Januar 28th, 2009

Preliminaries are running yet?!

In these days a new BdF newsletter came in telling that the server group 19 was finishing its games, just shortly before cancelling all server games.
But the semi-finals were started officially already on November 15th 2008 ?! And even more, surely many games in the semi-finals have already been finished! Incredible...

Giorgio Ruggeri Laderchi contributed on Sept. 23rd, 2006 some very interesting statistics about this tournament. In summary 782 players from 56 countries have taken part, and even African players from Nigeria and Togo!

I enclose here first game archives from the server players and the snail mail players made available by BdF.
An archive for the e-mail players was made public by ICCF on November 14th 2007...

September 22nd, 2008

Finally it goes on...

After a long waiting being impatiently again and again and refusing some opportunities for playing CC tournaments over ics servers it will go on. Finally we can play our semi-finals!
An invitation came in from the BdF tournament director, and I'm willing to write a blog again, have a look here.

December 20th, 2007

... after 15 months

A last action was executed, the worst: I threw in my towel...
After 15 months of pleasure and frustrations, new hopes and disappointments I set a such bad spot resigning a game which had been lost already in move 12. And that happened in correspondence chess with all the time having for better analyzing, in a CC tourney I wished to play very seriously hoping for best results, and against the second last.  :-(
What can I say? Maybe indeed an issue of psychology? When I'm looking back I had to agree that this happened repeatedly. And what I've also seen in past again and again: this happens also in high level CC tourneys, not often but repeatedly.
And the unexpectedly happened: I scored as 2nd, have a look at our final crosstable. Well, my goal previously was getting to next stage, and I got it but...

Now I'm really nosy whether I will be paired with a CC grandmaster, it was the greatest!

November 28th, 2007

Again news from BdF Open tournament

Again a BdF newsletter came in with news to our Open tournament: in email group 9 the Russian Nikolai Kizimenko won clearly with 7 points, scoring as 2nd Josef Wagner (AUS) with 5.5 points ahead of Lars Nowak (GER) with 5.
Also the email group 5 was finished: Dmitry Dobrica (RUS) won with 6 ahead of Walter Bandl (GER) 6 and Norbert Molzahn (GER).
And a 3rd email group 06 was finished: Kurt Schreiber (GER) with 7.0 ahead of Bernd Laube (GER) 6.5 and Janusz Kusnierz (POL) with 6.
Finally email group 7 finishing with a glory German success: Herrmann Karg (GER) with 7 ahead of Johann Zitzmann (GER) and Jrg Wedel (GER) both with 6.5 points.
Also another server group 7 is finished: Joaquin Dorner from Guatemala won with 6.5 ahead of Joze Hribersek (SLOV) and Sergey Pligin (RUS) both with 6 points.

It seems the Eastern Europeans are breaking through?!

November 18th 2007

An endless story ends now

Psychology in chess? Of course, that issue exists here, too. At first my hard drive crashed... and then my willingness for battling on. Weird but true.
For a long time I've been struggling for a win already, and several times I thought that it's. Now I must understand all battling has been vainly. Is that chess? No but, too.

Belka - Karg
1.e4 c5 2.Na3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Qc7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.d3 g6 7.O-O Bg7 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Bxc5 Bxb2 10.Rb1 Bg7 11.h3 b6 12.Bb4 Ne5 13.Nxe5 Qxe5 14.Nc4 Qc7 15.Qd2 Be6 16.Bc3 f6 17.a4 O-O 18.f4 Bxc4 19.dxc4 Bh6 20.Qf2 e5 21.f5 Qf7 22.Qe2 Bf4 23.a5 Rab8 24.axb6 axb6 25.Rf3 gxf5 26.exf5 Kh8 27.Kf1 Qh5 28.Qe4 b5 29.cxb5 cxb5 30.Be1 Rfc8 31.Ra3 Qf7 32.Rb4 Rc5 33.Ra6 Bg5 34.h4 Bh6 35.Rc6 Bf8 36.Rxc5 Bxc5 37.Rb3 Qg8 38.Rd3 Qc8 39.g4 Ra8 40.Rc3 Ra3 41.Rxa3 Bxa3 42.g5 Kg7!? 43.Bd2 Bd7 44.Be3 Qa6 45.Qg4 Bf8 46.gxf6+ Kf7 47.Kg2 Qc6+ 48.Kg3 Qc3 49.Qe4 Qe1+ 50.Kh3 Qf1+ 51.Kg4 Qe2+ 52.Qf3 Qc4 53.Kg5 Kg8 54.Qa8 Kf7 55.Qg2h6+ 56.Kh5 Bf8 57.Bg5 Ke8 58.Qa8+ Kf7 59.Qb7+ Kg8 60.f7+... (The last battling? Forcing an exchanging of queens) 60...Qxf7 61.Qxf7+ Kxf7 62.Kg4 Bb4! (indeed the killer move as already analyzed) 63.Kf3... (the king has to move to queensside being able to attack) 63...h5 64.Ke4 Bc3 65.Kd5 Bd4 (differing from the analyzed main line but also shortly analyzed) 66.Kd6... (here I had the hope yet to get into zugzwang situations gaining Black's b5 and e5 pawns against my h4 pawn) 66...Bb2 67.Kc6 Ba3 (again a trap by Black forcing a draw several moves later) 68.Kd5 Bb2 69.Kd6... (here I realised that likely all hopes are gone) 69...Bd4 70.Kc6...

70...b4 - have a look to right.
Many moves back I'd thought yet here were anything to gain but I must admit I followed just a phantom.
To the hell after declining my oppponent's draw offer 3 times I should do the same now, it's time to think of the next adventures...
diagram 70...b4

October 27th, 2007

BdF Open tournament news

Today the BdF newsletter for October came in with news: in email group 20 won Edgar Achilles (GER) with 7 points ahead of Gerhard Loderbauer (GER) und Joel Ibarra Padron (CUB), both scoring with 6.5 points.
In the server group 2 Stefan Ciesielski (Pol) and surprisingly Frank Penzler (GER) are sharing first place with a score of 6.5 points. IM Walter Geißler (GER) came in as third with 6 points.
And even in a snail mail group there is a first finalist: Uwe Nogga (GER) was winning in group 12. Here just the winners are getting into the final.

October 24th, 2007

A friendly request

An email came in today. Thoralf Wecke is requesting how my both games are running. He hopes I would been winning both. And offering to deliver again all games finished so far in our group after my hard drive crash. True, really friendly...

October 17th, 2007

It's going on

Yeah, after a longer struggling with hardware and software problems I got it: my system is running again...
And our arbiter Moedl? The only living signal was that, on Oct. 20th (!): "Hallo Herr Belkla, hiermit ersuche ich Sie, Ihre unqualifizierten Äußerungen über mich gegenüber Ihren Partnern zurückzunehmen. Zum Glück habe ich derartige Meldungen noch NIE lesen müssen - aber ich weiß eben, woher sie kommen!!! [...]"
LOL, that was all he did, no correct email addressing my problem and a special leave for me. He did nothing in this regard being addressed to me. To the hell with such guys without decency and properness. Very sad that also chess was pervaded...

After this crash I've had the strange feeling that also my willingness for fighting is broken... :-/

October 14th, 2007

... being missed?

No, not really. I'm struggling yet rebuilding my system. :-((
But no reaction by Moedl?! And Isigkeit just in this way one day later after being informed:
"Lieber Schachfreund Belka, die Entscheidung hierzu trifft der Turnierleiter. Ich leite Ihre Mail an Herrn Moedl weiter.
mfg Hans-Jürgen Isigkeit"
And that was all, no decision no solution for this problem, and the time is running away. What is that? After 7 days gone no decision?? To the hell with those bureaucrats...
And so I emailed my both opponents asking for an individual agreement on a special leave on October 9th, and both replied as expected, in a companionable and friendly manner...

October 7th, 2007

Crashed!!

What a catastrophe - my hard drive had crashed yesterday!! :-((
I trusted of another hard drive being in reserve with almost same data but it didn't boot anymore - a total catastrophe now. I've lost all my data, have nothing anymore for this running tournament.
A single, the only line holding me 'alive' is an email from Frenzel. I replied immediately today asking for support and delivering my ask for a special leave to tournament director. And he did it just today informing Isigkeit and Moedl.

September 25th, 2007

BdF gives an interim report

Today the BdF newsletter for September came in telling that another chess friends have qualified for the semi-finals as following:
Email: A. Saidashev (RUS), B. Kovernikov (RUS), R. Heinke (GER), H. Keller (GER), D. Henrich (GER), St. Ewert (GER), H. Karg (GER), R. Welzenheimer (GER), A. Har-Even (ISR).
Server: V. Makeev (BLR), I. Necula (ROM), Manfred Scheiba (GER), Jrn Gronemann (GER) and Lyuben Simeonov (BUL)

A little bit daydreaming I wished I could play GM Har-Even... ;-))

September 21st, 2007

It's done...

