Chris Ross annotates his games from the I.B.C.A. World Individual Championship for us.

He welcomes any comments on his annotations or games.
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[Event "i.B.C.A. World Individual Championship"]

[Site "Istanbul, TUR"]

[Date "2002.11.21"]

[Round "1"]

[White "Torres, Chris"]

[Black "Ross, C."]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A08"]

[WhiteElo "1800"]

[BlackElo "2101"]

[Annotator "Ross,Chris &McDonald, Neil"]

[PlyCount "78"]

[EventDate "2002.11.21"]

[WhiteTeamCountry "COL"]

[BlackTeamCountry "ENG"]

1. e4 c5

2. Nf3 e6

3. d3 Nc6

4. g3 d5

5. Nbd2 Bd6

6. Bg2 Nge7

7. O-O O-O

8. Re1 b5

9. Nf1 a5

10. h4 d4

{I've played this before actually, but Neil Mcdonald, who accompanied us, reckoned this to be too committal. Maybe, for this does give the e4 square to white.

I should stress from now on that I'm not going to give all of Neil's post-mortum ideas, for it would take up a hundred pages! I'll only give the most important}

11. e5 Bc7

12. Bg5

{12. N1h2 Ba6 13. Ng5 c4}

12... Rb8

13. N1h2 h6

14. Bf4

{14. Ng4 hxg5 15. Nxg5 Nd5 16. Nf6+ gxf6 is good for black.}

14... Ng6

15. Qd2 Nxf4

16. Qxf4 f5

{After which, black is just about in a winning position. I would normaly win this 9 times out of ten}

17. h5 Ne7

18. Nh4

{18. Qh4}

18... Bb7

19. Qd2 Bxg2

20. Nxg2 Nd5

21. Nf4 Nxf4

22. Qxf4 Qd5

23. Nf3 Rf7

24. Nh4 Bd8

25. a3

{25 Nf3 is white's only option if he doesn't want to land himself in an utterly lost position. Now, I just finnish white off quickly enough}


26. Qd2 Bxh4

27. gxh4 Qf3

28. Qe2 Qh3

29. f4 Qg3+

30. Qg2 Qxf4

31. Qc6 Qg3+

32. Kf1 Rf7

33. Re2 Qh3+

34. Kg1 f4

35. Rf1 f3

36. Ref2 Qg3+

37. Kh1 Qh3+

38. Kg1 Qg4+

39. Kh1 Rbf8 0-1

[Event "I.B.C.A. Individual Championship"]

[Site "Istanbul, TUR"]

[Date "2002.10.22"]

[Round "2"]

[White "Ross, C."]

[Black "IM Jounousov, M."]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B51"]

[WhiteElo "2101"]

[BlackElo "2248"]

[Annotator "Ross,Chris & McDonald, Neil"]

[PlyCount "108"]

[EventDate "2002.11.22"]

[WhiteTeamCountry "ENG"]

[BlackTeamCountry "KAZ"]

1. e4 c5

2. Nf3 d6

3. Bb5+ Nc6

4. O-O Bd7

5. Re1 Nf6

6. c3 a6

7. Bf1 e5

{horrible. 7...Lg4 is the only move.}

8. h3 Be7

9. d4 h6

10. d5 Nb8

{If you are forced into this, then you know you are just about lost}

11. a4 b6

12. Nbd2

{13. b4 a5 looks crushing. Action and exploitation of black's lack of development and with the ideaof completely smashing open black's center can't be prevented.}

13... Ra7

13. Nc4 Bc8

{Surprisingly enough, this is black's best defensive try. He had to prevent sacks on e5 of the f3 knight, and this does give his queen the d6 square too.}

14. Qc2

{14 Ld3 followed by Qe2 is the best lnethod. I realise thislater}


15. Ne3 g6

16. g4!

{good. Controlling f5, and any break that black has. White is clearly winning now}


17. Bd3 Rh8

18. Kg2 Qd7?

{an utterly disgraceful move and one that any chess player should be disgusted with himself for playing. Look at the queen-side pieces now? Man, he's going for cheapos on h3, of course, and possiblesacks on g4, but this is just ridiculous.}

19. Nh2 h5

20. Qe2 hxg4

21. hxg4 Nh7

22. Rh1 Bg5

23. f3 Qc7

24. Nhf1 Nd7

25. Ng3 Bf4

26. Bd2 Ng5

27. Qf2

{No need to let you all know about the sacks on f5, i guess. Of course, in time trouble, I was too scared to play this!

