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A Latvian Gambit DECLINED Contest with Instructive Endgame
Friends My second round game in the North Richland Hills chess event involved a Latvian Gambit Declined (I tried to play Latvian Gambit twice at this tournament, and my opponents declined the Latvian Gambit both times. Perhaps the Latvian Gambit is getting some respect!) After an early exchange of Queens, this turned into long endgame. I eventually won with a fork on the White Knight and pawn. My opponent, David Hopkins, teaches English at a high school in Arlington. He is certainly better than his published USCF rating (1097). However, I did not know his rating during out game  I tried to avoid knowing my opponent's rating in a rated chess tournament game. This game is certainly of some interest. I present it to you for your consideration! For those of you who are worried that you might be subjected to the 3rd and 4th DeVries games of the 0814 Tarrant County Chess Club tournament, do not worry! I have tossed aside the other games. DAVID HOPKINS (WHITE) vs JOHN DEVRIES (BLACK) Tarrant County Chess Club Tournamentr, 08142010 Rated Tournament Chess Game North Richland Hills Tx Public Library WHITE (Hopkins) BLACK (DeVries) 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 f5 The "feared" Latvian Gambit  David declines it ! 3 d3 d6 We go into a Philidor Defense type game. 4 Be2 Nf6 5 Bg5 Be7 6 B x N B x B I am happy! David traded a Knight for a Bishop. This will have consequences later when I defeat Black with a Bishop vs Black's Knight. 7 c3 Be6? I now expect Qb3 by White My 7th move was bad. ( 8 P x P ....B x P 9 Qb3 ) 8 QNd2 ? P x P As noted earlier, 8 P x P was much better. 9 P x P 00 10 0  0 Qe7 11 Bc4 Nd7 12 Qb3 Nc5! Nice defense by Black  attacks Queen, defends pawn on b7 13 B x B check Q x B 14 Q x Q check N x Q 15 Nc4 b6 16 b4 QRd8 17 KRd1 Nf4 18 Kf1 h6 19 a4 d5 20 P x P N x P 21 N on c4 x P on e5 N x P on c3 22 R x R R x R 23 Nc6 Ra8 To save a pawn, my Rook gets crammed into the corner. 24 a5 P x P 25 R x P Ne4 26 R x P R x R 27 N x R Kf7 The heavyt pieces have been traded off \, but White has a one pawn advantage  White has two Knights and 4 pawns, Black has Bishop, Knight, and 3 pawns. However, Black King has potential to be stronger piece than White King. 28 Ke2 Ke6 29 Ke3 Kd5 30 b5 g5 31 g3 g4 The game starts to turn Black's way here. 32 Nd2? N x N 33 K x N Bd4 34 Nc6 B x P 35 Kc3 Kc5 36 Na7 Bg1 37 Kd3 B x RP 38 Ke4 B x P 39 Kf5 Be1 Black concedes the loss of his on g4, but is determined to protect his other Kingside pawn with his Bishop. 40 K x P Kb6 41 Nc6 K x P 42 Nd4 check Kc4 43 Ne6 c6 44 Nf4 Bd2 It might not have made much difference, but it could have possibly increased chances of draw if White had played: 44 Nd8 c5 45 Ne6 Kd5 46 N x P K x N White now has lone King vs Black Pawn, Bishop, King, but it will be hard to for Black to queen his last pawn, and there will be opportunities for stalemate. Of course, David had no way of knowing White's legendary bad endgame skills and history of losing won endgames! 45 Nh3 Kd4 46 Ng1 c5 47 Nf3 check Ke3 48 Ne5 Ke2 49 Nc4 Bc1 50 Ne5 Bb2 51 Nf7 c4 ! If White takes kingside pawn, White cannot stop Black queenside pawn from reaching a queening square. 52 Nd6 c3 53 Ne4 c2 54 Ng3 check Kd1 Resigns 
A Promising Start Fizzles Into Nothingness at N Richland Hills
Friends I understand why I am a 1400 USCF player, rather than a 18001900 USCF player. IMy openings are usually strong, or at least semi strong. However, I lose my way in the middle game, and do not see good moves that would alllow me to keep or enlarge my advantage. Instead, I make aimless mediocre moves that make me a sitting duck for any really good player. This was the case in my 1st Round game in yesterday's Tarrant County Chess Club chess event. I played A K Banjale (1912), and got off to a good start with my Blackmar Diemar Gambit Opening against the Caro Kann, which I have played many times against Glenn Gilbert of Waco Chess Club fame! I had some modest pressure on A K's King in the early middle game, and with even good moves (not best moves) could have won the game. Instead, I tumbled into some lousy moves and lost semi quickly. As I examine this game, it was winnable or drawable. I just did not see the right moves. I present this game for your consideration. JOHN DEVRIES vs A K Bangale Tarrant County Chess Chess Club Many Springs Open Chess Tournament August 14, 2010 North Richland Hills, Tx Public Library Rated USCF Tournament Game DeVries WHITE (1402) Bangale BLACK (1912) Blackmar Diemar Gambit vs Caro Kann Defense WHITE BLACK 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 P x P 4 f3 P x P 5 N x P Bg4 (possible variation = 6 h3 Bh5 7 g4 Bg6 8 Ne5) Instead, I decide to keep developing my pieces. 