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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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


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#


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.