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Peter Alfred Fontaine
P A Fontaine 
Photo courtesy of Peter Alfred Fontaine.  
Number of games in database: 13
Years covered: 2004 to 2014
Overall record: +0 -13 =0 (0.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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chessgames contributor under screen name User: suenteus po 147. Some of his game collections of historical tournaments formed the basis for the Tournament Index.

Last updated: 2021-10-26 08:33:40

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D E Vigorito vs P A Fontaine 1-0302004Simultaneous ExhibitionB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
2. D E Vigorito vs P A Fontaine 1-0572005Simultaneous DisplayA30 English, Symmetrical
3. S Hosea vs P A Fontaine 1-0182007Correspondence - InternetD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. U Hammarstrom vs P A Fontaine 1-0402007Correspondence - InternetB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. P A Fontaine vs S Hosea 0-1332008Correspondence - InternetE15 Queen's Indian
6. P A Fontaine vs S Hosea 0-1372008Correspondence - InternetB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
7. S Hosea vs P A Fontaine 1-0292009Correspondence - InternetC42 Petrov Defense
8. P A Fontaine vs J Wagenaar  0-1312009Correspondence - InternetB42 Sicilian, Kan
9. J Wagenaar vs P A Fontaine 1-0202009Correspondence - InternetA34 English, Symmetrical
10. D Moody vs P A Fontaine 1-0282011Correspondence - InternetA07 King's Indian Attack
11. P A Fontaine vs J Wagenaar  0-1242011Correspondence - InternetB07 Pirc
12. J Wagenaar vs P A Fontaine  1-0162011Correspondence - InternetC34 King's Gambit Accepted
13. P A Fontaine vs S Hosea 0-1242014Correspondence - InternetB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
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  WannaBe: You still have my email addr at yahoo, yes? Kstc_jyu if you need anything.
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  suenteus po 147: <WannaBe> Thank you, friend. I think I did still have your address, but it's good to have back-ups :)

I hope you've been well. I see you're almost to 35K posts here. Frankly, I thought you'd be further along by now... :)

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  suenteus po 147: Last year I started a new account on QueenAlice and played 9 games, all of which I won. I was pretty proud of myself because although I encountered a variety of opponents at different levels of strength, I felt equally in control and capable in every game. I had that moment Fischer talked about of "suddenly getting good," and it was a little scary. I started six more games after those 9 completed, but I chickened out and resigned those 6 after about 5-6 moves each. I haven't played since. However, a couple of people ask why I haven't posted any wins. I suppose I never felt proud of my wins, but in those 9 games were about 4 or 5 I was proud of, so in the next couple of weeks I'll post them with my thoughts and couple of interesting positions if there are any to cite. Here's the first:

Site: QueenAlice
Date(s): 2015.02.04-2015.02.24
White: suenteus_po_147 (unrated)
Black: Artking (1539)
Opening: B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6 3.c4 Nc6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Be2 Nf6 6.O-O Bd6 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Ne5 9.Kh1 h5 10.Bg5 Neg4 11.h4 Qc7 12.Ndb5 axb5 13.Nxb5 Qb6 14.Nxd6+ Kf8 15.Bxg4 Nxg4 16.Qd2 f6 17.Be3 Nxe3 18.fxe3 Ke7 19.Rfd1 Qc6 20.b4 b6 21.Rac1 Bb7 22.b5 Qc7 23.Qb4 Bd5 24.Nf5+ Kf7 25.Qe7+ 1-0

My opponent was eager to play an anti-Sicilian, and I was fine with it since I don't know theory. I went for a Maroczy-Bind style setup (that's 3.c4, right?) because I had had some luck with that move/position in earlier games and I believe in luck/intuition, at least in chess play. He varied from known play (at least in the database) with 6...Bd6:

