The 4 Nations Chess League
2004 - 2005

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

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2005.02.26"]

[Round "5.1"]

[White "Mordue, Tyson"]

[Black "Britton, Richard"]

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

[ECO "B96"]

[WhiteElo "2294"]

[BlackElo "2309"]

[Annotator "Ross,Chris"]

[PlyCount "70"]

[EventDate "2005.02.26"]

[WhiteTeam "Braille Chess Association"]

[BlackTeam "mark K'Fisher 2"]

[TimeControl "120+1"]


{B96: Sicilian Najdorf}

1. e4 c5

2. Nf3 d6

3. d4 cxd4

4. Nxd4 Nf6

5. Nc3 a6

6. Bg5 e6

7. f4 Nbd7

8. Qf3 Qc7

9. O-O-O b5

10. Bd3


{Securing the e4 pawn, as well as developing an awkward piece.

There are many ways to continue in this position, and all have been analysed to death. All of them lead to complicated positions with chances for both sides.}


10... Bb7

11. Rhe1 O-O-O


{Risky play castling queen's, but black has very ambitious plans in mind, attempting to come through the center as well as down the queen-side.}


12. a3


{To secure up the defender of the e4 pawn. Black's pressure through the center will soon start to tell if white doesn't secure up his position.}


12... Kb8


{12... Be7 13. Qe2 h6 14. Bh4 Nc5 15. Bf2 d5 16. e5 Nfe4 17. Bxe4 dxe4 18. Kb1 Na4 19.

Nxa4 bxa4 20. f5 Bc5 21. fxe6 Bxd4 22. e7 Qxe7 23. Rxd4 Rxd4 24. Bxd4 Qe6 25.

Qd2 Kb8 26. Qb4 Qc6 27. Rd1 Rc8

Adams,M-Gelfand,B/Wijk aan Zee 1994/CBM 39/1/2-1/2 (45)


12... Be7 13. Qg3 h6 14. Bxf6 Nxf6 15. Qxg7 Rh7 16. Qg3 Nh5 17. Qg4 Nxf4 18. Nd5 Nxd5 19. exd5 Rhh8 20. dxe6


1/2-1/2 Patrascu,A-Tugui,A/Tusnad 2000/EXT 2001 (20)


12... Be7 13. Qf1 h6 14.

Bh4 g5 15. fxg5 hxg5 16. Bxg5 Rxh2 17. Bf4 Rh5 18. Bxb5 Nc5 19. b4 e5 20. bxc5

exd4 21. Rxd4 Rxc5 22. Bxa6 Rd7 23. Rb4 Qa5 24. Rxb7 Rxb7 25. Nb1 Nd7 26. Re3

Nb6 27. Rb3 Qa4

Petrushin,A-Vitolinsh,A/Daugavpils 1978/MCD/0-1 (39)


12... Be7 13. Kb1 h6 14. Bh4 g5 15. Bf2 gxf4 16. Ndxb5 axb5 17. Nxb5 Ne5 18. Qxf4 Qa5 19. Bf1 Rd7

20. b4 Qa4 21. Re3 Kb8 22. Rb3 Bxe4 23. Kb2 Rc8 24. Nc3 Rxc3 25. Rxc3 Nd5 26.

Rxd5 Bxd5 27. Qxh6

Paoli,E-Szabo,L/Reggio Emilia 1960/MCD/0-1 (40)}


13. Bh4 Nc5

14. Kb1


{Maybe this isn't necessary as the pressure on the center is building up.

White may wish to remove his queen off the long diagonal or reroute the stranded bishop on the rim of the board immediately.}


14... Be7

15. Qh3?!


{15. Qf1 is the better square for the queen.

From f1, the queen defends all the white points, including the g2 pawn, the rooks on the first rank and removes it off any tactics on the diagonal. The queen may then switch quickly to the queen-side along the f1-a6 diagonal.

However, white was worried that after his plan of retreating the dark squared bishop to f2, the queen would look a bit buried. Perhaps so, but Bg1 could be possible and the queen may even wish to sneak to g1 to threaten tactics on the g1-a7 diagonal.

