Patrick Cook (1669) vs Robert Bailey (1569)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.07"] [Round "1"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Robert Bailey"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1669"] [BlackElo "1569"] [ECO "A01"] [Opening "Nimzowitsch-Larsen: English Variation"] 1.b3 c5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 e6 6.d3 Nf6 7.Nbd2 Be7 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Nxf3 O-O 10.O-O Qc7 11.a3!? Rfd8 12.d4?! cxd4 13.exd4!? Rac8 14.Bd3 {White offered a draw...Black accepted after a long think. A nervy game...} {#d} 1/2-1/2
Harrison Harrison (1706) vs Jamie Brotheridge (1529)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.07"] [Round "1"] [White "Harrison Harrison"] [Black "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1706"] [BlackElo "1529"] [ECO "A45"] [Opening "Indian: Omega Gambit"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.e4 Nxe4 3.Bd3 d5 4.Nf3 g6 5.O-O Bg7 6.Re1 Nf6 7.Nc3 Bg4 8.Bg5 Nbd7 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 O-O 11.Nxd5 Nxd5 12.Qxd5 e6 13.Rxe6 c6 14.Qd6 Qxg5 15.Re7 Nb6 16.Rxb7 Qd5 17.Qxd5 cxd5 18.c3 Rfb8 19.Re7 Na4 20.Rae1 Rxb2 21.Rc7 Rxa2 22.Ree7 Rf8 23.Bb5 Nxc3! 24.Rxc3 Bxd4 25.Rf3 Rc2 26.Be8 f6 27.Bd7 Rb8 28.Re1 Rd8 29.Be6+ Kg7 30.Rd1 Be5 31.g3 d4 32.Rfd3 g5?! 33.Bf5 Rc7 34.Kg2 Rc2 35.Rb1 h5?! 36.Rb7+ Rc7 37.Rb4 Rd6?! 38.Rdb3 Rdc6 39.Rb8 Rc3 40.R3b5 R3c5 41.Rb4? R5c6 42.R4b5 Rc5 43.Rb4 a5 44.R4b6 Bxg3! 45.Be6 Be5 46.Rg8+ Kh6?? 47.Rbb8?? Rh7 48.Bf5 Bxb8?? 49.Rg6# {this is one of my bad games... after this game l said to him "l should give up chess"...and l was winning...! it happens to me all the time... damn clock! (lol) ... l will get you next time... l want blood (lol)} 1-0
James Watson (1802) vs Michael Tausz (1433)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.07"] [Round "1"] [White "James Watson"] [Black "Michael Tausz"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1802"] [BlackElo "1433"] [ECO "A51"] [Opening "Budapest: 3.e3"] {JW; was going to upload this once I'd had a chance to go through the game properly but While its up I'll add some quick comments while on break at work} 1.d4 {MT to JB: Jamie, I just saw you put your game with Harrison up, with a heartfelt comment at the end. That made me rethink and put up this one, too, as all I wanted to do before was just forget it as soon as possible. I certainly also doubted whether chess is doing me any good after this last minute debacle... Welcome to the club!} Nf6 2.c4 e5 {MT: Last time I tried this against JW, I hung a knight after a few moves... J} 3.e3 {MT: Seems a boring response... JW: typically I'd just accept as it's the best move, but some lines can be reasonably equal and on this particular night I wanted to play something different that'd keep more pieces on} exd4 4.exd4 d5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.h3 Qe7+ {MT: Seems like Black came out of the opening perfectly fine.} 8.Be3 Be6 9.c5 {I'm not certain about this decsision and suspect it's not the most challenging way for white to play, I was just expecting my black to not have the necessary expierence to capitalise on the more subtle set backs to this sort of play} Ne4 {MT: Seems like Black is doing fine here.} 10.Qb3 O-O 11.Bd3 Qd7 {MT: I was eyeing h3, and the black Queen is in the diagonal of Be6. But} 12.O-O Nxc3 {JW: personally thought Bxc3 was better} 13.bxc3 Bxc5!? {MT: I did see that h7 is on, too, but thought it might just be an exchange operation in the end. JW: I'm convinced this is a ? Move aside from several ways white can get the pawn back on h7 (Qc2, Bxh7+, Ng5) dxc5 might just be good. Qd1 also briefly crossed my mind thinking about some sort of Greek gift except it doesn't quite work} 14.Ng5 {MT: Justified or not, I was more worried of Qb1 (h7 and b7 are still on).} Be7 {MT: Is Bd6 better? JW:Be7 seems correct} 15.Nxh7 {MT: I expected Bxh7. There are a couple of different ideas, another one I considered is Bch7+ Kh8 Bb1 intending a lights quite battery} Bxh3 {JW: I only saw this after playing Nxh7} 16.gxh3 {JW: I missed Bd6 when playing this.} Qxh3 17.Qd1 {JW: Looking now with fresh eyes this is an obvious blunder as the simple Qxd5 looks like an easy win as it solves all whites problems. I have a feeling I may have already planned it several moves prior as I recall some line where black can't move the f pawn due to the pin after an (unsound) sac. Bf4 also seems like an easy win but I suspect I forgot I can respond Bg3 to ...Qg4+} Bd6 18.f4 {MT: only move, but now I saw that I did not really consider what to do after Kg2 (after QxBe3+). Qg3+ would now be an easy draw through perpetual. JW: Re1 draws, since f2 is protected black has no better than a perpetual} Qxe3+ 19.Kg2 Rfe8 {JW: this position is quite interesting as black has an extra 2 pawns but white definitely has a lot of compensation, weather it's enough is another question. Hence why I spent an hour on my next move which may just throw the game} 20.Nf6+?! {MT: I looked at this and thought it does not work. I still think it should not have worked. JW: probably white should just play Rf3 with chances but there are other variations to analyse as well} gxf6 21.Rf3 Qe6 22.f5 Qd7 23.Rh3 Kf8 {MT: Black is up material, likely to get the King away in time, had still enough time, and should be winning.} 24.Qf3 Be5?! {MT: Too fancy, trying to return material to seal the e-file. Ke7 might have been fine anyway. JW:Ke7 and I wasn't sure how to proceed other than continue to keep pressure and hope black gives chances while trying to untangle. BvR:black is winning big time. After 24..Ke7 black will be as safe as the bank of England...} 25.Re1 Ke7 26.Bb5 Rg8+ {JW: forgot about this check as some of my calculations included the room still on e8} 27.Kf2 Nxd4 28.cxd4 Qxb5 29.Qa3+ Kd7 30.dxe5 Qb6+ 31.Kf3 Rae8 32.e6+ fxe6 33.Rh7+ Kd8 34.Rc1 Qd6?? {MT: Sudden suicide move in an otherwise won position!! Compared to other moves that get ?? on this site, this one should have at least ??? Of course, the real reason is that the better player won eventually, because White kept being annoying, and Black kept worrying (for no real reason) and finally stumbled! It is very difficult to win a won game against a better player! Maybe one lesson here is: I DISMISSED this move at the very beginning, as I saw the catastrophe, but for some reason I came back to it after looking at other options, and suddenly believed I can get Re7 in before the white rook gets to the 7th rank. Obviously forgetting to count one move. If anyone has good advice on this 'discipline of mind' issue, I would like to hear it, as it seems to happen more often.} 35.Qxd6+ {MT: oh, btw, I thought while pondering my previous move that 34...Qd4 may win soon (and I still think so). E. g. threatens Qe4+, Rg2+ and possibly mate. I could not see to the very end so thought it may not be forced enough. GREAT decision!} cxd6 36.Rcc7 Ref8 37.Rhd7+ Ke8 38.fxe6 Rg5 39.Rc8# {JW: Extremely unlucky result for black. Clearly played the much better game and by all means should have won. I was the recipient of good fortune this time and will need to play better chess if I wish to be competitive in this tournament} 1-0
Tom Oppenheim (1120) vs Jasan Barnett
[Event "BCC Championship (Reserves)"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.07"] [Round "1"] [White "Tom Oppenheim"] [Black "Jasan Barnett"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1120"] [ECO "B05"] [Opening "Alekhine: Modern, 5.Be2"] {JB: After only playing Tom in Rapid and Blitz tournaments previously, (both were poor games on my behalf), I was looking forward to seeing if I could fare better this time.} 1.e4 Nf6 {Permitted to play Alekhine (Black's favourite opening)} 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 {Able to play my first three moves quickly (time problem occurs often for black) as this particular three move opening I can now play without thinking.} 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 Bxf3 {Briefly considered Bf5 followed by Nb4 to try a type of "fried liver" on the c2 pawn instead of the traditional f2 pawn but decided it would probably be stopped easily. Perhaps too keen to take the knight while the bishop was not threatened yet? JW: Having already developed the bishop to g4 it would be a waste of time redeploying it to f5. Also exchanging it unprovoked here isn't a particularly good move. Instead black should just get on with developing. g6/e6 to get the DSB out and castle comes to mind} 6.Bxf3 c6 7.Bxd5 cxd5 {Two pawns stacked on top of each other probably means I have slightly lost this opening? JW: with the d and e pawns in tension the pawns wont even be doubled for long anyway. Black is fine here} 8.exd6 Qxd6 {Position improved with the doubled pawns gone?} 9.O-O Nc6 10.Be3 e5 {JW: This allows white to give black an isolated pawn. That's not always a bad thing, but in this particular instance playing e6 seems a better option. it also allows white to open up the position before black has castled} 11.dxe5 Qxe5 {Wondering if Nxe5 would have been better. (Better to have a knight pinned to the king rather than the queen)} 12.Re1 {If the bishop moves away I will be in trouble.} O-O-O {Here I was pleased that I had got out of trouble and also protected the d5 pawn with two pieces} 13.c3 Bd6 {I think this was the move where I thought for ages. (Too long probably as I got into moderate time trouble later). I was worried that this move would result in Qg4+ and a double attack on the King and the g7 pawn. I decided that my Qh2+ counter would dissuade a queen move.} 14.g3 {I was correct. The queen move never came.} Kb8 {Just to make sure the queen move double attack can't happen. JW: this is actually a blunder that loses the queen. Now white can play Bxa7+ followed by Rxe5} 15.Nd2 {Actually, maybe it was my next move where I used up a lot of the clock, as I saw Nf3 coming and my queen running for cover} Rhe8 {JW: White can still get blacks queen with Bxa7+} 16.Nf3 {There it is...} Qf5 17.Nd4 Qd7 18.Nb5 {Saw that the next move might be Qd4 with a triple attack on the a7 pawn, only being defended by two pieces} b6 {The d5 pawn is now hanging, but I decided that Qxd5 followed by Re5 would send White's queen ducking for cover} 19.Nxd6 Qxd6 {Black feeling a little better right now...} 20.Rc1 Re6 21.a3 Kb7 22.b4 d4 {d5 pawn attacked by three pieces and defended by three pieces. An exchange would mean equal material for the endgame} 23.cxd4 Nxd4 24.Bxd4 Rxe1+ {I went for the queen + rook endgame rather than the rook + rook endgame. Maybe I should have gone for Qxd4 instead? (because my king only had protection from 2 pawns rather than white's 3. I discussed this decision with James Watson afterwards in the best way I could as I am not skilled at giving precise positions verbally :) He understood what I was getting at but he would need to see the position first. So, here is the position, James! :) JW: This is best. Qxd4 would actually end up losing material. 1. because of 24...Qxd4 25.Qxd4 Rxe1+ 26.Rxe1 Rxd4 27.Re7+forking the king and f7. But even more importantly white doesn't have to exchange queens. 24...Qxd4 25.Qf3+ Kb8 (...Qd5?? 26.Qxf7+ wins a rook) 26.Qxf7, which works because white can meet ...Qd2 with Qc7+ or 25...Kh8 with Qf3+ and Red1} 25.Qxe1 Qxd4 26.b5! {In my opinion this was the best move of the game as my king can't move forward anymore and the queen now wants to come down to e7 to fork the king and f7 pawn JW: indeed this is a good idea} Rd7 {After what happens next, maybe I should have done f6 next. As a aside, Black also offered a draw somewhere around this position (I can't remember if it was this move or some moves before). It was rightfully refused. JW: this is a slight inaccuracy because it allows Qe8. If black just moves the queen along the d file or plays a move like Kb8 it will be difficult for white to make meaningful progress. I'd favor 26...Qd2 if I was trying to draw with black} 27.Qe8! {I didn't think the Queen would go all the way to the bottom.} Rc7 28.Rxc7+ Kxc7 29.Qxf7+ {1 pawn down now.} Qd7 30.Qc4+ Kd6 {I wanted to get a queen exchange with a centrally placed king here.} 31.a4 Qc7 {In my analysis with Chessmaster 10th ed. afterwards, this move put the game out of reach. It suggested g6 or Ke7. I simulated Chessmaster playing out the game against a player similar to White's rating, and Chessmaster won by playing Ke7 (although the analysis engine suggested g6 the first time?) I tried to play out this ending myself against an opponent with a rating of 1120. I played the g6 move and lost. I then dropped the rating to something around 1070 and played Kd7 instead and won. Anyway, I feel I learnt a lot more about pawn endgames as a result of the research I did after this game. I'll be interested to see how I go in an endgame like this next time.} 32.Qd4+ Ke6 33.Qe4+ {Another pawn gone :(} Qe5 34.Qxh7 Qe1+ 35.Kg2 Qe5 {I figured doing Qa5 wouldn't have helped...} 36.Qg8+ Kf6 37.Qa8 Qc7 {JW: incidentally black didn't actually need to defend a7. For example Kf5 instead and if white took a7 black would have a perpetual} 38.Qf3+ Kg6?? {Game over. The king can't stay on the 6th rank here as a queen exchange will be forced} 39.Qc6+ {Black resigns. Tom thought the game was a close one, in brief discussions afterwards. It was definitely my best performance against him so far, so I am happy with that. Good game, Tom!} {#r} 1-0
