Peter Lumsdon (1724) vs Rob Loveband (1647)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.04.20"] [Round "1"] [White "Peter Lumsdon"] [Black "Rob Loveband"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1724"] [BlackElo "1647"] [ECO "C13"] [Opening "French: Classical"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.h4 c5 7.Bxe7 Qxe7 8.Nb5 O-O 9.Nf3 cxd4 10.Qxd4 Nc6 11.Qc3 a6 12.Na3 Nc5 13.Bd3 Nxd3+ 14.Qxd3 Nb4 15.Qd2 b5 16.c3 Nc6 17.Nc2 Qc7 18.Qe3 Ne7 19.Ncd4 Nf5 20.Qd3 Nxd4 21.Qxd4 Qc4 22.Rh3 Qxd4 23.Nxd4 Bd7 24.b4 f6 25.Re3 fxe5 26.Rxe5 Rf6 27.Ke2 Rc8 28.Rc1 Kf7 29.g3 Ke7 30.Kd3 Be8 31.f4 Bg6+ 32.Ke3 Kd6 33.g4 Rcf8 34.Rf1 Re8 35.Nf3 Rc8 36.Rc1 Rff8 37.Nd4 Rce8 38.Re1 Be4 39.Rg5 Rf7 40.Rf1 h6 41.Re5 Rc7 42.Rc1 Rf7 43.Nb3 Rxf4 44.Rxe6+ Rxe6 45.Kxf4 Rf6+ 46.Ke3 Rf3+ 47.Ke2 Rh3 48.g5 Rxh4 49.gxh6 gxh6 50.Nc5 Rh2+ 51.Ke3 Rxa2 52.Nxe4+ dxe4 53.Rh1 Kc7 54.Rxh6 Kb7 55.Kxe4 Rd2 {#d} 1/2-1/2
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
James Watson (1863) vs Heath Gooch (1777)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.04.20"] [Round "1"] [White "James Watson"] [Black "Heath Gooch"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1863"] [BlackElo "1777"] [ECO "D10"] [Opening "Slav: 3.Nc3 Nf6"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Bg5 Nd5 7.a5 Na6 8.Nd2 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Qd5 10.Qa4 Nc7 11.Qxc4 Qxc4 12.Nxc4 Nd5 13.Bd2 e6 14.f3 Bg6 15.e4 Nf6 16.Bd3 c5 17.Ke2 cxd4 18.cxd4 Be7 19.Rhb1 O-O 20.Rxb7 Rfe8 21.Rab1 Bf8 22.a6 Red8 23.Be3 Rdc8 24.g4 h6 25.h4 Ne8 26.Bf4 f6 27.Rb8 Raxb8 28.Rxb8 Rc6 29.Na5 {#r} 1-0
Dylan Douglas (856) vs Sue Ryan (612)
[Event "BCCC2017 Reserves"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.04.20"] [Round "1"] [White "Dylan Douglas"] [Black "Sue Ryan"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "856"] [BlackElo "612"] [ECO "C41"] [Opening "Philidor Defence"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.h3 f5 4.d3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Be2 h6 8.Bh4 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.d4 Be6 11.Bxe7 Qxe7 12.Bb5 O-O 13.Bxc6 bxc6 14.Nxe5 Nxc3 15.bxc3 Bf7 16.Rb1 Rad8 17.O-O Bd5 18.Re1 Qg5 19.f3 Rd6 20.c4 Be4! 21.fxe4 fxe4 22.c3 {I was worried he would play 22.Qg4 at this point (S.R.)} e3!! 23.c5 Rdf6 24.Nd7 Rf2! 25.g4?? {25.Qg4 is essential (P.C.)} Qf4 26.Qb3+ Kh8 27.Rb2 Qh2# 0-1
Jamie Brotheridge (1527) vs Bas van Riel (1872)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "Jamie's flat"] [Date "2017.04.24"] [Round "1"] [White "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Black "Bas van Riel"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1527"] [BlackElo "1872"] [ECO "E00"] [Opening "Queen's Pawn: Anti-Nimzo-Indian, 3...d5"] {500MB, Bas-PC} 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.a3 d5 4.Nf3 c5 5.dxc5 Bxc5 6.Nc3 O-O 7.e3 a6 8.cxd5 exd5 {The role of blacks d5-pawn will be interesting and important: as it is unsupported by a 'fellow'-pawn, is inherently weak, and a target for white. On the other hand, being in the centre of the board it has lots of potential power. He is supported by open lines of the black bishops, and a somewhat underdeveloped white position. In the next 10 or so moves, we will see white attacking the pawn, and white trying to improve his position and increase the pressure. (BvR)} 9.Be2 Bf5 10.O-O Nc6 11.b4 Bd6 {black's d-pawn is still (indirectly) protected because of Bxh2+ (BvR)} 12.Qb3 h6 {to prevent white playing Ng5 after 13.Rd1, Be6 (BvR)} 13.Rd1 Be6 14.Qb2 Rc8 15.h3 Qe7 16.Qd2 Rfd8 17.Bb2 Ne5 18.Rac1 Nc4 19.Qc2 Ne4!? {Increasing the pressure, especially on white's queen...} 20.Qb1 a5?? {..and also pressure on me obviously: overlooking the simple 20...Nxa3; 21.Bxa3, Nxc3, winning the exchange and a pawn. Harder to see but still winning for black is: 20...Qa1; Bxb4; 21.Nxe4, dxe4; 22.Bxg7, exf3; for instance 23.Bxh6, f6 etc (BvR)} 21.Nd4? {Missed it again!! Enbarrassing!!(BvR)} Nxb2?? {Missed it again!! (BvR)} 22.Qxb2 Nxc3 23.Rxc3 Rxc3 24.Qxc3 axb4 25.axb4 Bxb4 26.Qb3 {after all this, black is a pawn up, plus the advantage of the bishop's pair. However, the position now is drastically simplified (BvR)} Bd6 27.Rb1 Rd7 28.Bd3 Qg5 29.Nf3 Qd8 30.Nd4 {jostling to improve positions again (BvR)} Be5 31.Nf3 d4?! {The obvious move, allowing to activate black's bishops. But perhaps too impatient?} 32.Qb5 Bf6 33.exd4 Bxd4 {Overlooking Jamie's strong reply. Instead, 33....Bd5 would have been the harmonious solution to protect black's b-pawn, as well as recapturing the pawn on d4 a little later (BvR)} 34.Be4 Ba7 35.Bxb7 Rd1+ 36.Kh2? (36.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 37.Qf1 Qc2 38.Ba6 Bc5 39.Qe2 Qb1+ 40.Qf1 Qa2 41.Bd3 g6) 36...Rxb1 37.Qxb1 Bxf2?? {A blunder, overlooked by both of us. After 37..Qb8+ and 38..Bd5 black wiould have won a piece (and the game) (BvR)} 38.Be4 Qd6+ 39.Kh1 Bg3 40.Qd3 Qxd3 41.Bxd3 Bd5 42.Nd2 Kf8 43.Kg1 Ke7 44.Nf1 Bd6 45.Kf2 Bc5+ 46.Kg3 Kf6 47.Nd2 Ke5 48.Nf3+ Kf6 49.Nd2 Bb4 50.Be4? {With 2 bishops, black would have better chances to win the endgame with a plus-pawn} Bxe4 51.Nxe4+ Ke5 52.Kf3 f5 53.Ng3 g6 54.Ne2 Bd2 55.h4 g5 56.hxg5 hxg5 57.g4 f4 58.Ng1 Be3 59.Nh3 Kf6 60.Ke4 Kg6 61.Kf3 {Jamie has kept a cool head all along this very long and difficult game (close to 5 hours). Very soon after the opening untile the very end of the game he was ( and had to) on the defensive. He did this very well and patiently, whereas Jamie is known to be an attacking and impulsive player.(BvR)} {#d} 1/2-1/2
Ben Naughton (1313) vs James Watson (1863)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.04.27"] [Round "2"] [White "Ben Naughton"] [Black "James Watson"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1313"] [BlackElo "1863"] [ECO "B01"] [Opening "Scandinavian: 2...Nf6 3.Nf3"] 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Nc3 Nxd5 5.Bc4 c6 6.d3 e6 7.Bf4?? Nxf4 8.O-O Bd6 9.Ne4 Bc7 10.d4? h5 11.Ng3 h4 12.Ne2?? Bxf3 {#R} 0-1
Patrick Cook (1642) vs Robert Bailey (1524)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.04.27"] [Round "2"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Robert Bailey"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1642"] [BlackElo "1524"] [ECO "E38"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian: Classical, 4...c5"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 {I was expecting a Benoni...I forgot he plays the Nimzo...! (P.C.)} 4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 O-O 6.Bg5 Nc6 7.e3 Bxc5 8.a3 Be7 9.Nf3 h6 10.Bh4 b6 11.Be2 Bb7 12.h3 a6 13.O-O {White offered a seems the "drawmeister" was in the Clubrooms! (P.C.)} Qc7 14.b4 Rfd8 15.Rfd1 Ne5? 16.Nxe5 Qxe5 17.Bg3 Be4!? 18.Bxe5 Bxc2 19.Rd2 Bg6 20.Bc7 Rdc8 21.Bxb6 d5 22.c5 Nd7 23.Na4! Bf6 24.Rc1 Rab8?! 25.Bxa6 Nxb6 26.Nxb6 Rxb6 27.Bxc8 Rc6 28.Bb7 Rc7 29.c6 d4 30.b5 {Another victim of "Patrick's Curse"! (P.C.)} {#r} 1-0
Bas van Riel (1872) vs Rob Loveband (1647)
[Event "BCCCA 2017"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.04.27"] [Round "2"] [White "Bas van Riel"] [Black "Rob Loveband"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1872"] [BlackElo "1647"] [ECO "E00"] [Opening "Queen's Pawn: Anti-Nimzo-Indian"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.a3 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.Nc3 d5 7.e3 Be7 8.Bd3 O-O 9.Qe2 e5 10.Nf5 Bxf5 11.Bxf5 g6 12.Bc2 d4 13.Ne4 Nxe4 14.Bxe4 Nc6 15.b4 Qd7 16.O-O Rfe8 17.Rd1 Bf6 18.Bb2 {According to Shredder, White is about a pawn up here.} Rad8 19.Rd3 Qc7 20.b5 Ne7 21.Qf3 Bg7 22.exd4 {This was where White started to go astray... better to take take the pawn or put a rook on C1 (RL)} f5 23.Bxb7 e4 24.Bxe4 fxe4 25.Qxe4 Qxc4 {Now Black is up +2.48 (Shredder) (RL)} 26.bxa6? {Shredder says this is very bad... it allows the knight to move with an attack on the White queen. (RL)} Nc6 {d5 was apparently better (RL)} 27.Qf3 Ne5 28.dxe5 Rxd3 29.Qb7 Rb3 30.Qd7 Qb5 31.Qxb5 Rxb5 32.Bd4 Bxe5 33.Re1 Bxh2+ 34.Kf1 Rxe1+ 35.Kxe1 Ra5 36.g3 Rxa6 37.Bc5 Rc6 38.Be3 Rc3 39.Bd4 Rc1+ 40.Ke2 Kf7 41.Kf3 Ke6 42.Kg2 Bg1 43.Be3 Ra1 44.Bd4 Rd1 45.Be3 Kd5 46.a4 Ra1 47.a5 Bxf2 48.Bxf2 Rxa5 49.Kf3 Ra4 50.Be1 h5 51.Bd2 Ke5 52.Bc1 Kf5 53.Bb2 Rb4 54.Bg7 Rb3+ 55.Kf2 Kg4 56.Be5 Rb5 57.Bd6 Rb2+ 58.Ke3 Rg2 {#R} 0-1
Sasha Jacobs (571) vs Chantelle Barnett (468)
[Event "BCC Championships - C Division"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.04.27"] [Round "2"] [White "Sasha Jacobs"] [Black "Chantelle Barnett"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "571"] [BlackElo "468"] [ECO "B02"] [Opening "Alekhine: Scandinavian, Exchange"] 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.exd5 Nxd5 4.Nxd5 Qxd5 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Be2 Qd8 7.O-O c6 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 e6 10.d4 Be7 11.Bf4 O-O 12.c4 Bd6 13.Bxd6 Qxd6 14.d5 cxd5 15.cxd5 exd5 16.Qxd5 Qxd5 17.Bxd5 Nc6 18.Rfe1 Rab8 19.Rac1 Nb4 20.Bb3 Nd3 21.Bd5 Nxe1 22.Rxe1 b6 23.g4 Rbe8 24.Rxe8 Rxe8 25.f4 Re2 26.b3 Rxa2 27.g5 Kf8 28.h4 Rd2 29.Bc4 Rd4 30.f5 Rxh4 31.Kg2 Rg4+ 32.Kf3 Rxg5 33.Ke4 h5 34.Bd5 h4 35.Kf4 Rh5 36.Kg4 Rh6 37.Kg5 h3 38.b4 h2 39.Bh1 a5 40.bxa5 bxa5 41.Kg4 a4 42.Kg3 a3 43.Bd5 a2 44.Bxa2 h1=Q 45.Kf2 Rh3 46.Ke2 Qg2+ 47.Ke1 Rh1# 0-1
Cassandra Barnett (1062) vs Michael Schreenan (945)
[Event "BCC Championships - Reserves"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.04.27"] [Round "2"] [White "Cassandra Barnett"] [Black "Michael Schreenan"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1062"] [BlackElo "945"] [ECO "D07"] [Opening "QGD: Chigorin, 3.Nc3 Nf6"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nf3 Bf5 6.a3 e6 7.e3 Bd6 8.Bc4 Nxc3 9.bxc3 O-O 10.O-O Qe7 11.Qa4 a6 12.Qd1 Rad8 13.Qe2 Bg4 14.e4 Na5 15.Bd3 Nb3 16.Rb1 Nxc1 17.Rfxc1 Bxa3 18.Rc2 b5 19.Ra2 Ra8 20.Rba1 b4 21.cxb4 Bxb4 22.Rxa6 Rxa6 23.Rxa6 f5 24.e5 Bc3 25.Bc4 f4 26.Qd3 Rb8?? {#r} 1-0
