axb3 Qb6 17. Bb2 Rxe3 18. Kh1
Rxe1+ 19. Qxe1 Re8 20. Qd2 Bc6 21. b4 Qe3 22. Qxe3 Rxe3 23. h3 g5 24.
c4 gxf4 25. Bxf6 dxc4 26. Rxa7 h6 27. Ra8+ Kh7 28. h4 Kg6 29. Bd4 Rb3
30. Rg8+ Kf5 31. Rh8 c3 32. Rxh6 c2 33. Rf6#

2011-10-30

Chess game

[Event "Utah Open"]
[Site "University of Utah"]
[Date "2011.10.30"]
[Round "5"]
[White "John Coffey 1975"]
[Black "Craig Hughes 1673"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A51"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ne4 4. Nf3 d6 5. Nbd2 Nc5 6. Nb3 Nc6 7.
Nxc5 dxc5 8. Qxd8+ Nxd8 9. Bf4 Ne6 10. e3 b6 11. O-O-O Bb7 12. Be2 g6
13. Rd2 Nxf4 14. exf4 Bh6 15. g3 g5 16. Rhd1 gxf4 17. g4 Bc6 18. h4
Bg7 19. e6 h6 20. exf7+ Kxf7 21. Ne1 Bd4 22. Bf3 Bxf3 23. Nxf3 Bf6 24.
Rd7+ Ke6 25. Rxc7 Rhc8 26. Rcd7 Be7 27. R7d5 Re8 28. Re1+ Kf7 29. Rf5+
Kg7 30. Rfe5 Kf7 31. Kc2 Bd6 32. Rxe8 Rxe8 33. Rxe8 Kxe8 34. Kd3 Ke7
35. Ke4 Ke6 36. b3 Bc7 37. Ne1 Be5 38. Nd3 Bd4 39. Nxf4+ Kf7 40. f3 a6
41. Nd5 b5 42. cxb5 axb5 43. a4 bxa4 44. bxa4 Bf2 45. a5 Bxh4 46. a6
1-0

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Bogo Indian

[Event "Utah Open"]
[Site "University of Utah"]
[Date "2011.10.30"]
[Round "4"]
[White "David Vasquez 1922"]
[Black "John Coffey 1975"]
[Result "1/2 - 1/2"]
[ECO "E11"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 Qe7 5. g3 b6 6. Bg2 Bb7 7. O-O
O-O 8. Nc3 Bxc3 9. Bxc3 Ne4 10. Qc2 Nxc3 11. Qxc3 d6 12. Rfd1 Nd7 13.
Rd2 Nf6 14. Qb3 Ne4 15. Rdd1 f5 16. Nd2 Nxd2 17. Rxd2 Bxg2 18. Kxg2 c5
19. Rad1 Rad8 20. dxc5 dxc5 21. Qc2 g6 1/2 - 1/2

2011-10-29

Chess game

[Event "Utah Open"]
[Site "University of Utah"]
[Date "2011.10.29"]
[Round "2"]
[White "John Coffey 1970"]
[Black "Jamie Olsen Mills 1612"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A52"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Bf4 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bb4+ 6. Nc3 Qe7 7.
Qb3 Bc5 8. e3 Ngxe5 9. Nxe5 Nxe5 10. Nd5 Qd6 11. Qc3 f6 12. O-O-O O-O
13. b4 c6 14. bxc5 Qxc5 15. Qb4 Qxb4 16. Nxb4 Ng4 17. Rd2 a5 18. Nd3
f5 19. Ne5 Nf6 20. Bd3 d5 21. Rb2 Kh8 22. Rd1 dxc4 23. Bxc4 b5 24. Bd3
Be6 25. Nxc6 Rac8 26. Rc2 b4 27. Ba6 b3 28. axb3 Bxb3 29. Bxc8 Bxc2
30. Kxc2 Rxc8 31. Rd8+ Rxd8 32. Nxd8 Kg8 33. Nc6 a4 34. Ne7+ 1-0

2011-10-01

Chess game

>> [Event "WVCC Quick"]
>> [Site "Coffee Club"]
>> [Date "2011.10.01"]
>> [Round "1"]
>> [White "David Catalini 1780"]
>> [Black "John Coffey 2014"]
>> [Result "0-1"]
>> [ECO "E11"]
>>
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. dxc5 dxe4 5. Bb5+ Bd7 6. Bxd7+ Qxd7 7.
Qe2 f5 8. Nb3 Na6 9. Be3 Rc8 10. Rd1 Qc7 11. Qc4 Nxc5 12. Nxc5 Bxc5
13. Qxe6+ Ne7 14. Bxc5 Qxc5 15. c3 b5 16. Rd2 Rc6 0-1 eventually

