The 4 Nations Chess League
2004 - 2005

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

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2004.11.06"]

[Round "2.1"]

[White "Coverly, ROger"]

[Black "Mordue, A. Tyson"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "B08"]

[WhiteElo "2100"]

[BlackElo "2294"]

[Annotator "Chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "24"]

[EventDate "2004.11.06"]

[WhiteTeam "Slough Sharks 3"]

[BlackTeam "B.C.A."]

{B08: Pirc Defence: Classical System}

1. Nf3 d6

2. d4 Nf6

3. Nc3 g6

4. e4 Bg7

5. Be3 O-O

6. Qd2 Nc6

7. Bh6 e5

8. Bxg7 Kxg7

9. O-O-O Bg4

10. dxe5 dxe5

{Being solid.

Black was tired whilst playing the game and wasn't in the mood for complications.

10... Nxe5 11. Be2 Bxf3 12. gxf3 a5 13. h4 Qd7 14. Rdg1 a4 15. h5 Rh8 16. f4

Nc6 17. a3 Ne7 18. f5 Nxf5 19. exf5 Qxf5 20. Bd3 Qe5 21. f4 Qc5 22. f5 Nxh5 23.

fxg6 hxg6 24. Rg5 Qd4 25. Ne2

Damm,R-Goerke,M/Chemnitz 1997/EXT 99/1-0 (35)}

11. Qg5 Qe7

12. Be2 Bxf3

{Black considering the position level and considering his tiredness, he offered the draw which white took without thought.}

13 1/2-1/2

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

[Site "telford, ENG"]

[Date "2004.11.07"]

[Round "2.2"]

[White "Ross, Chris"]

[Black "Nelson, W."]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "B12"]

[WhiteElo "2130"]

[BlackElo "2072"]

[Annotator "Chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "54"]

[EventDate "2004.11.07"]

[WhiteTeam "B.C.A."]

[BlackTeam "Slough Sharks 3"]

{B12: Caro-Kann: Advance Variation}

1. e4 c6

2. d4 d5

3. e5 Bf5

4. Nf3 e6

5. Be2 c5

6. c3 Nc6

7. O-O Qb6

{Played early.

Black aims to put immediate pressure on the dark squares and the d4 base.

naturally, his king-side development is lagging and development of that first may be preferrable.}

8. Qa4

{Pinning the c6 knight and thereby defending the d4 pawn.

The q-side development can now continue although black has to be wary now of Bb5 lines etc. Black's development is not easy now.}

8... a6

9. Nbd2 c4

{Practically forced.

White's move order has neutralised any counter-play black may have thought he had on the q-side.

White was threatening to take on c5 perhaps and follow it up with Nb3 and a knight landing on d4 and Bb5 ideas and the bishop on f5 is loose Be3 coming in and black is floundering for a plan.

However, although black has now blockaded, and lacks development, white now does best to blast it open again.}

10. b3 Qa5

{Seeking peace and freedom by exchanges.}

11. Qxa5 Nxa5

12. bxc4 dxc4

13. Nxc4 Nxc4

14. Bxc4 Rc8

15. Be2?!

Correct idea but wrong square!

As you will see below, this position is much better for white, having the better development and the open lines as well as

the wedge on e5.

White has won a pawn and could conceivably cling onto it with

15. Nd2 although it doesn't look correct to block the c1 bishop in like that. No, white is perfectly willing to give the pawn back to enhance his development even further.

If black is not to be material down for no apparent reason, he has to steal the c3 pawn back, but then the bishop pair and the opening of the C file, allowing Rfc1 and the penetration down the file onto the 7th rank is just simply positionally winning for white.

I reckoned on all this, although I was not aware that masterplay had illustrated this before, but I mis-appreciated that the black rook could indeed land on c2 holding things up for a move.

I thought the bishop was better positioned on e2 to hit the black q-side and if b7-b5, then a2-a4 and the pawns would be dropping off. Although slightly off-side, the bishop is much better on b3 to cover the c2 square. Then, as you see by the game below, white just blasts through with the ideas outlined above.

