The 4 Nations Chess League
2004 - 2005

[Event "4NCL Div. 4. 2004-2005"]
[Site " Telford, ENG"]
[Date "2005.04.16"]
[Round "7.1"]
[White "Mordue, A Tyson"]
[Black "Heard, AH."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C05"]
[WhiteElo "2294"]
[BlackElo "1980"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "35"]
[EventDate "2005.04.16"]
[WhiteTeam "Braille Chess Association"]
[BlackTeam "S. County Stars 2."]

{C05: French Tarrasch}
1. e4 e6
2. d4 d5
3. Nd2 Nf6
4. Bd3 Be7
5. e5 Nfd7
6. c3 c5
7. Ne2 Nc6
8. Nf3 cxd4
9. cxd4 Nb4?!

{Not achieving very much. Unless black actually wins the bishop pair, the wander with the knight is just utterly pointless. he should castle or develop his queen-side somehow. Greek Gifts on h7 ae to be protected agasint at all times.

9... Nb6 10. O-O Nb4 11. Bb1 a5 12. a3 Nc6 13. Bd3 a4 14. Be3
Bd7 15. Qc2 g6 16. Bh6 Na5 17. Nd2 Rc8 18. Qb1 Nbc4 19. b4 Nxd2 20. Bxd2 Nb3
21. Ra2 b5 22. Bh6 Bg5 23. Bxg5 Qxg5 24. f4 Qh6
Caro,J-Ibarra Chami,L/Matinhos 1999/EXT 2001/0-1 (44

9.. Nb6 10. h4h6 11. a3 Bd7 12. b3 a5 13. Bb2 a4 14. b4 Na7 15. Nc3 Rc8 16. Nd2 O-O 17. g3 f5 18. Qe2 Be8 19.
Rc1 Bg6 20. f4 h5
1/2-1/2 Pirrot,D-Bischoff,K/Dudweiler 1996/CBM 55 ext (20)}

10. Bb1 f6

{Ambitious and trying to break out when he isn't completely developed.
Black had to justify kicking the bishop away. therefore, the freeing up of the b5 square allows him to push his B pawn.

10... b5 11. O-O Nb6 12. Nf4 a5 13. Nh5 g6 14. Nf6+ Bxf6 15.
exf6 Qxf6 16. Bg5 Qg7 17. a3 h6 18. Bf4 Nc6 19. Qc1 Bd7 20. Re1 g5 21. Bc7 Nc8
22. Bd3 Ra7 23. Bg3 O-O 24. h4 Nxd4 25. hxg5
Repkova Eid,E-Ruckschloss,K/SVK-chT 1994/TD/1-0 (40)}

11. exf6 Nxf6
12. O-O Bd7
13. Nf4 Rc8
14. Ng5!

{As white is fuly developed, he throws his pieces into the attack to exploit the uncastled black king.
The white squares are devastatingly weak. The backward E pawn and the h7 pawn are now all under attack.}

14... Rc6

{14... Qb6 would be more stubborn and give the black king the d8 square to run to.}

15. Re1

{Strictly speaking, more accurate was 15. Bxh7 Rxh7 16. Nxh7 Qb6 17. Nxf6+ Bxf6 winning easily.}

15... Qc8
16. Bd2

{16. a3 Nc2 17. Bxc2 Rxc2 18. Nfxe6 Bxe6 19. Nxe6 (19. Rxe6 $6 h6 20. Nf3 Ne4 is weaker) and white can cruise home.}

16... Na6

{Missing the chance to get out of immediate troubles.
16... O-O with still the worse, but not immediately losing, game.}

17. Bd3

{Again, playing with blackbefore stamping him out.
17. Bxh7 Nxh7 18. Qh5+ Kd8 19. Nf7+ Kc7 20. Nxh8 Qxh8 making life easy.}

17... Nc7

{Black can still cling with 17... g6 18. Bb5 Rb6 although the result should be unaltered.}

