Patrick Cook (1608) vs Harrison Harrison (1604)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2015.04.02"] [Round "1"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Harrison Harrison"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1608"] [BlackElo "1604"] [ECO "A40"] [Opening "Queen's Pawn: English Defence, 2.c4 e6"] 1.d4 b6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c6?! 4.g3 e5? 5.Nxe5 c5?? 6.Bg2 Nc6 7.Nxc6 dxc6 8.Bxc6+ Bd7 9.Bxa8 Qxa8 10.d5 Bh3 11.Qd3 Nf6 12.Nc3 Be7 13.Bf4 O-O 14.f3 {to keep the N out of g4} Rd8 15.O-O-O Nh5 16.Be3 Nf6 17.Bf2 Nd7 {Black cheekily offered a draw!} 18.e4?! {18.f4... first, was better.} Bg2 19.f4 {19.Rhg1...Ne5 looked unpleasant.} Bxh1 20.Rxh1 f6 21.Re1 Bd6 22.Nb5 Qb8 23.Qc3 {now e5 is threatened after 24.Nxd6...} Bxf4+ 24.gxf4 a6! 25.Na3 Qxf4+ 26.Qe3 Qxh2 27.Bg3 Qh5 28.Nb1 Ne5 29.Bxe5 Qxe5 30.Nc3 Re8 31.Na4 Qd6 32.b4!! Rc8 33.bxc5 bxc5 34.e5! fxe5 35.Qxe5 Qf8 36.Qe6+! Kh8 37.d6 h5 38.d7 Rd8 39.Qe8! Kg8 40.Qxd8! Qxd8 41.Re8+ Kf7 42.Rxd8 Ke7 43.Rg8 {#r} 1-0
Robert Bailey (1620) vs Jamie Brotheridge (1533)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2015.04.02"] [Round "1"] [White "Robert Bailey"] [Black "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1620"] [BlackElo "1533"] [ECO "B15"] [Opening "Caro-Kann: 4.Nxe4 Nf6"] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Ng3 Nbd7 6.Nf3 g6 7.Bd3 Bg7 8.O-O O-O 9.Re1 Nb6 10.h3 Qc7 11.c4 e6 12.Bd2 c5 13.Qe2 Bd7 14.dxc5 Qxc5 15.a3 Rfd8 16.b4 Qc7 17.Rac1 Bc6 18.Ne5 Be8 19.Bf4 Qe7 20.Bg5 h6 21.Bd2 Nbd7 22.Bc3 Nxe5 23.Bxe5 Nd7 24.Bxg7 Kxg7 25.c5 Rac8 26.Ne4 a6 27.Nd6 Rb8 28.Qf3 Nf6 29.Qg3 Bc6?? {Black offered a draw here...only to be pole-axed by Whites next move!} 30.Nf5+! Kf8 31.Nxe7 Kxe7 32.Rcd1 Rd5?? 33.Qxb8 {#r} 1-0
Kevin Perrin (1629) vs James Watson (1424)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2015.04.02"] [Round "1"] [White "Kevin Perrin"] [Black "James Watson"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1629"] [BlackElo "1424"] [ECO "A56"] [Opening "Benoni: 2...c5 3.e3"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.e3 cxd4 4.exd4 d5 5.b3 Nc6 6.Bb2 Bf5 7.Nf3 Nb4 8.Na3 Qa5 9.Nd2 Ne4 10.Be2 Nxd2 11.Qxd2 e6 12.O-O a6 13.Rfc1 Qd8 14.c5 Nc6 15.Nc2 Be7 16.Ne3 Bg6 17.f4 Be4 18.Rf1 O-O 19.f5 e5 20.Ng4 Bg5 21.Qd1 exd4 22.Bxd4 Nxd4 23.Qxd4 h5 24.f6 hxg4 25.fxg7 Re8 26.Bxg4 Bh6 27.Qf2 Bg6 28.Kh1 Bxg7 29.Rad1 Qg5 30.Bf3 Rad8 31.h4 Qf4 32.h5 Be4 33.g4 Qxg4 34.Bxe4 Qxh5+ 35.Kg1 dxe4 36.Rde1 Bd4 37.Re3 Qg5+ 38.Kh2 Bxe3 39.Qxf7+ Kh8 40.Qc7 Qh4+ 41.Kg2 Rg8+ {#R} 0-1
Jamie Brotheridge (1533) vs Patrick Cook (1608)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.04.09"] [Round "2"] [White "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1533"] [BlackElo "1608"] [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 Qc7 {All these moves were played instantly} 11.Qe2 {Now Black thought for a while...} a6 12.Re1 Bd6 13.h3 O-O 14.Bg5 b5 15.Bb3 Bb7 16.Rad1 Rad8 17.c3 Bc5 18.a3 Bxd4 19.cxd4 Qc6 20.f3 Rc8 21.Bxf6 gxf6 22.Qe4 Qb6 {Black offered a draw....not expecting White to accept!} {#d} 1/2-1/2
Tim Commons (1192) vs Yuri Hoashi
[Event "BCCC2015 (Reserves)"] [Date "2015.04.02"] [Round "4"] [White "Tim Commons"] [Black "Yuri Hoashi"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1192"] [ECO "B20"] [Opening "Sicilian: 2.Bc4"] 1.e4 c5 2.Bc4 d6 3.Nf3 e6 4.d3 Be7 5.Nc3 a6 6.O-O Nf6 7.Ne2 O-O 8.Ng3 Nc6 9.a3 e5 10.Nh4? Be6 {Missing pawn Nxe4} 11.Bxe6 fxe6 12.Nf3 d5 13.Ng5 Qb6 14.Nxe6 Rfe8 15.exd5 Nxd5 16.Nf5 Bf6 17.Ng5 Rad8 18.Qh5 h6 19.Ne4 Nd4 20.Qg6 Re6 21.Nxh6+ Kh8 22.Nf7+ Kg8 23.Nxd8 Bxd8 24.Qg4 Nxc2 25.Rb1 Nxa3 26.bxa3 Qxb1 27.Qxe6+ Kf8 28.Qxd5 Bb6 29.Bg5 Qb5 30.Nd6 Qd7 31.Qxe5 g6 32.Qh8# 1-0
Tom Oppenheim (1070) vs Tim Commons (1192)
[Event "BCCC2015 (Reserves)"] [Date "2015.04.09"] [Round "6"] [White "Tom Oppenheim "] [Black "Tim Commons"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1070"] [BlackElo "1192"] [ECO "B02"] [Opening "Alekhine: Chase Variation"] 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.d4 Nc6 5.f4 d6 {Not sure this is good for black (book?)} 6.exd6 exd6 7.d5 Nb4! 8.Nc3? Bf5! {Trouble now at c7} 9.Qe2+ Be7 10.Ne4 O-O 11.a3 Na6 12.Nf3 Re8 13.Nfd2 Nc5 14.Qf3 Bxe4 15.Nxe4 Nxe4 16.Bd3 Bh4+ 17.Kf1 Ng5!! 18.Bxh7+ Kh8 {#R} 0-1
James Watson (1424) vs Rodney Jacobs (1624)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Date "2015.04.09"] [Round "2"] [White "James Watson"] [Black "Rodney Jacobs"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1424"] [BlackElo "1624"] [ECO "D32"] [Opening "QGD Tarrasch: 5.Nf3"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Bg5 Nc6 7.e3 c4 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Be2 Bf5 10.O-O Qd7 11.Nh4 Be6 12.b3 Bb4 13.Rc1 Ba3 14.Rb1 Bb4 15.Qc2 cxb3 16.Qxb3 a6 17.Rfc1 Qe7 18.g3 {intending Ng2-f5 instead Nxd5 immediately ends matters quicker since 18...Qd8 19Nc7+ Qxc7 20.Qxb4} Rd8 19.Bf3 Bxc3 20.Rxc3 Rd7 21.Rc5 Qd8 22.Ng2 {starting with Rbc1 is much more accurate as it avoids the text} Bf5 23.Rbc1 Be4 24.Be2 O-O 25.Nf4 Ne7 26.Nh5 Ng6 {...Nc6 is a better defence} 27.Rc8 Qe7 28.Qb6 Rd6 29.Qa7 Rxc8 30.Rxc8+ Nf8 31.Qb8 Rb6 32.Rc1 {not needed as something like 32.Re8 wins anyway, I thought it would but as I was short on time I wanted to go with a safer option to ensure I don't blunder} Rb2 33.Qf4 f5 34.Qh6 {#r} 1-0
Patrick Cook (1608) vs Daniel Healey (1429)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.04.16"] [Round "3"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Daniel Healey"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1608"] [BlackElo "1429"] [ECO "E73"] [Opening "King's Indian: 5.Be2 O-O"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 O-O 6.Bg5 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Qd2 exd5 9.Nxd5!? Nc6 10.Nf3 Be6 11.Nc3 Qe7 12.O-O Rfd8 13.Rfd1 a6 14.h3 Ne5?! 15.Nxe5 dxe5 16.Nd5 Bxd5 17.exd5 Qd6 18.Bf3 Re8 19.Re1 e4? 20.Bxf6 Qxf6 21.Rxe4 Qxb2 22.Qxb2 Bxb2 23.Rb1? {23.Rxe8+...was better.} Rxe4 24.Bxe4 Re8 25.Bf3 Bd4 26.Rxb7 Re1+ 27.Kh2 Rf1! 28.Kg3 Be5+! 29.Kg4 {#d} 1/2-1/2
David Gleeson (969) vs Tim Commons (1192)
[Event "BCCC2015 (Reserves)"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.04.16"] [Round "3"] [White "David Gleeson"] [Black "Tim Commons"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "969"] [BlackElo "1192"] [ECO "A40"] [Opening "Queen's Pawn: 1...e6 2.Nf3"] 1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 c6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.O-O Bd6 9.Re1 Ng4 10.h3 h5 11.e4 Nh6 12.exd5+ Kf8 13.dxc6 bxc6 14.Ne4 Bc7 15.Qc2 Bb7 16.b3 f6 17.Ba3+ Kg8 18.Qc4+ Nf7 19.Nd6 Bxd6 20.Bxd6 Nb6! 21.Qe6 Qxd6 22.Qe8+ Rxe8 23.Rxe8+ Qf8 24.Rxf8+ Kxf8 25.Re1 Nd5 26.Bg6 Ne7 27.Nh4 Rh6 28.Be4 g5 29.Nf5 Nxf5 30.Bxf5 Nd6 31.Bd7 Rh7 32.Be6 Re7 33.f3 Bc8 {#R} 0-1
Robert Bailey (1620) vs James Watson (1424)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Date "2015.04.16"] [Round "3"] [White "Robert Bailey"] [Black "James Watson"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1620"] [BlackElo "1424"] [ECO "A57"] [Opening "Benko Gambit: 4.cxb5"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 e6 5.Nc3 a6 6.b6 Qxb6 7.e4 d6 8.f4? {Too ambitious, losing the thread of the game and the urgency for development. Nf3 and Bc4 were better.} exd5 9.Nxd5 Nxd5 10.exd5 Be7 11.Nf3 O-O 12.Be2 Bf6 13.O-O Bxb2 14.Bxb2 Qxb2 15.Bd3 h6 16.Rf2 Qf6 17.Nd2 Bf5 18.Bxf5 Qxf5 19.Nc4 Qf6 20.Rb1 Nd7 21.g3 Rab8 22.Rfb2 Rxb2 23.Rxb2 Rb8 24.Rxb8+ Nxb8 25.a4 {white offered a draw} g6 26.a5 Kg7 27.Kg2 {White had seven minutes remaining; black returns the investment with half an hour on the following five move sequence.} Nd7 28.Qb3 Qe7 29.Kf2 Qf6 30.Kg2 Qe7 31.Kf2 Qf6 32.Kg2 Qd4 33.Nxd6 Qd2+ 34.Kg1 Qxa5 35.Qb7 Qa4 36.Ne8+ Kf8 37.Nd6 a5 38.Qa8+ Ke7 39.Nc8+ Kf6 40.Qa6+? {This blunders away the balance and shifts the advantage firmly over to black. Nd6 was better.} Kg7 41.Qc6 Qxc6 42.dxc6 Nb8 43.Na7 Na6 44.Kf2 Kf6 45.Ke3 Ke6 46.Kd3 Kd6 47.Kc4 {White offered a draw} a4 48.Kb5 a3 49.Kxa6 a2 50.Kb7 a1=Q 51.Nb5+ Ke7 52.c7 Qh1+ 53.Kb8 Qb1 54.c8=Q Qxb5+ 55.Ka7 Qd7+ {A credit to black's perseverance and a fine start to the championship.} {#R} 0-1