Ben Naughton (1421) vs Jeremy Lim (1520)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.07"] [Round "8"] [White "Ben Naughton"] [Black "Jeremy Lim"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1421"] [BlackElo "1520"] [ECO "B33"] [Opening "Sicilian: Open, 2...Nc6"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Bd3 g6 7.Be3 Bg7 8.Nc3 O-O 9.O-O d6 10.Be2 Bb7 11.f4 Qc7 12.f5 d5 13.Bd3 Rad8 14.e5 Qxe5 15.Bxa7 Ne4 16.Rb1 c5 {Objectively not the best move, but sets a trap} 17.Re1 Qd4+ {#R} 0-1
Ben Naughton (1421) vs Jamie Brotheridge (1529)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.13"] [Round "6"] [White "Ben Naughton"] [Black "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1421"] [BlackElo "1529"] [ECO "B30"] [Opening "Sicilian: 2...Nc6 3.Nc3"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 e6 4.d3 d6 5.Be3 a6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Nf6 8.Nb3 b5 9.a4 b4 10.Na2 Nxe4 11.Bd3 Nf6 12.a5 Nd7 13.Nac1 Be7 14.Qd2 d5 15.Ne2 Bb7 16.O-O O-O 17.Ned4 Rc8 18.Qe2 Nxd4 19.Bxd4 Rc6 20.f4 Bf6 21.Be5 {l think lm falling apart lol} Qa8 {stupid move here we go a gain lm failling apart lol} 22.Ra4 Be7 23.Rf3 g6 24.Bd4 Qc8 25.Re3 Nc5 26.Nxc5 Bxc5 27.Bxc5 Rxc5 28.Rxb4 Rxa5 29.f5 Qc5 {l rush this move cant help myself} 30.Rxb7 e5 31.Qd2 Ra1+ 32.Kf2 e4 33.Be2 {d4 black a bit better -0.63} gxf5 {l fall asleep agian} 34.b4 {bingo you have win the lotterylm getting smash} Qd6 35.Rg3+ Kh8 36.Qd4+ {its your lucky day l will get you next time ben who,s going to get the wooden spoon lol lm not playing a good tournament l,m hoping it will be my year next year the year of the rooster lol and l have a plan. now l will drown my sorrows with a red organic wine} {#r} 1-0
Jamie Brotheridge (1529) vs Patrick Cook (1659)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.14"] [Round "2"] [White "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1529"] [BlackElo "1659"] [ECO "B02"] [Opening "Alekhine: Two Pawns (Lasker) Attack"] 1.e4 Nf6! {I knew JB would be ready for the French...} 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.c5?! Nd5 5.Nc3 e6 6.d4 Nxc3!? {6...d6 is safer...} 7.bxc3 b6?! {again, 7...d6 is better.} 8.Be3 bxc5 9.dxc5 c6?! {leaves Black's position very cramped...9...d6 is probably better.} 10.Qa4 a5 11.Nf3 Na6 12.Bxa6 Bxa6 13.c4 Rb8 14.a3 Be7 15.O-O O-O 16.Rab1 Qc7 17.Rb6! Ra8 18.Rfb1 Rfb8 19.Qxa5 Bd8 {19...Bxc4?? loses to 20.Rxb8+ and the Queen is gone! (P.C.)} 20.Qb4 Rc8 21.Qc3 Qa7 22.R6b2 Rcb8 23.Nd2 Rxb2 24.Rxb2 Rb8 25.Rc2 f6!? 26.Bd4 fxe5 27.Bxe5 Rb7 28.Ne4?! Ba5!! {I wasn't entirely sure about this, but was feeling despondent about my position. It turns out to be quite good! 29.Qxa5 Rb1+ is mate.} 29.Qe3 d5! 30.cxd6?? {another disastrous tactical oversight by the luckless JB...} Rb1+! {31.Rc1 Qxe3 leaves White in ruins...} {#R} 0-1
Anna Yates (1028) vs Ruari Coffey
[Event "BCC Championship (Reserves)"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.14"] [Round "2"] [White "Anna Yates"] [Black "Ruari Coffey"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1028"] [ECO "B01"] [Opening "Scandinavian: 2.e5"] 1.e4 d5 2.e5 Nc6 3.d4 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bb5 f6 6.O-O Bb4 7.c3 Ba5 8.b4 Bb6 9.Nbd2 a5 10.a3 Qd7 11.Nh4 O-O-O 12.Nxf5 exf5 13.Nf3 (13.exf6) 13...g5 14.exf6 h6 15.Ne5 Qe6 16.Nxc6 bxc6 17.Ba6+ Kd7 18.bxa5 Bxa5 19.c4 Qxf6 20.cxd5 Ne7 21.Bd2 Bxd2 22.Qxd2 Nxd5 23.Bc4 Ra8 24.Rfe1 Rhe8 25.Rxe8 Rxe8 26.a4 Nb6 27.Bb3 c5 {I think this was the main mistake in this game.} 28.dxc5+ Kc6 29.Rc1 Nc8?? 30.Qd5# 1-0
Tristan Tausz vs Chantelle Barnett
[Event "BCC Championship 'C' "] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.14"] [White "Tristan Tausz"] [Black "Chantelle Barnett"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C00"] [Opening "French"] 1.e4 e6 2.Bc4 c6 3.d3 d5 4.Bb3 dxe4 5.dxe4 Qxd1+ {C.B. I wanted to stop white from castling} 6.Kxd1 b5 7.Ne2 e5 8.Ng3 Nf6 9.Ke2 g6 10.Re1 Bg7 11.Kf1 Be6 12.Be3 Bxb3 13.axb3 O-O 14.Nc3 b4 15.Na2 a5 16.c3 bxc3 17.bxc3 Rd8 18.Red1 Na6 19.Rd2 Nc5 {C.B. I didn't see that my knight was going to be taken. White did it on the next move.} 20.Bxc5 {C.B. I should have seen his Rook hanging. But I didn't see it :(} Bf8 21.Rad1 {C.B. White saw the Rook hanging and protected it} Rxd2 22.Rxd2 Bxc5 23.b4 axb4 24.cxb4 Bd4 25.Nc1 c5 26.Rd3 {C.B. I had wondered why white didn't take the c pawn. (bxc5, Bxc5) just a trade.} cxb4 {C.B. I saw that it wasn't protected. So I took it.} 27.Rf3 Kg7 28.Rd3 Bb2 {C.B. I saw a trap I could do. Rd1, Ra1. It happened the same way I expected. White made it worse after Rd2. I wondered if white had a trap. But he didn't.} 29.Rd1 Ra1 30.Rd2 Bxc1 31.Rc2 Bf4+ {C.B. I saw that I had a discovered attack. It took me a little time before I took the knight.} 32.Ke2 b3 33.Rc8 Bxg3 34.fxg3 b2 35.Rb8 b1=Q 36.Rxb1 {C.B. I knew white would take my Queen.} Rxb1 {C.B. I knew that it wasn't a fair trade, but I would have to protect the pawn. White here resigned.} {#R} 0-1
Robert Bailey (1569) vs Rodney Jacobs (1659)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.14"] [Round "2"] [White "Robert Bailey"] [Black "Rodney Jacobs"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1569"] [BlackElo "1659"] [ECO "C63"] [Opening "Spanish: Schliemann, 4.d3"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d3 d6 5.O-O Nf6 6.Nc3 Be7 7.a3 fxe4 8.dxe4 Bg4 9.Re1 O-O 10.Nd5 Bxf3 11.Nxe7+ Qxe7 12.gxf3 Nd4 13.Bc4+ Kh8 14.Be3 Nh5! 15.Bxd4 Nf4?! {Showy but not great. Simply exd4 is stronger (RJ)} 16.Kh1! exd4 17.Qxd4 Qh4? 18.Rg1 Qh6 19.Rg3 Rf6 20.Rag1?? {A horrible blunder leading to an aesthetically appealing finish in the vein of Averbakh vs Kotov 1953. Necessary was 20.e5 after which Rf5, exd6, Rh4 and Kg1, potentially holding on. A nice thunderous conclusion by Rod Jacobs (comment by Rob Bailey)} Qxh2+! {Thanks for the comments Rob. Sorry about your wasted prep on the Scandinavian! Rod} {#R} 0-1
Rodney Jacobs (1659) vs Kevin Perrin (1607)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.07"] [Round "1"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Kevin Perrin"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1659"] [BlackElo "1607"] [ECO "B07"] [Opening "Pirc: 2.d4 Nd7"] 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nd7 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.c3 Ngf6 6.Bd3 O-O 7.O-O e6 8.Qe1 b6 9.f5 exf5 10.exf5 Bb7 11.Bg5 c5 12.Nbd2 cxd4 13.cxd4 Rc8 14.Qh4 Bd5 {Deep Shredder says Qc7 is better} 15.b3? {Deep Shredder indicates 15.fxf6 fxg6 16 Ne4 with evaluation of 1.34 (RJ)} Rc3 16.Be4 Qa8 17.Bxd5 Qxd5 18.Rae1 Qxf5 19.Re7? {19,Ne5 Qc2 20, Nxd7 Nxd7 21. Re7 Nb8 22. Ne4 Nc6 23. Nxc3 Nxe7 & white is slightly better - Deep Shredder (RJ)} Qb5! 20.Nc4 Qc6? {Nd5 and black has upper hand (Deep Shredder) RJ} 21.Qh3? {Bh6} b5! {It is now black who has the upper hand} 22.Ncd2? {Ne3,} a6 23.Bh6 Bxh6 24.Qxh6 Nb6? {Re8. Both now in time trouble} 25.Ng5 Nbd5 26.Nde4?? {A blunder in time trouble. Ne6 mates. (RJ)} Rc2 27.Rxf6?? {Missed it again.} Rc1+ 28.Rf1? {Kf2 wins (RJ)} Rxf1+ {The position is now even} 29.Kxf1 Qc1+ 30.Kf2 Qf4+ 31.Ke1 Qe3+ 32.Kd1 Qg1+ 33.Ke2 Qxg2+? {A bad mistake with 1 minute on the clock. Qe3 ch draws.(RJ)} 34.Nf2 Nf4+? {Nc6 is necessary now (RJ)} 35.Kd1 Qf1+ 36.Re1 {#r} 1-0
Michael Tausz (1433) vs Peter Lumsdon (1786)
[Event "BCC Championship "] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.14"] [Round "2"] [White "Michael Tausz"] [Black "Peter Lumsdon"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1433"] [BlackElo "1786"] [ECO "B21"] [Opening "Sicilian: Smith-Morra Accepted"] 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 d6 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bc4 e6 7.O-O Be7 8.Qe2 a6 9.Rd1 Qc7 10.Bf4 Bd7 11.Rac1 Rc8 12.Nd5?! {MT: The Knight was itching to jump into the fire, but it turned out too optimistic and premature! My thoughts were: I am ahead in getting my pieces out, have possibilities on the c-file (which hopefully displaces his Queen) and can open the e-file while his King is still stuck in the middle. The pawn on d6 seems quite weak, too. Still somehow looks good to me, though, but obviously that's not enough. The Knight on g8 looks stuck, but it actually defends e7 very well. Note to self: More and better calculation needed!} exd5 13.exd5 Na5! {MT: I thought this was the best defence. The analysis engine on this site actually recommends Na7 and sees it as -1.5 then! On the game continuation however, the engine ends up (after thinking it was at least -1.5 for quite a while) on -.0.088 - so thinks there is enough compensation! The engine line is actually exactly what we played over the next moves!} (13...Ne5 14.Nxe5 dxe5 15.Bxe5 Qb6 16.Bxg7 {was one of the lines that lured me into playing the knight sac.}) 14.Bxa6 Qb6! {MT: because of poor calculation I underestimated this move. I mainly reckoned with Qb8 or Qd8 and thought both are rather good for White. Not that I saw the following lines in any detail...} (14...Qb8 15.Bb5 Rxc1 16.Rxc1 Bxb5 17.Qxb5+ Kd8 18.Qxa5+) (14...Qd8 15.Bb5 Rxc1 16.Rxc1 Nf6 17.Bxd6 Nxd5 18.Bxe7 Bxb5 (18...Qxe7?? 19.Rc8#) 19.Qxb5+ Kxe7 20.Rd1) 15.Rxc8+ Bxc8 16.Bb5+ Bd7 17.Bxd7+ Kxd7 18.Nd4 {MT: Was Rc1 or Qc2 better?} Nf6 19.Nf5 Bf8 {MT: looks ugly, but g7 was hanging as well.} 20.Re1 {MT: The attack seems to fizzle out. Maybe something like} (20.Bg5 Qa6 21.Qf3 Nc4 22.Qh3) 20...Qa6 21.Qc2? {MT: After the game, PL thought this was the decisive error. I agree as once the queens are off there is not enough left to continue the pressure.} (21.Qf3 {MT: but I still cannot see a convincing continuation from here.}) 21...Qc4 22.Qxc4 {MT: If I try to keep the queens on with Qd2, d5 falls anyway first. But probably still better.} Nxc4 23.b3 {MT: game pretty much over here...} Nb6 24.Kf1 g6 25.Nd4 Nfxd5 26.Bd2 Bg7 27.Nf3 Bc3 28.Bxc3 Nxc3 29.a4 Nbd5 30.Ng5 f6 31.Ne4 Nxe4 32.Rxe4 Re8 33.Rxe8 Kxe8 34.Ke2 Kd7 35.Kf3 Kc6 36.h4 Kc5 37.g4 Nb4 38.Ke2 Kd4 39.Kd2 d5 40.f4 Nc6 41.Kc2 Ke3 42.g5 fxg5 43.h5 Ke2 44.hxg6 hxg6 45.fxg5 d4 {MT: In some way a nice game, but I guess the lesson for me is: Don't play such speculative sacs against a better player, especially if you cannot calculate them properly! PL's defence was way too good for me.} {#R} 0-1
