The 4 Nations Chess League
2004 - 2005

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

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2005.01.15"]

[Round "3.1"]

[White "Mordue, Tyson"]

[Black "Noden, Nicolas"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B99"]

[WhiteElo "2294"]

[BlackElo "2220"]

[Annotator "Chris ross"]

[PlyCount "85"]

[EventDate "2005.01.15"]

[BlackTeam "Metropolitan"]

{B99: Sicilian Najdorf}

1. e4 c5

2. Nf3 d6

3. d4 cxd4

4. Nxd4 Nf6

5. Nc3 a6

6. Bg5 e6

7. f4 Be7

8. Qf3 Qc7

9. O-O-O Nbd7

10. g4 b5

11. Bxf6 Nxf6

12. g5 Nd7

13. f5 Nc5

{the main line. 13... bxg5+ and 13... Ne5 are not recommended for black.}

14. f6 gxf6

15. gxf6 Bf8

16. Rg1 h5

17. Re1

{Novelty so far!

This is a well known line, and in fact the text ove has been played before, but not with much success. the major lines are outlined below, but suffice to say that this is a very tactical position that if you dont' know what you are doing, then you're up the creek withut a paddle. White is attempting to prove that he has somethng for he positioal d

17. Rg7 b4 18. Nd5 exd5 19. exd5 Bg4 20. Re1+ Kd8 21. Qf2

Qd7 22. h3 Bxg7 23. fxg7 Re8 24. Rxe8+ Qxe8 25. hxg4 hxg4 26. Nf5 Kc7 27. Qh4

f6 28. Qxg4 Qe1+ 29. Qd1 Qe5 30. Bh3 Ne4 31. Qd4 Qf4+

Schuett,W-Trisic,A/Bargteheide 1989/TD/1/2-1/2 (54)

17. a3 Bd7 18.

Kb1 Rb8 19. Rg5 b4 20. axb4 Rxb4 21. Rxh5 Rxh5 22. Qxh5 Qb6 23. b3 Nxb3 24.

cxb3 Rxd4 25. Kc2 Rxd1 26. Nxd1 Qd4 27. Nc3 Qxf6 28. Bxa6 Bg7 29. Qh3 Qf2+ 30.

Ne2 Be5 31. Qd3 Qc5+ 32. Bc4 Bxh2

Efimov,I-Zilberstein,D/Kiev 1989/CBM 15/0-1 (38)

17. a3 Bd7 18. Bh3 Na4 19. Nxa4 bxa4 20.

e5 Rc8 21. exd6 Bxd6 22. Kb1 Be5 23. c3 Rb8 24. Rg2 Qc5 25. Ka1 Kf8 26. Qe3 Ke8

27. Qf2 Qb6 28. Rdg1 Rf8 29. Rg8 Bxf6 30. Rxf8+ Kxf8 31. Rf1 e5

Zapata,A-Gruenfeld,Y/Palma de Mallorca 1989/TD/1/2-1/2 (55)

17. Kb1 b4 18. Nd5 exd5 19. exd5 Bg4 20. Re1+ Kd8 21. Qe3 Kc8 22. Nc6 Bd7 23. Bh3 Kb7 24. Bxd7

Nxd7 25. Qf4 Ne5 26. Nxb4 Bh6 27. Qe4 Bd2 28. Rd1 Bxb4 29. Qxb4+ Qb6 30. Qf4

Rab8 31. Rg3 Ka7

Blanco Fernandez,J-Arguelles Garcia,P/Oviedo 2000/EXT 2001/0-1 (46)}

17... Bd7 (17... Bb7 18. Kb1 $11) 18. Rg7 (18. Kb1 b4 19.

Nce2 h4 $14) 18... O-O-O {He knows no fear} (18... Rc8 $142 $15 {would keep Black alive}) 19. Rxf7 $16 b4 (19... Bh6+ 20. Kb1 Rhf8 21. Rxf8 (21.

Qxh5 $6 Bd2 22. Re2 Bxc3 23. bxc3 Na4 24. Rxf8 Nxc3+ 25. Kb2 Rxf8 $15) 21...