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This looked like a mistake to me, so I immediately attacked the center with 7.d4 in the hopes to catch the king's bishop undefended in a fork or something. After 8...Ne5 I felt like I had made a mistake. I suddenly had flashbacks of games I had played where my opponent threw all his pieces at my castled king and mated me. So I took the precaution of 9.Kh1 to avoid a knight check on f3 and a bishop check/capture on h2. 9...h5 was expected as a way to continue assaulting my king's position, but something occurred to me while I studied the position: my opponent hadn't castled and wouldn't be so his rook on h8 could continue to support his h-pawn's assault on my king. I knew then I had to counterattack and make myself as much of a nuisance as I could. That brought us to this position:

After 11...Qc7

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I suddenly saw the opportunity to attack and make use of my earlier plans against the king's bishop at d6 with the sham sac of 12.Ndb5! Of course it's not a real sacrifice since I get the piece back with a pawn. It's dangerous too, because after the queen moves to b6 and the king escapes the knight check there are a lot of threats to still address. But after 16.Qd2 f6 17.Be3 Nxe3 18.fxe3 I felt very comfortable and in control. The uncastled king was my sole target and I brought everything to bear against him. I didn't realize how good my position was until his desperate 23...Bd5 to try and capture my knight, but by then it's far too late.

Two things I displayed in this game that I rarely had in play before: a plan and aggression. It was surprising how effective both turned out to be.

Apr-12-17  Molotok: <suenteus po 147> Hello, I was browsing through your USSR championship game collections and noticed that the Kholmov-Borisenko game from 1954 still isnĀ“t corrected. It is in fact the Lisitsin-Sokolsky game and the correct Kholmov-Borisenko game is in the comments there by the user Chessdreamer. I have the scanlation of the original game collection from this championship in Russian so I can confirm that.

And it seems you miss a game of round two (Flohr - Suetin) which ended in draw after 18 moves. Good work putting in the effort for these collections though, cheers.

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  Benzol: I very much miss my old friend ( suenteus po 147 )
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  suenteus po 147: <Benzol> I've missed you, too, Paul. I hope you're well and that we'll bump into each other on here again soon.
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  suenteus po 147: Site: QueenAlice
Date(s): 2015.02.03-2015.03.03
White: suenteus_po_147 (1500)
Black: PatricioKM (1748)
Opening: C60 Ruy Lopez, Cozio Defense

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nge7 4.O-O a6 5.Ba4 b5 6.Bb3 Bb7 7.c3 d5 8.Ng5 h6 9.Nxf7 Kxf7 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Qf3+ Kg8 12.Bxd5+ Kh7 13.Bxc6 Bxc6 14.Qxc6 Bd6 15.a4 Qh4 16.axb5 a5 17.b6 e4 18.g3 Qe7 19.bxc7 Bxc7 20.Ra4 Rhc8 21.Qxe4+ Qxe4 22.Rxe4 Bb6 23.d4 Rc7 24.Na3 Rf8 25.Rfe1 Rf6 26.Bf4 Rcf7 27.Re6 Rxe6 28.Rxe6 Bd8 29.d5 g5 30.Be3 Rb7 31.Nc4 Kg7 32.Bd4+ Kf7 33.Rxh6 Rc7 34.Rh7+ Ke8 35.Rxc7 Bxc7 36.Bf6 Kf7 37.Bxg5 Ke8 38.d6 Bb8 39.Nxa5 Bxd6 40.b4 Kd7 41.b5 Bc7 42.Nc4 Bb8 43.Be3 Kc7 44.Na5 Kd6 45.Bf4+ 1-0

It's been so long since I've played these games that I no longer remember what my thought process was going into it. Particularly, I don't know what inspired me to sac my knight after 8...h6 but the moves that followed seemed like I had a pretty good understanding of the position and what I was doing. Not only did I win two pawns for the exchange, but the mistake of 11...Kg8 meant I won a whole piece as well. Then it was just a matter of simplifying down to a winning endgame. Who was this guy that played the opening aggressively and with confidence?