15. Bb3 Rxc3 16. Bd2 Rc8 17. Rfc1 Rb8 18. Rc7 Be7 19. Ba4+ b5 20. Bb3 Be4 21. d5 Bxd5 22. Bxd5 exd5 23. Rac1

Bd8 24. Ra7 Bb6 25. Rxa6 Ne7 26. Bb4 Rb7 27. Ra8+ Bd8 28. Ba5 Kd7 29. e6+

1-0 Fishbein,A-Feinstein,M/New York 1993/TD (29)}

15... Rxc3

16. Bd2 Rc2

17. a4

{Now I saw the reason why allowing Rc2 was in fact not a good idea, since if I kick the rook, it doesn't have to move!

17. Rfc1 Ba3!

and the black bishop pair are doing a fine double act.

I was extremely annoyed with myself for missing such an obvious positional thing and not giving the bishops protection of the rook on c2 enough credit.

I guess this illustrates that allowing a rook to settle on the 7th rank should always be prevented.}

18... Ne7

{correctly aiming for the c6 or d5 squares.

that one simple little tempo loss of 18. a4 preventing Ba3 has cost white the initiative and any easy plan.

Black is doing absolutely fine now, although behind in development, he has all the cards and the white pawn structure and the d5 outpost are looking sick for him.}

18. Rfc1 Nc6

{18... Rb2 is a perfectly good alternative keeping the rook on the 7th rank.}

19. Rxc2 Bxc2

20. Ra2 Be4

{the proper square for the bishop. It is beautifully centralised, defends b7 and puts pressure on the knight on f3. Excellent positioning of a piece that should not have played much part in this game.}

21. Rb2 Nd8

{yes a retreat, but one that holds everything up whilst the black king marches in. the knight can return quickly enough once the long-term passed pawn starts rolling.}

22. Ba5

{22. a5 attempting to just clamp on the position is a plan although I think the exchange of the knight on d8, a defender of quality is best.}

22... Be7

23. Nd2 Bc6

24. Bxd8

{24. Bf3 is probably slightly better since it may force the recapture on d8 with the king instead of the bishop. Its unclear but I think the exchanges now are just whittling it down to a level position.}

24... Bxd8

25. Bf3 Kd7

26. Bxc6+ Kxc6

27. Nc4 b6

{27... Bc7 is better and white is going to have to play very well to hold the positionsince his pawn structure is very weak, the d5 outpost weak and the knight very effective against the position.

Surprisingly, after the text move, my opponent offered the draw, which I accepted without too much persuasion!}

28. 1/2-1/2

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

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2004.11.07"]

[Round "2.3"]

[White "Lutton, J. Ezra"]

[Black "Burnell, Steven"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A00"]

[WhiteElo "2134"]

[BlackElo "2015"]

[Annotator "Chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "39"]

[EventDate "2004.11.07"]

[WhiteTeam "Slough Sharks 3"]

[BlackTeam "B.C.A."]

{Grand-Prix attack}

1. Nc3 Nf6

2. e4 d6

3. f4 g6

4. Bc4 Bg7

5. Nf3 O-O

6. d3 e6?!

{This seems to go against black's strategy.

He should treat it like a closed Sicilian or a Pirc defence. So, action on the q-side soonest is in order.

6... c6 7. Bb3 Na6 8. O-O Nc5 9. Kh1 a5 10. Be3 Nfd7 11. d4 Nxb3 12.

axb3 e5 13. fxe5 dxe5 14. d5 f5 15. exf5 gxf5 16. dxc6 bxc6 17. Bg5 Qe8 18. Qd6

e4 19. Nd4 Ne5 20. Bf4 Ra7 21. Qc5

Schultz Pedersen,J-Nielsen,B/Hillerod 1979/MCD/1-0 (43)

6... c5 7. h3 e6 8. e5 dxe5 9. fxe5 Nfd7 10. Bg5 Qb6 11. Be7 Re8 12. Bd6 Nc6 13. Nb5 Ncxe5 14. O-O a6 15. Nc7 Qxd6 16. Nxe8 Nxf3+ 17. Qxf3 Bd4+ 18. Kh1 Qe7 19. c3 Be5 20. d4 cxd4

21. cxd4

Meng,A-Glinert,S/Toronto 2000/EXT 2001/0-1 (38)}

7. O-O Nc6

8. Qe1 Ne7

{Again, black seems to be wandering about without a plan.