(27. Nef5+ gxf5 28. Nxf5+ Kg8 29. Rxh8+ Kxh8 30. Rh1+ Kg8 31. Qf2 Nf6 32. Bxf4 exf4 33. Qh4 Nfh7 34. e5 Bxf5 35.Bxf5 f6 36. exf6 Qf7 is good for white.}


28. Rxh8 Kxh8

29. Ne2 Bxe3

30. Qh4+

{30. Bxe3 Ngh7 31. b4 with complete domination of both sides of the board. The g1/a7 diagonal is going to collapse after a4/a5. Black's position is busted. Thinning about playing on both sides of the board is very difficult though, and only comes with experience.}

30... Kg8

31. Bxe3 Ngh7

32. Rh1 f6

33. Bh6! g5

34. Qh3 Ng6

35. Qh5 Qf7

36. Kf1 Nh4

37. Rxh4

{Time scramble rubbish. Of course, i didn't have time to figure all this out. If I had had the time, I would have found the calm, and apparently winning 37 f4!

(37. f4 Qxh5 38. gxh5 exf4 39. Nxf4 Nf3 40. Ng6 Ne5 41. Nxe5 dxe5 42. Kf2 is winning for white, although the bishop on h6 looks bad, it is indeed, a very good piece, which can't be attacked, and black's knight on h7 is tied down, and white's passed H pawn should tell eventually.)}

37... gxh4

38. Qxh4 Qg6

39. Ng3 Ng5

40. Bxg5 Rh7

41. Nh5 fxg5

42. Qf2 Bxg4

43. Nf6+ Qxf6

44. fxg4 Rh1+

45. Ke2 Qf4

46. Qxf4 gxf4

47. b4 cxb4

48. cxb4 Rh2+

{Very calm and accurate end-game play now. respect to my opponent for that, at least}

49. Kf3 Rh3+

{With the sole intention of leaving me in an utterly lost K & P ending. The dreaded zugzwang is my undoing. Well played in the ending}

50. Ke2 Rxd3!

51. Kxd3 Kg7

52. Ke2 Kg6

53. Kf2 Kg5

54. Kf3 Kh4 0-1

[Event "I.B.C.A. Individual Championship"]

[Site "Istanbul, TUR"]

[Date "2002.11.22"]

[Round "3"]

[White "Oza, R."]

[Black "Ross, C."]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A08"]

[WhiteElo "1800"]

[BlackElo "2101"]

[Annotator "Ross,Chris & McDonald, Neil"]

[PlyCount "124"]

[EventDate "2002.11.22"]

[WhiteTeamCountry "IND"]

[BlackTeamCountry "ENG"]

1. e4 c5

2. Nf3 e6

3. d3 Nc6

4. g3 d5

5. Nbd2 Bd6

6. Bg2 Nge7

7. O-O O-O

8. Re1 b5

9. Nf1 a5

10. h4

{Seen this position before? Round 1? Yup. SOmething prepared by my opponent? Well, we had learnt from post-match analysis that the d4 thrust was too committal, so we left it on d5 this time and cameout with the surprise first!}

10... Bc7

11. c3 f6

12. d4 c4

{Wanting to outplay my opponent on the queen's. But look at the loose nature of white's center. I couldn't see personally how to exploit it, but, the pressure on d4 should tell if I could add another piece. So,

12... dxe4 13. Rxe4 Bb6 with massive pressure on d4.}

13. N1h2 b4

14. e5 f5

{Double edged. Blockading and leaving black's king safe, securing the center tention, but weakeningthe dark squares, which white should be able to take advantage of.}

15. Ng5 Qe8

16. Bf4

{Automatic, and a move that doesn't help white at all. In fact, the bishop becomes a target for Ng6ideas.}

16... Bd7

17. Qf3

{Another duff move. Again, this just doesn't help white at all.}

17... Bd8

18. Nh3 Nc8

19. h5 Nb6

{19... h6 seems to be necessary here.}

20. g4

{20. h6 g6 21. Bg5 (21. g4 fxg4 (21... Kh8 22. Qg3 Na4 23. gxf5 (23. Re2 Rb8 24. Bxd5 exd5 25. e6 bxc3 26. Bxb8 cxb2 27. Rae1) 23... Rxf5) 22. Nxg4 g5 23.Qg3 gxf4 24. Nf6+ Kh8 25. Qg7#)}

20... fxg4

21. Qxg4 Ne7

22. Bg5

{22. Bh6 Nf5 23. Bxg7 Nxg7 24. h6 Rf7 25.

hxg7 Rxg7 26. Qf3 with a winning attack for black. (22. h6 g6 doesn't help white since black has the open F file now.)}

22... Nf5

23. Nf4 Bxg5

24. Qxg5 Qd8

25. Qg4 Qh4!

{Winning by getting queen's off, liquidating white's attacking chances, and simply winning by the passed pawn, I'm bound to get.}

26. f3 Qxg4

(26... Na4 27. cxb4 axb4 is resignible for white.)