Buuhhh, it's done - a long battle is over. Well, there is always an alternative playing the Blackmar-Diemer: either the game is turning into a just very short but exciting battle or it's getting into a very long pulling playing for the pawn advantage. And I had to go the long walk. Yeah, the Belka-Neumeyer line would have done it to me! ;-)

Wecke - Belka
1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 c6 6.Bc4 Bf5 7.Ne5 e6 8.O-O Bg6 9.Bg5 Nbd7 10.Qe2 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Qd4+ 12.Kh1 Bh5 13.Qe1 Nd7 14.Be2?! Bxe2 15.Qxe2 Qxe5 16.Qd2 Qc7 17.Qe2 h6 18.Bh4 Be7 19.Bxe7 Kxe7 20.Qg4 Rhg8 21.Rae1 Nf6 22.Qh4 Ke8 23.Ne4 Nxe4 24.Qxe4 g6 25.Rf6 Qe7 26.Ref1 Rg7 27.Qe3?! Rh7!? 28.c4 h5 29.h3 h4 30.b4 a6 31.a4 Rd8 32.b5 axb5 33.axb5 c5 34.Qf4 Rd6 35.Ra1 Rd4 36.Qf3 Qc7 37.Qe3 Ke7 38.Raf1 Qg3 39.Qe2 Ke8 40.b6 Qd6 41.Qf3 Qe7 42.Ra1 Rd8 43.Ra7 Rb8 44.Qf4 Qd8! 45.Qe5 Rh5 46.Qf4 e5 47.Qf2 Qd4 48.Qf3 Qd7 49.Qf2 Rd8! 50.Ra3 Rf5! 51.Rxf5 Qxf5 52.Qxh4 e4 (Wecke: "... and it's making towards after all!") 53.Qh8+... (unexpected and weaker than Qg3..., too far away from the battle field) 53...Kd7 54.Qh4... (Wecke: "The game is over now. Though I play on a few moves.") 54...Qf1+ 55.Kh2 Qxc4 56.Re3... (renewed just 2nd choice) 56...Re8 57.Qf4 Qd5 58.Qc7+... (and offering a 17 conditional moves sequence!! Wecke: "I hope you accept my little moves sequence.") 58...Ke6 59.Qf4 f5 (forced being able to hold the very important e-pawn) 60.Rg3...

diagram 60...Qe5 60...Qe5! differing from Wecke's conditional moves sequence, have a look to left.
My opponent counted on ...Kf7 but my choice is much more aggressive forcing the game renewed with sacrificing a pawn again and exchanging the queens.
And now my brave BDG combatant resigned: "As already emailed those were my last

moves. I don't like anymore. I give up!"

And for our tournament crosstable:

  • Wecke 1 : 0 Frenzel
  • Wecke 0 : 1 Belka

September 17th, 2007

An 17 conditional moves sequence offered!

I don't want to believe what I see: Wecke is offering a 17 conditinal moves sequence! Incredible, never seen before!! Wecke: "Enclosed quite the last moves from me... I hope you accept my little moves sequence." O o O o ... No, I don't, differing very early from his offered sequence forcing again our play! ;-)

Dark clouds are raising in my Karg game. After a first look it seems there could be holes in my past long analysis?! Do my hopes for a win disappear? :-/
Truly different worries has Frenzel: " It's scaring how I lost my games in the last 3 months. Before I had hoped for scoring as 3rd or 4th. Now I'll been getting maybe last. In this way one can lose his interest of playing chess." :-/

Yeah, my friend Andrey got it scoring even as 2nd now being 1.5 points ahead of me - wow!

And news for our tournament crosstable:

  • Pavlikov 1 : 0 Dobner
  • Frenzel 0 : 1 Neumann


September 10th 2007

A long pulling goes on...

Hopes and disappointments are raising and disappearing in my Karg game. Indeed, patience and accuracy are highly stressed again and again.

Belka - Karg
1.e4 c5 2.Na3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Qc7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.d3 g6 7.O-O Bg7 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Bxc5 Bxb2 10.Rb1 Bg7 11.h3 b6 12.Bb4 Ne5 13.Nxe5 Qxe5 14.Nc4 Qc7 15.Qd2 Be6 16.Bc3 f6 17.a4 O-O 18.f4 Bxc4 19.dxc4 Bh6 20.Qf2 e5 21.f5 Qf7 22.Qe2 Bf4 23.a5 Rab8 24.axb6 axb6 25.Rf3 gxf5 26.exf5 Kh8 27.Kf1 Qh5 28.Qe4 b5 29.cxb5 cxb5 30.Be1 Rfc8 31.Ra3 Qf7 32.Rb4 Rc5 33.Ra6 Bg5 34.h4 Bh6 35.Rc6 Bf8 36.Rxc5 Bxc5 37.Rb3 Qg8 38.Rd3 Qc8 39.g4 Ra8 40.Rc3 Ra3 41.Rxa3 Bxa3 42.g5 Kg7!? 43.Bd2 Bd7 44.Be3 Qa6 45.Qg4 Bf8 46.gxf6+ Kf7 47.Kg2 Qc6+ 48.Kg3 Qc3 49.Qe4 Qe1+ 50.Kh3 Qf1+ 51.Kg4 Qe2+ 52.Qf3 Qc4 53.Kg5 Kg8 (Connected with a 3rd draw offer. And renewed just in a sub-line analyzed. This reply shows clearly that my opponent also analyzes hardly...) 54.Qa8... (I preferred this move compared with the obvious Qg2... because connected with some complications.) 54...Kf7 (Within hours replied - it's pity regarding all possible complications. :-/) 55.Qg2... (Here I examined 4 alternatives: 55.Qb7+ Kg8 56.Qf3..., 55.Qb7 Kg8 56.Qg2..., 55.Qg2 Kg8 56.Qf3... and 55.Qg2 Kg8 56.Kh5..., but the last line with most potential.) 55...Bh6+ (Just jugglery, a trap?) 56.Kh5 Bf8 57.Bg5... (Renewed after long and difficult analyzing but with a prospect of winning chances.) 57...Ke8 58.Qa8+... (Now a line forcing an exchanging of the queens. I hope for the KBP endgame.) 58...Kf7 59.Qb7+ Kg8

... and now the final idea: 60.f7+... - have a look to right. Will that be the last battle? From tactical reasons I delivered my move only after my leave not giving extra time to my opponent.
60...Qxf7+ 61.Qxf7+ Kxf7
diagram 60.f7...

62.Kg4... (and now a fast switch to the queen's side) 62...Bb4! (yeah, a

diagram 65.Kd5... strong riposte, expected and already long analyzed) 63.Kf3 h5 64.Ke4 Bc3 65.Kd5... - have a look to left diagram.
65...Bd4 Just a sub-line in my analysis. But it's raising to a major problem now. Had I overlooked anything in past? After a longer look unexpected problems are appearing...


September 9th, 2007

Andrey is getting up slowly but steady

Today in the evening a little email came in informing that Andrey has won his game gainst Koukal.
Yeah, Andrey had a hard to do job winning this game. In a feeble situation I adviced him to seek his chances in a style confusing the opponent, trying to involve some complications and advised him to have a look on my own Koukal game. And it worked!

For our tournament crosstable:

  • Koukal 0 : 1 Pavlikov

September 5th, 2007

... and it's making towards after all!

A very long tug of war is getting closer and closer to the end. Well, I recall that I've been thinking about playing the Blackmar-Diemer myself. But I took this tournament very seriously, wished to be successful as much as possible scoring under the first three being qualified for the next stage. That's why I got into this situation surprisingly defending myself against a brave BDG player...

Wecke - Belka
1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 c6 6.Bc4 Bf5 7.Ne5 e6 8.O-O Bg6 9.Bg5 Nbd7 10.Qe2 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Qd4+ 12.Kh1 Bh5 13.Qe1 Nd7 14.Be2?! Bxe2 15.Qxe2 Qxe5 16.Qd2 Qc7 17.Qe2 h6 18.Bh4 Be7 19.Bxe7 Kxe7 20.Qg4 Rhg8 21.Rae1 Nf6 22.Qh4 Ke8 23.Ne4 Nxe4 24.Qxe4 g6 25.Rf6 Qe7 26.Ref1 Rg7 27.Qe3?! Rh7!? 28.c4 h5 29.h3 h4 30.b4 a6 31.a4 Rd8 32.b5 axb5 33.axb5 c5 34.Qf4 Rd6 35.Ra1 Rd4 36.Qf3 Qc7 37.Qe3 Ke7 38.Raf1 Qg3 39.Qe2 Ke8 40.b6 Qd6 41.Qf3 Qe7 42.Ra1 Rd8 43.Ra7 Rb8 44.Qf4 Qd8! 45.Qe5 Rh5 46.Qf4 e5 47.Qf2 Qd4 48.Qf3... (this move was replied immediately and not in my analysis - he denied my pawn sacrificing?!) 48...Qd7 49.Qf2... (Offering a draw. But there is a subtle difference: Black's queen is staying on d7 now defending pawn b7 not on d8 anymore!) 49...Rd8! (no move repetition instead attacking.) 50.Ra3... (Wecke: "Had always to do anyhow and no time for analyzing 'your' line. Before I lose more time I decide to play my 'own' main move 50.Ra3..." -- Admitting that White's attempt to attack is failed?!)

diagram 50...Rf5 50...Rf5 - have a look to left. Finally my old idea - trading the rooks being forced now is a win for Black! 51.Rxf5 Qxf5 52.Qxh4... A renewed offer sacrificing a pawn now accepted.
52...e4 - have a look to right. And Wecke obviously disappointed: "... and it's making towards after all." Indeed, that was my goal, all my hope, that's why my pawn sacrifices...
53.Qh8+... Not expected so far and surely weaker than Qg3..., too far away from the battleground.
53...Kd7 It seems crystal-clear now: the battle with my BDG
diagram 52...e4

combatant is over in a manner of speaking, just yet a question of endgame technique...



September 4th, 2007

I'm back...

Indeed, I'm back, found back from wilderness in Swedish Laponia to Middle Europe again taking a large leave from August 8th till September 3rd.
And it's a little bit hard to get "into the line", into correspondence chess again. My brave BDG combatant repeated 3 times his last move during my leave, the first time after just 8 days - and that though he took himself 38 (!) days respite for his own last move?!  8-) The other both opponents stayed cool...
On August 26th the recent BdF newsletter told that a 2nd group EM 08 has finished all games with following results: Aleksander Saidashev (RUS) 6.5 ahead of Harald Keller (GER) 6.0 and our Herrmann Karg (GER) 5.5 - maybe a lucky qualifying for him if I should be able to win against him.

And there was a little "movement" in our group, too: on August 17th Dobner took a win over Frenzel surprisingly to me - for our tournament crosstable:

  • Dobner 1 : 0 Frenzel

July 27th, 2007

First group's games finished

Today a BdF newsletter came in telling that more than two third of all 3,168 games are finished. And in group EM 01 all games were already accomplished! Both favourites Richard Heinke (GER) and GM Abir Har-Even (ISR) have dominated with 6.5 points, and a little surprisingly Stefan Ewert (GER) has qualified as third with 5.5 points. Now we know our first potential opponents! ;-)
Since July 7th there are no 'movements' in our group anymore, a sign for hard endgame battles?