18. Bxh7

{Finally driving the nail home. Black resigned without further to do.}

18... 1-0

[Event "4NCL Div. 4. 2004-2005"]
[Site " Telford, ENG"]
[Date "2005.04.16"]
[Round "7.2"]
[White "Jimenez, Miguel"]
[Black "Ross, Chris"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B42"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "50"]
[EventDate "2005.04.16"]
[WhiteTeam "S. County Stars 2."]
[BlackTeam "Braillechess Chess Association"]

{B42: Sicilian: Kan Variation}
1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 e6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 a6
5. Bd3 Bc5
6. c3

{unusual. Usual is the retreat to B3, forcing either 6... Be7 (normal) or the slightly more aggressive 6... ba7. 6. Be3? is not good due to 6... Qb6 with a big advantage to black.}

6... Nc6

{Aiming for immediate pressure on the center.
Black's question is to whether the c2-c3 pawn push could be a waste of time, especially so if white has to subcome to c3-c4 eventually.

6... d6 7. Nd2 Nf6 8. N2b3 Ba7 9. Bg5 h6 10. Bh4 e5 11. Nc2 Be6 12. Qe2 Nbd7 13. Bc4 Qc7 14. Bxe6 fxe6 15. O-O-O O-O 16. Kb1 b5 17. f3 Nb6 18. Bf2 Rfc8 19. g4 Nc4 20. Bxa7 Rxa7 21. g5
Timman,J-Piket,J/Amsterdam 1995/CBM 50/1-0 (82)}

7. Nxc6

{An admission in itself.
White's dominating knight has given itself up and strengthened black's grip on the center.

7. Be3 Be7 8. Nd2 Qc7 9. O-O d6 10. f4 Nf6 11. Kh1 Bd7 12. Qe2 O-O 13. Rae1 Rae8 14. Qf3 e5 15.
Nf5 Bxf5 16. exf5 d5 17. Qh3 e4 18. Be2 d4 19. Bxd4 Nxd4 20. cxd4 Qc2 21. Qc3 Rc8
Bosch,J-Brenninkmeijer,J/NED 2000/CBM 74 ext/1/2-1/2 (28)}

7... bxc6
8. O-O

{To make any kind of sense of the exchange on c6, white has to strive to cramp black down with e4-e5. Without this push, white's game is extremely difficult.
Black must then make the decision to challenge the e5 pawn, but with d7-d6 or f7-f6. Both should lead to the bishop pair becoming open towards the white king-side although the C6 pawn may well become weak. Nevertheless, white is not without his trumps and has the bishop pair directed towards the black king too. A double-edged game should result.}

8... e5

{taking immediate control of the center and blockading white's active bishop. Black now always has the threat of d7-d5 looming over white.

8... Ne7 9. Qe2 e5 10. Nd2 O-O 11. b4 Bb6 12. Nb3 Ng6 13. c4 d6
14. c5 dxc5 15. bxc5 Bc7 16. Bc4 a5 17. a4 Rb8 18. Rd1 Qe7 19. Bd2 Nf4 20. Qe3
Be6 21. Bxe6 Qxe6 22. Rab1 Qc4 23. Nxa5
Glauser,H-Huebner,R/Paignton 1970/EXT 99/0-1 (35)}

9. Nd2 d6
10. Qe2 Ne7

{Slightly more accurate than 10... Nf6.
The knight is ready to support a f7-f5 thrust and is also prepared to jump into g6 to pressure the white king-side. The knight is also prevented from being pinned with a future Bc1-Bg5 by white.
Black need not rush here. He has a clear positional advantage and can play it slowly since white isn't doing very much.}

11. Rd1?!

{White targets the backward d6 pawn as a vulnerable point.
Although in theory, this is a sound enough plan, there simply isn't enough time for white to go about this plan. There are too many pieces between the tactics on d6 and e5 for white and the time spent in building up a king-side attack for black.
henceforth, the A1 rook belonged on d1 and not the f1 rook.}

11... O-O
12. Bc2 a5

{to secure the B on c5 and to allow ba6 if a knight decides to land on c4, giving white tactical problems to solve if he is wishing to get Bc1-Be3 in.}

13. b3?