6 Be3 Be6 7 Bd3 Bd6 8 00 Qc7 9 h3 Bh4 White's h3 move opens the g3 square for Black. This becomes important later in the game. White h3 move was forced to avoid loss of another pawn. 10 a3 Nf6 11 Qd2 QNd7 12 QRd1 0  0  0 A K surprised my by castling queenside. I am very pleased. 13 b4 Nd5 14 N x N KP x N 15 c4 P x P 16 B x P at c4 Nf6 This is the high point of my game. I actually have potential threats  The Black Queen is awkwardly placed at c7, directly in front of Black King at c8, and I have potential pawn firestorm with Rook on c file. 17 b5?? Ne4 Rc1 was far superior move for White on Move 17. 18 Qb2 Ng3 Black finds square that was vacated by White h3 move. 19 Rf2 KRe8 20 Rd3?? c5 ( 20 Bg5 was much better. The sequence might have gone like this. Someone with higher chess skills than mine needs to check this variation. A K may have / would have found stronger moves for Black. 20 Bg5 f6 21 Bh4 Nf5 22 Rd1 to b1 N x B 23 P x P R x B 24 P x P check Kb8 25 Ba6 Is White winning? During the game, I saw none of this, and made a ?? move. The chance to weaken Black pawn defense in front of Black King is basically gone with Black's 20th move. 21 Nd2 f5 22 P x P B x P at c5 23 R x R R x R 24 Be6 check Kb8 25 B x B Q x B White Material value is 24 (Q R B N + 4 pawns). Black Material value is 25 (Q R B N + 5 pawns) The position is almost even, but I dramatically worsen things. 26 Nf3 ?? Rd1 check 27 Kh2 f4 Black's 27th move closes the coffin. 28 h4 Rh1 mate 26 a4 would have prevented immediate collapse. This was an imperfectly played game that had promise. It certainly is an imperfectly annotated game! 
An Alekhine Defense Game With A Striking Finish!
Friends I have been in a chess slump during the last couple weeks. I have lost most of my recent games with Ken Henkelman. Most of these losses involve Ken defeating me in the endgame, bolstered by an advantage of one or two pawns. Sometimes, I lost the game because of one "spectacular mistake" move. It seems like the wind is not blowing right for me at the chessboard, although Ken's superior talent is the primary reason. Last night brought more frustration . I played a memorable Alekhine Defense game with Paul Hagelstein, who is "in training" for an upcoming simul chess game with Chess World Champion Anand in India later this month. Paul teaches Mathematics at Baylor, and has been a wonderful addition to our chess club in recent weeks. Paul played Alekhine Defense (1 e4 Nf6) with Black. The game features two spectacular goofs by me  the last howler move cost me a sure victory. Our game ended in a draw. Still, the game is worthy of close review and inclusion in the "Waco Chess Club Archives". It was very interesting, because my other chess opponents never play Alekhine Defense when I open with e4. I present this game for your consideration. JOHN DEVRIES vs PAUL HAGELSTEIN Casual Chess Game  August 7, 2010 Waco, Texas  Barnes & Noble Alekhine Defense WHITE (DeVries) BLACK (Hagelstein) 1 e4 Nf6 2 e5 Nd5 3 c4 Nb6 4 c5 Nd5 I chase Paul's Knight all around the chessboard. 5 Bc4 e6 6 d4 b6 7 B x N P x B I have a strong central pawn presence, but it can be challenged. 8 b4 Be7 9 Nf3 Ba6 Black's 9th move causes problems for me for the next ten moves. It keeps me from castling (at least temporarily). 10 Nc3 c6 11 Be3 h6 12 a4 P x P b6 x c5 13 P x P b4 x c5 Bc4 14 Qc2 a5 15 Nd2 Ba6 16 Rb1 0  0 17 Rb6 Bg5 I'm not sure White 17th move is that good  it later turns into disaster because of a spectacular oversight by White. 