Thursday, July 20, 2006

My Game with Houle

ICC has tournaments that run every Tuesday night for 4 weeks. I entered the one for July and took a bye in Round 1 becuse it was on July 4 and I wanted to watch the fireworks. I lost Round 2 becuse I played too quickly at critical points in the game. Round 3 was played on July 18, 2006. I got disconnected from the ICC server almost imediately after Black completed move 22. The interface that I use to play on ICC is BlitzIn 2.5. I heard "Uh oh" and noticed that my timer was no longer counting down. I saw a message that said that my opponent was inactive so I incorrectly assumed the he was the one who got disconnected and waited about 20 minutes for him to reconnect. Eventually, I discovered that I was disconnected from the ICC server and reconnected. I tried to finish the game but was unable to. One of the problems was that I had BlitzIn set to count a disconnect as a forfiet loss. I got an email from the server that told me that I had lost on forfeit after I had claimed a win by mistake! I changed my settings so that disconnects no longer counts as losses. I also notified the ICC tournament director about my mistake. I am still hoping that my opponent will allow me to finsh this game because I hate to lose on a technical problem! I have a cable modem so my Internet connection is always on when I have my computer on! Here is the game score:

[Event "ICC 60 0"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2006.07.18"]
[Round "-"]
[White "OnGoldenPawn"]
[Black "Houle"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCResult "White got disconnected and forfeits"]
[WhiteElo "1549"]
[BlackElo "1574"]
[Opening "English: Sicilian reversed"]
[ECO "A25"]
[NIC "EO.20"]
[Time "20:13:47"]
[TimeControl "3600+0"]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 f5 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. e4 Be6 7. Nd5 h6 8. Ne2
fxe4 9. dxe4 Be7 10. O-O O-O 11. f4 Na5 12. b3 c6 13. Nxf6+ Bxf6 14. f5 Bf7
15. Ba3 Be7 16. g4 b5 17. cxb5 cxb5 18. Qd2 Qb6+ 19. Kh1 Rab8 20. Rfd1 b4
21. Bc1 Rfd8 22. Qe3 Qb7 {White got disconnected and forfeits} 0-1

This game, complete with my analysis and diagrams can be found at

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