Chess game

[Event "WVCC Quick"]
[Site "Coffee Club"]
[Date "2011.10.01"]
[Round "2"]
[White "John Coffey 2014"]
[Black "Shahram Nazarinia 1820"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E10"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 O-O 6. Qb3 Be7 7. e3 c6
8. Rc1 Nbd7 9. Bd3 h6 10. Bh4 dxc4 11. Bxc4 b5 12. Bd3 a5 13. Ne4 Bb7
14. Nxf6+ Bxf6 15. Bxf6 Nxf6 16. O-O a4 17. Qc2 Rc8 18. Ne5 Qb6 19. f4
Rfd8 20. f5 Nd5 21. fxe6 f6 22. Bh7+ Kf8 23. Qg6 Rc7 24. Nd7+ Rcxd7
25. exd7 Rxd7 26. Qg3 Ba8 27. Rc5 Qc7 28. Qf3 Qd6 29. Be4 Ne7 30. Qf4
Qe6 31. Bf3 Kf7 32. Bg4 f5 33. Bxf5 Nxf5 34. Qxf5+ Qxf5 35. Rfxf5+ Kg6
36. Rf8 Bb7 37. Kf2 Re7 38. Rb8 Kf6 39. e4 Ke6 40. Re5+ 1-0

Chess game

[Event "WVCC Quick"]
[Site "Coffee Club"]
[Date "2011.10.01"]
[Round "3"]
[White "David Vasquez 1930"]
[Black "John Coffey 2014"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E11"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 Qe7 5. g3 Bxd2+ 6. Qxd2 b6 7.
Bg2 Bb7 8. O-O c5 9. Nc3 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Bxg2 11. Kxg2 Qc5 12. b3 d5
1/2-1/2

2011-09-25

Utah Team Championship. Damian Nash, state champion, on far right.

Utah Team Championship. Kayden Troff on right.

Utah Team Championship

Chess game

[Event "Utah Team Championship"]
[Site "Salt Lake City"]
[Date "2011.09.24"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Damian Nash 2034"]
[Black "John Coffey 1962"]
[Result "1/2-1/12"]
[ECO ""]

1. Nc3 d5 2. e4 d4 3. Nce2 e5 4. d3 c5 5. g3 Nc6 6. Bg2 Bd6 7. a3 Nge7
8. f4 exf4 9. Bxf4 Ng6 10. Nf3 Nxf4 11. gxf4 Be6 12. Qd2 O-O 13. f5
Bd7 14. h4 Qc7 15. h5 Bg3+ 16. Kf1 h6 17. Nxg3 Qxg3 18. Rh3 Qd6 19.
Kf2 Ne5 20. Rg3 Nxf3 21. Bxf3 Kh7 22. Rag1 Rg8 23. Ke1 f6 24. Qg2 Qe7
25. Kd1 Bc6 26. Rg6 Rae8 27. Qd2 Qf7 28. b3 Re5 1/2-1/12 eventually.

Chess game

[Event "Utah Team Championship"]
[Site "Salt Lake City"]
[Date "2011.09.24"]
[Round "4"]
[White "John Coffey 1962"]
[Black "Tim Stackland 1800"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A48"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nxc3 7.
bxc3 c5 8. Bc4 Nc6 9. Be3 O-O 10. O-O Bg4 11. Rb1 cxd4 12. cxd4 Qc7
13. Qc1 Bxf3 14. gxf3 e6 15. Bf4 e5 16. dxe5 Bxe5 17. Bxe5 Nxe5 18.
Be2 Rfc8 19. f4 Nc4 20. Rd1 Nb6 21. Bg4 Qxc1 22. Rbxc1 Rxc1 23. Rxc1
Rd8 24. Rd1 Rxd1+ 25. Bxd1 Nc8 26. f3 Nd6 27. Kf2 Kf8 28. Ke3 Ke7 29.
Kd4 f6 30. Bc2 h6 31. a4 b5 32. e5 fxe5+ 33. fxe5 Nc4 34. axb5 Na3 35.
Bd3 Ke6 36. f4 g5 37. fxg5 hxg5 38. h3 Ke7 39. Kd5 Kd7 40. e6+ Ke7 41.
Ke5 Ke8 42. Kd6 1-0

This is interesting: My chess record.

