The 4 Nations Chess League
2004 - 2005

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

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2005.01.16"]

[Round "4.1"]

[White "Headlong, Timothy"]

[Black "Mordue, Tyson"]

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

[ECO "E92"]

[WhiteElo "2214"]

[BlackElo "2294"]

[Annotator "Chris Ros"]

[PlyCount "49"]

[EventDate "2005.01.16"]

[WhiteTeam "Brown Jack"]

[BlackTeam "B.C.A."]

{E92: King's Indian}

1. Nf3 d6

2. d4 Nf6

3. c4 g6

4. Nc3 Bg7

5. e4 O-O

6. Be2 e5

7. d5 a5

8. Bg5 h6

9. Bh4 Na6

10. O-O Qe8

11. Ne1 h5

12. f3 Nh7

13. Nd3 Bh6

14. Bf2 Qe7

{wanting to connect the rooks. All pretty much by theory by now.

14... Bd7 15. b3 Qe7 16. a3 b6 17. b4 Qg5 18. Kh1 f5

19. c5 bxc5 20. bxc5 h4 21. Qe1 h3 22. gxh3 f4 23. cxd6 cxd6 24. Bh4 Qh5 25.

Be7 Rfe8 26. Bxd6 Bg7 27. Nf2 Ng5 28. Rb1 Ra7 29. Rg1 Nc7 30. h4 Qxh4 31. Ng4

Franco Ocampos,Z-Paneque,P/Havana 1990/EXT 2000/1-0 (50)

14... Bd7 15. b3 Qe7 16. a3 f5 17. b4 Nf6 18. Qb3

a4 19. Qa2 b6 20. c5 bxc5 21. bxc5 g5 22. exf5 Bxf5 23. Nb4 Nxb4 24. axb4 g4

25. Qc4 Kh8 26. fxg4 Nxg4 27. Bxg4 hxg4 28. Rxa4 Rxa4 29. Nxa4

Argyroudis,S-Theodorakopoulos,G/Poros 1998/EXT 99/0-1 (44)}

15. a3 Nc5

16. Nxc5 dxc5

17. Nb5 Rd8

18. b3 b6

19. Rb1 Ba6

{being solid and perhaps to chop the knight to leave the position utterly blockaded.

worthy of consideration is 19... h4 20. Qc2}

20. Qc2 Nf6

21. Kh1 Ne8

22. Bd3 Nd6

23. Rbe1 Rf8

24. Qb2 Bg7

25. Nxd6 1/2-1/2

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

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2005.01.16"]

[Round "4.2"]

[White "Ross, Chris"]

[Black "Haydon, Richard"]

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

[ECO "B06"]

[WhiteElo "21330"]

[BlackElo "2186"]

[Annotator "Chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "82"]

[EventDate "2005.01.16"]

[WhiteTeam "B.C.A."]

[BlackTeam "Brown Jack"]

{B06: Modern Defence}

1. e4 g6

2. d4 Bg7

3. Nc3 d6

4. Be3 c6

5. Qd2 Nd7

6. Nf3 Qa5

7. Bd3

{Wanting to over-protect the e4 pawn and prepare quick development, leaving the option of castling king-side open.

7. Be2 Ngf6 8. O-O O-O 9. h3 b5 10. Nd5 Qxd2 11. Nxe7+ Kh8 12. Nxd2 Bb7 13. d5 cxd5 14. Nxd5 Nxd5

1/2-1/2 Groszpeter,A-McNab,C/Hampstead 1998/EXT 99 (14)}

7... Ngf6

8. Bh6

{Wanting to get the bishops off as soon as possible and to stop Ng4 ideas.

8. h3 Rb8 9. a4 O-O 10. O-O Re8 11. Rfb1 e5 12. b4 Qc7 13. dxe5 dxe5 14. Bxa7 Ra8

15. Be3 Nh5 16. a5 Nf4 17. Bc4 Nf8 18. Bb6 Qe7 19. b5 Qf6 20. Ne1 N8e6 21. Ne2

Bh6 22. Nxf4 Nxf4

Chandanani,G-Mishra,N/Calcutta 2000/CBM 74 ext/1/2-1/2 (32)}

8... O-O

{Daring to castle into the attack. black may have considered chopping on h6 and go queen-side with the king.}

9. O-O-O Qh5

{this should be a sign that black is struggling and has a difficult position out of the opening.