Jonathon Yates (1431) vs Harrison Harrison (1604)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.04.16"] [Round "3"] [White "Jonathon Yates"] [Black "Harrison Harrison"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1431"] [BlackElo "1604"] [ECO "B00"] [Opening "St. George Defence"] 1.e4 a6 2.d4 c6 3.Nf3 d6 4.h3 g6 5.Bd3 Bg7 6.O-O Nf6 7.Be3 O-O 8.Qd2 Re8 9.Bh6 Qb6 10.Bxg7 Kxg7 11.c3 Nbd7 12.Na3 e5 13.dxe5 Nxe5 14.Nxe5 dxe5 15.Nc4 Qc7 16.f4 exf4 17.Rxf4 b5 18.Raf1 Be6 19.Rxf6 bxc4 20.Be2 Rad8 21.Qe3 Qe5 22.R6f3 f5 23.exf5 Qxe3+ 24.Rxe3 gxf5 25.Rd1 Kf7 26.Bh5+ Kf6 {at this stage Jono has 4 min on the clock, and Harrison has 55!} 27.Rxe6+ Rxe6 28.Rxd8 Kg5 29.Bf3 Kf4 30.Kf2 c5 31.Rc8 Rb6 32.Rxc5 Rxb2+ 33.Be2 Rxa2 34.Rxc4+ Ke5 35.Kf3 a5 36.Rc5+ Kf6 37.Bc4 Ra1 38.Kf4 a4 39.Rxf5+ Kg6 40.Ra5 a3 41.Ra6+ Kg7 42.Ke4 Re1+ 43.Kd3 Rg1 44.Bd5 Ra1 45.Kc2 h5 46.Kb3 Rb1+ 47.Kxa3 Ra1+ 48.Ba2 Rg1 49.Ra8 Kf6 50.Rg8 h4 51.Kb4 Rc1 52.c4 Ke5 53.Rg4 Rc2 54.Bb3 Rb2 55.c5 Rd2 56.c6 Kd6 57.Ba4 Rb2+ 58.Ka5 Rb8 59.Rxh4 Kc5 60.Rh5+ Kd6 61.g4 Ra8+ 62.Kb4 Rb8+ 63.Bb5 Rc8 64.Kc4 Rc7 65.Rd5+ Ke6 66.Rd7 Rc8 67.c7 Kf6 68.Ba6 Rh8 69.c8=Q Rxh3 70.Qc6+ Kg5 71.Rd5+ Kf4 72.Qf6+ Ke3 73.Rd3+ Ke4 74.Bb7# 1-0
Bas van Riel (1782) vs Kevin Perrin (1629)
[Event "BCCC 2015"] [Date "2015.04.09"] [Round "2"] [White "Bas van Riel"] [Black "Kevin Perrin"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1782"] [BlackElo "1629"] [ECO "C10"] [Opening "French: Rubinstein"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Be7 5.Nf3 h6 6.Bd2 Nf6 7.Nxf6+ Bxf6 8.Bb5+ Nc6 9.Bb4 Bd7 10.Ba3 Be7 11.Bxe7 Nxe7 12.Bd3 O-O 13.O-O Bc6 14.Ne5 Qd5 15.Nf3 Rad8 16.c3 Qh5 17.Be2 Qg4 18.g3 {Not sure about this move, it opens up the diagonal for black and weakens the white defence. 18 h3 is probably better} Qe4 19.Qd2 Nf5 20.Rfe1 Nh4!? 21.gxh4 Qg4+ 22.Kf1 {Black is winning after 22 Kh1 when 22 ... Bxf3 wins the pawn on h4 or gets good play in the centre after c5.} Qh3+ 23.Kg1 Qg4+ 24.Kf1 Qh3+ 25.Kg1 f5? {If black is not going to recapture the knight (still with advantage) then he should have taken the perpetual check. He mistakenly thought that he had a win with this move, but it is a blunder!} 26.Qf4! {White stymies the black attack and consolidates his piece advantage.} Rf6 27.h5 Qxh5 28.Ne5! Rg6+ 29.Nxg6 Qxg6+ 30.Qg3 Qf7 31.Bc4 Qh5 32.Bxe6+ Kh8 33.Re5 Rf8 34.d5 Rf6 35.Rxf5 Rxf5 36.Bxf5 {#r} 1-0
Kevin Perrin (1629) vs James Eyre (1299)
[Event "BCCC 2015"] [Date "2015.04.16"] [Round "3"] [White "Kevin Perrin"] [Black "James Eyre"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1629"] [BlackElo "1299"] [ECO "C44"] [Opening "Scotch: 3...d6"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 d6 4.Bc4 exd4 5.Ng5 Ne5 6.Bb3 h6 7.Nf3 Nf6 8.Qxd4 Nxf3+ 9.gxf3 Bh3? {The wrong idea since white is quite pleased to have his R on the open file.} 10.Rg1 Qe7 11.Nc3 Bd7 12.Be3 Qe5 {Hoping for a queen exchange.} 13.Qb4 b6 {13. ... Qxh2 is interesting but fails against 14. 0-0-0.} 14.Qc4 O-O-O 15.O-O-O Be6? {A blunder which loses fairly quickly.} 16.Qa6+ Kb8? {16. ... Kd7 is better but it will lose as well.} 17.Nb5 {#r} 1-0
Rodney Jacobs (1624) vs Bas van Riel (1782)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2015.04.16"] [Round "3"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Bas van Riel"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1624"] [BlackElo "1782"] [ECO "B07"] [Opening "Pirc: 4.Be2"] {584MB, Fritz11.ctg} 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be2 Bg7 5.f4 O-O 6.Nf3 c5 7.d5 e6 8.O-O exd5 9.exd5 a6 10.a4 b6 11.Bd2 Bb7 12.Be1 Ng4 13.Qd2 Qe7 14.Nd1 Re8 15.Bc4? {After the preferred move 15.Bh4!, black could not take 16....Qxe2 because of 16..Re1} Qe4 16.Ba2 Qxa4 17.c4 Qd7 {Despite the extra pawn, things are not great for black yet. The natural move 17...Nd7 has the problem that it appears to cut off a retreat for the vulnerable queen. However 17..b5 would have been a credible alternative.} 18.h3 Nf6 19.Bh4 Ne4 20.Qc1 a5 21.Bb1 b5 22.Bc2 {22.Re1.. would have been more active} a4 23.Ne3 b4 24.Bxe4 Rxe4 25.Ng5? Rxe3 26.Qxe3 Bd4 {#R} 0-1
James Watson (1424) vs Patrick Cook (1608)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2015.04.23"] [Round "4"] [White "James Watson"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1424"] [BlackElo "1608"] [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.Qe2 Bd6 13.Bg5 O-O 14.Bd3! Bxh2+ 15.Kh1 Bd6?? 16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.Bxh7+ Kxh7 18.Qh5+ Kg7 19.Qg4+ Kh7 20.Re3 Bf4 21.Rh3+ Bh6 22.Qh4 Kg8 23.Qxh6 Rd8 24.Qh8# 1-0
Tim Commons (1192) vs Michael Tausz (1303)
[Event "BCCC2015 (Reserves)"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.04.23"] [Round "11"] [White "Tim Commons"] [Black "Michael Tausz"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1192"] [BlackElo "1303"] [ECO "C50"] [Opening "Giuoco Pianissimo: 4.d3"] 1.e4 {[Good honest game between two of the tournaments previously unbeaten players... White pushes hard for a win and Black pariers his every thrust.]} e5 {Comments by MT; just what I thought during the game, no real analysis, engine or otherwise.} 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d3 d6 5.Ng5 {This is actually more annoying than I thought. Should rather play 4.Nf6 next time.} Be6 6.Nxe6 fxe6 7.O-O Qe7 8.Qg4 Nd4 9.Qd1 Nf6 10.a4 a6 11.c3 Nc6 12.Bg5 h6 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.Nd2 O-O-O?! {Walks into the attack. Way too optimistic!} 15.b4! {No hesitation! I think I was lucky to hold off this attack.} Ba7 16.b5 Nb8 17.Qb3 Rde8 18.a5 Bc5 19.bxa6 bxa6 20.Rab1 Kd7 21.Bxa6 Nxa6 22.Qb5+ Ke7 23.Qxa6 Ra8 24.Qb7 {maybe Qc6 was better} Rhc8 25.Nc4 Qf8 26.Qb5 Rcb8 27.Qa4 Rxb1 28.Rxb1 Bxf2+ 29.Kh1 Rb8 30.Rf1 Qe8 {No good discovered attack for the bishop. At this point I thought I had survived and it felt pretty equal.} 31.Qxe8+ Kxe8 32.g3 Bc5 33.Ra1 d5?! {just survived the attack, but now this drops a pawn unnecessarily.} 34.Nxe5 d4? {(TC: A second bad pawn push in a row I think. if cxd, Bxd, Nc6 is a win for White?)} 35.c4 Rb3 36.a6 Rb8 37.Ra5 Bb6 38.Ra2 Ra8 39.Kg2 Ke7 40.Ng6+ Kd7 41.Nf4 Ba7 42.Ng6 Rb8 43.Kf3 Rb3 44.Ke2 Rb8 45.h4 Bc5 46.h5 Kc6 47.Ne5+ Kd6 48.Ng6 Kc6 49.Ne5+ Kd6 50.Nf3 Kc6 {Black offers Draw but White soldiers on...} 51.g4 Ra8 52.g5 Kb6 53.gxh6 gxh6 54.Ne5 Bd6 55.Nf7 Bf8 56.Ne5 Bd6 57.Nf3 c5 58.Nh4 Rxa6 59.Rxa6+ Kxa6 60.Nf3 e5 61.Nh2 Bf8 62.Ng4 Bg7 63.Kd2 Kb6 64.Kc2 Kc6 65.Kb3 Kb6 66.Ka4 Ka6 67.Nh2 Bf8 68.Ng4 Bg7 {#d} 1/2-1/2
Bas van Riel (1782) vs Robert Bailey (1620)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2015.04.23"] [Round "4"] [White "Bas van Riel"] [Black "Robert Bailey"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1782"] [BlackElo "1620"] [ECO "D15"] [Opening "Slav: 4.Nc3"] {584MB, Fritz11.ctg} 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bf4 Nbd7 6.e3 Be7 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Bd3 O-O 9.O-O Nh5 10.Ne5? {Re1 would be better apparently (fritz)} Nxf4 11.exf4 Nf6 12.Qf3 Qb6 13.Rfd1 Bd6 {13....Qxb2 was probably fine, although white would have good compensation for the pawn.} 14.Rd2 g6 15.Ne2 {(?) Rad1 instead} Ne4? {looses a pawn for nothing} 16.Bxe4 dxe4 17.Qxe4 Bf5 18.Qf3 Be6 19.Nc3 Rad8 20.Rad1 Bb4 21.a3 Bxc3 22.bxc3? Qb3 {(!) Good move. Black is about to get his pawn back and the game should be drawn. Because black was in serious time-trouble (about 5 minutes), white complicated matters (and it paid off,,,)} 23.f5 Bd5? {After 23.. Bxf5; 24.c4 white would have swapped his double pawn against the loss of his a-pawn, but the position would be still very much in balance.} 24.Qf4 Qxa3? {Overlooking the following move. 24... f6; 25.Ng4, with a difficult position would have given a better chance for black to survive. After the textmove, black is lost} 25.c4 Qd6 26.cxd5 f6 27.Nd3 {#r} 1-0