8... Na5 9. Bb3 Nxb3 10. axb3 a6 11. Qh4 Nd7 12. Qg3 Nf6 13. Be3 Nh5

14. Qf2 Nf6 15. h3 b5 16. Nxb5 Bb7 17. Nc3 Qd7 18. Rae1 Rfe8 19. Bd4 c5 20. Be3

Rac8 21. e5 Nd5 22. Ne4 Nxe3 23. Qxe3

Cukier,M-Ho,C/Matinhos 1994/EXT 97/1-0 (81)}

9. Qh4 d5

10. Bb3 c6?

{Again, all too slow and not achieving anything.

White can whip up the k-side attack very quickly now.}

11. f5!

{Stereotypical grand-Prix attacking style.

The dark squares around the black king are looking scary now.}

11 ... exf5

12. Bg5 fxe4

13. dxe4

{Simple and strong.

Black hasn't got a good defence to save the piece now.}

13... dxe4

14. Bxf6 Qb6+

15. Nd4 Nf5

16. Rxf5! Bxf5

17. Kh1

{Simple chess.

Just unpin the knight. Black is now material down for no reason.}

17... c5

{Black thought this resource would save him, not having seen white's easy reply.}

18. Nd5 Qa5

19. Ne7+ Kh8

20. Bxg7+ 1-0

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

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2004.11.07"]

[Round "2.4"]

[White "Williams, Robin."]

[Black "Nicholas, Koichi."]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "C88"]

[whiteelo "1660"
[BlackElo "2087"]

[Annotator "Robin Williams & Chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "110"]

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

[ECO "C88"]

[WhiteTeam "B.C.A."]

[BlackTeam "Slough Sharks 3"]

[TimeControl "120+1+30"]

{C88: Closed Ruy Lopez: Anti-Marshall Systems}

1. e4 e5

2. Nf3 Nc6

3. Bb5 a6

4. Ba4 Nf6

5. O-O Be7

6. Re1 b5

7. Bb3 O-O

8. a4 Bb7

9. d3 d6

10. c3

{In this anti-Marshall system, white usually plays 10. Nc3 with the

idea of swift development and a clamp on the d5 square. Also, the

knight can head for e2 and then g3.

The text-move isn't bad but it is slightly slow and white is

inevitably forced into d3-d4 in any case.

Keeping his options open though may be a good idea although this

does give black the opportunity of chucking d6-d5 at some point,

which Rob was correctly worried about.}

10... Na5

11. Bc2 c5

12. Nbd2 Re8

13. h3

{According to Fritz, Nf1 is correct here, but I'm not sure that the

move order matters. I wasn't sure when I would play d4, and

therefore thought the Knight may as well defend e4 for a bit, also I

wasn't sure what would happen if black played ...d5. I wanted to clear h2 for the Knight as

I was thinking about breaks with f4, and possibly ideas of g4 in the future. [rob]

13. Nf1 seems more consistant for the threat of Bg4 is not really

hanging over black, due to the d4 pawn not hanging which it would

normally be doing so. If h3 isn't strictly necessary, you should

contemplate the reason for playing it. The reasons given are valid

but preferred over the piece development, you have to wonder.


13. Nf1 h6 14. d4 cxd4 15. cxd4 Qc7 16. d5 Nc4 17. b3 Nb6 18. a5 Nbd7 19. Bd2 Nh7 20.

Rc1 Qd8 21. Ng3 Ng5 22. Nf5 Nxf3+ 23. Qxf3 Bf8 24. g4 Rc8 25. b4 Rc7 26. Bd3

Rxc1 27. Rxc1 Nf6 28. g5

King,D-Cobb,J/England 1999/EXT 2000/1-0 (41)


13. Nf1 Bf8 14. Ng3 d5 15. exd5 Qxd5 16. Bg5 Qd6 17. axb5 axb5 18. Nf5 Qc6 19. c4 Re6

20. cxb5 Qxb5 21. Nxe5 Qxb2 22. Rb1 Qa2 23. Rxb7 Qd5 24. Bxf6 Rxf6 25. Rd7 Qe6

26. d4 Rxf5 27. Bxf5 Qxf5 28. Rxf7 Qe6 29. Qf3

Varga,Z-Galdunts,S/Recklinghausen 1995/EXT 97/1-0 (37)


13. Nf1 Bf8 14. Ng3 g6 15. h3 Bg7 16. Bg5 h6 17. Be3 b4 18. cxb4 cxb4 19. Qd2 b3 20. Bd1 Kh7 21. Qb4 Bc8 22. Bb6 Nc6 23. Qxb3 Qe7 24. a5 Be6 25. Qa3 Bf8 26. Ba4 Rac8 27. Rec1 Qb7 28. Bxc6 Rxc6 29.

