The 4 Nations Chess League
2004 - 2005

[Event "4NCL Div. 4. 2004-2005"]

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2004.11.06"]

[Round "1.1"]

[White "Mordue, A."]

[Black "Hawkins, J."]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B01"]

[WhiteElo "2294"]

[BlackElo "2039"]

[Annotator "Chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "73"]

[EventDate "2004.??.??"]

{B01: Scandinavian Defence}

1. e4 d5

2. exd5 Qxd5

3. Nc3 Qa5

4. d4 Nf6

5. Nf3 c6

6. Ne5 Nbd7

7. Nc4 Qd8

{Up to now, a quite typical center-counter. I have to say that I'm not the biggest fan of it, but it can be, and has been solid enough for some good players. The text-move of black's is extremely passive and defeats the purpose of the posting of the queen via a5. Why not have played the immediate 3... qd8 if she wanted to go back there?

7... Qc7 8. g3 Nb6 9. Bf4 Qd8 10. Ne5 Nfd5 11. Bd2

Nxc3 12. Bxc3 Qd5 13. f3 Bf5 14. Qe2

1/2-1/2 Groszpeter,A-Babula,V/Odorheiu Secuiesc 1995/CBM 47 (14)}

8. Bg5

{So far folowing theory. White is building up a slow but sure advantage with his pieces well activated whereas black has to ponder about that bishop on c8.

8. Be3 e6 9. Qf3 Nb6 10. Ne5 Nbd5 11. Bd3 Qc7 12. O-O Bd6 13. Nxd5 Nxd5 14. c4 Nxe3 15. fxe3 O-O 16. Ng4 f5 17. c5 Be7 18. Ne5 Bxc5 19. dxc5 Qxe5 20. b4 a5 21. Qf4 Qxf4 22. exf4 axb4

Hund,B-Houska,J/Batumi 1999/CBM 73 ext/1/2-1/2 (96)

8... e6?

{Walking into a self-pin, which can not be a good idea.

Also, now look at that bishop on c8, when will that ever get into the game?

Black needs to get active soonest. Alternatives are:


8... Nb6 9. Be2 Bf5 10. Ne3 Bg6 11. Be2 e6 12. h4 h6 13. Bxf6 gxf6 14. h5 Bh7 15. O-O-O Bg7 16. Rh3 f5 17. f4 Qd6 18. Nc4 Nxc4 19. Bxc4 O-O-O 20. Ne2 Kb8 21. Qa5 Qc7 22. Qxc7+ Kxc7 23.

c3 Bf8 24. Re3

Schunk,E-Lentrodt,T/Kaufbeuren 1998/EXT 2001/1-0 (71)


8... Nb6 9. Qd2 e6 10. Nxb6 axb6 11. Rd1 b5 12. a3 b4 13. axb4 Bxb4 14. Bc4 b5 15. Bb3 h6 16. Bxf6 gxf6 17. O-O f5 18. Rfe1 Qg5 19. f4 Qe7 20. d5 cxd5 21. Bxd5 Bb7 22. Bxb7 Qxb7

23. Qd4 Rg8

Moskovic,D-Hodgson,J/St Heliers 1997/EXT 98/0-1 (40)


8... Nb6 9. Be2 Bf5 10. O-O e6 11. Re1 Nxc4 12. Bxc4 Be7 13. Qd2 O-O 14. Bd3 Bxd3

1/2-1/2 Mannion,S-Barry,C/Dublin 1993/CBM 34 ext (14)}

9. Qf3

{Heading for swift development and also quick q-side castling. White wants to attack black and puts immediate pressure on the loosened knight on f6.}

9... Be7

10. O-O-O O-O

{Castling just seems tempting fate especially with him being effectively a piece down (C8 bishop) and the queen's rook not coming into the game quickly.}

11. h4 Nd5

12. Ne4

{Powerfully centralising the knight. The exchange on d5 is only benefitial for black, when the e6 pawn is removed away from the blockading position of the bishop, the E file opened and the strong knight on c4 kicked.}

12... f6

{I don't like this.

But finding a better move for black isn't easy. This weakens e6, and creates a target for the white G pawn to march at.

Nice tactics run here for a knight can drop nicely into d6 if black isn't careful.}

13. Bd2 b5

{Striving for a break-out, but now white cleverly exploits all the dark-squared weaknesses in black's camp.}

14. Na5!

{Positionally strong.

Black is now almost tied completely down and the weakness of his q-side pawns are becoming apparent.