Jamie Brotheridge (1533) vs Jonathon Yates (1431)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.04.23"] [Round "4"] [White "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Black "Jonathon Yates"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1533"] [BlackElo "1431"] [ECO "C70"] [Opening "Spanish: Caro Variation"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 b5 5.Bb3 Bb7 6.d3 h6 7.Be3 Nf6 8.h3 d6 9.c3 Be7 10.Nbd2 O-O 11.Nf1 d5 12.Ng3 dxe4 13.dxe4 Bd6 14.O-O Na5 15.Bc2 Nc4 16.Bc1 Re8 17.Nd2 Nxd2 18.Bxd2 Bc5 19.Qe2 Qd7 20.Rad1 Qc6 21.Be3 Bxe3 22.fxe3 Rad8 23.Bb3 1/2-1/2
Yuri Hoashi vs Anna Yates (975)
[Event "BCCC2015 (Reserves)"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.04.16"] [Round "6"] [White "Yuri Hoashi"] [Black "Anna Yates"] [Result "0-1"] [BlackElo "975"] [ECO "A56"] [Opening "Benoni: 2...c5"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d5 6.Qa4 Bd7 7.Qb3 Bc6 8.N1c3 a6 9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.Nxd5 Bxd5 11.Qxd5 axb5 12.Qxe5+ Be7 13.Qxg7 Kd7 {This was poor move by me (Anna). Much better would have been Bb4+, when the only move to avoid checkmate by black is to sacrifice the queen with Qc3} 14.e3 Kc8 15.Bxb5 Bb4+ 16.Ke2 Qf8 17.Qg4+ Kc7 18.Qc4+ Kb6 19.e4 Nc6 20.Be3+ Kc7 21.Rac1 Qd6 22.e5 Qxe5 23.Qxb4 Rxa2 24.Bxc6 Rxb2+ 25.Qxb2 Qxb2+ 26.Bd2 bxc6 27.Rb1 Qc2 28.Rhc1 Re8+ 29.Kf3 Qe4+ 30.Kg3 Rg8+ 31.Kh3 Qg4# 0-1
James Eyre (1299) vs Harrison Harrison (1604)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.04.23"] [Round "4"] [White "James Eyre"] [Black "Harrison Harrison"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1299"] [BlackElo "1604"] [ECO "D06"] [Opening "Queen's Gambit"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 h6 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.e3 c5 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Bb5+ Bd7 8.a3 Bxb5 9.Nxb5 Qa5+ 10.Nc3 Qa6 11.Bd2 Nbd7 12.b4 cxb4 13.axb4 Qc4 14.b5 Ne4 15.Qe2 Nxd2 16.Qxc4 Nxf3+ 17.gxf3 dxc4 18.Nd5 Bd6 19.b6 a6 20.e4 f6 21.Kd2 Kf7 22.Rhc1 Rac8 23.h3 Rc6 24.Ne3 Bb4+ 25.Ke2 Nxb6 26.d5 Rcc8 27.Rab1 a5 28.Nc2 Bc5 29.Ne3 Kg6 30.Nxc4 Nxc4 31.Rxc4 b6 32.Rg1+ Kf7 33.h4 b5 34.Rc2 Rc7 35.h5 a4 36.Rb1 Rb8 37.Rbc1 Rbc8 38.f4 Bd6 {#R} 0-1
Patrick Cook (1608) vs Bas van Riel (1782)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.04.30"] [Round "5"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Bas van Riel"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1608"] [BlackElo "1782"] [ECO "D90"] [Opening "Gruenfeld: Three Knights Variation"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 O-O 7.g3 Na6?! {with a bishop on g2 this knight is a bit misplaced.} 8.Bg2 Be6 9.Qa4 c5 10.O-O Bd7 {(?) better 10..Nd5; 11.Nxd5, Bxd5 or 11.Rd1,Nb6} 11.Qb3 Bc6 12.Rd1 cxd4 13.Nxd4 Bxg2 14.Kxg2 Nc5 15.Qc4!? Qc8 16.Bf4 Re8 17.Ndb5 {?! Threatening Nc7, and also seemingly preventing 17..e5, the reason of black's previous move. However, both players overlooked the surprising reply 17..a6!; as 18.Nc7?, Ne6!;19. Rac1, b5; 20.Qc6, Nxf4+ and 21..Qg4+ would give black a very good game.} e5? 18.Be3 Bf8 19.f3 {(!)} Qe6 {? Still not realising that Nc7 was taboe, Qe6 (Re6 or Qc6 would have been superior moves) was a mistake i.e. 20.Qxe6, Nxe6; 21.Bxa7 leading to the loss of a pawn. Instead, black offered a draw. Therefore, acceptance deserves a question mark.. (After some thought, White simply reverted to form and accepted the draw offer. He completely missed that after 20.Qxe6...Nxe6, the a pawn goes! P.C.)} {#d} 1/2-1/2
David Gleeson (969) vs Michael Tausz (1303)
[Event "BCCC2015 (Reserves)"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.04.30"] [Round "5"] [White "David Gleeson"] [Black "Michael Tausz"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "969"] [BlackElo "1303"] [ECO "A52"] [Opening "Budapest: 3...Ng4"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.f4 Bc5 5.Nh3 d6 6.exd6 cxd6 7.g3 O-O 8.Qd3 Qb6 9.Qf3 Nc6 10.a3 Nd4 11.b4 Nxf3+ 12.exf3 Re8+ 13.Kd2 Be3+ 14.Kc2 Bf5+ 15.Kb2 Qd4+ 16.Nc3 Bxc1+ 17.Rxc1 Qd2+ {#R} 0-1
Harrison Harrison (1604) vs Jamie Brotheridge (1533)
[Event "BCCC2015 "] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2015.04.30"] [Round "5"] [White "Harrison Harrison"] [Black " Jamie Brotheridge"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1604"] [BlackElo "1533"] [ECO "A05"] [Opening "Reti: 1...Nf6"] 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.a3 g6 3.Ra2? {KP note: Unorthodox but that is how Harrison plays. He said later it was in anticipation of Bg7!} Bg7 4.g3 b6 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.c4 d6 7.d4 Nbd7 8.b4 e5 9.d5 O-O 10.Bd2 b5 11.Nc3 Nb6 12.Nxb5 Nxc4 13.Bg5 Qd7 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.Nc3 Nb6 16.e4 Bg7 17.O-O f5 18.Bh3 Qe7 19.exf5 gxf5 20.Nh4 e4 21.Nxf5 Rxf5 22.Bxf5 Bxc3 23.Be6+ Kh8 24.Qc2 Bf6 25.Qxe4 Re8 26.Qf5 Rf8 27.Qh5 Qe8 28.Qd1 c6 29.Re1 Qg6 30.dxc6 Be5 31.Rxe5 dxe5 32.Qd6 Re8 33.Qxe5+ Qg7 34.Qxg7+ Kxg7 35.cxb7 Rb8 36.f4 Rxb7 37.g4 Nd7 38.Bxd7 Rxd7 39.Kg2 {KP note: White certainly has an unusual opening style but there is nothing wrong with his middle game tactics. A fairly easy win for white from here.} {#r} 1-0
Michael Schreenan (995) vs Tim Commons (1192)
[Event "BCCC2015 (Reserves)"] [Date "2015.05.07"] [White "Michael Schreenan"] [Black "Tim Commons"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "995"] [BlackElo "1192"] [ECO "C62"] [Opening "Spanish: Old Steinitz, 4.d4 Bd7"] 1.e4 {(TC) Opening very well played by White and Black struggled to maintain parity before wining a pawn after finally gaining some space. Endgame full of possibilities which were explored interestingly by both players.} e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.d4 Bd7 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.O-O h6 8.Bh4 Bg4 9.dxe5 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 dxe5 11.Qf5 Nd7 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.Nd5 Qd6 14.Rad1 O-O 15.f4? {Michael has created a clearly winning position here: 15.Nb6!, Nxb6; 16.Rxd6, cxd6 wins the house. Both players did miss this possibility for a few moves. The same combination was missed on blacks move 17. (BvR)} Rad8 16.Kh1 exf4? 17.Bxc6? bxc6 {Qxc6 is lost for Black after Ne7+ forking Queen...} 18.Nxf4 Qe7 19.Qg4? Nf6! 20.Qf3 Rxd1 21.Rxd1 Qxe4 22.Qxe4 Nxe4 23.Kg1 {The ending after 23.Rd7 looks more favourable, (albeit with a pawn down) for white because of black's poor pawn structure (BvR)} Nd6 24.b4 Re8 25.Nd3 Re2 26.Ne1? Nb5 27.Kf1 Re7 28.Nf3 g5 29.Nd4 Rd7! 30.c3? Nxc3 31.Rd2 Nb5 32.Nf3 Re7 33.Rd8+! Kg7 34.Ra8 c5! 35.bxc5 Re4 36.Rb8 c6 37.Ra8 Rc4 38.Nd2 Rxc5 39.a4! Rc1+ 40.Ke2 Nd4+ 41.Kd3 Ne6 42.Rxa7 {White offers Draw} Ra1 43.g3? Nc5+ 44.Kc3 Rxa4 45.Rxa4 Nxa4+ 46.Kb4 Nb2 47.Kc5 {White offers Draw} Kf6 48.g4 Ke5 49.Kxc6 f5 50.gxf5 Kxf5 51.Kd6 g4 52.Nf1? Nc4+ 53.Ke7 h5 54.Kf7 h4 {#R} 0-1
