Some Games Leave You Scratching Your Head…

WGM  Josefine Heinemann (2317)

vs IM Pedro Antonio Gines Esteo  (2482) ( Unfortunately no picture could be found of the teenager)

Gibraltar Masters 2020 round 03

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 (6 Nf3) 6…h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. Bd3 Bxd3 9. Qxd3 e6 (Komodo plays 9…Qc7) 10. Bd2  (Although the most often played move by far, Stockfish and LcO play 10 Bf4. Komodo castles) 10… Ngf6   11. O-O-O a5 12. Qe2?! (This is a TN. Regular readers will know why I attached the exclam! 12 c4 was played in Lacau Rodean v Ozkan below) 12… Bb4 13. Kb1 O-O 14. c3 (14 Ne4) 14…Be7 15. Nf1 a4 16. g4

16…Qa5 (I cannot wonder why this young fellow refrained from playing the 16…Nxg4 in lieu of the losing move played in the game?) 17. c4 Bb4 18. Bxb4 Qxb4 19. g5 Nh5 ½-½

(What the hell is this? White is WINNING THE GAME!!! 20 gxh6 looks STRONG!)

Iulia Lacau Rodean (2071)

Charlie Ozkan (1903)

Canadian open 07/23/2006

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 Ngf6 10.Bd2 e6 11.O-O-O a5 12.c4 Bb4 13.Ne4 Nxe4 14.Qxe4 Nf6 15.Qe2 Bxd2+ 16.Rxd2 a4 17.Ne5 Nd7 18.d5 Nxe5 19.Qxe5 Qf6 20.Qxf6 gxf6 21.dxc6 bxc6 22.Rd6 Rg8 1/2-1/2

“STOP AGREED DRAWS. THAT’S MATCH-FIXING AND CHEATING AND NOT OK.” – GM Simen Agdestein, answering the question, “If you could change one thing in the chess world what would it be?” New In Chess magazine, 2019/6.