Jamie Brotheridge (1527) vs Harrison Harrison (1641)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.04.27"] [Round "2"] [White "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Black "Harrison Harrison"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1527"] [BlackElo "1641"] [ECO "A11"] [Opening "English: Caro-Kann Defence"] 1.c4 c6 2.d4 h6 3.Nf3 b6 4.Nc3 a6 5.g3 Bb7 6.Bg2 d5 7.cxd5 cxd5 8.Ne5 Nf6 9.Qb3 e6 10.a4 Bd6 11.Nf3 O-O 12.O-O Nc6 13.Rd1 Rc8 14.Qa2 Nb4 15.Qb1 a5 16.Bd2 Ba6 17.Bf1 Bb8 18.e3 Bxf1 19.Kxf1 Nd7 20.Nb5 Nc2 21.Ra2 Qf6 22.Kg2 g5 23.b3 g4 24.Ne5 Nxe5 25.dxe5 Qxe5 26.Kg1 Nb4 27.Bxb4 axb4 28.Qd3 f5 29.Qd4 Rc6 30.Qxb4 Rfc8 31.Nd4 Rc1 32.Ra1 R1c3 33.Re1 Qd6 34.Qxd6 Bxd6 35.Nxe6 Rxb3 36.Nd4 Rb2 37.Nxf5 Bf8 38.Nd4 Bc5 39.Ne6 Rc6 40.Nf4 Rd6 41.Red1 d4 42.Nd3 Rc2 43.Nxc5 bxc5 44.exd4 Rf6 45.a5 cxd4 46.Rxd4 Rfxf2 47.Rxg4+ Kh7 48.Rh4 Rf7 49.a6 Rcc7 50.Rb1 Rf6 51.Ra4 Ra7 52.Rb7+ Rxb7 53.axb7 Rb6 54.Ra7 Kg6 55.Ra6 {#r} 1-0
Kevin Perrin (1573) vs Rodney Jacobs (1695)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.04.27"] [Round "2"] [White "Kevin Perrin"] [Black "Rodney Jacobs"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1573"] [BlackElo "1695"] [ECO "D02"] [Opening "Queen's Pawn: 2.Nf3 Nf6"] 1.d4 {I had expected c4 or f4. The games between Kevin and I usully follow a familiar theme: 1. I get an advantage out of the opening; 2. Kevin finds dynamic possibilities in the middle game I have missed and comes out fighting; 3. it's a wild slugfest with sometimes him coming out on top, sometimes me. This game was more of a manoeuvering affair, ended by an unfortunate error. (RJ)} d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.e3 c5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Be2 Nc6 7.O-O Bf5 8.b3 Bd6 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.Bb2 O-O 11.Nd4 Bg6 12.Na3 Qe7 13.Nac2 Rad8 14.Rc1 Ne4? {Nxd4 (RJ)} 15.Nxc6! bxc6 16.Nd4 {Completing a neat little combination to free White up. (RJ) The engines now give white an edge of 1. (RJ)} Rc8 17.Bg4 {The engines give b4! (RJ)} f5 18.Bf3 Qd6 19.Rc2? {Overlooking Rxc5! (RJ)} Ng5 {It's back to even again. (RJ)} 20.Bh5 {Best (RJ)} Bb6 {Also best. (RJ)} 21.Bxg6 Qxg6 22.f4 {Not an outright error, but the programs prefer Qd3. It leaves a horrible hole on e4, but has the merit of preventing Black's intended f4. (RJ)} Ne4 23.Rf3 {According to the computers, this hands a slight initiative to Black. They recommend 23. b4, preventing 23........c5. (RJ)} Qe8? {Returning the favour. c5!} 24.Nxc6? {Maybe tiredness, but seeing a combination that's just not there. After the game, Kevin and I thought the position was pretty well even, and that White's best move might be 24. Rh3. The engines agree on both counts. Kevin, though, had far more time on his clock to play with.(RJ)} Rxc6 25.Qxd5+ Re6 {The move presumably overlooked by Kevin.} 26.Rc6? Qxc6 {#R} 0-1
Rodney Jacobs (1695) vs Jamie Brotheridge (1527)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.05.04"] [Round "3"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1695"] [BlackElo "1527"] [ECO "B12"] [Opening "Caro-Kann: Advance, 4.Nc3 e6"] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nc3 e6 5.g4 {The main book line from this position - 69% of games. (RJ). It looks risky for White, but isn't as, due to the closed centre, Black can't use his pieces to attack White's 'weakened' kingside. The logic may be that it will be natural for Black to expand on the queenside, so it's natural for White to get in first on the kingside - so it may as well be straight away, particularly as White can do so with tempi by kicking around the bishop. (RJ)} Bg6 6.h4 {A sideline. The main line continues with 6. Ne2. (RJ)} h6 {The usual move is h5. (RJ)} 7.Be3 {To prevent c5 for the moment. Usual is Nge2.(RJ)} Nd7 8.Nge2 a6 {Usual is c5 or Nge7. (RJ)} 9.Nf4 {f4 is usual (RJ)} Bh7 10.Bd3 Bxd3 11.Qxd3 Qc7 12.O-O Ne7 13.Nfe2? h5! 14.gxh5 Rxh5 15.Bg5 f6? 16.Nf4 Rh8 17.Nxe6 Qc8 18.exf6 gxf6 19.Bf4 Ne5! 20.dxe5 Qxe6 21.exf6 Qxf6 22.Bg5 Qg7? {Rg8 (RJ)} 23.Qg3 O-O-O 24.Na4! b5! 25.Qg4+ Kb7? 26.Nc5+ Kb6 27.Ne6 Qg6? 28.Qd4+ Kb7 29.Nxd8+ {#r} 1-0
Caitlin Barnett (1007) vs Dylan Douglas (856)
[Event "BCC Championships - B Division"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.05.04"] [Round "4"] [White "Caitlin Barnett"] [Black "Dylan Douglas"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1007"] [BlackElo "856"] [ECO "B50"] [Opening "Sicilian: 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Bb5 a6 5.Bxc6+ bxc6 6.d3 Bg4 7.h3 Be6 8.O-O g6 9.Be3 Bg7 10.e5 Qa5 11.exd6 exd6 12.Bd2 Nf6 13.Nd5 Qd8 14.Nf4 O-O 15.Nxe6 fxe6 16.Bg5 Rb8 17.Qe2 Re8 18.b3 Qa5 19.Qd2 Qxd2 20.Nxd2 Nd5 21.Rad1 Nb4 22.Nc4 Rbd8 23.Bxd8 Rxd8 24.Rfe1 d5 25.Na5 e5 26.c4 dxc4 27.dxc4 Rxd1 28.Rxd1 e4 29.Rd6 Bd4 30.Nxc6 Nxa2 31.Nxd4 cxd4 32.Rxd4 Nc3 33.Kf1 Kf7 34.c5 Ke6 35.Rc4 Nb5 36.Rxe4+ Kd5 37.Re7 Kxc5 38.Rxh7 Kb4 39.Rg7 Kxb3 40.Rxg6 a5 41.Ke1 a4 42.Rg3+ Kb2 43.Rg5 Nc3 44.Ra5 a3 45.Kd2 Ne4+ 46.Ke3 Nd6 47.Ra6 a2 48.Rb6+ Ka3? 49.Rxd6 {#r} 1-0
Chantelle Barnett (468) vs Kalen Douglas (542)
[Event "BCC Championships - C Division"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.05.04"] [Round "3"] [White "Chantelle Barnett"] [Black "Kalen Douglas"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "468"] [BlackElo "542"] [ECO "A04"] [Opening "Reti: 1...Nc6"] 1.Nf3 Nc6 2.g3 e5 3.d3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Bc5 5.O-O O-O 6.Nc3 d6 7.Na4 Bb4 8.Bd2 Bxd2 9.Qxd2 Bg4 10.Nc3 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 d5 12.e3 Re8 13.d4 exd4 14.exd4 Qd7 15.Rae1 Qf5 16.Bd1 a6 17.Kg2 Rad8 18.h3 h6 19.Na4 b5 20.Nc5 Rb8 21.Nxa6 Rbc8 22.Nb4 Nxb4 23.Qxb4 c6 24.Qc5 Qd7 25.Rxe8+ Rxe8 26.b3 Ne4 27.Qb4 Ng5 28.Bg4 Qe7 29.Qxe7 Rxe7 30.h4 Nh7 31.Bf5 Nf6 32.Bd3 g6 33.c4 b4 34.cxd5 Nxd5 35.Bc4 Nc3 36.Ra1 Ne4 37.a4 Nd2 38.a5 Nxc4 39.bxc4 Ra7 40.Rb1 Rxa5 41.Rxb4 h5 42.c5 Kg7 43.Rb6 f6 44.Rxc6 g5 45.Rc8 Ra4 46.hxg5 fxg5 47.Rd8 Kf7 48.c6 Rc4 49.Rd5 Kf6 50.Rd6+ Ke7 51.Rh6 h4 52.gxh4 g4 53.d5 Kd8 54.Rd6+ Kc7 55.Rg6 Kb8 56.h5 Kc7 57.h6 Ra4 58.h7 Ra8 59.Rg8 {C.B. A very good game played by Kalen, as I found it difficult to win. Thanks for the game Kalen.} {#r} 1-0
Anna Yates (1043) vs Cassandra Barnett (1062)
[Event "BCC Championships - Reserves"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.05.04"] [Round "3"] [White "Anna Yates"] [Black "Cassandra Barnett"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1043"] [BlackElo "1062"] [ECO "B07"] [Opening "Pirc: 2.d4"] 1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.Nbd2 c5 6.e5 dxe5 7.dxe5 Ng4 8.Qe2 O-O 9.O-O Qc7 10.e6 f6 11.Ne4 Nc6 12.Nxc5?? Nd4 13.Qe4?? Nxf3+ 14.Qxf3 Qxh2# {Sorry, Rodney, it was 14 moves; move 12 was the losing move. (C.B)} 0-1
Rob Loveband (1647) vs Heath Gooch (1777)
[Event "BCCCA 2017"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.05.04"] [Round "3"] [White "Rob Loveband"] [Black "Heath Gooch"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1647"] [BlackElo "1777"] [ECO "D12"] [Opening "Slav: 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nc3"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 dxc4 7.Bxc4 e6 8.O-O Nbd7 9.Re1 Nb6 10.Bb3 Nbd5 11.Nxd5 exd5 12.Ne5 Bb4 13.Bd2 Bxd2 14.Qxd2 Qe7 15.f3 O-O 16.Rac1 {Should've got the e4 push in there... the queen could've got to f4 to attack the black bishop if it took back on e4 (RL)} Nd7 17.Nd3 Rfe8 18.Nc5 Nxc5 19.Rxc5 Qd7 20.Bc2 Bxc2 21.Qxc2 g6 22.Rc3 Re6 23.Qf2 Rae8 24.Rc2 f5 25.Rce2 Qe7 26.Qg3 Qf6 27.f4 Re4 28.h4 Kf7 29.Qg5 Qxg5 30.hxg5 b6 31.b4 {#d} 1/2-1/2
Harrison Harrison (1641) vs Bas van Riel (1872)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "Balarat Library"] [Date "2017.05.08"] [Round "3"] [White "Harrison Harrison"] [Black "Bas van Riel"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1641"] [BlackElo "1872"] [ECO "A05"] [Opening "Reti: 1...Nf6"] 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.a4? d5 3.Ra3?? {White always starts with a minor advantage (due to his first move). However, already at move 3 he destroys his position for no reason. From here on, white will be under pressure with little hope of survival. Harrison has enormous tactical skills in the middle game (see his games in the recent Begonia tournament), which he usually applies to his great advantage. However, if he could adjust to playing logical openings, he can do even much better. Combined, Harrison could then confidently beat anyone in the club, any day, I believe. After the text move, though, he had no chance to create any initiative from a much lower base. (BvR)} e5 4.Nxe5 Bxa3 5.Nxa3 O-O 6.d4 Be6 7.Bg5 c5 8.dxc5 Qa5+ 9.c3 Qxc5 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Nd3 Qe7 12.g3 Nc6 13.Bg2 Rad8 14.O-O d4 15.Bxc6 bxc6 16.cxd4 Rxd4 17.Qc2 Bd5 18.Nf4 Qe4 19.Nxd5 Qxd5 20.e3 Rd2 21.Qc3 Kg7 22.e4! Qd4 23.Qxc6 Rxb2 24.e5 fxe5 25.Nc2 Qd3 26.Ne1 Qf5 27.Qc7 Rb1 28.Qxa7 Qe4 29.Qa5 Qe2 30.Qc3 Rd8 31.f4? {Black is threatening 31.. R8d1. White's move prevents that because now after 31...R8d1? the typical 'Harrison trap' 32.fxe5!, Rxe1; 33.e6!, Qe5 (only move); 34.Qxe5, Rxe5; 35. Rxb1 and white will be a pawn up.(BvR)} Re8 (31...Rdd1 32.fxe5 Rxe1 33.e6+ Qe5) 32.fxe5 Rxe5 33.Qf3 Qxf3 34.Nxf3 Rxf1+ 35.Kxf1 Ra5 36.Nh4 Kf6 37.Kg2 Rxa4 {The start of a obviously won endgame for black (which nevertheless 'ran away'!) due to the advantage of the exchange. The logical way to win was not very clear to me, and I did not have much time to think it through properly. In timetrouble, I missed 1 or 2 obvious lines, followed by a king-rook-knightfork on move 60. It is therefore too embarrassing and painful to publish the rest of the game. (BvR)} {#d} 1/2-1/2