White has to play slowly here not to over-stretch and has to be wary of traps for both sides. On h3, the white queen eyes the e6 pawn and possible breaks, but a more cautious approach would be the immediate retreat to f1.}


15... h6


{Not truly necessary. This pawn proves to be a waste of a move later as it will prove to be more effective on h7 guarding the g6 square.}


16. Bf2 d5


{Black decides to break and create complications.

The black pieces are just about ready to flood into the play although the positioning of the black rooks first may have been a consideration with Rc8 and Rhd8.}


17. e5


{White should simply chop on d5 to avoid black getting a cramping pawn on e4. Or at least, even if black has to sack a pawn to open up the long diagonal, white wouldn't have a blockading pawn on e5, stopping f4-f5 breaks.}


17... Nfe4

18. Nxe4 dxe4


{Cramping white.}


19. Bf1?


{19. Be2 has to be played to protect the rook on d1. White ssoon realises his mistake and rectifies it.}


19... Rd7

20. Qc3 Rhd8

21. Be2 Bd5

22. Be3 Rc8

23. Rf1


{Putting the rook on an effective file. The E file is now blocked up and the rook eyes possible f4-f5 ideas.}


23... Qb7

24. Qa5 Na4


{Black readies himself for an onslaut.

The black pieces are now ready to launch an attack and the white pieces seem very uncoordinated.}


25. Nxb5?!


{White complicates in dangerous waters.

Having seen the state of the match, white strikes out attempting to catch black on the hop, but black is more than ready to meet this thrust with a clever repost.}



26. Bxb5 Nxb2!


{Cleverly opening up the B file and returning his extra material.

The rook on d7 is now taboo due to Nc4+ and Nxa3+ ideas winning the white queen.

Its actually the white king that looks scary now not the exposed black one.}


27. Kxb2 Rdc7


{Exerting horrible pressure on the c2 pawn and also protecting the c3 square, which is a point of entry.}


28. Rf2


{28. Ka1 Rxc2 29. Rxd5 exd5 30. Rb1 and white struggles on.}



29. Bd4 Rxa3


{Not wanting to take on a3 with the bishop due to Ka1 and possible Rb1 counter-attacking ideas.

29... Bxa3+ 30. Ka1 Bc5 31. Ba6

[31. Qxc3 Qa8+ 32. Kb2 Qa2+ 33. Kc1 Ba3+ 34. Kd2 Rxc3 35. Bxc3 e3+ 36. Kxe3

Bc5+ 37. Bd4 Qa3+ 38. Ke2 Qb4]

[31. Bxc3 Bxf2 32. Be2 Rc6]}


30. Qb6 Qxb6

31. Bxb6 Kb7

32. Bd4 Ra5

33. Bf1 Ka8


{Neatly illustrating how the black rooks are well coordinated.

The black rooks and black bishops work together excellently.

Slightly more accurate though is

33... Ba3+ 34. Kb1 Bc4 35. Bxc4 Rxc4}


34. Kc1 Ra2?!


{Black misses his win!

34... e3 35. Bxe3 Ra1+ 36. Kd2 Bb4+ 37. Ke2 Rxc2+ 38. Bd2 Bc4+ 39. Ke1

Rxd2 40. Rfxd2 Bxd2+ 41. Kxd2 Rxd1+ 42. Kxd1 Bxf1}


35. c4 Rxf2 1/2-1/2


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

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2005.02.26"]

[Round "5.2"]

[White "Hammond, Andrew"]

[Black "Ross, Chris"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A46"]

[WhiteElo "2210"]

[BlackElo "2130"]

[Annotator "Chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "69"]

[EventDate "2005.02.26"]

[WhiteTeam "Mark K'Fisher 2"]

[BlackTeam "Braille Chess Association"]


{A46: Colle}

1. d4 Nf6

2. Nf3 e6

3. e3 c5

4. Bd3 Nc6

5. c3 Be7

6. O-O O-O

7. Qe2 d5

8. Nbd2 b6

9. dxc5 bxc5

10. e4 Qc7

11. Re1 a5


{Wanting to get started on the q-side as soon as possible.

The launch of the A pawn will also mean that the bishop can have an outlet on a6 if needbe.