Rxc6 Qxc6

Agnello,A-Kobese,W/Gauteng 1998/CBM 64 ext/1/2-1/2 (45)


13. Nf1 Bf8 14. Ng3 g6 15. d4 exd4 16. cxd4 Nc6 17. h3 Bg7 18. d5 Nb4 19. Bf4 Nxc2 20. Qxc2 h6 21. Rad1 Qb6 22.

Bd2 Re7 23. Bc3 Rae8 24. b3 Nd7 25. Bxg7 Kxg7 26. Qc3+ Kh7 27. Nh2 Rc8

Ginzburg,M-Dovliatov,S/Rimavska Sobota 1996/EXT 97/0-1 (71)}


14. Nf1 h6

{I thought black would play ...

Qc7, and then if Bg5 probably reroute his knight somewhere. I win

a tempo on h6 later in the game. [Rob]

{Agreed that black is creating another unnecessary weakness, but

he has to keep the idea of b2-b4, kkicking the black knight and

then the ganging up on the f7 square with Bb3 and Ng5 in mind.

Black doesn't really seem to have a direct target here or a set plan,

deciding the make non-sensicle moves that aren't helping his

cause that much. Development and action down the q-side should

be his objective.}

15. Ng3 g6

16. Nh2 Qc7

17. d4

{This slightly worries me for the opening up of the center appears to

be slightly premature.

White should continue with his k-side intension by targetting the

weakened h6 pawn. Moves like Ng4, Be3/Qd2 and Rf1 with f2-f4 in

the offing are all feasible.

White should wait for his center to be challenged with c5-c4 before

pushing onwards since then the C file can be kept closed which is

the file black is hoping to obtain some counter-play down.}


{I thought that black should play ...cxd4 to activate his queen, and perhaps then Rec8

is in the air.

Now I closed the centre which I think is to my advantage. [Rob]

without opening up of the C file, black is going to be even more

slow with his counter-attack. Black's handling of the opening and

the black strategy is not to be recommended.}

18. d5! Bc8

19. b4!

{I'm not sure about Bc8, for this reason. I figured that if I could

remove the knight from a5, presumably to c4, then Bb3 and chop off, giving me a strong B-

pawn as in the game. [Rob]

White, very accurately, is explointing the space and positional

advantage on the q-side, punishing black for his slow play there.

Being able to acknowledge this and play on the q-side when

necessary is the sign of an experienced Ruy Lopez player for

domination of both wings is the key to success with this opening.

White is playing extremely well here.}


20. cxb4 Nc4

21. axb5 Qb8

22. Bd2 axb5

23. Rxa8 Qxa8

24. Bb3 Bd7

{I think black should take on d2 at this stage, as I can easily

blockade his C-pawn and build up pressure on it, especially as he will have

to blockade

my own past pawn with his Bishop. It was about now that I began

to think that with my Queen-side action, a knight could well belong on a3! I

also thought that the end game would be good for me, due to black's dark

squared bishop, the weakness of his C-pawn and the potential danger of my B-

pawn. [Rob]

Well thought out. I can only agree.}

25. Bxc4 bxc4

26. Qa1 Qb7

27. Qc3 Bb5

28. Nf3

{The start of my long knight reroute, via

e1 and c2. The Rook must move, but surely a1 is a better square

than e1 anyway? [Rob]

Indeed so. Good long-term piece-plannning. This thought-strategy

is only to be admired.}


29. Ra1 Nd7

30. Ne1 Nb6

31. Rxa8+

{Played after some consideration which took me too close for

comfort to the time control. I

didn't want the knight landing on a4, and continued with my idea

that liquidation was good for me. [Rob]}


32. Qc1 Kh7

33. Nc2 Qc8

34. Na3

{Fritz has me as clearly better at this point, I don't really think that

black's C-pawn is dangerous, in fact it must be weak as the knight cannot remain on

b6 for ever, whilst I now have the option of b5 soon. [Rob]

This is a very big advantage to white. White has steadily but

surely increased his advantage and now the pawn support on c4 is

to be battered at. White has got a clear positional advantage here.}


35. Be3! Qc7

36. Bxb6 Qxb6

37. Qxc4

{I'm sure there must be a win here for me somewhere. [Rob]

This is a sign of a very well-thought out plan. White has won a

pawn and has a very strong and dangerous passed B pawn. With

the exchange of rooks, the pushing of the pawn is going to be

much easier than it should have been.