July 20th, 2007

Missing my BDG combatant again

And renewed I've been worried about missing Wecke's reply for 15 days! I repeated two times and yesterday in the evening finally a smoking signal: "All is okay. Just unfortunately no time for analyzing. Your 52...e4 I didn't take into account. Mmmhh, now you'll still keep the upper hand. Had should accept your conditional moves. But whatsoever, it's just a game."
Yeah, how did I say? It's getting brighter and brighter... :-)



July 19th 2007

Battle is going on

My feelings are going up and down in my Karg game, patience and accuracy are highly stressed from time to time. Of course, I don't want to fight like Don Quichotte though some times feelings like that are coming up. ;-) But again and again it seems to me that there was some light at the end of tunnel...

Belka - Karg
1.e4 c5 2.Na3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Qc7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.d3 g6 7.O-O Bg7 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Bxc5 Bxb2 10.Rb1 Bg7 11.h3 b6 12.Bb4 Ne5 13.Nxe5 Qxe5 14.Nc4 Qc7 15.Qd2 Be6 16.Bc3 f6 17.a4 O-O 18.f4 Bxc4 19.dxc4 Bh6 20.Qf2 e5 21.f5 Qf7 22.Qe2 Bf4 23.a5 Rab8 24.axb6 axb6 25.Rf3 gxf5 26.exf5 Kh8 27.Kf1 Qh5 28.Qe4 b5 29.cxb5 cxb5 30.Be1 Rfc8 31.Ra3 Qf7 32.Rb4 Rc5 33.Ra6 Bg5 34.h4 Bh6 35.Rc6 Bf8 36.Rxc5 Bxc5 37.Rb3 Qg8 38.Rd3 Qc8 39.g4 Ra8 40.Rc3 Ra3 41.Rxa3 Bxa3 42.g5 Kg7!? 43.Bd2 Bd7 44.Be3 Qa6 45.Qg4 Bf8 46.gxf6+... (open files are the only chance for any progress) 46...Kf7 (the answer came immediately, was already analyzed: preventing White's attacks but g-file is opened now) 47.Kg2... (That was a hard to do decision - there were five alternatives I searched for: Qh5+, Qe4, Qf3, Bg5 and Kg2, and for a long time I waded through deep waters being frustrated again and again. But very lately I still found a tiny chance in a line starting with a quiet move 47.Kg2...) 47...Qc6+ (wow just the move I heartly expected!) 48.Kg3 Qc3 (Black's idea is obviously: intruding into White's camp, to white king's back) 49.Qe4... (Defending c2, attacking e5, occupying diagonal e4-a8. My goal: exchanging the queens and attacking Black's b-pawn. Until here my expectations were fulfilled.) 49...Qe1+ (after 3 days replied and not an answer I relly expected) 50.Kh3... (enables to escape to g4) 50...Qf1+ 51.Kg4 Qe2+ (renewed immediately replied) 52.Qf3 Qc4 (That I didn't expect throwing out me of all analysis. I counted just on 52...h5+. Now I got again into deep waters! Should Karg be right with his request for drawing?)

53.Kg5... have a look on right. There were just two alternatives here: Kg3... or Kg5... And at least very deep into the endgame there is a little hope yet for attacking chances. Yes, I do hope yet... diagram 53.Kg5...

July 9th, 2007

A last big decision?

Yesterday I made my (last big) decision in the game against Karg choosing my response among five alternatives. Yes, it was a hard to do job in a situation where all seems to be very unclear, apparently no much promising way. Of course, I didn't gamble, didn't play dice. But my recent choice is maybe a last attempt trying my luck. If that doesn't work for me then there is no way anymore...
Already today Karg responded. And his reply meets my expectations! ;-)

July 6th, 2007

Miracle

Surprisingly Andrey came in with an email telling that he had drawn his game against Opitz. He spoke of a miracle which happened being under pressure over 7 months, struggling against a loss and gaining a draw while playing a fishy but losing line - wow!

For our tournament crosstable:

  • Opitz 0.5 : 0.5 Pavlikov

July 2nd, 2007

Favouriting own main move

I was worried about missing Wecke's reply and sent an 2nd email with my last move on Sunday. And he replied now immediately. "In any way I hadn't had time analyzing 'your variant'. But before I lose more time I favourite 'my' main move 50. Ra3..." - Life can be so simple sometimes!? ;-)
He chose a move differing from my offered conditional move sequence. But all I can see is that this is not the best. Now I see more and more light on the horizon it's getting brighter and brighter... And I offered again conditional moves achieving a main goal formulated previously by trading a rook ... and getting an avalanche into rolling! :-)

Regarding my Karg game I've been wading through deep waters for 8 days already. Two souls are struggling each other in my breast: one is whispering again and again that there is a little chance yet and the other is telling me: man, give up, nothing to gain it's a dead draw...



June 27th, 2007

Surprise!

Lately in the evening I got a last email. Our tournament director with a game score I couldn't believe first: Frenzel lost his game against Koukal!
Now our cards in game are renewed melled, a conjectural competitor "died". And Andrey's chances for scoring as fourth at minimum and being able to qualify for next stage are getting up.

For 10 days already no living signal from my BDG combatant?! I delivered a conditional moves sequence at last. Maybe he has stumbled into deep mulling over now searching for a little light on horizon?! ;-)

And for our tournament crosstable:

  • Koukal 1 : 0 Frenzel


June 22nd 2007

... playing yet 50 moves??

My game against Karg is yet running rather slowly but it's a true battle field at least one-sided. With his last reply he stated: "I think we can play yet 50 moves without anything is changing." Not encouraging me. But my feeling is saying that there is anything in position being tactical in nature, having some potential for gaining advantage yet.

Belka - Karg
1.e4 c5 2.Na3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Qc7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.d3 g6 7.O-O Bg7 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Bxc5 Bxb2 10.Rb1 Bg7 11.h3 b6 12.Bb4 Ne5 13.Nxe5 Qxe5 14.Nc4 Qc7 15.Qd2 Be6 16.Bc3 f6 17.a4 O-O 18.f4 Bxc4 19.dxc4 Bh6 20.Qf2 e5 21.f5 Qf7 22.Qe2 Bf4 23.a5 Rab8 24.axb6 axb6 25.Rf3 gxf5 26.exf5 Kh8 27.Kf1 Qh5 28.Qe4 b5 29.cxb5 cxb5 30.Be1 Rfc8 31.Ra3 Qf7 32.Rb4 Rc5 33.Ra6 Bg5 34.h4 Bh6 35.Rc6 Bf8 36.Rxc5 Bxc5 37.Rb3 Qg8 38.Rd3 Qc8 39.g4 Ra8 40.Rc3... (Is Black forcing now a rook trading?) 40...Ra3 (indeed!) 41.Rxa3 Bxa3 42.g5... (starting a last attempt for winning) 42...Kg7!? (at least on an 3rd look the best) 43.Bd2 Bd7 44.Be3 Qa6 (Again not on my papers! I can a huge analysis through away. This is surely an attempt for attacking my king.) 45.Qg4... (At least 3 serious moves were to search for: 45.Kf2..., 45.gxf6+... and 45.Qg4..., and I made up my mind to the text move having obviously most potential compared to alternatives, increasing the pressure on Black's king. - There are 3 plans so far: exchanging all major and minor pieces ending in an endgame where White should have winning chances, resp. moving white king to queenside avoiding Black's attacks on white king, resp. breaking through on kingside with a pawn supported by queen and bishop threatening black king. But I can't overview all consequences for backfire in a safe manner...)

diagram 45...Bf8 45...Bf8 - aaahhh, again not in my papers, have a look to left! What the hell is such a move's idea?? I strongly counted on a reply as ...Kh8 or ...Qa1+. Now I have 3 obvious replies: 46.Kg1..., 46.g6... or 46.gxf6+... Again a hard to do job. :-/


And news from our tournament again:

  • Frenzel 0 : 1 Pavlikov

Wow, Andrey is the first beating Frenzel who was finishing the least games so far, is stepping slowly but steady forward willing to reach a fourth rank at minimum?! All seems to be possible in our group. There are not just 2, 3 favorites any more. And maybe a favourited player at beginning has now to fight yet...

June 16th, 2007

A long pulling and impatience

Today, after 8 long days again my BDG combatant came in with a reply I didn't have in my paper. But I'm not afraid of that, Wecke just pulled me off of my huge analysis. I had to start again with analyzing and noticed that it is still a long walk beyond the sunny horizon. But my e-pawn will pass through. I'm pretty sure I get him.  ;-)
And he was so nice to tell something about his Frenzel game. It seems he's breaking through with a queenside pawn in an unusual battle with 3 minor pieces against the queen. Maybe he beamed with joy and had to tell somebody that - understandable.
On the other battle field Karg asked a question renewed 3 days ago: "How long do you want to play on?" What could I say? I'm really interested in this game and want just to win. That's all. And this is a hard to make thing. It needs pretty much patience and very much time and careful analyzing. What the hell should I reply in a polite manner?  :-/



June 2nd, 2007

A matter of honour?

Only 3 games are running yet. I'm switching between boredom and analyzing stress again and again.  ;-)
Today my brave BDG combatant came in again after a longer time. Indeed, he took an 8 days respite for his reply!
On May 16th he replied a little bit indignant: "How far the still arising endgame should be technically won by Black I like to let me demonstrating it. I'll resist with all my endgame knowledge. :))" Wow, does a challenge look like this?
But after taking this big respite I believe he didn't expect my last move 44...Qd8!, calculated surely with 44...e5 and has been surprised?!