White cleverly plays on both sides of the board here to tie black completely up. c6 is now hanging, the development of the bishop on b7 impossible....its all falling apart for him.}

14... Qb6

15. Bd3 Bb4

16. Nb3 a5

17. c3 Be7

18. Kb1

{18. Qh5 to provoke a further weakening, although it loses two tempi with 18... g6 19. Qe2 is worthy of consideration.}

18... e5!?

{Correctly confusing matters.

Black realises that the k-side is weak for him and strikes in the center to blast open the position. Complications now arise.}

19. Ng3 Rf7

20. h5?!

{20. Bf5!

Should be considered.

Possible then is

20... a4 21. Be6 axb3 22. Qh5 bxa2+ 23. Ka1

With an unclear position but with white having the initiative.}

20... a4

21. Nc5?!

{Offering a pawn for a win of a tempo to offer a sack.

White's attack in the last few moves has been too slow.

he didn't have the time to prepare things with h4-h5 and had to get on with things immediately.}

21... Bxc5

22. dxc5 Qxc5

23. Bg6? Nf8?

{Black should simply ignore the outrageous offer of the piece.

23... Rf8 is simple and strong when the bishop would be almost forced to retreat.

The acceptance of the piece isn't on naturally due to Qh5 and mate on h8 or h7, but to ignore the bishop is the easiest. Even Re7 and Nf8 ideas work.}

24. Bxf7+ Kxf7

{after the win of the exchange, the win is just a matter of technique now.}

25. Ne4 Qe7

26. g4 Kg8

27. Rhg1 Kh8

28. Be3 Ne6

29. h6 g6

30. Nc5?

{Unnecessarily showing off.

White simply wants to exploit the loose nature of the f6 pawn with mate on g7, but the tactics actually fail for him.}

30... a3?

{30... Nxe3!

Neatly exploits the overloaded nature of the knight on c5.

31. Nxe6 Nxd1

And black should emerge a clear piece up.}

31. Nxe6 Bxe6

32. Bc5 Qxc5

33. Rxd5 Qe7

34. Rc5 axb2?

{34... e4!

Makes life even more difficult for white.

The queen probably has to move to e3 then axb2 is better for black. This theme of leaving a piece hanging on c5 is over-elaborate, unnecessary and gets white in to trouble more than once in this game.}

35. Qxc6

{achieving at least equality now.

The black back rank is surprisingly weak with the king hemmed in on h8.}

35... Bxa2+?

{35... Rxa2 $5 36. Rxb5 Ra1+ 37. Kxb2 Qa3+

(37... Rxg1 {misses a pretty mating combination} 38. Rb8+ Bg8 39. Qd5 Qg7 40.

hxg7+ Kxg7 41. Rxg8+ Kh6 42. Qd2+ g5 43. Qd7 Rb1+ 44. Kxb1 e4 45. Qg7#)

38. Kc2 Qa4+ 39. Kd3 Rd1+ 40. Rxd1 Qxd1+ 41. Ke3 Qe1+ 42. Kd3 Qd1+ 43. Ke3 Qe1+ 44. Kd3 Qd1+

with an amazing escape by perpectual check!}

36. Kxb2 Be6??

{the only way of continuing, although it is pretty useless is:

36... Bg8 37. Qxa8 Qxc5.}

37. Qxa8+ 1-0

[Event "4NCL Div. 4. 2004-2005"]

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2004.11.06"]

[Round "1.2"]

[White "Gillebrand, John"]

[Black "Ross, Chris"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B20"]

[WhiteElo "2049"]

[BlackElo "2130"]

[Annotator "Chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "62"]

[EventDate "2004.11.06"]

[WhiteTeam " 2"]

[BlackTeam "B.C.A."]

{B20: Sicilian}

1. e4 c5

2. d3 e6

3. g3 d5

4. Nd2 Bd6

5. Bg2 Ne7

6. f4 Nbc6

7. e5

{Continuing in the logical manner but this just seems wrong to me, instinct tells me that its simply too early for such committment. Its almost like white is banging out his opening moves without due consideration to his strategy or objectives of the game.

I would prefer to wait and see what black does and how he will set-up whether in the Korchnoi manner or some other. Maintaining the tension in

the center seems best but white is on the path of the hack already: his mind seems set to



7. Ngf3 b6 8. O-O Bc7 9. Re1 O-O 10. c3 Ba6 11.

Bf1 dxe4 12. dxe4 Bxf1 13. Nxf1 Qxd1 14. Rxd1 Rad8 15. Be3 h6 16. c4 e5 17. f5

Nd4 18. Kf2 Nec6 19. Ne1 Rd6 20. Rd2 Rb8 21. Rc1 b5 22. cxb5 Rxb5 23. Nd3

Hansen,J-Brinck Claussen,B/Copenhagen 1974/MCD/ 1-0 (74)


7. Ngf3 b6 8. O-O Bb7 9. a3 Bc7 10. Rb1 a5

11. a4 Qd7 12. exd5 exd5 13. d4 Nxd4 14. Nxd4

cxd4 15. Nf3 Qxa4 16. Nxd4 Bd6 17. b3 Qd7 18. Bb2 O-O 19. f5 Nc6 20. f6 g6 21.