27. fxg4 Nxd4

28. Nxd5 Nxd5

{28... exd5 29. cxd4 Be6 is more solid}

29. cxd4 Rf4

30. Rad1

(30. Bxd5 exd5 31. e6 Ba4 (31... Bc6) 32. a3 Kf8 33. axb4 axb4 34. Re5)

34. Ra2 c3 35. bxc3 bxc3 36. Rc1) 34... Bc6)

30... Ba4

31. Rd2 c3

32. bxc3 bxc3

33. Rd3 Rc8

(33... c2 34. Bxd5 exd5 35. Nf3 Rb8 36. Nd2 Rb4 is a much easier way to win.)

34. Rc1 c2

35. Bxd5 exd5

36. Nf3 Rb8

37. Nd2 Rb2

38. a3 h6

{38... Bb5 39. Rc3 (39. Rb3 Rxb3

40. Nxb3 Ba4 41. Nc5 Rxd4) (39. Re3 Rxd4) 39... Rxd4 40. e6 Kf8)}

39. Kg2 Bb5

{39... Rxg4+ 40. Kf3 Rh4 going for the two pawn advantage is probably best here.}

40. Rb3 Rxb3

41. Nxb3 Bd3

42. Kg3 Rf8

{42... a4 43. Nc5 Rxd4 44. e6 Bh7 45. Rf1 Bf5 is a very attractive way to win}

43. Re1 Be4

44. Nd2 Rc8

45. Rc1 Rc3+

46. Kf4 Bh7

47. e6 Rxa3

48. Ke5 Rd3

49. e7 Re3+

50. Kd6 Bd3

51. Kd7?

{51. Nf3 Bb5 (51... Kf7 52. Ne5+) 52. Rxc2 Rxf3 53. Rc8+ Kh7 54. e8=Q is white's best.}

51... Kf7

52. Nf3 Rxe7+

53. Kd6 Be4

54. Ne1 Re6+

55. Kc5 Re8

56. Kb5 Rc8

57. Kxa5 Kf6

58. Kb4 Kg5

59. Kb3 Kxg4

60. Kb2 Kxh5

61. Ra1 c1=Q+

62. Rxc1 Rxc1 0-1

[Event "I.B.C.A. World Individual Championship"]

[Site "Istanbul, TUR"]

[Date "2002.11.23"]

[Round "4"]

[White "Palacios-Perez, M."]

[Black "Ross, C."]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "E32"]

[WhiteElo "2194"]

[BlackElo "2101"]

[Annotator "Ross,Chris, mcDonald, Neil"]

[PlyCount "116"]

[EventDate "2002.11.23"]

[WhiteTeamCountry "ESP"]

[BlackTeamCountry "ENG"]

1. d4 e6

2. c4 Nf6

3. Nc3 Bb4

4. Qc2 O-O

5. e4 d6

6. Bd3 c5

7. a3 Ba5

8. dxc5 dxc5

9. e5 Bxc3+

{Weak. This was everything that we had prepared beforehand, but something went wrong in my calculations, and I forgot about the sub-lines we had looked at. The text move is just bad, since it gives white the bishop pair and the attacking chances, and I should have gone into the messy possibilities illustrated here:

9... Ng4 10. Nf3 Nc6 11. Bxh7+ Kh8 12. Be4 Ngxe5 13. Nxe5 Nxe5 14. O-O (14. Bf4 Qf6 15. Bxe5 (15. B

e3 Nxc4)) 14... f5 which is just good for black.}

10. Qxc3 Nfd7

11. Nf3 h6

12. O-O

{Better attacking possibilities lie in:

12. Bf4 Nc6 13. O-O-O Qa5 14. Qc2

(14... Nd4 15. Nxd4 cxd4 16. Bh7+ Kh8 17. Rxd4 Nxe5 18. Be4 Nc6 19. Bxc6 bxc6 20. Bd6 Re8 21. Qd2))

(12. h4 Nc6)}

12... Nc6

13. Bc2 Re8

14. Qd3

{14. Be3 Qc7 15. Ba4 with a slight advantage to white.}

14... Nf8

15. Qe3?

{weak. The Q doesn't even belong here, and what she does, I have no idea. 15 Qe4 is to be preferredand white realising this, lost a move immediately.}

15.. b6

16. Qe4 Bb7

17. Qg4 f5

Black's most accurate move. THis gives him fighting chances at least. Submitting with 17... Kh8 18. Qh5 is just very strong for white.}

18. exf6 Qxf6

19. Be4 Rad8

20. Be3 e5

21. Bd5+ Kh8

22. Qe4?!

{22. Qh5 Qg6 (22... Ne6) (22... Nh7 23. b4 cxb4 24. axb4 Re7 25. b5 Nd4 26. Bxb7 Rxb7 27. Nxe5) is better for white}

22... Bc8!