Rxf8 22. Bg2 $16) 20. Nce2 (20. Na4 $142 $1 Nxa4 21. Bxa6+ Kb8 22. Nxe6 $16)

20... Qa5 $14 21. Kb1 b3 {Discovered attack} 22. Nc3 (22. Nxb3 Qxe1+) 22...

bxa2+ 23. Ka1 Be8 24. Re7 Ba4 (24... Bd7 25. e5 d5 26. Rxd7 Rxd7 $18) 25. Rxe6

Bd7 $2 (25... Kb8 $18) 26. Bh3 (26. e5 {seems even better} Kb8 27. Qd5 Qb6 $18)

26... Nxe6 27. Nxe6 (27. Bxe6 $142 Qb6 28. Rd1 $18) 27... Re8 $2 (27... Bxe6

28. Bxe6+ Kb8 29. Qf5 $18) 28. Nf4 (28. e5 {might be the shorter path} Kb8 29.

Bg2 d5 $18) 28... Bh6 $2 (28... Bxh3 $142 29. Qxh3+ Kb8 $18) 29. Bxd7+ Kxd7 30.

Nfd5 (30. f7 $5 {keeps an even firmer grip} Re5 31. Ng6 Rf8 $18) 30... Bd2 (

30... Re5 31. f7 Rf8 32. Rd1 $18) 31. Rg1 (31. Qf5+ Kd8 32. f7 Bxc3 33. bxc3

$18 (33. Nxc3 $2 Qxf5 34. fxe8=Q+ Rxe8 35. exf5 Rxe1+ 36. Kxa2 Rh1 $19) (33.

fxe8=Q+ {is a useless try} Rxe8 34. bxc3 Qc5 $18) (33. fxe8=R+ {is not possible

} Rxe8 34. bxc3 Qc5 $18) (33. fxe8=N {succumbs to} Rxe8 34. bxc3 Qc5 $18) (33.

fxe8=B {is a weaker possibility} Rxe8 34. bxc3 Qc5 $18)) 31... Rhg8 $4 {

Black falls apart} (31... Bxc3 32. Rg7+ Kd8 33. Nxc3 Qc5 $18) 32. Qf5+ Kd8 33.

Rg7 Rxg7 34. fxg7 Bxc3 35. bxc3 (35. Nxc3 $6 Qxf5 36. exf5 Ke7 37. Nd5+ Kf7 $18

) 35... Qa3 (35... Qb5 {is the last straw} 36. Kxa2 Qc4+ 37. Kb2 Qb5+ 38. Kc1

Qc5 $18) 36. Qg5+ Kd7 37. g8=Q Rxg8 38. Qe7+ (38. Qxg8 $6 {is impossible} Qc1+

39. Kxa2 Qxc2+ 40. Ka3 Qc1+ 41. Kb4 Qb1+ 42. Ka4 Qa2+ 43. Kb4 Qb1+ 44. Kc4

Qxe4+ 45. Kb3 Qb1+ 46. Ka3 Qa1+ 47. Kb4 Qb1+ 48. Ka4 Qa2+ 49. Kb4 Qb1+ 50. Ka3

Qa1+ 51. Kb4 Qb1+ $11) 38... Kc6 39. Qc7+ Kb5 40. c4+ Ka4 41. Qc6+ Ka5 42. Qb6+

Ka4 43. Qxa6# 1-0

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

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2005.01.15"]

[Round "3.2"]

[White "Djabri, Zafer M"]

[Black "Ross, Chris"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A36"]

[WhiteElo "2069"]

[BlackElo "2130"]

[Annotator "Fritz 8 (5s)"]

[PlyCount "74"]

[EventDate "2005.01.15"]

[WhiteTeam "Metropolitan"]

[BlackTeam "B.C.A."]

{A36: Symmetrical English}

1. c4 e6

2. e4 c5

3. Nc3 Nc6

4. g3 g6

5. Bg2 Bg7

6. Nge2 Nge7

7. O-O O-O

8. a3 d6

9. Rb1 Rb8

{Wanting to stop white coming down the q-side and opening up the B file.