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  suenteus po 147: Site: QueenAlice
Date(s): 2015.02.06-2015.03.18
White: Bategoll (1930)
Black: suenteus_po_147 (1662)
Opening: A34 English symmetrical, four knights

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 c5 3.c4 Nc6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.d3 d5 6.e5 d4 7.exf6 dxc3 8.bxc3 Qxf6 9.Bd2 Qd8 10.Be2 Be7 11.Qc2 e5 12.O-O O-O 13.Rfe1 Bd6 14.a4 Re8 15.Bg5 Qc7 16.Bh4 Bf5 17.Bg3 Re6 18.Qd2 Rae8 19.Bd1 Kf8 20.Bc2 R6e7 21.Qg5 Bg6 22.Nd2 f6 23.Qe3 f5 24.Qe2 f4 25.Bh4 Rf7 26.f3 Ne7 27.Ne4 Bxe4 28.Qxe4 Nf5 29.Bf2 h5 30.Rab1 b6 31.Rb3 g5 32.Reb1 g4 33.Bd1 g3 34.hxg3 Nxg3 35.Qe1 h4 36.a5 Rb8 37.axb6 Rxb6 38.Rxb6 axb6 39.Ba4 Rh7 40.Rb5 h3 41.Bxg3 fxg3 42.Qxg3 hxg2 43.Kf2 e4 44.Qg4 exf3 45.Qxf3+ Rf7 0-1

This was one of my toughest games on QueenAlice. I was just trying to survive through most of it. I can't tell you how many times I felt trapped on the kingside in previous games, with my opponents' knights circling in and mating me (or snagging my queen) before I could do anything to stop it. Here, I tried to eliminate knights in the closed position as soon as I could. Then, once he played 40.Rb5 I knew I could initiate my own attack on the kingside, which succeeded.

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  suenteus po 147: Site: QueenAlice
Date(s): 2015.02.04-2015.03.19
White: gomery (1582)
Black: suenteus_po_147 (1796)
Opening: B22 Sicilian, Alapin (...d5 exd5...Qxd5)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.d4 Nf6 6.Bd3 Be7 7.O-O O-O 8.Qe2 cxd4 9.Nxd4 e5 10.Nf3 e4 11.Nd4 exd3 12.Qxe7 Re8 13.Qb4 Nc6 14.Nxc6 bxc6 15.Bf4 c5 16.Qb3 c4 17.Qd1 Bg4 18.f3 Re2 19.Rf2 Rae8 20.Kf1 Rxf2+ 21.Kxf2 Re2+ 22.Kg3 Nh5+ 23.Kxg4 Rxg2+ 24.Bg3 Nf6+ 25.Kh3 Re2 26.Nd2 Qf5+ 0-1

I admit I was overconfident in this game. I let the rating differential lull me into overconfidence. I played 9...e5 and 10...e4 thinking I had won a piece and was taken by surprise when white took my en prise bishop on e7.

In order to make up for my mistake I made my mission to keep my pawn on d3 and use it to create as many possibilities against the kingside as possible.

I realize now, reviewing this game for posting here, that my queen never leaves the d5 square for 22 moves, until she delivers the decisive blow. Why my opponent never tried to displace her is a mystery. To his credit, he gave me a very nice note of congratulation after 26...Qf5+

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  suenteus po 147: Site: QueenAlice
Date(s): 2015.02.04-2015.03.19
White: suenteus_po_147 (1796)
Black: gomery (1582)
Opening: B32 Sicilian, Nimzovich Variation

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 d5 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.exd5 Nxd4 7.Bxd7+ Qxd7 8.Qxd4 Nf6 9.c4 e6 10.Nc3 Bb4 11.Bd2 O-O 12.O-O Rfd8 13.Bg5 Bxc3 14.bxc3 exd5 15.cxd5 Qxd5 16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.Qxf6 Rd6 18.Qe7 Rc8 19.Qe3 b6 20.h3 Kf8 21.Rfe1 Re6 22.Qc1 Rxe1+ 23.Qxe1 Qc4 24.Rc1 Qxa2 25.Ra1 Qc4 26.Rxa7 Rc7 27.Ra8+ Rc8 28.Rxc8+ Qxc8 29.Qe5 Kg8 30.h4 Qe6 31.Qxe6 fxe6 32.Kf1 Kf7 33.Ke2 Kf6 34.Kd3 Ke5 35.Kc4 Kd6 36.Kb5 Kc7 37.g4 1-0

Not much to say here. I liked the little feint of 27.Ra8+ and then 29.Qe5 to set up a skewer against the black queen. Maybe that's all I needed because my opponent was quick to exchange queens, but as black soon found out, it was a won endgame for me.