Nf5 gxf5 22. Qh5

Zaichik,G-Ehlvest,J/Tallinn 1988/EXT 2000/0-1


7. Ngf3 O-O 8. O-O f6 9. Kh1

Bd7 10. c3 Rc8 11. Qe2 Bb8 12. Nb3 b6 13. Be3

Kh8 14. Nh4 a5 15. Rae1 a4 16.

Na1 d4 17. Bd2 b5 18. Nc2 Qb6 19. f5 Ne5 20.

cxd4 cxd4 21. Nb4 Bd6 22. Bh3 exf5 23. Nxf5 Nxf5

Hogenacker,J-Freckmann,M/Germany 1998/EXT 99/1/2-1/2 (41)}


7. Ngf3 b6 8. O-O Bb7 9. c3 b5 10. Re1 Qb6 11.

exd5 exd5 12. Nf1 Rb8 13. Kh1 d4 14. cxd4 cxd4

15. Bd2 Bd7

16. Rc1 Be8 17. Re6 Nd8 18. Ba5 Qxa5 19. Rxd6

Qxa2 20. Rc7 Nf5 21. Rxd8 Rxd8

Zafra Bustos,K-Gorlin,Y/Oropesa del Mar 2000/EXT

2001/0-1 (30)}

7... Bc7

8. c3 b5

9. Ne2 Nf5

10. Nf3 Bb6

{Taking a few tempi to get there, but the bishop has finally landed on its best square, where it

is poised to do the maximum damage. Keep this in mind!}

11. O-O h5!?

{Meeting aggression with aggression.

I would very rarely do this, but I am being more and more fed-up of being hacked and after all

what is the kI attack but a k-side hack?

So, I secure the knight on f5, and with my bishop controlling the g1 square, and the

possible opening up of the H file, the white king isnt all that safe.

Due to the blockaded center, I think black can aford to leave his king in the center as long as

things don't get too hary for him....}

12. a3

{I can't put a decent comment to this move. I dont' thoroughly understand it. Preventative I

agree and maybe wishing to get b2-b4 in, but white needs to think about his set-up. Where is it going and what is his plan?}

12... a5

13. h3

{Another Pr3 move.

This one makes more sense for white is wanting to drive the fantastic knight away from f5 where

it currently dominates things. Also white is wanting to push through the center trying to

exploit black's king there. Too ambitious? Probably. But what is white's plan otherwise?}

13... Ba6

{Deep positional stuff.

Look at the bishops hiding behind the pawns...why yu ask? Well, once a pawn breaks

forward, those bishops will spring to life. Note the building up of forces behind the pawn chain.

Very important, once released, that force will burst forwards.}

14. Ng5

{The only downside to the bishop occupying the a6-f1 diagonal is that e6 is indeed weakened. White springs on this and now attempts to

exploit the slightely weakened nature of the light squares. Now begins a race for the kings!}

14... Rc8

{Not wanting to fall into any traps down the long diagonal and envisagening possibilities down the half open C


15. g4?!

{Definitely over-ambitious. White is gradually being squashed - surprising considering he has

the pawn wedge on e5 - but this expansion just loosens him up even further. White's in trouble after this simple attempt to break out.}

15... hxg4

16. hxg4 Nh4

17. Ng3?

{Simply too slow.

Its difficult to suggest good continuations for white here. Maybe he has to just hit and hope with the push 17. f5 where the complications

give him an unbalanced chance.}

17... b4

{The removal of the knight from the a6-f1 diagonal is important. Also, the knight may have been needed to guard the d4 square in the future. 17. Ng3 is

certainly a weak move.}

18. f5

{refusing to get even more complicated than he had to:

18. Nh5 Kf8 19. Re1 Bxd3 20. axb4 c4+ 21. Be3

axb4 22. Qd2

and the position is a mess.}

18... Bxd3!

{Meeting attack with counter-attack.

The removal of the D pawn is important. Now the bishop on B6 is unchallenged.

18... Nxe5 19. fxe6 f6 20. Qa4+ Kf8 21. e7+ Kxe7 22. Nf5+ Nxf5 23. gxf5

Bxd3 24. c4 seems good for black.

