The 4 Nations Chess League
2004 - 2005

[Event "4NCl Div. 4. 2004-2005"]
[Site " Telford , ENG"]
[Date "2005.04.17"]
[Round "8.1"]
[White "Morris, Gareth"]
[Black "Mordue, A."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E94"]
[WhiteElo "2142"]
[BlackElo "2288"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "32"]
[EventDate "2005.04.16"]
[WhiteTeam "Monmouth"]
[BlackTeam "Braillechess Chess Association"]

{E94: King's Indian: Classical}
1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 g6
3. Nc3 Bg7
4. e4 d6
5. Nf3 O-O
6. Be2 e5
7. O-O exd4
8. Nxd4 Re8
9. f3 c6
10. Nc2 Na6
11. Kh1 Be6

{Till now, standard KI stuff. Black wishes to play through the center, activate his bishops and create chances on the white pawn centre.
White is solid but rather unambitiously setup.

11... Nc7 12. Be3 d5 13. exd5 cxd5 14. c5 Nh5
15. Qd2 d4 16. Bxd4 Bf5 17. Ne4 Ne6 18. Rad1 Nxd4 19. Nxd4 Qh4 20. Qe1 Qf4 21.
g3 Qe3 22. Rd3 Qh6 23. Nxf5 gxf5 24. Rd6 Qe3 25. Rd3 Qh6 26. Rd6
Hansen,L-Epishin,V/Warsaw 1990/CBM 17/1/2-1/2 (28)}

12. Bg5

{12. Be3 Nh5 13. g4 Nf6 14. Qd2 h5 15. g5 Nh7 16. f4 Bh3 17. Rg1 Bxc3 18. Qxc3 Rxe4 19. Bd3
Bf5 20. Rae1 c5 21. Rgf1 Qd7 22. Bc1 Rxe1 23. Rxe1 Bxd3 24. Qxd3 Re8 25. Rxe8+
Qxe8 26. a3 Qe6
Palacios,B-Southam,D/Ontario 1993/EXT 98/0-1 (58)}

12... Qa5
13. Qd2 Nd7
14. Bf4 Nb6
15. Ne3 Na4

{Believing that he hadn't achieved very much out of the opening, black seeks exchanges hoping for a slight advantage in the ending. However, he couldn't see very much and resigned himself to a drawish variation.}

16. Ned1

{Defensively played. Weaker is
16. Bxd6 Rad8

(16... Bxc3 17. bxc3 Rad8 18. Rfd1)
(16... Nxc3 17. f4)

17. f4 Bxc3

(17... Nxc3 18. e5
[18. bxc3 Bxc3 19. Qd1 Bxa1]
[18. bxc3 Qxc3 19. Qxc3 Bxc3 20. Rad1])

18. bxc3 Qxc3

or even worse is
16. Qxd6 Nxc3 17. Qd2 Rad8}

16... Nxc3 1/2-1/2

[Event "4NCl Div. 4. 2004-2005"]
[Site " Telford , ENG"]
[Date "2005.04.17"]
[Round "8.2"]
[White "Ross, Chris"]
[Black "Thomas, Joseff"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C61"]
[WhiteElo "2122"]
[BlackElo "2023"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "103"]
[EventDate "2005.04.17"]
[WhiteTeam "Braille Chess Association"]
[BlackTeam "Monmouth"]

{C61: Ruy Lopez: Bird's Defence}
1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. Bb5 Nd4
4. Nxd4 exd4
5. O-O c6
6. Bc4 d5

{Slightly unusual that black allows himself doubled D pawns. Black normally plays it more cautiously with d6 but black is intent on some kind of attack here.}

7. exd5 cxd5
8. Re1+ Be7
9. Bb5+ Kf8

{Willingly giving up the castling right.
This perplexed me for some considerable time.
Black has forfited the right to castle but has big expectations of getting a king-side attack similar to that of the Marshall attack.

I couldn't decide where my pieces belonged here, especially so the king's bishop. Should I retreat with Bf1 and play g2-g3 and Bg2 to attack the D5 pawn? This lets a target for h5-h4 though and the opening up of the H file. Bd3 looks strong but how does the B1 knight get out?
So, should the bishop be kicked and retreat to b3 from where it can also attack d5, but where it is more passively placed.