Kevin Perrin (1607) vs Jeremy Lim (1520)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "PPT"] [Date "2016.04.18"] [Round "5"] [White "Kevin Perrin"] [Black "Jeremy Lim"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1607"] [BlackElo "1520"] [ECO "B21"] [Opening "Sicilian: Grand Prix, 2...e6"] 1.e4 c5 2.f4 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Be2 Be7 6.O-O d5 7.exd5 Nxd5 8.Qe1 Qc7 9.Ng5 h6 10.Ne4 b6 11.Nbc3 Bb7 12.Nb5 Qd7 13.c4 Nc7 14.Nxc7+ Qxc7 15.f5 exf5 16.Rxf5 Nd4 17.Bf4 Qd7 18.Re5 O-O-O 19.Bd1 Ne6 20.Bg4 g5 21.Bg3 h5 22.Bxe6 fxe6 23.Nxg5 Bf6 24.Nxe6 Bxe5 25.Qxe5 Qc6 26.Qb8+ Kd7 27.Qd6+ Qxd6 28.Bxd6 Kxe6 {#R} 0-1
Patrick Cook (1669) vs Jeremy Lim (1520)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.21"] [Round "3"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Jeremy Lim"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1669"] [BlackElo "1520"] [ECO "D11"] [Opening "Slav: 4.e3"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nc3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 a6 9.O-O c5 10.b3 Bb7 11.Bb2 Bxf3!? 12.Qxf3 cxd4 13.exd4 Nb6 14.Ne4 Nbd5 15.Rac1 Be7 16.Nxf6+ Bxf6 17.Be4 O-O 18.Bxd5!? Qxd5 19.Qxd5 exd5 {#d} 1/2-1/2
Rodney Jacobs (1659) vs Jamie Brotheridge (1529)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.21"] [Round "3"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1659"] [BlackElo "1529"] [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 Be7 12.Bb3 e5 13.Ne2?! {With the idea of meeting B g4 with f3. According to Deep Shredder, weaker than Nf3. (RJ)} Qxd1 14.Rxd1 O-O 15.Ng3 {the computer likes be6 0.03} Be6 {be6 =[0.02] (JB) I was very happy to see this. Felt the doubled, isolated pawns would give me something to work against, as long as I could cope with the pressure against f2. (RJ)} 16.Bxe6 fxe6 17.Re1 {rac8 the computer likes -0.17} Rac8 18.c3 Rfd8 19.Kf1 Rd5 20.f3 b5 21.a3 Nd7 22.Be3 {this posittionis equal} Bh4 23.Bf2 Nc5 24.Bxc5 Rdxc5 25.Re4 Bf6 26.Rd1 Rd5 27.Ree1 Rcd8 {dead equal} 28.Ke2 Kf7 29.Ne4 {kg6 dead equal} Be7 30.Rc1 Rc8 31.Red1 h6 32.Rd2 Bg5?! {a5,rcd1,rcd8,ke3 dead equal} 33.Nxg5+ hxg5 34.Rcd1 Rcd8 35.h3 Kg6 36.g4 Kf7 37.Ke3 {daed equal again} Ke7 38.Rd3 {rook take d3 equal} Kd6 39.Ke4 {this is where l fall apart, lol kc5,rd5+,rd5, ed5,ke5,kc4,f4,f4,kf4,kb3.h4,kb2,h5,ka3,g5,d4,d4;b4,h6,h6,h6,b3,h7,b2,h8q,b1q,ok kc5 [0.21]} Re8?? {the losing move +4.81 white has a decisive advantage. l lack concentration} 40.Rxd5+ exd5+ 41.Rxd5+ Kc6 {l play hard ,l work hard, its fun either way good l am not that good in chess. l know a few opeing lines but lm good up to 4 or 5 moves .after that lm lost lol so play at ur own risk hahaha} 42.Rxe5 {Rodney, you win fair and square and l wish people would be quiet, l had to tell people a couple of times to be quiet, now how can you play chess when people talk, its just not on, now l know lot's of you have heard it before but it is a fact its the number one tournament of the chess club.and yet people still talk, what a joke, l will get you next time l hope l will be back. (Jamie) Good game Jamie. The computer shows no real errors on either side till the end. I felt you outplayed me in the opening and I had to crawl back from there. According to the computer, very even until move 39. (Rod)} 1-0
Cassandra Barnett vs Louis Douglas (712)
[Event "BCC Championship 'Reserves'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.21"] [Round "3"] [White "Cassandra Barnett"] [Black "Louis Douglas"] [Result "1-0"] [BlackElo "712"] [ECO "A40"] [Opening "Queen's Pawn: 1...c6 2.c4"] 1.d4 c6 2.c4 d5 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nc3 e6 5.Nf3 Bb4 6.Qc2 Nf6 7.Bf4 Nc6 8.e3 O-O 9.Bd3 g6 10.O-O Bxc3 11.bxc3 Bd7 12.Bg5 Na5 13.Ne5 b5 14.Bxf6 Qc8 15.Qd2 Nc4 16.Qe2 Rb8 17.Nxc4 bxc4 18.Bc2 Rb2 19.Be7 Re8 20.Ba3 Rb7 21.f3 Bc6 22.e4 Qc7 23.exd5 Bxd5 24.Rfe1 a5 25.Qe5 Qc6 26.Bc1 Kf8 27.Bg5 Rb2 28.Qh8# 1-0
Chantelle Barnett vs Leonard Goodison
[Event "BCC Championships - C Division"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.21"] [Round "3"] [White "Chantelle Barnett"] [Black "Leonard Goodison"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A07"] [Opening "Reti: KIA"] 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 Ne4 4.O-O f6 5.Nc3 {C.B. I wanted to do some trading} Nxc3 6.dxc3 Qd6 7.Bf4 Qd7 8.b3 {C.B. Preparing for some more trading :).} e5 9.Be3 Ba3 10.Rb1 O-O 11.c4 dxc4 {C.B. I wanted to trade queens so they were out of the way.} 12.Qxd7 Bxd7 13.bxc4 Be6 14.Rb3 {C.B. Didn't care much about the pawn because I would take his Bishop. :)} Bd6 15.Rxb7 Bxc4 {C.B. Pawn for pawn.} 16.Rbb1 Bxe2 17.Rfe1 Bxf3 {C.B. I knew that black would take Knight.} 18.Bxf3 Ba3 19.Rb3 {C.B. Wanted to do some chasing.} Bd6 20.Bxa8 {C.B. Saw the Rook hanging. It took me a bit to see it though:)} Na6 21.Bb7 {C.B. Chasing again.} Nc5 {C.B. Thought it was a fork but I realised that I could take black's Knight.} 22.Bxc5 Bxc5 23.Bd5+ Kh8 24.Rb5 Bd4 25.Rd1 Bc3 26.Kf1 {C.B. I wanted to move my King of the black squares so the Bishop would stop bothering me.} a6 27.Rb7 Rc8 28.Be6 {C.B. I was forming a plan in my mind to get checkmate.} Re8 29.Rxc7 {C.B. I left my Bishop hanging so he would fall into my trap. Rxc7, Rxe6, Rd8+, (or Rc8+) Re8, Rxe8 and mate. It happened the same way I expected. :)} Rxe6 30.Rd8+ Re8 31.Rxe8# {C.B. Glad I could get checkmate because it seems that my opponent is always resigning :) jb likes all ur comment hahahhahah lol} 1-0
Harrison Harrison (1706) vs Michael Tausz (1433)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.21"] [Round "3"] [White "Harrison Harrison"] [Black "Michael Tausz"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1706"] [BlackElo "1433"] [ECO "A00"] [Opening "Polish: Bugayev Attack"] 1.b4 {MT: I thought that's a "Harrison", but the microbase here says it is called "Polish Opening".} e5 2.a3 d5 3.Bb2 Bd6 4.g3 Nf6 5.Bg2 O-O 6.Nf3 Re8 7.O-O e4 {MT: I thought the black centre pawns are pretty strong, so get them moving.} 8.Ne1 Nc6 9.f4 Bg4 10.Nc3 Qd7 {MT: Black had the plan to exchange the Bg2, but maybe that was not best. With more space one should not exchange handy pieces?} 11.Rf2 Bh3 12.Bxh3 {MT: Not even necessary. White could save time and leave Black to do the exchanging.} Qxh3 13.Rg2 {MT: This rook proves a strong defence.} e3?! {MT: The pawns may be strong, but sacrificing one of them is too early. I thought the rook on e3 must threaten something, but White is well defended.} 14.dxe3 Rxe3 15.Nxd5 Nxd5 16.Qxd5 Rae8 17.Qg5 {MT: The Bb2 shows its strength, not for the last time in this game. White put it there on move 3, probably planned already on move 1!} Bf8 18.Qb5 {MT: Black is already on the backfoot.} R8e6 19.Nf3 Qg4 20.Rf1 b6 21.Rff2 Rd6 22.Rf1 Qd7 {MT: Black is a pawn down and narrow missed losing another one, and there is no attack to speak of.} 23.Qh5!? {MT: Maybe too much?} Rd5 24.Ng5?! {MT: Ne5 was necessary (I think). This loses at lest something.} (24.Ne5) 24...h6 25.h4 g6 26.Ne4! {MT: Sets a trap.} Rxe4! (26...gxh5 27.Nf6+ Kh8 {MT: On 27...Kg8 there is a repeat, winning the rook, too.} 28.Nxd7+ Bg7 29.Bxg7+ Kxg7 30.Ne5 Nxe5 31.fxe5 Rdxe5 32.Re1 {MT: And all Black has is one pawn.}) 27.Qf3 Re8?! {MT: Seems to get Black in trouble right away again.} 28.Qc3 {MT: Here is the weak diagonal again. Threatens Qh8#!} Nd4 {MT: I sure got lucky to have this, but it is the only move that avoids giving back the knight.} 29.Rff2 Bg7! {MT: This wins something, as the knight threatens discovered attacks.} 30.Kh1 {MT: After the game HH thought Kh2 was better, as Nf3(+) does not work because of Qxf3!} Nf5 31.Qb3 {MT: Needs to keep Bb2 protected.} Re3 32.c3 {MT: I sure was happy to see this diagonal closed!} (32.Qa2 Bxb2 33.Qxb2 Rxg3) 32...Nxg3+ 33.Kh2 Ne4 34.Rf3 Rxf3 (34...Nd2!? 35.Qxd5 Qxd5? (35...Nf1+!) 36.Rxe3) 35.exf3 Nd2 36.Qd1 {MT: needs to cover f3.} Nc4 (36...Rd3! {MT: JW showed this move after the game. Keeps threatening f3 and there is not much White can do.}) 37.Qc1 Rd1 38.Qc2 Ne3 {MT: decisive.} 39.Qe4 Nxg2 40.h5 Qf5 41.Qe8+ Kh7 42.hxg6+ Qxg6 43.Qe2 Qh5+ 44.Kg3 Qh4+ 45.Kxg2 Qh1+ 46.Kg3 Rg1+ 47.Qg2 {MT: Kf2 would have prolonged it.} Rxg2# 0-1
Jamie Brotheridge (1529) vs Kevin Perrin (1607)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.28"] [Round "4"] [White "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Black "Kevin Perrin"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1529"] [BlackElo "1607"] [ECO "A15"] [Opening "English: Anglo-Indian, 2.g3"] 1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 e5 3.Nc3 Bc5 4.Bg2 O-O 5.e3 Nc6 6.a3 a6 7.Nge2 Rb8 8.b4 Be7 9.d4 exd4 10.exd4 d6 11.O-O Bg4 12.Qc2 Qd7 13.Be3 Rfe8 14.Nf4 Bf5 15.Qd1 Ng4 16.Nfd5 {the computer like this move 0.29} Nxe3 17.fxe3 Bg5 {e4 0.9} 18.Qf3 Bd3 {rook f2 -0.11} 19.Qh5 {queen h5 is the losing move -+ 1.98 black is winning} Bxe3+ 20.Nxe3 Rxe3 21.Qg5 Bxf1 22.Qxe3 Bxc4 23.Re1 Kf8 24.Qd2 Re8 25.Rd1 Qg4 26.d5 Ne5 27.Qf2 Nd3 {the good thing is l was not worrying about the clock like lm usually am and l was the one in time trouble} 28.Rxd3 Bxd3 {it was a good night thanks everyone for being quite good work keep it up unfortunately ll think my good chess playing has come to an end l just cant concentrate anymore the problem is l get bored with long games and thats where l start to full apart dont forget l was in a hit and run accident and just about died l have a bit of brain damage because of the hit and run accident it happened in philip island when l was 15 years old anyway congratulationa kevin l will be back next year out to get you hahahha lol lets see if l can make it 5 in a row ha rob baliey l have something in store for you im having a organic red wine now lm going to drown my sorrows} {#R} 0-1
Isaac Stolk vs Anna Yates (1028)
[Event "BCC Championship (Reserves)"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.28"] [Round "3"] [White "Isaac Stolk"] [Black "Anna Yates"] [Result "0-1"] [BlackElo "1028"] [ECO "A22"] [Opening "English: King's, 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.e4"] 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.e4 Bc5 4.h3 Nc6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.d3 d6 7.Nd5 Nxd5 8.cxd5 Nd4 9.Be2 Bd7 10.a3 b5 11.b4 Bb6 12.Be3 c5 13.bxc5 Bxc5 14.Nxd4 exd4 15.Bd2 a5 (15...a6) 16.O-O a4 17.Bg4 f5 18.exf5 Bxf5 19.Bxf5 Rxf5 20.Qg4 Qf6 21.Rab1 Rb8 22.Bc1 Rxd5 23.Re1 Re5 24.Rxe5 Qxe5 25.Bh6 Bxa3 26.f4 Qe3+ 27.Kh2 Qe7 28.Re1 Qf7 29.Qg5 d5 30.Qe5 Rf8 31.Ra1 gxh6 32.Rxa3 Qxf4+ 33.Qxf4 Rxf4 34.Ra1 Rf2 35.Rb1 Rd2 36.Rxb5 Rxd3 37.Rxd5 a3 38.Rd8+ Kg7 39.Rd7+ Kg6 40.Rd6+ Kg5 41.h4+ Kg4 42.Ra6 Rc3 43.Rxh6 a2 44.Ra6 Rc2 45.Rxa2 Rxa2 46.h5 d3 47.h6 d2 48.Kh1 d1=Q+ 49.Kh2 Qd2 {A good game. Isaac running low on time at the end, Anna plenty of time (for a change!)} {#R} 0-1