18... Nxg2 19. fxe6 fxe6 20. Nxe6 is just simply unclear.}

19. fxe6

{The bishop is naturally taboo due to the discovered check and the winning of the white queen.}

19... c4+

20. Rf2

{Mad, mad complications would arise if white decided to risk putting his king on the h1

square since discovered checks can be met with Bh3 ideas where the knight on g5 covers the h3 square.

I'm sure white can't get away with such outrageous behaviour but consideration it is deserving of.}

20... fxe6

{If I had more steel than I do, then 20... Nxg2 21. exf7+ Ke7 22. Kxg2 Bxf2 23. Kxf2 Nxe5 24. axb4 Qb6+ 25. Kg2 axb4 26. Qe1
may be the better path to travel although that is extremely scary and such mad complications are simply not my scene!}

21. Nxe6

{21. Nxf7?! is interesting but black cheekily just takes. 21.... Kxf7 22. fxe6+ Kxe6 and the black king is stranded in the open but I am a piece up and there's no immediate way to exploit the king. Scary stuff!}

21... Qe7

{the endless complications don't give up

21... Qd7 22. Nf5 Bxf2+ 23. Kxf2 Nxf5 24. gxf5

bxc3 25. bxc3 Nxe5 26. Bf4 Bxf5 27. Bxe5 Bxe6 28. Qd4 with advantage to black.)

22. Bxd5 Nxe5

23. Nd4

{Hoping that he had survived the worsst. Huh!}

23... Rd8

{also 23... Qd7 24. Bh1 bxc3 (24... Nxg4 25. Qe1+ Qe7 26. Bg5) 25. bxc3 Bxd4 26. cxd4 Qxd4 is good for black.}

24. Be6?

{the position is going down the drain for white.

24. Bh1 was the only way in which to continue in the game.)

24... Rxd4!

{Annihilating the major defensive pieces.
This isn't a sack for I will win my exchange back at any time, but its the power of the bishop pair that is more important.}

25. cxd4 Bxd4

{Amusing but unnecessary was

25... Qxe6 26. dxe5 Bxf2+ 27. Kxf2O-O+! 28. Nf5 Nxf5}

26. Qa4+ Nd7

27. Bxd7+

{Short on time, my opponent couldn't find a decent continuation. It is now lost for him, of course, but more resistant may have been

27. Qc6 Bxf2+ 28. Kxf2 Qc5+ 29. Qxc5 Nxc5 30. axb4 Nxe6 31. bxa5 Rf8+ 32. Kg1 Nf3+ 33. Kh1

Rh8+ 34. Kg2}

27... Qxd7

28. Qxd7+ Kxd7

29. Bg5

{sad, but how else could White save the game?
White who was worried about getting the remainding moves in before the time control was in for a surprise!}

29... Nf3+

30. Kg2 Rh2+

31. Kxf3 Rxf2#

{Just look at those bishops, how they dominate the board.}

[Event "4NCL Div. 4. 2004-2005"]

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2004.11.06"]

[Round "1.3"]

[White "Burnell, Steven"]

[Black "Twitchell, Neville"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D85"]

[WhiteElo "2015"]

[BlackElo "2003"]

[Annotator "Chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "108"]

[EventDate "2004.??.??"]

{D85: Exchange Grunfeld}

1. d4 Nf6

2. c4 g6

3. Nc3 d5

4. cxd5 Nxd5

5. e4 Nxc3

6. bxc3 Bg7

7. Nf3 O-O

8. Rb1 c5

9. Be2 Nc6

10. d5

{This looks suspicious to me, but considering the game continuation, white gets quite a lot of play for the pawn.}

10... Bxc3+

11. Bd2 Bxd2+

12. Qxd2 Nb8?!

{Ok, this may have been played before but I can't accept this as a serious continuation to black's strategy.

un-developing a piece is just simply against my principles if you are not obviously gainging an advantage from it.

12... Na5 has to be the move when supporting moves like b6 and Nb7/Nd6 are in the offing.}

13. h4!

{Hey, here we go. Steve Burnell, the hacker. Who would have dreamed of it.

Although considering the position, and the wasted time spent by black, this is probably the correct way to go.


13... f6

14. e5

{Bravely trying to exploit black's vulnerable pawn structure and weakened king.