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  suenteus po 147: Site: QueenAlice
Date(s): 2015.02.04-2015.04.09
White: suenteus_po_147 (1853)
Black: Lopesq (1795)
Opening: B01 Scandinavian (center counter) defense

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qe5+ 4.Be2 c6 5.d4 Qa5 6.Nf3 e6 7.O-O Be7 8.Ne5 Nf6 9.Bd2 Qd8 10.Be3 Nbd7 11.f4 Nb6 12.Bf3 Nbd5 13.Nxd5 exd5 14.g4 Ng8 15.g5 Bf5 16.c4 g6 17.cxd5 cxd5 18.Qa4+ Kf8 19.Qb3 Be6 20.Rf2 Rb8 21.Rc1 Kg7 22.Rfc2 h5 23.Rc7 Bd6 24.Rxb7 Rxb7 25.Qxb7 Bxe5 26.fxe5 Ne7 27.Rc7 Re8 28.Qxa7 Bh3 29.Kf2 Be6 30.b4 Kf8 31.b5 Nc8 32.Qc5+ Re7 33.b6 Nxb6 34.Rxe7 Nd7 35.Rxd7+ 1-0

Not much to say here. My opponent danced around with his queen in the beginning, letting my develop my pieces and position while his king got caught in the center and I gained control of the queenside. Despite both my bishops being stuck behind my pawn chain at the end, my two passed queen pawns are able to force a superior position, winning a knight and then the queen.

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  suenteus po 147: Site: QueenAlice
Date(s): 2015.02.04-2015.05.01
White: Lopesq (1730)
Black: suenteus_po_147 (1896)
Opening: A45 Queen's pawn game

1.d4 Nf6 2.c3 d5 3.Bf4 Nh5 4.Bg5 g6 5.e3 Bg7 6.Be2 Nf6 7.Nd2 Nbd7 8.Ngf3 c5 9.Bb5 c4 10.Ne5 a6 11.Bxd7+ Nxd7 12.Nxd7 Bxd7 13.h3 Bf5 14.O-O O-O 15.Bh4 Qc7 16.Bg3 e5 17.Nf3 Qb6 18.Qd2 exd4 19.exd4 Rfe8 20.Rfe1 Be4 21.Ng5 h6 22.Nxe4 dxe4 23.Rab1 Rad8 24.Qe3 f5 25.Qd2 g5 26.Qc2 f4 27.Bh2 Qe6 28.Kf1 e3 29.f3 Rd5 30.Re2 b5 31.a3 h5 32.Rd1 Bh6 33.Kg1 g4 34.hxg4 hxg4 35.fxg4 Qxg4 36.Rf1 Rg5 37.Rf3 Rh5 38.Qd1 Rd8 39.Qf1 Rf8 40.Qe1 Rf7 41.Qf1 Rf6 42.Kh1 Bf8 43.Kg1 Bd6 44.Qe1 Rfh6 0-1

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  suenteus po 147: Site: QueenAlice
Date(s): 2016.04.24-2016.04.25
White: suenteus_po_147 (1850)
Black: christine91 (1898)
Opening: C66 Ruy Lopez, closed Berlin defense, Wolf variation

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.d4 Bd7 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.O-O exd4 7.Nxd4 Be7 8.Re1 Ne5 9.f4 Ng6 10.e5 Bxb5 11.exf6 gxf6 12.Ncxb5 O-O 13.Qg4 Kh8 14.Re3 c6 15.Rh3 Rg8 16.Qh5 Rg7 17.Nf5 Qg8 18.Nxg7 Qxg7 19.Nd4 1-0

Not sure I deserved to win this game. I played 9.f4 to open up the center, and then when Black captured 11...gxf6 and castled, I shifted my sights on the kingside to push an attack as best I could. I haven't deeply analyzed the position, but I have to believe that there were better moves my opponent didn't find that would have shut my plan down with little-to-no gain.