{Unpinning attractively, and untangling my pieces.}

23. Qh4

{23. Rfe1 Bf5 24. Qh4 Qxh4 25. Nxh4 Bd7 26. Nf5 Bxf5 27. Bxc6 Re6 28. Bd5 Re7 is fine for black, although white's best option. (23. Bxc6 Bf5

24. Qh4 Qxc6 25. Nxe5 Qe6) with very good compensation for the pawn.}

23... Qxh4

24. Nxh4 Nd4

25. Bxd4

{After which, white is just clearly lost. White should strive to mess things up with 25. b4 e4 26. bxc5 bxc5 27. g3}

25... exd4

26. Rfe1 Be6

27. Bc6 Bd7

28. Bd5 Be6

29. Bc6 Bd7

30. Bd5 g5

31. Nf3 Kg7

32. Ne5 Ng6

33. Nd3?

{Exchanging was white's only hope of holding anything. either Nxg6 or Nxd7 is good for black, sincewhite's bishop is bad and equal to a pawn.}

33... Bf5

34. Red1

{34. Rxe8 Rxe8 35. Ne1 Nf4 36. Bc6 Re2 37. b4 d3is just over for white}

34... Bxd3

35. Rxd3 Nf4

36. Rd2 Nxd5

37. cxd5 Rxd5

{white can resign now, but decides to play it all out. There's absolutely nothing for white and technique is just enough. There's a thousand ways to win this, and all of them are equally as good. Mine is slightly slower, but effective enough.}

38. Rad1 Kf6

39. Kf1 g4

40. b3 Rde5

41. b4 Ke6

42. bxc5 bxc5

43. g3 Kd5

44. Rb2 R5e7

45. Rb5 a6

46. Rb6 c4

47. Rxa6 d3

48. Rxh6 Re4

49. Ra6 Kd4

50. Rc1 Rd8

51. Ra4 Ke5

52. Ra5+ Rd5

53. Ra8 d2

54. Rd1 c3

55. Rc8 Kd4

56. f3 gxf3

57. Rf8 Kd3

58. Rb1 Kc2 0-1

[Event "I.B.C.A. World Individual Championship"]

[Site "Istanbul, TUR"]

[Date "2002.10.25"]

[Round "5"]

[White "Ross, C."]

[Black "Mikhalev, A."]

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

[ECO "C07"]

[WhiteElo "2101"]

[BlackElo "2256"]

[Annotator "Ross,Chris & McDonald, Neil"]

[PlyCount "83"]

[EventDate "2002.11.24"]

[WhiteTeamCountry "ENG"]

[BlackTeamCountry "RUS"]

1. e4 e6

2. d4 d5

3. Nd2 a6

4. Ngf3 c5

5. Bd3 Nc6

6. exd5 Qxd5

7. Be4 Qd8

{7... Qh5 8. Bxc6+ bxc6 9. Nc4}

8. Bxc6+ bxc6

9. dxc5 Bxc5

10. O-O Nf6

11. Nb3 Qxd1

12. Rxd1 Bb6

13. Bg5

{Bizarrely enough, the unattractive 13 Le3 is more accurate!

13. Be3 Bxe3 14. fxe3 a5 (14... Nd5 15. Rd3 (15. e4 Nf6 16. Nc5)

15... a5) (14... O-O 15. Ne5) 15. Ne5}

13... Ne4

14. Bh4 h6

{Slow, but what can black do! Black's in a mess already, and now, his pawn weaknesses are going to tell.}

15. Nfd2 Nd6

16. Bg3 Ke7

17. c4

{17. Bxd6+ Kxd6 18. Nc4+ (18. c4) 18... Kc7 19. Rd2 f6 20. Rad1 e5 1. Rd6 doesn't seem that accurate for white.}

17... Nf5

18. c5 Bd8

19. Nc4 Nxg3

20. hxg3 Bc7

{20... a5 21. Ne5}

21. Nba5 Bd7

22. Rd2

{Inaccurate. Now the holes in black's position can really tell:

22. Nb6 Bxb6 23. cxb6 Rab8 24. b7 Rhd8 25. Rac1 Be8 26. Rxd8 Kxd8 27. f3 (27. Rxc6 Bxc6 28. Nxc6+ Kc7 29. Nxb8 Kxb8 30. Kf1 Kxb7 with a winning K & P ending.) 27... Kc7 28. b4 Kb6 29. Rc5 Rd8

30. Kf2Kc7 31. Ke3 Rd5 32. g4 g5 33. a3 f6 34. g3 Rxc5 35. bxc5 Bd7 is just as good for white. black can'tdo a thing in either line, and the bishop pair are just completely useless.}

22. Rhb8

23. Rad1 Be8

24. a3 Rd8

25. b4 Rxd2

26. Rxd2 Rd8

27. Rxd8 Kxd8

28. Kf1 Bxa5

29. bxa5

{OK, OK, I know this looks horrible, and I was critised serverly afterwards for this, but there wasa reason for it. Positionally, I agree, it isn't worth thinking about, but I reckoned that the bishop could hold my knight in the ending, which the variations below can imply. Agreed, there isn't any possibility of losing as white after the knight recapture, but my thinking behind bxa5 was that it allowed a knight to drop onto b4, where it attacks c6 & a6. At the time, I thought it a chance, but I have to admit that the recapture on a5 with the knight is to be preferred.

