Nigerian’s Worst and Best Game of 2015

Job Atabor shares with us his worst defeat which he described as a psychological defeat in the year 2015 after he missed a mating sequence against CM Omorere Benjamin Aruoture though still winning the position, became disgusted with his play eventually and couldn’t deal with the reality that he might be drawing the game at least and later lost.

We announced last year for Nigerian’s / African chess players to share with us their best or worst game of the year 2015 with their annotation. 2 Players sent their games which was indeed tragic and explosive from both parts.

The game below:


[Event “Positive minds chess tournament”]
[Site “Abuja”]
[Date “2015.07.26”]
[Round “5.4”]
[White “Atabor, Job”]
[Black “Omorere, Benjamin Aruoture”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B01”]
[PlyCount “116”]
[EventDate “2015.07.24”]1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd6 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 a6 6.
Bc4 b5 7. Bb3 Bb7 8. Ne5 e6 (8… Bxg2 {would be terrible} 9. Nxf7 Qd7 10. Rg1 Qh3 11. Nxh8 Qxh2 12.
Bf7+ Kd8 13. Ne2 $18) 9. Bf4 Qd8 {this is the beginning of trouble} (9… Nc6 {this would keep the position very much alive after} 10. Ng6 Qxd4 11. Qxd4 Nxd4 12. Nxh8 Bxg2 13. Rg1 Nf3+ 14. Ke2 Nxg1+ 15. Rxg1 Bb7 $11) (9… c5 10. Ng6 Qxd4 11. Qxd4 cxd4 12. Nxh8 dxc3 13. bxc3 Bxg2 14. Rg1 Bc6 $17) 10. Qe2 Bb4 $4 {took about 36minutes before black played this move.} (10… Nc6 11. Nxf7 {this won’t work anymore.} Nxd4 12. Nxd8 Nxe2 13. Nxb7 Nxf4 14. O-O c5 15. g3 c4 16. gxf4 cxb3 17. axb3 Ra7 18. Na5 $11) 11. Nxf7 $1 {the obvious move, a move I learnt from GM Femix at the cost some good coaching fees almost a year ago…} Kxf7 12. Qxe6+ Kg6 13. O-O-O $4 $11 {I got carried away by the fact that my King was pinnable behind my queen and this cut short or should I say eliminated the possibility of me ever getting to analyze what could happen besides castling there and then.} (13. Qf7+ Kf5 14. Be6+ {offering up more goodies} Kxf4 15. Qxg7 {threatening mate and i am pretty sure the honourable coachie himself would have resigned here. See how the King is in White’s camp! Aint this Picturesque?} Rg8 16. Qh6+ Rg5 17. g3+ Kf3 18.
Qxg5 Qxd4 19. Qf5+ Qf4 20. Qxf4+ Kg2 21. O-O-O Bf3 22. Rdg1+ (22. Rhg1+ Kxh2 23. Qh4#) 22… Kxf2 23. Qd4#) 13… Qd7 (13… h6 14. g4 Qd7 15. Qe3 Re8 16. Qd3+ Ne4 17. f3 c5 18.
Nxe4 c4 19. Bxc4 bxc4 20. Qxc4 Qb5 {and black is completely safe}) 14. Qe5 Qg4 15. h3 Bd6 16. hxg4 Bxe5 17. Bxe5 Nxg4 18. Bg3 Nd7 19. Ne2 Rae8 20. Nf4+ Kf5 21. Rde1 Nxf2 22. Rxe8 Rxe8 23. Bxf2 Kxf4 24. Rh4+ Kf5 25. Rxh7 Kg6 26. Rh3 Re2 27. Rg3+ Kf6 28. Be3 Rxg2 29. Bg5+ Kf5 30. Rxg2 Bxg2 31. Bd8 c5 32. dxc5 Nxc5 33. Bf7 g5 34. Kd2 Nd7 35. Ke3 Ne5 36. Be8 Bc6 37. Bxc6 Nxc6 38. Bc7 Nb4 39. Ke2 Ke4 40. a3 Nd5 41. Bb8 Nf4+ 42. Ke1 Kf3 43. Ba7 g4 44. Bg1 g3 45. b3 Nh3 46. Bb6 g2 47. c3 g1=Q+ 48. Bxg1 Nxg1 49. Kd2 Ke4 50. Kc2 Kd5 51. Kd3 Nf3 52. Ke3 Ne5 53. Kd2 Ke4 54. Kc2 Ke3 55. b4 Nc4 56. Kb3 Kd3 57. a4 Kd2 58. axb5 axb5 0-1

