Monday, January 16, 2006

The Immortal Duel of a Son and Father

I first got involved in tournament chess as a kid when my father still directed scholastic events, but I took a long hiatus in High School. When I went off to college I became re-enthused and during my college summers when I came home, my father and I waged titanic battles over the board, sitting out on our summer porch in candle light. The games were often fraught with errors, as we taught each other opening theory in cold blood, but they were wonderfully spirited. The first example here was one of my favorites.

Joshua-Moe 2001

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f4 0-0 6. h3?! c5 7. d5 Nh5?! 8. Qf3 Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 Ng7 10. Bd3 e6 11. Ne2 f5 12. e5
Here we are in typical form for the time. I was white. In the position, I am pressing, impetuous, violently overambitious and about ready to win... or collapse. My father is trying to hold his own, perhaps a little tentative, but certainly tenacious.
12. ... dxe5 13. fxe5 Nd7 14. Qg3 Nh5 15. Qh2 exd5 16. cxd5 Nb6 17. c4 g5 18. 0-0 f4 19. e6 Qf6 20. Ba3 Ng3 21. Nxg3 Qd4+ 22. Kh1 Qxd3
The battle has reached its boiling point. My material is falling fast, but the pawn chain has become insurmountable.
23. Bxc5 fxg3 24. Rxf8+ Kg7 25. Qg1 Qxc4 26. e7 Bd7 27. Bd4+ Kh6 28. Rf6+ Kh5 29. Qd1+ Kh4 30. Rh6#
Those were the days!

Here's an interesting one where my father gave me a pretty good licking. Again, it's a little crude from an aesthetic standpoint, but a pretty good standup fight.

Moe-Joshua 2000

1. e4 d5 2. Nc3 d4 3. Nce2 e5 4. f4 Bd6 5. f5 c5 6. Ng3 Nf6 7. Bc4 a6 8. a4 Nc6 9. d3 h6 10. Nf3 0-0 11. 0-0 Rb8 12. h3 b5 13. axb5 axb5 14. Ba2 Nb4 15. Nh2 Bb7 16. Ng4
My father's eccentric retort to my centre counter has seemingly worked out. Though I have more space on the queenside, my pieces are not well coordinated, and he is geering up for a big attack on my king position.
16. ... Nxa2 17. Rxa2 c4 18. Nxh6+ gxh6 19. Bxh6 cxd3 20. cxd3 Kh7 21. Bg5 Rg8 22. h4 Be7 23. Nh5 Nd7 24. f6 Bf8 25. Ng7 Rxg7 26. Qh5+ Kg8 27. fxg7 f6 28. Qh8+ resign.

It's an interesting dynamic, participating in a long-term duel with a person you know very well. Though I have devoted a good deal more time to chess than my father, and have consequently surpassed him in overall strength, he still holds his own against me when we play. We know each other well.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

fascinating position !
looks like a bayonet attack of KID reversed!

if you want a change of pace... you should play WITH your dad and Alternate moves, where you both have to cooperate to win, vs someone else's team -- alternating chess is lots of fun and you get to learn how someone things, cause you not only have to anticipate your opponents move, but you have to anticipate how your partner thinks, so when a position is reached, he will play the right move ! Trust us , its a blast

10:31 PM  

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