http://main.uschess.org/datapage/gamestats.php?memid=11080847

Chess game

[Event "Utah Team Championship"]
[Site "Salt Lake City"]
[Date "2011.09.24"]
[Round "4"]
[White "John Coffey"]
[Black "Tim Stackland 1800"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A48"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nxc3 7.
bxc3 c5 8. Bc4 O-O 9. O-O Nc6 10. Be3 Bg4 11. Rb1 cxd4 12. cxd4 Qc7
13. Qc1 Bxf3 14. gxf3 e6 15. Bf4 e5 16. dxe5 Bxe5 17. Bxe5 Nxe5 18.
Be2 Rfc8 19. f4 Nc4 20. Rd1 Nb6 21. Bg4 Qxc1 22. Rbxc1 Rxc1 23. Rxc1
Rd8 24. Rd1 Rxd1+ 25. Bxd1 Nc8 26. f3 Nd6 27. Kf2 Kf8 28. Ke3 Ke7 29.
Kd4 f6 30. Bc2 h6 31. a4 b5 32. e5 fxe5+ 33. fxe5 Nc4 34. axb5 Na3 35.
Bd3 Ke6 36. f4 g5 37. fxg5 hxg5 38. h3 Ke7 39. Kd5 Kd7 40. e6+ Ke7 41.
Ke5 Ke8 42. Kd6 1-0

2011-09-10

Re: Xtable Louisville Thursday

Thanks.   (-:

I think that a combination of Roman videos, including memorizing some of the games that he presents, and more consistency in my tactics study that I previously neglected have improved my game.  

One problem that I have had as of late is my ability to analyze.   This may or may not be related to my vision being slightly off due to a cataract that will eventually have to be operated on.  The cataract causes my prescription to change rapidly where I might need new glasses every few months.  

I am so confident in my ability to spot shallow tactics almost instantly that I sometimes would fail to analyze tactics in a position unless I thought there was reason to do so.  I don't know if this is mental laziness or other factors like vision, discipline, or age.  One thing that has happened is that I make myself play more positional openings, so I devote more mental resources to positional ideas.  It becomes tricky to balance position and tactics.  

The expert that I beat in Louisville played an offbeat aggressive open game.  I thought that he gave me a positional advantage, so I tried to maximize that and I won without much difficulty.  I am not sure if my scoresheet is correct, but I may have missed an obvious tactic (but low on time) which concerns me. 

In the final game I had a much better position in a French against a super strong A player, but couldn't find the win as I got low on time.  I opted for the draw, but I was really proud of the game that I played. 

I think that if I more often practice analyzing or longer games that I can consistently play at the expert level.  

On Sep 10, 2011, at 11:27 <granthodson> wrote:

John,

At this rate you've got a good chance of becoming our next state champion.

2011-09-06

Louisville G/30

Played 3 games in top section Louisville g/30.  Was losing all 3 against all 1800's but got two draws and a win.  First round draw was against a 14 year old Indian kid who beat an Expert in round 2.   Meijer's is also a pretty noisy environment.  

Also was a bit jet lagged and groggy today.  Went to two Reunions in two days which were exercises in gluttony.  People always bring too much food.  BBQ ribs and chicken today.  

The most interesting game by far is the one where I got my queen trapped and  still won with passed pawns.   It is not without tactical errors.  I played move 40 Bxd5! with 5 seconds remaining.  

[Event "Louisville Meijer's g/30"]
[Date "2011.09.05"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Cabav, Gelvic"]
[Black "Coffey, John"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A02"]
[WhiteElo "1810"]
[BlackElo "1948"]
[PlyCount "86"]

1. f4 c5 2. e3 g6 3. b3 Bg7 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. Bb2 d6 6. Nf3 e6 7. Bd3 Nge7 8. O-O
O-O 9. Qe1 Nb4 10. Rb1 Bd7 11. a3 Nxd3 12. cxd3 Qb6 13. Ne4 f5 14. Ng3 Bxb2 15.
Rxb2 Qa6 16. Qb1 Bb5 17. Ne1 Qxa3 18. b4 a6 19. Nc2 Qxd3 20. Rb3 Qd5 21. Rf2
Bc6 22. Na3 b5 23. Rd3 cxb4 24. Rxd5 Nxd5 25. Nc2 a5 26. Ne2 e5 27. d4 e4 28.
Qb2 Nb6 29. Nc1 Nc4 30. Qb1 Bd5 31. Nb3 a4 32. Nd2 b3 33. Nb4 Nxd2 34. Rxd2 Bc4
35. d5 a3 36. Rd4 a2 37. Nxa2 bxa2 38. Qa1 Rfb8 39. Rd1 b4 40. Qf6 Bxd5! 41.
Qxd6 Bf7 42. Qe5 b3 43. Kf2 b2 0-1