I found it almost impossible to believe that masters had played this knight retreat to b8 before, but sure enough, there were examples. Here we go:


14. h5 gxh5 15. Rxh5 Rf7 16. Nh4 Qf8 17. Rb3 Rg7 18. Qh6 Qf7 19. f4 Nd7

20. Nf5 Rg6 21. Rbh3 Nf8 22. Qxf8+ Kxf8 23. Rxh7 Bxf5 24. Rxf7+ Kxf7 25. exf5

Rxg2 26. d6 exd6 27. Bf3 Rg1+ 28. Kd2 Kg7 29. Bxb7

Otterstaetter,S-Geisert,B/Ludwigshafen 1994/EXT 2001/1-0 (48)


14. h4 g5 15. h6 Kh8 16. Qc3 g4 17. Nd2 b6 18. Rh4 Rg8 19. Rd1 Rg6 20. Nc4 Qf8 21. d6 Nc6 22. dxe7 Qxe7 23. e5 Ba6 24. Rh5 Bxc4 25. Qxc4 Nxe5 26. Qd5 Re8 27. Kf1 Qc7 28. Bb5

Rf8 29. Kg1 c4

Repplinger,M-Hahn,H/Bad Kreuznach 1995/EXT 2001/0-1 (34)


14. h4 g5 15. Nxg5 fxg5 16. Qxg5+ Kf7 17. h6 Ke8 18. O-O

1-0 Halkias,S-Dovramadjiev,T/Calicut 1998/CBM 67 ext (18)


14. h4 g5 15. Nxg5 fxg5 16. Qxg5+ Kh8 17. h6 Qa5+ 18. Kf1

Qc3 19. e5 Rg8 20. Qxe7 Nd7 21. Rh5 Qc2 22. Rd1 Qg6 23. Bd3 Re8 24. Qh4 Qf7 25.

e6 Qe7 26. exd7 Bxd7 27. Rg5 Bf5 28. Kg1 Bxd3

Cooper,J-Knott,S/Chester 1979/MCD/1-0 (41)}

14... Nd7

15. h5

{15. e6! Nb6 16. Qh6 Qxd5 17. Ng5 fxg5 18. hxg5

Seems more convincing to me.}

15... g5

16. e6 Nb6

17. Rd1 Qxd5?

{Attempting to break out. OK, he is extremely cramped and he has to consider threats of Nxg5 and the such like, but this drastic move only puts him on the back-foot.

17... Qe8 deserves consideration.}

18. Qxd5 Nxd5

19. Rxd5 b6

20. Rd2

{20. Bc4 g4 21. Rd7 Bxd7 22. exd7+ Kg7

is the alternative.}

20... Bxe6

21. O-O

{White has to decide where his king belongs. Ideally, he wants it on the q-side but there is no easy way to bring his king's rook into play.}

21... Bg4

22. Nh2

{22. h6 clamping black down is a decent choice, otherwise Ne1 seems more accurate heading for f5 via c2 and e3.}

22... Bxe2

23. Rxe2 e5

24. Rd1 Rad8

25. Red2 Rd4

26. Nf3 Rxd2

27. Rxd2 g4

{Too loose. Black should run his king to the center before pushing his pawns.

naturally, white can consider g4 himself securing the f5 square for himself forever.}

28. Nh2 f5

29. Nf1

{29. rd5 probing at the pawns seems better. I.e. 29... Re8? 30. Rd7! and the pawns are dropping.}

29... Kg7

30. Rd7+ Rf7

31. Rd6 Rf6

32. Rd5 Re6

{Better is 32... Kh6 33. Rxe5 Kxh5 34. Re7}

33. Rd7+

{33. Ne3 first is slightly better. 33... Kf6 34. Rd7 is an improvement to the game where the black king is stranded on f6 instead of running for the h5 pawn.}

33... Kh6

34. Rxa7 Kxh5

35. Rxh7+ Kg5

36. Rd7

{Correctly dominating the D file, which is ultimately white's winning strategy.}

36... f4

{36... Rc6 deserves consideration since the C pawn could run.}

37. Nd2 e4

38. Rd5+ Kf6

39. Nc4 e3

40. fxe3 fxe3

41. Kf1 b5

42. Nd6 e2+

{I don't like this, since it gives white the d2 square from where he can secure his position.}

43. Ke1 b4

44. Nc4 Ra6

45. Rd2

{This wouldn't have been available if e2+ hadn't been played.
However 45. Rxc5 Rxa2 46. Rb5 Ra1+ 47. Kxe2 Rb1 seems also winning for white.}

45... Kg5

46. Rxe2?

{Letting the half point drop!

The E2 pawn is not going anywhere and can be picked up at any point.

It is essential, beyond anything to prevent the black king's entry and allow black to get counterplay.

46. g3

is the only move.