{Initiating a poor plan.
White should strive for Bc1-Be3 at all costs. Even if this means going passive with Nf1 then, sobeit.
The bishop on b2 leads to white's immediate fall. The bishopon b2 contributes nothing towards the game and is therefore a poorly-placed piece.}

13... Qc7

{maybe not needed, but removing the queen off the D file to avoid Nc4/Nxe5 tactics.}

14. Bb2?

{Completely miss-placing the bishop. The bishop should have challenged black's best piece, the one on c5, which now neatly wins the game for black.}

14... Ng6

{Securing a winning advantage for black.
Post-match analysis couldn't find a good move for white to refute black's plan or future play.}

15. g3

{Preventing the knight's entrance into f4, which would have been very strong.
But now a fresh weakness has been created and the black squares weakened even further. The f2 pawn is looking more sick as playgoes on.

White hasn't got a good move here.
15. Nf3 allows 15... Bg4! which leads to a won game and Nf1 allows Nf4 with devastating effect. Fundamentally, white is now lost.}

15.... Ne7!

{Neatly retreating to the original plan of f7-f5.
Now a fresh weakness has been created, f7-f5-f4 is going to be even stronger than before.
The knight had no future on g6, so it simply retreats. White isn't doing anything in the mean time, so black can more than aford the tempi lost.}

16. c4 f5
17. exf5 Bxf5

{removing the last piece of the back rank and illiminating white's only decent piece.
The white squares around the white king are going to look very scary now.
17... Nxf5 may allow a defense by white with 18. Be4 followed by Bg2 and he can hope to live on. With the exchange, white's path down the long road to distruction continues.}

18. Bxf5 Nxf5
19. Nf3

{To prevent the knight from landing on d4 with immediate effect.
19. Ne4 nd4! and white can resign.}

19... Qf7

{exploiting all the weakened white squares and bringing the queen into the king-side attack.}

20. Rf1?

{Losing outright.
20. Kg2 was the ony move, when black would play 20... Qg6 with the huge threat of 21... e5-e4 to which there isn't really any good reply.}

20... Nxg3

{Destroying white's defenses.
After this, white can happily resign. the pin on the f2 pawn always means black is winning material.}

21. hxg3 Qxf3
22. Rae1

{Persistantly missing the pinned f2 pawn.}

22... Qxg3+
23. Kh1 Rxf2

{To ensure mate, black could play 23... Qh3+ 24. Kg1 Rf4 25. Qe4 Raf8 26. Bd4 Rg4+ 27.
Qxg4 Qxg4+ 28. Kh1 Rf6 29. Bxe5 dxe5 30. Rxe5 Rh6+ 31. Rh5 Rxh5#}

24. Rxf2 Bxf2
25. Rf1 Qh3# 0-1

[Event "4NCL Div. 4. 2004-2005"]
[Site " Telford, ENG"]
[Date "2005.04.16"]
[Round "7.3"]
[White "Burnell, S."]
[Black "Lutton, A."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E10"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "83"]
[EventDate "2005.04.16"]
[WhiteTeam "Braille Chess Association"]
[BlackTeam "S. County Stars 2."]

{E10: Bogo-Indian}
1. d4 e6
2. c4 Nf6
3. Nf3 c6
4. Nc3 Bb4
5. a3 Bxc3+
6. bxc3 d6
7. Bg5 Nbd7

{Black could play this in classical fashion.