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2011-08-22

Chess game

[Event "Quick Chess Tournament"]
[Site "Coffee Club. Salt Lake City"]
[Date "2011.08.20"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Coffey, John"]
[Black "Balter, Ben "]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A40"]

1. d4 e5 2. dxe5 Nc6 3. Nf3 Nge7 4. e4 Ng6 5. Qd5 Qe7 6. Bg5 Qb4+ 7.
Nbd2 Qxb2 8. Rb1 Qxc2 9. Bc4 Ncxe5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Qxe5+ 1-0

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2011-08-20

Chess game

[Event "Quick Chess Tournament"]
[Site "Coffee Club. Salt Lake City"]
[Date "2011.08.20"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Hodson, Grant 1650"]
[Black "Coffey John 2012"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A05"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Bb4 6. O-O d6 7. Qa4+
Nc6 8. Nd4 Bxc3 9. Bxc6+ Ke7 10. bxc3 Qc8 11. d3 h6 12. e4 e5 13. Nf5+
Kf8 14. d4 Rb8 15. dxe5 dxe5 16. Ba3+ 1-0

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Chess game

[Event "Quick Chess Tournament"]
[Site "Coffee Club. Salt Lake City"]
[Date "2011.08.20"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Coffey John 2012"]
[Black "Case Aaron 1500"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A50"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 d5 3. cxd5 Nxd5 4. e4 Nf6 5. Bd3 e6 6. Nc3 c6 7. Nf3
Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. Bg5 Nbd7 10. e5 Nd5 11. Bxe7 Nxe7 12. Qc2 g6 13. b4
Nb6 14. Rac1 Nbd5 15. a3 a5 16. Rb1 Bd7 17. Ne4 Qc7 18. Rfd1 axb4 19.
axb4 Ra3 20. Qd2 Rfa8 21. Qh6 Nf5 22. Nf6+ Nxf6 23. Bxf5 Nh5 24. Ng5
Ng7 25. Qxh7+ Kf8 26. Qh8+ Ke7 27. Qxg7 exf5 28. Qxf7+ Kd8 29. Qf8+
Be8 30. Ne6+ Kd7 31. Nxc7 Kxc7 32. Qe7+ Bd7 33. e6 1-0

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2011-08-13

Chess game

[Event "Quick Tournament"]
[Site "Coffee Club"]
[Date "2011.08.13"]
[Round "1"]
[White "John Coffey"]
[Black "Shaham Nazarinia"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A52"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Bf4 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bb4+ 6. Nc3 Qe7 7.
Qb3 Na5 8. Qc2 Nxc4 9. a3 Ba5 10. b4 Bb6 11. e3 Ngxe5 12. Bxc4 Nxc4
13. Nd5 Qe6 14. Qxc4 c6 15. Nxb6 axb6 16. Qxe6+ fxe6 17. Bd6 h5 18. h4
Rh6 19. Ng5 Rg6 20. f4 c5 21. b5 Ra4 22. Ke2 e5 23. fxe5 Rg4 24. Rhf1
Rxd6 25. exd6 Rxg2+ 26. Rf2 1-0

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2011-08-06

Fwd: Won Quick Tournament




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From: John Coffey <john2001plus@gmail.com>
Date: August 6, 2011 6:04:52 PM MDT
To: John Coffey <john2001plus@gmail.com>
Subject: Won Quick Tournament