11... Nd7 12. Nf1 Bb7 13. Ng3 Nce5 14. Bf4

Bd6 15. Nxe5 Bxe5 16. Bxe5 Nxe5 17. Bb1 d4 18. c4 Rad8 19. Bd3 Bc6 20. a3 a5

21. Nh5 Rb8 22. Rab1 Rb3 23. Red1 Qb7 24. Bc2 d3 25. Bxd3 Rxd3 26. Rxd3 Nxd3

27. Qxd3

Umetsubo,C-Ermekov,A/Cannes 1997/EXT 2000/0-1 (47)


11... Nd7 12. Nf1 Rd8 13. Bg5 f6 14. exd5 exd5 15. Qe6+ Kh8 16. Bf4 Nde5 17. Nxe5 fxe5 18. Bxe5 Nxe5 19. Qxe5 Qxe5

20. Rxe5 Bf6 21. Rh5 h6 22. Bf5 Bxf5 23. Rxf5 Rab8 24. Ne3 Rxb2 25. Rxd5 Rdb8

26. Rxc5

Cacco,C-Lucaroni,M/Marostica 1997/EXT 2000/1-0 (49)


11... Bb7 12. e5 Nd7 13. Nf1 Rae8 14. Bf4 c4 15. Bc2 Qb6 16. Rad1 f6 17. exf6 Bxf6 18. Bd6

Rf7 19. Ne3 Ne7 20. Bg3 Nc5 21. Ng4 Ng6 22. Bxg6 hxg6 23. Nge5 Bxe5 24. Nxe5

Rf5 25. Nxg6 Nd3 26. Rf1

Sydor,A-Smejkal,J/Sandomierz 1976/EXT 2000/1/2-1/2 (57)


11... d4 12. e5 dxc3 13. bxc3 Nd7 14. Qe4 g6 15. Nc4 Ba6 16. Bh6 Rfd8 17. Qf4 Bxc4 18. Bxc4 Bf8 19.

Bg5 Re8 20. Re4 Bg7 21. Rae1 Nb6 22. Bf6 Bxf6 23. Qxf6 Qe7 24. Qf4 Kg7 25. h4

h6 26. h5

Tikkanen,K-Kilpi,T/Jyvaskyla 1999/EXT 2001/1-0 (41)}


12. e5 Nd7


Nf1 f5!


{Neatly stopping white in his attacking intensions.

White can't now take on f6 due to the recapture with the knight and black simply has a better French structure where white doesn't have a pawn on d4 to control the e5 square. White should have no chance of an attack now.}


14. Ng3 a4

15. Nh5 Re8


{Wanting to be solid and protect the e6 pawn which could be under threat if the light squared bishop heads off to a6 too quickly [Nf4 is coming perhaps}. Also, Nf8 and Bf8 are all possible now.}


16. h3?



White initiates a very dubious plan.

White had to play 11. Bb5 and attempt to swap off his weaker pieces hoping to hold the ending.}


16... Nf8

17. g4?


{Continuing with the hack.

White realises that he is positionally struggling and therefore goes into hack-mode.

The most crutial thing that white does here is majorly weaken his light squares.

The long h1-a8 diagonal is now critically weak and the white king dangerously exposed.}


17... fxg4

18. hxg4 Qa7?!


{Surprised at white's strange play, black tries to over-compensate. Black wishes to put pressure on the f2 pawn which could be weak but mostly to prepare a slightly dubious pawn sack, attempting to exploit white's loose position.

18... Bb7 simply heading onto the long diagonal is strong and probably winning.}


19. Qd2


{To prevent Ba6 ideas. However, if white is resorted to such awkward moves, something has gone tragically wrong.}


19... c4

20. Bc2 d4?!


{Following through on the intended pawn sack.

Black realises that the long diagonal will be white's undoing but doesn't appreciate that Bb7 instead of Qa7 was essential. Black was too intent on miss-placing the white queen.

However, even here, the f2 pawn is looking grim.

20... Bc5 developing a piece, preparing d5-d4 is strong. White doesn't have any good ways to continue.}


21. cxd4


{Better is 21. Nxd4 Nxd4 22. Qxd4 Qc7}


21... Rd8


{Black has to be wary of cheapos with Qg5 in the air.

The strange knight on h5 has a function after all: Nf6+ tactics.}


22. Rd1 Bb7


{Trying to get onto the winning diagonal.

However, the strange a7 square is now proving the wrong square for the black queen.}


23. Qf4 Ng6?


{Trying to force things foolishly.