And after that, I can not see a good continuation for black and white can slowly pick the e2 pawn of, and then pick up the q-side pawns at will.}

46... Kf4

47. Kf2 g3+

48. Ke1 Ra7

49. Ne5

{Perhaps white's only last chance for winning possibilities is to run the king to b1 to protect the a2 pawn and then try to penetrate the rook, but black can wriggle his king in and the g3 pawn is extremely dangerous. I suspect black should be able to hold it without too much trouble.}

49... Ra5?


Black misses his opportunity.

49... Ra3!

And I can not see where white can penetrate. If the knight retreats to c4, black can consider Rc3.}

50. Nd3+ Kf5

51. Rc2! Ke4

{51... Ra4 52. Rxc5+ Ke4 53. Nc1 is easy for white.}

52. Nxc5+ Kd5

53. Nd3 Rb5

54. Rb2 Kc4

55. Kd2 Rb8

{And before white can take the pawn on b4 and win the simple K & P ending, black resigned.}

56. 1-0

[Event "4NCL Div. 4. 2004-2005"]

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2004.11.06"]

[Round "1.4"]

[White "Gibbs, Dominic"]

[Black "Williams, Robin"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B22"]

[WhiteElo "2065"]

[BlackElo "1650"]

[Annotator "Chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "53"]

[EventDate "2004.??.??"]

[WhiteTeam " 2"]

[BlackTeam "B.C.A."]

{B22: Sicilian: c3 Sicilian.}

1. e4 c5

2. c3 Nf6

3. e5 Nd5

4. Nf3 Nc6

5. Bc4 Nb6

6. Bb3 e6

7. d4 cxd4

8. cxd4 d6

9. exd6 Bxd6

10. O-O O-O

11. Nc3 Bd7

{Slightly too slow. The bishop should wait to see where it belongs.

The domination of the outpost on d5 should be black's plan.

11... Nd5 12. Re1 Nxc3 13. bxc3 Qc7 14. Qd3 e5 15. dxe5 Nxe5 16. Nxe5 Bxe5 17. Ba3 Bxh2+

18. Kh1 Rd8 19. Qf3 Be5 20. Qe3 Bd6 21. Bxd6 Qxd6 22. Rad1

1-0 Sveshnikov,E-Maninang,R/Manila 1982/MCD (22)}

12. Re1

{White should batter at black's king immediately:


12. Ne4 Be7 13. Nc3 Nb4 14. Ne5 N4d5 15. Qd3 Bf6 16. Ne4 Qe7 17. Nxf6+ Nxf6 18.

Bg5 Nbd5 19. Rfe1 Qd6 20. Qg3 Nh5 21. Qf3 f6 22. Qxh5 fxg5 23. Bc2 Nf6 24. Qxg5

Rac8 25. Bb3 Nd5 26. Nxd7 Qxd7 27. Rxe6 Qf7

Schlosberg,E-Piochacz,P/Oberhof 1999/EXT 2000/1-0 (33)


12. Ne4 Be7 13. Bf4 Nb4 14. a3 N4d5 15. Bd2 Nf6 16. Nc5 Bc6 17. Be3 Nbd7 18. Nxd7 Nxd7 19. d5 Bxd5 20. Bxd5 exd5 21. Qxd5 b6 22. Rfd1 Nc5 23. Qe5 Qe8 24. b4 Ne6 25. Rac1 Rc8 26. h3 Bf6

Raubal,M-Schiestl,J/Austria 1999/EXT 2000/1/2-1/2 (40)


12. a3 Rc8 13. Re1 Ne7 14. Qd3 Ned5 15. Bc2 f5 16. Bb3 Qc7 17. Nxd5 exd5 18. Ne5 Nc4 19. Bf4 Be6 20. Qe2 Rfe8 21. Ba4 Bxe5 22. Bxe8 Rxe8 23. Bxe5 Qb6 24. b3 Qxb3 25. Rab1 Qxa3

26. Rxb7 Bf7

O'Donnell,T-Rudenski,N/Moscow 1994/CBM 44 ext/1-0 (31)}

12... Rc8

13. Ne4 Bb8

{13... Bb4 14. Bd2 is possible, otherwise the bishop should retreat to e7 to defend the king-side.}

14. a3 Ne7

15. Bg5 h6?!

{Creating a weakness unnecessarily.

The domination of the d5 square should be black's plan. Nbd5 is comfortable for black although the bishop on b8 is still a bit lost out of position.}

16. Bh4 Bc6

17. Qd3 Qe8

{Slow, but it does unpin. The follow-up must be accurate though.}

18. Bg3 Bxe4?

{Positionally, losing.