29. Nxa5 Kc7 (29... e5 30. Ke2 f6 31. Nc4 Bf7 32. Nd6 Bd5 33. f3 Ke7 34. Nf5+ Kf7 35. g4 Bc4+ 36. Ke3 Ba2 37. Kd2 g6 38. Nd6+ Ke6 39. Kc3 Kd5 (39... f540. gxf5+ gxf5 41. a4 Bb1 42. b5 cxb5 43. axb5 axb5 44. Nxb5 Kd5 (44... e4) 45.Kd2) 40. Ne8) 30. Ke2 e5 31. Nc4 f6 32. Nd6 Bg6 33. g4 h5 34. Kf3 hxg4+ 35. Kxg4}

29... f6

30. Ke2 Bg6

31. Ke3 Ke7

32. Nb6 Kd8

{32... e5 33. f4 Bc2 34. fxe5 fxe5 35. Na8 Kd7 36. Nb6+ Ke7}

33. f4 Bc2

34. g4 Bb3

{34... g5 35. fxg5 hxg5 36. Kf3 Bd1+ 37. Kg3 e5 38. Kh3 Ke7 39. Na8 Ke6 (39... e4 40. Kg3 e3) all seems to be winning for black!}

35. g5 hxg5

36. fxg5 fxg5

{Weak. Black should try:

36... e5 37. gxf6 gxf6 38. g4 Bd1 39. g5 fxg5 40. Nc4 and white might hold, but we doubt it!}

37. Kd4 Kc7

38. Ke5 Bd5

39. g3 Bb3

40. Na8+ Kb8

41. Nb6 Kc7

42. Na8+ Kb8

43. Nb6 Kc7 1/2-1/2

[Event "I.B.C.A. World Individual Championship"]

[Site "Istanbul, TUR"]

[Date "2002.11.26"]

[Round "6"]

[White "Ross, C."]

[Black "Sakic, M."]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "C60"]

[WhiteElo "2101"]

[BlackElo "2184"]

[Annotator "Ross,Chris & McDonald, Neil"]

[PlyCount "103"]

[EventDate "2002.11.25"]

[WhiteTeamCountry "ENG"]

[BlackTeamCountry "CRO"]

1. e4 e5

2. Nf3 Nc6

3. Bb5 Nge7

4. O-O g6

5. c3 Bg7

6. d4 exd4

7. cxd4 d5

8. exd5 Nxd5

9. Bxc6+ bxc6

10. Bg5 Qd6

11. Re1+ Be6

12. Nbd2 O-O

13. Qc1 Rfe8

{Previously, in two games, my opponent had played 13... Rab8 in this exact position and lost! Obviously, he had come up with this improvement, but I had gone one better than this, and we had prepared this line and found afew top flight games that had gone 13... Rfe8 and prepared for them duly! So, I was still in my theory pre-match preparation and my opponent was floundering!}

14. Ne4 Qb4

15. Bd2 Qb6

16. Nc5 Bf5

17. Ne5 Rad8

{and the improvement [?] by my opponent. Dreave [GM] had previously played 17..Re7 and lost but this position is actually very difficult for black. The white knights are very strong indeed, and myweakness, d4, can't beattacked that easily.}

18. b3

(18. Nb3 Re6 (18... f6) looks good enough to win the c6 pawn.}

18... a6 Weak. This pawn actually becomes a serious target now. Black should just wait eg.

18... Bf6 19. Qc4 Qb5 20. a4 Qxc4 21. bxc4 Bxe5 22. dxe5 Nb6 23. Bg5 Rd4 24. a5 Nxc4 with very unclear play}

19. Qc4 Bxe5

{if you must give up this strong bishop, then you know something has gone massively wrong with yoursystem. White is just clearly winning now.}

20. dxe5 Ne7

21. e6!

{A beautiful touch. 21 Bg5 with the exploitation of the dark squares would give white a slower approach to win, but black has the d5 square and might be able to work on it. Therefore, to distract him, white must be violent for a few moves, to exploit the dark squares, but also the loose nature of the knight on e7.