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  suenteus po 147: Site: QueenAlice
Date(s): 2016.04.24-2016.04.27
White: christine91 (1923)
Black: suenteus_po_147 (1882)
Opening: B44 Sicilian defense

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Nc3 Qc7 7.Bd3 d5 8.exd5 cxd5 9.O-O a6 10.Bd2 Nf6 11.f4 Bc5+ 12.Kh1 O-O 13.Qf3 Bb7 14.Qg3 Nh5 15.Qg5 g6 16.Be2 Ng7 17.Qh6 Rfe8 18.Rae1 d4 19.Nd1 Rad8 20.Bd3 Rd5 21.Be2 Bd6 22.c3 d3 23.Bf3 Rf5 24.Bg4 Ra5 25.a3 Bc6 26.c4 Rc5 27.Bc3 Bf8 28.Qh3 Rxc4 29.Qxd3 Rxf4 30.Bh3 Rxf1+ 31.Rxf1 Bb5 32.Qd4 Bxf1 33.Ne3 e5 34.Qh4 Bb5 0-1

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  suenteus po 147: Site: QueenAlice
Date(s): 2016.04.25-2016.05.01
White: suenteus_po_147 (1888)
Black: altair (1798)
Opening: C41 Philidor's defense

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 a6 4.Bc4 h6 5.O-O Nf6 6.dxe5 Nxe4 7.Re1 Nc5 8.exd6+ Be6 9.Bxe6 Nxe6 10.dxc7 Qxc7 11.Ne5 Bd6 12.Qh5 O-O 13.Nc3 Nd7 14.Nd5 Qc8 15.Nxd7 Qxd7 16.Bxh6 Qd8 17.Re4 gxh6 18.Qxh6 Ng7 19.Nf6+ 1-0

Position after 13...Nd7:

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This is one of those cool open positions where an eye to causing mischief provides all sorts of opportunities. In this case, the queen's knight can be deployed to d5 with an eye to the crucial f6 square. The bonus is that this move threatens the black queen at c7. This camouflages the true purpose of the advance, allowing me to capture the h6 pawn and ruin black's kingside fortress after 14...Qc8 15.Nxd7 Qxd7. From there, the advantage is all mine and my opponent is not able to handle the precarious nature of his position.

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  suenteus po 147: Site: QueenAlice
Date(s): 2016.04.25-2016.05.06
White: suenteus_po_147 (1906)
Black: jcso (1848)
Opening: C42 Petrov's defense

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Qe7 4.Nf3 Qxe4+ 5.Be2 Bd6 6.Nc3 Qc6 7.d4 Bb4 8.Bd2 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 O-O 10.O-O d5 11.Ne5 Qd6 12.b3 Nc6 13.Re1 Ne4 14.Bb2 Qf6 15.f3 Ng5 16.c4 dxc4 17.Bxc4 Rd8 18.Nxc6 Qxc6 19.d5 Qg6 20.Kh1 Be6 21.dxe6 Rxd1 22.exf7+ Nxf7 23.Raxd1 Kf8 24.Rd7 Re8 25.Rxe8+ Kxe8 26.Bxf7+ Qxf7 27.Rxf7 Kxf7 28.Kg1 a5 29.Kf2 c5 30.Ke3 g5 31.Ke4 Ke6 32.a4 b6 33.g3 h5 34.f4 gxf4 35.gxf4 h4 36.f5+ Kf7 37.Kd5 1-0

Position after 20...Be6:

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I have a note I wrote regarding this position saved in the gamescore from when I was thinking about my 21st move: "Queen sac? Oh s***, son.... Okay, here goes: 21.dxe6 Rxd1 22. exf7+ Nxf7 23.Raxd1 and then black has no good options? Test it, defend it from black."

I turned out to be right and ended up a whole bishop ahead in the endgame which I was able to win pretty quickly. This might be the game I most proud of (before I stopped playing) since I can't recall ever sacrificing my queen so effectively before in a game.