Michael Tausz (1433) vs Patrick Cook (1669)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.28"] [Round "4"] [White "Michael Tausz"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1433"] [BlackElo "1669"] [ECO "C00"] [Opening "French: Chigorin Variation"] 1.e4 e6 2.Qe2 {MT: I played this against PC before - and lost quickly. But I did not think it was the opening's fault, so I try again.} Nf6 3.g3 d5 4.d3 Be7 5.Bg2 O-O 6.Nf3 c5 7.O-O Nc6 8.c3 b6 9.Rd1 Bb7 10.e5 Nd7 11.d4 Rc8 {MT: Black is first on the c-file, but I think White is fine here. I planned to get a rook to c1 soon if needed.} 12.Be3 cxd4 13.cxd4 Nb4 14.Nc3 Ba6 15.Qd2 {MT: I worried about some annoyance by Nd3, but it seems that after a3 the knight would have no way out.} f6!? {MT: The "!?" was awarded by PC. Trying to get rid of White's centrepawns. I was not unhappy to see it, as it seems to weaken Black's castle as well as e6. Can White get to it?} 16.a3 Nc6 17.Bh3! {MT: The "!" was given by PC. I was proud of this move at the time, as the bishop tries to sneak onto its preferred diagonal the roundabout way. But the followup I had planned upon 17...f5 does not lead to anything, so this move may not be so good after all.} fxe5? {MT: PC gave this move the "?", and I agree. It loses a pawn for no real return.} (17...f5 18.Bg5 Bxg5 19.Nxg5 {MT: That's what I thought, and thought it is also good for White, but I had not appreciated the next move.} Nxd4! {MT: now White is a pawn down and has to wiggle back. The Nd4 aims at b3 or Nf3+ after chasing away Ng5, so the exchanges are rather forced.} 20.Qxd4 Qxg5 21.Nxd5! {MT: saves the pawn.} Nc5 (21...exd5? 22.Qxd5+ Kh8 23.Qxd7) 22.Qe3 Qxe3 23.Nxe3 {MT: I like Black better here, but maybe just equal?}) 18.Bxe6+ Kh8 19.Bxd5 {MT: I like this. Wins a pawn and protects Nf3 the backway.} exd4 20.Bxd4 Nxd4 21.Nxd4 {MT: Ne6 and Nc6 are threats.} Rf6 22.Ne6 Qe8 23.Ne4 Rxe6!? {MT: I was surprised by this exchange sac, but also happy with my position before the sac. PC gave it the "!?". It might well have worked if not for a later miss (move 29 maybe).} 24.Bxe6 Ne5 {MT: Threatening Nf3+.} 25.Qd5 {MT: Given the option at move 29, maybe Qf4 better?} Nf3+ 26.Kg2 Rd8 27.Qf5 Nd4 28.Qf7 Qxf7 (28...Nxe6? 29.Rxd8 {MT: one can hope...}) 29.Bxf7 {MT: Pretty much forced until here.} Bb7?! {MT: During the game I worried about 29..Be2. Looking at it in peace, I can still not see a good way to hang on to the exchange after that move.} (29...Be2! {MT: With all kinds of forks at c2 and b3 and bishop checks at f3 I can't see how to hold on to the exchange. So RxNe4 seems best, but this leaves not much of an advantage. Black's creative exchange sac seemed to have been good!} 30.Rxd4 Rxd4 31.Nc3 Ba6 32.Re1 {MT: etc.}) 30.f3 Nc2 (30...Nxf3? 31.Kxf3 Rf8 {MT does not work because of the zwischenzug 30.RxR+}) 31.Rxd8+ Bxd8 32.Rc1 Ne3+ 33.Kf2 Nf5 34.Be6 Nd4 35.Nd6 {MT: White is happy to exchange.} Nxe6 36.Nxb7 Be7 37.Rc8+ Nf8 38.Nd8?! {MT: I liked this move for "aesthetic" reasons, but those are not good reasons for deciding on candidate moves! I was also certain that I get another pawn after the exchanges, so it was still enough to win. Still, 38...Re8 was actually much better, as the bishop has nowhere to go!} (38.Re8! Bxa3 39.bxa3 Kg8) 38...Kg8 39.Ne6 Kf7 40.Nxf8 Bxf8 41.Rc7+ Ke6 42.Rxa7 {MT: Forced until here. I am pretty sure White is winning (not that I dared to believe it yet!).} b5 43.Rb7 {MT: Not falling for ...Bc5+} b4 44.Rxb4?! {PC: unnecessary...but still winning! MT: Maybe unnecessary, but I am pretty sure it is the easiest way. Eliminates any annoying fork or whatever Black can try with the bishop. The pawn endgame is easily won, as there will be a passed pawn on the right, and there are two pawns to the left. No way the black King can stop them all.} Bxb4 45.axb4 Kd5 46.b5 Kc5 47.b6 Kxb6 48.Ke3 Kb5 49.f4 g6 50.g4 Kc5 51.Ke4 Kd6 52.f5 Ke7 53.Ke5 Kf7 54.b4 gxf5 55.gxf5 Ke7 56.b5 {#r} 1-0
Ben Naughton (1421) vs Robert Bailey (1569)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.28"] [Round "4"] [White "Ben Naughton"] [Black "Robert Bailey"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1421"] [BlackElo "1569"] [ECO "B50"] [Opening "Sicilian: 2.Nf3 d6"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c4 {This came as a surprise as I was intending to play a regular Najdorf based upon Ben's previous games in the sicilian against the dragon. In all honesty, I have had difficulty with similar Maroczy bind themes in the past, so the choice was a good one.} Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 g6 {Switching to a dragon structure; perhaps an earlier e5 is the better approach, I'll have to research it some more!} 6.Be3 Bg7 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.Bd4 Nf6 9.f3 O-O 10.Bd3 c5 11.Bc3 Rb8 {Only pseudo-active really, but I was struggling now to find concrete plans. Ben does very well to nullify many of my ideas in the position.} 12.Qd2 Qb6 13.b3 Bb7 14.O-O Rfe8 {Going for a flawed plan of slowly inching forward with e6 and d5, dreaming of the discovery of c4+. Not going to happen!} 15.Na3 e6 16.Qb2 {A nice move by Ben which I'd overlooked. Rad1 aiming at the weak d6 pawn looks feasible as well. After I close the diagonal, some messy chess ensues.} e5 17.Qd2 Qc6 18.Rfc1 {I like Rad1 for white here; black is very aware of the d6 weakness and the gaping hole on d5 which practically beckons the white knight to go from c2, e3 and into the previously mentioned (un)happy place.} Nh5 {Aiming to install a "Jacobsean Knight" on f4 (in Rod's honour!) but also going for another flawed plan of the f5 pawn break. White stops the first threat.} 19.g3 Bc8 {A bit dodgy looking! Again, I'm struggling to find other concrete ideas that make sense in this position.} 20.Nc2 f5?! 21.Ne3 {exf5 seems to give white an edge. After Bxf5, Bxf5, gxf5, white can go Ne3 and into d5 the following move. I saw this line but was anticipating some compensation in the f4 push and open g file.} f4 22.Nf1 fxg3 23.Nxg3 {Maybe hxg is better, guarding f4 and stopping my knight's plan in its tracks.} Nf4 24.Ne2 Bh6 {Saying peek-a-boo to white's queen! But more importantly, envisaging winning the exchange.} 25.Nxf4 Bxf4 26.Qg2 {I spent a long portion of time here attempting to weigh up the positional consequences of taking the exchange given that white has the dark squared bishop and the potential to control the squares around my king.} Bxc1 27.Rxc1 Rf8 28.Kf2 Be6 29.Qg5 Qd7 {The immediate doubling of rooks may be a better plan.} 30.Rg1 Qf7 31.Rg3 Qf6 {Seeking to simplify} 32.Qh6 {White adamantly says no!} Rb7 33.Bd2 Rbf7 34.Be2 Qe7 35.Qe3 Qh4 {This phase of the game was quite subtle as I was probing for targets and further simplification. In so doing, I used far too much time poking around until I found the idea of going for the e4 pawn.} 36.Kg2 Qe7 37.Be1 Rf4 38.Bf2 Bd7 39.Kf1 Bc6 40.Rg2 Qe6 41.Kg1 Qf6 {Attractive and enticing to play, but not very good. Bg3 now looks like it would slow down the primitive initiative and force a long line with Rxf3, Bxf3 and a queen exchange where black ends up only a pawn up.} 42.Rg3? {Removing a key defender from f2, allowing black's only tactical idea in the position to come to fruition. Ben had played very well and defended stubbornly to this point and I was now down to around 5 minutes where accuracy was essential.} Bxe4 43.Kg2 Bb7 44.Be1 e4 45.Kf2 exf3 46.Bc3 fxe2+ 47.Kxe2 Rf2+ 48.Kd1 Qf5 49.Qd3 Rf1+ {The end of a very tense final phase where I had to work very hard to keep the advantage. It's always tricky when you've got to play someone for the very first time in a championship as there are many variables at play. This theme will continue with games with Jeremy and Michael still to come. Thanks again to Ben for the game, look forward to many more.} {#R} 0-1
Jeremy Lim (1520) vs Rodney Jacobs (1659)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.28"] [Round "4"] [White "Jeremy Lim"] [Black "Rodney Jacobs"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1520"] [BlackElo "1659"] [ECO "A17"] [Opening "English: Anglo-Indian, 2.Nc3 e6 3.g3"] 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.g3 d5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.d4 c6 6.Bg2 Bd6 7.e3 Bg4 8.Nge2 Qd7 9.O-O Na6 {With fantasies of castling long and pushing the h pawn. But White's accurate, forceful play from this point, creating a strong, fluid centre, puts paid to that idea.} 10.a3 Nc7 11.f3! {Odd looking, but Deep Shredder says is best. (RJ)} Bh3 12.e4 Bxg2 13.Kxg2 dxe4 14.fxe4 Be7 15.Be3 O-O 16.Qc2 Ng4 17.Bg1 Rad8 18.Rad1 Bg5 19.Nf4 Bxf4 20.Rxf4 Nf6 21.Be3 {Deep Shredder prefers Rf3} Ng4 22.Bc1 Rfe8 23.Rdf1! {Acccording to analysis by Deep Shredder, white has built up a .79 advantage without any real error by black. (RJ)} Nf6 24.e5 Ncd5? {Nfd5 was necessary. But black's of course in trouble anyway (RJ)} 25.exf6 {According to Deep Shredder, Rh4 was even stronger (RJ)} Nxf4+ 26.Rxf4 Re1? {g6 is better (although black is lost) - Deep Shredder (RJ) At least this complicates things a little.} 27.Rh4 g6 28.Qd2 Qe6 29.Qh6 {Devastating, but Deep Shredder and the analysis program on Microbase say Ne4 is best. (RJ)} Re2+? {Qxf6 is best, while still clearly lost. Black doesn't in fact have a perpetual check (RJ)} 30.Nxe2?? {Weirdly, and as was missed by both of us on post-game analysis, this was White's critical error. Necessary is 30. Kg1! (Deep Shredder) There follows 30......Re1ch 31. Kf2 and there is no perpetual (RJ)} Qxe2+ {Now black has a perpetual} 31.Kh3?? {Turning a win to a draw to a loss. The king must now go to g1 (RJ)} Qf1+ 32.Kg4 Qf5# {All very unfortunate for Jeremy after outplaying me throughout. (RJ) Thanks for the analysis Rod. Lost focus after making the first blunder. A good lesson. (JL)} 0-1
James Watson (1802) vs Ben Naughton
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.04.21"] [Round "3"] [White "James Watson"] [Black "Ben Naughton"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1802"] [ECO "A22"] [Opening "English: Bremen, 3...Bc5"] 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 Bc5 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.a3 O-O 6.b4 Bd4 7.Bb2 Bxc3 8.Bxc3 Qe8 9.e3 d6 10.Ne2 Be6 11.d3 Rd8 12.b5 Ne7 13.Bxb7?! {JW: unnecessary But I trusted I could deal with the complications} d5 14.Bxe5 dxc4 15.Nd4 Bd5 {JW: Here I spent I think 40 minutes deciding weather or not to play Bxf6 which is the best move.} 16.Bxd5 {JW: In the end I decided just to avoid the complication as this is still clearly good for me even though Bxf6 was quite playable} Nexd5 {JW: Nfxd5 was better} 17.Bxf6 Nxf6 18.dxc4 Qe4 19.O-O Nd7 20.Qf3 Qxf3 21.Nxf3 f6 22.Nd4 Nc5 23.Rfd1 Rd6 24.Nf5 Rxd1+ 25.Rxd1 Rf7 26.Rd8+ Rf8 27.Rd5 Na4 28.Rd7 Rf7 29.Rd8+ Rf8 30.Ne7+ Kf7 31.Rxf8+ Kxf8 32.Nd5 Nc5 33.Nxc7 Ke7 34.Kf1 Kd6 35.Ne8+ Ke5 36.Nxg7 Ke4 37.Ke2 Nb3 38.Ne8 f5 39.Nd6+ Ke5 40.Nc8 Na5 41.f4+ Ke6 42.Kd3 Kd7 43.Nxa7 Kc7 44.Kc3 {#r} 1-0
Harrison Harrison (1706) vs James Watson (1802)
[Event "BCC Championship "] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.05"] [Round "5"] [White "Harrison Harrison"] [Black "James Watson"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1706"] [BlackElo "1802"] [ECO "A15"] [Opening "English: Anglo-Indian"] 1.c4 Nf6 2.d4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 Bxa6 6.g3 d6 7.Bg2 g6 8.Nf3 Bg7 9.O-O O-O 10.Nc3 Nbd7 11.Re1 Qa5 12.e4 Ng4 13.Bd2 Rfb8 14.Na4 Qc7 15.Rb1 Bb5 16.b3 Bxa4 17.bxa4 Rxb1 18.Qxb1 Rxa4 19.Qb3 Qa7 20.Rb1 c4 21.Qb5 Nxf2 22.Rf1 Nxe4+ {the knight on f3 prevents a smothered mate (JW)} 23.Kh1 Rxa2?! {I overlooked whites response here thinking that if white tried to target f7 it would be via e8 not f4. Instead ...Nxd2 seems better (JW)} 24.Qxc4! Nxd2 25.Nxd2 Ne5 {Taking the knight seemed unnecessarily dangerous. 25...Nxd2 26.Qf4 Bc3 27.Qxf7 Kh8 28.Qe8+ Kg7 is playable bu leaves alot of room to make mistakes. (JW)} 26.Qc8+ Bf8 27.Nb3 Qe3 28.Nc1 Rd2 29.Qh3 h5 {...Rc2 wuld have won he knight, but this is also plenty strong (JW)} 30.Qh4 Rd4 31.Qh3 Ng4 32.Ne2 Qxe2 33.Bf3 Nf2+ 34.Kg2 Qxf1+ 35.Kxf1 Nxh3 36.Kg2 Ng5 37.h4 Rd2+ 38.Kh1 Nxf3 39.g4 Rh2# 0-1
Caitlin Barnett vs Jake Aitken
[Event "BCC Championship Reserves"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.05"] [Round "5"] [White "Caitlin Barnett"] [Black "Jake Aitken"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C41"] [Opening "Philidor Defence"] 1.e4 {C.B: My usual opening moves were 1.e3, e5, 2. Nf3, Nc6, 3. Bb5 and I would hope the other player would do a7 then 4.Bxc6, bxc6 5. Nxe5. and I would be up by a pawn, But the last game I played those start moves it didn't work out right. It went like this: 1.e3, e5, 2.Nf3, e4 and the I wasn't sure what to do when my knight starts to get chased around by the pawns, so I ended up losing that game (against Louis) and decided that I should change my starting moves.} e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bc4 Bg7 5.b3 c5? {C.B: I thought this wasn't a good move because it makes a knight outpost on d5 for my knight.} 6.d3 Nf6 7.Bg5 Qa5 8.Qd2 Ng4 9.O-O O-O 10.h3 Nf6 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.Nd5 {C.B: I placed my knight in the knight outpost and offered a queen trade.} Qxd2 13.Nxd2 Nd7 14.Nxf6+ Nxf6 15.Rab1 Bd7 16.b4 {C.B: I was hoping he would take the pawn and I would take back with the rook. Then my rook would be a little more active.} b5 17.Bd5 Nxd5 18.exd5 a5? 19.bxc5 dxc5 20.c4 b4 21.Ne4 Kg7 22.Nxc5 Bf5 23.Rfe1 Rfc8 24.Na4 Bxd3 25.Nb6 Bxb1 26.Rxb1 f5 27.Nxa8 Rxa8 28.d6 Kf7 29.c5 Ke6 30.Rd1 Rd8 31.f3 {C.B: I offered a draw at this point but Black refused.} a4 32.Rb1 Kd5 33.Rxb4 Kxc5 34.Rxa4 Rxd6 35.f4 {C.B: Black probably should have taken the pawn.} Rd4?? 36.Ra5+! Kd6 37.fxe5+ Ke6 38.Ra7 h5 39.Rg7 Rd1+ 40.Kh2 Rd2 41.Rxg6+ Kxe5 42.Rg5 Ke4 43.Rxh5 f4 44.Rh8 f3 45.Re8+ Kf4? 46.Rf8+ Kg5 47.Rxf3 Rxa2 48.Kg3 Ra4 49.Kf2 Kh4 50.g4 Ra2+ 51.Kg1 Kg5 52.Rf2 Rxf2 53.Kxf2 Kh4 54.Kg2 Kg5 55.Kg3 Kg6 56.h4 Kh6 57.g5+ Kh5 58.Kh3 Kg6 59.Kg4 Kg7 60.h5 Kh7 61.h6 Kg6 62.Kh4 Kh7 63.Kh5 Kh8 64.g6 Kg8 65.h7+ Kh8 66.Kg5 {C.B: Black kept on saying this was a draw by repeated moves, but I was determined to try and win.} Kg7 67.Kf5 Kh8 68.Ke6 Kg7 69.Ke7 Kh8 70.Kd8 Kg7 71.Ke7 Kh8 72.Ke6 Kg7 73.h8=Q+!! Kxh8 74.Kf6 Kg8 75.g7 Kh7 76.Kf7 Kh6 77.g8=Q {C.B: Finally I got the queen.} Kh5 78.Kf6 Kh4 79.Kf5 Kh3 80.Kf4 Kh2 81.Kf3 Kh1 {C.B: I could have moved Qg2# but I missed it.} 82.Kf2 Kh2 83.Qg2# 1-0