[Event "Quick Tournament"]
[Site "Salt Lake Community College"]
[Date "Aug 6, 2011"]
[Round "3"]
[White "John Coffey"]
[Black "Alex Gustafsson"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 b6 4. a3 Be7 5. Nc3 d5 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bxf6
Bxf6 9. e3 O-O 10. Rc1 Ba6 11. Bxa6 Nxa6 12. Qb3 c5 13. Nxd5 cxd4 14. Nxf6+
Qxf6 15. Nxd4 Nc5 16. Qc2 Rfe8 17. O-O Ne4 18. Qc6 Qg5 19. Qb5 Re5 20. Qc6 Ree8
21. Qb5 Re5 22. Qd7 Re7 23. Rc8+ Kh7 24. Qd8 Rxc8 25. Qxc8 Qc5 26. Rc1 Qxc8 27.
Rxc8 Nd6 28. Rc6 Rd7 29. f3 f5 30. Kf2 g6 31. Ke2 Kg7 32. a4 h5 33. b3 Nb7 34.
b4 Kf7 35. Rc8 Nd8 36. Nc6 Nxc6 37. Rxc6 Kg7 38. h4 Kf7 39. e4 fxe4 40. fxe4
Rd4 41. Ke3 Rxb4 42. Rc7+ Ke6 43. Rxa7 Rb1 44. Ra6 Kd7 45. Ra7+ Ke6 46. Rb7 Rb2
47. g3 Rb3+ 48. Kf4 Rb1 49. Kg5 Kd6 50. Kxg6 Ke5 51. Kxh5 Kxe4 52. g4 Kf4 53.
g5 Ra1 54. Rxb6 Rxa4 55. Rf6+ Kg3 56. g6 Ra5+ 57. Kh6 Kxh4 58. Rf4+ Kg3 59. Rc4
1-0. Final 20 moves are approximate since I had to pull the game from memory.    This should put me over 2000 Quick Rating.




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[Event "Quick Tornament"]
[Site "Salt Lake Community College "]
[Date "Aug 6, 2011"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Greg Lee"]
[Black "John Coffey"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. d4 e6 3. Bf4 c5 4. e3 cxd4 5. Nxd4?? e5 6. Bg5 exd4 7.
Qxd4 Nc6?? (Qa5) 8.Bxf6 Qxf6 9. Qxf6 gxf6
0-1 eventually

2011-06-11

Queen's Pawn Game

Chess game

[Event "Quick Tournamen"]
[Site "Salt Lake Community College"]
[Date "2011.06.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Chuck 1618"]
[Black "Coffey 1954"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A46"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. e3 c5 4. c4 e6 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Nc3 Nc6 7. Be2
Bd6 8. O-O O-O 9. a3 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 11. exd4 Bf5 12. Bd3 Qd7 13.
Bg5 Ne4 14. Be3 Nxc3 15. bxc3 Rac8 16. Bxf5 Qxf5 17. Qb3 b6 18. a4 Qd3
19. Rfc1 Qc4 20. Qb5 Rc7 21. g3 Rfc8 22. Bd2 h6 23. Qxc4 Rxc4 24. a5
b5 25. a6 b4 26. Ra5 bxc3 27. Be3 c2 28. Rxd5 Ba3 29. Rd7 Bxc1 30.
Bxc1 Ra4 0-1. Some of black's moves could have been better.

2011-06-04

French

Budapest

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Queen's Pawn Game

2011-05-07

Chess game

[Event "Quick Tournament"]
[Site "Target"]
[Date "2011.05.07"]
[Round "2"]
[White IsaacBalter"]
[Black "John Coffey"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO ""]

1. Nc3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nf3 c5 4. e3 Bg4 5. Be2 e6 6. h3 Bxf3 7. Bb5+
Nc6 8. Qxf3 cxd4 9. exd4 Bb4 10. Bg5 O-O 11. a3 Nxd4 12. Qd3 Bxc3+ 13.
bxc3 Nxb5 14. Qxb5 Qd7 15. Qd3 Ne4 16. Bd2 Qc7 17. f3 Qg3+ 18. Ke2
Qxg2+ 19. Ke3 Qf2+ 20. Kf4 Qxd2+ 21. Qxd2 Nxd2 22. Rh2 e5+ 23. Kxe5
Nxf3+ 24. Kf4 Nxh2 25. Kg3 Rac8 26. Kxh2 Rxc3 27. Rd1 Re8 28. Rxd5
Re2+ 29. Kg1 g6 30. Kf1 Rcxc2 31. h4 Rf2+ 32. Ke1 Rce2+ 33. Kd1 Ra2
34. h5 Rh2 0-1

Bogo Indian

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2011-04-30

Chess game

[Event "Speed tournament"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2011.04.30"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Chuck"]
[Black "John Coffey"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A06"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. e3 c5 3. d4 Nf6 4. c4 e6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Be2
Bd6 8. O-O O-O 9. a3 Ne4 10. Qc2 cxd4 11. Nxe4 dxe4 12. Qxe4 Re8 13.
Qc2 Bg4 14. Rd1 Rc8 15. Qd3 Bc5 16. b4 Bb6 17. exd4 Bxf3 18. Bxf3 Bxd4
19. Rb1 Re1+ 20. Rxe1 Bxf2+ 21. Kxf2 Qxd3 22. Bb2 Qc2+ 23. Kg3 Rd8 0-1
eventually

