# Two WCC Games With Beautiful Endgame Insights

Post date: Aug 01, 2010 4:11:10 AM

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 2-8-1, 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 0-0**

** -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**************************

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