Raurie Coffey vs Cassandra Barnett
[Event "BCC Championship Reserves"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.05"] [Round "5"] [White "Raurie Coffey"] [Black "Cassandra Barnett"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A41"] [Opening "Neo-Old Indian"] {C.B. glad I save the game on my father's laptop before I lost the paper last night, lol} 1.d4 d6 2.Nc3 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.e4 Nf6 5.h3 O-O 6.Bf4 Re8 7.Qd2 h6 {C.B. should have thought a bit more on this one.} 8.Bxh6 e5 {C.B. again, needing more thought.} 9.Bxg7 Kxg7 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Qxd8 Rxd8 {C.B. after the exchange, white could have taken e5.} 12.Bd3 {C.B. still, bishop d3 was ok.} Nc6 13.O-O-O Be6 {C.B. black took too long developing queen side.} 14.a3 Nd4 {C.B. oops, hangs e5, but thankfully not serious.} 15.Nxe5 Nh5 16.g3 f6 17.Ng4 a6 18.Ne2 Nf3 {C.B. odd looking knight pattern lol} 19.Nf4 {C.B. not sure 19. Nf4 was best as it frees black's knight on h5} Nxf4 20.gxf4 f5 21.exf5 gxf5 22.Ne3 Kf6 23.Bc4 Bxc4 24.Nxc4 b5 {C.B. was thinking of playing 24. Nd4 right away but b5 is still good.} 25.Ne3 Nd4 {C.B. now Nd4, thinking to play 26. Ne2+, 27. Kb1, Nxf4, winning the pawn.} 26.h4 {C.B. white missing the fork. Perhaps 26. Kb1 would be better as 26. Kb1, Ne2, 27. Nd5+, would be highly annoying for black.} Ne2+ 27.Kb1 Nxf4 {C.B. white now unable to play Nd5+.} 28.h5 c6 {C.B. making sure Nd5 doesn't happen, plus frees black's knight to do other things.} 29.h6 Ng6 30.Rxd8 {C.B. not sure the trade was best for white at this point.} Rxd8 31.h7 Rf8 {C.B. protecting the pawn when king moves.} 32.Rh5 f4 33.Rf5+? {C.B. 33. Nf5 would have been best for white.} Kg7 34.Rxf8 Nxf8 35.Ng4 Nxh7 {C.B. I think this was about where I offered a draw.} 36.b4 Ng5 37.Kb2 Nh3 38.Kb3 Kg6 39.f3 Ng1 40.c4 Nxf3 41.cxb5 cxb5 {C.B. white's king has a while to get to a6.} 42.Kc3 Kg5 43.Nf2 Kh4 44.Kd3 Ng1 45.Ke4 Kg3 46.Nd3 f3 47.Ke3 Kg2 48.Ne1+ Kg3 49.Nxf3?? Nxf3 {C.B. happy to continue from here (no more offering draws).} 50.Kd3? {C.B. white should have probably made a beeline for black's base pawn (a6).} Ne5+ {C.B. planning to move to c4 if white threatened back.} 51.Kc3? {C.B. not good for white, 51, Kc3, Nc6, keeps the king out of play.} Kf4? {C.B. should have done Nc6 right away.} 52.Kb3? Nc6 53.a4 Ke5 54.axb5 axb5 {C.B. happy to trade here (white's king still out of play).} 55.Kc3 Kd5 56.Kb3 Kd4 {C.B. gradually forcing white away from the pawn.} 57.Kb2 Kc4 58.Ka3 Nxb4 59.Kb2 Nd3+ 60.Kb1 b4 61.Kc2 b3+ 62.Kb1 {C.B. I think white was hoping for stalemate (not going to happen).} Kc3 63.Ka1 b2+ 64.Kb1 {C.B. white offers draw here (not happening either). Black just needs a waiting move.} Ne1 65.Ka2 Kc2 {C.B. and white resigns. Very pleased with how the end game turned out and glad my draw offer wasn't taken earlier : ) I was determined that this end game would not end the same as the one I played last week. I was also a knight up but made my moves without enough thought, ending with a draw. Raurie said that he prefers playing the whole game and I think that's a good way to go. Thanks for the game, Raurie, look forward to playing you again : )} {#R} 0-1
Rodney Jacobs (1659) vs Michael Tausz (1433)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.05"] [Round "5"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Michael Tausz"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1659"] [BlackElo "1433"] [ECO "C51"] [Opening "Evans Gambit Accepted"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 {Honour bound! Both Michael & I are fond of the Evans Gambit. In last year's Teters he (as black) beat me in an Evans (RJ)} Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 {The alternative is Be7, According to Harding & Botterill in their book 'The Italian Game', Ba5 is the reply most likely to test the soundness of the Evans. (RJ)} 6.Qb3!? {Recommended by Harding & Botterill. A divergence from the usual d4, It forces black to deal with the immediate issue of f7. It also has the advantage of taking the game down quite specific lines, which are fairly easy to remember. A disadvantage is that in some lines black can rid himself of the menacing white bishop by Na5, forking the queen and bishop. (RJ)} Qf6 {The alternative is Qe7, which invites the awkward Ba3 (RJ)} 7.O-O {Not d4, which allows black to simplify by Nxd4 - Harding & Botterill (RJ)} Bb6 {Book} 8.d4 {Also book. (RJ)} Na5?! {Not the best move. But not as bad as we both thought it was! In post-game analysis we assumed 9. de5 Nxb3 10. ef Nxb3 11 fg Nxa1 12. gh. But Deep Shredder indicates that after 9....Qg6 or even 9....Qxf3 the position is even. However after the book move ed (better than d6) it believes Black has a .7 advantage - i.e. its view is that this whole line is slightly unsound for White, but that Na4 gives up Black's advantage! In our last game, Michael played 8........d6, after which followed 9. Bg5 Qg6 10. Bd3? Bg4 11. Nbd2 Nf6 and Black is better. (RJ)} 9.dxe5 Qg6 {Again. Qxf3 wasn't bad. Deep Shredder states the position is now even. White's pawns are doubled and isolated. But Black is seriously behind in development and it will be hard for him to catch up. (RJ)} 10.Qa4 Nxc4 11.Qxc4 Qc6 12.Qd3 {Obviously wanting to keep the queens on. Also hoping to embarrass the Black queen at some point with minor pieces. (RJ)} Ne7 13.Nd4 Bxd4? {Probably the key mistake. Brings together White's isolated pawns and gives him a strong centre. Deep Shredder gives White only a small initiative after Qg6 (RJ)} 14.cxd4 O-O {b5 is an alternative (Deep Shredder (RJ)} 15.Ba3 Re8 {Deep Shredder gives d6 (RJ).} 16.Nc3 {Deep Shredder prefers 16. Bxe7 Rxe7 and then 17 Nc3, taking advantage of the awkward position of the rook. (RJ)} d5 17.exd6 cxd6 18.Rac1 Ng6 {Deep Shredder indicates Bd7 offers more resistance. (RJ)} 19.Nd5 Qd7 {Qa4 is better} 20.Nc7 Qe7 21.Qg3? {Overly cautious} Qxe4 22.Nxa8 Nf4 23.Rce1 {Best (RJ)} Ne2+ {Of course if Qxe1, Qxf4 (RJ)} 24.Rxe2 Qxe2 25.Nc7 Rd8 26.Qe3 {Wanting to get those queens off! (RJ)} Qxe3 {Not 25....Qxa2 26 Qe7 (RJ)} 27.fxe3 Rd7 28.Nb5 a6 29.Rc1 {#r} 1-0
Robert Bailey (1569) vs Jamie Brotheridge (1529)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.05"] [Round "5"] [White "Robert Bailey"] [Black "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1569"] [BlackElo "1529"] [ECO "B07"] [Opening "Pirc: 2.d4"] 1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Nf3 c6 6.Be2 O-O 7.O-O d5 8.cxd5 cxd5 9.e5 Ne4 {knight take e4 + 0.75} 10.Qb3 e6 11.Be3 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Nc6 {fritz11 is saying h4} 13.c4 {l dont like this move} Na5 14.Qc3 dxc4 15.Bxc4 Qc7 16.Rfc1 Nxc4 17.Qxc4 Qxc4 18.Rxc4 Bd7 19.Nd2 Rfc8 20.Rac1 Bc6 {a dubious move l wanted to keep the rooks on the bored} 21.f3 Rd8 22.Ne4 Rd5 23.Bg5 Ra5 24.R4c2 h6 25.Be7 Ra4 26.Rd1 Ra5 27.Rb2 Bd5 28.Nc3 b6 {bb4 0.44} 29.Nxd5 {bad move} Rxd5 30.f4 Rc8 31.Kf2 Rc3 32.Bb4 Rc4 33.Bd6 {bd6? rob fail a sleep} Rcxd4 34.Rxd4 Rxd4 35.Ke3 {rb4-.1.20was the move now king e3 is loseing -+[5.16] he fail asleep again he was low on time} Rxd6 36.exd6 Bxb2 {yummy} 37.Kd3 Kf8 38.Kc4 Ke8 {good game rob better luck next time its the battle of the loser next round maybe there should be a prize for the loser a bottle of wine why so he can drown hes sorrows lol} {#R} 0-1
Michael Schreenan (959) vs Jasan Barnett
[Event "BCC Championship Reserves"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.12"] [Round "6"] [White "Michael Schreenan"] [Black "Jasan Barnett"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "959"] [ECO "B02"] [Opening "Alekhine: Scandinavian, 3.e5 Nfd7"] 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e5 Nfd7 4.Nf3 d4 5.Nxd4 Nxe5 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Be2 Bxf3 8.Bxf3 Nbc6 9.d3 e6 10.Be4 Qd4 11.Bf4 Bb4 12.Bd2 a6 13.Ne2 Qxb2 14.O-O Bxd2 15.Qxd2 Qb4 16.Qxb4 Nxb4 17.d4 Nec6 18.Rfb1 a5 19.a3 f5 20.axb4 fxe4 21.bxa5 Ra7 22.Rb3 Nxa5 23.Rba3 b6 24.Nf4 Ke7 25.c4 g5 26.Ne2 Rd8 27.c5 Kf6 28.g4 e5 29.Rd1 bxc5 30.dxc5 Rxd1+ {#R} 0-1
Bas van Riel (1884) vs Rodney Jacobs (1659)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.12"] [Round "6"] [White "Bas van Riel"] [Black "Rodney Jacobs"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1884"] [BlackElo "1659"] [ECO "C63"] [Opening "Spanish: Schliemann, 4.Nc3"] {584MB, Fritz11.ctg} 1.e4 {Rodney had scored 5/5, so it was important for me to win the game in order to keep my chances alive. With this in mind I prepared by studying a few op Rodney's recent games, especially his opening choices with the black pieces. Although I not seriously believed that he would essay again the Schliemann variation (3...f5) of his game against Rob Bailey in round 3 of the current tournament, I did spent some time checking my antiquated opening books (Pachman, 1965 (!), mainly because I liked the complications, and because I found some improvements on Rob's play. Needless to say that I was thrilled to see the Schliemann again. But how good was my preparation, considering that my information was 50 years old..? (BvR)} e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 {The Schliemann. Avoiding the classical Ruy Lopez, which Bas knows well. (RJ)} 4.Nc3 {Given by ECO and Chessbase as best. Bas has prepared too! (RJ) Rob Bailey played 4.d3 here.Pachman suggested Nc3 as being more active.(BvR)} fxe4 {Book} 5.Nxe4 {Book} Nf6 {Book, and the Preferred move on Chessbase. I wanted to mix it up, playing d5, but could not remember the line and, weakly, was not game to play it. I was afraid of the embarrassment of being crushed by move 10! Chessbase gives d5 an equal success rate, with the main line being 5........d5 6. Nxe5 de 7. Nxc6 Qd5 8. c4 Qd6 9. Nxa7ch Bd7 10. Bxd7ch Qxd7 11. Qh5ch g6 12. Qe5ch Kf7 13. Nb5. Wild! (RJ). It took Rodney about 8 minutes to play Nf6. All the time I was hoping for 5..d5, as I believed that the resulting complications were favourable for white, e.g.a) 13.Qxh8, Nf6; 14.Nb5, Rd8; and 16.Qxd8 or b) I could play it safe after 13.Nb5 being 2 pawns up. Instead of 7....Qd5 a weaker, alternative book-move is 7..Qg5, followed by 8.Qe2, Nf6; 9. f4!, which I also had seen in Pachman. During the post-mortem Rodney mentioned that he had thought about playing the 7...Qg5- line (BvR) After the game Bas & I looked at 8....Nxa7 in this line and felt that it was winning. But Deep Shredder calls it even after the response 9 Kd8 (RJ)} 6.d3 {Book. Chessbase gives Nxf6 or Qe2 as alternatives (RJ). After 5..Nf6 I was actually out of book and on my own. A lot of fuss for very little, except that I felt very comfortable about my position, considering black's weaknesses on the white squares. (BvR)} d6 {Book} 7.O-O {Chessbase indicates only c3 has been played here. Deep Shredder likes Nxf6. (RJ)} Be7 8.c3 {here c3 comes afterall.. (BvR)} O-O?! {I believe that this move has caused black's subsequent headaches, although Fritz doesn't appear fussed. (BvR)} 9.Qb3+ Kh8 {At this point Deep Shredder calls it even. (RJ)} 10.Neg5! {Best, according to Deep Shredder. (RJ)} Qe8 11.Ne6 {Also best (RJ)} Bxe6 12.Qxe6 {Fritz gives +0.3. White has the bishop pair and is vastly dominant on the white squares. Black's bishop looks useless atm.