However, striking out in the center doesn't look too good for him either.

9... e5 10. Kb1 Nh5 11. g4 exd4 12. Bxg7 Nxg7 13.

Nxd4 Ne5 14. h3 Ne6 15. Be2 f6 16. f4 Nf7 17. Bc4 Nc7 18. Nb3 Qb4 19. Qd4 b5 20. Bxf7+

1-0 Szalanczy,E-Laketic,G/Cattolica 1993/TD (20)

10. Bxg7 Kxg7

11. Kb1

{removing the king away from any tactics and preventing Qh6 getting the queens off.}

11... e5

12. Ne2

{Bringing the queen's knight across to the king-side for the attack. This is also to support the center and to allow c2-c3 if necessary.

That black queen certainly looks like a juicy target to aim at!}

12... exd4

13. Nfxd4 Nc5

14. f3 Bd7

15. h4 Rae8

16. Rdg1?!

{thinking that the attack was building up tremendously.

However, white need not rush the queen's rook across to the king-side. Preventing black from getting counterplay through the center has to be his first task.

16. g4 Qe5 17. Rhe1! is the correct path to follow.}

16... d5!

{Powerfully countering in the center.

white's rooks look a bit silly now and simply haven't got time to get back into the fray.}

17. g4 Qe5

18. f4?!

{sacking a pawn in order to keep the hope of an attack going.

This shouldn't be enough though.

Perhaps the following variation should be tried:

18. g5 Nh5 19. exd5 Nxd3 20. dxc6

(20. Qxd3 c5)

(20. cxd3 c5

[20... Qxd5 21. Qc3 Kg8 22. Re1]

[20... cxd5 21. Qb4])

20... bxc6 21. Qxd3

[21. cxd3 c5]}

18... Nfxe4!

{Winning a clear pawn and mixing things up to his good.}

19. Qe1

{Forced since 19. fxe5 Nxd2+ 20. Kc1 Nde4 wins for black.}

19... Qe7

20. h5 g5!?

{cheekily pushing past.

This doesn't make strategic sense and surely the black king must be left vulnerable but black's tactics are actually working for him.

Better must be

20... Nxd3 21. cxd3 c5 22. dxe4 Qxe4+ 23. Ka1 cxd4 24. Qh4}

21. fxg5

{striving to open up the position.

White has to complicate matters and try to open up the black king. It wouldn't help to win the bishop with

21. Nf5+ Bxf5 22. gxf5 h6

as black is blockading and there is no immediate break-through.}

21... Nxd3

{21... Qxg5 22. Qa5 Kh8

(22... Bxg4 23. Rxg4 Qxg4 24. Rg1 Qxg1+ 25. Nxg1)}

22. cxd3 Nxg5

23. Qc3 f6

24. Ng3 Qe5

25. Ngf5+ Bxf5

26. Nxf5+ Kh8

27. Qb4 Qc7

{black stubbornly clings onto his extra pawn although his king is slightly vulnerable.

White has to probe these dark squares to try and exploit some weaknesses.}

28. Re1 c5

29. Qa4 Re5

30. d4

{Trying to give black an isolated pawn and to open up another file for a rook to penetrate down.

Unpleasant is 30. Qxa7 Nf3 31. Rc1 d4}

30... Re4

31. Rxe4 Nxe4

32. dxc5 Qc6?!

{a defeatest attitude.

The c5 pawn isn't going anywhere.

Black should be targetting the backward G pawn which is a weakness white can't really defend.

32... Rg8 perhaps}

33. Qxc6 bxc6

34. Nd4 Rc8

{Again, black is being negative in his play by passive defense.}

35. b4 Kg8

36. Kc2 Kf7

37. Rh3 a5

38. a3 Ke7

39. Rh2

{perhaps slightly better is 39. Rf3}

39... Kd7

40. Kb3 Rg8

41. Rg2

{taking the a pawn doesn't help.