7... h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Bg3 Ne4 10. Qc2 f5 11. e3 Nd7
12. Bd3 Ndf6 13. Nd2 Nxg3 14. hxg3 Qc7 15. e4 fxe4 16. Nxe4 Nxe4 17. Bxe4 Qg7
18. Bg6+ Ke7 19. O-O-O Bd7 20. Rhe1 a6 21. f4 Raf8 22. Bf5
Mager,T-Assmann,H/Strelasund 1998/EXT 2001/1/2-1/2 (35)}

8. Qc2 Qc7
9. e4 e5
10. Bd3 h6
11. Bh4

{Interesting would be
11. Bxf6 Nxf6 12. c5 dxc5 13. Nxe5 Be6
with a big centre for white.}

11... O-O
12. O-O Nh5
13. Rfd1 f6

{Aesthetically, not very nice at all. Black is simply wishing to blockade the dark squares and make the bishop on h4 look a pawn.}

14. Bg3

{Meakly retreating. a4 has to be white's idea with pressure on the q-side.}

14... Nxg3
15. hxg3 g5

{Not very nice.
15... c5
with an attempt to dominate the dark squares and make the bishop on d3 a glorified pawn must be black's play.}

16. Qe2 Rf7
17. Nh2 Nf8
18. Qh5 Rh7
19. Rab1 c5

{White did not have to worry about his D pawn. The weak pawn on d4 would only be a target.
Bringing his knight back into the game must be his immediate plan.
20. Ng4 Kg7 21. Ne3 is best.}

20... Qf7

{The exchange of queen's will only help black to wriggle out of his cramped position.}

21. Be2 Qxh5
22. Bxh5 Re7

{22... f5is better since it will rid black of the backward F pawn and open up his bishop to his advantage. Now, white can force off the bishops which proves better for him.}

23. Bg4 Nd7
24. Be6+ Kg7
25. Ng4 Nb6
26. Bxc8 Rxc8
27. Ne3 Kg6
28. g4

{Trying to clamp black. White should bring his king into the centre to the d3 square as soon as possible though and try and gang up on the H file soonest.}

28... Rh8
29. g3 Reh7
30. Kg2 h5
31. gxh5+ Kxh5
32. Rh1+ Kg6
33. Rxh7 Rxh7
34. Ra1

{Trying to force the pawn forward to create weaknesses. Black can blockade all of this easily enough.}

34... Nc8
35. a4 Ne7
36. g4 Rh8
37. a5 Rb8
38. Rb1 Kg7
39. Kg3 Kf8
40. Rh1 Kg7
41. Nc2 Ng6
42. Ne3 1/2-1/2

[Event "4NCL 2004-2005"]
[Site " Telford, ENG"]
[Date "2005.04.16"]
[Round "7.4"]
[White "Sandham, David"]
[Black "Armstrong, William"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A45"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "80"]
[EventDate "2005.04.16"]
[WhiteTeam "S. County Stars 2."]
[BlackTeam "Braillechess Chess Association"]

{A45: Trompowsky Attack}
1. d4 Nf6
2. Bg5 g6
3. Bxf6 exf6
4. e4 Bg7
5. Bc4 d6
6. Ne2 O-O
7. O-O f5
8. exf5 Bxf5
9. Ng3 Be6

{Wishing to rid himself of white's strongest piece.
Black may wish to keep his bishop though since f2-f4-f5 pushes are in the offing for white.

9... Bd7 10. c3 b5 11. Bb3 c5 12. dxc5 dxc5 13. Nd2 c4 14. Bc2 Nc6 15. Nde4 Ne5 16. Nc5 Bc6 17. Qxd8 Rfxd8
18. Rad1 a5 19. h3 Bf8 20. Nge4 Nd3 21. Nxd3 cxd3 22. Rxd3 Rxd3 23. Bxd3 Rd8
24. Bb1
Castagnetta,G-Kuhn,H/Caorle 1982/EXT 2000/1/2-1/2 (57)}

10. d5

Not necessary and weakening white's position. 10. Bxe6 fxe6 11. c3 Nc6 is solid and white can hope for a slight pull.}