(BvR)} Nh5? {Overly anxious to chase the queen away. But the position was even. Deep Shredder gives a6, asking the Bishop what it wants to do. (RJ). After 12..a6, 13.Ba4 (the strong bishop has to stay on the board), black has to find the difficult move order to survive. (BvR).} 13.d4! Rf6? {Bf6 is better. (RJ)} 14.Qh3 exd4 15.Nxd4 {jb +- 1.89 Bas is winning.} Nf4 16.Bxf4 Rxf4 17.Rae1! {This looked awkward to me, with the King's rook stuck in at f1. But Bas continues to find the best moves! Deep Shredder likes it. (RJ)} Qf7 {That's why 17.Rae1 instead of Rfe1, protecting the f2 pawn and supporting the f4-move in the future (BvR)} 18.Bxc6 bxc6 19.Nxc6? {Deep Shredder likes this, but, equally, g3, presumably to keep the Black rook out of h4 (RJ). Yes indeed, 19.g3, Rf6; 20.Qd7, Bf8; 21.Qxc6, Rb1; 22.b3 would have been much stronger/winning for white (BvR)} Bf6 20.Qe3 Rh4 21.Qe6! Qh5 {Deep Shredder prefers Qxe6, giving White then 1.36} 22.h3 h6 23.Qd7 {Deep Shredder prefers Nb4, getting the knight back into play (RJ). I was 'obsessed' by winning black's c7 pawn. From here on, I suddenly seemed to have lost the plot, making a number of bad mistakes (BvR).} Qg5? {A mistake. best the immediate Rc4. (RJ)} 24.Kh2? {Overly cautious. Re6 (!) is crushing. Black's best response is Rg8, as Rxh3? is met with Rxf6! (Deep Shredder)} Qc5? {Setting a trap, intending to prevent White from taking the c7 pawn due to the threatened response Rc4.I was quite happy with this, and it turned out fine. But Deep Shredder analysis shows it is a mistake, allowing White to shut the troublesome rook out of the queenside by f4!. (RJ) The immediate Rc4 is best.} 25.Qxc7?? {A bad mistake, turning a comfortably winning position position into a losing one. (RJ) Again f4 and White has a decisive advantage (Deep Shredder) - RJ I fell for it, hook, line and sinker...25.f4 obviously had to be played to isolate black's rook first, before capturing the c7 pawn (BvR)} Rc4 {The knight is now lost.} 26.Re6! {trying to hang in by complicating and a perpetual check via f6 (BvR)} Qxc6 27.Qf7 {Not 27.Qxd6?, of course, loosing the rook after 27...Qxd6; 28.Rxd6, Bf4+ (BvR)} Re4? {Desperate to stop White winning control of the e file. But Black should be worried more about the perpetual! Necessary is Rf4.} 28.Re1? {jb fritz11 Rf6 [000] Rybka [000] The point being White has a perpetual after Rxf6. (RJ) I thought for about 12 minutes and I could not find a perpetual, as black's king can escape to the queen-side. Unfortunately, I also did not find the fantastic resource:28.Rxf6!, gxf6; 29.Qxf6, Kg8; 30.Rd1!! Despite black's extra rook, he has to be careful not to loose, while white now has at least a perpetual (BvR)} Rxe1?? {Be5ch and it's all over. I looked at this and saw the win of the rook. But, wrongly, I thought I was now winning comfortably anyway and decided to keep it simple. (RJ)} 29.Rxe1 Be5+? {But now it's wrong and wastes time. Deep Shredder gives Qb5. (RJ)} 30.f4 Bf6 31.Re6! Rg8 {Trying to prevent the perpetual (RJ) (BvR). Qxa7 is a loosing move, Qg6 with the perpetual check again would be better. At this stage all is not lost for white, also given Rodney's time- trouble.} 32.Qxa7? {The perpetual is still there by Rxf6.(RJ) No, the perpetual on f6 doesn't work now either. Qxa7 is a loosing move, Qg6 with the thread of perpetual check would be better again. At this stage, all is not lost for white, also given Rodney's time- trouble.(BvR)} Qc4 33.Qe3 Qxa2? {Be5 -+[-2.25] black is winning (JB). Jamie B, who was watching, pointed this out immediately after the game. (RJ)} 34.Qe2 {Be5! is still crushing. But I wasn't sharp enough to see it, and, with one minute left on the clock, was happy to accept Bas' draw offer (RJ) A absurd and swinging game. Rodney played very resourceful when he was clearly worse, but he missed a few clear winners near the end.I was very relieved with the draw (BvR)} {#d} 1/2-1/2
Dylan Douglas vs Leonard Goodison
[Event "BCC Championship C"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.12"] [Round "6"] [White "Dylan Douglas"] [Black "Leonard Goodison"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C40"] [Opening "Open Game: Damiano Defence"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6 3.Bc4 Nh6 4.a3 c6 5.Nc3 d6 6.O-O b5 7.Bb3 Bg4 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 Qa5 10.d3 c5 11.Nd5 Be7 12.Bxh6 gxh6 13.a4 Qd2 14.Nc7+ Kd8 15.Nxa8 Kc8 16.Qf5+ Kb7 17.Bd5+ Ka6 18.axb5+ Kxb5 19.Nc7+ Kb4 20.c3+ Qxc3 21.bxc3+ Kxc3 22.Ra3+ Kb4 23.Rb3+ Ka4 24.Ra1# 1-0
James Watson (1802) vs Patrick Cook (1669)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.12"] [Round "6"] [White "James Watson"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1802"] [BlackElo "1669"] [ECO "C05"] [Opening "French: Tarrasch, Closed, 4.e5"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Ndf3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Bd3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Qb6 10.Ne2 Bxd2+ 11.Qxd2 Qb4 12.Nc3!? {An interesting pawn scrafice (JW)} Nxd4 13.Nxd4 Qxd4 14.f4 {Incidentally Rybika indicates only a half pawn advantage to black after 14.o-o Qxe5 which suggests pretty legitimate compensation given white gives up two center pawns without inflicting any weakness. The move played provides white with full compensation for the pawn} a6 15.a4 Ke7 16.Ne2 Qb6 17.a5 Qa7 18.Qb4+ Qc5 19.Qd2 f6 20.Rc1 Qa7 21.Qb4+ Kf7 {Here i spent time considering several candidate moves including f5!? and Qd6 (JW)} 22.Rc7 f5 23.Qd6 Re8 24.Bxf5 {surprisingly whites position is so strong according to the engine that the best plans are actually quiet moves like 24.Rf1 or 24.Bc2 intending Ba4. This sacrifice also maintains whites advantage} exf5 25.Qxd5+ Kf8 26.Nd4 g6 27.e6 Kg7 28.Kd1 Kh6 29.g4! fxg4 30.Qg5+ Kg7 31.Nf5+ Kg8 32.exd7 Rf8 33.Nh6+ {#r} 1-0
Jeremy Lim (1520) vs Robert Bailey (1569)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.12"] [Round "6"] [White "Jeremy Lim"] [Black "Robert Bailey"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1520"] [BlackElo "1569"] [ECO "C00"] [Opening "French: Franco-Benoni"] 1.e4 e6 {I was expecting and hoping for an English as Jeremy had played this against Rod, but was pleasantly surprised by e4. So I settled upon trying for an unusual transposition which can reach a number of different openings (Franco-Benoni, French, Sicilian) depending mainly on the white player's taste. (Annotations RB)} 2.d4 c5 3.Nf3 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 a6 6.a3 {Slightly unusual; but neatly avoiding lines involving Bb4.} Nf6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Be2 Qc7 9.Qd2 b5 10.O-O Bb7 11.f4 {A quick check of several online databases reveals that we are still deep in theory here. Jeremy builds up the classical structure against the Sicilian with this thematic push.} d6 {Here I considered trying an idea as seen in some of Nakamura's recent games: h5?! Eventually decided to remain in territory I was more familiar with.} 12.Bf3 {I'm quite fond of this move - I remember Karpov played it against Kasparov in one of their classic world championship sicilian stoushes.} Rc8 13.Rad1 O-O 14.Rfe1 {Maybe f5 could be considered; although white's rooks do look logically placed.} Rfd8 15.g4! {Strong attacking intentions shown here by Jeremy: the cut and thrust nature of the middle-game here on end made it quite exciting to play.} Nxd4 {Perhaps d5 is a better plan;seeking to open play up on the white queen. Yes, Deep Shredder and Stockfish 7 give d5! here, with an advantage of .5 to Black. (RJ)} 16.Bxd4 e5 {Stockfish 7 likes Nd7 here, with a view to a subsequent Bf6. (RJ)} 17.Be3 Qc4? {I'm not happy with this move as its idea is too primitive, i.e a possible assault on the e4 pawn. Whilst the plan isn't bad in and of itself, it just isn't very ambitious and furthermore I eventually place my lady on a near fatally bad square. Maybe Nd7, heading for e5 is better. Yes, the engines like Nd7 (RJ)} 18.g5! {White pushes onward! Black has to regroup} Nd7 {Stockfish 7 gives White only a small edge after ef. (RJ)} 19.Qg2 {f5 looks strong and thematic as well, with black's kingside in semi-lockdown.} exf4 {Aiming to install a knight outpost on e5; a plan which I fixate upon too much at the peril of my queen!} 20.Be2 Qe6 21.Bg4 {Engines may say otherwise, but I think this is a nice move by Jeremy which pushed my queen to a bad square. I also overlooked the unpleasantness of the pin to the rook, negating my plan to go Ne5..} Qg6?? {This is a very bad positional mistake. Black needed to ignore his knight's plea for the e5 square to be left vacant and instead protect the f4 pawn with his queen. Bd4 can be soundly met by Qxg5.Yes, Black is winning after Qe5. (RJ)} 22.Bxf4 {Here I spent some 20 unnerving minutes on a reply; realising that I was now clearly worse. I was very worried about the h4 plan with the idea of turning my queen into a claustrophobe!} Rc5 {Interestingly. the engines give as best here 22....Rxc3! (RJ)} 23.Nd5 {h4! looks very tempting which we discussed after the game. Black's best response appears to be h5, The engines agree. (RJ)} (23.h4 h5 24.Bf5 Qxf5 25.exf5 Bxg2 26.Kxg2 Ne5) 23...Bxd5 24.Bf5? {Arguably the losing move which was unfortunate for Jeremy who had played logically and forthrightly up to this point. Recapturing and exchanging a set of rooks seems to give white an edge. In fact Stockfish 7 calls it dead even after 24. Rxd5 (RJ).} (24.Rxd5 Rxd5 25.exd5 Ne5) 24...Qxf5! {A clever zwischenzug by Rob. (RJ)} 25.exf5 Bxg2 26.Rxe7 Rxc2 27.Rxd6 Bc6 28.Be5 Kf8 29.f6 gxf6 {Some resolute defending was needed at the end of a roller-coaster sicilian struggle! It was great to finally play Jeremy, whose logical style will definitely cause players problems. I look forward to completing the trilogy of matches against new players by playing Michael next week.} {#R} 0-1
James Watson (1802) vs Peter Lumsdon (1786)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.17"] [Round "4"] [White "James Watson"] [Black "Peter Lumsdon"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1802"] [BlackElo "1786"] [ECO "E32"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian: Classical, 4...O-O"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 O-O 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 Ne4 7.Qc2 f5 8.g3 Nc6 9.Nf3 Qf6 10.e3 d5 11.b4 Ng5 12.Nxg5 Qxg5 13.b5 Ne7 14.cxd5 exd5 15.Qxc7 Ng6 16.Bg2 Rd8 17.Bxd5+ Kh8 18.Bf3 Rd7 19.Qc5 Re7 20.h4 Qf6 21.h5 Nf8 22.h6 Ne6 23.Qd6 Bd7 24.Bb2 Rae8 25.Rb1 Bxb5 26.Qb4 Bd3 27.d5 Qg6 28.Rc1 {#r} 1-0