Harrison Harrison (1641) vs Rodney Jacobs (1695)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.05.11"] [Round "4"] [White "Harrison Harrison"] [Black "Rodney Jacobs"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1641"] [BlackElo "1695"] [ECO "D00"] [Opening "Queen's Pawn: Veresov Attack"] 1.d4 {A disappointment! I hadspent some time preparing for the Harrison special 1. Nc3 (RJ)} d5 2.Nc3 {Breaking the old rule of C.J.S. Purdy about never, in queen pawn games, blocking your queen's bishop pawn (it usually being needed to advance to provide a lever in the centre.) But Harrison is not one to abide by rules!} Nf6 3.e3 Bf5 4.Qe2 {Presumably with the intention of playing Qb5 check. But the threat is easily met, and the queen is badly misplaced. (RJ)} c6 5.h3 h5 6.Nf3 Na6 7.a3 e6 8.b4 Bxb4!? {Couldn't resist it, winning 3 pawns for the piece and the White king about to be stuck in the centre for a long time to come. I was given a lot of confidence by fact that the white queen and king's bishop are blocking the king's escape routes. I felt in some lines there would be chances of creating threats by advancing my a pawn into White's position, supported by the rook. Stockfish 7 feels it is not objectively the best move, but calls it dead even after it is played. (RJ).} 9.axb4 Nxb4 10.Rb1! {Best (RJ)} Nxc2+ 11.Kd1 Qe7! {Best. Defending b7 and b4, which is the potential support square for the knight. (RJ)} 12.Nd2 {It's very complex. The programs disagree on what's best for White to do here. (RJ)} a5 {To support the intended Nb4, particularly in view of the possible reply Ba3, and with continuing ideas of advancing further. (RJ)} 13.Rb2! {Best. (RJ)} Nb4 {Again best (RJ)} 14.e4! {Deep Shredder likes this. Stockfish 7 gives Black a 1.28 advantage at this point. (RJ)} dxe4 15.Ndxe4 O-O-O {Giving up on dreams of advancing the a pawn further, but getting pressure on the d pawn with tempo.} 16.Rd2! {Harrison is defending very accurately. (RJ)} Bxe4!? {Best is 16........Nxd4 17. Nxd4 e5. (RJ)} 17.Nxe4 Nfd5 {Stockfish 7 now calls it even. (RJ)} 18.Qc4? {I thought this was pretty strong, but the programs say Ke1 is the move. (RJ)} f5? {Returning the favour. e5! (RJ)} 19.Nc3! e5! 20.Re2? {A serious error. (RJ)} e4? {As is this. Ng3! with an advantage of 3.5. But Black still has the upper hand.(RJ)} 21.h4? {With the idea of threatening Bg5. But White doesn't have time for this - there are bigger issues to deal with. (RJ)} Nb6! {Banking on 22. Bg5 Qxg5 23. Qxb4 ab 24. hg bc, remaining 3 pawns up, still attacking the d pawn and with White's position wrecked. But there's a hole in the analysis.....23. Qe6! (RJ)} 22.Bg5 Qxg5?? {Lazily not carrying out the final check which all chessplayers are supposed to make. 22....Qd6 is crushing. 22....Nxc4 also wins.(RJ)} 23.Qe6+! {Dancing away from the attack, with the Black queen still en prise.(RJ) About a year ago Harrison had me smashed, but gifted me the game right at the end. So we're about even. An annoying finish, but a very interesting game.(RJ)} {#r} 1-0
Cameron Frame vs Chantelle Barnett (468)
[Event "BCC Championships - C Division"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.05.11"] [Round "4"] [White "Cameron Frame"] [Black "Chantelle Barnett"] [Result "0-1"] [BlackElo "468"] [ECO "B02"] [Opening "Alekhine: Scandinavian, Exchange"] 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.exd5 Nxd5 4.Nxd5 Qxd5 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Bd3 Bxf3 7.gxf3 Qe6+ 8.Kf1 Nc6 9.f4 O-O-O 10.f5 Qf6 11.Qg4 Ne5 12.Qe2 Nxd3 13.cxd3 Qxf5 14.d4 Rxd4 15.b4 Rxb4 16.Ba3 Re4 17.Qd3 e6 18.Bb2 Bc5 19.Bc3 Qxf2# 0-1
Caitlin Barnett (1007) vs Sean Macak (770)
[Event "BCC Championships - B Division"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.05.11"] [Round "2"] [White "Caitlin Barnett"] [Black "Sean Macak"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1007"] [BlackElo "770"] [ECO "C41"] [Opening "Philidor: 3.Bc4"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Be7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.O-O h6 6.d3 Nf6 7.Bd5 Bd7 8.Be3 Nxd5 9.Nxd5 Be6 10.Nxe7 Qxe7 11.d4 Rd8? 12.d5! Bxd5 13.exd5 Nb4 14.c3 Na6 15.Bxa7 b6 16.Qa4+ Qd7 17.Qxa6 Ra8 18.Qb7 O-O 19.Bxb6 Qb5 20.Qxc7 Qxd5 21.Qd7 Rab8 22.Bc7 Rb7 23.Qxd6 Qe6 24.Qxe6 fxe6 25.Bxe5 Rxb2 26.c4 Re2 27.h3? Rxf3 28.gxf3 Rxe5 29.Rfe1 Rf5 30.Rxe6 Rxf3 31.Re3 Rf4 32.Rc3 Kh7 33.c5 g5 34.Kg2 h5 35.c6 Rf8 36.f3 Kg6 37.c7 Rc8 38.a4 Kf5 39.a5 h4 40.a6 Rxc7 41.Rxc7 g4 42.fxg4+ Kf4 43.Ra4+ Ke3 44.Rc3+ Kd2 45.Rf3 Kc2 46.Ra2+ Kb1 47.Re2 Kc1 48.Rf1# 1-0
Ben Naughton (1313) vs Rob Loveband (1647)
[Event "BCCCA 2017"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.05.11"] [Round "4"] [White "Ben Naughton"] [Black "Rob Loveband"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1313"] [BlackElo "1647"] [ECO "C00"] [Opening "French: 2.Nf3"] 1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 Bb4 8.Bd3 d5 9.Bd2 Qc7 10.O-O Bd6 11.f4 dxe4 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.Bxe4 Ba6 14.Qf3 Rc8 15.Bd3 Bxd3 16.Qxd3 O-O 17.Rf3 Rfd8 18.Qc3 Be7 19.Rb1 Bf6 20.Qa5 Bd4+ 21.Kh1 Bb6 22.Qc3 Rd5 23.Be3 Rcd8 24.Rbf1 Qd7 25.Bxb6 axb6 26.h3 Rc5 27.Qb3 b5 28.Rd3 Rd5 29.Rff3 c5 30.Rxd5 exd5 31.Qd3 h6 32.f5 f6 33.h4 d4 34.b3 Ra8 35.b4 c4 36.Qe2 Rxa2 37.Qd1 Ra4 38.Qd2 Qd6 39.c3?? Ra1+ {#R} 0-1
Kevin Perrin (1573) vs James Watson (1863)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Date "2017.05.11"] [Round "4"] [White "Kevin Perrin"] [Black "James Watson"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1573"] [BlackElo "1863"] [ECO "C44"] [Opening "Scotch: Goring Gambit, 4...d5"] {Comments to come} 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.c3 d5 5.Nxd4 dxe4 6.Be3?! {(JW) Nxc6 is better.} Ne5 7.Be2 Nf6 8.O-O c6 9.Na3?! Bd6 10.Nc4 Nxc4 11.Bxc4 Bxh2+!? {(JW) This is still good for black. But a simple move like castles leaves black with a solid advantage. It seemed too intruiging to skip though.} 12.Kxh2 Ng4+ 13.Kg1 Qc7! 14.g3 Nxe3 15.fxe3 Qxg3+ 16.Kh1 Qh4+ {(JW) I'd had a long think here as black has a lot of interesting ideas. probably after something simple like castles black would be the preferable side even though my engine seems to think almost every continuation from here is a draw, not even because of perpetual. I chose this because I decided to win the exchange} 17.Kg1 Bh3 18.Bxf7+ Ke7 19.Qe2 Bxf1 {(JW) had white played Qd2/c2 I'd have had to check on g5 before taking the rook} 20.Rxf1 Qg3+ 21.Kh1 Qh3+ 22.Kg1 Rhf8 23.Nf5+ Kxf7 24.Qc4+ Kg6 25.Qe6+ Kg5 26.Qe7+ Rf6 27.Rf2!? {(JW) during play I thought this was brilliant as its the one move I hadnt seen. Though it turns out that it objectivly allows black a win with 27...Raf8!} Kg4?? 28.Qxe4+ Kh5 {(JW) Kg5 is still pretty reasonable} 29.Nxg7+ Kh6 30.Rxf6+ Kxg7 31.Qe7+ Kg8 32.Rf2!! {(JW) The only winning move. any other move and the game is still even.} {#r} 1-0
Bas van Riel (1872) vs Heath Gooch (1777)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "?"] [Date "2017.05.11"] [Round "4"] [White "Bas van Riel"] [Black "Heath Gooch"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1872"] [BlackElo "1777"] [ECO "B18"] [Opening "Caro-Kann: Classical"] {B18: Classical Caro-Kann: 4...Bf5 sidelines} 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.Bc4 {Heath and myself played this opening (Caro-Kann) in the 1st round of the 2013 Country Victorian Championship in Swan Hill. Instead of 6.Bc4, I played Bd3, the classical line of the Caro-Kann After 22 moves, I offered a draw in a worse position for me/white. This time, I tried something different, to avoid a repeat. For the record, back in 2013,Heath had a rating of 1003 and mine was 1704 at the time. Therefore, a disappointing result for me, although I played a good tournament, further on, finishing equal 4-5th on 4/6 points. On the other hand, Heath, despite his deserved draw against me, only collected another 2 points thanks to a bye, and a win against the weakest player. See also (BvR)} e6 7.N1e2 Nd7 8.O-O Bd6 9.Bf4 Nb6 10.Bb3 Nd5 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 12.Qd2 Ngf6 13.c4 Ne7 14.Rad1 Nf5 15.Nf4? {15.d5 would have been more forcefull, with some advantage for white (BvR)} Rd8 16.Nxf5 Bxf5 17.f3 O-O 18.Qe3 Rfe8 19.Rfe1 h6 20.g3 {The positions are still completely balanced, with black treading water, and white searching for an opening or tagret (BvR)} a6 21.Qe5 Qxe5 22.dxe5 Nd7 23.Rd6 {This move, at first glance, looks like a logical and good continuation, ie increasing pressure along the d-file. But, in fact, it reflects impatience, and it is the beginning of a poorly designed plan. (BvR)} Nc5 {Good move: suddenly white's pieces can't coordinate effectively and its bishop becomes crippled (BvR)} 24.Red1 Rxd6 25.Rxd6 Kf8 26.Bd1? {This move was to preserve my bishop and prepare b4 etc. I still assessed the position as postive for white, whereas the engine (Fritz) rates black as close to winning (!?) at -0.94! No less...} Ke7 {Black's threat is 27...Nd7 attacking the un-defencible pawn e5 (BvR)} 27.Nh5 Bg6! {Heath is making very sensible moves} 28.Nf4 {28. f4 would have been the better move, but black has the initiative (BvR)} Bb1 29.Nh5 Nd7? {Black allows white an escape, which unfortunately was not spotted (BvR)} 30.f4 Bxa2 31.Nxg7 Rd8 { Not 31...Rg8, because of 32.Rxd7 and 33.Nf6+ winning} 32.b3 {32.Be2 would have given a reasonable chance to hold the draw, but the text move tipped the balance too far in black's favour (BvR)} Nc5! 33.Rxd8 Kxd8 34.f5? {Desperation, as 34. b4, Nd3 would loose pawns (and the game) for white} Bxb3 35.Bxb3 Nxb3 36.fxe6 fxe6 37.Nxe6+ Ke7 38.Nf4 Nd2 39.Nd3 Nxc4 40.Kf2 a5 41.Kf3 a4 42.Ke4 a3 43.Nb4 c5 44.Na2 Ke6 {White resigns. Heath's revenge? See comments at move 6. There were no fireworks or anything special in this game. However, Heath confidently punished white's poor planning and decision-making. (BvR)} {#R} 0-1
James Watson (1863) vs Jamie Brotheridge (1527)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Date "2017.05.18"] [Round "5"] [White "James Watson"] [Black "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1863"] [BlackElo "1527"] [ECO "D82"] [Opening "Gruenfeld: 4.Bf4"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 a6 5.e3 {(JW) Trying to win a pawn by 5.Nxd5 Nxd5 6.cxd5 Qxd5 7.Bxc7 is too dangerous because of 7...e5!} Bg7? {(JW) However now it is perfectly fine for white to pocket the extra pawn} 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Nxd5 Qxd5 8.Bxc7 Nc6 9.Nf3 {(JW) Infact missing the nuanced 9.Ne2!} Bg4 10.Be2 Rc8 11.Bg3 O-O 12.O-O Rfd8 13.h3 Bh5 14.Bh4 Bxf3? {(JW) 14...h6! was the best defence to the threat of g4} 15.Bxf3 Qd6 16.Qb3 Bf6 17.Bxf6 Qxf6 18.Qxb7 Na5 19.Qb4 Nc4 20.b3 Nd6 21.Qb6 Ne8 22.Qxf6 Nxf6 23.Bb7 Rc2 24.Rfc1 Rb2 25.Bxa6 Kg7 26.Bc4 Ne4 27.Bd3 {(JW) The point being to give back a pawn for a simply winning Rook and pawn endgame 27...Nxf2 28.Bc2 Rc8 29.Kxf2 Rxc2+ 30.Rxc2 Rxc2+ 31.Kf3} Nf6 28.Rc2 Rxc2 29.Bxc2 {#r} 1-0