All ran around and around and eventually, I eneded up with a poor choice.}

10. d3?

{Poor.
The bishop on b5 is exposed to attack without compensation. White is actually lucky not to lose the outstranded piece.

10. c3 Be6 11. cxd4 Qb6 12. Nc3 Qxd4 13. Qf3 Nf6 14. d3 Bd6 15. a3 a6 16.
Be3 Qg4 17. Qxg4 Nxg4 18. Ba4 Bxh2+ 19. Kh1 Be5 20. Bb3 Nxe3 21. fxe3 Bxc3 22.
bxc3 Rd8 23. Rf1 g6 24. e4 Kg7
0-1 Merkulova,I-Nemcova,K/Oropesa del Mar 1999/CBM 72 ext (24)

10. c3 Qb6 11. Qa4 a6 12. Bd3 Be6 13. Na3 Bc5 14. b4 Bd6 15. Bb2 Nf6 16. h3 Nh5 17. cxd4 Qd8
18. Bf1 Bxh3 19. gxh3 Qg5+ 20. Kh1 Qf4 21. Kg2 g5 22. Re5 g4 23. Qd7 Bxe5 24.
dxe5 gxh3+ 25. Qxh3 Rg8+
Peelen,P-Klip,H/NLD 1987/EXT 99/0-1 (29)

10. c3 Qb6 11. Qe2 Be6 12. cxd4 Nh6 13. Bd7 Nf5 14. Bxe6 fxe6 15. Nc3 Nxd4 16. Qd3 Bf6 17. b3 Qa6 18.
Qxa6 bxa6 19. Ba3+ Kf7 20. Rac1 Rac8 21. Kf1 Rc6 22. Red1 Rhc8 23. Bb2 Nb5 24.
Nxb5 axb5
Bashkov,V-Wieczorek,Z/Warsaw 1993/TD/1/2-1/2 (50)}

10... Nf6?!

{black should jump at white's miss-timed moves.
10... Qa5 11. c4 dxc3 12. Nxc3 d4
would lead to very complex complications to which the best man can only come out better.
White would be forced into this variation, which he didn't really want, but allowing the stranded bishop to be so loose, he would be forced into it against his will.}

11. Ba4

{retreating to avoid any of the immediate tactics.}

11... Bg4

{Atttractive, since it forces an undesirable weakness, but by doing this, black forces white to contro the g4 square. This may not be black's wish since the knight may want to land in there at some point.}

12. f3 Be6 #
13. Nd2 Qa5

{Miss-placing the queen.
It gains time on the bishop, but this just drives the bishop to its ideal square, the pressure on the d5 pawn ensures that the B on e6 can't move very far away.
Also, with this pressure on d5, white's long-term plan begins.

White is simply aiming for an end-game where the doubled D pawns will inevitably prove to be weak. Pawn structure is the easiest form of assessing a position and since black's pawn formation is weak, white must aim for the long-term prospectsof the ending. Positionally, white is stood better but the question is to whether he can withhold an attack.}

14. Bb3 Bd6
15. Nf1 h6

{to prevent the bishop from finding an active square on g5.
The dark squares are very important for black now and the restriction of the white dark-squared bishop is vital.
however, this does loose time and allow white to develop with tempi.}

16. Bd2 Qb6
17. Qe2 Nh5

{Trying to get active. the knight is headed for a more active outpost. question is though, to whether it can sustain its position.}

18. Qf2 Nf4
19. Kh1

{essential to avoid any dodgy tactics with Bh3 etc. Also removes the king of the long diagonal preventing Bc5 ideas if white wants to push the C pawn etc.}

19.... Rc8

{Accompanied with a draw offer.
Black is certainly telling the long-term pressure now.
The white pieces are poised ready to spring to exploit those weakened pawns or to be exchanged, which can ony be good for white.

the team were struggling and since I believed to have an advantage, I declined and played on.}

20. Ng3 h5

{Wanting to secure the knight on f4 and to open the H file perhaps.}

21. Ne2 Nxe2
22. Rxe2 h4
23. f4 Rh5

{Passively played.
Black wishes to control the light squares and prevent f4-f5 coming in for white. The tempo-gaining bg4 looks Ok, but with the rook on e1, the bishop is miss-placed and d5 is en prise with h2-h3 dcoming in.
23... h3 24. g3 was black's best try to exploit any weakness in white's camp.}

24. h3 g6

{Played with yet another draw offer!
My opinion of the position hadn't changed, and the match situation wasn't really relevant any more, so I played on for the experience more than anything.}

25. a4 a6?