Wecke - Belka
1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 c6 6.Bc4 Bf5 7.Ne5 e6 8.O-O Bg6 9.Bg5 Nbd7 10.Qe2 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Qd4+ 12.Kh1 Bh5 13.Qe1 Nd7 14.Be2?! Bxe2 15.Qxe2 Qxe5 16.Qd2 Qc7 17.Qe2 h6 18.Bh4 Be7 19.Bxe7 Kxe7 20.Qg4 Rhg8 21.Rae1 Nf6 22.Qh4 Ke8 23.Ne4 Nxe4 24.Qxe4 g6 25.Rf6 Qe7 26.Ref1 Rg7 27.Qe3?! Rh7!? 28.c4 h5 29.h3 h4 30.b4 a6 31.a4 Rd8 32.b5 axb5 33.axb5 c5 34.Qf4 Rd6 35.Ra1 Rd4 36.Qf3 Qc7 37.Qe3 Ke7 (2 plans could work: either with a manoeuvre Rh7-h5-f5 forcing an rook trading and disburdening f7 or a transition into an endgame 2 rooks + pawn versus white queen!) 38.Raf1 Qg3 39.Qe2... (Wecke's alternative move was 39.Qc1...) 39...Ke8 40.b6... (replied immediately and being rather aggressively!) 40...Qd6 (now the music plays on another site) 41.Qf3 Qe7 42.Ra1... (Is this the expected attack analyzed? Here Wecke replied a little bit indignant as quoted above. :-o) 42...Rd8 43.Ra7... (Indeed the expected attack. But here I had already analyzed very deeply beyond a line of move 60 (!), until Black's winning chances!) 43...Rb8 44.Qf4... (as already analyzed)

... and now surprisingly for my opponent 44...Qd8! - have a look on right!
I'm convinced that Wecke expected here 44...e5 being plausible but without a good prospect on winning. And after 8 long days now 45.Qe5... (as already analyzed)
I'm true curious what will happen. When will my opponent realise that his attack is running into nowhere?
diagram 44...Qd8

Of course, always presupposed that there is no giant hole in my huge analysis!  ;-))
I did put pretty much efforts into my analysis. Yes, it's a matter of honour now!  :-)



May 31st, 2007

Big brother is watching you! ;-)

No, not really.  ;-) I allowed Andrey to access on my blog here since our game was finished. He promised to keep it secret. And so my CC friend is having a look again and again here what I'm doing. Yes, he is really interested in that... ;-)

May 22nd, 2007

Talking to Pavlikov yet...

Indeed, after finishing our game on March we're still talking on chess related and other things. A good example for that how correspondence chess is connecting people!  :-)
Today he delivered all his still running games, with 5 moves delay though. His Frenzel game is clearly won for him, against Opitz with hard problems for holding a draw, and in his games against Koukal and Dobner with some chances for winning yet. A likely outcome could be: +2 -1 =1 - not enough for getting up to the 3 scorers of our group. Two losses in summary were a too big mortgage.
He surprised me with his archive of all so far finished games of our group containing 2 games more than my one?! And I was pretty sure to have done a good job for telling outcome of 23 finished games so far.  :-/

May 18th, 2007

Huch, the BDG fan is attacking me now?!

Indeed, Wecke is attacking me now on the queenside?! :-O In this way I didn't expect anything from my opponent. He really believes his attack could be successfully?! Does he even wish more than a draw? It seems so. Otherwise he had waited for my actions. But in truth I'm receiving my opportunity now long awaited!
I analyzed very deep, beyond a line of move 60 (!) and found my winning chances in a technical pawn ending...  :-)



May 15th, 2007

My opponent is teasing me

Today my brave BDG player Wecke was very pleased: "40 moves accomplished and nevertheless no short battle as mentioned in your email from Nov. 19th 2006: 'Tja, BDG und grandiose Schlacht?? Wie dies auch ausgeht - es wird wohl eher ein kürzeres Scharmützel werden!' Is that to rate as a success for the attacker or the defender?!"
Ouch, that is hard.  ;-) In fact, I'm struggling with my own weaknesses although being 2 pawns up. And I do know of technical endings with 2, even 3 pawns up by one side but being not able to win with even a such advantage! Sad but true. So what to do? Am I really dependent on White's assistance offering an opportunity for trading a rook?



May 12th, 2007

A new little hope for beating Karg

My game with Karg is running rather slowly. I think a sign for a hard battle, for longer analyzing on both sides. But renewed a little hope is arising to 2nd, 3rd time for gaining more than only a draw. As Germans say: a good thing takes a long time!  ;-)

Belka - Karg
1.e4 c5 2.Na3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Qc7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.d3 g6 7.O-O Bg7 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Bxc5 Bxb2 10.Rb1 Bg7 11.h3 b6 12.Bb4 Ne5 13.Nxe5 Qxe5 14.Nc4 Qc7 15.Qd2 Be6 16.Bc3 f6 17.a4 O-O 18.f4 Bxc4 19.dxc4 Bh6 20.Qf2 e5 21.f5 Qf7 22.Qe2 Bf4 23.a5 Rab8 24.axb6 axb6 25.Rf3 gxf5 26.exf5 Kh8 27.Kf1 Qh5 28.Qe4 b5 (Again a deciding position for draw or win. I favoured 29.c5... by feeling but after long analyzing I chose the text move) 29.cxb5 cxb5 30.Be1... (a positional move fighting for both sides) 30...Rfc8 31.Ra3... (occupying the a-file) 31...Qf7 (admitting a weaker 27...Qh5?) 32.Rb4 Rc5 (Karg: "Currently game is absolutely counterbalanced." - Should that be true? I don't believe...) 33.Ra6 Bg5 34.h4 Bh6 35.Rc6... (a saving move to me?) 35...Bf8 36.Rxc5 Bxc5 37.Rb3 Qg8 (and again an unexpected move - what is Karg's motivation?) 38.Rd3 Qc8

diagram 39.g4... Who wishes to win has to force something:
39.g4... - have a look to left. Yes, aggressively played, but no other chance playing for a win. White is threatening with a pawn storm on kingside, and attacking e5...


And some news from our tournament:

  • Neumann 1 : 0 Dobner

May 6th, 2007

My big flop

My disastrous Frenzel game is running yet. A true sad outlook. I'm not sure whether I should throw away this game or struggle on. It could be my opponent takes revenge on my blunder ...

April 30th, 2007

Yet a hard battle not expected

Long 11 days are passed and after hardly analyzing I've had to recognise that my Wecke game is another piece hard to win.  :-/
Our game went on so far as following:

Wecke - Belka
1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 c6 6.Bc4 Bf5 7.Ne5 e6 8.O-O Bg6 9.Bg5 Nbd7 10.Qe2 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Qd4+ 12.Kh1 Bh5 13.Qe1 Nd7 14.Be2?! Bxe2 15.Qxe2 Qxe5 16.Qd2 Qc7 17.Qe2 h6 18.Bh4 Be7 19.Bxe7 Kxe7 20.Qg4 Rhg8 21.Rae1 Nf6 22.Qh4 Ke8 23.Ne4 Nxe4 24.Qxe4 g6 25.Rf6 Qe7 26.Ref1 Rg7 27.Qe3?! Rh7!? 28.c4 h5 29.h3 h4 30.b4... (just consequently) 30...a6 31.a4 Rd8 32.b5... (Wecke: "In our major pieces endgame I have slight initiative due to Black's king remained in the center. But who knows its ability in future game?  :)) ") 32...axb5 33.axb5 c5 ( a little aggressively played) 34.Qf4... (Wecke's alternative move here was ...b6) 34...Rd6 35.Ra1... (threatens a check but reduces the pressure on f7) 35...Rd4 36.Qf3 Qc7 (and not 36...Rxc4?? because of 37.Ra8+ Qd8 38.Rxd8+...) 37.Qe3... (abandoning pawn c4?!)

37...Ke7 - look to right.
What could Black do now? Initiative is on White's side due to Black's positional weaknesses. Concluding from my long analyzing there are 2 concepts yet Black could go:
running for the idea of forcing rook trading via manoeuvre Rh7-h5-f5 or enabling a technical endgame with 2 rooks and pawn versus White's queen.
diagram 37...Ke7

Both ideas are satisfactory to Black having potential for winning but not forcing White to anything.



April 23rd, 2007

I'm missed by my opponent

Today an email came in from my brave BDG player Wecke telling: "Also when just 4 days have been passed I wanted to remember to my move."
Indeed, it's my turn to move for 4 days but 4 days are nothing according to our standard thinking time. Is my opponent missing me? ;-)) Or is he keen to play on our BDG game? Does he smell of a chance for holding a draw yet? Four days ago he replied with his last move: "Also when just 3 games are running to me I have to spend all my energy on our game [...]" - aaahh  8-)
In fact, it takes me some time again to battle in a jungle of many lines and sublines. And I must recognise that my positional weaknesses (king in the center yet, not connected rooks) are more significant than thought before...

And news from our tournament:

  • Wecke 1 : 0 Koukal


April 15th, 2007

How many moves yet??

Huh, what is that? Karg was asking me today how many moves I wish to make yet in our game!?  8-) Is he too tired to play on our game? Does he play too many games in parallel or did he discover anything being bad for him in our game?  ;-)
Well, I thought after something... and replied: "Yet about 35. Our game is still a short running game."  ;-)

April 14th, 2007

Yeah, it worked!

Yeah, my strategy worked! Catched in a closed position, threatened by an uncomfortable draw I managed to break open this closed position leading to a convincing win.

Koukal - Belka
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Qd3 Nc6 9.Nd5 O-O 10.O-O a5 11.c3 Nxd5 12.exd5 a4 13.Nd2 Nb8 14.Nc4 f5 15.f4 e4 16.Qd4 Nd7 17.Be3 Nc5 18.Na3 Bd7 19.Qb4 Qc7 20.Rad1 Rfc8 21.Nc4 b5 22.Na3 Na6 23.Qd4 Qb7 24.Qd2 Rab8 25.Nc2 Rc7 26.Bf2 Bf6 27.Rc1 Nc5 28.Rb1 Rb8 29.Rfd1 Rcc8 30.Qe1 Rf7 31.Be3 Bd8 32.Qf1 h6 33.Qf2 Kh7 34.Qe1 Bf6 35.Qg3 Rg8 36.Rd2 g5!? 37.fxg5 Bxg5 38.Bf4 Rfg7 39.Ne3 b4! 40.Rbd1 bxc3 41.bxc3 Rg6 42.Qf2 Qc7 43.Rf1 Bf6 44.c4?! Qa5 45.Bh5?! R6g7 46.Bxd6 Nd3! 47.Rxd3 exd3 48.Kh1 Qc3

diagram 56.Rd1... 49.c5?!... (Surprisingly. Koukal: "It seems to me that we're standing in front of an interesting endgame!") 49...Bd4! (attacking White's pawn c5, captivating White's knight)50.c6 Bc8 51.Bf4 Rxg2! (Black keeps on forcing the game, getting closer and closer the win) 52.Qh4 Bf4 53.Qh3 d2 (captivating again White's knight) 54.Qf3 R2g7 55.d6 Bd4 56.Rd1... and

resigned at the same time.
Wow, in this game taking hold of some initiative was rewarded. It took me a long breath running my longest game here so far...