Black should be solid here and the long diagonal will prove its worth.

23... Nb4 24. Ng5 Bxg5 25. Qxg5 Bf3

and white hasn't got long left.}


24. Bxg6 hxg6

25. Nxg7


{Going forwards instead of backwards.

The undeveloped queen-side now has some peculiar part to play in the proceedings.}


25... Kxg7


{Worth considering, although it looks to contridict black's game-plan, is the retreat of the long diagonal, clearing up the 2nd rank.

25... Bc8 26. Nh5 {26. Qh6 Bf8] 26... gxh5 and a long struggle looms with the black king exposed as much as the white one but black awkwardly placed, but yet, material up.}


26. Qh6+ Kf7

27. d5 Rxd5


{Trying to nullify white's pieces.

27... exd5 28. Qh7+ and its over.}


28. Rxd5 exd5

29. Qh7+ Ke8

30. e6


{Slightly more accurate is 30. Qxg6+ Kd8 31. Be3 but white now has the momentum.}


30... Bc8


{Black had to run with the king. The only move for consideration is 30... Kd8}


31. Qxg6+ Kd8

32. Bf4 Bf8

33. Rd1 d4

34. Qg5+ Qe7

35. Qd5+ 1-0


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

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2005.02.26"]

[Round "5.3"]

[White "Armstrong, W."]

[Black "Burrows, Martin"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "D00"]

[WhiteElo "1960"]

[BlackElo "2226"]

[Annotator "Chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "66"]

[EventDate "2005.02.26"]

[WhiteTeam "mark K'fisher 2"]

[BlackTeam "Braille Chess Association"]


{D00: Barry Attack.}

1. d4 Nf6

2. Nf3 g6

3. Nc3 d5

4. Bf4 Bg7

5. e3 O-O

6. Be2 c5

7. O-O cxd4

8. exd4 Nc6

9. Ne5 Nd7


{Slightly unusual.

Black wishes to undermine the e5 outpost, but gives himself a weak C pawn for his efforts.


9... e6 10. Qd2 Re8 11. Rfe1 Nxe5 12. Bxe5 Bd7 13. Qf4 Rc8 14. Rac1 a6 15. Bf3 Bc6 16. h4 Nd7 17. Bxg7 Kxg7

18. g3

1/2-1/2 Mohr,G-Lalic,B/Pula 2000/CBM 78 ext (18)}


10. Nxc6


{white can complicate here with tactics in the center.


10. Nxd5 Ncxe5 11. dxe5 Nxe5 12. Re1 e6 13. Bb5 Bd7 14. Bxe5 Bxb5 15. Bxg7 Kxg7 16. Qd4+

Kh6 17. Re3 exd5 18. Rh3+ Kg5 19. Re1 h5 20. Qe3+

1-0 Pedersen,S-Leskiewicz,M/Gausdal 2000/CBM 74 ext (20)}


10... bxc6

11. Na4


{Correctly heading for the newly created c5 outpost.}


11... e5


{Black, not wishing to hang around, strikes out in the center to free up his game.


11... a5 12. c3 Ba6 13. Bxa6 Rxa6 14. Re1 Re8 15. Re3 Ra7 16. Qe2

1/2-1/2 Kottnauer,C-Boleslavsky,I/Helsinki 1952/MCD (16)}


12. Be3 e4

13. c3?


{White goes into passive-mode.

He needed to secure up his bishop with Qd2 and then start chipping away at the black pawn chain with moves like f2-f3 and c2-c4.

With the text move, white now gets bog down and his bishop on e3 looks a bit of a pawn.}


13... f5

14. Qd2 Bf6

15. f4?


{15. f3 should be the move with fxe4 in mind opening up the F file which can not be to his disadvantage.}


15... a5

16. c4


{White having realised his mistake, attempts to strike out, but already his position is looking a bit loose with his bishop on e3 buried by his own pawn chain.}


16... Nb6

17. Nxb6 Qxb6

18. c5?


{Putting yet another pawn on a dark square. Black's minority attack is looking more and more promising with every blockading move white makes.

White had to chop on d5 and hope to be able to get at the backward d5 pawn by the occupation of the only open file.}



19. b4?