{After which, I consider black in fgrave difficulties.
25... a5 was black's only move, but the A pawn can become very weak, especially if white wants to chuck in Qe1 at some point.}

26. a5 Qd8

{Giving up a pawn in hope of activity.
Black realised that the retreat to A7 would allow the mirror-rook lift with 27. ra4 when the forward D pawn is looking unprotectable. Black considered himself too passively placed with the queen retreat to a7.}

27. Qxd4 Bc5

{Black's idea. The bishop has found a good diagonal.}

28. Bb4!

{White's star move, after which, black is simply lost.
the pinned bishop ensures exchanges which will lead to an easy ending.}

28... Qd6
29. Bxc5

{Strong, but better was
29. Rxe6! Qxe6
[29... fxe6 30. Qf6+ Ke8 31. Qxg6+ Kd7 32. Bxc5 Qxc5 33. Qxh5 with a clear piece advantage.]
30. Bxc5+ Kg8 31. Bb4
and white has two bishops for the rook and the mopping up of the pawns will be simple enough.}

29... Qxc5
30. Qxc5+ Rxc5
31. d4

{Ok, tactics are now over. Simple positional, end-game play comes into play now. Put the pawns on the opposite colour squares as the bishop, get rooks off, and march the king. Simple.}

31... Rc7
32. Re5

{Gaining tempo on the d5 pawn to force the exchange of rooks, thereby reconnecting my pawns and making a formidable pawn chain.}

32... Rxe5
33. fxe5 Kg7
34. c3 Rc8
35. Ra4!

{The best active square for the white rook is on b6.
White has to be wary of black playing b7-b6 and allowing Rb8/rxb6 with pressure down the B file.

On b6, the white rook holds down the B pawn, controls f6 preventing f7-f6 and the black pieces are simply cramped up.
Simple positional technique.}

35... Bd7
36. Rb4 Bc6
37. Ba4

{Exchanging black's only piece that can offer a defence. The d5 pawn will now also become a target.}

37... Bxa4
38. Rxa4 Kf8
39. Rb4 Rc7
40. Rb6 Ke7
41. Kg1

{Now time for the king to begin his march. The black pawns are begging to be picked off.}

41... Rd7
42. Kf2 Kd8
43. Kf3 Kc7
44. Kg4 Rd8
45. Kxh4 Rh8+
46. Kg5 Rh5+
47. Kf6 Rf5+
48. Ke7 Rf2
49. Rf6

{Securing the advance of the E pawn.
Black can now resign happily enough.}

49... Rxb2
50. Kxf7 Rxg2
51. e6 Re2
52. Rxg6

{Clearing off black's last blockader. Now the H pawn is free to run to cause a distraction, since the E pawn has to be guarded by black's king and rook.
52... Re4 53. h4 Rf4+ 54. Rf6 Rxh4 55. e7 Rh7+ 56.
Ke6 is a possible line.

52... 1-0

[Event "4NCl Div. 4. 2004-2005"]
[Site " Telford , ENG"]
[Date "2005.04.17"]
[Round "8.3"]
[White "Beveridge, Nigel"]
[Black "Burnell, Stephen"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D20"]
[WhiteElo "2014"]
[BlackElo "2015"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "93"]
[EventDate "2005.04.17"]
[WhiteTeam "Monmouth"]
[BlackTeam "Braille Chess Association"]

{D20: Queen's Gambit Accepted}
1. d4 d5
2. c4 dxc4
3. e4 e5
4. Nf3 exd4
5. Qxd4 Qxd4
6. Nxd4 a6

{Slightly passive.
Black wants to prevent the knight from intruding into the black q-side.