21... Bxe6

(Best for 21... fxe6 22. Nxe6 (22. Bh6) (22. Rxe6 Nd5 (22... Rd5 23. Re5 Qb5 24. Qc3)}

22. Rxe6 Rxd2

23. Re3!

{the most accurate. tactically, there isn't a forcing way through, but this does not matter since the pin on the e7 knight proves deceisive enough. Covering the threat to f2 is important to cut out black's counter-play and now the white knight can hop to f6 at will. Black can now indeed resign.}

23... Rdd8

24. Rae1 Qb5

{24... Rd5 25. Ne4 Kg7 26. Ng3 Rd7 27. Qg4}

25. Qc3 a5

(25... f6 26. Ne6 Nd5 27. Qd2 Nxe3 28. Nxd8 wins for white.}

26. h4

{winning the knight. Black need not play on now.}

26... Qb4

27. Qxb4 axb4

28. Rxe7 Rxe7

29. Rxe7 Rd1+

30. Kh2 Rd2

31. Rxc7

{31 Kg3 is much more accurate, but in serious time pressure, I didn't care, for the position is wonany way I play it. The rest is uninteresting.}

31... Rxf2

32. Rxc6 Rxa2

33. Rb6 Rc2

34. Ne4 Re2

35. Rxb4 Kg7

36. Ng5 h6

37. Nf3 f5

38. Rb7+ Kf6

39. b4 Re6

40. b5 g5

41. hxg5+ hxg5

42. Rc7 g4

43. Nd4 Re4

44. Rc6+ Ke5

45. Nc2

( Bad would be 45. Re6+ Kxd4 46. Rxe4+ fxe4 47. b6 e3

48. b7 e2 49. b8=Q e1=Q 50. Qf4+ Kd5 51. Qxg4}

45... Kd5

46. Rc3 f4

47. b6 Re6

{47... Re7 48. Nb4+ Kd6 49. Rc6+ Ke5 50. Rc7}

48. Rb3 Re8

49. b7 Rb8

50. Nb4+ Ke4

(50... Kc4 51. Nc6 Rh8+ 52. Rh3 (52. Kg1 Kxb3 53. b8=Q+ Rxb8 54. Nxb8 Kc4

55. Kf2 Kd5 56. Nd7 Ke4 57. Nc5+ Kd5 58. Nb3 Kc4 59. Nd2+ Kd5 60. Nf1 Ke5 61. Ke1 Ke4 62. Kd2 Kf5 6

3. Kd3 Ke5 64. Nh2 Kf5 65. Kd4 Kg5 66. Ke4 f3 67. g3)

52... gxh3 53. gxh3 Kd3 54. b8=Q Rxb8 55. Nxb8 Ke2 56. Nc6 f3 57. Nd4+ Ke3 58. Nf5+ Kf4 59. Ng3 Kg5

60. Ne4+ Kf4 61. Nf2}

51. Nc6 Rh8+

52. Kg1 1-0

Event "I.B.C.A. World Individual Championship"]

[Site "Istanbul, TUR"]

[Date "2002.11.27"]

[Round "7"]

[White "IM Bjerring, K."]

[Black "Ross, C."]

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

[ECO "B43"]

[WhiteElo "2250"]

[BlackElo "2101"]

[Annotator "Ross,Chris, McDonald, Neil"]

[PlyCount "86"]

[WhiteTeamCountry "DEN"]

[BlackTeamCountry "ENG"] 

1. e4 c5

2. Nf3 e6

3. d4 cxd4

4. Nxd4 a6

5. Nc3 Qc7

6. Be2 b5

7. O-O Bb7

8. Re1 Nc6

9. Nxc6 Qxc6

{Surprising my opponent. He had only prepared for 9...dxc6 wich is slightly better for white. However, I beat another strong player in the Middlesbrough congress this past July with this line and was well rehearsed on it.


10. Bf3 Ne7

11. Bf4 Ng6

12. Bg3 Be7

13. Nd5 Bd8

(Over anxious.

13... exd5 14. exd5 Qf6 15. d6 Bxf3 16. gxf3 (16. Qxf3 Qxf3 17. gxf3 f5! 18. h4 Kf7 19.

dxe7 Rhe8 20. Rad1 Rxe7 21. Rxe7+)

16... O-O 17. dxe7 Rfe8 18. Bd6 Rac8 is perfectly ok for black with Rc6/re6 and then picking up the

E pawn, and Nh4/Nf5 ideas, and its white's pawns that prove to be weak, not black's.)

14. a4

(MUch better is: 14. Re3 Qc8

(14... d6 15. Nb4 Qc4 16. Bxd6)

15. Bd6 and black's in a total mess, and can't castle.}

14... bxa4

15. c3 O-O

16. Nb4 Qc8

17. Rxa4 a5

18. Nd3 Bc6

19. Ra1 Be7

20. e5 Rd8

(Not very accurate unless I'm going to play d6/d5. If not, then this move isn't necessary.

20... a4 21. Be4 Bxe4 22.