Also, look at the minor pieces. Black has the bishop pair, the

knight pair to white. But which are better? The knights due to the

blocked in nature of the position. If the pawn on e5 wasn't there and

stood on e7 instead, than the simple pawn backward push would

give black a huge advantage. As it is though, the d6 pawn is

extremely weak, the bishop on g7 burried and the B pawn running!}


38. b5 f5

39. exf5 gxf5

{And now I think I must put my peaces on better squares. I now

became worried about my King, with checks on the back rank and

the possibility of e4 activating the bishop and then other pawn advances. [Rob]

this was the point when I had finished and started following Rob's

game extensively. When I first got the position, I had the knight on

f3 instead of g3 and I was extremely concerned for white's

wealthfare. But as it is, the knight is on g3 and white has got a

huge advantage here.

Yes, white needs to reactivate the knight on a3, but he succeeds

in doing this in easy style.}

40. Qb4 e4

41. Nc4 Qd4

42. b6 Bc8

43. b7?

{Throwing away a winning advantage. As I said I was

worried about my King-side, however there is no need as there are

no mating threats that I can see after the winning move, which should be

Nxf5, drawin the bishop away after which the pawn queens, otherwise I think I

can avoid mate and take on d6 or g7, which will ensure the win. [Rob]

43. Nxf5! illustrates perfectly the overloaded nature of black's

position, smashes up the pawn chain, attacks the vital dark

squares and the position is probably resignable after this simple

capture, since black is two pawns down, no counter-attack and the

B pawn is a monster. Simple chess.}


44. Qxb7 Qxc4

45. Nxf5

{White is still OK here, but only because the bishop on g7 is

pinned and the black king lacks cover. If it wasn't for that, white

would be simply lost. As it is, the white queen must now travel

through the light squares to harass the black king.

45. Qf7!

Should be tried here, with nasty threats of Nh5 wwinning. Also, the

pawns on f5 and e4 do seem very weak.

Probably black must sack back with 45... Qf6 and black has good

chances of drawing the ending a pawn down.}

45... Qc1+

46. Kh2 Qf4+

47. Ng3

{This what i missed when playing b7, that f2 drops off. [Rob])


48. Nh5

{My endgame is very weak, do I have anything with Qe7? If black

should play Kg8, it seems to me that I have to repeat moves to avoid Bd4. The line I

chose was a forced draw. [Rob]

NO, black can't aford the time by exposing his king so lightly from

shifting the bishop. White should, at least, have a perpectual at


So, the attack of the e4 pawn is essential.

48. Qe7 is the move

but gblack should be able to hold.

48... Kg8? 50. Qe8+ followed by Qxe4.

so, 48... e3! 49. Nh5 Qf8 50. Qxe3 Be5+ 51. Kg1 and black is



49. Qxg7+

{The easiest and simplest for white. The exchange ensures the

draw, a fantastic result for Rob. Great credit must be given to him

for such a fine performance!}

49... Qxg7

50. Nxg7 Kxg7

51. Kg3 e3

52. Kf3 Kf6

53. Kxe3 Ke5

54. g4 Kxd5

55. h4 Ke5

56. 1/2 1/2

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

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2004.11.07"]

[Round "2.5"]

[White "Payne, NIck"]

[Black "Chan, Yan Kit"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B23"]

[WhiteElo "2079"]

[BlackElo "1650"]

[Annotator "Chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "55"]

[EventDate "2004.11.07"]

[WhiteTeam "Slough Sharks 3"]

[BlackTeam "B.C.A."]

{B23: Closed Sicilian}

1. e4 c5

2. Nc3 d6

3. g3 Nf6

4. Bg2 Nc6

5. d3 Ne5?

{Apologies, but I fail to understand this move. It serves no apparent purpose, moves a piece twice in an opening and is only

a target later.