Rob Loveband (1647) vs Patrick Cook (1642)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.05.18"] [Round "5"] [White "Rob Loveband"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1647"] [BlackElo "1642"] [ECO "C17"] [Opening "French: Winawer, 5.a3"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Nf3 Nbc6 8.Be2 O-O 9.Bg5 Qc7 10.Qd2 Bd7 11.h4 cxd4 12.cxd4 Rfe8 13.Kf1 Na5 14.Bd3 Nc4 15.Qc1 Rac8 16.Bxe7 Rxe7 17.Bxh7+? {Not very sound... but it made the game interesting (RL)} Kxh7 18.Qg5 Be8 19.Qh5+ Kg8 20.Ng5 Rd7? {Much better was Nd2+ 21.Kg1 Qxc2 covering the h7 square and stopping any attack} 21.Qh7+ Kf8 22.Qh8+ Ke7 23.Qxg7 Kd8 24.Qf6+ Re7 25.Kg1 Nd2 26.Rc1? Nb3 27.Rd1 Qxc2 28.Kh2 Qg6 29.g4 Qxf6 30.exf6 Rec7 31.Rd3 Nc1 32.Re3 Rc4 33.Rd1 Rc3 34.Rxc3 Rxc3 35.Rxc1!? {I thought I might as well clear pieces off so the h and g pawns can have a run for the end of the board (RL)} Rxc1 36.h5 Bb5? {This didn't turn out because the e2 square its heading to for an attack on the pawns will soon be blocked out by the knight. Better was Ba4 {RL)} 37.Nxf7+ Kd7 38.g5 Be2 39.Ne5+ Kd6 40.f3!? {I probably could have queened quicker by just pushing the g pawn (RL} Rc4 41.g6 Rxd4 42.g7 Kxe5 43.f7 Bxf3 44.f8=Q Bxh5 45.Qb8+ Kf6 46.Qf8+ Ke5 47.g8=Q Rh4+ 48.Kg3 Rg4+ 49.Qxg4 Bxg4 50.Kxg4 d4 51.Qf3 b6 52.a4 Kd6 53.Qe4 e5 54.Kf5 Kc5 55.Kxe5 a6 56.Qxd4+ Kc6 57.Qd6+ Kb7 58.Qd7+ Kb8 59.Kd5 b5 60.Kc6 {#r} 1-0
Louis Douglas (785) vs Caitlin Barnett (1007)
[Event "BCC Championships - B Division"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.05.18"] [Round "5"] [White "Louis Douglas"] [Black "Caitlin Barnett"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "785"] [BlackElo "1007"] [ECO "A00"] [Opening "Saragossa"] 1.c3 Nf6 2.d4 d5 3.e3 Nc6 4.Bd3 e6 5.Nf3 Bd6 6.O-O Ne4 7.Re1 O-O 8.c4 Bb4 9.Re2 b6 10.a3 Bd6 11.Bd2 Ng5 12.Re1 Nxf3+ 13.Qxf3 Ba6 14.b3 Rb8 15.Bc3 Qg5 16.e4 Qf4 17.Qe2?? Qxh2+ {#R} 0-1
Chantelle Barnett (468) vs Leonard Goodison (394)
[Event "BCC Championships - C Division"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.05.18"] [Round "5"] [White "Chantelle Barnett"] [Black "Leonard Goodison"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "468"] [BlackElo "394"] [ECO "A04"] [Opening "Reti: 1...Nc6"] 1.Nf3 Nc6 2.g3 e5 3.d3 Nf6 4.Bg2 d5 5.O-O Bc5 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Bxf6 Bxf6 8.c3 O-O 9.d4 exd4 10.cxd4 Bg4 11.e3 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 Qd7 13.Nc3 Qf5 14.Bxd5 Rad8 15.Bxc6 bxc6 16.Ne2 Bg5 17.Qb1 Qh3 18.Qe4 Rd6 19.Qg2 Qg4 20.Nf4 Bxf4 21.gxf4 Qxg2+ 22.Kxg2 Rg6+ 23.Kf3 Rb8 24.b3 f5 25.Rg1 Rh6 26.Rg2 Rh3+ 27.Ke2 a5 28.Rag1 g6 29.Rh1 Ra8 30.Rg3 Rxg3 31.fxg3 a4 32.bxa4 Rxa4 33.Ra1 Rc4 34.Kd3 Ra4 35.a3 Ra5 36.a4 c5 37.dxc5 Rxc5 38.Kd4 Rc2 39.a5 Rb2 40.a6 Rb8 41.a7 Ra8 42.Kc5 c6 43.Kxc6 Rc8+ 44.Kb7 {#r} 1-0
Tom Oppenheim (1114) vs Cassandra Barnett (1062)
[Event "BCC Championships - Reserves"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.05.18"] [Round "5"] [White "Tom Oppenheim"] [Black "Cassandra Barnett"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1114"] [BlackElo "1062"] [ECO "A10"] [Opening "English: 1...d6"] 1.c4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.e4 Bg7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Nc3 O-O 6.Be2 c5 7.d5 Re8 8.O-O e6 9.Be3 exd5 10.exd5 Bf5 11.h3 Ne4 12.Nxe4 Bxe4 13.Bd3 Qe7 14.Rb1 Nd7 15.Bxe4 Qxe4 16.b3 Ne5 17.Nxe5 Qxe5 18.Re1 Qf5 19.a3 Re7 20.b4 b6 21.bxc5 bxc5 22.Qa4 Rae8 23.Qc6 Bd4 24.Qxd6 Bxe3 25.fxe3 Rxe3 26.Rf1 Qe4 27.Qxc5 Re2 28.Rf3 Qxb1+ 29.Kh2 Qc2 30.Rg3 Rf2 31.d6 Ree2 32.Qc6 Rd2 33.d7 Qf5? {33.Kg7!, and white cannot promote his d-pawn, eg.33...Qc7;34.Rxg2+ and checkmate (BvR)} 34.Qa8+ Kg7 35.d8=Q Rxd8 36.Qxd8 Qc5 37.Qd5 Rf5 38.Qxc5 Rxc5 39.Rc3 Kf6 40.Kg3 Ke5 41.Rb3 Rc7 42.Kf3 Kd4 43.Rb4 a5 44.Ra4? {Very dangerous to lock up the rook (BvR)} Rc5! 45.g4 h6 46.h4 Kc3 47.Ke4 Rxc4+? {A pity that black did not follow through after all the good earlier work, via a nifty tactic: 47...f6!; e.g.48.Ke3, Kb3; 49.Kd4, Re5; or 48.g5, hxg5 49.hxg5, Rxg5;50.c4, Rg4+ and in both cases white looses his rook (BvR)} 48.Rxc4+ Kxc4 49.g5 hxg5 50.hxg5 Kb3 51.Ke5 Kxa3 52.Kf6 Kb3 53.Kxf7 a4 54.Kxg6 a3 55.Kh7 a2 56.g6 a1=Q 57.g7 Qh1+ 58.Kg8 Kc4 59.Kf8 Qf3+ 60.Kg8 Kd5 61.Kh8 Qh5+ 62.Kg8 Ke6 63.Kf8 Qf5+ 64.Kg8 Kf6 65.Kh8 Qh5+ 66.Kg8 Kg6 67.Kf8 Qf5+ 68.Kg8 Qf6 {#R} 0-1
Harrison Harrison (1641) vs James Watson (1863)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Date "2017.05.25"] [Round "6"] [White "Harrison Harrison"] [Black "James Watson"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1641"] [BlackElo "1863"] [ECO "A00"] [Opening "Barnes Opening"] 1.f3?! e5 2.e3 d5 3.b3 Bd6 4.a3 f5 5.g3 Nf6 6.Nh3 Nbd7 7.Qe2 Qe7 8.Bg2 c6 9.O-O h5 10.Bb2 h4 11.g4 fxg4 12.fxg4 Nf8 13.g5 Ne4 14.Bxe4 Bxh3 15.Bg2 Qxg5 16.Rf2?? {(JW) going from a much worse position to a totally lost one. Kh1 was the only move} Bg4! 17.Qe1 h3 18.e4 Bf3 19.exd5 Bxg2 {(JW) 19...e4!! was already mate in 9} 20.dxc6 Bxc6+ 21.Kf1 Bg2+ 22.Kg1 Ng6 23.d3 Nh4 24.Nd2 O-O-O 25.b4 e4 26.Bd4 Bxh2+ 27.Kxh2 Rxd4 28.Nxe4 Bxe4 29.Qc3+ Bc6 30.Rg1 Qe5+ 31.Rg3 Nf3+ 32.Rxf3 Qe2+ 33.Kh1 h2 34.Qa1 {(JW) Technically white lost on time right before playing this. But as Harrison played this right as the flag fell I figured I'd add what would be the finish} Qxf3+ 35.Rxf3 Bxf3# 0-1
Caitlin Barnett (1007) vs Michael Schreenan (945)
[Event "BCC Championships - B Division"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.05.25"] [Round "6"] [White "Caitlin Barnett"] [Black "Michael Schreenan"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1007"] [BlackElo "945"] [ECO "C65"] [Opening "Spanish: Berlin Defence"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bc5 5.O-O Ng4 6.h3 h5 7.d3 Nf6 8.Bxc6 dxc6 9.Nxe5 Qd4 10.Nf3 Qb4 11.a3 Qb6 12.d4 Be7 13.Qd3 O-O 14.Ng5 g6 15.b4 Rd8 16.Na4 Qa6 17.Qxa6 bxa6 18.c3 Bb7 19.Nf3? Nxe4 20.Re1 c5 21.Nxc5 Bxc5 22.dxc5 Nxc3 23.Bg5 Re8 24.Bf4 Bxf3 25.gxf3 Rxe1+ 26.Rxe1 Nd5 27.Bg3 c6 28.Rd1 Nc3 29.Rd6 Rc8 30.Rd7 Nb5 31.a4 Nc7? 32.Rxc7 Rxc7 33.Bxc7 {#r} 1-0
Kevin Perrin (1573) vs Rob Loveband (1647)
[Event "BCCCA 2017"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.05.25"] [Round "6"] [White "Kevin Perrin"] [Black "Rob Loveband"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1573"] [BlackElo "1647"] [ECO "A15"] [Opening "English: Anglo-Indian"] 1.c4 Nf6 2.d4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 d5 6.e3 O-O 7.Nf3 Nbd7 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Bd3 c5 10.O-O c4 11.Bc2 Ne4 12.Bxe4 dxe4 13.Nd2 Nf6 14.Qa4 a6 15.Qxc4 Bd7 16.Qb3 b5 17.Bb2 Rc8 18.Rac1 Be6 19.Qd1 Re8 20.a4 Bg4 21.Qb3 bxa4 22.Qxa4 Be2 23.Rfe1 Bb5 24.Qa2 Bd3 25.c4 Qb6 26.c5 Qb4 27.Bc3 Qb5 28.Ba5 Qc6 29.Nc4 Qd5 30.Qa4 Re6 31.Nb6 Bb5 32.Qa3 Qc6 33.Nxc8 Qxc8 34.Red1 Nd5 35.Qb3 Qc6 36.Ra1 g6 37.Rdc1 Kg7 38.Bd8 f6 39.Ra3 Re8 40.Ba5 Re7 41.Rb1 Rd7 42.Bd2 Re7 43.Ra5 Rb7 44.h3 f5 45.Qa2 Nc7 46.Rbxb5 axb5 47.Ra7 Nd5 48.Ra6 Nb6 49.cxb6 Rxb6 50.Rxb6 Qxb6 51.d5 Kf8 52.Bb4+ Kg7 53.Qb2+ Kf7 54.Qe5 Qb7 55.d6 Qd7 56.Qe7+ Qxe7 57.dxe7 {#r} 1-0
Rodney Jacobs (1695) vs Robert Bailey (1524)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.05.25"] [Round "6"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Robert Bailey"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1695"] [BlackElo "1524"] [ECO "B53"] [Opening "Sicilian: 2...d6 3.d4 cxd4"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.c3 dxc3 {Rod and I have had numerous fascinating duels in the Sicilian and Morra Gambit since 2012. In the last encounter, I tried the d3 push here (2014/Koelle) This time I wanted to try and take the gambit on more directly given my tough start to the Championship. (RB)} 5.Nxc3 Nc6 6.Bc4 a6 {More common is e6. But a6 is well known. (RJ)} 7.O-O Nf6 8.Bg5 {Qe2 is most commonly played, according to Chessbase. But, after Rob's slightly unusual move order (a6 rather than e6) Bg4 is on and I did not like the look of it. Interestingly, Qe2 in this position only has an 11% success rate. (RJ) Bg5 surprised me a little and I had to hold back my desire to push an immediate b5. Maybe h6 is ok too. (RB)} e6 {If now 8......Bg4, 9. Qb3! with advantage to White. (RJ)} 9.Qe2 Be7 10.Rfd1 Qc7 11.Rac1 {Still following a book line. (RJ)} Qb8! {The second most popular move on Chessbase, with a 100% strike rate! (RJ) I first encountered this idea in a Morra Gambit against Svetozar Stoijc at the Begonia Open a few years ago. I found it interesting and wanted to try it here. (RB)} 12.a4 {Bb3 is more commonly played. (RJ)} O-O 13.Rd2 {Departing from book. Probably too slow. Accepted moves are Bf4, lining up the Black queen, or h3, presumably to prevent Ng4 or a later Bg4. (RJ)} Rd8 14.Rcd1 {The engines now give Black a .5 advantage. (RJ)} Ng4 {At the board I felt this was a bit dubious and it is. Stockfish 7 gives h6.(RJ) I agree Rod - this wasn't very good. I think I felt the pressure of trying to play actively here - I missed the useful 16. h3! which leaves my knight somewhat stranded on h6 in view of avoiding the looming e5 push. (RB)} 15.Bxe7 Nxe7 16.h3 Nh6 {Now White has an edge. (RJ) My pieces are passive and distinctly lacking in co-ordination; but I had to hang in there! (RB)} 17.Ng5 {I thought for a long time about g4, threatening to win the knight. It would have been a better move, (RJ)} b6 {I didn't really know what to do with the white squared bishop and sensed an archetypal piece sacrifice was coming on e6; just couldn't be sure when. As it turns out, the bishop proved a blessing on b7. (RB)} 18.f4 {Again I almost played Qe3, eyeing off the b6 pawn and preventing Bb7 for the moment. Again, it would have been a better choice. (RJ)} Bb7 {Stockfish 2 gives White a .62 plus here, and recommends Qf2. I had thought about that, but was worried about the reply Qc7, followed by Qc5, forcing the exchange of queens. (RJ)} 19.Bxe6!? {Yes, the third game in a row that I have sacrificed a piece for 2-3 pawns! Here, while objectively it may not be the best move, Stockfish 7 gives the position as even after it. I felt the position called for it. I couldn't see any other way of keeping the initiative, which I felt might be lost after Black's threatened d5. And, with the Morra, the initiative is everything!