James Watson (1424) vs Jonathon Yates (1431)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2015.05.07"] [Round "6"] [White "James Watson"] [Black "Jonathon Yates"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1424"] [BlackElo "1431"] [ECO "A09"] [Opening "Reti: 2.c4"] 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 c6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Qc2 g6 5.e3 Bf5 6.Qb3 Bxb1? {The move is dubious on positional grounds as it gives up the bishop pair to an undeveloped piece. As it turns out it simply looses material as well.} 7.Rxb1? {recapturing automatically thus missing that white can throw in the zwishenzug 7.Qxb7!} Qc7 8.cxd5 Nxd5 {giving white a central pawn majority and leaving the a2-g8 diagonal open while white has an unopposed LSB is quite dangerous, although allowing white rapid access to the c file and pressure on the c6 square is also unpalatabe} 9.Bd3 Bg7 10.Bd2 O-O?! {It would have been more accurate to have started with ...Nbd7 as that would keep castling options open and develop another piece.} 11.h4!? {After a long think. with the bishop pair and central pawn majority white can take a more positional approach to try for an advantage. However with black lacking a LSB, whites rook being on h1 and black lagging in development plus the chance for rapid central advances this approach become rather tempting.} Nf6 12.e4 h5 13.e5 Nd5 14.e6 fxe6? {Blacks best try was f5 with the possibility of counter chances.} 15.Bxg6 Qd6 16.Bxh5 Nf4? {First 16..Nd7 (developing) before committing to counterplay for the 'sacrificed' pawn.} 17.Bxf4 Rxf4 18.Qxb7 Bxd4 19.O-O Rf8 20.Nxd4?! {not as strong as simply taking the rook} Qxd4 21.g3? {Qxa8 instead is decisive. not that it matters too much as white is winning quite handily in either case} Nd7 22.Rbd1 Qe5 23.Qxd7 {(Rxd7!)} Qxh5 24.Qxe6+ Rf7 25.Qxc6 Raf8 26.Qd5 Qh6 27.Qg5+ Qxg5 28.hxg5 {#r} 1-0
Kevin Perrin (1629) vs Patrick Cook (1608)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2015.05.07"] [Round "6"] [White "Kevin Perrin"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1629"] [BlackElo "1608"] [ECO "A03"] [Opening "Bird: 1...d5 2.Nf3 c5 3.e3"] {(Comments by Patrick Cook, except where noted) Our 33rd Championship meeting (31 tournaments, plus 2 play-off games)!!} 1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 c5 3.e3 Nf6 4.Be2 Nc6 5.O-O g6 6.d3 Bg7 7.Qe1 O-O 8.a3 e5? {this just drops a pawn...} 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.fxe5 Nd7 11.d4 Qb6 12.c3 cxd4 13.cxd4 Nb8 {Presumably to protect the vulnerable pawn on d4 and e6 by white at some stage is a threat as well (KP)} 14.Nc3 Be6 15.Kh1 a6 16.Bf3 Rd8 17.Qh4 Nc6 18.Qf4 Rac8 19.Ne2 Rc7 20.h4 h5 21.Ng3 Kh7 22.Bxh5! gxh5 23.Nxh5 Bh6 {I think this move is a mistake since 25 Qg3 and 26 e4 has white winning (KP)} 24.Nf6+ Kg7 25.Qf3? {The wrong square 25 Qg3+ and 26 e4 is probably winning (KP)} Rh8!? 26.Nh5+ Kg8 {not 26...Kf8 because of 27.Qf6} 27.Nf6+!? {Again 27 Qg3+ Kf8 and 28 e4 are probably winning for white (KP)} Kf8 {Black offered a draw here...time to try Patrick's Curse!} 28.Nxd5 Bxd5 29.Qxd5 Qb5 30.Qd6+?! {White probably should have traded Queens} Re7 31.Bd2 Bg5! 32.g3 {32 Kg1 looks better for white} Bxh4 33.Kg2 Qe2+! 34.Rf2 Qg4 35.e6 Bxg3? {Not sure about this move. I think 35 ... Qe4+ is better. The text leads to a fairly simple win for white. (KP) (35...Qe4+ 36.Rf3 looks good for White...P.C.)} 36.Rxf7+!? Ke8 37.Rxe7+ Nxe7 38.Qd7+ Kf8 39.Qd8+ Kg7 40.Qxe7+ Kh6 41.Qf6+ Kh7 42.Qf7+ {Better to play 42 Qf3 and force the queen exchange with an easy win for white. (KP)} Kh6 43.Rh1+?? {looks plausible enough, allows perpetual check. ( 43.Qf3! would easily win for white with his 3 extra pawns as the queen-swap is forced.) (BvR)} Bh4+!! 44.Kf1 Qd1+ {White had about 20 seconds left here, and sat pondering the position too long!! He was playing 45.Kg2 when his time expired...a terrible tragedy, the position is a draw, since Black must take the perpetual check. (Patrick's Curse strikes again!). [It might be small consolation for Kevin that he most probably is lost here anyway: 45.Kg2, Qxd2+;46.Kf3,(Kh3! P.C. [but Qxe3+ will lead to a win for black KP]) Qf2; 47.Ke4, Qxf7;48.exf7, Kg7 (BvR)] (Advantage for black but not a clear win as the 2 pawns can still create play for white KP). Indeed, I (BvR) was wrong: Kevin's final position was certainly not lost. A draw either via an immediate perpetual, or via the Kf3 variation (see earlier) with a very slight edge for white (see KP's comment). The Kh3 (PC) variation, however would be lost for white (PC), according to a very unusual analysis (Fritz): 46.Kh3, Qxe3;47.Kxh4, Qg5; 48Kh3, Rg8!; 49.Qf3, Kg7!; 50.Qf7, Kh8; and checkmate in 3 moves.} {#T} 0-1
Daniel Healey (1429) vs Harrison Harrison (1604)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2015.05.07"] [Round "6"] [White "Daniel Healey"] [Black "Harrison Harrison"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1429"] [BlackElo "1604"] [ECO "B00"] [Opening "St. George Defence"] 1.e4 a6 2.Nf3 f6 {Something completely random, and typically Harrison.} 3.d4 d6 4.Bc4 e6 5.Be3 Bd7 6.O-O g6 7.Qd2 Bg7 8.Nc3 Ne7 9.Bh6 O-O 10.Bxg7 Kxg7 11.Rad1 c6 {Part of Black's plan to eventually place all his pawns on the sixth rank.} 12.Rfe1 d5 13.Bf1 dxe4 14.Nxe4 b6 15.Bc4 Nd5 16.Bb3 a5 17.c4 Nc7 18.c5 Ne8 19.cxb6 a4 20.Bc4?! {White should play 20.b7!...first.} Qxb6 21.Nc5 e5!? {White has a clear advantage in this position. FatBot gives 22.Qe3... or 22.Be6... as best.} 22.Nxd7 Nxd7 23.dxe5 Nxe5 24.Nxe5 fxe5 25.Qd7+?! {Rxe5 is better.} Kh8 26.Qe7 Ng7 27.Re2 Rae8 28.Qa3 Ra8 29.Qe3 {Devoid of any ideas, white decides to offer the Queen swap. If you're playing along at home you're probably thinking: "Why didn't he place his Rook on the seventh rank?"} Qb4 30.Rc2 Rae8 31.Qc3 Qb8 32.Bf1 Rf6 33.Rcd2 Nf5 34.g3? {Bad for any number of reasons.} Nd4 35.Bg2 Ref8 {After being behind most of the game, Black works his way back to approximately even.} 36.Rxd4? exd4 37.Qxd4 Qb5 38.Rc1 Qe2 39.f4 Kg8 40.Qc4+ Qxc4 41.Rxc4 Rb8 42.Rxa4?! {Rxc6 is probably better.} Rxb2 43.Ra7?! Rd6 44.a4?? {momentarily distracted, White blunders a piece. When questioned about what happened, his reply: "I though I heard the ice-cream truck"} Rd1+ 45.Bf1 Rbb1 46.a5 Rxf1+ {Its all over now except the shouting. Although Black plays the rest of the game in a cautious manner, the outcome is never in doubt.} 47.Kg2 Rg1+ 48.Kf2 Rgc1 49.a6 Rb8 50.Ke2 Ra1 51.Kd2 Rf8 52.Kc2 Ra2+ 53.Kb3 Ra5 54.Kb4 Rb5+ 55.Kc4 h6 {Black finally succeeds in his long range plan to have placed all his pawns on the sixth rank.} 56.Rc7 Rbb8 57.Kc5 {Better was Rxc6.} Rf5+ 58.Kxc6 Rf6+ {#R} 0-1
Michael Tausz (1303) vs Yuri Hoashi
[Event "BCCC2015 (Reserves)"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2015.05.07"] [Round "6"] [White "Michael Tausz"] [Black "Yuri Hoashi"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1303"] [ECO "B53"] [Opening "Sicilian: 2...d6 3.d4 cxd4"] 1.e4 {Comments by MT (White). Just my thoughts after the game. No engine analysis or expert comment!} c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.c3 Nf6 5.Qc2 Nc6 6.cxd4 e6 7.Bb5 Bd7 8.O-O Rc8 9.Qe2 a6 10.Ba4 Be7 11.Nc3 b5 12.Bb3 {So far, all seemed pretty equal, but this gets me into trouble a bit later. I think Bc2 is better.} O-O 13.Rd1 b4 14.Na4 Na5 {makes it uncomfortable for White.} 15.Bg5 Bb5! {Looks all pretty good for Black.} 16.Qe1 {with the idea to attack b4. White feels under pressure.} Nxb3 17.axb3 Rc2! {and here it comes. At this point I thought Black was clearly better.} 18.d5 {hoping that this centre counter will lead to exchanges.} e5 {not sure if that's best. It makes a possible Qxb4 rather comfortable, as no discovered attack from the Be7 looms. I expected Re2 and that keeps Black on (see example variation).} (18...Re2 19.Qxb4 Rxe4) 19.Qxb4 {White felt better after this!} Be2 20.Rdc1 Rxc1+ 21.Rxc1 a5 22.Qb6 {Queen swap?} Qd7 {not best. Why not take on f3 or Nxe4 first? This allows the rook to come in on the 7th nicely. But Black's next move shows that he saw an awesome combination, that however had one flaw.} 23.Rc7 Rc8? {Yes, the losing move and therefore must get a questionmark. But VERY NICE IDEA: Queen sac for baseline attack! Got me very worried that I overlooked something, but turned out Black probably missed that Bg5 covers everything right now. White had expected} (23...Qg4 24.h3 {holds it all together (just).} Qh5) 24.Rxd7 Nxd7 25.Qxa5 {covers the baseline now at e1, too.} Bxg5 {Too late, although there is still no good way to open an escape for the King. After h3 or h4, Bf4 plugs it immediately. g3 drops the knight. Luckily, there is one move to stop it all.} 26.Nc3 {White's feeling: Phew!} Bd2? 27.Nxd2 Rc5 28.Qd8+ Nf8 29.Qxd6 Ra5 30.Nxe2 Ra1+ 31.Nf1 Re1 32.Nc3 h6 33.Qxe5 Ng6 34.Qe8+ Kh7 35.d6 Nf4 36.d7 Ne6 37.Qxf7 Nd8 38.Qf8 Ne6 39.Qf5+ g6 40.Qxe6 {#r} 1-0