And keeping on our tournament records:

  • Koukal 0 : 1 Belka

April 9th, 2007

The Scotch battle is over

Yes, my single Scotch game is over but being of some theoretical interest.

Belka - Neumann
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Nb6 9.Nc3 Qe6 10.Qe4 d5 11.exd6 Bxd6 12.Bd2 f5 13.Qxe6+ Bxe6 14.b3 O-O-O 15.Be2 Bc5 16.Rd1 Rhe8 17.O-O Bf7 18.Bf3 Re6 19.h3 Bb4 20.Nb1 Bxd2 21.Nxd2 Nd7 22.Rfe1 Nc5 23.Nb1 Rd3 24.Kf1 Kd7 25.Rxd3 Nxd3 26.Rxe6 Kxe6 27.Nc3 Kd6 28.Bd1 Bg6 29.Bc2 f4 30.f3 Kc5 31.Ke2 Nc1+ (surprising again) 32.Kd2 Bxc2 (Played without conditional moves. Did Black hope for the failure 33.Kxc1...?) 33.Kxc2 Kd4 34.h4 h5 (not expected - Black proofs the kingside?!)

diagram 37...Nc1 35.Kd2 a6 36.Kc2 Nd3 (And now forcing a draw by repetition or is there yet a little chance for more than a draw, i.e. 37.Kd2 Nc1 38.Ne4...? But all I searched for leaded to nothing.) 37.Kd2 Nc1 with a draw offer by my opponent - I accepted.

Asking a question to my opponent why he played 11...Bxd6 he responded:
"Thank you for accepting my draw offer. At the end of the game was nothing to reach yet by both sides. It saves us a lot time. [...] It's clear that after move 11 my pawn structure was getting humbly - so what were the reasons:
White puts some pressure, among others on the center. So tempo - tempo - tempo!

  • I'm able to connect both rooks.
  • Both central files are opened.
  • I'm able to occupy both central files with rooks.
  • Black is getting more active and makes up leeway."

Indeed, it sounds plausible. So in the case this idea is really working it were a remarkable reply. A larger field for some research now how White could go on keeping up its aggressive play! Maybe a long castling in move 14 or a renewed thinking over in move 9 with the alternatives 9.b3... and 9.Nd2...

And some news from our tournament:

  • Wecke 0.5 : 0.5 Opitz
  • Frenzel 0.5 : 0.5 Karg
  • Belka 0,5 - 0,5 Neumann

March 28th, 2007

Light over the horizon!

Yeah, the sun is rising again in my Koukal game! I managed to break open the closed position finally with violence moving 36...g5!? and 39...b4!

Koukal - Belka
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Qd3 Nc6 9.Nd5 O-O 10.O-O a5 11.c3 Nxd5 12.exd5 a4 13.Nd2 Nb8 14.Nc4 f5 15.f4 e4 16.Qd4 Nd7 17.Be3 Nc5 18.Na3 Bd7 19.Qb4 Qc7 20.Rad1 Rfc8 21.Nc4 b5 22.Na3 Na6 23.Qd4 Qb7 24.Qd2 Rab8 25.Nc2 Rc7 26.Bf2 Bf6 27.Rc1 Nc5 28.Rb1 Rb8 29.Rfd1 Rcc8 30.Qe1 Rf7 31.Be3 Bd8 32.Qf1 h6 33.Qf2 Kh7 34.Qe1 Bf6 35.Qg3 Rg8 36.Rd2 g5!? 37.fxg5 Bxg5 (better than 37...hxg5 enabling White a fast draw by repetition) 38.Bf4... (again surprisingly to me) 38...Rfg7

diagram 39...b4 39.Ne3 b4! - an 2nd lever action breaking open the position, and this time on the queenside, have a look to the left.
40.Rbd1... (and again surprising ceding Black the b-file) 40...bxc3 41.bxc3 Rg6 42.Qf2 Qc7 43.Rf1... (looking plausible but...)

43...Bf6 (putting some pressure on the diagonal f6-c3) 44.c4?!... (again and again my opponent surprised me with unexpected moves) 44...Qa5 (heckling White)

45.Bh5?!... (clearly weaker than the alternative Rdd1... now abandoning the square d3) 45...R6g7 46.Bxd6... (real, White did devour my pawn but...) 46...Nd3! 47.Rxd3 exd3 48.Kh1 Qc3 - have a look to right.
That is a crystal-clear more convenient position than about 20 moves ago, isn't it?!  :-)
I gained the quality, open files and initiative...
diagram 48...Qc3


March 25th, 2007

My BDG fan is betting...

My BDG fan came in today but without replying with his move, betting only!  ;-)
Wecke: "My tips on the first three seated:

  1. Neumann
  2. Karg
  3. Belka"
And telling Pavlikov's tip, too:
  1. Karg
  2. Belka
  3. Neumann

Wow! But it isn't a good idea to sell the bearskin too early...  ;-))

Well, our game went on so far as following:
Wecke - Belka
1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 c6 6.Bc4 Bf5 7.Ne5 e6 8.O-O Bg6 9.Bg5 Nbd7 10.Qe2 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Qd4+ 12.Kh1 Bh5 13.Qe1 Nd7 14.Be2?! Bxe2 15.Qxe2 Qxe5 16.Qd2 Qc7 17.Qe2 h6 18.Bh4 Be7 19.Bxe7 Kxe7 20.Qg4 Rhg8 21.Rae1 Nf6 22.Qh4 Ke8 23.Ne4... (as expected) 23...Nxe4 24.Qxe4 g6 (after longer analysis, no simple decision) 25.Rf6... (surprising me, attacking f7/e6 - not so bad!) 25...Qe7 26.Ref1... (just consequently) 26...Rg7 (with the idea to move own king to the kingside, and defending f7/g6 - on the long prospect stronger than the simple ...Rf8)

27.Qe3?!... (surely worse than the alternative h4...) 27...Rh7!? (preventing an intruding of White's queen, and stronger than ...Rd8 or ...Kf8) 28.c4 h5 - have a look to the right.

Now I'm pretty optimistic to pull through with both pawns into the endgame though my king is a little bit unsafe and my rooks are not connected.  :-)
diagram 28...h5




March 24th, 2007

A hard battle won

A little surprisingly to me Pavlikov resigned today.

Belka - Pavlikov
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Bf4 O-O 7.Qd2 c6 8.Be2 b5 9.a3 Ng4?! 10.b3 Ne5 11.Bg3 Bf6 12.f4 Ng6 13.O-O Re8 14.Bf3 Ne5?! 15.fxe5 dxe5 16.Rad1 Qb6 17.Qf2 exd4 18.e5 dxc3 19.exf6 Qxf2+ 20.Bxf2 Bf5 21.Rfe1 Rc8 22.Re3 Bxc2? 23.Bg4 Rf8 24.fxg7 Kxg7 25.Rd6 Bg6 26.Rxc3 Re8 (maybe better 26...f5) 27.Re3!... (very active) 27...Rf8 28.Re7 h5 29.Bd4+... (here is clearly to see not only Black's bad development regarding Nb8 and Ra8 but its unsafe king position, too) 29...Kh7 30.Bf3 a5 (Pavlikov: "I have the only answer to continue the game..."

diagram 31.Re5... 31.Re5!?... have a look on left.
But what about this silent move? Well, White's goal here was playing Be4... However playing this immediately instead 31.Re5... was not possible because of Black's riposte 31...Bxe4. Now this is not possible anymore!
And here my opponent resigned. Pavlikov: "I admit my loss and congratulate you!

You played wonderfully, it is a great lesson for me. Initiative is a powerful weapon!" - This is sportsmanship!  :-)

And news from tournament:

  • Dobner 0 : 1 Wecke
  • Belka 1 : 0 Pavlikov

March 20th, 2007

My Scotch forced into the endgame

Well, my last still running but not yet mentioned game is my Neumann game. Also a hard battle, against an CC IM...

Belka - Neumann
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5

diagram 11...Bxd6 8.c4 Nb6 9.Nc3 Qe6 10.Qe4 d5 (deviating from main line) 11.exd6 Bxd6 (not expected, have a look to left.)
What is Black's goal accepting a duplicated pawn weakness? Gaining development for his minor piece? Fast short castling? I didn't find a single reference game in my archives but think it's a major reply. Game went on as following:

12.Bd2 f5 (forcing an exchanging the queens) 13.Qxe6+ Bxe6 14.b3 O-O-O 15.Be2 Bc5 16.Rd1 Rhe8 17.O-O Bf7 18.Bf3 Re6 19.h3 Bb4 20.Nb1 Bxd2 21.Nxd2 Nd7 22.Rfe1 Nc5 23.Nb1 Rd3 (surprisingly to me) 24.Kf1... (very important - the endgame is starting already!) 24...Kd7 25.Rxd3 Nxd3 26.Rxe6 Kxe6 27.Nc3 Kd6 28.Bd1... (very deeply analyzed) 28...Bg6 29.Bc2... (again after very long analysis) 29...f4 30.f3 Kc5 (Neumann here: "Rope pulling is going on.")

31.Ke2... (forced) - have a look on right.
There hasn't been a true middlegame so far but a fast transition into the endgame. Now a very hard to do job for getting more than a draw - a mission impossible?!  :-/
My last hope now is "Контуры Эндшпиля" from Слуцкий/ Шерешевский...  ;-))
diagram 31.Ke2...


March 18th, 2007

New chances are raising!

After a longer time Karg came in again with his reply totally surprising me.

