Rodney Jacobs (1695) vs Patrick Cook (1642)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.04.20"] [Round "1"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1695"] [BlackElo "1642"] [ECO "C07"] [Opening "French: Tarrasch, Open, 4.exd5"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Ngf3 cxd4 6.Bc4 Qd6 7.O-O Nf6 8.Nb3 Nc6 9.Nbxd4 Nxd4 10.Nxd4 a6 11.Re1 Qc7 12.Bb3 Bd6 13.h3 {An alternative is Nf3. So is Nf5, which leads to a wild position after 13........Bh2ch 14. Kh1 O-O followed by 15. Nxg2! which I did not see. (RJ)} O-O 14.Bg5 b5!? {A bold and brave choice, accepting the ruin of his kingside pawn structure, contemplating a sac of his rook at a8 and possible mating attacks along the g-file and a8 - h1 diagonal. All this from a 'positional' player!} 15.Bxf6 {Interestingly, my strongest program, Stockfish 7, feels that c3 is the best move here. (RJ)} gxf6 16.Qf3 f5! {The natural follow-up to Black's 14th move. Maybe a good choice for a problem page. Can White take the rook? Interestingly, we are still in a main line in Chessbase. (RJ)} 17.Qh5 {White can take the rook, but it's very tricky. Whichever way you swing it, the queen is trapped and Black gets active counterplay. . The Chessbase main line runs 17. Qxa8 Bb7 18. Nxe6 fe 19. Qxb7 Bh2ch 20. Kh1 Qxb7 21. Kxh2 Kh8 22.Rxe6 a5, with White having 2 rooks, a bishop and 6 pawns against Black's queen, rook and 4 pawns. It seems strange that White would want to exchange an active queen for an undeveloped rook and bishop. The Fritz engine in Chessbase gives White a very small edge in that line. 17. Qh5 contemplates a kingside attack and a sac on e6, and, hopefully, bringing a rook forward and sideways to the g or h file. (RJ)} Bb7? {Black needs the bishop now to defend e6. The programs now again like Bh7ch followed by Be5. (RJ) 17...Kh8 followed by Rg8 with pressure on the White King, was the other option I considered. (P.C.)} 18.Qg5+ Kh8 19.Qf6+ Kg8 20.Nxe6! fxe6 21.Bxe6+ Rf7 22.Rad1?! {Missing the fairly obvious Bxf7ch followed by Qxd6. However not a pure question mark as the engines feel Rad1, bringing the last inactive White piece into the action, is almost as good. (RJ)} Rf8? {Bf8 (RJ)} 23.Qxf5?? {With the idea not of winning a pawn, but to facilitate Rd4-g4, which Black's reply stymies anyway. But it misses Rxd6! The rook can't be taken as the Black queen is lost after Bxf7ch. (RJ)} Qc6! {Best. (RJ)} 24.Qg5+ {Again best. (RJ)} Kh8 25.Bxf7 {The rook needs to be taken now. (RJ)} Rxf7 26.Re6! {Setting a trap. If 26........Bh2ch 27. Kxh7 Qxe6 28. Rd8 ch wins. (RJ)} Rg7 {The engines give the odd-looking Rf5 as best for Black here. (RJ)} 27.Rdxd6? {It's funny how it's often the moves you are most self-congratulatory about during the game are the ones which the computers nastily point out are the weakest. White misses the simple but very strong 27. Qd8ch Rg1 28. Qf6ch Rg7 29. f3! (RJ)} Qxg2+ {Rxg5 was better, but either way White's task is fairly easy now. 27......Qxd6 fails to 28. Qxg7ch.(RJ)} 28.Qxg2 Rxg2+ 29.Kf1 Rg8 30.Ke2 Bc8 31.Re3 Rf8 32.h4 Kg7 33.Rg3+ Kf7? 34.Rf3+ Ke7 35.Rxf8 {#r} 1-0
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WhiteRodney Jacobs (1695)
BlackPatrick Cook (1642)
OpeningC07 — French: Tarrasch, Open, 4.exd5
DateApril 20, 2017
TournamentBCCC 2017
LocationMechanics Institute