(RJ)} fxe6 20.Nxe6 Rd7! {Best. Continues to protect the d pawn, and also protects the g pawn in some variations. Also it leaves the first rank free for the Black queen to slide across to defend the kingside. (RJ)} 21.Rd3 {With hopes of swinging over to g3. Stockfish 7 prefers f5, Deep Shredder f5. (RJ)} Ng6 {Best. (RJ)} 22.g4 {Stockfish 7 likes e5, Deep Shredder Qh5, which I almost played. (RJ)} Nf7 {Again best. Superb defensive play by Rob. (RJ)} 23.Qf2 {Best. But Black has an advantage of about 2 here. (RJ)} Nf8 {Black would obviously like to exchange down and remain his piece up! (RJ)} 24.Nd4 {Which White doesn's want.} Qe8 25.Re3 Ne6! {Again tormenting White with invitations to exchange pieces. (RJ)} 26.Nf5 Nc5 {Rob's first inaccuracy, g6! is best here. (RJ) Sadly, I'd only seen b4 after I played this (RB)} 27.Rde1 {As so often happens, returning the favour. b4! is best. Black would, though, still have an advantage of about 1. (RJ)} g6 {But the programs indicate g6 is not now the best move. Both recommend a5. preventing b4. (RJ)} 28.Nd4 {Again b4 is far better. (RJ)} Re7! {Now it's White who's on the defensive. (RJ)} 29.Qe2? {Flustered, missing Qc2.} Nxa4 30.f5 {Still continuing the 'attack.' (RJ)} Nxc3 31.bxc3 Ne5 32.Ne6 {A great snapshot. It's not often that you see every square on a file occupied! (RJ) Nice! To be honest, I didn't fully appreciate this at the time, as I was fixated upon the dangerous looking steed at my e6! (RB)} Rxe6 33.fxe6 {Qa2 was possible, but it would have made no difference. White is now crushed. Each of us only now had about 2 minutes left. Black now very nicely mops up.(RJ)} Qxe6 34.Qc2 Rf8 35.Rb1 Nc4 36.Ree1 b5 37.Qe2 Rf4 38.Rf1 Qxe4 39.Qxe4 Rxe4 40.Rbc1 Re2 41.Rf4 Rg2+ 42.Kf1 Rh2 43.Re1 Nd2+ 44.Kg1 Rg2+ {A superb example of calm, accurate defensive play by Rob. Looking over the game, I'm happy that I played as well as I can. The sacrifice was relatively sound. The problem is that my opponent was able to come up with the best move again and again, until it was he who was on top. (RJ) Many kind thanks to Rod for the analysis and compliments. I always enjoy our games despite often coming off the worse (as in the last couple of Club Championships) It's always a pleasurable challenge to meet a player over the board with such an active aggressive style as Rod's. (RB)} {#R} 0-1
Kalen Douglas (542) vs Sasha Jacobs (571)
[Event "BCCC2017 'C'"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.05.25"] [Round "6"] [White "Kalen Douglas"] [Black "Sasha Jacobs"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "542"] [BlackElo "571"] [ECO "C47"] [Opening "Four Knights: Italian Variation"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bc4 Bb4 5.Nd5 Nxe4 6.O-O O-O 7.d3 Nd6 8.Bg5 f6 9.Nxb4+ Nxc4 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.dxc4 fxg5 12.Nxe5 Qe8 13.Re1 d6 14.Ng4 Qf7 15.Rf1 Qxc4 16.b3 Bxg4 17.bxc4 Bxd1 18.Raxd1 Rab8 19.a3 Rfd8 20.Rfe1 d5 21.cxd5 cxd5 22.Rb1 Rxb1 23.Rxb1 c5 24.c3 d4 25.cxd4 cxd4 26.Rd1 Kf7 27.f3 Ke6 28.g4 Ke5 29.Kf2 Kf4 30.Rd3 g6 31.a4 h5 32.h3 Ke5 33.a5 Kd5 34.a6 Kc5 35.Ke2 Kb5 36.Ra3 Rc8 37.Kd3 Rc3+ 38.Rxc3 dxc3 39.Kxc3 Kxa6 40.Kb4 Kb6 41.gxh5 gxh5 42.Ka4 a5 43.Kb3 Kb5 44.Ka3 a4 45.Ka2 Kb4 46.Kb2 a3+ 47.Ka2 Ka4 48.Kb1 Kb3 49.Ka1 a2 50.h4 gxh4 51.f4 h3 52.f5 h2 {#R} 0-1
Bryce Guest vs Chantelle Barnett (468)
[Event "BCC Championships - C Division"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.05.25"] [Round "6"] [White "Bryce Guest"] [Black "Chantelle Barnett"] [Result "0-1"] [BlackElo "468"] [ECO "A45"] [Opening "Indian: 2.Nc3"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.e4 d6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bf4 O-O 6.Bc4 Bg4 7.Qd3 c6 8.e5 dxe5 9.Nxe5 Be6 10.d5 Bxd5 11.Nxd5 Nxd5 12.Qb3 Nxf4 13.Bxf7+ Kh8 14.Rd1 Nxg2+ 15.Kf1 Qxd1+ 16.Kxg2 Qd6 17.Re1 Bxe5 18.Qe6 Qxe6 19.Bxe6 Bxb2 20.Rf1 Rf6 21.Bh3 Bd4 22.Rb1 Rxf2+ 23.Kh1 b6 24.Re1 e5 25.Rc1 Be3 26.Rd1 Rxc2 27.Rd8+ Kg7 28.Bf1 Rd2 29.Rc8 Rd4 30.Rc7+ Nd7 31.Ba6 Rd8 32.Be2 Kf7 33.Rxc6 Ke7 34.Rc3 Bf4 35.Rh3 Rd2 36.Rxh7+ Kf6 37.Bf3 Nf8 38.Rh8 Kg7 39.Rh3 Rxa2 40.Bg2 Rd1+ 41.Bf1 Rxf1# 0-1
Jamie Brotheridge (1527) vs Peter Lumsdon (1724)
[Event "BCCCA 2017"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.05.25"] [Round "6"] [White "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Black "Peter Lumsdon"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1527"] [BlackElo "1724"] [ECO "A15"] [Opening "English: Anglo-Indian, 2.g3"] 1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 c6 3.Bg2 e6 4.Nf3 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.d3 Be7 7.O-O O-O 8.Nbd2 Nbd7 9.b3 Re8 10.Bb2 Bd6 11.Bh3 Ne5 12.Bxc8 Rxc8 13.Nxe5 Bxe5 14.Bxe5 Rxe5 15.Nf3 Re7 16.Qd2 Qd7 17.Kg2 Rce8 18.Rae1 Qf5 19.h4 Qg4 20.e3 h6 21.Rh1 Nh5 22.Qc3 Nxg3 {Turns out that Rxe3 instead was the go! I only looked as far as 22..Rxe3 23.Rxe3,Rxe3 24.fxe3,Qxg3+ 25.Kf1, Qxf3+ 26.Kg1 or Ke1 in one line which was good: but what if 23.fxe3?Qxg3+ 24.Kf1,Qxf3+ 25.Kg1 I hadn't visualised either Re6 threatening mate nor Ng3; if I had seen that I'd have thought "He just moves his Rh2 and he's the exchange up! Didn't see the capture on e3 either.(PL)} 23.fxg3 Rxe3 24.Rxe3 Rxe3 {Again confused I saw the check on e2 with my R and forgot that his R would be on f1 and could simply block. In other words I thought his K was going backwards and getting mated!(PL)} 25.Rf1 f5 {Now Qc2 and then f2 is to white's advantage, even though the third d3 pawn falls. A piece is a piece at this stage of the game so white is better. (PL)} 26.Qd4?? {Losing the N as the black rook is supported by the pawn if the Q's come off.(PL)} Rxf3 27.Qe5 Rxf1 28.Kxf1 Qd1+ 29.Kg2 Qxd3 30.Qe8+ Kh7 31.Qf7 Qe2+ 32.Kh3 Qf3 33.Kh2 d4 {h5 is met by Qg4 and black's d pawn is good.} {#R} 0-1
Peter Lumsdon (1724) vs Kevin Perrin (1573)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.05.18"] [Round "5"] [White "Peter Lumsdon"] [Black "Kevin Perrin"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1724"] [BlackElo "1573"] [ECO "B01"] [Opening "Scandinavian: 2...Qxd5 3.Nf3 Nf6"] 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Qa5 5.Be2 e6 6.O-O Be7 7.d4 O-O 8.Bd2 c6 9.Re1 Nbd7 10.Bd3 Qh5? {Qc7 preparing c5! is tried and true} 11.Ne2! {White now has a clear lead until the blunder on move 38} Bd6 12.c4 b5 13.Nf4 Bxf4 14.Bxf4 bxc4 15.Bxc4 Bb7 16.Rc1 Rac8 17.Bd6 Rfe8 18.Qb3 Nb6 19.Bd3 Red8 20.Rc5 Qh6 21.Bg3! {Black gets enough for the queen after 21.Rxe6,fe 22.Qxe6+,Kh8 23.Ne5 which at first sight looked tempting} Rd5 22.a4 Ba8 23.Ba6 Re8 24.h3 Nbd7 25.Rxd5 Nxd5 26.Re4 f5 27.Re1 f4 28.Bh4 Rb8 29.Qa3 Nb4 30.Bc4 {e6 of course, and a combinative finish to the winning position. However simply Bg5 and taking on f4 is apt.} Nf8 31.Qc3? {PLStill 31.Bg5! White had nothing to fear from 31. ...Nc2 which loses to Qd6. (BvR) Not sure, Peter. White is clearly better, but perhaps had too many options to improve the (very complicated) position. 31.Bg5 is unclear imo (31.Be7 is perhaps even better), for instance Qg6; 32.Bxf4, Nc2;33.Qd6(?), Nxe1; (threatening checkmate on g2) 34.Nxe1, Rxb2 wins for black.(If 32.Bxf4,Nc2 I'd have to have dropped the light squared B back to d3 Bas; my Q is on a3 , black's Q on g6 and 33. Qd6 would indeed be wrong now! Don't ask me what I would have played instead as I don't know! Yes I had many options and it's hard to recall exactly what I dismissed and took on board.) (BvR). 33.Bd3 (after 32...Qg6) would have been a mistake because of 33..Nxa3; 34.Bxg6, Rxb2; 35.Bxc2, Rxc2; 36.Bxf4 and 37...c5 or Ra2. I believe that white here has lost all its advantage and has to fight for a draw even. PL Sorry we're crossing wires.To clarify: Instead of 31.Qc3 I could have better played 31.Bg5 which is extremely tricky and took too much of my time before I dismissed it. If 31...Qg6 then 32.Bxf4,Nc2 is what I think we are considering. Then 33.Bd3 and the black c2 N takes the white Q on a3 in reply 34.Bxg6,Rxb2 is good for white! 35.Bd3 traps the N which is now on a3 and if 35...Rb2-b3 then white could play Re3 and expect to win. This is hypothetical as I may have missed stuff and only went as far as when the Q's went off and it's only now I see that this possible position would show black's pieces poorly placed, and losing.} Nd5 32.Qd2? {White should simply have traded the N and played Qc5 or Qc7 depending on how black recaptures (BvR) No need for a question mark: white is still comfortable ahead, but he seems to be indecisive} c5 33.dxc5 Rc8 34.b4 {(BvR) A mistake missed by both players: 34...Nxb4!35.Qxb4, (or Be7), Bxf3 and 36...Qxh4 ( PL If 34... Nxb4 then 35.Rxe6,NxRe6 36.Qd7 followed by Ng5 or e5 and black is mated or loses Q. I spent far too much time looking at all this searching for nice finish rather than being work-a-day, which , when you think about it, isn't the way if you want to win. "Trappy"chess and sacrificial attacks can be alright for fun, which is what I often want to do. It blew up in my face this time! But I still like interesting positions where both players can just play chess.)} Bb7 35.Qd4 {"...appeared to be gaining a decisive edge..." (The engine algorithm Stockfish agrees with Patrick Cook with a value of 4.5 for white, whatever that's worth!?)} Nf6? {A mistake in a fascinating position, though understandable on the basis of allegro finish. Now white must act with Rxe6 but confusedly my brain switched off! Had the black B(b7) both capturing on f3 and also recapturing my bishop that had taken his rook on c8. So 36. Rxe6 was never played and a comedy of errors continued with a now mis-timed 36 Bg5. (BvR) 36.Rxe6 wins instantly for white. Without ifs or buts.., 36.Bg5 is still clearly winning, though} 36.Bg5 Qg6 37.Qxf4? {(BvR) 37.Rxe6 again} Bxf3 {Ironically Rxe6 still wins easily!} 38.Qxf3?? {(BvR) For a while white had lost control, overlooking the Rxe6 tactical win 3 times. After 38.gxf3, h6, he still could have played 39.Rxe6 and win ( PL Brain snap? Fingerslip? Tired? Ill? Clock trouble?These are all excuses we can use. Simply, I was confused when I took with the Q. it was reflex "lightning" probably as I can't take on f6 and at the time I'm seeing nothing else! Chess is a good fun game: sometimes you win and sometimes you lose! My timing and concentration from move 31. and onwards was obviously bad and sometimes I'm more focussed. So what? )} Qxg5!! {"...before great tactical alertness by Kevin won a piece and his nimble Queen snuffed out Peter's last chance" (Round 5 synopsis of games by Patrick Cook)} 39.Qb7 Rd8 40.Qxa7? {Instead c6! Passed pawns must be pushed is the mantra and here it may have offered a fighting chance. But the 33rd piece is the clock and bad/good moves are history.} Nd5 41.b5? {Didn't see it going to f4, but white is now lost anyway.} Nf4 42.Qb7 Nxh3+ 43.Kf1 Nf4 44.Qe4? {g3 offers more resistance, though black has a straightforward win now.} Rd4!! {Nice!} 45.Qf3 Rxc4 46.c6 Rxa4 47.b6 Qb5+ {#R} 0-1