41. bxa5 Nxc5+ 42. Kb4 Na6+ 43. Kc3 Rxg4}

41... Rb8

{Played with a draw offer. Since the draw secured the win for the team, and white can't push as nxc5 is a big threat and if Ka4 ra8 and repetition is forced.}

42. 1/2-1/2

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

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2005.01.16"]

[Round "4.3"]

[White "Richmond, Peter"]

[Black "Burnell, Steven"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B10"]

[WhiteElo "2260"]

[BlackElo "2015"]

[Annotator "chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "54"]

[EventDate "2005.01.16"]

[WhiteTeam "Brown Jack"]

[BlackTeam "B.C.A."]

{B10: Caro-Kann}

1. e4 c6

2. Ne2 d5

3. e5 Bf5

4. Ng3 Bg6

5. h4 h6

6. h5 Bh7

7. e6!?

{An enterprising sack.

The black king-side now struggles to get developed.}

7... fxe6

8. d4 Nf6

{Black should give the pawn immediately back.

Keeping hold of a sack always means that the sacker has some kind of compensation for the material.

8... e5 9. dxe5 e6 10. Bd3 Bxd3 11. Qxd3 Ne7 12. Nd2 Nd7 13. f4 Qc7 14. Nf3 c5 15. O-O O-O-O 16. c4 dxc4 17. Qxc4 Nd5 18. Bd2 Be7 19. Rac1 Kb8 20. Rc2 Rhf8 21. Rfc1 Qb6 22. Kh2 Qa6 23. Qxa6

Richmond,P-Nelson,A/Manila 1992/TD/0-1 (98)}

9. Bd3 Qd6

{trying to get developed and to get the king into safety.

9... Na6 10. Bxh7 Rxh7 11. Qd3 Qd6 12. Qg6+ Kd7 13. Nc3 Rd8 14. O-O Kc8 15. Re1 Nc7 16. Nce2 Qd7 17. Nf4 Qe8 18. Nxe6 Nxe6 19. Qf5 g6 20. hxg6 Rg7 21. Rxe6

1-0 Rossetto,H-Luckis,M/Buenos Aires 1961/MCD (21)}

10. Bxh7 Rxh7

11. f4 Na6

12. c3 O-O-O

13. b4 Rh8

14. O-O g5!?

{Black desperately strives to get out.}

15. hxg6 h5

16. Qd3 h4

17. Ne2 Bg7

18. Nd2 Nh5

{Slightly better is 18... Rdf8 19. a4 with equal chances.}

19. Nf3 Bf6

20. Ne5 Bxe5

21. fxe5 Qd7 22. Bg5 Ng7

23. Rf7 Nf5

24. Rf1 Rde8

25. Nf4 Nc7

26. Rf3 Rhf8

{Black's got no decent move to hand. White has gradually but inevitably placed his pieces accurately and effectively.

Something has to fall now for black as the tactics are all white's.}

27. Nxe6! 1-0

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

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2005.01.16"]

[Round "4.4"]

[White "Hilton, Steven"]

[Black "Bourne, Johnathan"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A61"]

[WhiteElo "1850"]

[BlackElo "2100"]

[Annotator "Chris ross"]

[PlyCount "61"]

[EventDate "2005.01.16"]

[WhiteTeam "B.C.A."]

[BlackTeam "Brown Jack"]

{A61: Modern Benoni}

1. d4 Nf6

2. c4 e6

3. Nf3 c5

4. d5 exd5

5. cxd5 d6

6. Nc3 g6

7. Nd2 Bg7

8. Nc4 O-O

9. Bg5 Re8

{wanting to put pressure down the e file immediately. This prevents e2-e4 by white, but he wasn't planning that in any case.

Therefore, the rook may do best on f8, if he's wanting to get f7-f5 in and to avoid any tempi gainging by nxd6 ideas with the rook on e8.