18 Nd1 Re8 19 Nb3 Bc4 20 Qc3 B x N 21 Q x B B x B 22 N x B g6 The exchange of Black's light squared Bishop is very good for White. White can castle. Black's 22nd move keeps White Knight off f5 and d6. 23 0 0 Qc7 24 Ng4 Kg7 25 Rb7 Qc8 26 f4 Na6 27 Nf6 Rd8 28 f5 Nb4 At this point, I go blind  all I need to do is 29 Rb6 to save the rook. Instead, I make a ???! move. 29 P x P ???! Q x R To my credit, I do not give up. I keep putting pressure on Paul's Kingside. 30 P x P K x P? I think Black's 30th move was a mistake. It allows a discovered check. Black had two rooks on the eighth rank  enough to stop the queening of the White pawn. I don't think that Black should have captured the White pawn on f7 with his King (move 30). 31 N x P check Kg7 32 Qg3 check Kh8 33 Rf6 d6 Move 33 is a really nice move by White that threatens mate in 1 and forces Black to trade Queen for Rook, thus destroying Black's material advantage that was gained by the tremendous error by White on Move 29. 34 R x P on h6 check Qh7 35 R x Q check K x Q 36 Nf6 check Kh6 At this point, White has Queen & Knight + 6 pawns, while Black has two Rooks, Knight and three pawns. White has 1816 material advantage, but it is White's extra pawns that should win for White, and Black has not yet moved his Queen Rook. 37 P x P e5 x d6 Nd5 38 h4 N x N White's 38th move was artistic. I think it marginally increased my chances of victory. 39 Qg5 check Kh7 40 Q x N R g8 41 Qe7 check Rg7 42 Qe4 check Kh8 43 Q x P at c6 R on a8 to g8 44 d7 Rd8 45 Qh6 check Kg8 46 c6 Rh7 47 Qe6 check Kf8 48 Qf6 check Rf7 49 Q x R at d8 check Kg7 50 Qg5 check Kh7 My well deserved victory, even with the unnecessary loss of my rook on Move 29, is very close. I am cruising. I am asleep. 51 d8 Queen ?? Rf1 check !!! White's 51st move looks perfectly reasonable  who can argue with getting another Queen? However, it was the completely wrong move. (51 Kh2 would have been totally decisive for White) I did not carefully examine the board  I thought that Paul was "giving up". The possibility of stalemate did not cross my mind. So......I confidently played 52 K x R and..... 52 K x R ????? ****STALEMATE  DRAW**** 
Two WCC Games With Beautiful Endgame Insights
For a brief moment, I believed that I was almost at chess parity with my good chess friend Ken Henkelman. I was winning almost 1/3 of our games, and I earned a significant number of draws. But matters have returned to normal in recent days. Ken has been playing some really excellent chess  my record in our last eleven games is something like 281, but I did achieve a draw in our last game! Many of Ken's victories involved a "grind it out" endgame victory, where Ken had a Bishop and pawns vs my Knight and pawns, or Ken enjoyed a one pawn advantage in some gambit game (either Blackmar Diemar Gambit or Albin Counter Gambit). We played two games today  the first game illustrates Ken's recent inexorably successful chess style. The second game features a remarkable defensive tactic that sacrifices a rook pawn in the end game but leads to positional improvement for me and a solid draw. I present these two games for your consideration. GAME 1  JOHN DEVRIES vs KEN HENKELMAN Casual Game  Barnes & Noble Bookstore Blackmar Diemar Gambit vs French Defense July 31, 2010 WHITE (DeVries) BLACK (Henkelman) 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Bb4 This variation has not been working well for me in recent games  after the game, I resolved to try 3 P x P at my next opportunity. 4 Be3 P x P 5 a3 B x N 6 P x B Bd7 I have a Bishop for Knight exchange, but Ken has one pawn advantage and I have doubled pawns. 7 f3 Bc6 This position is characteristic of many recent games with Ken Henkelman. 8 Be2 Qh5 check 9 g3 Qf6 10 P x P B x P 11 Bf3 B x B 12 Q x B ? Nc6 I think N x B was a better move for White on Move 12. I could later castle with Rook on f file, prepared to put pressure on Black Queen. 13 Rb1 Q x Q 14 N x Q 0  0  0 15 0  0 Nf6 16 Bg5 h6 When I made my 16th move, I thought it was strong. It turned out to be of considerably less strength. 17 B x N P x B 18 Rf2 ? Rd5 This was likely my losing move  18 c4 was necessary. 19 c4 Ra5 My 19th move was one move too late. 20 Rb3 Rd8 21 Rd3 e5 Ken's 21st move forces a pawn exchange because of Black's pawn fork threat. 