Black had no need to give up his light-squared bishop and now those light squares are going to be his undoing.

Once again, the outpost should be dominated.

18... Nbd5 is simple and good.

Even 18... Bd5 19. Bc2 f5 with Bc4 is deserving of consideration.}

19. Qxe4 Bxg3

20. hxg3 Qc6

21. Qd3 Ng6?

{Surprisingly 21... Nbd5 is the move again. This holds everything although black has to be very wary of the king-side attack.}

22. Bxe6! Rce8

23. Rac1 Qd6

24. Ba2 Rxe1+

25. Rxe1 Rd8

26. Qf5 Qd7?

{shortens the misery for Black. 26... Rf8 is the only move but its miserable and lost for him.}

27. Qxg6 1-0

[Event "4NCL Div. 4. 2004-2005"]

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2004.11.06"]

[Round "1.5"]

[White "Chan, Yan Kit"]

[Black "Ackley, Peter"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "D07"]

[WhiteElo "1660"]

[BlackElo "2050"]

[Annotator "Chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "61"]

[EventDate "2004.??.??"]

{D07: Queen's Gambit: Chigorin Defence}

1. d4 d5

2. c4 Nc6

3. Nc3

{Passive development. White should attempt to exploit black's unusual opening and the early exposrue of the black queen. 3. cxd5 Qxd5 4. Nf3 or 5. e3 then with Nc3 ideas, and after e5, Bb4, Bd2, Bxc3 and pb2xc3 with c3-c4 ideas, white will slowly but surely push black away fro the center and build impressive a strong center and have the bishop pair.}

3... dxc4

4. e3 e5

5. Nf3 exd4


5... Bg4 6. Bxc4 Bb4 7. d5 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 Nce7 9. Qa4+ Bd7 10.

Qb3 b5 11. Bxb5 Ng6 12. Ba3 N8e7 13. h4 h5 14. Ng5 O-O 15. Bc4 Rb8 16. Qc2 Bb5

17. Bb3 Qd7 18. Bxe7 Qxe7 19. Qxg6 fxg6 20. d6+

Hillarp Persson,T-Nicolaisen,E/Copenhagen 2000/CBM 77 ext/1-0 (23)}

6. Bxc4??

{Blundering a piece away.

Sad that white had to drop material so quickly, but he's attempting to complicate matters ina position when simple chess would be OK for him.


6... Nf6 7. Bxc4 Bd6 8. O-O O-O 9. h3 Bg4 10. h3 Bh5

11. Be2 Nb4 12. Ne5 Bxe2 13. Qxe2 Nbd5 14. Ng4 Nxg4 15. Qxg4 f5 16. Qf3 Nxe3

17. fxe3 c6 18. d5 c5 19. e4 fxe4 20. Qxe4 Qd7 21. Rxf8+ Rxf8 22. Re1 Bg3 23.

Qe6+ Qxe6

Pihlajasalo,H-Keskisarja,T/Vantaa 1997/EXT 99/1/2-1/2 (37)


6. exd4 Nf6 7. Bxc4 Bd6 8. O-O O-O 9. h3 9... h6 10. a3 Bf5 11. Re1 a6 12. d5 Ne7 13. b4 Re8 14. Bb2 Ng6 15. Qd4 Rxe1+ 16. Rxe1

Qf8 17. Bc1 Re8 18. Rxe8 Qxe8 19. Be3 Ne5 20. Be2 Nxf3+ 21. Bxf3

Van der Sterren,P-Piket,J/Linares 1995/CBM 51/1/2-1/2 (27)


6. exd4 Bb4 7. Bxc4 Qe7+ 8. Be3 Nf6 9. O-O O-O 10. Bg5 Bxc3 11. bxc3 Bg4 12. Qd3 Qe4

1/2-1/2 Matveeva,S-Miladinovic,I/Ano Liosia 1996/CBM 51 ext (12)}

6... dxc3

7. Qxd8+ Nxd8

8. bxc3 Be6

9. Bd3 Nf6

10. O-O

{10. Nd4 Bd6 is slightly better, but black is cleaning up slowly now. Its just a matter of time, and although white fights on bravely enough, the material loss will ultimately lead to his loss.}