{Yet another pawn and this offers to make the A pawn a perminent target.}


19... axb4

20. Rfb1 Ba6

21. Bxa6 Rxa6

22. Qxb4 Rfa8

23. Qd2


{White is already suffering with his backward A pawn. The pressure on the pawn is now building.}


23... Qa7

24. Rb2 Ra3


{Completely cramping wite up.

White will find it extremely difficult to hold this now with the pressure on the A pawn, the 6th rank being so weak and the pawn chain on the same coloured squares as his bishop. Positionally, its over now.}


25. Kf2 Rd3

26. Qb4 Qa3

27. Qxa3 Raxa3

28. Rb8+ Kg7

29. Rb7+ Kh6

30. Re1 Rxe3


{Simple and strong.

White has no more resistance now.}


31. Rxe3 Bxd4

32. Rbb3 Rxb3

33. axb3 Bxc5

34. 0-1


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

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2005.02.27"]

[Round "5.4"]

[White "Chipanga, Takaedza"]

[Black "Hilton, Stephen"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B90"]

[WhiteElo "2170"]

[BlackElo "1850"]

[Annotator "Chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "87"]

[EventDate "2005.02.26"]

[WhiteTeam "Mark K'Fisher 2"]

[BlackTeam "Braille Chess Association"]


{B90: Sicilian Najdorf}

1. e4 c5

2. Nf3 d6

3. d4 cxd4

4. Nxd4 Nf6

5. Nc3 a6

6. Be3 Ng4

7. Bg5 h6

8. Bh4 g5

9. Bg3 Bg7

10. Bc4 Nc6

11. Nxc6 bxc6

12. Qf3 Rf8

13. Bb3


{Somewhat passively retreating the bishop.

White should be more energetic here and start chipping away at the black pawn chain with h4 or castle queens and start thrusting through the center to exploit the slightly awkward nature of the black king and queen.


13. h4 Ne5 14. Bxe5 Bxe5 15. hxg5 hxg5 16. Rh7 e6 17. O-O-O Qa5 18. Bb3 Bd7 19. Nb1 c5 20. Na3 Bb5 21.

Kb1 Rb8 22. Nxb5 Qxb5 23. c4 Qb4 24. Kc2 Ke7 25. Rd3 a5 26. a4 Qb7 27. Qg4 Rg8

Wu,H-Haessel,D/Vancouver 2000/CBM 76 ext/0-1 (32)}


13... Qa5


{Wanting to bring the queen off the D file. However, the rerouting of the knight to the e5 outpost should be black's plan here.


13... Ne5 14. Qe3 Rb8 15. O-O Qb6 16. Qe2 Rh8 17. Kh1 h5 18. f4 gxf4 19. Bxf4 Bg4 20. Qd2 Be6

21. Rad1 Qa5 22. Qe1 h4 23. h3 Nc4 24. Bc1 Kd7 25. Qf2 Rb7 26. Ne2 Nxb2 27.

Bxb2 Bxb2 28. Rb1

Anand,V-Topalov,V/Monte Carlo 1998/CBM 63 ext/1/2-1/2 (36)


14. O-O Bd7


{Passive again.

The bishop may not be best placed on d7 and black's game-plan is to use the e5 outpost and therefore should occupy it as soon as possible.


14... Ne5 15. Qe2 Be6 16. Kh1 Qc5 17. Rfe1 a5 18. Rad1 Qb4

19. h3 Kd7 20. f4 gxf4 21. Bxf4 Kc7 22. Bd2 Qb7 23. Na4 Qb5 24. Qf2 Nd7 25. Nc3

Qh5 26. Ne2 Bxb3 27. cxb3 Bxb2 28. Ng3 Qh4 29. Qe3

Cioara,A-Istratescu,A/Bucharest 1999/CBM 69 ext/1/2-1/2 (69)}


15. h3 Ne5

16. Qe3 c5?!


{Attempting to strike out in the center, control more dark squares and to provoking white to occupy the d5 outpost.