Belka - Karg
1.e4 c5 2.Na3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Qc7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.d3 g6 7.O-O Bg7 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Bxc5 Bxb2 10.Rb1 Bg7 11.h3 b6 12.Bb4 Ne5 13.Nxe5 Qxe5 14.Nc4 Qc7 15.Qd2 Be6 16.Bc3 f6 17.a4 O-O 18.f4 Bxc4 19.dxc4 Bh6 20.Qf2 e5 21.f5 Qf7 22.Qe2 Bf4 (offering a draw) 23.a5... (I want to fight on.) 23...Rab8 24.axb6 axb6 25.Rf3... (very flexible) 25...gxf5 26.exf5 Kh8 (not expected)
Here I analyzed very deeply, examined all three main alternatives 27.g3..., 27.Be1... and 27.Kf1... trying to find out all consequences. But I wasn't able to draw a crystal-clear conclusion. In the end, with a little bit feeling, I decided on 27.Kf1... having found a tiny chance for more than just a draw.

diagram 27...Qh5 27.Kf1 Qh5 (surprising me totally, have a look to left!)
What is going on? Have I overseen anything here? Foremost 26...Kh8 making free the g-file, now exposing Black's queen to the kingside?! It's a little bit scaring for White's king position...
But whatsoever I searched for the only thing I found was that Black's last move deserves just

an "?!"... Yeah, new chances are raising to me!  :-)

And a new result from my opponents:

  • Neumann 1 : 0 Opitz

The recent BdF newsletter came in with news to our Open "60 years BdF" telling that about 1,000 games are finished, so about 18%.

March 11th, 2007

A long mulling over...

Apart from my Koukal game I've been struggling with my games against Karg and Neumann a lot. Even within a very long break of up to 16 days for searching for anything I couldn't find a win in those games. Well, these opponents are the strongest ones in my group but I had a hope for more than a draw only due to playing as White. :-/
Maybe against Karg is a tiny hope yet...

March 3rd, 2007

The crowbar method

My game versus Koukal is running pretty uncomfortable to me from beginning declining my 2nd attempt to play a Nimzo-Sicilian system and getting into a blocked position...

Koukal - Belka
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Qd3... (and early out of all my books!?) ...Nc6 9.Nd5 O-O 10.O-O a5 11.c3 Nxd5 12.exd5 a4 13.Nd2 Nb8 14.Nc4 f5 15.f4 e4 16.Qd4 Nd7 17.Be3 Nc5 18.Na3 Bd7 19.Qb4 Qc7 20.Rad1 Rfc8 21.Nc4 b5 22.Na3 Na6 23.Qd4 Qb7 24.Qd2 Rab8 25.Nc2 Rc7 26.Bf2 Bf6 27.Rc1 Nc5 28.Rb1... (it seems both players are waiting for each other?) ...Rb8 29.Rfd1 Rcc8 30.Qe1 Rf7 31.Be3 Bd8 (swindling tactically) 32.Qf1 h6 33.Qf2 Kh7 (swindling repeatedly) 34.Qe1 Bf6 (I don't give up...)

diagram 36...g5 35.Qg3 Rg8 (and this time with a crowbar!!)
36.Rd2... and again no reaction by my opponent apparently?! 36...g5!? And the final thrust - a last attempt to avoid a draw, have a look to left.
No return now, a door to a safe draw was slammed. And it's a little bit dangerous, White could punch back. I do hope...

March 2nd, 2007

It took very long...

On Jan. 25th Pavlikov asked me to support him for buying a Fritz Baumbach book. Of course, I searched for a such one and suggested "Correspondence Chess - tips and tricks from world champion". No problem to buy and deliver it to him.
And he was also interested in another book from Anton/Baumbach "Gladiatoren ante portas". But what we didn't know so far was the detail of transferring money. We discussed credit card or PayPal, standard money transfer using a bank account or mailing it enclosed in an envelope.
But nothing worked: no credit card, either not reliable or too costly. And now we found a way solving a such little problem, after a such long time. I'm ordering and paying also the latter one instead him and he'll deliver a little parcel to me with a book donating me. ;-)

And another results from my opponents:

  • Koukal 0 : 1 Neumann
  • Pavlikov 1 : 0 Wecke

Febr. 20th, 2007

The 80ies were coming up!

In the last days I came in touch with Bernd Neumann a little bit closer. And he told that he wasn't able to find any games of me over the internet except one single one, supposed played in a correspondence chess country competition Germany versus Hungary at the beginning of the 80ies.
Well, I wasn't able to recall exactly but thought that were possible. I recall that I once played a such competition with and asked him for the notation. He immediately delivered this jewel and indeed: it is one of my earlier CC games but indeed played in a German CC competition! I searched and searched for it in my old CC data and found it... It was an extraordinary feeling which came up to me...

Febr. 19th, 2007

Winning chances are raising?!

There is another hard battle against Pavlikov not mentioned so far. He chose the Philidor defense, a little disappointment to me because I hoped for a Scotch or Petrov battle. And I haven't played against up to now.

Belka - Pavlikov
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Bf4 O-O 7.Qd2 c6 (and out of all my archives again) 8.Be2... (here I intentional hesitated to castle yet) 8...b5 (the idea behind ...c6) 9.a3 Ng4?! (Why that? Moving to e5? Black is already worse regarding its development) 10.b3 Ne5 11.Bg3... (I hesitated again to castle) 11...Bf6 12.f4... (attacking to take advantage of Black's bad development) 12...Ng6 13.O-O Re8 14.Bf3... (bishop pair with focus on a little bit weak black queenside pawns)

diagram 14...Ne5 14...Ne5?! (Surprising me completely!
Pavlikov: "My last move was made on purpose!" - have a look on the left.
But Black's text move forces a larger trading of material now letting Black back with significant disadvantages) 15.fxe5 dxe5 16.Rad1... (now an avalanche is starting forcing a transition into the endgame) 16...Qb6

(Pavlikov: "You were definitely right. Analyzing more deeply, I have discovered I was too optimistic a couple of moves before. I have to defend my position in an ending which is very difficult to save for Black.") 17.Qf2 exd4 18.e5 dxc3 19.exf6 Qxf2+ 20.Bxf2 Bf5 21.Rfe1 Rc8 (already forced

defending Black's ground rank and the pawn c6) 22.Re3... (very long and deeply analyzed searching for the truth whether Re2... or Re3... were better on long prospect, with more situations trapping Black, have a look on the right) 22...Bxc2? (... and it worked!
Pavlikov here: "I analyzed very deeply, but White has a big advantage everywhere...")
diagram 22.Re3...

Now I'm pretty convinced to pull through... :-)

Febr. 18th, 2007

A draw offer from Karg?!

Hermann Karg came in with a draw offer?!

diagram 22...Bf4 Belka - Karg
1.e4 c5 2.Na3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Qc7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.d3 g6 7.O-O Bg7 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Bxc5 Bxb2 10.Rb1 Bg7 11.h3 b6 12.Bb4 Ne5 13.Nxe5 Qxe5 14.Nc4 Qc7 15.Qd2 Be6 16.Bc3 f6 17.a4 O-O 18.f4 Bxc4 19.dxc4 Bh6 20.Qf2 e5 21.f5 Qf7 22.Qe2 Bf4 offering a draw - have a look left.

It's a little bit surprising to me. This game wasn't fought out yet!? Is Karg worrying about anything?
Well, I do believe that there are tiny chances for White on the kingside for fighting on, for a win?! And regarding my catastrophically running game against Frenzel I have to fight on now in every single game, even against the strongest player in our group... :-/

And another result from my opponents:

  • Neumann 0.5 : 0.5 Karg

What I observed so far is that most finished games were short running games only?! My game against Opitz with 38 moves is the longest game here so far...

Febr. 14th, 2007

A pleasant BDG game

Stumbling surprisingly into this Blackmar-Diemer gambit it's turning into an pleasant game to me so far.

Wecke - Belka
1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 c6 (the Ziegler defense) 6.Bc4 Bf5 7.Ne5 e6 8.O-O Bg6 9.Bg5... (probably not the best better 9.g4...) 9...Nbd7 (a minority move being pretty aggressively) 10.Qe2... (very rarely played) 10...Nxe5 (my 1st analyzed move) 11.dxe5 Qd4+ 12.Kh1 Bh5 (again aggressively played surprising my opponent)

diagram 22...Ke8 13.Qe1 Nd7 14.Be2?!... (here my opponent was worrying about being able to fight for a draw) 14...Bxe2 15.Qxe2 Qxe5 16.Qd2 Qc7 (played after analyzing very deeply, an alternative were ...f6) 17.Qe2 h6 (again after analyzing deeply) 18.Bh4 Be7 19.Bxe7 Kxe7 20.Qg4 Rhg8 21.Rae1 Nf6 22.Qh4 Ke8 - have a look left.

I do hope now to safe my 2 pawn advantage into the endgame... :-)

And another result from my opponents:

  • Karg 1 : 0 Dobner


Febr. 9th, 2007

A favorite for winning in our group

Hermann Karg was very optimistic e-mailing me today: "I do hope I win. Due to my ELO I had to get first but in correspondence chess very strange things can happen..."
He is playing three other groups in this tournament, too. And additionally playing in world champ semi-final played on ICCF server. Does this guy also do anything other than playing chess? ;-)

And further results from my opponents:

  • Karg 1 : 0 Koukal
  • Pavlikov 0.5 : 0.5 Karg

Jan. 30th, 2007

It's going on...

Well, after a long break and repeating my last move to Koukal two times our tournament director took over: our game shall run via him now.
And here my catastrophically running game against Frenzel after blundering terriblely on move 10, 11:

diagram 17...Qd8 Frenzel - Belka
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nc3 Nxc3 5.dxc3 Nc6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bf4 Qb6 8.Rb1 Be7 9.O-O O-O 10.Bd3 f6 11.exf6 Rxf6 12.Bxh7+ Kxh7 13.Ng5+ Kg6 14.Qd3+ Rf5 15.g4 Bxg5 16.gxf5 exf5 17.Qg3 Qd8 - have a look on left.