6... Bc5 7. Be3 Nf6 8. f3 Nc6 9. Nc2 Bxe3 10. Nxe3 Be6 11. Nd2 O-O-O 12. Bxc4 Bxc4 13. Ndxc4 b5 14. Na3 a6 15. Nac2 Ne5 16.
Ke2 Nd3 17. Rhb1 Nf4+ 18. Ke1 Nd3+ 19. Kf1 Kb7 20. Ne1 c5 21. b3
Tunik,G-Sermek,D/Groningen 1995/CBM 50 ext/1/2-1/2 (47)}

7. Bxc4 Bb4+
8. Nc3 Ne7

{A slightly strange square for the knight in an open position.
Black should get on with complete active development.

8... Nf6 9. O-O O-O 10. e5 Ng4 11. e6 Ne5 12. exf7+ Kh8 13. Ne6 Rxf7
14. Ng5 Rf6 15. Nd5 Rf8 16. Nxc7 Ra7 17. Be6 h6 18. Be3 b6 19. Nd5 Bc5 20. Bxc5
bxc5 21. Bxc8 Rxc8 22. Ne6 Rc6 23. Nef4
Van den Berg,E-Brandenburg,R/Hengelo 2000/EXT 2001/1-0 (59)}

9. O-O O-O
10. Be3 Nbc6

{Black may well think about getting his q-side mobilised by 10... b5 11. Bd3 etc.}

11. Nc2 Ba5
12. f4 b5
13. Be2

{Slightly better than 13. Bb3 Bxc3 14. bxc3 Re8}

13... Rb8
14. Rfd1 Bb6

{Trying to get pieces off in a cramped position. 14... f5 15. e5 doesn't seem any better.}

15. Rac1 Bxe3+
16. Nxe3 Re8

{As the rook does very little here, the immediate challenge of the D file is best.
Black is struggling though for an active plan.
His C pawn is sick and its going to fall off without any compensation.}

17. Bf3 Rd8
18. Rxd8+ Nxd8
19. Ncd5 Nxd5
20. exd5 Nb7

21. Rxc7 Kf8
22. Kf2 Nd6
23. Nc2 Rb7
24. Rc6 Rd7
25. Bg4 Rd8
26. Bxc8 Rxc8

{It doesn't really matter now which way black goes, the pawns are dropping off.
26... Nxc8 27. Nd4 and the knight comes in with the final mopping-up job.}

27. Rxc8+ Nxc8
28. Ke3 Ke7
29. Kd4 Kd6
30. Ne3 Ne7
31. b4

{Its just a matter of time now until black is put into zugzwang.}

31... f5
32. h3 g6
33. g4?!

{33. g3 first waiting a tempo is more accurate.}

33... fxg4
34. hxg4 h6?

{34... h5!
and black's outside passed pawn may distract white enough to allow black to mop up the pawns in the centre and run his king to the queen-side.}

35. f5 gxf5
36. gxf5

{More accurate is 36. Nxf5+
Nxf5+ 37. gxf5 h5}

36... Ng8

{36... h5 37. f6 Ng6 38. Nf5+ Kd7 39. f7}

37. f6

{More accurate is
37. Ng4 Ne7 38. f6 Nxd5 39. f7 going through.}

37... Nxf6
38. Nf5+ Kd7
39. Nxh6 Kd6
40. Nf5+ Kc7
41. Ke5 Nd7+
42. Ke6 Nb6
43. Nd6

{Pushing the pawn immediately is the more accurate path.

43... Kd8

{43... Nc4 44. Nf7 and does not exchange.}

44. Nb7+ Kc7 #
45. Nc5 Nc4
46. Nxa6+ Kb6
47. d6 1-0

[Event "4NCl Div. 4. 2004-2005"]
[Site " Telford , ENG"]
[Date "2005.04.17"]
[Round "8.4"]
[White "Armstrong, William"]
[Black "Waterfield, John"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A46"]
[WhiteElo "1960"]
[BlackElo "2045"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "68"]
[EventDate "2005.04.17"]
[WhiteTeam "Braille Chess Association"]
[BlackTeam "Monmouth"]

{A46 Torre System}
1. d4 Nf6
2. Nf3 c5
3. dxc5 e6
4. g3 Bxc5
5. Bg2 O-O
6. O-O d5
7. Nbd2

{White has set up solidly enough if somewhat passively.
White should now strike out at the centre in order to get an equal balance.