This isn't strictly necessary and black may wish to play more prudently with Rh8 and action down the king's or try Qb4 and the push of the A pawn.}


17. Nd5


{Believing that the loss of two tempi for the creation of the weakening of the black center is justified.}


17... e6

18. Nc3 Qc7

19. Rfd1


{19. Rad1 makes much more sense as the rook on A1 looks a bit out of play now and white may want to play f2-f4.}



19... Bc6

20. Qe2 Qd7

21. a4 f5


{Black strikes out in the center hoping to create complications. Risky but he wishes to make his active pieces spring into life.}


22. exf5 Rxf5

23. Ne4 Bxe4

24. Qxe4 Rd8


{24... d5 25. Bxd5 exd5 26. Rxd5 Qxd5 27. Qxd5 Nf3+ 28. Qxf3 Rxf3 29.

gxf3 is not to be recommended for black.}


25. Rd2


{The more cautious approach would be 25. Qe2 Qc8 26. c3 with an advantage to white.}


25... d5


{Striking out whilst he can.

Black now threatens to bury the light squared bishop although the threat should not have as much worth as its appearance. White should use tactics now to free his position.}


26. Bxd5?


{Wrongly believing that the opening up of the center would be to his advantage.

Simple and strong would be

26. Qe2 c4 27. Bxe5 Rxe5 28. Qh5+ Qf7 29. Qxf7+ Kxf7 30. Bxc4

with an opposite coloured bishop ending that is more likely than not drawn.}


26... exd5

27. Rxd5 Qxd5

28. Qxf5 Nf7

29. Qg6 Kf8

30. Qxa6 Bxb2

31. Rb1 Ra8

32. Qb5 Bc3

33. Bc7 Bd4


{33... Nd6 and the immergence of the knight into the game should result in the mopping up of the white pawns and then the ending should be simple enough.}


34. c4


{The immediate push of the A pawn looks best. This outside pawn should not be as strong as it is becoming but black has allowed it due to the passiveness of his knight.}


34 ...


35. Rf1 Qe4?


{Black starts making some bizarre queen moves that achieve absolutely nothing.

Black has to hassle white and especially to try and bring his knight into the game.

35... Qc8

is the best with Nd6/Ne5/Nd8 to follow.

The best then for white is

36. Qc6 Ra7 37. Bd6+ Nxd6 38. Qxd6+ Kg7

and white can hope to exploit the exposed black king but the win should be simple enough for black.}


36. a5 Qe6

37. Qb7 Qc8


{Black should try and blockade soonest.

37... Ra6 and he can hope to play on.}


38. a6


{Making the pawn a monster.}


38... Ne5?


{Black had to grovel here and try to run the king away to g8 and h8 to avoid tactics.}


39. Rb1


{Crushing would be

39. Bd6+ Kg8 40. Bxe5 Bxe5 41. Qd5+ Kh7 42. Qxe5 Rxa6 43. Qe7+ Kg6 44. Re1 and black can resign.}


39... Nd7

40. Bd6+ Kg8


{Getting the king off the light squares and future queen checks is to be preferred.

40... Kg7 is the best.}


41. Qxc8+ Rxc8

42. a7 Ra8

43. Rb7?!


{Not completely accurate. better is.

43. Rb8+ Rxb8 44. axb8=R+

[44. Bxb8 Nb6 and black clings.]

44... Nxb8 45. Bxb8


43... Nf8?


{After which, there is no saving black.

Black has in fact got a clever way to defend here.

43... Kf7

and black can hope to play on!

Now Rb8 ideas don't work due to Rxa7 ideas and if

44. Rxd7+ Ke6

and black's right back in it.

45. Rd8!? makes an interesting move then when

45... Rxa7 goes into an ending a pawn down but with excellent chances to draw or he can attempt to win with

45... Rxd8 46. Bb8 and now either 46... Bxf2+ followed by 47.. Rd2+/Rd1+ and Ra2/Ra1. or 46... Bf4 which is weaker with 47. a8=Q and Rxb8 ideas.}


44. Bxf8


{Clearing the defender of the back rank. Rb8+ will now simply win the house.}


44... 1-0


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

[Site "Telford, ENG"]

[Date "2005.02.26"]

[Round "5.5"]

[White "Hodgkins, David"]

[Black "Giles, Benjamin"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B01"]

[WhiteElo "1775"]

[BlackElo "2083"]

[Annotator "Chris Ross"]

[PlyCount "66"]

[EventDate "2005.02.26"]

[WhiteTeam "Braille Chess Association"]

[BlackTeam "mark K'Fisher 2"]


{B01: Scandinavian Defence}

1. e4 d5

2. exd5 Nf6

3. d4 Nxd5

4. Nf3 g6

5. Bc4 Nb6

6. Bb3 Bg7

7. O-O O-O

8. c3


{Slightly passive but white wants to secure up his center before settling on a plan.


