by Jim Mundy
If you’ll allow me a quick introduction, I am CM Jim Mundy, a local champion, an Intercontinental Bronze Medalist, a chess promoter, and a coach. I’ve been writing articles, with the guidance of many dedicated editors such as Daniel Lucas, David Woolf, and Mark Taylor, for the multiple award winning Georgia Chess Magazine since the late 1990’s. I was in my twenties when I moved back here from Montana and though that’s a great state, it was wonderful to come home here to Georgia. My chess roots are here. I was born here. I casually learned to play chess here. I started my early-teen tournament career here, thanks to Thad Rodgers.
I started teaching chess here through an introduction to Ray Avant through Steve Schneider. I was part of growing chess here through serving on the GCA board. I was part of growing National Championship teams and individuals through Roy Towns and The Atlanta Chess School. And because of Roy, I opened my own chess company here, “Passport Chess,” which, by the way, takes us back, full-circle to Ray Avant. It was his goal to get chess into schools as a subject. Though we lost Ray to cancer many years ago, I hope it pleases him that through schools like Rivers Academy and Mount Pisgah Christian School, his dream has become reality!
That is my chess-history in a nutshell, a pistachio at that! Now, we’ve gone digital and can share our publication globally! Indeed we are stepping into a larger world. It’s only fitting to pick on myself for my first online article. See, my job is to look over games and make comments as an armchair quarterback. Such an easy thing to do from the comforts of home! But I’m also a tournament player and I always feel your pain because I’ve been there through the blunders, hunger, fatigue, distractions, even victories and I will be there again. So, understand that I never mean to add insult to your injuries. I am far more insulting towards my own short-comings. That being said, let’s pour some salt on my wounds and look at a game from the 2014 GA State Championship!
Mundy, Jim (2068) – Corallo, Michael (2263)
It’s round 3, my second game. I had a bye in round 2, which was nice because I got to rest. I liked this game. I think I applied the principles well.
2.Nf3 d6 The principles I am referring to are the summations of GM Igor Smirnov and his Remote Chess Academy. I grew up as a casual player–sure I read some books and thought I “studied chess,” but really I didn’t, until I was in my thirties! Then, for four years I studied hard! Four or more hours every day and had great success and became a strong tactitian. Of course, I was still lacking, and as I competed against higher levels of players I realized my thinking had to change; I had to become more efficient for modern tournament play. I had to learn Positional Thinking. I really had no idea what that really even meant. Luckily for me, Joe Couvillion and Tim Payne led me to GM Smirnov and for a year (because of family and work I had no time/energy for tournaments) I studied his course “GM Positional / Secrets” and loved it! I’m still studying it, still absorbing it, and I recommend it to anyone. It’s the best summation of positional play I have ever come across.