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  suenteus po 147: Site: QueenAlice
Date(s): 2016.04.25-2016.05.06
White: jcso (1848)
Black: suenteus_po_147 (1925)
Opening: C44 Sicilian defense

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Be2 Nf6 6.Bf3 Ne5 7.O-O Be7 8.Bg5 O-O 9.Nc3 a6 10.a3 b5 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.Be2 Bb7 13.f4 Nc4 14.Bxc4 bxc4 15.e5 Be7 16.f5 exf5 17.Nxf5 Bc5+ 18.Kh1 Qg5 19.Nd5 Rae8 20.h4 Qg6 21. Nd6 Bxd6 22. exd6 Re4 23. Nf4 Rxf4 24.Qd2 Rxh4+ 25.Kg1 Qh5 26.Kf2 Rh2 27.Rg1 Re8 28.Rae1 Qh4+ 29.Kf1 Bxg2+ 30.Rxg2 Rh1+ 31.Rg1 Qh3+ 32.Qg2 Rxg1+ 33.Kxg1 Rxe1+ 0-1

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  suenteus po 147: Site: QueenAlice
Date(s): 2016.04.25-2016.05.08
White: altair (1813)
Black: suenteus_po_147 (1942)
Opening: C20 Sicilian (plus English symmetrical) defense

1.e4 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d3 Nf6 4.h3 e6 5.Be2 d5 6.Nd2 Qa5 7.Bf3 Ne5 8.Qc2 Be7 9.Ne2 Nxf3+ 10.gxf3 d4 11.e5 Nh5 12.f4 Bd7 13.b3 Bc6 14.Rg1 g6 15.Bb2 Bf3 16.Ng3 Nxf4 17.Ne4 Bxe4 18.dxe4 d3 19.Qb1 O-O-O 20.a3 a6 21.Rg3 h5 22.Rf3 Bg5 23.b4 cxb4 24.h4 Ng2+ 25.Kf1 Nxh4 26.Nb3 Nxf3 27.Bc1 Qb6 28.c5 Qb5 29.Ra2 d2+ 30.Kg2 d1=Q 0-1

This was an instructive game to play as I felt I was actually seeing and capitalizing on opportunities in a semi-closed position. I liked 9...Nxf3+ since White can't take with his pinned knight and must break-up his kingside pawns. This was a weakness I was able to exploit after he ill-advisedly played 11.e5 and 12.f4. Also, the loss of his king's bishop meant I had relative safety for my knight and queen's bishop on the white squares. That plus the pin on the d2 knight paid dividends throughout the game.

The key moment (for me) was the position after 17.Ne4. By taking with my bishop I prevent an unwanted check and exchange on d6/f6 and more importantly I get a passed pawn on the e-file after 18.dxe4. Now the white queen is either exchanged or retreats to the back rank to prevent castling (which happened in the game). I'm then free to castle queenside and put additional pressure on the e-file and the rest came pretty easily.

One last note: the poor white knight is pinned a final time after 26...Nxf3. If he takes my queen I fork on the d2 square and so he is down a rook for nothing.

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  suenteus po 147: Site: QueenAlice
Date(s): 2016.04.25-2016.05.09
White: suenteus_po_147 (1956)
Black: Varela27 (2009)
Opening: B76 Sicilian: dragon, Yugoslav attack, Rauser variation