8. h3 Nc6 9. c3 e5 10. Bg5 Qd6 11. dxe5 Qxd1

12. Rxd1 Nxe5 13. Nxe5 Bxe5 14. Nd2 Kg7 15. Nf3 Bd6 16. Re1 f6 17. Be3 Nd7 18.

Nd4 Nc5 19. Nb5 Nxb3 20. axb3 a6 21. Nxd6 cxd6 22. Bf4 d5

Lee,O-Saliba,A/Sao Paulo 2000/EXT 2001/1-0 (26)}


8... Nc6

9. Bf4


{Trying to hold up the E pawn thrust.


9. Bg5 Na5 10. Bc2 f6 11. Bc1 Kh8 12. Re1 e5 13. dxe5 Bg4 14. Qxd8 Raxd8 15. Nbd2 Rfe8 16.

exf6 Bxf6 17. Rxe8+ Rxe8 18. h3 Bf5 19. Bxf5 gxf5 20. Kf1 Nd5 21. Nb3 Nc4 22.

Nbd4 Nd6 23. Ne2 Kg7

Ginzburg,M-Bademian,J/Punta del Este 1999/EXT 2001/1-0 (41)}


9... Bg4

10. Nbd2


{Simply allowing black to launch the E pawn. White should challenge the pin immediately and worry about the queen's knight later when the center has been resolved.


10. h3 Bf5 11. Re1 Re8 12. Nbd2 Na5 13. Bc2 Bxc2 14. Qxc2 Nac4 15. b3 Nxd2 16. Qxd2 Nd5 17. Bh6 Qd6 18. c4 Bxh6 19. Qxh6 Nf6 20. Rad1 a5

21. Ng5 a4 22. c5 Qa6 23. Re5 axb3 24. axb3 Qa3 25. Rde1

Arslanagic,S-Kopinits,A/Cannes 1997/EXT 2000/0-1 (31)


10. h3 Bxf3 11. Qxf3 e6 12. Na3 Nd5

1/2-1/2 Roessler,E-Van Leeuwen,E/Antwerp 1999/EXT 2000 (12)


10. h3 Bxf3 11. Qxf3 Na5 12. Nd2 Nxb3 13. Nxb3 Qd5 14. Qg3 Nc4 15. Rab1 e5 16. dxe5 Bxe5 17. Bxe5 Qxe5 18.

Qxe5 Nxe5 19. Rfe1 Nd3 20. Re7 Rfe8 21. Rxc7 Re2 22. Nd4 Rxb2 23. Rxb2 Nxb2 24.

Rxb7 Nd3

Merk,T-Kreuzahler,M/Schussenried 1992/EXT 97/1-0 (52)}


10... e5

11. Bg5?


{White should simply chop on e5 and have a slightly worse position.

11. dxe5 Nxe5 12. Bxe5 Bxe5 13. h3 Bxf3 14. Nxf3 Qxd1 15. Rfxd1

with chances for both sides.}


11... Qxg5


{Simple and strong.

White's center now collapses.}


12. Nxg5 12... Bxd1

13.Raxd1 exd4

14. cxd4 Nxd4

15. Bxf7+?!


{Trying to get something out of the position, but this simply makes the ending that much easier for black.}


15... Rxf7

16. Nxf7 Kxf7

17. b3


{This achieves little. 17. Ne4 h6 and white must think of a way in which his rooks can get active.}


17... Re8

18. Rfe1 Nd5

19. Ne4 Rxe4


{Exchanging everything off into an awkward ending for white.}


20. Rxe4 Nc3

21. Rdxd4 Bxd4

22. Rf4+ Ke7

23. Kf1 c5

24. a4 h5

25. h3 a5

26. Ke1 b5

27. axb5 Nxb5

28. Kd2 Nd6

29. Kd3 g5

30. Rf3 Nf7

31. Ke4 Ke6

32. Rf5?

{Going down quickly.

32. h4 was white's only chance of opening up some lines. But it should be over for him.}

32... Nd6+

33. 0-1

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