7. c4 Nc6 8. cxd5 exd5 9. Bg5 h6 10. Bxf6 Qxf6 11. Nc3 Be6 12. Nxd5 Qxb2 13. Nc7 Rad8 14. Qc1 Qxc1 15.
Raxc1 b6 16. Nxe6 fxe6 17. e3 Rd6 18. Rfd1 Rfd8 19. Rxd6 Rxd6 20. Kf1 Nb4 21.
a4 Na2
Romanishin,O-Tseshkovsky,V/Minsk 1979/URS-ch/1-0 (41)

7. b3 Nc6 8. Ba3 Qe7 9. Bxc5 Qxc5 10. Ne1 e5 11. Nd3 Qe7 12. c4 Rd8 13. cxd5 Nxd5 14. Bxd5
Rxd5 15. Nc3 Rd8 16. Qc1 Nd4 17. Qb2 Bf5 18. Rfd1 Rd7 19. Ne1 Bg4 20. f3 Be6
21. e3 Nf5
Kujovic,M-Markos,J/Bratislava 2000/EXT 2001/1-0 (44)}

7... Nc6
8. c3

{Again passively played.
c4 has to be played in order to open up the bishop on g2.

8. c4 Qe7 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Nb3 Bb6 11. Nbd4 Re8 12. Be3 Qb4 13. b3 Ng4 14. Bd2 Qe7 15. Bg5 Nf6 16. Rc1 Bd7 17. e3 h6 18.
Bf4 a6 19. Nxc6 Bxc6 20. Be5 Ne4 21. Bd4 Bc7 22. Nh4 Be5
Rakic,T-Kozomara,V/Sombor 1957/MCD/1/2-1/2 (57)}

8... Bd7
9. b4

{Rather ambitiously played. White is wishing to expand the king-side but this makes the c3 pawn pretty pointless. If white is going to open up lines, c4 has to be played.}

9... Bd6
10. a3 a5
11. Bb2 Qe7

{If black wishes to ensure that the bishop on b2 remains a big pawn for some time, he may wish to play 11... b5.
White's bishop has certainly been missplaced, or more accurately, the C pawn has been. White now shdould strive to get c3-c4 in as soon as possible. Black's last has made the b4 pawn vulnerable though.}

12. b5 Ne5
13. a4 Rac8
14. Nxe5 Bxe5
15. Ba3 Bd6
16. Bxd6 Qxd6
17. Rc1 Rc7
18. e4

{White desperately seeks tactics to eleverate pressure on his backward, weakened C pawn.
Also, he strives to open up his bishop on g2.}

18... Rfc8
19. exd5 exd5
20. Ne4

{Exploiting the pin on the d5 pawn.
Now the long diagonal is destined to become open.}

20... Nxe4
21. Bxe4 Rxc3

{Black subcomes meekly to white's probings.
He should attempt to maintain the d5 pawn and not gobble up the backward pawn so quickly.
21... Be6 seems sensible.}

22. Rxc3 Rxc3
23. Qxd5

{Interesting is
23. Bxd5 (threatening Bxf7+ winning the queen) Qc7 24. b6 Qxb6 25. Bxf7+ Kxf7 26. Qxd7+ Kf6 27. Re1 with a strong advantage to wite due to the exposed nature of the black king.}

23... Qxd5
24. Bxd5 b6
25. Rd1 Kf8?

{25... Be8 is best (25.. Rc7? 26. Bc6! explointing the back-rank weakness) and K26... Kf8 is to be advised. Now, black just
gets involved in messy tactics.}

26. Bxf7 Bxb5?!

{26... Bg4 deserves consideration} 27. f3 Bxf3 with an unclear position.}

27. axb5 Kxf7
28. Rd7+ Kf6
29. Rd6+ Kf5
30. Rxb6 Rb3
31. Rb7 Kg6

{31... g5 32. Rxh7 Rxb5 33. h3}

32. b6 a4
33. Ra7 Rxb6
34. Rxa4 h5

{and since it is a book draw, both players agreed the inevitable.}

35. 1/2-1/2

[Event "4NCl Div. 4. 2004-2005"]
[Site " Telford , ENg"]
[Date "2005.04.17"]
[Round "8.5"]
[White "Thomas, Jac"]
[Black "Murphy, Richard"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C00"]
[WhiteElo "1945"]
[BlackElo "1725"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "47"]
[EventDate "2005.04.17"]
[WhiteTeam "Monmouth"]
[BlackTeam "Braillechess Chess Association"]