Here are only a small amount of possibilities from this point:


5... h5 6. h4 Qb6 7. Nh3 Bg4 8. f3 Bxh3 9. Bxh3 g6 10. Bd2

Bg7 11. Rb1 e6 12. Ne2 Nd7 13. Bc3 Nd4 14. Nxd4 cxd4 15. Bd2 Rc8 16. O-O Qc5

17. Rc1 Qb6 18. b3 Rc6 19. Rf2 Qc7 20. f4

Paulsen,W-Bird,H/Nuremberg 1883/HCL/0-1 (72)


5... Bg4 6. Nf3 Nd4 7. h3 Nxf3+ 8. Bxf3 Bxf3 9. Qxf3 e5 10. Bg5 Be7 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 12. Nd5 Rc8 13. c4

Qa5+ 14. Kf1 Rc6 15. Nxf6+ gxf6 16. Qxf6 Rg8 17. Qf3 Rb6 18. Qe2 Qb4 19. b3 Ra6

20. Kg2 Qa5

Capablanca,J-Karff,M/New York 1941/EXT 99/0-1 (25)


5... Bg4 6. Nge2 Nd4 7. h3 Bf3 8. Bxf3 Nxf3+ 9. Kf1 g6 10. Kg2 Nd4 11. Nxd4 cxd4 12. Ne2 Qb6 13. c3

dxc3 14. Nxc3 Bg7 15. Be3 Qa6 16. Qd2 O-O 17. Rhc1 Rac8 18. a4 b6 19. Rc2 Qb7

20. Kh2 Nd7

Pachman,L-Rossetto,H/Buenos Aires 1955/MCD/1/2-1/2 (38)


5... Bg4 6. f3 Bd7 7. Nh3 g6 8. Bg5 Bg7 9. Qd2 Nd4 10. O-O b5 11. Rae1 h6 12. Be3 Qc8 13. Nf2 Rb8

14. f4 O-O 15. e5 Ng4 16. Nd5 Nc6 17. Nxg4 Bxg4 18. exd6 exd6 19. f5 Bxf5 20.


Medina Garcia,A-Fye Chan,M/Skopje 1972/EXT 2000/1-0 (32)


5... Bd7 6. h3 Rc8 7. Nge2 e6 8. Be3

1-0 Raasch,W-Becker,G/Hauenstein 1991/GER (8)}

6. h3 Be6

7. Be3 h5

8. f4 Nc6

9. Nf3 Qb6

10. Qd2 Nd4

11. O-O Nxf3+

12. Rxf3 Qc7

13. Rf2 g6

14. d4

{14. f5! is quicker and best.}

14... cxd4

15. Bxd4 Qc8

{maybe black should just give up the a7 pawn and run for the q-side with the king, although I think this is just simply lost now for black.}

16. f5 gxf5

17. exf5 Bd7

{17... Bxf5 18. Bxf6 followed by Nd5 and its over in a few moves.}

18. Re1 e5

19. fxe6 fxe6

20. Bxf6 Rg8

21. Qd1 Be7

22. Qxh5+ Kd8

23. Bxe7+ Kc7

24. Bxd6+ Kxd6

25. Qe5+ Ke7

26. Nd5+ Kd8

27. Qf6+ Ke8

28. Qe7#

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

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2004.11.07"]

[Round "2.6"]

[White "Irving, Alastair"]

[Black "McCarthey, Kevin"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "C13"]

[WhiteElo "1540"]

[BlackElo "2065"]

[Annotator "Fritz 8 (10s)"]

[PlyCount "72"]

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

[WhiteTeam "B.C.A."]

[BlackTeam "Slough Sharks 3"]

{C13: French: Alekhine-Chatard Attack}

1. e4 e6

2. d4 d5

3. Nc3 Nf6

4. Bg5 Be7

5. e5 Nfd7

6. h4

{Very aggressive!

For a youngster, Alastair shows remarkable bravery to take on the main lines of the Alekhine's attack, which has tonnes of theory behind it.

Its a credit to him that his opponent was scared enough not to take him on in the main lines!}

6... h6

7. Bxe7 Qxe7

8. Qg4

{To my limited knowledge of the line, I thought 8. Nb5 was the idea now trying to exploit the black queen-side and trying to get c2-c4 in possibly or get into the d6 square?}

8... O-O

9. O-O-O

{Making no bones of what his intensions are!