Also, removing the rook off the long diagonal.

9... Nd4 10. b4

10. d3 Nec6 11. b4 Rb8 12. b5 Nxe2+ 13. Nxe2 Nd4 14. Nxd4 Bxd4 15. Bb2 Bxb2

16. Rxb2 e5 17. f4 f6 18. f5 g5 19. Qd2 Bd7 20. a4 Rf7 21. Bf3 Be8 22. h4 h6

23. Kh2 Rg7 24. Qd1 Kf7

Kopal,J-Urbanek,S/Klatovy 1996/EXT 2001/1-0 (49)

9... Nd4 10. b4 b6 11. e5 d5 12. f4 Nxe2+ 13. Qxe2 Ba6 14. d3 Rc8 15. b5 Bb7 16. Bb2 Rc7

17. g4 Rd7 18. Rbd1 Qa8 19. Rf2 dxc4 20. dxc4 Rxd1+ 21. Nxd1 Rd8 22. Bxb7 Qxb7

23. Rf1 h5 24. h3

Glek,I-Rustemov,A/Elista 1995/CBM 50/1/2-1/2 (56)

9... b6 10. b4 Bb7 11. d3 Qd7 12. Qb3

1/2-1/2 Taruffi,D-Cosulich,R/Castelvecchio Pascoli 1977/EXT 2000 (12)

9... b6 10. b4 Bb7 11. d3 Nd4 12. Bg5 h6 13. Be3 Qd7 14. Qd2 Kh7 15. f4 f5 16. Bf2 Nec6 17. Rfc1 Rae8 18. Kh1 Rf7 19.

Bg1 Nxe2 20. Nxe2 e5 21. Rf1 Nd4 22. Nc3 exf4 23. gxf4 Bc6 24. Nd5

Kopal,J-Stastny,J/CZE 1999/EXT 2000/1-0 (65)}

10. b4 b6

11. d3 Nd4

12. Nxd4?!

{Giving the initiative to black.

12. Be3 should be tried with Qd2 and other such ideas.}

12... cxd4

13. Ne2 h6

{Stopping bg5 and also preparing a safe square for the king in order to expand in the center.}

14. Bb2?

{the bishop does absolutely nothing here.

14. Bd2 is better although the bishop is still passive.}

14... e5

15. f4 f5

{stopping f5 for wite and also making a claim on the center for myself.}

16. Bc1 Be6

17. Bd2 Kh7

18. Qa4 Rc8

19. Rbe1 Bd7

20. b5?

{Unwisely blockading.

White should have kept the tension on the Q-side for counterplay prospects.}

20... a5!

21. Qd1 Ng8

{Rerouting the knight around to f6 where it will put more pressure on the center.}

22. exf5 gxf5

23. Kh1 Qc7

24. fxe5 dxe5

25. Ng1 Rce8

26. Qb1 Bc8

27. Nf3 Ne7

28. Re2 Ng6

29. Rfe1 Bb7?!

{Blunders a pawn but the white king is going to look a bit scary.

29... e4 looks stronger.)

30. Nxd4 Bxg2+

31. Kxg2 Qd6

32. Nf3 Qxa3

{Regaining the pawn and the black center still stands. The white king hasn't gained anything for the tactics apart from exposing himself a bit more.}

33. Be3 Qd6

34. Bg1 Re7

35. Qc2 Rc8

36. Nd2 Rd7

37. Re3 e4

{And with the tactics finally working for black and the D pawn dropping and Ne5 coming in, white's flag fell.}

38. 0-1

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

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2005.01.15"]

[Round "3.3"]

[White "Burnell, Steven"]

[Black "Dunn, Alan"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "E94"]

[WhiteElo "2015"]

[BlackElo "2079"]

[Annotator "chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "56"]

[EventDate "2005.01.15"]

[WhiteTeam "B.C.A."]