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 O-O 9.O-O-O d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Bd4 Bxd4 13.Qxd4 Qb6 14.Na4 Qc7 15.Bc4 Rd8 16.Bb3 Bf5 17.g3 h5 18.Qc5 e6 19.Qd4 Rab8 20.Nc5 Qb6 21.Na4 Qa5 22.g4 hxg4 23.fxg4 c5 24.Nxc5 Bxg4 25.Qxg4 Qxc5 26.h4 Qe3+ 27.Kb1 Nf6 28.Rxd8+ Rxd8 29.Qg1 Qf3 30.a3 Ne4 31.Bxe6 Ng3 32.Bxf7+ Kxf7 33.Qxa7+ Kg8 34.Rg1 Rd1+ 35.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 36.Ka2 Qd5+ 37.Kb1 Nf5 38.Qb8+ Kf7 39.Qc7+ Ke6 40.Qb6+ Kf7 41.Qc7+ Ne7 42.Qf4+ Nf5 43.Qc7+ Kf6 44.Qb6+ Qe6 45.Qxe6+ Kxe6 46.Kc1 Nxh4 47.Kd1 Nf5 48.a4 Ne3+ 49.Kd2 Nc4+ 50.Kc3 Ne5 51.Kd4 Nc6+ 52.Ke4 Kd6 53.c3 Kc5 54.b3 Ne7 55.Kf3 Nd5 56.c4 Ne7 57.Kg4 Nc6 58.Kg5 Kb4 59.Kxg6 Kxb3 60.c5 Kxa4 61.Kf6 Kb4 62.Ke6 Kxc5 63.Kd7 Kd5 1/2-1/2

This was one of the toughest draws I ever had to play. I managed the half point by the skin of my teeth. In my notes to the game I asked myself "What's wrong with 22.g4?" My analysis failed me because I played it and quickly found out that 23...c5 was what was wrong with it. I was lucky to have picked up so many pawns in the game, because otherwise I would have lost this endgame definitively. As it is, this game needs a lot of analysis, but I don't have the time at the moment. Still, it's a sign in of itself I was improving by drawing against such a tough opponent!

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  suenteus po 147: I've begun playing again! This was my first win after being away from the game for five years, and it was shaky.

Site: QueenAlice
Date(s): 2021.10.07-2021.10.11
White: suenteus_po_147 (1943)
Black: MMA34 (1832)
Opening: B89 Sicilian: Sozin (7.Be3)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Qe2 a6 9.O-O-O Nxd4 10.Bxd4 b5 11.Bb3 e5 12.Bxe5 Qb6 13.Bd4 Qc7 14.f4 Bg4 15.Nxb5 axb5 16.Qxb5+ Bd7 17.Qg5 Rg8 18.e5 Ne4 19.Qh5 g6 20.Qxh7 Rf8 21.Bd5 Nc5 22.Bxa8 Qa5 23.Bd5 Ba4 24.exd6 Bxd6 25.Rhe1+ Kd7 26.Bxc5 1-0

I was off to a good start after 11...e5? since I win a free pawn. The bishop is immune to capture otherwise Black drops his queen.

Because my opponent so quickly dropped a pawn, I started moving more quickly and I paid the price for it. After 13...Qc7 I desperately wanted to advance my e-pawn, kicking the black knight on f6 and then eventually playing e6 to start opening up all sorts of tactical combinations. So I played 14.f4? without hardly thinking at all and was stung by 14...Bg4, skewering my queen and rook.

I was so angry with myself for falling into such a bad situation, but I learned nothing from my previous error. Even though I actually looked at 15.Nd5 (which wins the exchange no matter how black responds) I played 15.Nxb5. After 15...axb5 16.Qxb5+ I have three pawns for my knight in an uneven position and it's not at all clear that I can keep things equal. At this point I stepped away from the game and had a long think. 17.Qg5 immediately jumped out at me as the sharpest continuation, but I wanted to make sure my calculation of the position was right before I continued.

The complexity of the position and my bishop pair proved to be decisive and I won the game after an early resignation from my opponent. I thought he could have tried 26...Qxc5 forcing me to solve his threat of mate-in-one before I resumed my attack on his king, but I guess four pawns plus the exchange up was too much of a material deficit for him to continue. I considered myself lucky all the same.

