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

Ballarat Chess Club Championships 2017

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