22 P x P R x R 23 P x R N x P on e5 24 N x N P x N 25 R x P R x P at a3 26 Rf6 h5 27 Rf5 R x P at d3 28 R x P at e5 h4 ! Beware of Greek Gift sacrifices. 29 P x P at h4 Rd4 30 c5 R x P at h4 I keep putting up a gallant fight, but this game is over. 31 Re8 check Kd7 32 Ra8 a6 33 Rb8 Kc6 34 Rc8 a5 35 Ra8 a4 36 Kg2 Rc4 37 Ra5 b6 38 P x P P x P 39 Ra6 Kb5 40 Ra8 Kb4 41 Rb8 b5 42 Kg3 a3 43 Ra8 Kb3 44 h4 a2 45 h5 Ra4 Black's 45th move is totally decisive 46 R x R K x R 47 h6 a1 = Queen Resigns GAME 2  JOHN DEVRIES vs KEN HENKELMAN Casual Game  Barnes & Noble Bookstore Gucco Piano vs Scicilian Two Knights Defense July 31, 2010 WHITE (DeVries) BLACK (Henkelman) 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 d3 g6 5 Bg5 Bg7 6 c3 00 7 0  0 d6 8 h3 a6 9 QNd2 Be6 10 Rc1 Qd7 11 Kh2 h6 12 B x N B x B I think White's 12th move was a wise decision. 13 Re1 d5 14 P x P B x P 15 Ne4 !? B x B An interesting White move on Move 15 16 N x B check P x N 17 P x B QRd8 18 b3 Qd3 19 Q x Q R x Q 20 Re3 KRd8 21 R x R R x R 22 Rc2 ? f5 ( 22 Ne1 might have been better for White) 23 Ne1 Rd1 24 Nf3 f6 25 Rd2 R x R 26 N x R Ne5 27 f4 Nd3 28 g3 Kf7 29 d3 Ke6 30 b4 Kd6 Ken is getting his King in much better position (at least temporarily). 31 Kg2 b5 32 Kf3 Nb2 33 P x P c4 x b5 P x P a6 x b5 34 P x P check K x P 35 Ke3 Nc4 check 36 Kd3 !! N x RP White gives up the rook pawn for positional improvement. The White Knight later becomes a tremendous defensive piece. Black is one pawn ahead in a Knight + pawns vs Knight + pawns endgame, but it does not help him. 37 Nb3 check Kb6 38 Kd4 Nc2 check 39 Kd5 Ne3 check 40 Ke6 g5 White moves his King deeper into Black territory, while the White Knight provides great defense. 41 K x P at f6 P x P 42 P x P Nd5 check 43 K x P N x P on c3 44 Kg6 Nd5 45 f5 Nf4 check 46 K x RP N x RP We are down to Knight + 1 pawn vs Knight + 1 pawn endgame, but Black must accept draw to prevent White from queening his pawn. 47 f6 Nf4 48 f7 Ne6 49 Kg6 b4 50 Kf6 Nf8 51 Ke7 Ng6 check 52 Kf6 Nf8 *******************DRAW************************ 
Henkelman Grinds DeVries Into Dust  A Long Albin Gambit Game
Friends
Ken Henkelman and I continued our long standing chess competition on Monday evening. We played a remarkable "textbook" Albin Counter Gambit game (Ken had White) where I was stuck with doubled pawns and Ken used this positional advantage to slowly grind me into dust, although the game lasted 82 moves. I present this game for your consideration.
WHITE (Henkelman) BLACK (DeVries)
Casual Chess Game, 07192010
Waco, Tx Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Albin Counter Gambit
1 d4 d5
2 c4 e5
3 P x P d4 x e5 d4
4 Nf3 Nc6
5 e3 Bb4 check ?
Move 5 is an innovation by Ken  I should have moved ....Bg4
I have played this variation in many other Albin games with
Glenn Gilbert, another Waco Chess Club member.
6 Bd2 B x B check
7 Q x B Bg4
In previous games, Ken would usually capture with the Knight.
Capturing with the Queen is better.
8 Be2 P x P
9 Q x P KNe7
10 QNd2 00
11 00 Re8
12 Qg5 B x N
Ken's 12th move is good  it practically forces me to take the White
Knight, which will put the White Bishop in good position on f3.
13 B x B Ng6
14 Q x Q QR x Q
15 B x N P x B
This sticks me with doubled pawns.
16 Nf3 N x P
The material is even, but I have doubled pawns
17 N x N R x N
18 KRe1 QRe8
19 R x R R x R
20 Kf1 f6
21 Rd1 Kf7
22 Rd8 Ke7
23 Ra8 a5
(....Ra5 might have been better for Black on Move 23)
24 Rc8 Kd6
25 b3 Kd7
26 Rg8 g6
27 f4 Re7
28 Ra8 f5
I cannot save my Rook Pawn.
29 R x P on a5 Re4
30 g3 Rd4
31 Ke2 Re4 check
32 Kd3 Re1
33 Re5 Rh1
34 Re2 c5
Ken makes several important Re2 moves during this game
for defensive purposes.
35 Kc3 Rc1 check
36 Kb2 Rh1
37 a4 Rd1
The beginning of the end for Black. White has an unobstructed Rook Pawn.
38 Kc2 Rd6
39 Re5 Kc6
(39 Rd2 forces a trade of rooks, and White has queenside pawn majority,
which means endgame win is highly probable  of course, Ken won
this game, so I can't really dispute his technique)
40 Kc3 Rd1
41 Re6 check Kd7
42 Re2 Rd6
43 b4 P x P check
44 K x P at b4 Kc6
45 a5 Kb7
46 Re7 h5
47 Re2 c6
The recurring defensive maneuver by White appears again
on Move 47.