3.Bb5+ Knowing what I know now, this plan makes a lot of sense to me! I should consider it! 3…Bd7 (3…Nc6 4.0-0 Bd7 5.Re1 Nf6 6.c3 a6 7.Bf1 Bg4 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 d5 And this position has to be studied. 10.e5 Ng8 11.Bg5 a)11.Nbd2 e6; b)11.e6 Bxe6 12.Rxe6 fxe6 13.Qb3 Ra7 (b)13…Na5; b)13…Qd7; b)13…b5; b)13…Qc7 14.Bf4 Qd7 15.Nc3 Nf6 16.Na4 Nh5 17.Be5 Ra7 18.Nb6 Qd8 19.Ng5; b)13…g6) ; 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 g6 9.f3 Bg7 10.Be3 0-0 11.0-0 a6 12.a4 Qd8 13.b3
3…cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5
6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3
6…Nbd7 7.Bc4 Qb6 8.Bb3 e6 9.0-0 ‘=’
9.Qd2 is the main line from Spassky, but I hadn’t looked at this in way over a year and thought I could generate quick pressure with KS castling.; 9.a4! Next time! 9…Qa5
(9…Be7 10.a5 Qc7 (10…Qb4 11.0-0 Nc5 12.Ncb5 Nxb3 13.Nc7+ Kd8 14.cxb3 Kxc7 15.Ra4 Qc5 16.Rc4) 11.Bxe6 fxe6 12.Nxe6 Qc6 13.Nxg7+ Kf7 14.Nf5 Nc5 15.Nxe7 Kxe7 16.Bxf6+ Kxf6 17.Qd4+)
10.Kh1 0-0 11.f4 h6 12.Bh4 Re8 13.f5 Nc5 (13…e5) 14.Na4! Nxa4 15.Bxa4 Bd7 (15…Rf8 16.fxe6 fxe6 17.Bb3 Nxe4 18.Rxf8+ Bxf8 19.Nxe6 Bxe6 20.Bxe6+ Kh8 21.Qf3 Qxb2 22.Rf1 Qxc2 23.Qf7 Be7 24.Qxe7 Nf2+ 25.Bxf2 Qe2 26.Kg1) 16.Bxf6 Bxa4 17.Bxg7! Kxg7 18.fxe6 fxe6 19.Nxe6+ Kh8 20.Qd2 (20.Qh5 Qe3) 20…Qxb2 21.Qxh6+ Kg8 22.Rad1 Rf8 23.Qg6+ Kh8 24.Rf3 Rxf3 25.gxf3]
10…Nc5 11.Rfe1 Qc7 12.Rad1 [12.f3] 12…0-0
(83: 10) (96:29) I must be better here, the question is whether or not it is safe to push KS pawns? Which explains why Spassky castled QS!
13.Nf3 I decided not to. (68:29) [13.f3=]
13…Rd8 Now the position is favoring black. 14.Qe2 b5 (57:05) (89:29) 15.e5 I’m looking at the d6 square and working on a way to occupy it. 15…dxe5 16.Rxd8+ Qxd8 17.Qxe5 Qb6
I was looking and looking at Nd5! Just not Bxf6 first! The clues were there, multiple weaknesses! But, that’s the lesson. If you have multiple weaknesses like this, there must be something! Work it out. I was close to a victory here. 18.Rd1 He spent a lot of time on this move. After the game he said he was worried about Nd4-f5. A plan I had considered, but I had concerns with moves like Ng4, Bd6 or even Nxb3 followed by Bc5. So, I decided to consolidate f2. (18.Bxf6 gxf6 (18…Bxf6 19.Nd5 Bxe5 20.Nxb6 Rb8 21.Rxe5 Nxb3 22.Nxc8 Rxc8 23.cxb3 Rc2) 19.Qg3+ Kh8 20.Nd5 Qd6 21.Nxe7 Qxe7 22.Bd5 Bb7 23.Bxb7 Qxb7 24.Qf4; 18.Nd5 Nxd5 19.Bxd5 f6 20.Qe3 Ra7 (20…Rb8 21.Bf4 Bd6 22.b4 Na4 23.Bxe6+ Kh8 24.Qxb6 Rxb6 25.Bxc8) 21.b4)
18…Bb7 (31:56) (39:52) 19.Qe2 [19.Nd4 Nxb3 20.axb3 Rd8] 19…Rd8 (25:33) (33:45) 20.Ne5 b4 (18:45) (30: 18) 21.Rxd8+
21.Na4 Nxa4 22.Bxa4 Qa5 23.Rxd8+ Bxd8 24.Bb3
21…Qxd8 22.Nd1 Nxb3 23.axb3 Qd5 24.Nf3 h6 (11:01) (25:00) 25.Bd2 Ne4 26.Ne3 Qa5 (8:05) (22:00) 27.Nc4 Qh5 28.Be3 Nf6 29.Nd4 Qg6 (6:51) (14:32)
I’m feeling some time pressure but felt we would go to an endgame soon. He was active, but I had pushed him back and almost had my pawn chain formed against his bishop. I had been trying to do this for a while. 30.f3 Nd5 Here comes my mistake: the square that was left behind! Doh! 31.Bc1 ‘?’ [31.Ne5 Qh5 32.Bd2 Bd6 33.f4 Qh4 34.Qf2] 31…Bc5
I thought I found a defense, but missed Nd1. 32.Qf2 Qf6 Now, I see it.
33.c3 bxc3 34.bxc3 Nxc3 35.Be3 Nd1 36.Qg3 Nxe3 37.Qb8+ Kh7 38.Qxb7 Nxc4
This was my only hope. 38…Bxd4 39.Qe4+ g6 40.Nxe3 0-1
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