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2011-04-16

Chess game

[Event "Quick Chess"]
[Site "Salt Lake Community College"]
[Date "2011.04.16"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Ed Hartley"]
[Black "John Coffey"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C11"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3
cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bc5 9. Qd2 O-O 10. Nce2 Qb6 11. c3 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 f6 13.
O-O-O fxe5 14. Bxc5 Qxc5 15. fxe5 Nxe5 16. Nd4 Ng4 17. Re1 e5 18. Nb3
Qb6?!?! (I was trying to give up a pawn for activity.) 19. Be2? Nf6
20. Rhf1 Be6 21. Qg5 Ne4 (ditto) 22. Qxe5 Qe3+ 23. Kb1 Nd2+ 0-1

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Chess game

2011-03-06

chess game

[Event "Quick tournament"]
[Site "Salt Lake Community College"]
[Date "2011.03.05"]
[Round "1"]
[White "John Coffey"]
[Black "Grant Hodson"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D30"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 c6 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. Rc1 Qa5 7. cxd5
Nxd5 8. Qb3 Bb4 9. e4 Nxc3 10. bxc3 Ba3 11. Rb1 1-0 eventually. I
don't have the rest of the game.

Chess game

[Event "Quick Tournament"]
[Site "Salt Lake Community College"]
[Date "2011.03.05"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Val Bradshaw"]
[Black "John Coffey"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E20"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Bd2 b6 5. Nf3 Bb7 6. a3 Bxc3 7. Bxc3
Ne4 8. e3 Nxc3 9. bxc3 d6 10. Be2 Nd7 11. O-O O-O 12. Qc2 f5 13. d5 e5
14. g3 Qf6 15. Rab1 Nc5 16. Rfd1 Rae8 17. a4 Bc8 18. Nd2 f4 19. Ne4
Qg6 20. Bd3 Nxd3 21. Qxd3 f3 22. Nxd6 Qxd3 23. Rxd3 cxd6 24. e4 Ba6
0-1 eventually. I am unsure about the accuracy of white's moves
since I pulled the game from memory.
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Chess game

[Event "Quick Tournament"]
[Site "Salt Lake Community College"]
[Date "2011.03.05"]
[Round "3"]
[White "John Coffey"]
[Black "NADEW Haile"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A53"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 d6 3. Nc3 g6 4. e4 Bg7 5. h3 O-O 6. Nf3 e5 7. Be3 Nc6
8. d5 Ne7 9. Bd3 Nd7 10. Qd2 f5 11. Bh6 Nc5 12. Bc2 fxe4 13. Bxg7 Kxg7
14. Nxe4 Nxe4 15. Bxe4 Rf4 16. Qd3 a6 17. O-O Qf8 18. Rac1 Bd7 19.
Rfe1 b6 20. Qc3 a5 21. Nxe5 dxe5 22. Qxe5+ Qf6 23. Qxc7 Rf8 (Bh3!?)
24. Qxd7 Rf7 25. Qe6 (b4!?) Qxb2 26. Rc2 Qd4 27. Bf3 R4f6 28. Qe5 Qc5
29. Qe3 Qb4 1-0 eventually.

2011-02-25

In Defense of Speed Chess

There might be some debate, and even question in my mind, as to what constitutes “chess skill.”  The two areas of the game that I have studied the most are tactics and endgames, especially king and pawn endings, and consequently I can pick up on ideas in these areas very quickly.   These two areas are “intuitive” for me in the sense that they are more automatic.  Someone who spends a couple minutes thinking about their move might make the same move that I would, but for some of these positions I would only need a few seconds.
 
From my perspective, a speed game is more of a measure of a person’s chess skill because it shows what they know intuitively.   From my perspective, someone who is good at analyzing can compensate for less intuition in a longer game.   I see the flip side argument to this, where you could say that in a longer game, chess skill consists of a person’s intuition and knowledge combined with an ability to analyze the game well.
 
Maybe I take this position because I get my best results at faster time controls.
 
Speed chess may make some people more impulsive, but it also helps for tournament time scrambles.  I think that people who don’t play speed chess negatively impact their tournament chess results.
 
There is also the enjoyment factor.  Given the choice between more rounds at a faster time control or fewer rounds with a longer time control, I think that I would have much more fun with the faster time control.
 
I think that about 4 weeks ago I was playing my best chess that I ever played.  Then I got sick, so now I feel that my chess skill is a little off.
 
Best wishes,
John Coffey 


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