10... Bd7

{White can steal the material without too much worry, since the pawn on f7 can eventually be rounded up after c7-c6 and d6-d5 kicking the bishop's protection away.
10... Bxb2 11. dxe6 Bxa1 12. exf7+ Kh8 is simply winning for black.}

11. Nc3 f5
12. f4

{maybe f3 is enough to prevent the black F pawn from marching onwards. f3 would give white the e4 square if black were to push on to f4. With f4, the f4 square has now been taken away when Ng3/Ne2/Nf4/Ne6 is a possible plan.}

12... a6
13. a4 Bc8
14. Nge2 Qf6
15. Qd2 Nd7
16. Rad1 Re8
17. Nd4 Qxd4+

{Giving up his more active pieces in the belief that the open E file and the ending are slightly better for him. The light squared bishop isn't doing much after all.}

18. Qxd4 Bxd4+
19. Rxd4 Nf6
20. h3 Bd7
21. Bd3 Rad8

{Freeing up the back rank to allow Bc8. Doubling up on the e file is his plan though.}

22. Rb4 Bc8
23. Kf2 Re7
24. Re1 Rde8
25. Rxe7 Rxe7
26. Rc4 b6
27. b4 Bb7
28. Rd4 Ne8

{Trying to reroute the knight. Black soon realises that the knight is in fact best on f6 and soon plays it back.}

29. b5

Trying for some kind of advantage, but this only puts another pawn on a light square and weakens the c5 square unnecessarily.
29. g4 Ng7 would justify Ne8.}

29... a5
30. Ne2 Nf6
31. c4 Nd7
32. Bc2 Nc5
33. Rd2 Kg7
34. Nd4 Kf6
35. Re2 Rxe2+
36. Kxe2 h6
37. Kf3 Bc8
38. h4 h5

{Sealing up the position and effectively agreeing to the draw. Black saw no good way to push through his slight positional advantage.
There are no pawn breaks and the game dwindles away now.}

39. g3 Bd7
40. Ke3 Nb7 1/2-1/2

[Event "4NCL Div. 4. 2004-2005"]
[Site " Telford, ENG"]
[Date "2005.04.16"]
[Round "7.5"]
[White "Murphy, R."]
[Black "Hardy-Wallace, D."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B33"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "104"]
[EventDate "2005.04.16"]
[WhiteTeam "Braille Chess Association"]
[BlackTeam "S. County Stars 2."]

{B33: Sicilian: Sveshnikov}
1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Nf6
5. Nc3 e5
6. Ndb5 d6
7. Bg5 a6

{Playing the main line. If black wanted to play an off-beat line, he could develop as:

7... Be7 8. Qd2 a6 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Na3 b5 11. Nd5 Be6 12. c4 b4 13. Nxb4 Nxb4 14. Qxb4 d5 15. Qa4+ Bd7
16. Qc2 Qa5+ 17. Ke2 Bxa3 18. bxa3 dxc4 19. Qc1 c3 20. Kf3 f5 21. Bd3 fxe4+ 22.
Prieto Perez,R-Busto Escayo,S/Gijon 2000/EXT 2001/0-1 (30)}

8. Bxf6 Qxf6??

{A horrible blunder. Not good at all. This just allows the fork and throws the game away on move 8.

Taking on f6 with the pawn is simply the only move. White can be ambitious as in the below example or he can simply retreat to a3, reroute to e3 and play normal main line stuff.