{C00: Blackmar-Diemer Gambit}
1. e4 e6
2. d4 d5
3. Be3 dxe4
4. Nd2 Nf6
5. f3 exf3
6. Ngxf3 Nbd7
7. Bd3 c5
8. c3 cxd4
9. cxd4 Nd5
10. Qe2 Nxe3

{Giving up the outposted knight unnecessarily quickly.
Simple development is black's best since he will have the ultimate advantage in an ending.

10... Be7 11. O-O Bf6 12. Nc4 O-O 13. Nce5 Nxe3 14. Qxe3 Bxe5 15. Nxe5 Nxe5 16.
Qxe5 Bd7 17. Rf3 Bc6 18. Rh3 g6 19. Re1 Qd5 20. Qg3 Qxd4+ 21. Kf1 Rad8 22. Qg5
Rd5 23. Qe7 Qxb2 24. Re2 Qc1+ 25. Re1
Keeling,G-Punnett,A/St Helier 1999/EXT 2000/0-1 (27)}

11. Qxe3 Be7
12. O-O Nf6

{Again, development should be black's aim here.
The outpost on d5 isn't running away so, getting the queen-side bishop out and the king safe should be his priority.

12... O-O 13. Qe4 g6 14. Nc4 Nf6 15. Qh4 Bd7 16. Nce5 Bc6 17. Nxc6 bxc6
18. Ne5 Nd7 19. Qe4 Nxe5 20. Qxe5 c5 21. Bc4 Bd6 22. Qf6 Qxf6 23. Rxf6 Rab8 24.
d5 Be5 25. Rf3 f5
0-1 Kichinski,R-Seferjan,N/Concord 1995/EXT 2001 (25)}

13. Ne4 Bd7
14. Ne5 h6?

{The point of black's undoing.
Black got paranoid about the g5 square for the knight and then his h7 square becoming weak. Agreed that the black king-side has become rather vulnerable, this illustrates that nf6 and Bd7 have been inaccurate. b6 and Bb7 with the knight on d7 would have guarded the e5 and the g5 squares similtaneously.

The h6 pawn is now a target and the king-side attack is going to be fierce.}

15. Qg3 Nxe4?

{15... O-O was forced. Now, white penetrates with his queen.}

16. Qxg7 Rf8
17. Bxe4

{Strong enough, but more precise is
17. Rxf7 Nd6 18. Rxf8+ Bxf8 19. Bg6+ Nf7 20. Qxf7#}

17... Qb6

{17... Bb5 18. Rxf7
(18. Nxf7 Qc7)
18... Qxd4+ 19. Kh1 Rxf7 20. Qxf7+ Kd8 21. Qxe6}

18. Nxf7

{More accurate is
18. Ng6 Bb5 19. Nxf8 Bxf1 20. Rxf1
(20. Kxf1 Bxf8 21. Qf6 Be7
[21... Qxb2 Taking that pawn is naive 22. Rb1 Qxb1+ 23. Bxb1]
22. Qh8+ Bf8)}

18... Rxf7

{18... Bb5 19. Rf2 Ba6 doesn't help.}

19. Qxf7+

{To hammer the nail home, white should play 19. Rxf7 O-O-O 20. Rxe7}

19... Kd8
20. Qg8+ Be8
21. Bg6 Qxd4+
22. Kh1 Kc7
23. Bxe8 Qxb2
24. Rac1+ 1-0

[Event "4NCL Div. 4. 2004-2005"]
[Site " Telford , ENG"]
[Date "2005.04.17"]
[Round "8.6"]
[White "Irving, Alastair"]
[Black "Lazarus, Sam"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A08"]
[Annotator "Chris Ross"]
[PlyCount "122"]
[EventDate "2005.??.??"]