48 Kc5 Rf6
49 Re5 Ka6
50 Kb4 Rd6
51 Re2 Rf6
52 Ra2 Re6
53 Kc5 Rf6
54 Kd4 Re6
55 c5 Re8
56 Kc4 Rd8
57 Kc3 Rd5
58 Kc4 Rd8
59 Re2 K x P
Material is even again, but Black's pawn capture is
a very temporary victory.
60 Re6 Rd2
61 R x P at c6 R x P at h2
62 R x P at g6 Rc2 check
Ken again has one pawn advantage, which will soon expand.
63 Kd5 Rd2 check
64 Kc6 Rh2
65 Rg5 h4
White's 65th move is a decisive move. Easy to see  but decisive.
66 P x P R x P
67 R x P Rh6 check
White has a two pawn advantage, and a gentleman might resign,
but I still have a rook, and a draw is still remotely possible. So
I play on.
68 Kd5 Kb5
69 Rf7 Rh5 check
70 f5 Rh1
Ken will eventually have two unstoppable pawns on the "C"
and "F" files.
71 Rb7 check Ka6
72 c6 Rd1 check
73 Ke6 Re1 check
74 Kd7 Rd1 check
75 Kc8 Rf1
Black just exhaled his last gasps of breath.
76 Rf7 Kb6
77 c7 Ra1
78 Rf6 check Kc5
79 Re6 Rf1
80 f6 Kd5
81 Kd7 Rc1
82 Rd6 check Ke5
83 f7 Resigns

Albin's Ghost Rises From The Grave!
KEN HENKELMAN vs JOHN DEVRIES
Casual Chess Game  July 7, 2010 Albin Counter Gambit WHITE (Henkelman) BLACK (DeVries) 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e5 3 P x P d4 x e5 d4 4 Nf3 Nc6 5 g3 Bf5 6 Bg2 Bb4 check 7 Bd2 B x B check 8 N x B d3 9 e3 f6 In recent Albin Counter Gambit games with Ken, Ken usually places his King Bishop on g2. I usually advance my queen pawn deep into Ken's side of the board, and Ken eventually moves his Queen to b3. I'm not sure the placement of the White Bishop on g2 really helps Ken that much. 10 P x P Q x P Because Ken's dark squared bishop is gone, I can capture with the Queen. 11 Qb3 Rb8 12 0  0 KNe7 13 Nh4 00 14 N x B Q x N Two heavy pieces on the f file for Black 15 Be4 Qf6 16 Q x P QRd8 17 B x RP check Kh8 18 Qc2 R x N 19 Q x R K x B Black trades his Rook for two minor pieces 20 Qc2 check Kh8 21 a3 Ne5 22 f4 Ng4 23 Qe2 Nh6 24 e4 Qb6 check 25 Qf2 Q x Q check  26 K x Q Ng4 check 27 Kg1 Ne3 28 KRc1 Rd8 29 Rc3 Nd1 30 Rb3 b6 31 Rb1 Rd2 32 h3 Nc6 33 Rb5 Nd4 34 Rd5 ? Nf3 check 35 Kf1 ***Ne3 checkmate*** 
An American In Queretero Mexico With His Chess Board
An aged building with ancient stucco walls  could this building have been constructed 200+ years ago?  two or three stories high  but one small room (thirty feet by fifty feet) holds special significance for me. This is the meeting site of the Queretaro Chess Club, filled with 20+ young, middle aged, and aged weathered men either intently gazing at a chess game in progress, or playing their own chess game. Sarah brought me to the Queretaro Chess Club last night  I visited the place for one evening in December 2007, when I played five games against a man who resembled a sheepherder from Oaxaca  he spoke no English, but played great chess, as he occasionally sipped from a cup of steaming black coffee. I lost all five games that night, but it was still a wonderful experience. Most of the games were relatively close, and he even played my favorite Latvian Gambit opening with the Black pieces (and still beat me!
Last night produced similar experiences and memories. I played four games with the same player  an affable, polite gentleman who spoke no English but played chess on near expert or expert level. He was semi well dressed  to judge from their clothing, persons of all income classifications congregate at the Queretaro Chess Club. His wife joined him after we had played two games.
She was the only woman in the room, and seemed quite content and connected to her husband. She also knew how to play chess.. We played one game with a g/15 time control, using a sturdy wooden chess clock. Gradually, my opponent gained a small advantage that morphed into a substantial advantage, and I was forced to resign. We played a second game  I had Black pieces the first game  so I had White for the second game. I played well, but my time management skills are minimal when I face talented opposition, so I lost the game when my clock ran out in a slightly inferior position. We played a third game  I played Latvian Gambit  it was evident that my friend had not seen this opening very often....he chose a weaker response. I put some pressure on his King, but he eventually crushed me with a beautiful knight check that would have resulted in the loss of my Queen, and I resigned. Finally, game 4...with a slower time control...30 minutes for each player.