[BlackTeam "Metropolitan"]

{E94: King's Indian: Classical}

1. d4 Nf6

2. c4 g6

3. Nc3 Bg7

4. e4 d6

5. Be2 O-O

6. Bg5 c6

7. Nf3 Nbd7

8. O-O e5

9. Qd2 exd4

10. Nxd4 Nc5

11. f3 Qc7

{Black can get complicated if he wishes here but he has to be on his guard at all times.

11... Ncxe4 12. Nxe4 Nxe4 13. fxe4 Bxd4+ 14. Qxd4 Qxg5 15. Qxd6 Qe3+ 16. Rf2 Be6 17. Qf4 Qxf4 18. Rxf4 Rad8 19. Bf1 Rd4 20. Rc1 Rfd8 21. Rf2 Rxe4 22. b4 Red4 23. a4 Rd1 24.

Rfc2 R8d2 25. a5 Kf8 26. b5 c5 27. Rxd2 Rxc1 28. Kf2 Ke7

0-1 Adamski,J-Geller,E/Lugano 1968/MCD (28)

11... Ncxe4 12. Nxe4 Nxe4 13. fxe4 Bxd4+ 14. Qxd4 Qxg5 15. Qxd6 Qe3+ 16. Rf2 Be6 17. Qf4 Qxf4 18. Rxf4 Rfd8 19. Bf1 Rd4 20. b3 a5 21. Re1 a4 22. Rf2 a3 23. Rc2 c5 24. Kf2 Rad8 25. g3 Kg7 26. Bg2 Bg4 27. Bf3 Bxf3 28. Kxf3

Rd2

Suba,M-Kochyev,A/Hastings 1978/MCD/0-1 (45)

11... Ncxe4 12. Nxe4 Nxe4 13. fxe4 Bxd4+ 14. Kh1 Qb6 15. Rad1 Be5 16. b3 Re8 17. Bf6 Be6 18. Qh6 Bxf6 19. Rxf6 Qc5 20. Rdf1 Qe5 21. Bg4 Bf5

22. Rxf7 Kxf7 23. exf5 Kg8 24. fxg6 Qg7 25. gxh7+ Kh8 26. Qf4 Qe5 27. Qh6 d5

28. cxd5 cxd5 29. h3 Qg7 30. Qf4 Rf8 31. Bf5 Rae8

Knuth,H-Stolz,M/Mainz 1995/EXT 98/0-1 (42)}

11... Ncxe4 12. Nxe4 Nxe4 13. fxe4 Bxd4+ 14. Kh1 Qb6 15. Rad1 Be5 16. b3 Re8 17. Rf4 Be6 18. Rdf1 Qd4 19. Qe1 a6 20. a4 Qc3 21. Qf2 Bd4 22. Bf6 Bxf6 23. Rxf6 Re7 24. Qh4 Rae8 25. Qh6 Qxb3 26.

h4

Chikovani,I-Geller,E/Gori 1968/MCL/0-1 (32)}

12. Rfd1 Ne8

13. b4

{correctly gaining space, but maybe the immediate retreat with 13. Be3 is best. The knight on e8 looks a bit silly.}

13... Ne6

14. Nxe6 Bxe6

15. Be3 a5

16. a3 h5

{Black doesn't seem to know how to continue here. He's pushng around, when the better push would be 16... f5 17. exf5 Rxf5 18. Bd4 17. c5 (17. b5 Rd8 $16) 17... d5 (17... Bb3 18. Rdb1 a4 19. Bd4 with chances of counterplay.)

17. c5 d5

18. Bd4 Nf6

19. exd5 Bxd5

20. Na4?

{An Amazing blunder and one that can't realy be explained. White has got a big space advantage and although the bishop appear strong, they are not in fact doing much.

the long diagonal may be black's downfall if he's not careful.