After 0-0-0 on my part, I guess anger took over my play and I still felt I had checkmate hidden somewhere not knowing I had just let the decisive mate slip away. I am most glad to say, getting into serious Tournament play in National Chess, CM Ben Omorere has been one of my most revered coaches in the country seeing his back to back exploits with Team Delta in 2011 & 2012, so getting this golden opportunity to play against him was like making a very bold National statement to me, I felt he was a better player but I didn’t care cuz I didn’t think anybody would expect me to survive so like the saying goes, he who is on the ground fears no fall.
Even though the game turned out the way it did, I was most pleased to discover the new found friendship between Coach Ben as I call him and myself, he says he still believed that I won that game. I salute his resilience as he was in such a dicy position in time pressure as well. I guess his wealth of coaching experience must have hinted him that I was psychologically out of the game.

Lapite RotimiAnother interesting game was a game between Lapite Oluwarotimi vs David Erhabor at the Festac tournament. Lapite sent it to us as one of his most memorable game in 2015. Lapite employed the English opening and helped us annotate the game. The game was full of fireworks…Things started going wrong when Mr. Erhabor took a pawn on h4.

The game below:


[Event “Festac”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2016.01.04”]
[Round “6”]
[White “Rotimi”]
[Black “David Erhabor”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “A20”]
[PlyCount “41”]
[EventDate “2016.??.??”]

1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nc6 3. Nc3 f5 4. Nf3 e4 5. Nh4 d6 (5… g6) 6. d3 {up until
this point it was all book moves…This move tries to undermine blacks center}
Be7 7. dxe4 {usual and probably best here is Ng2 but I thought the Bishop pair
and activity down the g file with the rook will compensate for my ruined pawn
structure} Bxh4 8. gxh4 Qxh4 $4 {This is a blunder because of whites next move
…Instead black should try to speed up development with Nf6!} 9. Nd5 $1 Qd8 {
No other move really helps black} (9… Qxe4 10. Rg1 Ne5 11. Nxc7+ Kd8 (11…
Kd7 12. Rxg7+ Ne7 13. Bg2)) 10. Rg1 Kf7 {If black has to play this with so
many pieces on board then his position is definitely busted} 11. b3 {Other
moves were also good here but I liked the idea of the Bishop on the long
diagonal with the rook combining effectively on blacks kingside} (11. Bg5)
11… fxe4 12. Bb2 Ne5 13. Qd4 c6 14. O-O-O $3 {A lot of moves win but it’s
always nice to sacrifice a piece…This is possible because of the lack of
coordination in blacks camp} cxd5 15. Qxd5+ Kf8 (15… Be6 16. Qxb7+ Qe7 17.
Qxa8) (15… Ke8 16. Bxe5 Nf6 17. Qxd6 Qxd6 18. Rxd6) 16. Bxe5 Nf6 17. Bxd6+
Ke8 18. Qg5 Qd7 (18… Rg8) 19. Bh3 {Now if queen captures then} Qf7 (19…
Qxh3 20. Qxg7 Qc3+ 21. Kb1 Nd5 22. Be5) 20. Qe5+ Be6 21. Bxe6 {excellent game}

We still expecting more annotated games by Nigerian and African players to be sent to us. Watch out.

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