I played the Blackmar Diemar Gambit with the White Pieces. His early moves were somewhat mediocre. I gained a strong edge in development. As the game progressed, my opponent recovered, and erased most of his disadvantage. We moved to the endgame (few pieces left on the board)  I had a Bishop and six pawns...he had a Knight and six pawns I played the endgame well, and held the draw against someone who was a measurably better player than me. I celebrated  this was my first non loss at the Queretaro Chess Club  A DRAW! I felt like a chess player.
CASUAL GAME AT QUERETARO MEXICO CHESS CLUB
JOHN DEVRIES vs MEXICO CITIZEN OF UNKNOWN NAME
June 30, 2010
WHITE (DEVRIES) BLACK (MEXICO CITIZEN)
1 d4 d5
2 e4 e6
A surprising 2nd move by Black
3 Nc3 P x P
I was expected 3 ....Bb4 I can't reply with 4 f3 because of 4 .....Qh4 check
4 N x P e5
I can't take Black's pawn on e5 because of ....Q x Q, which ruins castling.
5 Nf3 P x P
6 Q x P Q x Q
I take with right piece on move 6, if 6 ....Nc6, 7 Q x Q ...N x Q
7 N x Q a6
8 Bd3 Bd7
9 0  0 Nc6
I have a lead in development
10 N x N at c6 B x N
11 Re1 0  0  0
12 Be3 B x N
13 B x B Nf6
14 Bf3 Bd6
I have parallel bishops
15 QRd1 h6
16 c4 KRe8
17 c5 Be5
18 b3 g5
19 h3 Bc3
20 R x R check R x R
21 Rc1 Bd2
22 Rd1 B x B
23 R x R check K x R
24 P x B c6
25 e4 Ke7
I am trying to keep the Black Knight off d5
26 g4 Ke6
27 Kf2 Nd7
28 b4 Ne5
29 Ke3 a5
30 P x P at a5 Nc4 check
31 Kd4 N x RP
32 Bh1 f6
33 Bg2 b5
An interesting move by Black on Move 33
34 P x P e p Nb7
35 Kc4 Kd6
36 a4 Ke5
37 Kb4 Kd4
38 a5 c5 check
39 Ka3? Nx P
40 Ka4 Nc4
41 b7 Nb6 check
42 Kb5 Nd7
43 Kc6 Nb8
44 Kc7 Na6 check
45 Kb6 Nb8
46 Kc7
****************DRAW******************

Duane Herrera from Temple Comments on "Heartbreak Game"
Duane Herrera is a chess friend from Temple who played in at least one Waco USCF tournament during 2009.
He offered some annotations on the opening moves from the "DeVries Heartbreak Game".
Duane's chess annotation skills surpass mine!
John DeVries
John,
Hope u dont mind me commenting on this game.It definitely got exciting but I think your gambit might have worked even with your crazy BF5?? on the 2nd move... IF you continue ur development. I mean the whole purpose for you giving up 2 pawns is time and development right?? so this is what i got, tell me what u think.
1.d4 d5
2.c4 bf5??
3.ne3 e6
4.qb3? qc8
5.pxp nf6???
nf6 is the wrong knight move.how about this exchange.
5.pxp pxp
6.nxd5 nc6!
hes problem is d4.how does he protect nxd4 then nf2
play these lines, tell me what u think.
7.nf3 be4!
7.e3 be6 8.bc4 na5!
7.be3?? be6
he has no good response how to defend his d4 pawn.either one he choses, your ahead in development and he cant castle for at least 4 moves which should give enough advantage to win or at least make a better game.
email me back, tell me what u think.i could be wrong about these lines.u never know.
Duane From: usapolres@aol.com [mailto:usapolres@aol.com] Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 3:56 PM To: Duane Herrera Subject: Fwd: DeVries/Henkelman Heartbreak Game for DeVries, 061810 Original Message From: usapolres@aol.com To: redscarab2@hotmail.com; jeffspy2006@yahoo.com; kwhenk@att.net; korchboy@hotmail.com; ericguel@gmail.com; rburke805@cs.com; glen3624@cs.com; armychess@aol.com; dongillespieiii@gmail.com Sent: Mon, Jun 21, 2010 9:02 am Subject: DeVries/Henkelman Heartbreak Game for DeVries, 061810 Ken Henkelman and I continued our chess competition (mostly one sided, I will concede) last Friday at Barnes & Noble. We played a most interesting game that should have ended in a draw, but I threw away the draw by making a spectacularly inept move. I was a bit fatigued, because Ken had refused several draw offers in a seemingly dead drawn position, and waited for me to make a mistake.
