Bullet Chess

This game is an example of playing within your comfort zone at 1 minute per person chess (bullet chess). Pattern recognition was my key to victory for this game and is the subject of an upcoming book on Dragon patterns. Have a question? Comments are welcome, see the form below.

A game that I liked (ChessBase 12)

[Event “Live Chess”]
[Site “Chess.com”]
[Date “2014.11.14”]
[Round “?”]
[White “ccarnevale”]
[Black “Powell, Paul”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B34”]
[WhiteElo “1759”]
[BlackElo “2275”]
[Annotator “Microsoft”]
[PlyCount “64”]
[EventDate “2014.??.??”]
[TimeControl “1”]

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 {Expecting 3.c3 the Smith-Morra Gambit a popular line it
bullet chess. This ultra sharp gambit has won many a games at this time
control as Black eats up precious time trying to find his way to safety.} 3.
Nf3 Nc6 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 {Foregoing 5… d6 in favor of a hyper-modern
dragon structure that I’ve played many times before.} 6. Be3 (6. Nxc6 bxc6 7.
e5 Nd5 8. Nxd5 cxd5 9. Qxd5 Rb8 10. Bc4 e6 {Down a pawn with an awkward pawn
structure is home court advantage. I’ve played this position successfully in
hundreds of speed games.}) 6… Bg7 7. Be2 O-O 8. O-O d5 {By not playing d6, I
gained the advantage of playhing a developing move and now I get to d5 in one
move instead of two moves (d6, d5).} 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. e5 Nd7 11. f4 e6 {I’ve
played many positions very similar to this one. I discuss pattern
recognition as a method to learn openings in an upcoming book on Dragon themes.
} 12. Na4 {A must move for White or else I get in c5 for free.} Qc7 13. Nc5
Rb8 14. Bd4 Re8 15. Ba6 Bf8 {Almost all of my play occurs behind the 5th rank.
White attacks and I simply hold a solid position while he works to find his
own demise.} 16. Bxc8 Qxc8 17. Nxd7 {White’s plan should have been to hold
the c5 square instead of running his bishop to a6 only to exchange it off. Now
what can he do to stop my c pawn from advancing?} Qxd7 18. Qd2 c5 19. Bf2 Rxb2
20. Rfb1 Rxb1+ 21. Rxb1 Qc7 22. Rb5 Rb8 23. Qa5 $2 {White finds what would be
a clever move if it was not completely losing. Better was to exercise caution
and retreat the rook.} (23. Rb3 a5 24. Qc1 a4 25. Rb1) 23… Qxa5 24. Rxa5 Rb1+
25. Be1 Rxe1+ 26. Kf2 Rc1 27. Rxa7 Rxc2+ 28. Ke3 c4 29. Ra8 Kg7 30. Kd4 Bb4 31.
g4 {White feels safe with his King in the center of the board and decides upon
rushing his pawns.} Be1 32. f5 Bf2# {Even at the ultra fast time control of
one minute per person you don’t have to take unwarranted chances with the
Black pieces, just make sounds moves and hold your own.} 0-1

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Philip Duran December 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Thank you for this Bullet Chess game. I enjoy going slowly through the progressive chess moves. Continued success! Respectfully, Phil D.

Paul December 6, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Thanks Phil, hope to have more games up soon.

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