Saturday, September 29, 2007


The Kingside Moron

Playing a Moron Defense after a double King pawn opening can be more challenging than after white plays d4 and c4. I call it the Kingside Moron.

In the following game we see a Kingside Moron that clinches the top Expert prize in the 2003 U.S. Open. Matthew Campbell is formerly from Houston and, like me, learned how to play the Moron from Lewis McClary. The rest of this post is from Matthew:

For fun, I am sending you a Morons I played in the last round of the
2003 U.S. Open against some master from California, which won me first
expert. I clearly remember him snorting in contempt on 5 Qd8. Score one
for a Moron!

[Event "US op"]
[Site "Los Angeles"]
[Date "2003.08.03"]
[Round "12"]
[White "Aigner,Michael"]
[Black "Campbell,Matthew"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "C41"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 d6 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8 6.Bb5 f6 7.Bxc6 bxc6
8.Be3 Ke8 9.Nbd2 Be6 10.Nb3 Nh6 11.Nc5 Bc8 12.h3 Nf7 13.0-0-0 Nd8 14.Nd2 Ne6
15.Ndb3 Nf4 16.Bxf4 exf4 17.f3 Bd6 18.Nd3 Kf7 19.c4 a5 20.Nbc5 a4 21.Rd2 g5 22.e5 Bxc5 23.Nxc5 fxe5 24.Re1 Re8 25.Rde2 Kf6 26.Ne4+ Kg6 27.Kd2 Bf5 28.Nf2 Kf6 29.Kc3 c5 30.Rd2 Red8 31.Red1 Rd4 32.Nd3 Bxd3 33.Rxd3 Rad8 34.R1d2 h5 35.a3 Kf5 36.b3 axb3 37.Rxd4 Rxd4 38.Re2 e4 39.fxe4+ Rxe4 40.Rd2 b2 41.Kxb2 Rxc4 42.Kb3 Rd4 43.Rc2 c4+ 44.Kc3 Ke5 45.Rb2 Kd5 46.Rb5+ c5 47.Rb8 Rd3+ 48.Kc2 Rxa3 49.Rd8+ Ke4 50.Re8+ Kd4 51.Kb2 Rg3 52.Re2 c3+ 53.Kc2 Rd3 0-1

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I will be curious to see how hard the problems get in the higher levels of PCT!
Having an opponent snorting in contempt...if that doesn't motivate you to win...
Oops that comment above from me was for the next message. I didn't parse the divisions right :)

My first tournament, after playing chess for three months, I played this kid who just had a condescending grin the whole game. He was my first opponent in my first tournament. Some of my moves, his grin would get even bigger. I wanted to punch him in the nose.

Luckily I actually didn't play that badly, and he was cool afterwards. I noticed he was like that with everyone.

I made the mistake of asking him how to castle queenside before the game (I think that was the one rule I still didn't know). That made him grin crazily.
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