KEN HENKELMAN vs JOHN DEVRIES
Casual Chess Game, Waco Tx
June 17, 2010
WHITE (Henkelman) BLACK (DeVries)
1 d4 d5
2 c4 Bf5 !?
Ken tries his usual Queen's Gambit, which typically
involves into an Albin Counter Gambit when I play 2 ...e5
However, in recent games, Ken has handled my Albin
Counter Gambit real easily, and has often won a two
pawn advantage or crushing positional advantage.
I decided to try something new.
3 Nc3 e6 4 Qb3 Qc8
I played in a Victoria Chess Club simul on June 7th,
and moved ...b6 in a similar early position. Ten moves
later, I lost a minor piece because of that weakness.
In a post mortem, one of the best players at the Victoria
Chess Club suggested that I move ...Qc8 I remembered
this advice in this game.
5 P x P Nf6
6 P x P P x P
7 Nf3 Be7
8 Ne5 0  0
9 Bg5 Nc6
10 N x N P x N
Ken likes my doubled pawns. I like the open file for my rook.
Ken also traded off his real strong Knight.
11 g3 Rb8
12 Qh5 R x P on b2
13 Q x P on c6 Bb4
It might have been better for Ken to take the pawn on a7 with his Queen.
14 B x N R x B
15 Rc1 e5
16 Qc4 check Be6
17 d5 Bf7
18 Bg2 B x N
19 Q x B R x RP on a2
20 0  0 R x P
21 Q x P at c7 Qf8
22 Q x P at a7 Bg6
23 Rc6 R x R
24 P x R Bd3
25 Bd5 check Kh8
26 Rc1 Ba6!
27 c7 h6
28 Bb7?? B x B
Be6 is best move for White on Move 28
29 Pc8=Queen ? B x Q on c8
30 Kf1 Ba6!
31 Kg1 e4
32 Rb1 e3?
33 f4 Qa3?
34 Qa8 check Kh7
35 Qe4 check g6
36 Qe6 Rb2 ?
37 Qf7 check Kh8
38 Qf6 check Kh7
39 Q x R? Qf4
(38 R x R was better for White)
40 Qb6 Qc2!
41 Qa7 check Kg8
42 Rb8 check Bc8
43 Q x P on e3 Qd8 check
44 Kg2 Qc2 check
It looks like I can get a draw because Black's pinned bishop
coveres the h3 square and White's kingside pawns prevent
easy White King escape from check!
45 Qf2 Qc6 check
46 Kg1 Qc1 check
47 Kg2 Qc6 check
48 Kf1 Qc4 check
49 Qe2 Qc1 check
50 Kf2 Qc6 check
By this time, I have made at least two draw offers,
and am becoming somewhat exasperated. Ken
remembers my endgame skills, and decides to
keep moving, waiting for me to make a mistake.
51 Qe3 Qc2 check
52 Kf3 Qc6 check
53 Qe4 Qc3 check
54 Kf2 Qc5 check ???
On move 54, I make a terrible error.
54 ....Qd2 would have kept draw chances alive.
55 Kg2! Qf8
The game is lost for Black, but I play until end.
56 Qc4 check Kg7
57 R x B Qa3
58 Qd4 check Kf7
59 Rc7 check Ke6
60 Qe5 ***checkmate*** 
A Great Drawn Game With Probable Won Ending Position
On Thursday night at the Waco Chess Club meeting, Ken Henkelman and I struggled to a draw after 72 moves. Any result besides a loss is a great boost for me, since Ken usually wins 3/4 to 4/5 of our games. Weeks ago, Ken would play the Scicilian Defense as a response to my 1 e4. (1 e4 c5) Recently, Ken has switched to the French Defense, and our French Defense games sometimes involve into a Blackmar Gambit for White.
The Waco Chess Club is awakening! The last couple of meetings have drawn 7+ people, and we have hopes for a similar turnout on June 24th. Rex Burke and Jeff Spyrison are conducting some intensive chess tutoring with a couple of middle school students that were connected to organized chess activity at University Middle School and Brazos Middle School in the spring. I try to play chess three or four times a week (usually with Ken), although I lost a game to Jeff Spyrison on Saturday (Jeff concluded the game with a beautiful queen sacrifice and a smothered checkmate with his knight  I seem to have misplaced the scoresheet  I hope I can locate it, because I want to put in the Waco Chess Club website. My level of play was somewhat mediocre, but Jeff's play was stellar.
In any case, here is the lengthy draw with Ken Henkelman....
JOHN DEVRIES vs KEN HENKELMAN
Casual Chess Game  Waco Chess Club
June 17, 2010
WHITE (DeVries) BLACK (Henkelman)
1 e4 e6
2 d4 d5
3 Nc3 Bb4
I have tried 4 a3 which leads to 4 ...B x N, and the game often
evolves into a Blackmar/Ryder Gambit. I decide to try something different.