20. Qb2 Rfe8 21. Nxd5 cxd5 22. Bb5 looks good for white.}

20... Bb3

{simply winning the exchange. the rest is academic.}

21. Nb6 Rad8

22. Qb2 Bxd1

23. Rxd1 Ne8

{23... ng4! seals the win quicker.}

24. Nc4 axb4

25. axb4 Qe7

26. Bxg7

{Bringing things to a swift end.}

26... Rxd1+

27. Kf2 Nxg7

28. Bxd1 Qh4+

29. 0-1

[Event "4NCl div. 4. 2004-2005 "]

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2005.01.15"]

[Round "3.4"]

[White "Calvert, Ian"]

[Black "Hilton, Steven"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A01"]

[WhiteElo "2041"]

[BlackElo "1850"]

[Annotator "Chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "81"]

[EventDate "2005.01.15"]

[WhiteTeam "Metropolitan"]

[BlackTeam "B.C.A."]

{A01: Nimzowitsch-Larsen Opening}

1. b3 d5

2. Bb2 c5

3. e3 Nc6

4. Bb5 Nf6

5. Nf3 e6

6. O-O Bd6

7. d3

{More in spirit of the opening is the occupation of the e5 square.

7. Ne5 Bd7 8. Bxc6 Bxc6 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. d3 Qc7 11. h3 Be5 12. Nc3 O-O 13. Na4 Bxb2 14. Nxb2 Nd7 15. Qd2 f5 16. f4 e5 17.

fxe5 Qxe5 18. Na4 Rab8 19. Rae1 c4 20. dxc4 Nf6 21. cxd5 Ne4 22. Qd4

Kern,G-Dahm,J/Germany 2000/EXT 2001/1-0 (25)

7. Nf3 Qc7 8. f4 O-O 9. Bxc6 bxc6 10. Rf3 Nd7 11. Rh3 f6 12. Qh5 fxe5 13. Qxh7+ Kf7 14. Rg3 Ke8 15. Rxg7 Ba6 16. Na3 exf4

17. exf4 Kd8 18. Bc3 Kc8 19. Re1 d4 20. Bb2 Bxf4 21. d3 Bd2

Rogers,I-Bacrot,E/Cap d'Agde 1998/EXT 99/0-1 (52)}

7... Qc7

{Interesting is the following line:

7... O-O 8. Nbd2 Nb8 9. d4 a6 10. Bd3 Nbd7 11. Qe2 b5 12. c4 bxc4 13. bxc4 Bb7 14. cxd5

exd5 15. Ne5 c4 16. Nxd7 Qxd7 17. Bb1 Qc7 18. Nf3 c3 19. Bc1 a5 20. Bd3 Rfe8

21. a4 Bc8 22. Ba3

Vacek,O-Mrvova,A/Prievidza 1998/EXT 99/0-1 (43)}

8. Nbd2 Bd7

9. e4 d4

10. Nc4 Be7

11. Bxc6 Bxc6

12. Nfe5 O-O

{Black may consider castling queen's now and a double-edged game would result. the pawn race would determine the winner.}

13. Nxc6 Qxc6

14. f4 b5

15. Ne5 Qc7

16. Qf3 Rad8?!

{Black may well consider playng Bd6 with the whole intension of swapping off into a good knight bad bishop ending.

Also, black should urgently seek counterplay on the q-side. The lobbing of the A pawn to create some play, perhaps to open up the A file or trying to force c5-c4 through are all possible for black.

Whatever he does, he can not sit back like he is doing and allow wite to gradually, but inevitably build up a positionally strong bind. He already has the better bishop, and black should do something about that.}

17. a4 b4?

{Positionally, undesirable.

Black is putting is pawns on dark squares, where they don't belong!

Black doesn't really have many chances now to open up the A file by himself, so supporting the b5 pawn with a7-a6 has to be his automatic response, and perhaps rb8/rb7/Reb8 with bxa4 and then some pusshing down there is his long-term plan.}

18. Bc1 Nd7

19. Nxd7 Qxd7

20. f5!

[white is building up a very strong positional bind. All his pawns are now standing on correctly coloured suqares and the bishop on e7 is looking a bit of a pawn!}

20... exf5

{making the f7 pawn a weakness. However, what is the better evil, putting another pawn on adark square with 20... e5?}

21. Qxf5 Qxf5

22. Rxf5 f6

23. Bd2 Rfe8

24. Raf1 g6

{Incorrect. black should wait for white to advance and then when it is only too apparent that g5/xf6 may be in the offing, to push past with g6 and f6-f5.

