Friday, January 06, 2006

Christiansen 1 - DG 1

That's right! I secured a split decision in my encounter with Christiansen at the 2006 BCF Herb Healy Open House. Now to be technical, my loss came in Round 2 against GM Larry while my win occurred in Round 3 against his wife, Natasha ... but, why split hairs?

Watch as GM Christiansen first deprives me of counterplay and then "storms the barricades" with little regard for material. His 22nd move wasn't even on my radar screen before he played it. Eventhough I was the victim, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Larry's display of attacking chess.

GM Larry Christiansen (2633) - DG (2033)
[C03] French Tarrasch: Unusual Black 3rd moves

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Be7 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.e5 Nfd7 6.c3 c5 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.0–0 cxd4?! [8...g5 is the correct move order] 9.cxd4 g5 10.Nb3 a5 11.a4 g4 12.Ne1 h5 13.f4 Qb6 14.Be3 Rg8 15.Rc1 f5 16.exf6 Nxf6 17.Nc5 Bd7 18.Bb5 Bxc5 19.dxc5 Qc7 20.Nd3 Ne4 21.f5 e5

22.Nf4! exf4? 23.Bxf4 Qc8 24.Qxd5 Nf6 25.Rce1+ Kf8 26.Bh6+ Rg7 27.Qd6+ Kg8 28.Bc4+ Kh7 29.Bxg7 Kxg7

30.Re7+! Nxe7 31.Qxe7+ Kh6 32.Qxf6+ Kh7 33.Qg6+ Kh8 34.Qh6# 1–0

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