8... gxf6 9. Qh5 axb5 10. Bxb5 Be6 11. a4 Ke7 12. O-O-O Nb4 13. Kb1 Rg8 14. g3 Bg4 15. Qxh7 Bxd1 16. Rxd1 Bg7 17. h4 Qc7 18. h5 Rh8 19. Qf5 Rad8 20. g4 Bh6 21. Qf3 Bg5 22. Qe2 Rc8 23. Rf1
Rudj,S-Cherniaev,A/ Moscow 1995/CBM 50 ext/0-1 (41)}

9. Nd5

{The immediate win of material is simple and best. 9. Nc7+ Kd8 10. Nxa8 Be6 and black can resign.}

9... Qg6
10. Nbc7+ Kd8
11. Nxa8 Qxe4+ 12. Ne3 Qb4+
13. Qd2

{White is materila up, so, he might as well keep the queens on and attack. 13. c3 Qxb2 14. Rc1 Qa3 and then the knight can pop back out if he wishes.}

13... Qxb2
14. Rd1 Be6
15. Bc4 Be7
16. O-O

16. Bd5 is slightly better but anything will do here.}

16... Qa3
17. Nb6

{Getting the knight back out.}

17... Qc5
18. Rb1 Rf8
19. Nbd5 Bc8
20. Nxe7 Nxe7
21. Rfd1 Kc7
22. Nd5+ Nxd5
23. Qxd5

{23. Bxd5 is more attackin but white is simply wishing to simplify and win the ending.}

23... b5
24. Qxc5+ dxc5
25. Bd3 f5
26. c3 Be6
27. a3 e4
28. Be2 f4
29. Bf1 Kc6
30. Rb2 Bg4
31. f3

{White has made it incredibly difficult for himself. He has given black play when all of this was unecessary.
However, as it were, the team only needed the draw and white is a rook up!}

31... exf3
32. gxf3 Bxf3
33. Bg2 Bxg2
34. Kxg2 Rf6

{34... Re8 35. Rbd2
Re3 36. Rd6+ Kc7 37. Rd7+ Kb6 38. R1d6+ Ka5 39. Ra7}

35. Rbd2

{35. Kf3 is even better blockading the pawn and preparing to round it up. 35... g5 36. h4 gxh4 and Rh1 and black is gone.}

35... g5
36. Rd7 h6
37. Ra7

{Driving the black king to where it wants to go.
White plays some weak moves now.}

37... Kb6
38. Rg7 Ka5
39. Rgd7 Ka4
40. R7d6 Rxd6
41. Rxd6 a5
42. Rxh6 Kxa3
43. Rc6 c4
44. Rc5 Ka4

{44... Kb2 hoping against hope 45. Rxb5+ Kxc3 46.
Rxa5 g4 and its all over.}

45. Rxg5 b4
46. cxb4 axb4
47. h4

{47. Rc5 secures victory 47... Kb3 48. h4 and white goes home first.}

47... b3
48. h5

{White makes it so difficult for himself.
48. Rc5 Kb4 49. Rc8 c3 and he still maintains good winning chances.}

48... b2

{More accurate was 48... c3 49. h6 c2 50. h7}

49. Rg8 b1=Q

{Reaching the queen ending.
49... c3 50. Ra8+ Kb5 51. Rb8+ Ka5 is white's best.}

50. Ra8+ Kb3
51. Rb8+ Kc2
52. Rxb1 Kxb1

{And the players agreed a draw since after the queening, white can play Qh1 to get the queens off and the king gets to the f4 pawn first.}

53. 1/2-1/2

[Event "4NCL"]
[Site " Worcester"]
[Date "2005.04.16"]
[Round "7.6"]
[White "Clark, Shaun"]
c[Black "Irving, Alastair"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B20"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "46"]
[EventDate "2005.04.16"]
[WhiteTeam "S. County Stars 2."]
[BlackTeam "Braillechess Chess Association"]

{B20: Sicilian}
1. e4 c5
2. Bc4 Nc6
3. c3 Nf6
4. d3 e6

{Black has beenfaced with a slightly unusual variation of the sicilian. Its almost a C3 variation, but white has allowed black to gain immediate equality. Black should therefore strive for activity.

