Alistair Anderson (1818) vs Rob Loveband (1699)
[Event "Fletcher-Morrow 2017"] [Site "Geelong Chess Club"] [Date "2017.08.13"] [Round "0"] [White "Alistair Anderson"] [Black "Rob Loveband"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1818"] [BlackElo "1699"] [ECO "C00"] [Opening "French: Reti (Spielmann) Variation"] 1.e4 e6 2.b3 d5 3.Bb2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 g6 6.Nf3 Bg7 7.g3 b6 8.Bg2 O-O 9.Qe2 Ba6 10.d3 c5 11.c4 Nc6 12.O-O Ne7 13.Nbd2 Bb7 14.Rae1 Nb8 15.g4 Na6 16.Nh4 Nc7 17.Rf2 Kh8 18.Ref1 Ng8 19.Nhf3 Ne7 20.h3 h6 21.Nh4 Ng8 22.Nhf3 Ne7 23.Nh2 Qd7 24.h4 Rg8 {#d} 1/2-1/2
Zoran Babic (1713) vs Patrick Cook (1648)
[Event "Fletcher-Morrow 2017"] [Site "Geelong"] [Date "2017.08.13"] [White "Zoran Babic"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1713"] [BlackElo "1648"] [ECO "A22"] [Opening "English: King's, 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3"] 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.d3 Bb4 5.Bd2 d6 6.h3 a6 7.g3 h6 8.Bg2 Be6 9.a3 Ba5 10.b4 Bb6 11.Rc1?! {11.0-0...would be better (P.C.)} Qd7 12.Qa4 O-O 13.Qc2 Rab8 14.Nd1 Rfc8 15.Be3 {#d} 1/2-1/2
Andrew Wemyss (1527) vs Ruarie Coffey (1297)
[Event "Fletcher-Morrow 2017"] [Site "Geelong Chess Club"] [Date "2017.08.13"] [White "Andrew Wemyss"] [Black "Ruarie Coffey"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1527"] [BlackElo "1297"] [ECO "D02"] [Opening "Queen's Pawn: 2.Nf3 Bf5"] 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Bf5 3.c3 e6 4.Bf4 Nf6 5.e3 h6 6.Bd3 Bxd3 7.Qxd3 a6 {8. Qb5+ would have been worrying for me} (7...Bd6 8.Qb5+ Nbd7 9.Qxb7 Rb8 10.Qxa7 Bxf4 11.exf4 Rxb2 12.Nbd2 O-O 13.Qa3 Rb6 14.O-O Qa8 15.Qc1 Rfb8 {With perhaps an attack by black}) 8.h3 Nbd7 9.Nbd2 c5 10.c4 cxd4 11.exd4 Bb4 12.O-O Bxd2 13.Nxd2 O-O 14.cxd5 Nxd5 15.Bh2 N7f6 16.Nf3 Rc8 17.a3 Qb6 18.Rab1 Rfd8 19.Rfd1 Ne7 20.Be5 Nfd5 21.Qe2 Ng6 22.Bg3 Qb3 23.Rd3 Qc2 {Now either 24. Qd1, Re1 or Qxc2} 24.Rd2 {Missed the next move} Qxb1+ {#R} 0-1
Rodney Jacobs (1704) vs Reza Daneshvar (1816)
[Event "Fletcher-Morrow 2017"] [Site "Geelong Chess Club"] [Date "2017.08.13"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Reza Daneshvar"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1704"] [BlackElo "1816"] [ECO "B18"] [Opening "Caro-Kann: Classical"] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.Nf3 e6 7.h4 h6 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 Nf6 {Still following the main line. But Nbd7 is more usual. (RJ)} 11.Bd2 Qb6 {Rare, according to Chessbase. More usual is, again Nbd7. (RJ)} 12.O-O-O {Book. (RJ)} Nbd7 13.Kb1 {Also not usually played. Ne5, Ne4 and c4 are, in that order, the most popular moves. (RJ)} O-O-O {Taking it completely out of book. Be7 is the move given by Chessbase. (RJ)} 14.Qe2 Ba3 {I did not think that this was a great move here, not believing that this would ultimately get Black anywhere. But both my programs say it's best. (RJ)} 15.Bc1 Nd5 {Threatening Nc6. Reza plays the whole game very aggressively, continually creating issues for me to deal with. (RJ)} 16.Qd3 {The alternative was Ka1. (RJ)} Be7 17.Rhe1 {Both Stockfish 7 and Deep Shredder point out that the much stronger c4! gives White an edge. (RJ)} Rhe8 {Nb4 or c5 were better. (RJ)} 18.Qc4 {Again c4 is stronger. it's about even at this point.} Bb4! 19.Bd2 Ba3 20.b3 {At the time I was confident that, while potentially weakening the black squares around my king, Black would not be able to make anything of it. Both my engines indicate b3 is best. (RJ) Black eventually did make something out of it! But I clearly went astray later. (RJ)} N7f6 {The programs don't like this, preferring the aggressive a5. (RJ)} 21.Ne5 Re7 22.Qa4 {Threatening thke bishop as well as Ba5. (RJ)} Bb4 23.Nc4 {The engines like Bxb4 a little better. (RJ)} Qb5 {Daring White to take the a pawn. I wasn't game, and Reza also had felt White couldn't. But both my programs say he can and should, giving 24. Qxa7 b6 25. Qa8ch wth a perpetual. (RJ)} 24.Qxb5 cxb5 {Now the engines give Black a .5 advantage. (RJ.} 25.Bxb4 Nxb4 26.Ne3 Rc7 27.Kb2 Nbd5 28.Nxd5 Rxd5 29.Re5 Rcd7 30.Rd3? {Rxd5. (RJ)} a6? {Rxd4} 31.Kc3 a5 32.Rxd5 Nxd5+ 33.Kd2 Nf4 34.Rc3+ Rc7? {This largely dissipates Black's advantage. Kd8! is the move. (RJ)} 35.Rf3? {This hands it back again. 35. Re3! and if ....Nxg2 36. Re4 embarrassing the knight. (RJ)} Nxg2 36.Ne4 {c3 is a bit better. (RJ)} Rd7?! {The engines show that Rxc2! (as indicated by Reza after the game) was a little better. (RJ)} 37.c3 f5? {Hands the initiative to White. f6 or Nh4 are necessary. (RJ)} 38.Nc5 Re7 39.Ke2? {Nd3! and White has an advantage of about 1, according to both my programs. After Ke2 it's even. But, due to having to deal with the various problems set by Reza, I only now have 6 minutes left to his 27.(RJ)} e5 40.Kf1 Nf4 41.dxe5 Rxe5 42.Nxb7 {Best. (RJ)} Nxh5 43.Rxf5?? {Expecting 43......Rxf5 Nd6ch, and overlooking Black's clever riposte. Simply Nd6 and it's even.(RJ)} Ng3+!! 44.Kg2 Nxf5 {Overall, due to aggressive opening play, Reza had the running of the game, with me trying to stay in it. Due to an inaccuracy on move 27 he handed a slight initiative to me, which I quickly let dissipate. Finally, in time trouble, I made a bad error, overlooking a smart zwischenzug which immediately won the game. (RJ)} {#R} 0-1

Fletcher Morrow Shield Match, Ballarat vs Geelong 2017

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