{A08: King's Indian Attack}
1. e4 e6
2. d3 d5
3. Nd2 c5
4. Ngf3 Nf6
5. g3 Nc6
6. Bg2 Qb6

{A very unusual square for the queen in the KI attack. Black wishes to launch his queen-side pawns and on b6, the queen stands in the way. Also, the b2 pawn isn't under attack and there isn't a pawn on d4 to attack as in the standard French. therefore, the placing of the queen on b6 looks odd.

6... Qc7 7. O-O dxe4 8. dxe4 e5 9. c3 Be7 10. Qc2 O-O 11. Nc4 Be6
12. Ne3 h6 13. Nh4 c4 14. Nef5 Bc5 15. Bd2 Rfd8 16. Qc1 Nh7 17. Be3 Bf8 18. Rd1
h5 19. Nf3 g6 20. N5h4 Be7 21. Rxd8+
Poor,I-Forintos,G/HUN 1993/TD/1/2-1/2 (53)}

7. O-O Be7
8. e5

{Slightly too hasty. White should complete development first before establishing a central wedge.

8. Re1 Bd7 9. e5 Nh5 10. Nf1 g6 11. Ne3 f5 12. exf6 Nxf6 13. Ng5 Rf8 14. Bh3 Nd4 15. c3
Nf5 16. Ng2 O-O-O 17. Nf4 Rde8 18. Nfxe6 Bxe6 19. Nxe6 Rg8 20. d4 Bf8 21. dxc5
Bxc5 22. Nxc5 Qxc5
Recklingloh,F-Vogl,J/Passau 1997/EXT 2001/1-0 (45)}

8... Nd7
9. Re1 O-O

{Black can get aggressive here with 9... g5 and go for a king-side attack.
With the king relatively safe, but he would have to consider how to get the queen-side pieces into the attack.}

10. h 4Bd8
11. g4?

{Far too ambitious.
The wedge on e5 has to be maintained, otherwise white's whole game-plan is floored.
11. Nb3 is best with Bf4 in the offing to protect the e5 pawn.}

11... Bc7
12. c4

{White should now just go for it since the E5 pawn is dropping.
12. g5 Ndxe5 13. h5 Nxf3+ 14. Nxf3 e5 with advantage to black but white has attacking possibilities.}

12... d4

12... Ndxe5 13. Nxe5 Nxe5 seems simpler.}

13. g5 Ncxe5
14. Nxe5 Nxe5
15. Be4

{Aiming for the king-side. But black has more than enough to fend off the attack.}

15... f5
16. gxf6 Rxf6
17. Qh5 g6
18. Qg5
Nd7
19. h5 Bf4
20. Qg2 Ne5
21. Nf3 Nxf3+
22. Bxf3 Bxc1
23. Raxc1 Qxb2
24. Bd5?

{Desperately trying to get something for his inferior position. White should just cling and prayer although its a useless cause.}

24... Qxa2

{24... exd5 25. Re8+ Rf8 26. Rce1 Rxe8 27. Rxe8+ Kf7 28. Re1 is simple.}

25. Re5

{White persists in offering material for a feable attack.}

25... Qd2

{25... exd5 26. Rce1 Bg4 27. Qxd5+ Kh8 28. Qg2 is just as easy.}

26. Rce1 Qxd3

{Black is passed pawns up, so, why not chuck them. 26... a5}

27. Bxe6+

{White could have put up more resistance with 27. Rxe6 Rxe6 28. Rxe6 Bxe6 29. Bxe6+ Kg7 30. Qxb7+ Kf6 31. Qxa8 Kxe6 32. Qc6+ Kf5 33. Qxc5+ Kf6 34. Qd6+ Kg5 35. hxg6 hxg6 36. Qd5+ Qf5 37. f4+ Kg4 38. Qxd4 Qxf4 39. Qxa7 Qxc4 40. Qd7+ Kg5 41. Qe7+ Kh6 42. Qe5}

27... Bxe6
28. Rxe6 Rxe6
29. Rxe6 Qd1+
30. Kh2 Qxh5+
31. Kg1 g5

{Much easier is 31... Rf8 32. Qg3 Rxf2 33. Kxf2 Qf5+ 34. Kg2 Qxe6 35. Qb8+ Kg7 36. Qxb7+ Kh6 37. Qb8 Qxc4 38. Qh2+ Kg7 39. Qe5+ Kf7 40. Qc7+ Kf6 41. Qxh7 Qe2+ 42. Kg3}

32. Qxb7 Rf8

{Now black should simplify.
32... Qg4+ 33. Kf1 Qh3+ 34. Kg1 Qxe6 35. Qxa8+ Kf7 36.
Qxa7+ Qe7 37. Qb6}

33. Re7

{No better is 33. Qd5 Qf7
34. Qxg5+ Kh8 35. Qe5+ Qg7+ 36. Qxg7+ Kxg7 37. Rc6}

33... a5??