Patrick Cook (1669) vs Peter Lumsdon (1786)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Peter Lumsdon"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1669"] [BlackElo "1786"] [ECO "E32"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian: Classical, 4...O-O"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 O-O 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 Ne4 7.Qc2 f5 8.e3 b6 9.Nf3 Bb7 10.Be2 d6 11.O-O Nd7 12.b4 g5!? {A great shot, and brave. Diverting from book. Chessbase, gives 9 alternatives, the most popular being Rf6, but not this. Deep Shredder also does not prefer it, giving the refutation as d5! But that move is very difficult to find over the board.(RJ)} 13.Bb2 g4 14.Nd2 Qg5 15.Nxe4 {Deep Shredder queries this, giving 15. d5!, with a .8 edge for White. (RJ).} Bxe4 16.Qc3 Rf6 17.f3 Rh6! {(BvR) This move deserves a question- rather than an exclamation-mark. The sacrifice is interesting but faulty (see the analysis engine).} 18.fxe4? {White misses Black's brilliant attack...(PC) No, it is the best move (BvR)} Rxh2!! {(BvR) deserves a question mark, because of 19.d5! The consequences are difficult to calculate, but black is lost at this point. (JW) As far as I can tell 19.d5 isn't a major concern. for one after 19...e5 I think whites only move is 20.Bxg4! and even then black has a perpetual with ...Qh4 21.Bh3 Rxh3. However I black can even play 19...Ne5 to continue playing for the win. I assume then you must have based your analysis on the microbase engine, however that engine isn't too strong and has a tendency to miscalculate complex lines quite severaly. (BvR) Yes, you are right, James: 19.d5 is nonsense, and 18...Rxh2 is worth an exclamation mark, as it gives black a draw after 19.Bxg4, Qh4; 20.Bh3, Rxh3; 21. gxh3 and perpetual check.} 19.Qe1 {(BvR) ? gives it away. (RJ) - Deep Shredder makes it even after 19. Bxg4 Qh4 20.Bh3 Rxh3 Qg3ch} g3 20.Rf3 {(BvR) and this is white's real mistake. 20. Rf4 would have held the 'fort'. Deep Shredder gives 20. Bg4! Qxg4 21. Rf4 Qg5 22 ef (RJ)} Rh1+!! 21.Kxh1 Qh4+ 22.Kg1 Qh2+ 23.Kf1 Qh1# {(BvR) Peter's daring attack paid off. Deservedly (I think), although the combination was incorrect} 0-1
Jamie Brotheridge (1529) vs Jeremy Lim (1520)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7"] [White "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Black "Jeremy Lim"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1529"] [BlackElo "1520"] [ECO "A04"] [Opening "Reti: 1...d6"] 1.Nf3 d6 2.e3 Nf6 3.c4 g6 4.b3 Bg7 5.Bb2 O-O 6.d4 c6 7.Be2 d5 8.Nbd2 Bf5 9.Ne5 Nbd7 10.O-O {ne5 0.05} Qc7 11.Nxd7 Qxd7 12.Nf3 Rad8 13.Ne5 Qc7 14.c5 Nd7 15.f4 {nd7} Nf6 16.g4 Bc8 17.g5 {not a good move -0.96} Ne4 18.Bg4 {-1.27 black is better} Bxe5 {good move by jeremy Lim -1.24 black is better} 19.fxe5 {this is the loseing move -+1.92} Nxg5 20.Bc3 Ne4 21.Be1 Bxg4 22.Qxg4 Qd7 23.Qxd7 Rxd7 24.b4 h5 25.a4 a6 {waste off time if you dont know what to do and your confused dont move a pawn} 26.Ra2 Kg7 27.Rb2 f6 28.e6 Rdd8 29.b5 axb5 30.axb5 Rb8 31.Bg3 Nxg3 32.hxg3 Rfc8 33.Rfb1 f5 34.Kg2 Kf6 35.bxc6 Rxc6 36.Rb6 Rbc8 37.Rxb7 Kxe6 38.Kf3 g5 39.R1b2 R8c7 {white is a bit better 0.32} 40.Rxc7 Rxc7 41.Rh2 Kf7 42.Rxh5 Kg6 43.Rh8 e6 44.Rb8 Kf7 45.Ke2 {rook a7 0.09} e5 {not good} 46.Rb6 exd4 47.exd4 {000} Re7+ 48.Kd3 {f4 000} Re6 {bad move +0.102} 49.c6 Re7 {re8 0.1o re7 bad move +- 7.94} 50.Rb7 Ke6 51.c7 {good game jeremy lim l was loseing hands down. Is this correct. Surely black resigned??RJ} {#r} 1-0
Caitlin Barnett vs Michael Schreenan
[Event "BBC Championship Reserves"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7"] [White "Caitlin Barnett"] [Black "Michael Schreenan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C42"] [Opening "Russian Game: 3.Nxe5"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Qe7 4.d4 Nxe4 5.Bd3 Nc3? 6.Nxc3 d6 7.O-O dxe5 8.Re1! f6 9.Nd5! Qd7 10.dxe5 Kd8 11.Bc4 fxe5 12.Bg5+ Ke8 13.Rxe5+ Be7 14.Rxe7+! Qxe7 15.Bxe7 c6 16.Nc7+ Kxe7 17.Qe1+ Kf8? 18.Qe8# 1-0
Rodney Jacobs (1659) vs James Watson (1802)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "James Watson"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1659"] [BlackElo "1802"] [ECO "B06"] [Opening "Modern: 3.c3"] 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.c3 d6 4.f4 d5 5.e5 Nh6 6.Be2 b6 7.Nf3 Bg4 8.O-O Nf5 9.Qe1 a6 10.e6! Bxf3 {If 10.....f6 11. Ng5 (RJ)} 11.exf7+ Kxf7 12.Rxf3 e6 13.g4 Nd6 14.Bd3 {Deep Shredder prefers the immediate Rh3 (RJ)} Re8 15.Rh3 Kg8 {Deep Shredder gives White .53 at this point.} 16.g5? {To allow Qh4 without the Queen swap. But overlooking the fact that the black Queen's knight can comfortably come to the aid of h7. And Qh4 would not have worked anyway!. As James picked up in post-games analysis, after 16.....Nf5, 17. Bxf5 ef 19. Qh4 h5! Black has Re1ch. All White has done is to give up the f5 square and render his Queen's bishop ineffective. Deep Shredder gives Be3. (RJ)} Nd7 17.Nd2 c5 18.Nf3 {Around about this point I was trying to get myself into a position where Rxh7 Kxh7 Qh4ch Kg8 Bxg6 might work. (RJ)} cxd4 19.cxd4 Qe7 {Deep Shredder doesn't really like this, preferring b5, presumably with the idea of Nb6 - c4. (RJ)} 20.Bd2 Nf5 21.Bxf5 exf5 22.Ne5 {Deep shredder gives White a minimal (.44) advantage here, (RJ)} Bxe5 {Deep Shredder gives White .48 here. (RJ)} 23.fxe5? {An error, after which the edge passes to Black. As James pointed out after the game, taking with the wrong pawn. I was keen to keep the black knight out of c5, and to avoid the position being opened up in the centre of the board while my king had little protection. But the weak pawns at d4 and g5 will now give White headaches. (RJ)} Nf8! {Strangely, the most effective attacking move in the game! And one which I overlooked. (RJ)} 24.Rg3? {As so often happens, following one error with another. The point is that the rook is too vulnerable to the advancing f pawn, which becomes a monster. Rd3 is necesary, after which Deep Shredder gives Black a .21 advantage. (RJ)} Ne6 25.Bb4 Qd8! {Keeping an eye on the weak g4 pawn, (RJ)} 26.Qd2 a5 27.Bd6 f4 28.Rg4 Nxg5 29.Qg2 {With hopes of sacrificing the rook at g6 and a perpetual. (RJ)} f3 30.Qg3 {Now also running very short of time. (RJ)} f2+! {This damn pawn just keeps coming! It's immune because of knight forks at e4 and h3. (RJ)} 31.Kg2 Ne4 32.Rxg6+ Kh8! {Black obviously has better than a draw now.} 33.Qh3 {With now only 4 minutes left on the clock, White is losing his way. Qf4 holds out longer (RJ)} Rg8! {James plays this last phase of the game ruthlessly. (RJ)} 34.Rg4 Qd7 35.e6 {2 minutes to go, losing the plot. (RJ)} Qxd6 36.Kh1 Qxe6 37.Rxg8+ Qxg8 38.Qh5 Qe6 39.Rc1 Nd2 {A nice cool, accurate game by James, pouncing immediately when I went astray. (RJ)} {#R} 0-1
Ruari Coffey vs Louis Douglas
[Event "BCC Championship Reserves"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.19"] [Round "7"] [White "Ruari Coffey"] [Black "Louis Douglas"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A41"] [Opening "Neo-Old Indian"] 1.d4 d6 2.e3 e5 3.dxe5 Be7 4.Nf3 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Bxd8 6.Nxe5 Nc6 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.Bd3 Nf6 9.O-O Be6 10.Nc3 O-O 11.b3 Be7 12.a4 a5 13.h3 Bb4 14.Ne4 Nxe4 15.Bxe4 Bd5 16.Bxd5 cxd5 17.Rd1 c6 18.Ra2 Rfe8 19.Bb2 h6 20.c3 Bc5 21.Ba1 Rab8 22.Rb2 Ba3 23.Rbb1 Red8 24.Rd4 c5 25.Rg4 c4 26.b4 axb4 27.cxb4 Rxb4 28.Rxb4 Bxb4 29.Bxg7 f5 30.Rg3 Bd6 31.Be5+ Kh7 32.Rg7+ Kh8 33.Rd7+ Kg8 34.Rxd8+ Kf7 35.Rxd6 Ke7 36.Rxd5 Ke6 37.Rc5 h5 38.Bc3 {#r} 1-0
Jeremy Lim (1520) vs James Watson (1802)
[Event "BCC Championship "] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.23"] [Round "11"] [White "Jeremy Lim"] [Black "James Watson"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1520"] [BlackElo "1802"] [ECO "A16"] [Opening "English: Anglo-Indian, 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3"] 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.d4 d6 6.e3 c6 7.Nge2 Bg4 8.Qc2 Qc8 9.O-O Bh3 10.Rb1 h5 11.e4 e5 12.dxe5 dxe5 13.b4 h4 14.Bg5? Bxg2 15.Kxg2 h3+ 16.Kh1 Qg4 17.f4 Nh5 18.Qd3 f6 19.Bh4 g5 20.Qf3 Qxf3+ 21.Rxf3 gxh4 22.g4 Nxf4 23.Nxf4 exf4 24.Ne2 Bh6 25.Rxh3 Re8 26.Nd4 Rxe4 27.Nf5 Bg5 28.Rd1 Na6 29.Rd7 Rxc4 30.Rhd3 Nxb4?? {Going from a completely winning position to a draw, I'd not really been paying attention so overlooked white can check on g7 giving the tempo to bring the second rook to the second rank (JW)} 31.Rg7+ Kf8 32.Rdd7 Rc1+ 33.Kg2 Rc2+ 34.Kg1 Rc1+ 35.Kg2 {Trying to find some way to avoid a draw I proceed to start giving up some material to keep the game going (JW)} h3+ 36.Kxh3 Rc3+ 37.Kg2 f3+ 38.Kg3 f2+ 39.Kg2 f1=Q+ 40.Kxf1 Rf3+ 41.Kg2 Rxf5 {Technically a mistake after which white is better, however I would have chances should white chose to go for the win (JW) Was considering Rh7-h8 here but quickly decided not to push my luck. After all at the very least black should have perpetual checks (JL)} 42.Rgf7+ {White offers a draw which black accepts, black did well not to despair and generate chances for a swindle (JW)} {#d} 1/2-1/2
Harrison Harrison (1706) vs Patrick Cook (1669)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.26"] [Round "8"] [White "Harrison Harrison"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1706"] [BlackElo "1669"] [ECO "A01"] [Opening "Nimzowitsch-Larsen: Indian Variation"] 1.b3! {Cheeky...! Harrison takes on the Larsen specialist in his own Opening!} Nf6 2.d4 d5 3.h3 g6 4.e3 Bg7 5.c4 c6 6.Nf3 O-O 7.Bd2 Ne4 8.Nc3 Nxd2 9.Qxd2 e6 10.Rc1 Nd7 11.Be2 Qa5 12.O-O Nf6? {overlooking a simple tactic...} 13.Nxd5! Qxd2 14.Nxf6+ Bxf6 15.Nxd2 Rd8 16.Ne4 Bg7 17.Nc5 e5!? 18.dxe5 Rd2 19.Rcd1?! Rxe2 20.Rd8+ Bf8 21.Nd7?! Bxd7 22.Rxa8 Kg7 23.Rxa7 Be6 24.Rb1 b5 25.cxb5 cxb5 26.a4?! bxa4 27.bxa4? {27.Rxa4 is better...} Ra2! 28.a5 Bc5 29.Ra6 Bf5 30.Rb3 Be6 31.Rc3 Bb4 32.Rc7 Kh6 33.e4 Rxa5 {Black offered a draw...} 34.Rxa5 Bxa5 35.Rb7 Bc3 36.f4 Kg7 37.g4 Ba2 38.Kf2 g5! 39.Ke3 gxf4+ 40.Kxf4 Bd2+ 41.Kf3 {not 41.Kf5 Be6 mate!!} Bc3 42.Rb5 Be6 43.h4 Be1 44.h5 h6 45.Kf4 Bd2+ 46.Kg3 Bg5 {another draw offer from Black...} 47.Kf3 Bd2 48.Rd5!? Bc1 {I thought for a long time about 48...Bxd5. I decided Black can't win and avoided complications.} 49.Rd1 Bg5 50.Rg1 Bd2 51.Rd1 Bg5 52.Rd5 Bc1 53.Kg3 Bg5 54.Kf3 Bc1 55.Kg3 Bg5 56.Kf3 {#d} 1/2-1/2
Michael Tausz (1433) vs Jamie Brotheridge (1529)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.26"] [Round "8"] [White "Michael Tausz"] [Black "Jamie Brotheridge "] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1433"] [BlackElo "1529"] [ECO "B10"] [Opening "Caro-Kann: English Variation"] 1.e4 c6 2.c4 d5 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Nc3 Qe5+ 6.Be2 Nc6 7.Nf3 Qa5 8.O-O Nf6 9.d4 e6 10.Bd2 Be7 11.Rc1 O-O 12.Na4 Qd8 13.Be3 Nd5 14.Bd3 Ncb4 15.Bb1 Bd7 16.a3 Nc6 17.Nc5 Bc8 18.Qc2 g6 19.Bh6 Re8 20.Ne4 {rfei is better} Nf6 21.h4 {not a good move} Nxd4 22.Nxd4 Qxd4 23.Nxf6+ {bad move agian _1.06} Bxf6 24.h5 Qxb2 25.hxg6 fxg6 26.Qc7 Qe5 27.Qc4 Bd7 28.Rcd1 {rc1 the loseing move -+ 3.17 bb5 winning and i miss it doesn,t matter mate l like torture u hahaha lol} Bc6 29.Rfe1 Bd5 30.Rxe5 Bxc4 31.Rc5 Bd5 32.Rc7 Rac8 33.Rdc1 Rxc7 34.Rxc7 Bc6 {that move l hurry g cant help my self bad habit} 35.Ba2 Be5 36.Rc8 Kf7 37.Rxe8 Bxe8 38.Kf1 {he fail asleep doing a rb} Bb2 {#R} 0-1