4... d5 5. exd5 Nxd5 6. Nf3 e6 7. O-O Be7 8. Re1 O-O 9. a3 b6 10. Nbd2 Bb7
11. Ne4 Qc7 12. b4 cxb4 13. axb4 Rad8 14. Qb3 a5 15. b5 Ne5 16. Nxe5 Qxe5 17.
d4 Qc7 18. Bf1 Nf6 19. Ng3
Vokac,M-Firt,S/Opava 2000/CBM 76 ext/1-0 (71)}

5. Bg5

{Bc4 and Bg5 just don't go together in this variation.
White has mixed up his systems somewhat and black shouldn't have any problems in neutralising any advantage he initially had.

5. Qe2 d6 6. Nf3 a6 7. Bb3 Be7 8. O-O b5 9. Rd1 Qc7 10. Bg5 h6
11. Bh4 g5 12. Bg3 e5 13. a4 Rb8 14. axb5 axb5 15. Nbd2 Be6 16. Bxe6 fxe6 17.
Ne1 Kf7 18. Nf1 Qb7 19. Ne3 Rbg8 20. f3 Nh5
Vokac,M-Jirovsky,P/Pardubice 1997/CBM 59 ext/1-0 (60)

5. Qe2 d6 6. f4 Be7 7. Nf3 O-O 8. O-O Na5 9. Bb5 a6 10. Ba4 b5 11. Bc2 Bb7 12. Nbd2 Rc8 13. Ng5 Nd7 14. Ndf3 e5
15. f5 Qc7 16. b3 Rce8 17. c4 Nc6 18. Bd2 Nf6 19. Kh1 Bd8
Paulovic,M-Zaruba,A/CZE 1997/EXT 98/0-1 (59)

5. Be3 d5 6. exd5 exd5 7. Bb5
Bd7 8. Nf3 Bd6 9. O-O O-O 10. h3 a6 11. Ba4 Qc7 12. Nbd2 b5 13. Bc2 h6 14. Re1
Rfe8 15. Nf1 Re7 16. Qd2 Rae8 17. a3 Bf5 18. Nh4 Bh7 19. Nf3 Ne5
Salvadori,P-Musumeci,V/Cremona 1992/EXT 99/0-1 (43)}

5... Be7
6. Nf3 O-O
7. Na3 d5
8. exd5 exd5
9. Bb3 Re8
10. O-O a6

{Establishing a firm grip on the light squares.
Black has developed well, methodically and stands much better due to the weakened d3 pawn.

11. Nc2 b5

{Although this belongs in black's plans, 11.... Bg4 just to be annoying should be black's idea, thereby connecting the heavy pieces.}

12. c4 d4

{12... bxc4 first to create a passed pawn may well be black's best try.}

13. cxb5 axb5
14. Rc1

{14. a4 first may prove to be white's correct path. Black would have to ignore it and put the pin on with Bg4 and try going through that way.}

14... Qb6
15. Re1 Bf5

{Although a sound enough diagonal, pressuring white with the pin has to be preferred, when white will eventually have to push the bishop away with h3 and g4.}

16. Ne5 Nxe5
17. Rxe5 Bd7

{Having gained the diagonal, black shouldn't be so willing to give it up.
17... Bg6 or 17... Bg4 18. Qe1 Qd8 19. f3 with a complicated game.}

18. Ne1

{More ambitious is 18. Qf3 Bf8 19. Ree1}

18... Rec8??

{Black just blunders badlly. he misses the chance to complicate matters in his favour. The rook on e5 is somewhat loose and the knight on e1 a bit silly. So, black needs to pressure the white pieces to attempt to prove their poor placement.
18... Bg4 19. Nf3 Bf8 20. Rxe8 Rxe8 (20... Nxe8 21. Bxf7+ Kxf7 22. Ne5+ Kg8 23. Qxg 4[23. Nxg4 Qe6])}

19. Rxe7 Be8
20. Qe2 Nd7
21. Qf3 Qg6
22. Bf4 Nf6
23. Qg3

{With material up, white just wishes to simplify.}

23... Qh5

{And without further to do, black resigned.}

24. 1-0

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