Rxe4 a3 23. bxa3 Rxa3 is good for black.}

21. Bxc6 Qxc6

22. Qa4 Qb7

23. Qe4 Qb8

24. b4 axb4

25. cxb4 Ra7

(25... Rxa1 26. Rxa1 d5 27. exd6 Bxd6 28. Bxd6 Qxd6 29. Ra8 is good for white. The text move is black's best chance to prove the B pawn to be weak.}

26. Rxa7 Qxa7

27. Qc4 Rb8

28. Kf1 Bf8

29. f3 Ne7

30. Bf2 Qb7

31. Ra1 Nc6

(Not as strong as the d5 square.

31... Nd5 32. Ra7 Qc6 33. Qxc6 dxc6 34. Bc5 g5 seems better for black.}

32. Rb1 g6

33. b5 Ne7

34. Qe4

Weak. (34. Nc5 Qc8

35. Qd3 Nd5 36. Ne4 Qc7 37. b6 Qxe5 38. Bg3 Nf4 39. Qxd7 is good for white.}

34... Nd5

35. Nf4 Nxf4

{35... Nc3 isn't on, since 36 Qxb7 Rxb7 37 Rb3 Nxb5 and the pin is too strong.}

36. Qxf4 Qd5

{Winning the B pawn, and securing the advantage.}

37. Qe4 Rxb5

38. Rxb5 Qxb5+

39. Qe2 Qb1+

40. Qe1 Qd3+

41. Qe2 Qb1+

42. Qe1 Qd3+

{black can try to win with Qxe1+ followed by Bb4+/Bc3, but white defends his pawn with Bg3, and if I try to break out with f6, then white supports his pawn with f3-f4, and leaves the d7 pawn backward. The situation could arrise the that black gets the E and G pawn but white can easily old that to the draw. So, why bother playing a hundred moves just to draw?}

43. Qe2 Qb1+ 1/2-1/2 

Event "I.B.C.A. World Individual Championship"]

[Site "Istanbul, TUR"]

[Date "2002.11.27"]

[Round "8"]

[White "Ross, C."]

[Black "Zoltek, T."]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B31"]

[WhiteElo "2101"]

[BlackElo "2292"]

[Annotator "Ross,Chris"]

[PlyCount "88"]

[EventDate "2022.11.27"]

[WhiteTeamCountry "ENG"]

[BlackTeamCountry "POL"] 

1. e4 c5

2. Nf3 Nc6

3. Bb5 g6

4. Bxc6 dxc6

5. O-O Bg7

6. d3 Nf6

7. h3 Nd7

8. Nc3 e5

9. Be3 Qe7

10. Qd2 Nf8

11. Bh6 Ne6

12. Bxg7 Nxg7

13. Qh6

(Inaccurate, since this only provokes f6 for black. Playing on the queen's, ali QGD exchange is theplan here:13. a3 O-O 14. Rab1 a5 15. Na4}

13... f6

14. Ne2 O-O

15. Qe3 g5

{poor. Very poor.Leaving the f5 square extremely weak.}

16. Ng3

(Blasting through the center was an attractive alternative choice here:

16. c3 Ne6 17. d4 cxd4 18. cxd4 Nf4 19. dxe5 and its black with the weak pawns.}

16... b6

17. a4 a5

18. Nd2 Be6

19. b3 Rab8

20. Rfe1 Rfd8

21. Qf3 Qf7

22. Ndf1 Rd7

23. Ne3 Rc7

24. Kf1

{white can do whatever he wants. Black is doing absolutely nothing here. Kf1 brings the king closerto the center if an end-game arises, but the thought behind it initially was to play Ke2, Rh1 and

h4. Also, scutterling across to the queen's with the K is always an attractive option to attack the black weak king-side.}

24... Rd8

25. Ngf5

{25 Ke2 might run into 25... b5 and c4 pawns sacks by black. However, 25 Ke2 b6 Kf1!? is interesting.}

25... Nxf5

26. Nxf5

{26. exf5 Bd5 27. Qg3 is good for black.}

26... Bxf5

27. Qxf5 Qg6

28. Qe6+

(28. Qf3 h5

29. Ke2 Rf8

{29... Ra7 30. Kd2)

30. Kd2 f5 31. exf5 Rxf5 32. Qe3 is an attractie option for white, with the black pawns and K proving to be weak.}

28... Qf7

29. Qg4 Qd7

30. Re3 Kg7

31. Rf3

(31. Ke2 Qd4 32. Rd1 didn't look very nice for white, but the text move looked good, since I had towin the game for a shout of top place, and Rf5 and h4 threats are in the offing. Black comes out with a clever repost though.}

31... h5

32. Qf5 Qxf5

33. Rxf5 h4

34. Ke2 Ra7

35. g3!