4 Be2 B x N
5 P x B P x P
Ken gains the extra pawn
6 f3 Nf6
7 Bg5 P x P
8 B x P h6
I delay the development of my knight to give the bishop a possibly strong diagonal.
9 Bf4 Nd5
10 Ne2 Qf6
11 Be5 Qg6
12 0  0 Nc6
13 B x N N x B
14 Bb3 Ng4
15 Qd3 Q x Q
16 P x Q 0  0
17 Rf3 Bd7
18 d5 P x P
19 B x P c6
My 18th move temporarily stopped Black from Bc6
20 Bb3 QRe8
21 Ng3 Re3
22 R x R N x R
23 Ne4 Bf5
24 Nd6 B x P
25 N x P at b7 Bc4
26 Nd6 B x B
27 P x B Ra8
28 c4 Nc2
29 Ra6 Nd4
30 b4 Rd8
31 c5 Rd7
32 Ra5 Rc7
33 h3 Nb3
34 Ra6 Nd4
35 Ra5 Ne2 check
36 Kf2 Nf4
37 Kg3 Nd3
38 Ra4 f6
39 h4 Ne5
40 Ra6 Nd7
41 h5 Nb8
42 Ra5 a6
43 Kf3 Re7
I have an inactive rook  Ken has an inactive defensive knight
Ken has active rook  my knight is important.
44 Kf2 Re5
45 g4 Rd5
46 Ke3 Rd1
47 Ra4 Re1 check
48 Kf4 Re5
49 Ra5 Rd5
50 Ke4 Rd1
51 Ra4 Re1 check
52 Kf4 Rf1 check
53 Ke4 Kf8
54 Nf5 Re1 check
55 Kf4 Kg8
56 Ra2 Rb1
57 Ra4 Kh7
58 Ne7 Rf1 check
59 Kg3 Re1
60 Ng6 Rd1
61 Kf3 Rd5
62 Kf4 Rg5
63 Nf8 check Kg8
64 Ng6 Kf7
65 Ra2 Rd5
66 Ra4 Rg5
67 Ra2 f5
68 P x P R x RP at h5
69 Rd2 Rh1
70 Rd8 Rf1 check
White's 70th move threatens mate with Rf8
71 Ke4 Re1 check
72 Kf4 Rf1 check
****DRAW****
White should have refused the draw...
(73 Kg3 R x P
74 Rf8 check K x N
75 R x R)
OR
(73 Kg3 Rg1
74 Rh2 wins for White!)
I have my excuses  we were playing with a borrowed chess board.
The owner of the board was ready to go home. I was exhausted.
I didn't look for winning opportunities. I was thankful for a draw.

A Worthy Draw
Jeff Spyrison and I battled to a draw at Barnes & Noble. Jeff is a notable local Scrabble player whose interest in chess has been recently rekindled. Jeff studies "mate in 3" and "mate in 4" puzzles every day, consults opening books, reviews Chessmaster material, and is showing great improvement. If this chess game was a baseball game, it might have been "called or drawn on account of darkness", since we had played for an hour and Jeff had to be somewhere in ten minutes, but the position was generally even. Jeff thought I had an advantage, but Jeff places too much confidence in my ability!
JOHN DEVRIES vs JEFF SPYRISON
Casual Chess Game, 06212010
Waco Tx  Barnes & Noble
WHITE (DeVries) BLACK (Spyrison)
1 e4 c5
2 Nf3 g6
Black's second move is a novelty to me.
3 Bc4 Bg7
4 c3 d6
5 h3 Nf6
6 d3 0  0
7 0  0 Nc6
8 Bg5 a6
9 QNd2 b5
10 Bb3 a5
11 a4 Ne5
12 N x N P x N
Black has a mostly open file for its Queen,
but the Bishop on g7 is obstructed.
13 Qc2 Ba6
14 Re1 Qb6
15 P x P B x P
16 c4 Bc6
17 Ba4 KRc8
18 B x B R x B
19 Nf3 Rd8
20 N x P R on c6 to d6
21 QRd1 h6
22 Bf4 Re6
23 Nf3 Nh5
24 Bc1 Qc7
25 b3 Ra6
26 Bb2 Nf4
27 B x B K x B
28 Qc3 check Kh7
29 Qe5 Q x Q
30 N x Q f6
I am happy that we exchanged queens.
31 Nf3 R x P
32 R x R N x R
33 Rd1 Nf4
34 Rd7 Re6
35 Nd2 g6
36 f3 h5
37 Nf1 Ng6
38 Ne3 Rb6
39 Nf5 R x P
40 N x P Nf4
41 Nd5 Kg6
Jeff thought White should have moved Nf5 on Move 41.
42 N x N P x N
43 Ra7 Rc3
44 R x P on a5 R x P on c4
45 h4
**********DRAW***********

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