Patrick Cook (1642) vs Heath Gooch (1777)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.05.25"] [Round "6"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Heath Gooch"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1642"] [BlackElo "1777"] [ECO "D11"] [Opening "Slav: 4.e3 a6"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Nc3 Bf5 6.Bd3 Bxd3 7.Qxd3 dxc4 8.Qxc4 e6 9.O-O Nbd7 10.b3 b5 11.Qxc6!? {I thought 3 pawns for the piece interesting enough to try...(P.C.)} Rc8 12.Qxa6 Rxc3 13.Qxb5 Bd6 14.Bd2 Rc8 15.Rfc1 O-O 16.Rxc8 Qxc8 17.Rc1 Qb8 18.Qxb8 Rxb8 19.Kf1 Kf8 20.Ke2 Ne4 21.Be1 Ke7 22.Nd2 Nxd2 23.Bxd2 Ra8 24.a4 Rb8 25.Rb1 Nb6 26.a5 Nc4 27.Bc3 Na3 28.Rb2 Nb5 29.Bd2 e5 30.Kd3 f6 31.d5 Nc7 32.e4 Bb4 33.Kc4 Na6 34.Be3 Bxa5 35.Ra2 Rb4+ 36.Kd3 Rxb3+ 37.Kc4 Rb4+ 38.Kd3 Rb5 39.Kc4 {White offered a draw...} Nc7 40.Bc5+ Kd7 41.d6 Kc6 42.Ba3 Ne6 43.d7 Nc5 44.Bxc5 Rxc5+ 45.Kd3 Kxd7 46.Rb2 Kc7 47.f3 Bc3 48.Rb3 Bd4 49.h3 Rc1 50.Ra3 Rd1+ 51.Ke2 Rg1 52.g4 Rh1 53.Ra8 Rh2+ 54.Kd3 Rxh3 55.Ke2 Rh2+ 56.Kd3 Rf2 57.Rg8 Rxf3+ 58.Kc4 Kc6 59.Rc8+ Kb7 60.Rg8 Rc3+ 61.Kd5 Rc7 62.Rh8 h6 63.Rg8 Kb6 64.Rb8+ Rb7 65.Rc8 Kb5 66.Rg8 Kb4 67.Rc8 Rb5+ 68.Ke6 Rc5 69.Rg8 Rc6+ 70.Kd7 Ra6 71.Rb8+ Kc4 72.Ke7 Kd3 73.Kf7 Ra7+ 74.Kg6 Kxe4 {High quality technique by Black (P.C.)} {#R} 0-1
Ben Naughton (1313) vs Patrick Cook (1642)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.06.01"] [Round "7"] [White "Ben Naughton"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1313"] [BlackElo "1642"] [ECO "C00"] [Opening "French: 2.Nf3 d5"] 1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.d4 Bg4 5.Be2 Bd6 6.Nc3 c6 7.Be3 Nf6 8.Ne5?! Bxe2 9.Qxe2 O-O 10.Qd2 Bxe5 11.dxe5 Ng4 12.Bf4 Re8 13.Qd4 f6 14.Bg3 Nxe5 15.O-O-O Qb6 16.Bxe5 fxe5 17.Qh4 Nd7 18.Rhf1 Qd8 19.Qg3 Qf6 20.Kb1 Qf4 21.Qh3 Nf6 22.g3 Qg4 23.Qg2 Rad8 24.f3 Qd7 25.h4 Qf7 26.g4 d4 27.Ne4 Nxe4 28.fxe4 Qe7 29.h5 h6 30.Rf5 Rf8 31.Rdf1 Rxf5 32.Rxf5 Rf8 33.Qf1 Rxf5 34.Qxf5 Qf6? {34...Qf7 or Qf8 is better. Now, after the Q swap, Black cannot penetrate the King side (P.C.)} 35.Qxf6 gxf6 36.Kc1 Kf7 37.Kd2 Ke6 38.c3 c5 39.a4 c4! 40.Kc2 a6 41.Kd2 Kd6 42.Kc2 Kc5 43.Kd2 dxc3+ 44.Kxc3 b5 45.b4+ cxb3 46.Kxb3 bxa4+ {#R} 0-1
Dylan Douglas (875) vs Jasan Barnett (899)
[Event "BCC Championships - Reserves"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.06.01"] [Round "7"] [White "Dylan Douglas"] [Black "Jasan Barnett"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "875"] [BlackElo "899"] [ECO "B02"] [Opening "Alekhine: Scandinavian, Exchange"] 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.exd5 $15 {I have played Alekhine's defense for a while now, and I am of the opinion that in this position, white's best move here is e5, followed by 3...Nd5 4. d4. This partially boxes in the black knight (no escape on the kingside of the board) and forces black to defend the d5 pawn. exd5 gives black an open board to place his pieces anywhere at will.} Nxd5 4.Nxd5 Qxd5 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Be2 Nc6 7.O-O e6 8.b3 f6 {I was expecting a fianchetto to b2 here, hence the f6 move.} 9.c4 Qh5 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 Qc5 12.d3 O-O-O 13.Be3 Nd4 14.Kh1 c6 {Closing up any chance of a bishop sack at b7 to draw my king out (potentially as far as the 6th rank)} 15.Re1 e5 16.Bg4+ Kb8 17.f4 Bd6 18.Qd2 Qb4 {After this move I always felt that I had a slight edge (in my favour) in the game.} 19.Qb2 c5 20.a3 Qxb3?! {The move that (probably) helped me win the game (but could have lost it as well). The simple exchange 21. Qxb3 Nxb3 wins black a pawn (which ended up occurring). I did this move hoping to win three pawns for my knight via 21. Bxd4 Qxd3 22. Red1 Qxc4. The major flaw though, is 22. Bf3, threatening mate, which I missed (it seems there are other flaws as well in the analysis).} 21.Qxb3 (21.Bxd4 Qxd3 22.Red1 Qxc4 23.Rac1 Qa4) 21...Nxb3 22.Rab1 exf4 {I nearly put the knight back to d4 but then saw this move (which appears to be best)} 23.Bxf4 Bxf4 24.Rxb3 Rhe8 25.Reb1 b6 26.a4 Re3 27.Bf5 g6 28.Be4 f5 29.Bf3 Rde8 30.Kg1 Bg3 31.Rxb6+ {Neither of us realised that white can do Rf1} axb6 32.Rxb6+ Ka7 33.Rb7+ Ka6 34.Be4 fxe4 {Missed Re1#} 35.Rb1 exd3 36.Rb6+ Kxb6 37.a5+ Kxa5 {#R} 0-1
Chantelle Barnett (544) vs Justin Goodison (308)
[Event "BCC Championships - C Division"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.06.01"] [Round "7"] [White "Chantelle Barnett"] [Black "Justin Goodison"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "544"] [BlackElo "308"] [ECO "A04"] [Opening "Reti: 1...d6"] 1.Nf3 d6 2.g3 c5 3.Bg2 Nc6 4.O-O b6 5.Ne1 {C.B. I was thinking of Ne5. The pawn at d6 wouldn't have been able to take my knight on e5 and if black moved his knight then I would be able to take the rook. After some thought of the move I decided to not risk it though and moved my knight elsewhere.} Bb7 6.d3 Nf6 7.Nc3 e6 8.Bg5 Be7 9.a3 h6 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.Rb1 h5 12.Ne4 d5 13.Nxf6+ Qxf6 14.e4 h4 15.exd5 {C.B. I thought a bit for this move wondering if I should take the pawn on h4 but then I realised that the queen could make a problem at h2 threatening checkmate.} hxg3 16.fxg3 Nd4 17.Rxf6 gxf6 18.dxe6 {C.B. Decided to take another pawn since I couldn't save it anymore.} fxe6 {C.B. I thought black would've taken my bishop on g2 and I looked for a little bit before I took the bishop on b7.} 19.Bxb7 {C.B. I had lots of fun with this game and enjoyed every moment. Thanks for the game Justin.} {#r} 1-0
James Watson (1863) vs Rodney Jacobs (1695)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.06.01"] [Round "7"] [White "James Watson"] [Black "Rodney Jacobs"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1863"] [BlackElo "1695"] [ECO "D32"] [Opening "QGD Tarrasch: 5.Nf3"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Bg5 c4? {Still asleep or something. For this game I had checked out some very interesting lines in which Black plays c4, and where White, in order to make something of it, has to know a precise sequence which is very hard to see at the board. However I simply had a brain fade at this point. c4 should be played later if it is to be played. (RJ)} 7.Bxf6 {Interestingly, both my programs feel e4 is the best move for White here. (RJ)} gxf6 8.g3 h5 {I was hoping James might think c4 and gf was some deep plan to open up attacking lines.(RJ)} 9.Bg2 Be6 10.O-O Nc6 11.b3 {Probably not the best. The engines give e4! (RJ) (JW) e4 is a theme that cropped up several times throughout this opening, I did consider it but wanted something that wouldn't require such presicision} cxb3 {Bb4 was much better. (RJ)} 12.Qxb3 Qd7 13.Rfd1 Be7 14.a4 {The engines prefer Qb2 or Rab1. (RJ) (JW) Rab1 is something I considered and knew it would be objectivly better, but from a human perspective I felt sure Rod would castle queenside} O-O-O {Castling into it. But the only way I was going to get some counterplay was with my rooks on the g and/or h files. I felt I had to risk it. (RJ)} 15.a5 h4 16.Nxh4 Rxh4? {At the time I knew this was dodgy at best, and the engines confirm it. But I was still completely disheartened by my blunder on move 6. I felt I was going to go down so I may as well do it flailing.(RJ)} 17.gxh4 Rg8 {Stockfish 7 says this is best. But it gives White an advantage of 3 here. (RJ)} 18.Rd3 Nxd4? {Hoping that if 19. Rxd4 Bh6 winning the Whjite bishop with some play. (RJ) (JW) As soon as I saw this I doubted it could have any degree of soundness} 19.Qa4? {I had thought this would have been the best response. But White can happily take the rook ....19. Rxd4 Bh3 20. Qxd5! with a massive advantage. (RJ) (JW) On the other hand I knew that Rxd4 was bound to be crushing for white. I saw 19.Rxd4 Bh3 20.Qxd4 easily since I'd considered the theme a bunch in ealier lines. But even though I knew it should be easily winning I felt like this might be a controlled way to win where there wouldn't be much room to mess up} Nc6 20.Nxd5? {Rg3 with a winning game. (RJ) The programs now say it's about even. (RJ) (JW) This deserves ?? it goes against the point of avoiding Rxd4 a couple of moves prior. Instead white has plenty of ways to simply win in a manor that doesnt allow counterplay} Rxg2+ {I was pretty happy with this. But simply 20......Bxd5 is better. (RJ)} 21.Kxg2 Bxd5+ 22.e4? {Kf1. (RJ) (JW) or f3} Qg4+ 23.Rg3 Bxe4+ 24.Kg1 Qxh4 25.a6 b6? {After the game James told me I should have played simply Bd6 here. He was right. (RJ)} 26.f3! {Now White's on top again. (RJ)} Bc5+ 27.Kg2? {Neither of us realised it then, but the programs say this is a critical error. The correct move is Kh1! (RJ) (JW) it's a subtle point but playing Kh1 prevents the rook fork in the line starting Bd4. It's easy to miss because Kg2 seems natural} Bd4! {After agonising over this position for 13 minutes I was delighted to find this move. It effectively keeps the White queen from the defence of the kingside. The fact that it attacks the White rook was just a side benefit. (RJ) (JW) I'd almost be inclined to give this !!. Infact it's the only defense in the position and Rod did very well to spot it.} 28.Rc1 Bxf3+! 29.Kxf3 Qh5+ 30.Kg2 Qd5+ 31.Kh3 Qh5+ 32.Kg2 {Overall, an appalling swindle. But I was very happy to be able to stage something of a fightback after making a beginner's blunder on move 6. I was simply lucky at many moments when James made an error or there just happened to be a saving resource. At the end, were the perpetual check idea not there, Black was plainly crushed.(RJ)} {#d} 1/2-1/2