Michael Tausz (1303) vs Sean Macek
[Event "BCCC2015 (Reserves)"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2015.04.02"] [Round "1"] [White "Michael Tausz"] [Black "Sean Macek"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1303"] [ECO "C51"] [Opening "Evans Gambit"] 1.e4 {Comments by MT (White). Just my notes from after the game. No engine or expert analysis here!} e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bd4 {probably not best. White gets c2-c3 for free.} 5.c3 Bb6 6.a4 a6 7.d4 d6 8.O-O Bg4 9.Bxf7+? {looks typical, but goes wrong!} Kd7? {Luckily for White, Black 'believed' White's flawed calculation! Now White gets a nice attack.} (9...Kxf7! 10.Ng5+ Qxg5! 11.Bxg5 Bxd1 12.Rxd1 {and black is up a piece!}) 10.dxe5 Bxf3 11.Qxf3 Kc8 12.Qf5+ Kb8 13.Bg5 Nge7 14.Qe6 Nxe5? {drops the knight on e7, but it is already difficult to defend.} 15.Bxe7 Qd7 16.Qxd7 Nxd7 {Up a piece and queens off the board, White should win from here.} 17.Na3 Ne5 18.Bd5 Re8 19.Bh4 c6 20.Bb3 Ng4 21.Nc4 Bc7 22.f3 Ne3? {miscalculation, but does not matter anymore.} 23.Nxe3 Bb6 24.Bf2 d5 25.Bc2 d4 26.Nc4 Ba7 27.cxd4 b5 28.Bg3+ Kb7 29.Nd6+ Kb6 30.a5+ {after Kc7 the rook falls with check.} {#r} 1-0
Patrick Cook (1608) vs Rodney Jacobs (1624)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.05.14"] [Round "7"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Rodney Jacobs"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1608"] [BlackElo "1624"] [ECO "A01"] [Opening "Nimzowitsch-Larsen: 1...e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3"] 1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 a6 4.c4 Nf6 5.Be2 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.a3 Nf6 8.d3 Bc5 9.Qc2 Qe7 10.Nf3 h6 11.O-O Bf5 12.Nbd2 O-O 13.Nc4 Bd6 14.Rac1 Rfe8 15.Rfd1 Rac8 16.Nxd6 cxd6 17.Qd2 d5 18.d4 Ne4!? 19.Qe1 exd4 20.Nxd4 Nxd4 21.Rxd4 Rxc1 22.Qxc1 Rc8 23.Qd1 Be6 24.Bf3 {White offered a draw...} Nc3! 25.Bxc3 Rxc3 26.h3 Qxa3 27.Kh2 Qxb3 28.Qxb3 Rxb3 29.Ra4 Rb5 30.e4 Kf8 31.Kg3 Ke7 32.Kf4 dxe4 33.Be2? Rb2? {33..Rf5; 34.Kxe4, Rxf2 or 33...Rf5; 34.Ke3, Bd5 and black has won another pawn} 34.Rxe4 Rc2 35.Ke3 Rc7 36.Rb4 b5 37.Kd4 Rd7+?! 38.Kc5 Rd2 39.Bf3 Bc4 40.Kb6 Rd6+ 41.Ka5 Rd2 42.Kxa6 Kd6 43.Kb6 Rxf2 44.Rb1 Rd2 45.Bc6 f6 46.g4? Rh2 47.Bxb5 Bxb5 48.Rxb5 Rxh3 49.Rb4 Rd3 50.Re4 Rg3 51.Kb5 Kd5 52.Rb4 Rc3 53.Ka4?? {allows the rook's probably lost anyway.} Rc4 54.Kb5 Rxb4+ 55.Kxb4 Ke5 {#R} 0-1
Harrison Harrison (1604) vs James Watson (1424)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Date "2015.05.14"] [Round "7"] [White "Harrison Harrison"] [Black "James Watson"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1604"] [BlackElo "1424"] [ECO "A45"] [Opening "Queen's Pawn: Indian"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.h3 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.c4 O-O 5.Nc3 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.e4 Nxc3 8.bxc3 c5 9.e5?! {Bends to Blacks strategical aim which is to force a pawn to advance releasing the tension in the center and providing useful squares for the black pieces} Nc6 10.Nf3 Qa5 11.Bd2 Rd8 12.Bc4 Qc7?! {Developing the bishop is slightly better} 13.Rc1 Qb8 14.Qb3 e6 15.Qb2?! {Allows 15...cxd4 16.cxd4 Nxd4! 17.Nxd4 Qxe5+} Na5?! {Trying to provide the c6 square for the bishop but overlooking the tactical shot} 16.Be2 Bd7 17.O-O Bc6 18.Rfe1 Qc7 19.Bf4 cxd4 20.cxd4 Qd7 21.Red1 Bd5 {Black has a very small edge with some positional pressure} 22.Rc2 Rac8 23.Rdc1 {Setting a devious trap. If black tries to win a pawn here with 23...Rxc2 24.Rxc2 Bxf3?! 25.Bxf3 Qxd4?? 26.Qxd4 Rxd4 27.Rc8+ Bf8 28.Bh6 1-0} Rxc2 24.Rxc2 Be4 {Not falling for the bait} 25.Rc1 Nc6 {Bxf3 was still taboo but now black is threating to win a pawn} 26.Be3 Bxf3 {wins a pwn. But black has better pieces with a small pull. Probably it was better to avoid the mass exchanges and wait for a chance to win matrial under better circumstances.} 27.Bxf3 Nxd4 28.Bxd4 Qxd4 29.Qxd4 Rxd4 30.Rc8+ Bf8 31.Bxb7 Ra4? {31...Rd1+ 32.Kh2 Rd2 was the way to win a pawn. Not sure why I didn't play it} 32.Rc2 Ra5 33.f4 Ra4 34.g3 h5 35.Bc6 Ra3 36.Kg2 Bh6 37.h4 {after this blacks realistic chances to try for a win have been put to a stop so black offers a draw after his next move} Bf8 38.Bb5 {white wanted more} Bb4 39.Rc8+ Kg7 40.Bc4 Be1?! {going after g3 too quickly. first improving the rooks position is slightly more accurate as now white can temporarily misplace the black rook. In either case the position is still a clear draw} 41.Bb3 Bb4 42.Kf2 Ra5 43.Rc7 Kg8 44.Ke2 Bc5 45.a4 Bb6 46.Rc8+ Kg7 47.Rc4 Rc5 48.Kf3 a5 49.Rxc5 Bxc5 50.g4 Kh6 51.Bc4 Bb4 52.Kg3 Be1+ 53.Kh3 Bd2 54.Kg3 Be1+ 55.Kf3? {giving up a pawn to try for a win. The ending is still a draw with accurate play but this makes it harder for white, especially considering black has a slightly favourable position at this point due to blacks only weak point easier to defend than whites two.} Bxh4 56.f5 Kg5!? {gxf5 and exf5 were both good options as well} 57.fxe6 hxg4+ 58.Ke4 fxe6 {f5!? was more testing as it forcibly gives blacks king access to the f6 square} 59.Bxe6 Be1 60.Bd7 g3 61.Bh3 Bc3 62.Kd5 Bb4 63.Ke6?? {whites obviously trying to win but he doesn't realize that trying to push the pawn through actually results in a losing position. Instead white can still draw keeping his king on the e4 square} Kh6?? {No idea what I was thinking. Instead Kf4! is a win for black (it still looks like a draw after Kf4; 64.Bg2 etc, PS. Yes indeed I was wrong: it would be a win for black after 64....Bc3 etcBvR) now The position is once again a draw} 64.Kf7 {Now it's again a draw but black is the one who needs to be a little careful} g5 65.e6 g4 66.Bg2 Kg5 67.e7 Bxe7 68.Kxe7 Kf4 69.Kf6! {Secures a draw. If white were to instead go after the a pawn he would lose.} Ke3 70.Kg5 Kf2 71.Bc6 g2 72.Bxg2 Kxg2 73.Kxg4 {The presence of rook pawns makes this a pretty straightforward draw. Although if black did not know their endgame theory they could still go wrong} Kh2! {Drawing, The anti intuitive idea is a maneuver called outflanking. Black will forcibly gain access to the a8/a7/b8/b7 squares after which the players can shake hands. Technically Kf2 is still a draw but black will need to make this outflanking maneuver before reaching the e file so it's more principled to do it immediately . The main point is not to go madly rushing after the pawn as that would lead to a loss for black} 74.Kf4 Kh3 75.Ke4 Kg4 76.Ke5 Kg5 77.Ke6 Kg6 78.Kd6 Kf6 79.Kc6 Ke6 80.Kb5 Kd6 81.Kxa5 Kc7 82.Ka6 Kb8 83.Kb6 Ka8 84.a5 Kb8 85.a6 Ka8 86.a7 {A well played game by white and bringing blacks perfect run to an end.} {#D} 1/2-1/2