But even then, leaving the pawn on g7 to protect the f6 square has to be the better square for the pawn.}

25. R5f3 Rd6

26. g4!

{correctly binding black down. White is now going to expand on the king-side.}

26... Re6

27. Kg2 Kg7

28. h4 Rf8

29. h5 g5

{Again, not a move black is wanting to play.

White can now try to penetrate at will.}

30. Be1 Re8

{30... bd6! and its not easy for white to get through, although bg3 and the penetration via the 5th rank may be still on.}

31. Rf5 Rd8

32. Bg3 Kg8

33. R1f3 h6

34. Kf2

{to prevent intrusion on e2 by a black rook. Principles would say though that the king belongs on a light square and hence f1 has to be better?}

34... Rd7

35. e5!?

{maybe playing with black by running the king to d1 first would be more amusing and effective.}

35... Rd5?

35... fxe5! and Black is still in the game!

36. Bxe5 a6 and its not easy for white.}

36. exf6 Rxf5

37. Rxf5

{Instead of 37. gxf5 Rxf6 38. Be5 Rf7 when black is holding!}

37...

Bf8

38. f7+ Kh7

39. Be5 a6

40. Kf3 Rc6

41. Rf6 1-0

[Event "4NCL Div. 4. 20042-005"]

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2005.01.15"]

[Round "3.5"]

[White "Gallagher, J."]

[Black "Syed, S."]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A40"]

[WhiteElo "1890"]

[BlackElo "1900"]

[Annotator "Chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "66"]

[EventDate "2005.01.15"]

[WhiteTeam "B.C.A."]

{A40:St. george's defense}

1. d4 a6

2. e4 b5

3. Nf3 Bb7

4. Bd3 Nf6

5. Qe2 e6

6. O-O c5

7. c3 Qc7

{Other possible moves are:

7... d5 8. e5 Ng8 9. dxc5 Bxc5 10. Bxb5+ axb5 11. Qxb5+

Nd7 12. Qxb7 Bb6 13. Qc6 Ne7 14. Qb5 Qb8 15. Qe2 Ng6 16. a4 O-O 17. b4 Rc8 18.

Be3 Ngxe5 19. a5 Nxf3+ 20. Qxf3 d4 21. cxd4 Bc7 22. Nd2

Hulak,K-Makropoulos,G/Budva 1981/MCD/1-0 (42)

7... Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. d6 Ng6 10. e5 Bxf3 11. gxf3 Nd5 12. Qe4 Bxd6 13. exd6 f5 14. Qe1 Ngf4 15. Bxf4 Nxf4

16. Bxf5 Qg5+ 17. Bg4 h5 18. Qe3 hxg4

0-1 Cako,L-Jap Tjoen San,L/Groningen 1999/CBM 73 ext (18)}

8. Bg5 Be7

9. Nbd2 Nc6

10. Rac1

{White should be imposing himself in the center.

10. e5 Nd5 11. Bxe7 Ncxe7 12. dxc5 Nf4 13. Qe3 Nxd3 14. Qxd3 Qxc5 15. Ne4 Bxe4 16. Qxe4 O-O 17. Rad1 Nd5 18. Ng5 f5 19. exf6 Nxf6 20. Qh4 Qf5 21. Rd2 Nd5 22. Nf3 h6 23. Nd4 Qe5 24. Nf3 Qc7

Nutiu,M-Pessi,E/Miercurea Ciuc 1998/EXT 2000/0-1 (43)}

10... O-O

11. Rfe1

{Again, white should be making a move in the center to establish the game-plan.

11. e5 c4 12. Bxc4 bxc4 13. exf6 gxf6 with interesting play.}

11... Ng4?!

{Going absolutely nowhere.

12. Bxe7 Nxe7

13. h3 Nh6

{A miserable square for the knight.