9... Qd7 10. a4 Na6 11. e3 Nb4 12. Be2 Qf5 13. Bxf6 Qxf6 14. O-O Qe7 15. Qd2 b6 16. Na2 Nxa2 17.

Rxa2 Ba6 18. b3 Rab8 19. Rc1 Bb7 20. Bf3 Rfd8 21. g3 Bc8 22. b4 cxb4 23. Qxb4

Bh3 24. Nd2

Popov,L-Romanishin,O/Stara Pazova 1988/EXT 97/1/2-1/2 (28)}

10. e3 b6?

{Black wishes to expand on the q-side but he's a bit too slow really. Action on the light squares seems his best choice and quick development.

10... h6 11. Bh4 Bf5 12. Bd3 Bxd3 13. Qxd3 Nbd7 14. O-O Nb6 15. a4 Nxc4

16. Qxc4 Qa5 17. Bg3 Rad8 18. h3 a6 19. Rfc1 Qb4 20. b3 a5 21. Ra2 Ne4 22. Qxb4

axb4 23. Nxe4 Rxe4 24. Re2 f5 25. f3

Romeu Alfonso,F-Torres Sanchez,J/Valencia 1998/EXT 2000/0-1 (46)}

11. Be2

{White should take full advantage of the rook on e8 and the inability of being able to defend the d6 pawn with ne8.

11. Nb5 Ba6 12. Ncxd6 Re5 13. Bf4 Rxd5 14. Qf3 Nc6 15. Bc4 Nb4 16. O-O Bxb5 17. Nxb5 Rd7 18. Rad1 Nfd5 19. a3 a6 20. axb4 axb5 21. Bxd5

1-0 Brinck Claussen,B-Bjarnason,S/Copenhagen 1981/EXT 2000 (21)}

11... Ba6

12. a4 Bxc4

13. Bxc4 Nbd7

14. O-O a6

15. Qe2 Qc8

16. Bd3 h6

17. Bh4 Ra7

18. f4 c4?

{dropping a pawn for no good reason. Perhaps black was trying to get counter-play but already has a miserable position.}

19. Bxc4 Ne4

20. Nxe4 Rxe4

21. Bd3 Rb4

22. Rac1 Qa8

23. Rc6!

{Powerfully outposted.}

23... Rxb2

24. Qg4

{Wriggling into the black king-side by penetrating on the light squares.

Black has to be constantly aware of sudden attacks now by white.}

24... Qe8

25. e4 f5?!

{again, striving for counterplay but weakening his position considerably.

These light squares are even weaker now!}

26. Qf3 Qf8

{Interesting, although white comes out on top is

26... g5?! 27. fxg5 Ne5 28. Qxf5 Nxc6 29. dxc6 Qxc6 30. Qe6+ Kh7 31. g6+ Kh8.}

27. exf5 gxf5

28. Qh5 Nc5?!

{black should grovel with 28... Nb8 29. rc2 rxc2 30. Bxc2 Rf7 but white is still massviely on top with his domination of the light squares.}

29. Bxf5! Rf7?

{The only way to continue although its useless is 29... Qf7 30. Rc8+ Bf8}

30. Rc8 Rxf5

31. Qxf5!

{Pretty finish. Very pretty.}

31... 1-0

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

[Site "Telford, ENG]"]

[Date "2005.01.16"]

[Round "4.5"]

[White "Cabero, Pablo padilla"]

[Black "Gallagher, John"]

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

[ECO "B20"]

[WhiteElo "2015"]

[BlackElo "1890"]

[Annotator "Chris ross"]

[PlyCount "95"]

[EventDate "2005.01.16"]

[WhiteTeam "Brown Jack"]

[BlackTeam "B.C.A."]

{B20: Sicilian}

1. e4 c5

2. a4

{a very peculiar move.

Whether white wants to get out of theory or simply doesn't know how to handle the Sicilian, nobody will never be able to guess.

black has to simply develop methodically now and his opening should prove advantageus.}

2... Nc6

{Amazingly, this opening is to be found in databases.