{With seconds on the clock, I find the winning path.}

35... Rh8

36. f4! hxg3

37. fxe5 Rxh3

38. exf6+ Kg6

39. Rf3

{tradgicly, I don't find the finess. The connected passed pawns through the center beat the doubledpawns any day, and rounding up the g3 pawn should be simple enough. However, with the flag about to fall, I bottle.I thought my f6 pawn to be falling if I weren't careful, but I didn't see the clever tactic

39. Kf3 Rf7 40. Rf1 which just wins on the spot.

Oh if I had only seen 39 Kf3 I would have been on the top 4 boards [internet coverage] in the last round, in the best position to come first in this tournament. Tradgic, absolutely tradgic.}

39... Rah7

40. Rg1 Rh2+

41. Ke3 Rxc2

42. e5

(To avoid getting mated, I had to give up my passed pawn. This might have been enough to draw, but realising that I had thrown away the win, I collapse like a balloon.

42. f7 Rxf7 43. Rgxg3 Rxf3+ 44. Rxf3 Rc3 [?]

45. e5}

42... Rhh2

43. Re1

{43. Ke4 Rce2+ 44. Re3 Rhf2 is simple for black.}

43... g2

44. f7 g1=Q+ 0-1

[Event "IBCA"]

[Event "I.B.C.A. World Individual Championship"]

[Site "Istanbul, TURk"]

[Date "2002.11.29"]

[Round "9"]

[White "Gunajew, R."]

[Black "Ross, C."]

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

[ECO "B43"]

[WhiteElo "2213"]

[BlackElo "2101"]

[Annotator "Ross,Chris, McDonald, Neil"]

[PlyCount "92"]

[EventDate "2002.11.29"]

[WhiteTeamCountry "POL"]

[BlackTeamCountry "ENG"]

1. e4 c5

2. Nf3 e6

3. d4 cxd4

4. Nxd4 a6

5. Nc3 Qc7

6. Bd3 Nf6

7. O-O Bc5

8. Nb3 Be7

9. Kh1 d6

10. Bg5 Nbd7

11. Qe2 b5

12. f4 Bb7

13. Rae1 h6

14. Bh4 e5

{h6 just proves to be weak, unless I follow it up with Nxe4.

14... Nxe4 15. Bxe7 Nxc3 16. Bxd6 Qxd6 17. bxc3 O-O which looks very good for black with the weak Cpawns.}

15. Bg3 O-O

{15... exf4 16. Bxf4 Ne5 17. Nd4 is also playable.}

16. fxe5 Nxe5

(Bad would be:

16... dxe5 17. Nd4 Bb4 18. Nf5Bxc3 19. bxc3 Qxc3 20. Bh4 Kh7 21. Qf3 Qc6 22. Nxh6 Kxh6 23. Qh3 Qe6

24. Rf5 Nh5 25. Bg5+ Kh7 26. Qxh5+ Kg8}

17. Nd4 Nfd7

(Again, bad would be: 17... g6 18.

Bf4 Kg7}

18. Nf5 Bg5

19. Nd1

{19. Nd5 Bxd5 20. exd5 Rae8 looks ok for black}

19... Rfe8

20. Nf2 Qb6

21. h4

{21 Nh3 followed by Nf4 and Nh5 is white's best plan. Black looks to be in trouble after this manouvre.}

21... Be7

22. Ng4 Bf8

23. Nxe5 Nxe5

24. h5 Rac8

25. Bf2 Qc7

{Poor. Very poor.

25... Qd8 is the only move, with Qg5, or even Qh4+ ideas in the air. The Q is badly placed on c7, and must go to d8.}

26. Bd4 Qd8

27. Qe3 f6

(Wanting to secure things up. Not the best though.

27... Be7 with Bg5 in the air seems like a good plan for black now.}

28. Qg3 Kh8

29. Rf4 Qd7

30. Bxe5

{disgraceful chess. White thinks he's got cheapos with rg4 and Nxh6 tactics. But that's no reason to give up this beautiful for the strong knight. Now, just look at the weak e4 pawn!}

30... Rxe5

31. Ref1 Rce8

32. Qg6 R8e6!

{Stopping all white's dirty tactics in one go. Now, Nxh6 has been stopped for good, and the white pieces are proving to be in a mess. The knight can't move now due to Rg5 ideas winning the white queen, and now Qe8 for black should get Q's off or hit e4 even more.}

33. Rg4 Qe8

34. Rff4 Qxg6

35. hxg6 d5

36. exd5 Bxd5

37. b3 b4

(Inaccurate. Time pressure again. Creeping forward slowly with 37... Re1+ 38. Kh2 R6e5 is best for black.}

38. Rf1 Re1

39. Rgf4 Bc5

40. Rxe1

{40. Bxa6 Rxf1+ 41. Bxf1 Re1 42. Kh2 Be4 43. Bd3}

40... Rxe1+

41. Rf1 Rxf1+

42. Bxf1 Be4

43. Bd3 Bb7

44. Bc4 Be4

45. Bd3 Bb7

46 Bc4 Be4 1/2-1/2

final score: 5.5/9












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