If white now maitains the pawn on e4, the knight has no prospects at all.}

14. e5

{Giving the knight on h6 the f5 square, thereby justifying its placement.

14... f5

15. exf6

{usually, this wouldn't be recommended, for it opens up the king-side for black. however, the black center is going to collapse very quickly and the tactics just work for white.}

15... gxf6

16. Ne4

{White heads on an illusion that he's got an attack. Simple, positional chess will convert an easy advantage here.

16. dxc5! Qxc5 17. Be4 and black is already in trouble on the dark squares.}

16... f5?

{dropping a needless pawn and theoretically, the game.}

17. Neg5?

{Again, dreaming of an attack.

17. nxc5 is simple and winning.

17. nxc5 Nf7 18. Ne5 Nxe5 19. Qxe5 and black can resign.}

17... Ng6

18. Bb1 Rae8

19. Ne5 Nxe5

20. dxe5 Nf7

21. Qh5 Nxg5

22. Qxg5+ Kh8

{Neatly giving the G file for the black's rook to attack down.}

23. Bd3?

{Allowing black to destroy him.

White should still concentrate on the dark squares and perhaps he can survive. The d6 square is an obvious weakness and 23. Qf4 and rcd1 is the best way to bind it down. 23. Qf4 avoids all the silly tactics and prepares f2-f3 blocking out that annoyng bishop on b7.}

23... Bxg2

[Obvious, tacky but affective.}

24. Kh2 Bb7

25. f4 c4?

{25... d5 has to be the only move for consideration. white now gets counterplay!}

26. Rg1!

[correctly hammering at the black king. White suddenly has drawing chances!}

26... Rf7

27. Be2 Qd8?

{giving up the exchange needlessly!

27... Qc5 28. Qg3 Rb8 is equal.}

28. Qxd8?

{28. Bh5!

And white is suddenly on top.

28... Qe7 29. Rg3 with a better plus for white!}

28... Rxd8

29. Rg3

{29. Rcd1 has to be tried if anything.

White should resort back to good old positional play and those dark squares again.}

29... d6

30. Rd1 Rfd7

31. exd6 Rxd6

32. Rgg1 Rd2

33. Rge1 Bf3

34. 0-1

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

[Site "Telford, ENg"]

[Date "2005.01.15"]

[Round "3.6"]

[White "Hamilton, R."]

[Black "Murphy, Richard"]

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

[ECO "C18"]

[WhiteElo "1785"]

[BlackElo "1725"]

[Annotator "Chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "62"]

[EventDate "2005.01.15"]

[WhiteTeam "Metropolitan"]

[BlackTeam "B.C.A."]

{C18: French}

1. e4 e6

2. d4 d5

3. Nc3

Bb4

4. e5 c5

5. a3 Bxc3+

6. bxc3 Ne7

7. Bg5?!

{A very pecular move, especially when it is a prelude to his next:

7. Rb1 Qc7 8. Nf3 Nbc6 9. Be2 Bd7 10. O-O f6 11. Bf4 Ng6 12. Bg3 f5 13. Nh4 Nge7 14. f4 O-O-O 15. dxc5 Qa5 16.

Qd3 Qxc5+ 17. Bf2 Qa5 18. Rb5 Qc7 19. Rfb1 Na5 20. Bxa7 Bxb5 21. Qxb5 Qxc3

Sawadkuhi,M-Geveke,M/Germany 1988/EXT 97-B/1-0 (35)}

7... Nbc6

8. Qg4?!

{This seems pretty pointless if there is a bishop miss-placed on g5 blocking the attack on the g7 square.