10... Bc5

11. Nd4 O-O

12. e4 Nd7

13. Bf4 Bb6

14. a4 Nc5

15. Bc2 a5

16. Kh1 Bc4

17. Rfd1 Nde6

18. Bg3

{18. Be3 does not solve anything

Rae8 19. Rab1 Nxd4 20. Rxd4 Ba6}

18... Rfd8

19. f3 Rd7

20. Nb5 Rad8

21. Rxd7 Rxd7

22. Rd1 Rxd1+

23. Bxd1 Bb3

24. Bxb3 Nxb3

25. c4 Nd2

26. c5 Nxc5

27. Bxc7 Bxc7

28. Nxc7 Nxa4

29. Kg1 Nc3

30. e5 0-1

[Event "4NCL Div. 4. 2004-2005"]

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2004.11.06"]

[Round "1.6"]

[White "Kelly, Paul"]

[Black "Irving, Alastair"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B52"]

[WhiteElo "1950"]

[BlackElo "1540"]

[Annotator "Chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "59"]

[EventDate "2004.11.06"]

[WhiteTeam " 2"]

[BlackTeam "B.C.A."]

{B52: Sicilian: Moscow Variation}

1. e4 c5

2. Nf3 d6

3. Bb5+

{Refreshing to see that other playes play this apart from me!}

3... Bd7

4. Bxd7+ Qxd7

5. c4 Nc6

6. d4 cxd4

7. Nxd4 g6

8. Nc3

(8. Be3 Nf6 9. f3 Bg7 10.

O-O Rc8 11. b3 b5 12. Qd2 a6 13. cxb5 axb5 14. Nc3 Nxd4 15. Bxd4 O-O 16. Rfc1

Qb7 {1/2-1/2 Hansen,S-De Firmian,N/Gausdal 1999/CBM 68 ext (16)}) 8... Bg7 9.

Be3 e6 $146 {Secures d5+f5} (9... Nh6 10. f3 f5 11. O-O (11. Qd2 f4 12. Bxf4

Nxd4 13. Bxh6 Bxh6 14. Qxd4 O-O 15. O-O Bg7 16. Qd3 Rac8 17. Rac1 Qc7 18. b3

Be5 19. Nd5 Qd7 20. f4 Bg7 21. Rcd1 Rf7 22. f5 Rcf8 23. g4 Be5 24. Nf4 Bxf4 25.

Rxf4 Qc7 {Bittner,F-Mayer,A/Frankfurt 2000/EXT 2001/1-0 (31)}) (11. Nxc6 bxc6

12. O-O O-O 13. Qd2 Nf7 14. exf5 Qxf5 15. Rad1 Ne5 16. Qe2 c5 17. Rd5 Qc8 18.

Ne4 Nc6 19. Rd2 Rb8 20. Ng5 h6 21. Ne4 Qe6 22. h3 Nd4 23. Bxd4 Bxd4+ 24. Kh1

Qe5 25. b3 Kg7 {Klaman,K-Kuindzhi,A/Kaliningrad 1973/EXT 2001/0-1 (52)}) 11...

fxe4 12. Nxe4 Nf5 13. Nxf5 gxf5 14. Nc3 O-O 15. Qd2 Rf7 16. Rad1 Ne5 17. b3 f4

18. Bxf4 Nxc4 19. bxc4 Bxc3 20. Qxc3 Rxf4 21. Rd5 Rf5 22. Rfd1 Raf8 23. R1d4

R8f6 24. c5 {Sydor,A-Minic,D/Bath 1973/EU-chT/1/2-1/2 (26)}) (9... Nf6 $5 $11 {

looks like a viable alternative}) 10. O-O Nge7 11. Qd2 O-O 12. Rfd1 Rac8 (12...

Ne5 13. b3 $14) 13. f3 (13. Ndb5 $142 $5 $16) 13... Nxd4 $11 14. Bxd4 Rxc4 15.

Bxg7 Kxg7 16. Qxd6 Qxd6 17. Rxd6 Rb4 18. Rd7 Nc6 19. b3 Rc8 20. Ne2 Ne5 21. Rd2

Rc5 22. h3 {Prevents intrusion on g4} Ra5 23. Rc1 f5 $2 (23... g5 $142 $14 {

and Black can hope to survive}) 24. Rc7+ $18 Kh6 25. f4 Nc6 $4 {

terrible, but what else could Black do to save the game?} (25... Rxe4 26. fxe5

b6 $18) 26. Rdd7 g5 27. Rxh7+ Kg6 28. Rhg7+ (28. Rcg7+ Kf6 29. e5+ Nxe5 30.

fxg5#) 28... Kh6 (28... Kh5 {is no salvation} 29. Rg8 Ne7 30. Rxe7 Kh6 31.

fxg5+ Kh5 32. Rh7#) 29. fxg5+ Kh5 30. Rg8 (30. Rg8 Ne7 31. Rxe7 Rxa2 32. Rh7#)


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