Jonathon Yates (1431) vs Bas van Riel (1782)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.05.14"] [Round "7"] [White "Jonathon Yates"] [Black "Bas van Riel "] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1431"] [BlackElo "1782"] [ECO "B07"] [Opening "Pirc: Holmov (4.Bc4)"] {584MB, Fritz11.ctg} 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bc4 c6 5.Bd3 {Not logical to play a piece twice in the opening, loosing the advantage of playing white..Bg5, f3 or Qe2 were more consistent alternatives defending the e4 pawn.} Bg7 6.Nge2 O-O 7.O-O Nbd7 8.f4 e5 {(!)} 9.Kh1 exd4 10.Nxd4 Nc5 11.e5? {A mistake as it looses a pawn without compensation} dxe5 12.fxe5 Qxd4 13.exf6 Bxf6 14.Bh6 {This is a fairly difficult position to play for both sides. 14. Bh6 probably is the best move:a) it develops blacks bishop, gaining a tempo; b) get rid of blacks bishop pair and c) it complicates 'matters' for black, thereby inviting black to make a mistake, eg my immediate, instinctive reaction was to play 14..Rd8?. It was only after about 10 minutes of 'heavy' thinking about Rd8 and Bg4 ,and rejecting these moves, that I suddenly noticed white's strong reply 14...Rd8; 15.Qf3! with disastrous results (for me..) By the way, 14..Bg4 is a mistake: 15.Bxf8!, Bxd1; 16.Bxc5, Qxc5; 17. Ne4 and white is better.} Bg7 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.Be2 {(!)} Qxd1 17.Raxd1 Bf5 18.g4? {the loss of a second pawn. Instead 18.b4!, Ne4; 19.Nxe4, Bxe4; 20.Rd7, b5; 21. Bf3..for instance looks like a difficult rook-endgame with realistic drawing chances for white, albeit with a pawn down.} Bxc2 19.Rd2 Be4+ 20.Nxe4 Nxe4 21.Rd7 Nc5 22.Re7 Rad8! 23.b3 Rd7 24.Re5 b6 25.g5 Rd5 26.Re7 Rd7 27.Re5 f6 28.gxf6+ Rxf6 29.Re1 Nd3?! {To swap pieces was probably not the quickest way to win} 30.Bxd3 Rxd3 31.Re7+ Rf7 32.R7e6 c5 33.R1e2 Kh6 34.Kg2 Rfd7 35.Kf2 Rd2 36.Rxd2 Rxd2+ 37.Re2 Rxe2+ 38.Kxe2 Kg5 39.a4 Kg4 40.Kf2 Kh3 41.Kg1 a6 42.Kh1 b5 43.a5 c4 {#R} 0-1
Robert Bailey (1620) vs Patrick Cook (1608)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.05.21"] [Round "8"] [White "Robert Bailey"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1620"] [BlackElo "1608"] [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.Qg4 O-O {these moves were whipped out very quickly...} 8.Nf3 {White decides to play positionally, 8.Bd3...leads to sharp play.} Nbc6 9.a4 Qa5 10.Bd2 Bd7 11.c4 Qc7 12.cxd5 exd5 13.Qh5 g6!? {creates a lot of black square weaknesses around the King, but Ng5 is coming, and the Queen has to be pushed off the h file.} 14.Qg5 Qd8 {true to form, the "drawmeister" accompanied this move with a draw offer...which White accepted after a perfunctory think.} {#d} 1/2-1/2
James Watson (1424) vs Jamie Brotheridge (1533)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Date "2015.05.21"] [Round "8"] [White "James Watson"] [Black "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1424"] [BlackElo "1533"] [ECO "A17"] [Opening "English: Anglo-Indian, 2.Nc3 e6"] 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.d4 d5 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Bg5 c6 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Qc2 h6 8.Bh4 a5 9.h3 dxc4 10.Bxc4 a4 11.Bxf6 Nxf6 12.Be2 Qa5 13.O-O O-O 14.Rab1 Nd5 15.Rfc1 Rd8 16.Nxd5 exd5 17.Bd3 Be6 18.b4!? {Maybe premature as white would would like a knight on d3 before playing for b4, but as b4 is a strategical aim i wanted to take advantage of the fact that this works tactically} axb3 {no doubt this is best} 19.axb3 Ba3 20.Rd1 Rdc8 21.b4 Bxb4 22.Qb2 Bd6 23.Qxb7 Rab8 24.Qa6 Qxa6 25.Bxa6 Rxb1 26.Rxb1 Ra8?! 27.Rb6 Bc8? {Bd7 needed to be played even though its not a pleasant move to make. now white wins a pawn and has enough time to deal with the back rank threats} 28.Rxc6 Rxa6 {Black offered a draw} 29.Rxc8+ Kh7 30.g4 {This sort of position is fun to be on the winning side of since blacks complete lack of counterplay means white can take all the time in the world playing cat and mouse since the weakness on d5 isn't going anywhere and the knight will run rings around the bishop in this sort of fixed pawn structure} g5 31.Rd8 Kg6 32.Ne5+ Kf6 33.Nf3 Kg6 34.h4 f5! 35.hxg5? {it should be a draw hereafter, as white should lose his plus-pawn (BvR)} fxg4 36.Ne5+ Bxe5 37.dxe5 Kf5? {A strange blunder: after simply 37...Kxg4;38.Rxd5, Re6; white will lose his d-pawn with a draw as a result. (BvR) (JW) It may well be a draw after 37...Kxg5 but it is not so easy for black to win back the pawn as a rook exchange results in a winning pawn ending for white in a lot of variations. for example 37...Kxg5 38.Rxe5 Re6 39.Kg2 Kf5 40.Kg3 h5 41.Kh4 Rxe5?? 42.Rxe5 Kxe5 43.Kxh5 1-0 so instead black would have to try 40....Kg5! 42.f4+!? gxf e.p 43.Kxf3 and white retains an extra pawn but the resulting position is most likely a draw. (BvR) I don't see why it would not be an easy draw after 37...Kxg4;38.Rxd5, Re6; a) there will no danger of swapping rooks for black via Rd6, because he then will take Rxe5 (of course) and after b) 39.Kg2, h5; 40.Kg3, h5+ (not Kf5?); 41.Kg2, Kf5 winning white's e-pawn.} 38.gxh6 Rxh6 39.Rxd5 Rh3 40.Kg2 Rh6 41.Rd6 Rh8 42.e6 {#r} 1-0
Michael Tausz (1303) vs Tom Oppenheim (1070)
[Event "BCCC2015 (Reserves)"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.05.14"] [Round "7"] [White "Michael Tausz"] [Black "Tom Oppenheim"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1303"] [BlackElo "1070"] [ECO "C50"] [Opening "Italian: 3...d6"] 1.e4 {Comments marked MT by White. My thoughts during and immediately after the game. No expert or engine analysis!!} e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 d6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bd7 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Bg5 Be7 8.Qd2 O-O 9.O-O-O Ne5 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.Bb3 Qe7 12.Kb1 a6 13.Nd5 Qd8 14.f4 Nc6 15.Nf3 Ne7?! {MT: Does not seem good, as it removes the Queen cover for Bf6.} 16.e5!? {MT: Afterwards I thought this was not best. Simply KxBf6 ruins Black's castle and makes a isolated doubled f-pawns.} Nxd5 17.Qxd5 Be7 18.h4 {MT: Played with the idea Ng5. Exchanging the knight will open the h-file.} Bc6 19.Qd3 h6?! {MT: Tries perhaps to prevent Ng5, but the knight will go there anyway, because hxNg5 is not on, for after hxg5 Qh7# is difficult to parry (or maybe not at all).} 20.e6 {MT: Maybe Ng5 right away was better.} fxe6 21.Bxe6+ Kh8 22.Ng5 {MT: finally getting there.} Bxg5 23.hxg5 Rxf4 24.Qg6 {MT: To play gxh6 and discovered check with hxg6 can hardly be defended. At this stage I was very happy with my attack.} Be4! {MT: the only move, but this defends apparently everything} 25.Rxh6+ gxh6 26.Qxh6+ Bh7 27.g6 Qe7 {MT: Again probably the only move, but this should everything together.} 28.Qxf4 {MT: I did not find anything better and thought the attack is over. Not sure if after QxB, Qd4+ there is much advantage left for White. Maybe Rh1 was better. I thought Black would give back the rook with the annoying Rf1+.} Bxg6? {MT: But after tenacious defence Black slips. Opening the h-file for the rook is bad.} 29.Rh1+ Kg7 {MT: White will win the Queen by force here!} 30.Qh6+ Kf6 31.Qh4+ Kxe6 32.Re1+ Kf7 33.Rxe7+ Kg8 34.Qf6 {#r} 1-0
Michael Schreenan (995) vs Michael Tausz (1303)
[Event "BCCC2015 (Reserves)"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.05.21"] [Round "8"] [White "Michael Schreenan"] [Black "Michael Tausz"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "995"] [BlackElo "1303"] [ECO "C50"] [Opening "Giuoco Piano: 4.O-O"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.O-O d6 5.Ng5 Qxg5 6.d4 Qg6 7.dxc5 Nd4 8.Nc3 Bh3 9.g3 Bxf1 10.Kxf1 O-O-O 11.Nd5 Qxe4 12.Bg5?? Qh1# 0-1