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  suenteus po 147: Site: QueenAlice
Date(s): 2021.10.07-2021.10.18
White: MMA34 (1859)
Black: suenteus_po_147 (1956)
Opening: E61 King's Indian defense (3.Nc3)

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 O-O 5.e3 d6 6.Bd3 Nbd7 7.O-O e5 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Re1 c6 10.e4 Nc5 11.Bc2 Qe7 12.b4 Ne6 13.a3 Nh5 14.Ne2 Rd8 15.Bd2 Nef4 16.Qc1 Bg4 17.Ng3 Bxf3 18.gxf3 Nh3+ 19.Kg2 N5f4+ 20.Bxf4 Nxf4+ 21.Kh1 Qg5 22.Rg1 h5 23.Qe3 Qh4 24.Ne2 Nxe2 25.Qxe2 Bh6 26.Rad1 Rxd1 27.Qxd1 Rd8 28.Bd3 Bf4 29.Rg2 Rd4 30.Qe2 Qd8 31.Bb1 Rd1+ 32.Rg1 Qh4 0-1

For me in this game, the decisive moment came after 11.Bc2:

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I didn't know what to do. I had seven days to make my move, and I burned four of those testing out all kinds of moves that didn't seem to do anything for me. The answer came from Max Euwe. I looked at this game, M Sonnenberg vs Euwe, 1925 and was inspired by Euwe's simple 10...Qe7 as a way to clear the d-file while still developing my plans for an attack on the king side.

From the same game, Euwe also moves his queen's knight to e6 to pivot to the kingside, which is exactly what I needed to mount my attack. From that point, I felt emboldened and moved with a confidence I have rarely felt in a serious game of chess against a peer.

After 17...Bxf3 18.gxf3 Nh3+ 19.Kg2 N5f4+ 20.Bxf4 Nxf4+ 21.Kh1 Qg5 I had arrived at a position I was studying well in advance and I knew if I calculated properly I could force a win. It was all about control of the d-file and using the broken, blocked white pawns on the kingside to my advantage. I'm very proud of the win. Of course, I was lucky it was correspondence. If it had been OTB I don't believe I would have found the proper way forward.

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  OhioChessFan: You're taking modesty too far to have no wins submitted.
Jun-24-22  Z free or die: <<OCF> You're taking modesty too far to have no wins submitted.>

In the interest of symmetry, we need a new rule, the <Fontaine Rule>:

"For every two losses the player submitted of their own games, one win must be submitted"

Seems sensible, and fair.


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  suenteus po 147: <OhioChessFan> & <Z free or die> Gentlemen, thank you for your words of praise!

<In the interest of symmetry, we need a new rule, the <Fontaine Rule>:

"For every two losses the player submitted of their own games, one win must be submitted"> I'm not sure <MissScarlett> would approve of such shenanigans.

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  suenteus po 147: Site: QueenAlice
Date(s): 2021.10.19-2021.11.14
White: CCapivara (2231)
Black: suenteus_po_147 (1971)
Opening: D85 Gruenfeld: modern exchange variation, 8.Be3

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Nf3 c5 8.Be3 Qa5 9.Qd2 Nc6 10.Be2 O-O 11.Rd1 Bg4 12.e5 Rfd8 13.Qb2 Bxf3 14.Bxf3 cxd4 15.Bxc6 dxe3 16.Rxd8+ Rxd8 17.Bf3 Bxe5 18.O-O Bxc3 19.Qxb7 exf2+ 20.Kh1 Be1 21.Qxe7 Rd2 22.Rxe1 fxe1=Q+ 23.Qxe1 Rxa2 24.Qe8+ Kg7 25.h3 Ra1+ 26.Kh2 Qc3 27.Qe2 a5 28.Bd5 Re1 29.Qf2 Qe5+ 30.g3 Re2 0-1

This was my first serious game attempting the Grunfeld. My opponent deviated from our database with 12.e5, which immediately seemed like a mistake, when he could have castled out of some nastiness. Therefore, I decided to create more nastiness with 12...Rfd8. Shockingly, white still refused to castle and played 13.Qb2 which I think is just bad, though most responses seemed to be. When the dust settles, I'm left here:

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This is when I really got nervous. I'm up the exchange and a pawn, but my rook and queen are far from my king and if I'm not careful I could easily fall into a mate or (at best) a perpetual. I had to tread carefully. After a few days of analyzing, I see that I can't take on a2 as I want with the queen because doing so would give up protection of the crucial e5 square, giving my opponent the perpetual that would save the half point.

I was so intent on controlling the a1-h8 diagonal that I missed the faster win with 26...Qc7+. Oh well, live and learn.

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