Rob Bailey (1524) vs Bas van Riel (1872)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "Mechanics Institutde"] [Date "2017.06.01"] [Round "7"] [White "Rob Bailey"] [Black "Bas van Riel"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1524"] [BlackElo "1872"] [ECO "E90"] [Opening "King's Indian: 5.Nf3"] 1.d4 {After some nostalgic exploration of some of my first games with Bas over the years (dating back as far as 2001!) I decided to try playing into one of his known strengths and key defences - the King's Indian. If anything, this would be a learning experience! (RB) I appreciate your choice, Rob as I badly needed to refresh my knowlege of this opening, not having an opportunity to play it for quite some years. Your reason to do so reminds me of a simul-game I played as a teenager against the then world-champion Michael Botwinnik (my favorite player at the time) in the Netherlands. The title of the very first chessbook, I bought (I still have it!) was titled (in Dutch) "That is how Botwinnik plays". So, I decided to try out the Dutch opening, his pet-opening and very aptly named for the occasion. With the idea to learn something from the master himself. Botwinnik systematically and without hesitation demolished me within 25 moves. After I recovered from the shock and disappointment, I did ask myself what I had learned from this lesson. My answer was: "never do this again. I have not learned anything that I could have found in the books and by studying and playing more chess. This was just asking for troubles from someone, who knows and understands more than me about the subject. Too risky... (BvR)} Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 Nc6 7.O-O e5 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 {And so we reach the mainline of what is considered the Bayonet Attack against the King's Indian Defence. My interpretation of the plan is fairly straightforward; queen-side expansion with a Nimzo-like intention of creating a pawn-weakness at d6. (RB)} Nd7 {The possible plans for black as Bas mentioned after the game are very flexible. Mainline continuations (which I'd looked at briefly) include Nh5 and a5. After the text, I was now basically on my own!} 10.a4?! {Bas was suspicious of this move but it appears reasonably well known. The pawn sacrifice arising from the immediate c5 is also quite interesting as far as space goes (c5 dxc5, bxc5, Nxc5 and Ba3) I looked at this but somehow didn't trust the space. (RB)} f5! {Bas plays the signature thrust of the opening. Ironically the structure takes on a Leningrad Dutch-ish aspect!} 11.Nd2 {Ng5 looks the more active move; eyeing e6, but again I didn't quite trust it and continued to pursue the d6 weakening plan. (RB)} Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.c5 g5 {Both players going for expansion - with Black's being the more dangerous looking. At this point maybe I should keep mounting pressure with Ba3 and Nc4 rather than exchanging immediately. (RB)} 14.cxd6 cxd6 15.Nc4 Rf7! {A nice dual purpose move. The ability to defend the 7th rank and sweep across to h7 later on is very useful in some variations. (RB)} 16.Ba3 {I didn't see much in Nb5 after Ne8 and an eventual a6, but it could be a better try.} Ng6 17.b5 Bf8 18.Rc1 h5 19.Qb3 {Bas was critical of this move after the game and indeed it appears a little slow and perilous to leave the king-side. My plan was simply Bb4 and Qa3. 19. b6 with Nb5 looks to be the more energetic way of continuing. (RB) (BvR)My experience is that as soon as black can play g4, he usually will get an unstoppable attack. My feeling is that Rob has focussed too much organising his attack on d6. Without also securing a defence at the same time. For instance, first playing his c3knight somehow to f2. Where it will control g4, and, generally will be much better placed. Keep in mind that the weak pawn on d6 will never 'go away' Therefore one doesn't have to rush...} g4! {The black empire building marches on! The attack starts to look dangerous and serves to make me doubt my play. I'm starting to consume way too much time in variations at this point. (RB) (BvR) Yes, now the floodgate opens, and black has a number of options, including piece sacrifices to win.} 20.Bb4 Ne8! {I'd mainly anticipated gxf3 here. This move was very nice and introduced some fast mating plans with Q+P at h2. The beginning of the end as it turned out for white! (RB)} 21.Nd1?? {Quite simply a dreadful retreat that didn't justify the time sank into it. White loses any edge he might have had under the weight of doubt and the looming Qh4 threat. (BvR) Now Nf2 comes too late. Instead of 21...Qh4, 21...g3 would have been a good (better?) alternative.} Qh4 22.fxg4 hxg4 23.Be1? {Another poor choice - g3 seems to be a better defensive try. (RB) (BvR) Probably, but black would maintain the tension by playing Qh6 after which f3 sooner or later would cause white lots of defence problems. Whereas, g3xf4, exf4 is not a good option white.} Qh6 24.Rc3 {Nf2 is better but white is simply losing now. (RB)} Rh7 25.h3 gxh3 26.gxh3 Bxh3 27.Rxh3 Qxh3 28.Qxh3 Rxh3 29.Kg2 Rh6 30.Bg4 Be7 31.Bb4 Rd8 32.Rg1 Bh4 33.Bf5 Bg3 34.Be6+ Kg7 35.Kf1 Rh2 36.Nce3?? {Very instructive play from Bas on creating king-side threats in the King's Indian. He demonstrated his better understanding and familiarity of the positions that arose, attacking and defending in equal measure. An enjoyable strategic game nonetheless despite the result. I'll have to study more Kramnik games in the Bayonet Attack before trying it again! (RB) (BvR) Rob, your comments are very clear, and to the point. I very much enjoyed the game, and I am curious to hear if you learned much from our game, following my experience against Botwinnik.} {#R} 0-1
Rodney Jacobs (1695) vs Bas van Riel (1872)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "Central Highland Library"] [Date "2017.06.03"] [Round "5"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Bas van Riel"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1695"] [BlackElo "1872"] [ECO "B53"] [Opening "Sicilian: 2...d6 3.d4 cxd4"] {500MB, Bas-PC} 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.c3 {(=anti-Sicilian)(BvR) After my bad experiences with the Morra gambit =(anti-Sicilian setup) in games against Michael Tausz in last year's BCCC2016 and this year's Rapid against Rodney (both them I lost), I had done some homework and prepared an 'antidote-opening' !?, declining the pawn sacrifice after 4...dxc3} Nf6 5.e5 {(BvR) the best move, (RJ). I didn't know this line. This is the move most commonly used (90% of the time) on Chessbase. But, ominously, it only has a 40% success rate. Bas had done his homework.} Nd5 6.Qxd4 {(BvR) When it was played, my first thought was that it was a weak move, because it would make white's queen vulnerable in the centre. Moreover, I had not noticed this move in my preparation. After the game Rodney told me that it was a good/ the most usual move, and he was right I discovered back home. My assessment gave me confidence, albeit for the wrong reason, that I was travelling OK. (RJ) I didn't know it at the time, but, while not that common, the move has as good a success rate as any. cd is vastly more popular, but has an inferior success rate. Chess is a funny game.} e6 {(RJ) The move, according to Chessbase.} 7.Bd3?! {(BvR) A poor decision in view of my next move. Strangely enough, because Rodney was familiar with this line, and yet he had already spent 25 minutes for his 7 moves. (RJ) (My question mark.) No, I'm very familiar with the Morra, but not this line. Hence this clanger after 13 minutes thought. It's not among the (8) reasonable alternatives appearing on Chessbase. The reason is the queen is going to be embarrassed on the very next move. Nbd2 or ed are usual. Interestingly, Stockfish 7 doesn't mind Bd3.} Nc6 8.Bb5 {(RJ) Admitting the innacuracy on the previous move. Qe4 was also possible.} Bd7 9.Bxc6 {(RJ) Now that White has gone down this road, this is best.} Bxc6 10.O-O {(RJ) Despite White's awkward play, the engines say it's pretty much even - about -.2.} Qc7 {(RJ) Stockfish 7 prefers f6, Deep Shredder the odd-looking Ne7} 11.Bg5 {(BvR) The intention of this move is clear, i.e. developing his black bishop and obstructing black's queen side castling. However, the move seemed very artificial to me, and I spent 22 minutes for my reply. 11...f6 followed by 12...e5 was quickly rejected. 11...Bb5; 12.c4, dxe5; 13.Nxe5, Bd6 looked messy and too complicated for me. So, I settled for 11...dxe5, and 12.f6, accepting the loss of my pair of bishops. (RJ) Yes, Bg5 is not the best. One reason for the move is that I wanted to get the bishop out and couldn't think of anywhere else to put it. The engines give Nbd2.} dxe5 {(RJ) Best.} 12.Nxe5 f6 13.Nxc6 Qxc6 14.Bh4? {(BvR) While Rodney was in deep thought where to withdraw his bishop, I began to realise that my earlier optimism was misplaced and that I would have only a microscopic advantage if he was to play his bishop back to f4, e3 or d2.Hence, my question mark, as I now have not only a tangible (+0.5) advantage, but also a clear target. Which was easy to play.(RJ) Yes, I completely underestimated Black's kingside attacking possibilities. With the benefit of hindsight (i.e. having been crunched) it's easy to see; In the race of advancing pawns, Black has two free tempi. After this, Deep Shredder gives Black a .74 advantage, but the super-strong Stockfish 7 puts it at - 1.44, with a note that Black now has the upper hand.} Bc5 {(RJ) Both my engines prefer the immediate h5.} 15.Qd2? {(RJ) Another critical error, placing the queen on a square where, following Black's castling, it will be on the same square as Black's rook, effectively giving Black another free tempo. Stockfish 7 now puts it at -2.} O-O-O {(BvR) The threat is 16...Ne3} 16.Qc1 g5 17.Bg3 h5 {(BvR) Here we come...} 18.b4 {(BvR).While Rodney took 7 minutes for this move, I could not understand why he did not play the obvious (imo) 18. h3 or h4, instead, saving his bishop and weakening his queenside. But then I realised that after 18.h3, h4; 19.Bh2, Rdg8; and 20...g4 I would have a strong attack. (RJ) Yes, b4 is best. But Stockfish 7 now puts it at -7.44!} Bb6? {(BvR) I overlooked the brilliancy 18...Bxf2+; After 19.R or Kxf2, h5. Or after 19.Bxf2, Nf4 a forced checkmate on g2. (RJ) Yes, Bb6 is a bad mistake. But the engines indicate Bxf2 would also have been an error, giving 19.Rxf2 h4. 20. Bxh4. Far stronger is simply h4! maintaing their -7 assessment. Now it's back to about -2.} 19.a4? {(BvR) This tactic is faulty. (RJ) Yes, b5 is better, while still losing.} h4 20.a5? {(RJ) b5 holds out a little longer.} hxg3? {(RJ) Nf4! forces mate. But this is pretty good! (BvR) After 20....Nf4? follows 21.Bxf4..} 21.axb6 Nf4! {(BvR) The checkmate threat on g2 must have come as a surprise to Rodney. (RJ) no, it's not pretty now.} 22.Qxf4 gxf4 23.bxa7 Kc7 {(RJ) A nice display of attacking skill by Bas, punishing severely White's middle game inaccuracies.} {#R} 0-1