2... g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. f4 Nc6 5. Bb5 d6 6. Nf3 Bd7 7. O-O Nd4 8. d3 e6 9. e5 Nxf3+ 10. Qxf3 d5

11. Bxd7+ Qxd7 12. Nb5 Bf8 13. c4 d4 14. a5 a6 15. Na3 Ne7 16. Nb1 Qc6 17. Nd2

Welling,G-Jasnikowski,Z/Copenhagen 1990/EXT 97/1/2-1/2 (35)

2... d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. d3 Nc6 5. Nf3 g6 6. O-O Bg7 7. Nbd2 Nf6 8. Nc4 O-O 9. Bd2 Qc7 10. h3 a6

11. Bxc6 Bxc6 12. a5 d5 13. exd5 Nxd5 14. Re1 Rfd8 15. Nfe5 Be8 16. Qf3 f6 17.

Nb6

Welling,G-Kassebaum,R/Germany 1996/EXT 98/1-0 (51)}

3. Nf3

{3. Bb5 e6 4. Ne2 Nge7 5. O-O d6 6. Bxc6+ Nxc6 7. d4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Be7 9. Be3 O-O 10.

Nd2 d5 11. exd5 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 Qxd5 13. Nb3 e5 14. Bc5 Qe6 15. Qe2 Bxc5 16. Nxc5

Qd5 17. b4 b6
Suleja,J-Spisak,C/Brzeg Dolny 1995/EXT 2001/1-0 (28)}

3... e6

4. d4 cxd4

5. Nxd4 Nf6

6. Nxc6 bxc6

7. Bd3 Be7

8. O-O O-O

{Black should stop the advance of the e pawn.

either 8.. Qc7 or 8.. d6 are perfectly good enough for black, where he has a small but clear advantage where the move a4 doesn't seem to have achieved white all that much.}

9. e5 Nd5

10. c3

{10. Qh5 f5 11. Na3 is worthy of consideration.}

10... d6

11. Qh5 g6

12.

Qe2 dxe5

13. g3

{Wanting to cover all the entry points on the king-side for the black pieces. taking on e5 does look suspicious especially after tempo gaining moves like Bd6 or there may be tactics with the loose bishop on d3.

13. bh6 should be chucked in though as soon as possible.}

13... Bf6

{If any where, the bishop probably belongs on d6, but why not develop the rest of the pieces before committing the bishop? Also, free up the d8 square for the king's rook.

13... Qc7 14. Re1 and then decide on whether d6 or f6 for the bishop.}

14. Na3 Qc7

15. Bh6 Re8

16. h4

{desperately trying to hack black to justify his poor position.}

16... Nb6?!

{Incorrectly moving the knight away from the action.

the knight may well be needed for the defense of the king-side and why move it away from a wonderful outpost if its not challenged?

removing the loose bishop off f6 and perhaps prepare the push of the f pawn or develop the queen-side should be black's plan here.}

17. Nc2 Rb8

18. h5 Nd5

19. Ne1 Bg7

20. Bxg7 Kxg7

21. Nf3 f6

22. Qe4 f5

{black needs to get active soonest here to prevent white from drumming up a quick attack.

22... c5 23. hxg6 Bb7

23... Rxb2 24. gxh7 f5 25. Qxe5+ Qxe5 26. Nxe5)}

23. Qxe5+ Qxe5

24. Nxe5 Rxb2

25. hxg6 hxg6

26. Nxc6

{26. c4 Nb4}

26... Nxc3

{slightly better is the tempo gaining

26... Bb7 27. Nd4 Nxc3

where the long diagonal is very dangerous for white.}

27. Rfc1 Ne2+

28. Bxe2 Rxe2

29. Nxa7 Ba6

30. Rc7+

30. rc6 Bd3 looks the better path for white.}

30... Kf6

31. Rd1

{white should try to push his outside passed pawn.