{Black incredibly blunders the game away!
The pushing of the pawn is not important but the off-side nature of the black queen is.
33... Qg4+ 34. Kf1 Qf5 35. Qd5+ Qxd5 36. cxd5 Rd8
has to be the way to continue to relocate the queen into the game. Now, the exposed black king, white having the tempo of the move and the off-side nature of the queen proves to be his demise.}

34. Qd5+ Rf7
35. Re8+ Kg7
36. Qe5+ Rf6
37. Qe7+?

{White misses his win!
37. Re7+ and black can't avoid 37.. Qf7 38. Rxf7+ Kxf7 39. Qxc5 and white mops up the pawns.
37... Kg6 38. qe4+ Rf5
(38... Kh6 39. Qxh7#)
39. Re6+ and the pinned rook drops off.}

37... Qf7
38. Qe5 Kh6?

{there were better ways to keep advantage.
38... Qg6 39. Re7+ Kg8 40. Re8+ Rf8 41. Rxf8+ Kxf8 42. Qxc5+ Kf7 43. Qc7+ Kf6 44. Qd6+ Kf5
45. Qd5+ Kf4 46. Qxd4+ Qe4 47. Qd6+ Kf5}

39. Re7 Qg6

{Black had to get desperate with 39... Rxf2 40.
Rxf7 Rxf7 41. Qxc5 Rf4 although white will mop up the pawns.}

40. Qxc5?

{Again, white misses an easy win!
40. Qh2+! Qh5 41. Rxh7+ Kxh7 42. Qxh5+ Kg7 43. Qe8 and black can resign.}

40... Re6

{40... Qb1+ and the rest is a matter of technique 41. Kg2 Qb2 42. Rxh7+ Kxh7 43. Qe7+ Kg6 44. Qe8+ Kf5 45. Qd7+ Kf4}

41. Rxe6 Qxe6
42. Qxd4 Qa6
43. Qd3 a4

44. Qh3 Kg6
45. Qd3+ Kg7
46. Qd7+ Kf6
47. Qd4+ Ke7
48. Qe5+

{White can continue to harrass the black king with
48. Qg7+ Ke8 49. Qg8+ Kd7 50. Qf7+ Kc8 51. Qe8+ Kc7 52. Qf7+ Kb8 53. Qe8+ Qc8 54. Qxa4 Qg4+ 55. Kf1 Qh3+ 56. Ke2 Qe6+ 57. Kf3 h6}

48... Kd7

{More accurate is 48... Qe6 49. Qxg5+ Kd7 50. Qb5+ Qc6 51. Qf5+ Ke8 52. Qe5+ Kf7 53. Qf4+ Qf6 54. Qc7+ Qe7 55. Qf4+ Kg6}

49. Qg7+ Kc8
50. Qg8+ Kb7
51. Qxh7+ Kb8
52. Qg8+ Qc8
53. Qxg5

{White's even trying to win this now!
Caution should kick in though with the A pawn so far advanced.
53. Qd5 and white can hope to continue the perpectual or to pick up the A pawn.}

53... Qxc4
54.
Qa5 Kb7
55. Kg2

{With the removal of the C pawn, white's chances of perpectuals are greatly reduced.}

55... Kc6
56. Kg3 Qb5
57. Qa8+ Kc5
58. Qf8+ Kc4
59. Qf4+ Kb3
60. Qe3+ Kc2
61. Qe4+

{Allowing a cross-check and resulting in a lost K & P ending. Chances of stopping the advanced A pawn are non-existant now in any case with the black king so far advanced and the white F pawn still at home.}

61... Qd3+
62. 0-1

 


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