Bas van Riel (1782) vs Harrison Harrison (1602)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.05.21"] [Round "8"] [White "Bas van Riel"] [Black "Harrison Harrison"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1782"] [BlackElo "1602"] [ECO "B07"] [Opening "Pirc: 2.d4 Nd7"] {584MB, Fritz11.ctg} 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nd7 3.f4 e6 4.Nf3 Qe7 5.Nc3 h6 6.Be3 Qd8 7.Qd2 g6 8.Bd3 Ne7 9.O-O-O Bg7 10.g4 b6 11.h4 Bb7 12.h5 f5 13.hxg6 fxg4 14.Nh4 Nf8 15.Rhg1 h5 16.f5 Ng8 17.Bg5? {17.Qf2 instead would have been better.} Qxg5 18.Qxg5 Bh6 19.Qxh6 Rxh6 20.g7 Nd7 21.fxe6? {21.Bc4 and 22.Bxe6 would have been more efficient and stronger} Rxe6 22.Bc4 d5 23.Nxd5 O-O-O 24.Nc3 Ree8 25.e5 Nh6 26.Rdf1 Re7 27.e6 Rxg7 {27..Nb8; 28.Rf5!.. was not a better alternative. It is amazing that it takes white about 50 more moves to finish the game, with an extra piece.} 28.exd7+ Kxd7 29.Rf6 Ng8 30.Rf7+ Rxf7 31.Bxf7 Nf6 32.Rf1 Ke7 33.Bg6 Rf8 34.Bxh5 Rg8 35.Ng6+ Ke6 36.Nf4+ Kd7 37.Bf7 Rg7 38.Be6+ Kd8 39.d5 Bc8 40.Bxc8 Kxc8 41.Ne6 Rg6 42.Nf4 Rg7 43.Nce2 Ne4 44.Ne6 Rh7 45.Rg1 Rh3? 46.Rxg4 Rh1+ 47.Rg1 Rxg1+ 48.Nxg1 Kd7 49.Nd4 a6 50.c4 Kd6 51.Kc2 Nc5 52.Nge2 Nd7 53.b4 Ne5 54.Kc3 Nd7 55.Nf4 Nb8 56.Nde6 c6 57.c5+! bxc5 58.bxc5+ Kd7 59.d6 Kc8 60.Kb4 Kb7 61.Ng6 Nd7 62.Nd8+ Kc8 63.Nxc6 Nf6 64.Nge5 Nd5+ 65.Ka5 Nf6 {checkmate in about 14 moves!} 66.Kxa6 Nd7 67.Nxd7 Kxd7 68.Kb7 Ke6 69.Kc7 Kd5 70.d7 Kxc5 71.d8=Q Kb5 72.Qd5+ Ka6 73.Qa5# 1-0
Daniel Healey (1429) vs James Watson (1424)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.05.28"] [Round "9"] [White "Daniel Healey"] [Black "James Watson"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1429"] [BlackElo "1424"] [ECO "B01"] [Opening "Scandinavian: Portuguese, 4.Nf3"] 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4 4.Nf3 Qxd5 5.Be2 Nc6 6.c3 O-O-O 7.O-O Qh5 8.Nbd2 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Qc2 Bd6 11.h3 Bxh3?! {Black had played all moves to this point instantly, and this was no exception. It turns out to be unsound with perfect defense but definitely tough to meet over the board. Instead black can drop the bishop back with advantage} 12.Nd4? {white had to take the sacrifice, but this is a creative try to swap queens and defuse the attack} Bg4? {Maybe if I hadn't been trying to play lightning I would have played my original intention of 12...Qg5! but I had overlooked that white can force a queen exchange} 13.Bxg4+ Nexg4 14.Qf5+ Qxf5 15.Nxf5 Bh2+ {A finesse to leave whites king on a worse square} 16.Kh1 Bf4 17.Nf3 Nxf2+! 18.Kg1 {(BvR) (?) After 18.Rxf2, Rd1+;19.Ng1, Rxc1; 20.Rxc1, Bxc1; 21.Nxg7..white is only one pawn instead of two pawns down. Although his position is also difficult he still has a reason to fight for a draw} Bxc1 19.Raxc1 Nd3 20.Rc2 Ng4 21.Re2 g6 22.Ng3 f5 23.Ne1 Nc1 24.Rc2 {initially I had intended to meet this with 24...Rd1 25.Nf3 Rxf1+ 26.Kxf1 Ne3+ but then I realized that white can just play 26.Nxf1} Nd3 {I didn't really want to introduce any imbalances like R+P vs 2N when I knew that the rook engdgame 2 pawns to the good would be winning without too much difficulty} 25.Re2 Rd6 26.Nxd3 Rxd3 27.Nh1 Rhd8 28.Nf2 Nxf2 29.Rfxf2 Rd1+ 30.Kh2 R8d6 31.Re7 h5 32.Rfe2 R1d2 33.b3 Rxe2 34.Rxe2 Kd7 35.Kg3? Rd3+ 36.Kf4 Rxc3 37.Rd2+ Ke6 {#R} 0-1
Tim Commons (1192) vs Anna Yates (975)
[Event "BCCC2015 (Reserves)"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.05.28"] [Round "9"] [White "Tim Commons"] [Black "Anna Yates"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1192"] [BlackElo "975"] [ECO "B10"] [Opening "Caro-Kann: 2.Nf3"] 1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bb5+ Nc6 5.Ne5 Qb6 6.Bxc6+ bxc6 7.O-O e6 8.d4 Nf6 9.Nc3 Bd6 10.Ng4 c5 11.Nxf6+ gxf6 12.dxc5 Qxc5 13.Re1 Rg8 14.Nxd5? Rxg2+!! 15.Kxg2 Bb7 16.Be3 Bxd5+ 17.f3 Qc7 18.Qxd5! {(BvR) Giving back the exchange, therefore not the best move} exd5 19.Bb6+ Qe7 20.Rxe7+ Kxe7 21.Bd4 {TC: is Re1+ better for white? (BvR) the positions are dead even. Until move 31. Rf2 where white is in serious trouble} Ke6 22.b3 Rc8 23.Rc1? {c3 better...?} Bf4 24.Re1+ Kf5 25.Re2 a6 26.Bf2 Rg8+ 27.Bg3 h5 28.Kh3 Rc8 29.Bxf4 Kxf4 30.Kg2 Rc3 31.Rf2 {White should have tried Rd2 instead} d4! {this pawn is now on a suicide run much to Whites delight ...patience by black here probably wins the day.(BvR) White should have been scared instead, as he probably is lost at this stage} 32.Rd2 Ke3! 33.Rf2 {White is now...Zugzwang but black gives him space and hope with her next move...} d3? {A pity: white can't move his rook without losing a pawn or worse. Without 33...d3 it will be a matter of patience for Anna to create pawn weaknesses, and then push her d-pawn to finish it off, eg. 33...f5; 34.f4, h4; 35.h3, Rc8; 36.a4, Rc3; 37.Kf1, and now 37...d3! and white's pawn structure will collapse.} 34.cxd3 {TC - Phew!} Rxd3 35.Kg3 Rd1 36.f4?? {(BvR) Blunder, as white should lose his rook: 35...h4+; 36.Kg2, h3+; 37.Kg3, Rg1+} Rg1+?? {(BvR) She missed it...!} 37.Rg2 Rxg2+ 38.Kxg2 Kxf4 39.a4? {(BvR) So far, black was better, but after 39...a5 she should be clearly winning} Ke5? {a5 instead is a win for Black I Think...} 40.b4 Kd6 {(BvR) After Kd4 instead, black would still be on the better side of a draw. Now it will be a draw, until...} 41.Kf3 Kc6? {(BvR) ..this move suddenly looses for black. After 41..Kd5 and Kc4, attacking the white pawns, the position will be drawn.} 42.Kf4 a5 43.b5+ Kc5 44.Kf5 Kb4 45.b6 Kxa4 46.b7 Kb3 47.b8=Q+ Kc3 48.Qc7+ {Black played a very strong and inventive game - leaving White scrambling throughout, before he finally found a winning endgame. (BvR) An interesting game, indeed..} {#r} 1-0
Harrison Harrison (1604) vs Kevin Perrin (1629)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.05.28"] [Round "9"] [White "Harrison Harrison"] [Black "Kevin Perrin "] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1604"] [BlackElo "1629"] [ECO "A00"] [Opening "Anderssen Opening"] 1.a3 e5 2.f3 d5 3.d3 Bc5 4.g3 Nc6 5.e3 Nf6 6.Nh3 O-O {Better for black is 6 .... a5 to prepare for b4 by white (KP)} 7.Nc3 h6 8.b4 Bb6 9.Na4 d4 10.Nxb6 axb6 11.Bd2 Be6 12.c4 Qd7 13.b5 dxe3 14.Bxe3 Nd4 15.Nf2 Nf5 16.Bc1 Rfd8 17.Bb2 Nd4 18.g4 c5 19.h4 Nh7 {The pawn attack looks threatening but I think that 19 ... e4 is better for black since it threatens to crack open the centre and win the pawn on g4 (KP)} 20.Rg1 f6 {20 ... Bxc4 gives black at least a pawn (KP)} 21.Ne4 Qe7 22.Rg3 f5 23.gxf5 Bxf5 24.Bxd4 exd4 25.Kd2 Qxh4 26.Qe1 Qf4+ 27.Kc2 Bxe4 28.fxe4 Ng5 29.Be2 Rf8 30.Rg4 Qh2 31.Kb3? Rf2! 32.Ra2 Nf3 33.Qd1 Rf8? {33 ... Ne5 is better for black (KP)} 34.Rg6 Ne5 35.Rxb6 R8f3 36.Rxb7 Re3 37.Ka4 Rfxe2 38.Rxe2 Rxe2 39.Rb8+ Kh7 40.Qf1? Rf2 41.Qb1 Nxd3 42.e5! Rf3 43.Re8 Qh5 44.Re7 Qg5 45.Ra7 Qxe5 46.b6 Qe8+ 47.Ka5 Kg8 48.b7 Ne5 49.a4?? {This allows mate in 2 moves (KP)} Nxc4+ 50.Ka6 Qxa4# 0-1
Jamie Brotheridge (1533) vs Bas van Riel (1782)
[Event "BCCC2015; "] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.05.28"] [Round "9"] [White "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Black "Bas van Riel"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1533"] [BlackElo "1782"] [ECO "E61"] [Opening "King's Indian: 3.Nc3 d6"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d6 4.e4 Bg7 5.h3 O-O 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.Be3 c5 8.d5 a6 9.a4 b6 10.Be2 Re8 11.O-O Nf8 12.Nd2 e6 13.Ra3 exd5 14.exd5 N8d7 15.Bf4 Ne5 16.Nf3 Nfd7 17.Nxe5 Nxe5 18.Nb1 Bd7 19.Nd2 f5 20.Bg3 Rb8 21.h4 h5 22.f4 Nf7 23.Ra2 Nh6 24.b3 Bd4+ 25.Kh1 Bf6 26.Nf3 Ng4 27.Re1 Bc3 28.Ng5? Bxe1 29.Bxe1 Qe7 30.Qd3 Qe3 31.Nf3 Qxf4 {#R} 0-1