I think there is nothing to rescue here... :-(

And another results from my opponents:

  • Pavlikov 0.5 : 0.5 Neumann
  • Opitz 0.5 : 0.5 Frenzel

Jan. 28th, 2007

Reaching a thrilling position

My hard fight against Opitz' Sicilian, English attack has overshadowed another hard game against the probably strongest player of our group, Hermann Karg:

diagram 4...Nf6 Belka - Karg
1.e4 c5 2.Na3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Qc7 4.Nf3 Nf6, have a look to left.
My 2nd Zvjagincev game coming out of all books and archives already. But surely a win to me against the strongest opponent in our group.
5.Bxc6 dxc6 ... not expected. 6.d3 g6 7.O-O Bg7 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Bxc5 Bxb2 10.Rb1 Bg7 11.h3 b6 12.Bb4 Ne5 13.Nxe5 Qxe5 14.Nc4 Qc7 15.Qd2 Be6 ... again not expected and unpleasantly, see diagram on the right! diagram 15...Be6

Does Black think after about a long castling? Or grapping my knight only? Two pawns on a row were true unpleasantly, and Black's bishop on g7 is pretty strong... Here I got into long, very deep analysis. Well, I found that 16.Bc3... were stopping Black's strong bishop and replying with 16...Bxc4? were quite weak: 17.Bxg7 Rg8 18.Qh6 Bxa2 19.Ra1 Be6 20.Qxh7 Kd7 21.Ra6 Rgd8 22.f4 c5 23.Be5 with advantage for White, so nothing to fear. But a simple and plausible riposte of Black were 16...O-O, aren't you?
It's incredible but after this apparently logical answer White were able to force a hard king attack hided very, very deeply in the position! Ongoing analysis as following:
16.Bc3 O-O 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Ne3... sacrificing a pawn for getting advanced development. 18...Bxa2 19.Rbe1 Be6 already forced. 20.f4 f6 21.f5 Bd7 22.Ng4 g5 23.e5 h5 24.exf6 exf6 25.Nxf6 Kxf6 26.Qc3+ Kf7 27.Qc4+ Kf6 28.Qd4+ Kf7 29.f6 Be6 30.Qe4 Qd7 31.Qh7+ Ke8 32.Qf5+ Kd8 33.Rxe6 Qd5 34.Re5 Qd4+ 35.Kh1 Rc8 36.Qxg5 Kc7

diagram 38.Re7+... 37.f7 a5 38.Re7+... have a look on the left!
What a hard king attack - Black is lost. I dispensed with all sub lines, the main line as shown is rather forced. And imagine what a job was done analyzing from move 16 until 38.

What will Karg reply now? Indeed a thrilling position - have a look on diagram above on the right...

Jan. 24th, 2007

Where is Koukal??

Correctly with finishing my little break at the end of 2006 I replied to all of my opponents. And I got in touch again with all except Koukal. On January 16th I repeated my last move but again no "living signal" so far... :-/
And some action again, another results from my opponents:

  • Dobner 0.5 : 0.5 Koukal
  • Karg 1 : 0 Opitz
  • Belka 1 : 0 Dobner

Now with 1.5/2 points on my account and ranking as first but it is a long way yet.

Jan. 23rd, 2007

My 1st win!

A little bit surprisingly my opponent resigned now.

Belka - Dobner
1.e4 c5 2.Na3 d6 3.c3 Nf6 4.g3 e5 5.Bg2 Be7 6.Ne2 O-O 7.O-O Nc6

diagram 29.Rbe1... 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 exd4 10.Nxd4 Bg4 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Qa4 Qc8 13.Nc4 Bh3 14.Bg5 Bxg2 15.Kxg2 Qe6 16.Rfe1 d5 17.Na5 c5 18.Qc6 Qe5 19.Bxf6 Qxf6 20.exd5 Qxb2 21.Rab1 Qxa2 22.d6 Bf6 23.d7 h6 24.Qxc5 Bd4 25.Qxd4 Qxa5 26.Re5 Qa6 27.Qd5 Rad8 28.Re4 Qf6 29.Rbe1 1:0

Yeah - my 1st win in tournament but only a little step forwards. And I won my first Zvjagincev's move game. White's opening treatment has some potential yet but the outcome of game has nothing to do with chosen opening: Black failed in moves 19 and 21, played a little bit weaker in move 16. Interesting: material is total equal but...

Jan. 18th, 2007

Bad guys even in chess

Well, we all know our tornament director is Willi Moedl. But what about Isigkeit, one of the organizers of this event? He had delivered the tournament tender for our group via email to us.

Hans-Jürgen Isigkeit In the age of 51, living on the isle of Rügen, accountant in last job, retired, finance director of ICCF, treasurer of chess organization in federal state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, International CC Master (IFM) and International Arbiter. That sounds excellent, isn't it?!
Well, on January 14th I reclaimed a not correctly accepted conditional moves sequence by my opponent and delivered that email

to Moedl, too. And I was right in this regard, of course. But Moedl replied:
"Guten Abend Herr Belka, was ist das Problem? Ihr Partner ist nicht verpflichtet Ihre Zugfolge zu akzeptieren."
Huch, what is that?? Is this guy not able to read carefully? He got all information needed and then that. I answered:
"Hallo Herr Moedl,
> Guten Abend Herr Belka, was ist das Problem?
Das Problem wurde korrekt beim Namen genannt - Sie haben nur nicht richtig gelesen! Mein Gegner hingegen verstand sofort die Reklamation und hat sich entschuldigt.
> Ihr Partner ist nicht verpflichtet Ihre Zugfolge zu
> akzeptieren.
Das hat doch auch keiner behauptet. In diesem Fall aber hatte mein Gegner die von mir genannte Zugfolge akzeptiert, nur nicht meine Antwort 'wenn - dann' respektiert. Das neue Jahr ist ja noch jung - ich wünsche mir fr den Rest einen aufmerksameren Schiedsrichter."
Well, I think that was not impolite or unfriendly and not at all insulting. But what do you think what happened in this regard? Yesterday Moedl emailed:
"Hallo Herr Belka, vielmals um Entschuldigung fr meine Unaufmerksamkeit!!! Ich hoffe, ich werde nie wieder so unaufmerksam sein und Ihre Rekalmationen in Zukunft sofort und richtig beantworten. 100000 mal um Entschuldigung!!! Grüße vom unaufmerksamen Schiedsrichter!!! W. Moedl"
Wow, what a harsh reaction - is that satisfying? And then Isigkeit as following:
"Lieber Schachfreund Belka,
Herr Moedl ist einer der besten deutschen Schiedsrichter. Daraus resultiert auch, dass er täglich eine Vielzahl von Entscheidungen zu treffen hat. Offensichtlich hat er hier etwas übersehen. Das kann durchaus vorkommen! Auch Herr Moedl arbeitet ausnahmslos unentgeltlich während seiner Freizeit. Eine fehlerhafte Entscheidung bzw. ein Missverständnis berechtigt Sie jedoch nicht, ihn in einem derartigen Ton zu attackieren. Ich habe mir erlaubt, eine Kopie dieser Mail zur Information an den Vorstand des BdF zu senden. mfg Hans-Jürgen Isigkeit"

What? One of the best German arbiters? At such low level?? Wrong in context, bad behaviour, bad style and insufficient linguistic usage. That is the true face, others just surface. It's just smelling of dull bureaucracy... Seemingly also chess is offering tremendous career opportunities for rule-makers, arbiters, administrators, bureaucrats, commentators, investigators, informants and assorted busy-bodies. :-( Those guys have obviously nothing in common with our sayings as 'amici sumus' or 'gens una sumus'...

Jan. 17th, 2007

Still waiting for my BDG player...

Yeah, I'm a little bit impatiently. Wecke plays "contemplative" taking his full respite move for move.

But now a smoke signal! He wrote he was playing an over the board tournament match with his chess team at weekend, and he won his game.
Yes, nice, but I'm eager to see what will happen in our Blackmar-Diemer game! ;-)
Thoralf Wecke



Jan. 14th, 2007

First results from my opponents

After about 2 months there was some action, first results from my opponents:

  • Karg 0.5 : 0.5 Wecke
  • Opitz 1 : 0 Koukal
  • Dobner 1 : 0 Opitz

On the other hand those games were running very fastly regarding planned tournament playing time of 2 years?!

Jan. 6th, 2007

Surprising draw offer

Wow, what a surprise! My opponent offers a draw.

diagram 38.Be3... Opitz - Belka
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Be7 9.Qd2 O-O 10.O-O-O Nbd7 11.g4 Qc7 12.Kb1 Rfc8 13.Qf2 b5 14.g5 Nh5 15.h4 b4 16.Nd5 Bxd5 17.Rxd5 Nf8 18.Bh3 Nf6 19.Ra5 Rcb8 20.Rd1 Nhf4 21.Bf1 Nc5 22.Bxf4 Nxb3 23.Rad5 Nc5 24.Be3 Na4 25.Re1 Nb6 26.Rd2 Nc4 27.Bxc4 Qxc4 28.f4 a5 29.fxe5 dxe5

30.Rd7 Qe6 31.Red1 Rd8 32.Qf5 Qxf5 33.exf5 Kf8 34.Bb6 Rxd7 35.Rxd7 a4 36.Kc1 Rc8 Rb7 h6 38.Be3... offering a draw.
That I didn't expect after a such long time being under pressure. Being honestly I'm relieved and will accept.

Dec. 27th, 2006

Tactics...

From tactical reasons I took a little leave from tournament in the last days of year having more time for my games.
And I analyzed my game against Koukal over and over and didn't find a clear way for forcing anything on board. It seems to me that White is awaiting, is waiting for me. :-/ So I tried a suspicious move to third time forcing my opponent to do anything...
And my brave BDG player Wecke needs much time again for replying. A good or bad sign to me? ;-)



Dec. 17th, 2006

My Najdorf runs into endgame

A shadow comes closer and closer - an endgame battle, and maybe on both wings.