9. f4 f5 10. Qg3 c5 11. Nf3 Nc6 12. Qf2 cxd4 13. Nxd4 Nc5 14. Bd3 Bd7

15. O-O-O Nxd4 16. Qxd4 h5 17. Kb1 Rfc8 18. Rh3 Kf7 19. Rg3 g6 20. Rg5 a6 21.

g4 hxg4 22. h5 Nxd3 23. hxg6+ Kg7

Sobjerg,E-Pedersen,J/Aalborg 2000/EXT 2001/1-0 (46)}

9... a6

{Slightly too slow, although it does blend in with his plan. Black should strike immediately at the center and try and open up that C file to the white king, hitting d4 and thereby making e5 loose too:


9... c5 10. f4 a6 11. Nf3 Nc6 12. Rh3 f5 13. exf6 Nxf6 14. Qg6 cxd4 15. Ne2 Ne4 16. Nexd4 Nxd4 17. Rxd4 Rf6 18. Qh5 Rf5

19. Ng5 Nf6 20. Qg6 Bd7 21. Re3 Qe8 22. Qxf5 exf5 23. Rxe8+ Rxe8 24. Nf3 Re4

25. Bd3

Alekhine,A-Csillag/Subotica 1930/EXT 2001/1-0 (48)


9... c5 10. f4 cxd4 11. Nb5 Nc6 12. Nf3 Nc5 13. Bd3 Nxd3+ 14. Rxd3 Nb4 15. Rxd4 Nxa2+ 16. Kb1 Nb4 17. Nd6

Nc6 18. Rd3 f6 19. Rb3 fxe5 20. fxe5 Rxf3 21. gxf3 Nxe5 22. Nxc8 Rxc8 23. Qd4

Nc4 24. Rg1 Rc7 25. f4 Nd6 26. Qxa7 Ne4

Diaz,J-Klinger,J/Havana 1986/EXT 98/0-1 (40)


9... c5 10. f4 cxd4 11. Nb5 Nc6 12. Nxd4 Nxd4 13. Rxd4 Nc5 14. Qd1 Ne4 15. Qe1 Bd7 16. g4 f6 17. Nf3 fxe5 18. Nxe5 Rxf4 19. Qe3 Qf6 20. Nxd7 Rxf1+

21. Rxf1 Qxf1+ 22. Rd1 Qc4 23. Qa3 Rc8 24. c3

Holzer,R-Wornath,K/Darmstadt 1996/EXT 2001/0-1 (31)}

10. Nge2?

{Unnecessarily blocking in the bishop on f1 and not securing e5 up.

10. f4 or 10. Nf3 has to be preferred.}

10... c5

11. Nf4

{The knight is not going anywhere very quickly.

All the white center pawns are just going to crumble away now.}

11... cxd4

12. Nh5 f6

13. exf6 Nxf6

14. Nxf6+ Qxf6

15. Rxd4?

{White needs to recapture the pawn, although his f2 pawn is going to drop off after the exchange of queens on d4, and the position looks utterly lost but the text move introduces some interesting tactics.}

14... e5

{Completely solid is 15... Qxf2 16. Rd2 Qf4.}

16. Nxd5 Qf7

17. Bc4

{17. Qe4 is the best way to fight back but its still miserable.

Now taking on d4 allows Ne7+ and Ng6+ with perpectual since Kh7 allows Nxf8+ twice and its losing.


17... Bf5 18. Qxf5 Qxf5 19.

Ne7+ Kh8 20. Nxf5 exd4 21. Bd3

and does white have hope?}

17... Bxg4

18. Ne7+ Kh7

19. Bxf7 Rxf7

{19... exd4 makes it even easier for Black}

20. Rxg4 Rxe7

21. Re1 Nc6

22. Rge4 Rae8

23. g4

{White can now resign in honour here. The rest doesn't need any comments.}

23... g5

24. hxg5 hxg5

25. R1e3 Kg6

26. Rb3 Rf8

27. f3 Rf6

28. Rd3 Kf7

29. c3 Ke6

30. Re2 Ref7

31. Ree3 Ne7

32. Kc2 Nd5

33. Re4 Rxf3

34. Rxf3 Rxf3

35. Kd2 Rf2+

36. Kc1 Rf4

37. 0-1

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