Rodney Jacobs (1624) vs Harrison Harrison (1604)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.06.04"] [Round "10"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Harrison Harrison"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1624"] [BlackElo "1604"] [ECO "B07"] [Opening "Pirc: 2.d4"] 1.e4 d6 2.d4 h6 3.f4 e6 4.Nf3 b6 5.Nc3 Bb7 6.Bb5+ Nd7 7.O-O c6 8.Bd3 Qc7 9.a4 a5 10.d5 cxd5 11.exd5 Bxd5 12.Nxd5 exd5 13.Re1+ Ne7 14.Bb5 O-O-O 15.Nd4 Nc5 16.c3 Ne4 17.c4 Nf6 18.cxd5 Nfxd5 19.Bd2 Kb8 20.Rc1 Qa7 21.Qf3 Rc8 22.Rxc8+ Kxc8 23.Rc1+ Nc7 24.Be3 Kd8 25.Rc6 Nxb5 26.Nxb5 Qb8 27.Rxd6+ Ke8 28.Rxb6 Qd8 29.Nd6+ Kd7 30.Nxf7 Qc8 31.Rb7+ Ke6 32.Nxh8 Nf5 33.Qe4+ Kf6 34.Qe5# 1-0
James Eyre (1299) vs James Watson (1424)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Date "2015.06.04"] [Round "10"] [White "James Eyre"] [Black "James Watson"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1299"] [BlackElo "1424"] [ECO "A56"] [Opening "Benoni: 2...c5"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 g6 4.dxc5 Bg7 5.Nc3 O-O 6.e4 Qa5 7.Bd2 Qxc5 8.Be2 d6 9.O-O Nc6?! {Unaware of how few squares my queen has} 10.Na4!? Qh5 11.Nc3 Qa5 12.Nd5 Qd8 13.Bd3 Bg4 14.h3 Bxf3 15.Qxf3 Nd7 16.Bc3 Nde5 17.Qg3 e6 18.Nf4 Na5 19.b3 Nf3+ 20.Qxf3 Bxc3 21.Rad1 Qf6 22.Be2 Be5 23.Nd3 Qe7 24.Nxe5 dxe5 25.Qc3 Nc6 26.Bd3 Rfd8 27.Bc2 Rd4 {unsure of weather to play This, Nd4 or Qa3 all of which were good options} 28.Qb2 Rad8 29.a3 a5 30.Qc1 Qc5 31.h4 Qb6 32.h5 Rxd1 33.Rxd1 Nd4 34.Qe3 Rd6 35.h6 Qd8 36.Rc1?? {whites only moves were c5 and Qd3. During the game I thought Qd3 was forced and it looks incredibly scary to place the queen in the line of fire like that, but incredibly black doesnt have any decisive discoveries. Infact during the game I was a little concerned that white might even be able to play 36.Qd3 Nf6!? 37.Qxd6 but fortunatly black has a resourse. 37...Nxd6 38.c5 Qc8! (the saving move) and black is just in time. The material unbalanced ending after 36.Qd3 Nf5 37.Qxd6!? Nxd6 38.c5 Qc8 39.Rxd6 is interesting but prfobably black should be winning because after winning the h6 pawn the amount of kingside pawns should be enough to generate an attack.} Nxc2 37.Rxc2 Rd1+ {...Rd3!! actually wins the queen. But I saw this was clealy winning so went for it.} 38.Kh2 Qh4+ 39.Qh3 Qf4+ 40.Qg3 Qxh6+ 41.Qh3 Qf4+ {#R} 0-1
Bas van Riel (1782) vs Daniel Healey (1429)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.06.04"] [Round "10"] [White "Bas van Riel"] [Black "Daniel Healey"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1782"] [BlackElo "1429"] [ECO "B44"] [Opening "Sicilian: Taimanov"] {584MB, Fritz11.ctg} 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Be3 Qc7 6.Qd2 Nf6 7.f3 a6 8.c4 Bb4 9.Nc3 Qa5 10.Nb3 Bxc3 11.bxc3 Qc7 12.Bc5 b6 13.Bd6 Qd8 14.Qg5 Rg8 15.g4 h6 16.Qf4 Nh7 17.h4 Qf6 18.Qxf6 gxf6 19.Bc7 Ne5 20.Kf2 Bb7 21.Bxb6 Rc8 22.c5 f5 23.gxf5 exf5 24.Nd2 f4 25.Be2 Rc6 26.Nb3 Rcg6 27.Rag1 Rxg1 28.Rxg1 Rxg1 29.Kxg1 Nc6 30.Bc7 Ke7 31.Bxf4 h5 32.Nd4 f6 33.Nf5+ {#r} 1-0
Jonathon Yates (1431) vs Patrick Cook (1608)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.06.11"] [Round "11"] [White "Jonathon Yates"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1431"] [BlackElo "1608"] [ECO "C02"] [Opening "French: Advance, 4.Nf3"] {Something of a grudge match...young Jonathon had comprehensively beaten me in the last 2 Club Championships.} 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 {Both previous games were the French!} 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3?! {I've always thought this to be dubious...4.c3 is essential.} cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6!? 6.Nf3 Qb6 7.Nc3 Bb4 8.Bd2 Nge7 9.Bd3 Bd7 10.O-O Ng6 {10...O-O would have been a disaster...11.Bxh7+ and a swift mate to follow.} 11.Re1 O-O 12.Ng5 {After the game, Jonathon thought this a bit premature. It does provoke a weakness in front of the King to aim at.} h6 {I thought about 12...f6, but then 13.Nxh7! and Black is in trouble.} 13.Nf3 a6 14.a3 Bc5 15.Qe2?! Nd4! 16.Nxd4 Bxd4 17.Be3? Bxe3 18.Qxe3 Qxe3 19.Rxe3?? d4 {Revenge!!} {#R} 0-1
Jamie Brotheridge (1526) vs Rodney Jacobs (1599)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.06.11"] [Round "11"] [White "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Black "Rodney Jacobs"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1526"] [BlackElo "1599"] [ECO "A01"] [Opening "Nimzowitsch-Larsen: 1...e5 2.Bb2 Nc6"] 1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e4 Nf6 4.Nc3 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxd5 Qxd5 7.h3 Bf5 8.Nf3 O-O-O 9.Be2 Bb4 10.a3 e4 11.c4 Qd6 12.Nd4 Bxd2+ 13.Qxd2 Nxd4 14.Bxd4 Qxd4 15.Qxd4 Rxd4 16.O-O Rd2 17.Rfe1 Rhd8 18.b4 Rb2 19.Bg4 Bxg4 20.hxg4 Rdd2 21.Rab1 Rxb1 22.Rxb1 Rd4 23.c5 Kd7 24.Re1 Rd3 25.Rxe4 Rxa3 26.g5 Rd3 27.f4 a5 {#R} 0-1
Patrick Cook (1608) vs James Eyre (1299)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.06.18"] [Round "9"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "James Eyre"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1608"] [BlackElo "1299"] [ECO "A01"] [Opening "Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack"] 1.b3 Nc6 2.Bb2 e5 3.e3 Bc5 4.Bb5 Nge7 5.c4?! O-O 6.Nc3 a6! {The start of a sequence that gives Black the 2 Bishops versus 2 Knights. 6...Nb4 looks tempting, but 7.d4 leaves Black wondering why he played it.} 7.Bxc6 Nxc6 8.Nf3 d6 9.h3 Nb4 10.O-O Nd3 11.Qc2 Nxb2 12.Qxb2 Bf5 13.d4 exd4 14.Nxd4 Bg6 15.a3 c6 16.Nce2 Re8 17.Nf4 Qf6 18.Nxg6 Qxg6 19.Nf3 Rad8 20.Rad1 Re6 21.b4 Bb6 22.Rd2 h6 23.Rfd1 c5?? {This opens up the position for White...} 24.bxc5 Bxc5 25.Qxb7 Bxa3 26.Nd4! {Much better than the routine 26.Qxa6} Ree8 27.Nc6 Ra8 28.Ne7+ {#r} 1-0
Tim Commons (1192) vs Bjorn Lategan (1076)
[Event "BCCC2015 (Reserves)"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.06.18"] [Round "12"] [White "Tim Commons"] [Black "Bjorn Lategan"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1192"] [BlackElo "1076"] [ECO "C00"] [Opening "French: 2.Nf3"] 1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 c6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 d5 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bd3 b6 7.Ne2 Ba6 8.c3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 Be7 10.h4 O-O 11.Ng5 f5? 12.Nxe6 Qc8 13.Nxf8 Nxf8 14.Bg5 Qe8 15.Qxf5 Nbd7 16.Nf4 h6 17.Bxe7 Qxe7 18.g4 Nf6 19.O-O-O Ne4 20.Nd3 Ne6 21.Qf3 Rf8 22.Qg2 a5 23.f3 Nxc3 24.bxc3 Qa3+ 25.Qb2 Qe7 26.Rdf1 c5 27.f4 c4 28.f5 cxd3 29.fxe6 Rxf1+ 30.Rxf1 Qxh4 31.Qd2 Qe7 32.Qxd3 Qa3+ 33.Kb1 Qe7 34.Qf3 Qxe6 35.Qf8+ Kh7 36.Qf5+ Qg6 37.Qxg6+ Kxg6 {#r} 1-0
Rodney Jacobs (1624) vs Robert Bailey (1620)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Site "Ballarat Chess Club"] [Date "2015.06.18"] [Round "6"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Robert Bailey"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1624"] [BlackElo "1620"] [ECO "C01"] [Opening "French: Exchange, 4.c4 Nf6"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Nf3 O-O 7.Bd3 dxc4 8.Bxc4 Nbd7 9.O-O Nb6 10.Bb3 Nbd5 11.Re1 Re8 12.Ne5 Be6 13.a3 c6 14.Bc2 Qd6 15.Qd3 h6 16.f4 Rad8 17.f5 Bc8 18.g4 b6 19.Bb3 Bb7 20.g5 hxg5 21.Bxg5 Nh5 22.Ne4 Qb8 23.Qf3 Nhf6 24.Bxf6 Bxf6 25.Nxf6+ gxf6 26.Bxd5 Rxd5 27.Re4 fxe5 28.f6 {#r} 1-0
Harrison Harrison (1604) vs Robert Bailey (1620)
[Event "BCCC2015"] [Date "2015.06.11"] [Round "11"] [White "Harrison Harrison"] [Black "Robert Bailey"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1604"] [BlackElo "1620"] [ECO "A45"] [Opening "Queen's Pawn: Indian"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.a3 e6 3.f3 c5 4.e4 cxd4 5.Qxd4 Nc6 6.Qd1 Bc5 7.Nc3 a6 8.g3 O-O 9.Bg2 d5 10.Nh3 dxe4 11.fxe4 e5 12.Bd2 Bg4 13.Ne2 Nd4 14.Nhg1 Qd7 15.c3 Nxe2 16.Nxe2 Qd3 17.Bg5 Qc4 18.h3 Rad8 19.Qc2 Bh5 20.g4 Bg6 21.Bxf6 gxf6 22.b3 Qd3 23.Qxd3 Rxd3 24.Rf1 Kg7 25.b4 Be3 26.Bf3 Bg5 27.Kf2 Rfd8 28.Kg1 Re3 29.Ra2 Bxe4 30.Bxe4 Rxe4 31.Ng3 Rc4 32.Nf5+ Kh8 33.Rc2 Bd2 34.Rd1 {#r} 1-0

50th Ballarat Chess Club Championship

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