Harrison Harrison (1641) vs Rob Loveband (1647)
[Event "BCCCA 2017"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.06.09"] [Round "8"] [White "Harrison Harrison"] [Black "Rob Loveband"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1641"] [BlackElo "1647"] [ECO "A00"] [Opening "Saragossa"] 1.c3 Nf6 2.a4 d5 3.f3 e5 4.a5 Be7 5.g3 c5 6.e3 O-O 7.b3 Nc6 8.a6 Qb6 9.axb7 Bxb7 10.Nh3 d4 11.e4 dxc3 12.dxc3 Rfd8 13.Qc2 Ne8 14.Be3 a5 15.Nd2 Ba6 16.Nc4 Qc7 17.Be2 Bxc4 18.Bxc4 Qc8 19.Nf2 Nf6 20.Nd3 Nd7 21.g4 Bh4+ 22.Kf1 Ne7 23.g5 Ng6 24.Rg1 Nb6 25.Nxc5 Nxc4 26.bxc4 f6 27.gxf6 Bxf6 28.Rg4 Nf4 29.Rd1 Rxd1+ 30.Qxd1 h5 31.Rg3 Bh4 32.Bxf4 Qxc5 33.Bxe5 Qxe5 34.Rg2 Rd8 35.Rd2 Rxd2 36.Qxd2 Bf6 37.Ke2 Qxh2+ 38.Kd3 Qxd2+ 39.Kxd2 h4 40.c5 h3 41.f4 h2 42.c6 Bd8 {#R} 0-1
Rob Bailey (1524) vs James Watson (1863)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Date "2017.06.08"] [Round "8"] [White "Rob Bailey"] [Black "James Watson"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1524"] [BlackElo "1863"] [ECO "C70"] [Opening "Spanish: 4.Ba4"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 b5 6.Bb3 Be7 7.c3 O-O 8.O-O d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Re1 Bb7 11.Nbd2 Nf4 12.d4 Nd3 13.Re3 Nxc1 14.Rxc1 exd4 15.cxd4 Bf6 16.Ne4! Bxd4 17.Rd3 Qe7 18.Nxd4 Qxe4 19.Nxc6 Bxc6 20.Rxc6?! Qxc6 21.Bd5 Qe8 22.Bxa8 Qxa8 23.Rd7 c5 24.h3 c4 25.Qd4 {White offers a draw} Qb8 26.Qa7 Qe5 27.Qxa6 Qxb2 28.Qc6 c3 29.Rc7 b4 30.Qc4 Qd2 31.g3 Qd6 32.Rb7 h5 33.Rxb4?? {(JW) The pawn was immune, if Qxd4 ...Qd1+ followed by c2} c2! {#R} 0-1
Rodney Jacobs (1704) vs Peter Lumsdon (1724)
[Event "2017 Club Championship"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.06.08"] [Round "8"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Peter Lumsdon"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1704"] [BlackElo "1724"] [ECO "B21"] [Opening "Sicilian: Smith-Morra, 3.c3 Nf6"] 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 Nf6 {(RJ) The No. 2 option on Chessbase, after dc.} 4.e5 {(RJ) book.} Nd5 {(RJ) Book.} 5.cxd4 e6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.a3 {(RJ) A book alternative. But more usual is Bc4. I liked the look of a3 because it takes the critical square b4 away from three minor pieces.} Be7 {(RJ) Given in Chessbase. By far more usual is d6.} 8.Bc4 {(RJ) Again in book, but with Bd3 much more popular and, I think, better, given Peter's reply.} d6! {(RJ) I assumed Black had to play Nb6, but this sharp move is better.} 9.O-O O-O 10.Qe2 {(RJ) Re1 is an alternative.} Nb6 {(RJ) I had been worrying about 10....Qb6, putting pressure on my d and b pawns. I was pleasantly surprised by this. The Black queen now can't go to b6, and in some lines White has the option of putting the black bishop on e3 or f5.} 11.Bd3 {(RJ) With the idea of 12. ed Bxd6 13. Bxh7ch.} f5 {(RJ) Which presumably didn't appeal to Peter!} 12.exf6 Bxf6 13.Qe4 {(RJ) A bit crude, but with the idea of forcing a weakening pawn move, and also helping me quickly to develop my languishing Queenside. The engines like the calm Nc3 better.} g6 14.Bh6 {(RJ) I was pretty happy at this point, but the engines say it's dead even.} Rf7 {(RJ) Stockfish 7 indicates this is an inaccuracy and that Re8 is best. From here on Black has perpetual back rank problems.} 15.Nc3 {(RJ) both my programs prefer Nd2.} d5 {(RJ) I had expected e5.} 16.Qe3 Nc4 {(RJ) The engines prefer Qe7.} 17.Bxc4 dxc4 18.Rad1 Qb6? {(RJ) Probably overlooking White's reply,} 19.Nd5! {(RJ) Taking advantage of Black's weak back rank.} Qb3 {(RJ) The queen becomes badly out of play here for the rest of the game. Better was Qd8 to enable the queen to keep an eye on the kingside.} 20.Nxf6+ Rxf6 {(RJ) Having lost his crucial black bishop, Black is now in trouble.} 21.Qe2? {(RJ) I was very pleased with this, and liked my attacking prospects. But the engines give Nd2! with White's domination of the f file after the exchange of queens being decisive.} Bd7 {(RJ) Best,} 22.Rfe1 Re8 {(RJ) Strangely, White's knight is about to wreak havoc. The engines see this well in advance and agree Black has to do something about it now, by playing Rf5!} 23.Ng5! {(RJ) I noticed that, by a stroke of fortune, all of Black's major pieces were vulnerable to future knight forks and that there was seemingly little Black could now do about it.} Rf5! {(RJ) Best, but too late.} 24.Ne4 Re7 25.Nc5 Rxc5 {(RJ) Forced, in view of 26. Nxd7 Rxd7 27. Qxe6ch} 26.dxc5 e5? {(RJ) A bad mistake. The engines give c3, bringing Black's queen into the game.} 27.Rd6? {(RJ) The engines give the crushing sequence 28. Rxd7 Rxd7 29. Qg4 Re7 30. Re3.....something I did not even consider. Even if I had seen it, I would not have had the courage to try it, with any miscalculation resulting in being mated on the back rank.} Bf5 28.Bg5? {(RJ) Qd2 was much stronger. But I only had 7 minutes now to Peter's 23, and was worried about running out of time.} Rf7? {(RJ) The rook needs to keep defending the e pawn.} 29.Rxc6! bxc6 30.Qxe5 Bd7? {(RJ) Qb7} 31.Bh6! {(RJ) There is no defence to the sac and mate on e8. Over some 40 years I've had a huge respect for Peter's intellect and chess knowledge, so it meant a lot to me to chalk this one up.} {#r} 1-0
Cassandra Barnett (1062) vs Sean Macak (770)
[Event "BCC Championships - Reserves"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.06.08"] [Round "9"] [White "Cassandra Barnett"] [Black "Sean Macak"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1062"] [BlackElo "770"] [ECO "A41"] [Opening "Neo-Old Indian: 2.c4"] 1.d4 d6 2.c4 Bd7 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.e4 e6 6.Bd2 Ne7 7.Be2 Nbc6 8.O-O Bxd4 {Nxd4 is better (C.B.)} 9.Nxd4 Nxd4 10.Bh6 {I think Bg5 is stronger (C.B.)} e5 11.f4 Nec6 12.fxe5 dxe5 13.Nd5 Be6 14.Nf6+ Ke7 15.Bg7 Qd6 16.Bxh8 Rxh8 17.Bg4 Bxg4 {Black should take c4, an option I hadn't considered (C.B.)} 18.Qxg4 Qc5? 19.Qd7+ Kf8 20.Qe8+ Kg7 {I actually walked into this without much careful thought (you could say I started being risky). I figured I had blundered as I was unsure about what to do with my queen at this stage (C.B.)} 21.Nh5+! {I was glad to find this, although I wasn't sure if it was sound. After 21...Kh6, 22. Qxh8, it seems black has no way to make progress with either Nc2+ or Ne2+ (I think Nf5+ is the move). It turned out that I followed the correct course of play after 18...Qc5, but I had no idea at the time (C.B.)} gxh5?? 22.Qxf7+ Kh6 23.Qf6# {This was my first game with Sean and I got a happy surprise when he played d6 in the opening (I like playing it myself). It was fun and I can't wait to play him again someday. Thanks for the game, Sean.} 1-0
Rob Loveband (1647) vs Jamie Brotheridge (1527)
[Event "BCCCA 2017"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.06.13"] [Round "7"] [White "Rob Loveband"] [Black "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1647"] [BlackElo "1527"] [ECO "B18"] [Opening "Caro-Kann: Classical"] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.Nf3 h6 7.Bd3 Bxd3 8.Qxd3 Nf6 9.O-O e6 10.b3 Bd6 11.Ne4 Nxe4 12.Qxe4 Nd7 13.Bb2 Nf6 14.Qe2 Qb6 15.c4 Be7 16.Ne5 Rd8 17.Rfd1 O-O 18.Rd3 Nd7 19.Rad1 Nxe5 20.Qxe5 Bd6 21.Qh5 Bb8 22.Bc1 Qc7 23.Rg3 f5 24.Bxh6 Rf7 25.Bg5 Rdf8 26.Rh3 Rd7 27.Qg6? {Better would've been 27.Qh7+ Kg7 28.Rh6 threatening all sorts of mayhem (RL)} Qa5 28.Qxe6+ Rdf7 29.Qg6 Rd7 30.Qh7+ Kf7 31.Qh5+ Kg8 32.Qh7+ Kf7 33.Qxf5+?? {Blundered the queen!} Kg8?? {Blundered a roFirst MovePrevious MoveNext MoveLast Move ok! It's a comedy of errors!} 34.Qxd7 Qxg5 35.Qe6+ Rf7 36.Rf3 Qh5 37.Qe8+ Kh7 38.Rh3 {#r} 1-0
Patrick Cook (1642) vs Kevin Perrin (1573)
[Event "BCCC 2017"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.06.15"] [Round "9"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Kevin Perrin"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1642"] [BlackElo "1573"] [ECO "A81"] [Opening "Dutch: 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6"] 1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.O-O O-O 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 c6 8.b3 Bd7 9.Bb2 Na6 10.Rc1 Nc7 11.Re1 Qe8 12.e4!? fxe4 13.Nxe4 Qg6 14.Nc3 Ng4 15.d5! e5 16.dxc6 bxc6 17.h3 Nh6? {Missing the next move...(P.C.)} 18.Nxe5!! dxe5 19.Qxd7 Bc5 20.Re2 Ne6 21.Qxc6 Rac8? {Allowing White to simplify...(P.C.)} 22.Qxe6+!! Qxe6 23.Bd5 Qxd5 24.Nxd5 Rce8 25.Kg2 e4 26.b4 Bd6 27.c5 Be5 28.Bxe5 Rxe5 29.Nc3 Re7 30.Rxe4 Rd7 31.Rce1 Nf5 32.Re8 Rb7 33.b5 Rxe8 34.Rxe8+ Kf7 35.Re4 Ne7 36.c6 Rc7 37.a4 a6 38.Rxe7+!! {More creative imo would have been: 38.b6, Rxc6; 39.b7, Rb6; and now 40.Rxe7+ and Nd5+ (BvR)} Rxe7 {Not 38...Kxe7 39.Nd5+} 39.b6 Ke6 40.b7 Re8 41.c7 {#r} 1-0

Ballarat Chess Club Championships 2017

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