Opitz - Belka
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Be7 9.Qd2 O-O

diagram 34.Bb6... 10.O-O-O Nbd7 11.g4 Qc7 12.Kb1 Rfc8 13.Qf2 b5 14.g5 Nh5 15.h4 b4 16.Nd5 Bxd5 17.Rxd5 Nf8 18.Bh3 Nf6 19.Ra5 Rcb8 20.Rd1 Nhf4 21.Bf1 Nc5 22.Bxf4 Nxb3 23.Rad5 Nc5 24.Be3 Na4 25.Re1 Nb6 26.Rd2 Nc4 27.Bxc4 Qxc4 28.f4 a5 29.fxe5 dxe5 30.Rd7 Qe6 31.Red1 Rd8 32.Qf5 Qxf5 33.exf5 Kf8 34.Bb6..., have a look to left.

Until now I could resist White's powerful opening handling based on today's modern Najdorf treatment. No single chance for more than a draw. And I have to fear White's pawn storming on both wings yet...

Dec. 15th, 2006

... various things

In the meantime my game with Karg was getting into running as well, and also a Zvjagincev game. But after Black's move 4 we are alone again, no single reference...
In my catastrophic game against Frenzel suffering this classical bishop sacrifice I analyzed very deeply but wasn't able to find a way coming out of troubles, of loss... :-(

And with Andrey Pavlikov I was getting in touch much closer than with any other guy here in this group.
So it should be: correspondence chess is connecting the people in all over the world, is much better than all politicians' phrases about peoples friendship - amici sumus!
Andrey Pavlikov


Dec. 8th, 2006

Deep impact!!

What have I done? Have I been dreaming, been sleeping with open eyes??
Frenzel suprised me in my single Anti-Sicilian Rubinstein game with a bishop sacrifice in a very classical way sacrificing on h7!

diagram 12.Bxh7+... Frenzel - Belka
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nc3 Nxc3 5.dxc3 Nc6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bf4 Qb6 8.Rb1 Be7 9.O-O O-O 10.Bd3 f6 11.exf6 Rxf6 12.Bxh7+..., have a look to left.
I mulled over very long whether it were better to capture with bishop or rook in move 11, and didn't think about White's 10.Bd3... only a few minutes - aaahhhhh :-(

Well, I differed from IM Andrew Martin's recommendation 7...Qc7 because of my weak pawn d7 being under some pressure but I haven't been lucky with the whole line so far... :-/

Dec. 7th, 2006

A long hard battle with the Najdorf

It seemed to me that Opitz didn't play best with moves 18 and 26. So I was able to take a little breath.

Opitz - Belka
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6

diagram 30...Qe6 8.f3 Be7 9.Qd2 O-O 10.O-O-O Nbd7 11.g4 Qc7 12.Kb1 Rfc8 13.Qf2 b5 14.g5 Nh5 15.h4 b4 16.Nd5 Bxd5 17.Rxd5 Nf8 18.Bh3 Nf6 19.Ra5 Rcb8 20.Rd1 Nhf4 21.Bf1 Nc5 22.Bxf4 Nxb3 23.Rad5 Nc5 24.Be3 Na4 25.Re1 Nb6 26.Rd2 Nc4 27.Bxc4 Qxc4 28.f4 a5 29.fxe5 dxe5 30.Rd7 Qe6, have a look to left.

But over the horizon, in a possible endgame I see White storming with pawns on the queenside, so today's ideas with White on the kingside and Black on the queenside will be changed to the opposite?! Indeed, a long hard battle...

Nov. 24th, 2006

A very optimistic BDG player?!

My opponent Thoralf Wecke was very optimistic: "After a long poring over and moving pieces over the board I do believe to have found the right strategy. There will be a great battle on the 64 squares hopefully and a true enjoyment for every BDG player!"

Have I already lost?? Probably not yet... ;-)

diagram 7.Ne5... 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 c6 6.Bc4 Bf5 7.Ne5...
A standard position was reached in the Ziegler defense, have a look to left. And I'm familiar with it. :-)
But it's indeed pity - I had wanted to play my Belka-Neumeyer line very much...



Nov. 23rd, 2006

An IM is playing in our group!

Accidently only I read in the recent newsletter of BdF that Bernd Neumann got the title of an International Master in correspondence chess awarded on the occasion of ICCF congress in Dresden on October 2006. That should one really know of his opponents, now I'll have a look on this game against him with other eyes!

Nov. 19th, 2006

Diemer lives on!!

I could not believe what I saw - Wecke is playing a Blackmar-Diemer gambit?!
Wecke: "I thought you were playing ...Bf5 and I get into the Belka-Neumeyer line. :))  It's pity."

Incredible, he knew of me as a BDG player, and he wished to play me my own line!  8-)



Nov. 15th, 2006

Getting into troubles with Najdorf

Yeah, my Nimzo-Sicilian opening against Frenzel is running in known navigable water yet. I'm nosy whether IM Andrew Martin's ideas are working...
But with my Najdorf system against Opitz I'm getting into troubles now: he chose the English attack and forced a sharp play.

diagram 11.g4... Opitz - Belka
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Be7 9.Qd2 O-O 10.O-O-O Nbd7 11.g4...
Surely a standard position yet in the Najdorf, English Attack, have a look to left.

And here I trusted in Joop Oosterom's idea playing 11...Qc7 but playing onwards five, six moves I have to realise that this might be a tempo loss, better immediately 11...b5!? Opitz has had pretty much pressure on me now... :-/

Nov. 8th, 2006

I got my Anti-Sicilian

Also Koukal avoided my Rubinstein system. But with a 3rd run I got my Anti-Sicilian now - Frenzel replied with 3.e5...! My Zvjagincev game is running for Black's move 6 already. Being in the balance yet but I'm lurking to make my thrust f4 attacking, opening the game with some hope...

Nov. 4th, 2006

Another games running, new Rubinstein

Almost all games are running now. And a new try playing the Rubinstein system against Koukal.
My Zvjagincev system game came out of all archives I have with move 4 already. In this game my strategy worked getting out of all my opponents' preparations! :-)
What I noticed: about the half of all my opponents are retired guys?! And the oldest is already 85 years old - unbelievable.

Nov. 2nd, 2006

... lost a first battle

I did my best keeping my Nimzo-Sicilian system against Opitz but after moves 4 till 6 we have now a crystal-clear Najdorf on board. And a recent, sharp line into the bargain: the Anti-Najdorf weapon English Attack. Hard times are coming up... :-(
But there are 3 other games yet being able to play my Rubinstein. Or will Julio split to pieces my Anti-Open-Sicilian idea??

Nov. 1st, 2006

First disappointments

Aaaahhh, I'm disappointed: Opitz is avoiding my offered Nimzo-Sicilian (Rubinstein) system, trying to switch to other, well-known and widely analyzed Sicilian systems, and Pavlikov surprised me with the Philidor defence pulling out me of all Scotch or Petrov dreams! :-(
The Sicilian systems are like a huge lake where one could drown pretty fast, and against the Philidor I've never played so far I know...

Oct. 30th, 2006

Greetings from Russia

Today a very friendly greeting from Russia - Pavlikov is one of the strongest players in our group.
And I was very pleased at his reply 1...e5! I had already feared Sicilian forcing me to an unorthodox line like Closed Sicilian or Zvjagincev's move. So I await a comfortable Scotch or Petrov now... :-)

Oct. 29th, 2006

An idea came to my mind...

Am I right with my opening ideas?? An idea came to my mind spontaneously: I emailed to my chess friend Julio in Venezuela asking him for his opinion! :-)
Hopefully he can give some additional hints...

Oct. 27th, 2006

A 2nd opponent's greeting

Yeah, another chess email from Dobner. I feel this extraordinary emotion again like in the past, many many years ago! :-)

Oct. 25th, 2006

A first chess email arrived

Big events throw their shadows - the first email arrived sent by Opitz! The first little step in a tournament played maybe over two years...

Oct. 15th, 2006

I'm ready to start!?

I put quite much time and efforts into my preparations, created good recent archives, searched for much promising lines and created adequate opening reports reported here as overview.
And I had much luck: against all stronger opponents I'm playing as White! :-) This small advantage I want to use for playing wanted opening lines being surprisingly resp. positionaly strong for White. And as Black player I have a "secret weapon", too...
But searching for my opponents' games in the web I had much less luck: except for Karg and Koukal I didn't find any games?! And I searched in archives of DESC, IECG, ICCF, in ChessBase databases. Opitz, Frenzel, Neumann and Karg played several tournaments via ICCF but no games in the total ICCF games archive - what is that?? :-/

Oct. 10th, 2006

Information on my tournament group comes in!

Yeah - post from tournament director telling who are my opponents! A little disappointed that there are just a few foreign opponents. But about 750 players from all over the world - that's a true large tournament!
In a book shop I saw Sanakojew's "The 3rd attempt" and was fascinated, bought it - awesome, Sanakojew was the 12th world CC champion!

Oct. 4th, 2006

Gaining serious CC experiences from a strong CC master player

Just accidently I met formerly very strong CC player Heinz van Kempen in a chess forum - the big chance for me to gain some experiences for playing my CC tournament!
And he was willing to give some hints as creating recent large game archives, searching for my opponents' games in web in order to be able to find out their favourited opening lines, as White playing Sicilian and Scotch, as Black playing Slav, Nimzo-Indian, Queens-Indian, Sicilian, avoiding French and accepted Queens Gambit... And he recommended to create opening reports with ChessBase database in order to be able to find most promising lines.
Wow, a big job is to do!

Sept. 23rd, 2006

Interesting statistics on our Open

Just accidently stumbled over this information but very interesting statistics on players from all over the world taking part in this CC Open, 56 nations - wow!  :-)

Sept. 17th, 2006

Starting a new CC tourney adventure...

Well, stumbling through web I took accidently notice from an invitation of our German correspondence chess association. Our well-known CC association is celebrating its 60th anniversary and did invite to an international CC Open. That was exciting - it catched my eyes! After a long time I was very interested again in playing a big CC tournament.
But the dead line for registration was yesterday?! With little hope but immediately I sent an email to tournament director enclosing all needed information... and got a reply confirming my registration at the very last time point! :-)
Probably about 20 years are gone that I played a big CC tournament seriously...