31. a5 Rb2 and the knight can't be easily extracted but black has to be very wary of that A pawn.}

31... Re7

{Going after the A pawn with 31... Ra2 looks the better option.}

32. Rdd7

{better is

32. Rxe7 Kxe7 33. Nc6+ Kf6 34. f4}

32... Rxd7

33. Rxd7 Ra2

34. Nb5 Rxa4

35. Nd4

{trying to defend white's weaknesses.}

35... Bc4

{Trying to defend the e6 weakness but not realising that the f2 pawn is just as weak.

35... Ra1+ 36. Kh2 Bc4 37. Nf3 with a big advantage to black.}

36. f4

{White should not have been able to get this in.

black should have kept him occupied with mating ideas on h1 first.}

36... Bd5

37. Ne2 Ra1+

{even now black misses his winning way:

37... Ra2! 38. Nc3 Rg2+ 39. Kf1 Rxg3 40. Nxd5+ exd5 41. Rd6+

Ke7 42. Rxd5 Rf3+ 43. Kg2 Rxf4 44. Kg3 Re4

winning easily.}

38. Kf2 Ra2
39. Rc7 g5

40. fxg5+

{Perhaps 40. Ke3 is worth a try?}

40... Kxg5

41. Rg7+ Kf6

42. Rc7 Ra3

43. Nc3 Ke5

44. Ke2 Ra1

45. Kd2 Rg1

46. Ne2 Rb1

47. Nc3 Rb2+

48. Ke3 1/2-1/2

{black should play on here, having the extra pawn, the bishop and the only prospects of winning.}

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

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2005.01.16"]

[Round "4.6"]

[White "Murphy, Richard"]

[Black "Tomboline, David"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "C10"]

[WhiteElo "1725"]

[BlackElo "1990"]

[Annotator "chris ross"]

[PlyCount "70"]

[EventDate "2005.01.16"]

[WhiteTeam "B.C.A."]

[BlackTeam "Brown Jack"]

{C10: French: fork Nocks}

1. e4 e6

2. d4 d5

3. Nc3 dxe4

4. Nxe4 Bd7

5. Nf3 Bc6

6. Ng3 Nd7

7. Be2 Bd6

8. O-O Ngf6

9. c4 O-O

10. Bd2 a5

{Black's not really playing the Fork Nocks in the true spirit of the opening. He should have given up his bishop on f3 and blockaded the light squares with c7-c6. Also, the bishop on d6 looks wrongly placed, where that belongs on e7 really.

10... Re8 11. Bc3 Bxf3 12. Bxf3 c6 13. Qd2 Qc7 14. Rfe1 Rad8 15. Qg5 Bf4 16. Qh4 h6 17. Rad1 Bg5 18. Qh3 Nf8 19. Ne4 Nxe4 20. Bxe4 Bf6 21. Qf3 Qb6 22. Qf4 Qa6 23. c5 Rd7 24. a3 Red8 25. Bc2

Rausch,W-Steglich,W/Germany 1982/GER-chT/1-0 (59)}

11. Bc3 b6

{wanting to preserve the light squared bishop. This begs the question though, why play the Fork Nocks and play Bd7/Bc6 when b7-b6 and bb7 would have saved him about 3 tempi?

12. Qc2 Bxg3

{Something has gone cronically wrong for black if he's obliged to give up his bishop pair so easily.}

13. hxg3 Ne4

14. Rad1 Nxc3

15. Qxc3 Nf6

16. Rfe1 Bb7

17. Bd3

{More in keeping with his slow build-up is 17. Ne5 Qe7.}

17... Qd6

18. Qc2 h6

19. Ne5 Rad8

20. Qe2 Qe7

21. Bc2 Qb4

22.

Q 3 Qe7

23. Ng4 g6

24. Ne5 Qe8

25. Qd2 Kg7

26. Qf4 Rd6

27. f3 Qd8

28. Kf2 Nh5

29. Qe3 Qg5

30. f4 Qf6

31. Rh1 Rfd8

32. Nf3?

{White has fought bravely to keep the initiative but this simply drops the d pawn and the game.

his only continuation is

32. Qc3}

32... Bxf3

33. gxf3 Rxd4

34. Rxd4 Qxd4+

35. Qxd4 rxd4

36. 0-1


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