8. Bb5 O-O 9. Qg4 Qa5 10. Bxc6 Qxc3+ 11. Ke2 Qxc2+ 12. Kf1 Qd3+ 13. Ne2 Nxc6 14.

dxc5 Nxe5 15. Qg3 Qxg3 16. Nxg3 h6 17. Be7 Re8 18. Bd6 Nc4 19. Bf4 e5 20. Bc1

Bd7 21. Ke2 Rac8 22. Rd1 Bb5

Wisgerhof,J-Rietveld,R/Hengelo 2000/EXT 2001/0-1 (58)

8. Bxe7 Nxe7 9. Nf3 Qa5 10. Qd2 Bd7 11. Bd3 Rc8 12. O-O cxd4 13. cxd4 Qxd2 14. Nxd2 Rc3

15. Rfb1 b6 16. Rb3 Rxb3 17. cxb3 Nc6 18. Nf3 h6 19. Kf1 Ke7 20. Ke2 Rc8 21.

Kd2 Na5 22. Rb1 f6 23. b4 Nc4+ 24. Bxc4 Rxc4 25. Rc1

Buehler,T-Straub,T/Tuebingen 1996/EXT 99/1/2-1/2 (41)}

8. Bxe7 Nxe7 9. Nf3 Qa5 10. Qd2 Nc6 11. Bd3 Bd7 12. O-O cxd4 13. Qg5 Kf8 14. cxd4 Qc3 15. Qe3 Na5 16. Ng5 h6 17. Nf3 Ba4 18. h3 Nc4 19. Bxc4 Qxc4 20. Nd2 Qc7 21. f4 Rc8 22. f5 Kg8

Desinte,D-Helsen,S/Vielsalm 1997/EXT 2001/0-1 (46)}

8... Qc7

[Strange enough, if 8... Qb6 best seems 9. Bc1! losing time, but the bishop does belong on a3.}

9. Bd3?

{better seems

9. Bxe7 Nxe7 10. Qxg7 Rg8 11. Qxh7 cxd4 12. Bb5+ Bd7 13. Bxd7+ Kxd7 with interesting play.}

9... Bd7

{9... cxd4 10. Bxe7 Qxe5+ (10... Qxe7 11. Qxg7 Rf8 12. Nf3 [12. Qxh7 Qc7]) 11. Ne2 Nxe7 12. cxd4 Qf6 which looks better for black.}

10. Nf3 Rc8

11. O-O

{Going into complications by grabbing the g7 pawn might be white's best ploy here.}

11...

Nf5

12. Bxf5 exf5

13. Qg3 h6

14. Qh4 Rg8

15. Bf4

{White hopes for tacky tactics.

15. Be3 Qa5 is the path to follow.}

15... Be6

{black should take white on in his tactics:

15... g5 16. e6 gxh4 17. Bxc7 fxe6 and black is just fine, with a clear advantage.}

16. Bd2 Ne7

17. Rfc1?

{this move can't even be explained.

What is the rook doing behind the doubled pawns!

Ok, if white is allowed to get c3-c4 and c2-c3 and perhaps a little square on c2 for a rook, it may be viable, but it can not be considered as a serious move.}

17... Ng6

18. Qh5 Qe7

19. Ne1

{Another bizarre backward move.

White seems to have lost the plot here.

19... Kd7!

{Black correctly connects his rooks and dabbles with the idea of running the king across to the B file where he would be safe and he would be allowed to launch the k-side attack.}

20. Nd3 cxd4

21. cxd4 b6

22. g3

{In order to prevent Qh4 ideas, although this was never a threat. White doesn't mind the exchange of queens.}

22... Rc4!

{taking complete domination of the outpost. White is now seriously struggling.}

23. c3 Rgc8

24. Qe2 Qd8?!

{24... ke8!

And the removal of the king to the king-side and the introduction of the queen onto the d7 square is blac's best setup. the k-side attack isn't feasible here but the control of the c file is incredible for black. the rooks ar now connected, working together and now the safety of the king is most important. so, tuck it away!}

25. Nb2 R4c7

26. Qb5+ Ke7

27. Qb4+ Ke8

28. c4?

{Simply giving up a pawn and any prospects of drawing.}

28... dxc4

29. Bc3 Ne7

30. Qd6 Rc6

31. Qb4 Nd5

{And white cheekily offered the draw! black, having consulted with the captain and received some poor advice, took it! this lost the match 3.5-2.5. captain's fault though no other!}

32. 1/2-1/2


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