Well 100 replies seemed like a nice round figure, but after more than a month of silence it could be time for something new here - so I thought it could be fun to show an interesting 5 minute blitz game of mine from yesterday at playchess.

(TJ) (2314) - Moor (2452) [C33]

Rated game, 5m + 0s Main Playing Hall, 12.04.2005

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 Qh4+ 4.Kf1 Nf6 5.Nf3 Qh6 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.e5 Nh5 8.Nd5!?N A moment of inspiration.

8...Ba5

[8...Ng3+ 9.Kg1 Qc6 10.hxg3 Qxc4 11.Nxf4 Nc6 12.c3 looks good for white.]

9.b4!? c6 10.bxa5 cxd5 11.Bxd5 Ng3+ 12.Kg1 Nxh1 13.Ba3! A move inspired by an old line in the Westerinen gambit, where white gives a whole rook to dominate the dark squares surrounding black's king. Since I'm only an exchange down, that might mean that I'm actually a piece up??

13...Ng3 14.hxg3 fxg3 15.Qe1 (with d4 and Qb4 in mind)

[the more positional 15.Bd6!? may also be worth considering.]

15...Qf4 16.d4 Nc6 17.Bxc6 bxc6

[17...dxc6!? 18.Bc1 Qg4 19.Qb4 Qd7 20.Ba3 b6 21.e6 fxe6 22.Ne5 Qc7 23.Nxc6 Bb7 24.Ne5 0-0-0 25.axb6 axb6 26.Rf1 with comp at least.]

18.Bc1 Qg4 19.Qb4 d5 20.Ba3 Qd7

[Here I wasted a bunch of moves with 21.Re1? Qb7 22.Qc5 Be6 23.Ng5 Qd7 24.Rb1 a6 25.Rf1 h5 26.Nxe6 Qxe6 27.Rb1 Qd7 28.Rb6 h4 29.Rxc6 Rb8 30.Bb4 Qd8 31.a3 Rb5 32.Qc3 Rxb4 33.Qxb4 and eventually won 30 moves later...]

Much better is of course: 21.e6! fxe6 22.Ne5 Qc7 23.Qc5!

(23.Rf1 c5 24.Qb3 still seems better for white, but black might be able to survive.)

23...Ba6 everything else loses to Rf1-f7/8. 24.Rb1! White takes time out to stop 24...0-0-0? with 25.Nxc6+- for example 25...Kd7 26.Nb8+ Rxb8 27.Qe7+ Kc8 28.Qxe6+ wins.)

Other 24th moves by black can be met by the plan: 25.c4 Bxc4 ( 25...dxc4 26.Rf1) 26.Nxc4 dxc4 27.a6 0-0-0 28.Rb7+-

When looking through the game afterwards, I noticed a peculiar thing - virtually all of black's moves turned out to be Fritz's recommended option! So maybe I beat Fritz 8 and not Moor? ???

Btw, Alumbrado, how did the 'sticky-back plastic' work out?