Peter Lumsdon (1786) vs Rodney Jacobs (1659)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.27"] [Round "8"] [White "Peter Lumsdon"] [Black "Rodney Jacobs"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1786"] [BlackElo "1659"] [ECO "B01"] [Opening "Scandinavian: Marshall, 4.c4"] 1.e4 d5 {Avoiding the Ruy Lopez, which Peter would know far better than me. (RJ)} 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 {An alternative is 3. c4 e6!? going into the fascinating Scandinavian Gambit. (RJ)} Nxd5 4.c4 Nb6 5.Nc3 {Chessbase shows the more more common move to be Nf3. It has the advantage of preventing 5......e5. (RJ)} e5 {The sharpest and most popular move in this position in Chessbase. Black sacs a pawn for a lead in development and active piece play, in many lines winning the pawn back. (RJ)} 6.dxe5 Qxd1+ 7.Nxd1 Nc6 8.f4 {Again the preferred move on Chessbase. White hangs onto the pawn and says prove it. (RJ)} Be6 9.Ne3 Bc5 10.b3 O-O-O {Still following a main line in Chessbase. (RJ)} 11.Bd2 {Diverging from book. a3 or Nf3 are usual here. (RJ)} Nb4 {Black must make something happen before White catches up in development.Apart from the threatened fork, it prevents White for the moment from castling, which would bring White's rook onto the d file, But Deep Shredder (ratin about 2800) and Stockfish 7 (over 3300!) like Rd7 better.(RJ)} 12.Nf3 Bxe3 13.Bxb4 Bxf4 {Black has won back the gambit pawn, and has given White an isolated pawn, while still having a lead in development. But I did not appreciate here the fact that White has a considerable spacial advantage and pawn control of the centre, and that the black knight is awkwardly placed. Also the f pawn is backward on an open file. RJ)} 14.g3 Be3 {Probably a subtle inaccuracy, giving White a free tempo to put his king on a square which assists in the connection of his rooks. The bishop should go straight back to h6. (RJ)} 15.Ke2 Bh6 16.Bg2 Bg4?! {With the aim of winning the e pawn. Just a bit too ambitious. The simpler and more flexible Rhe8 was more consistent with the theme of this opening, namely to focus on quick development rather than material. (RJ)} 17.h3 Bxf3+ {Continuing with the faulty plan, White now has a slight edge.(RJ)} 18.Bxf3 Rhe8 19.Bc3 Kb8? {Jumping at shadows. Nd7 was best. (RJ).} 20.Rad1! {Posing some embarrassing questions for Black. (RJ)} Rxd1? {Weak, activating White's Queen's rook for him. Again Ne7 was called for. (RJ)} 21.Rxd1 c5 {Black finally realising he had to give up trying to win a pawn and start trying not to get crushed. Deep Shredder gives White here 1.91. (RJ)} 22.Kf2? {This eases the pressure on Black. Correct was a4. (RJ} Kc7 {Confirming that 19....Kb8 was a wasted move. (RJ)} 23.Bg4 g6 {With the idea of Bg7 and h5 (RJ)} 24.a4 {Gaining space and threatening to win the knight} Re7 {Forced, to keep the Rook out of d7 after the advance of the a pawn. (RJ} 25.e6? {Over-anxious to press home his advantage, and throwing it away . Probably assuming Black will take the pawn and overlooking Black's actual reply. Deep Shredder suggests 25. h4 Nd7 26. Rd5 b6 27. b4 cb 28 Bxb4 Nc5 (RJ)} f5 {Not fe which gives White a very strong position after 26 Be5ch Kc8 27 Rd6 (RJ)} 26.Be5+ Kc8 27.Bf3 Rxe6 28.Re1 Nd7 29.Bc3 Rxe1 30.Kxe1 {Deep Shredder now gives Black a .63 advantage (RJ)} Bg5! {Preparing to challenge White's black bishop on the long diagonal. (RJ)} 31.Bd5 Bf6 32.Bd2 Be5 33.Kf2 Nf6 34.Be6+ Kc7 35.g4 f4 36.Kf3 g5 37.Be1 Bd4 38.Bf5 h6 39.Ba5+ b6 40.Be1 Kd6 41.Bd2 Ke5 42.Be1 {White pretty much just has to mark time.and wait for Black to do something. (RJ)} Ne8 {Heading for d4 (RJ)} 43.Bd3 a5 {Wanting to keep the position closed, to reduce the activity of the White bishops. White's black bishop, which could otherwise pick off the base of Black's pawn chains, just can't get there. (RJ)} 44.Be4 Nc7 45.Bd3 Ba1 {To enable the knight to jump straight into d4 if the White bishop goes to f5 (RJ)} 46.Bf2 {If 46 Bf5 Kd4 (RJ)} Ne6 47.Bc2 Nd4+ 48.Bxd4+ Kxd4 {White is relying on the fact that the bishops are of opposite colours. Deep Shredder gives Black 1.96 here. (RJ)} 49.Kf2 Bc3 50.Ke2 Bb2 51.Kd2? {Making it easier for White. Better was Kf2. (RJ)} f3 52.Bd3? {Ke1} Bc3+ {Black also had Bf8! (RJ)} 53.Kc2 Be1 {Bb4 was stronger. (RJ)} 54.Bf1 Ke3 55.Kd1 f2? {Bb5 with the idea of Kf2 was much stronger. (RJ)} 56.Bg2 Kd3? {Again Bb4. (RJ)} 57.Kc1 Kc3 {I looked at Ke2, which wins the Black Bishop. But wanted to keep it simple and avoid any counterplay by the White king. (RJ)} 58.Kb1 Kxb3 59.Bf1 Kxa4 60.Ka2 Kb4 61.Kb2 a4 62.Be2 a3+ 63.Ka2 Bc3 64.Bd3 Bb2 65.Bf1 Kc3 66.Kb1? {Allowing Kg6!, forcing a2 (RJ)} Kd2? {Which Black misses. All above analysis with aid of Deep Shredder. (RJ)} {#R} 0-1
Robert Bailey (1569) vs Michael Tausz (1433)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.05.20"] [Round "8"] [White "Robert Bailey"] [Black "Michael Tausz"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1569"] [BlackElo "1433"] [ECO "D32"] [Opening "QGD Tarrasch: 4.Nf3"] 1.d4 d5 {MT: No Budapest defence...} 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.cxd5 exd5 6.g3 Nf6 7.Bg2 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.Bg5 cxd4 10.Nxd4 h6 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.Rc1 Re8 14.Re1 Rb8 15.b3 Bb7 16.Na4 Be7 17.Nc5 Ba8 18.Qd3 Rb5 19.Na4 Bb4 20.Red1 Qe7 21.e3 {MT: RB mentioned that e4 would have been possible. Here?} Ba3 22.Rc2 Qe6 23.Nc3 Rb6 24.Ne2 {e4 (RJ)} Bb7 25.Nd4 Qf6 26.Qf5 Qxf5 27.Nxf5 Rb5 28.Rd4 g6 29.Nxh6+?! {MT: This gave me a fright, because I had looked at it and thought White cannot do this, as the knight gets trapped. White probably can't do it after all.} Kg7 30.Ng4 f5 31.Ra4 Rc5 32.Rxc5 (32.Rxa7 {(MT) Is this better? During the game I (Black) thought I had an answer, but now I cannot see a big, if any, advantage after this.} Rxc2 (32...Rb5 33.Rxc6 fxg4) 33.Rxb7+ Re7 34.Rxe7+ Bxe7 35.Ne5) 32...Bxc5 33.b4 Bb6 34.h3 fxg4 35.hxg4 Rd8 36.Ra3 d4 37.exd4 Rxd4 38.Rb3 Rd1+ 39.Kh2 Bxf2 40.Rc3 Bg1+ 41.Kh3 Rd8 42.Kh4 Bd4 43.Rc2? (43.Rb3 {would hold out longer (MT).}) 43...Rh8+ 44.Kg5 Be3# 0-1
Jeremy Lim vs Michael Tausz (1433)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.06.02"] [Round "9"] [White "Jeremy Lim"] [Black "Michael Tausz"] [Result "1-0"] [BlackElo "1433"] [ECO "A16"] [Opening "English: Anglo-Indian, 2.Nc3"] 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Rb1 {Trying something new (for me), did not think it would work out as well as it did. JL} d6 6.b4 c6 7.b5 Qc7 8.Ba3 Be6 9.bxc6 Nxc6 {Unfortunate mistake. 9... bxc6 10. Nb5 cxb5 11. Bxa8 Bxc4 =} 10.Nb5 Qa5 11.Nxd6+ Kd7 12.Rxb7+ Kd8 13.Bxc6 Qxa3 14.Nxf7+ Kc8 15.Nxh8 {Expecting ...Qxa2 16. Rxg7 Rb8 (hoping to pin the queen) 17. Bb5} Bxh8 16.Rb3 Qc5 17.Bxa8 Ng4 {Attempted swindle!} 18.e3 {#r} 1-0
Robert Bailey (1569) vs James Watson (1802)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.06.02"] [Round "9"] [White "Robert Bailey"] [Black "James Watson"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1569"] [BlackElo "1802"] [ECO "C44"] [Opening "Scotch Gambit"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.e5 d5 6.exd6 {I think this might be the crucial mistake. It's a gambit by White, but after exd6, Black is ahead in development! Chessbase gives only Bb5 here. Deep Shredder also picks Bb5, and moves White from .05 to - .92 following exd6 (RJ.)} Qxd6 7.O-O Bg4 8.Re1+ Be7 9.Nbd2 O-O 10.h3 Bh5 11.Nb3 Rad8 12.Bg5 h6 13.Bh4 Qf4?! 14.Bg3 Bxf3 15.Bxf4 Bxd1 16.Raxd1 Bd6 17.Bxd6 Rxd6 18.Nc5 Na5 19.Bd3 b6 20.Ne4 Nxe4 21.Rxe4 Rfd8 22.Rde1 Kf8 23.Re7 R6d7 24.R7e2 c6 25.b4 Nb7 26.Be4 Rc7 27.Rd1 c5 28.Bxb7 Rxb7 29.c3 d3 30.Re4 Re7 31.f3 Rxe4 32.fxe4 Ke7 33.Kf2 Ke6 34.Ke3 c4 35.a4 Ke5 36.g3 a6 37.Rd2 Rd6 38.a5 b5 39.h4 h5 40.Kf3 Rf6+ 41.Ke3 Rf1 42.Rg2 Rc1 43.Kd2 {#R} 0-1
Jamie Brotheridge (1529) vs Bas van Riel (1884)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.06.02"] [Round "9"] [White "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Black "Bas van Riel"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1529"] [BlackElo "1884"] [ECO "E70"] [Opening "King's Indian: 4.e4 d6"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Nge2 e5 8.d5 Ne7 9.g4 h5 10.gxh5 Nxh5 11.Qd2 {11.Ng3 (!), Nf4 would have been more active, also allowing the development of the white bishop. See also later in the game (BvR)} f5 {(!) Trying to blunt white's attack on the king side, at the same time fixing the pawn structure (BvR)} 12.Bg5 f4 13.O-O-O Bf6 {Trying to swap my weak bishop against white's strong bishop} 14.Bxf6 {14.h4, followed by Bh3 would be an attractive alternative. BTW. Although Fritz gives white a small advantage here, I felt that I had achieved my goal, ie. stopping white's king-side attack. I now could prepare for an attack on white's queen-side without much risk.. (BvR)} Nxf6 15.Nb5 {stupid move} a6 16.Na3 Bd7 17.Nc3 Qe8 {It is clear that black's aim is to play b5, in an effort to create 'mayhem' in black's camp. A cool-headed defence by black is needed here. He only has to realize that the world does not go under once b5 is played!} 18.Qf2 {From the next three (queen-) moves, it is clear that white has not made up his mind. For instance activating the Na3 seems a good idea. Incidentally, Fritz rates white's position still better, but this changes after white's next move (BvR)} Kg7 19.Qc2 {Now 19.c5 would have worth a try} Rb8 20.Qe2 Nc8 21.Rd2 Na7 22.Rc2? {Jamie had 2 much better options here: Qf2, attacking the knight and preventing 5 for the moment or Nc2. After the text move, it is all black's game.. (BvR)} c5 23.dxc6 Nxc6 24.Qf2 Nd4 25.Rd2 b5 26.cxb5? {nc2 -0.17 cb5 is bad now -1.21. Yes, indeed. This and the next move loose the game for white} axb5 27.Ne2? {thats the loseing move -+ 2.06 b4 is better but black is still better -0.67} Rc8+ 28.Nc2 {During the game, I briefly looked at the possibility 28Kb1, Nxf3!, Qxf3; 29.Nxe4. The combination appears to be correct and beautiful, but I was not sure that I could have calculated all the lines if Jamie had played Kb1 (BvR)} Rxc2+ 29.Rxc2 Nxc2 30.Kxc2 Qa8! 31.Bg2 Qxa2 32.Nc3 Qc4 {I missed the much stronger 32...Rc8} 33.Qe2 Qc5 34.b4 Qxb4 35.Rb1 Qc5 36.Kd2 b4 {im back to drown my sorrows agian cheer bas i will have one for you hope to get you next l fail a sleep again on move 27 doing a rob bailey hahaha lol. Don't worry Jamie. I was lucky this time. You beat me last year, so it may happen again.. (BvR)} {#R} 0-1
Rodney Jacobs (1659) vs Harrison Harrison (1706)
[Event "BCC Championship"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.06.02"] [Round "9"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Harrison Harrison"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1659"] [BlackElo "1706"] [ECO "B21"] [Opening "Sicilian: Smith-Morra Accepted"] 1.e4 {No opening preparation. Virtually impossible to prepare against Harrison!} c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 d6 5.Bc4 Nf6 6.Nf3 {6. e5 Nd7 (not de? Bf7ch! wins the queen) e6 was worth a shot, (RJ)} e6 7.O-O Be7 8.Qe2 Nbd7 {Nc6 is the more usual and better move. (RJ)} 9.Rd1 {Along with Qe2, a move a Morra player will play almost automically. (RJ)} a6 10.Bf4 {The Computer prefers e5 (RJ)} e5 {Deep shredder prefers b5. (RJ)} 11.Bg5 Qc7 {The Computer says this is OK, but I was very happy to the see the Queen on the file I intended to put a rook on. The queen often goes here in the Morra, but there is usually a knight in front of it.(RJ)} 12.Rac1 {Threatening Nb5 (RJ)} b5? {Disastrous. Qb8 was necessary. (RJ)} 13.Nxb5 {The knight can't be taken as Bxf7ch wins the queen. (RJ)} Qb8 14.Nc7+ {The knight is still immune (RJ)} Kf8 15.Nxa8 {Not the best move! 15. Bb3 and if Ra7? 16. Qc4! (RJ)} Qxa8 16.Bxf6 Nxf6 17.Bd5? {Missing Ng5. (RJ)} Nxd5 18.exd5 Bb7 19.Qd2 {Rc7 is much stronger. (RJ)} f6 20.Nh4 g6? {Bc8. (RJ)} 21.Rc7 Kf7 22.Nf3? {Missing Qb5!} g5? 23.Ne1? {Wanting to get the knight to the more useful square e3.. But Overlooking Nxg5 fg 24. Qxg5 Qf8 (if Re8 Rd3! forces mate) 25 Rxb7 (RJ)} Re8 24.Nc2 {Deep Shredder prefers h4. (RJ)} Qb8 25.Rc3 Bd8 26.Rh3 Kg6 27.Qe2 Kg7 28.Qh5? {I thought for a while about Nd4, but was was worried about Bc8. But Nd4 is the better move.(RJ)} Rh8 29.Qe2 Bc8 30.Rb3 Qa7 31.Nb4 Bb6 32.Nc6 Qc7 33.Rc3 h5 34.Rdc1 Qf7 35.a4 {I looked at Ne5, which is a bit stronger, but could not see through the complications. (RJ)} Re8 36.Qd1 Bg4 37.Qb3 Bc5 38.h3 Bf5 39.Qd1 {Renewing the threat of b4 (RJ)} Be4 40.b4 Bb6 {At the time I thought Qxd5 might have been stronger. The computer program confirms it is. (RJ)} 41.a5 Bd8 42.Nxd8 Rxd8 43.Rc7 Rd7 44.f3?? {Maybe relaxing after finally getting the position I was after. Simply not noticing that the rook was attacked twice.(RJ)} Rxc7 45.fxe4 {I tried to look calm to convince Harrison there was some deep strategy behind the giving up of the rook. But I don't think he was buying it. The computer now calls it dead even.(RJ)} h4 46.Rc6 Qd7? {A bad mistake, giving White a renewed advantage. Rxc6 was necessary. (RJ)} 47.Qc2? {Deep Shredder indicates Qg4, which I had considered and rejected, is much stronger. (RJ)} Ra7 48.Qc4 {There is not much in it, but Deep Shredder prefers Qe2, which also attacks the Black a pawn, but discourages b4. (RJ)} g4 49.hxg4 Qxg4 50.Qd3 {Rxd3 is stronger. (RJ)} Rb7 51.Qf3 Qg5 52.Rxd6 Rxb4 53.Rb6 Ra4 54.Rxa6 f5? {Ra1ch (RJ)} 55.Ra7+? {Qc3! (RJ)} Kh6 56.Ra6+ Kg7? {Again allowing White the opportunity to play Qc3, with the threat of check. Kh7! is necessary. (RJ} 57.Qc3 {Seeing it this time. (RJ)} Ra1+? {Not necessary. Black can play Kh7, but is still now lost. (RJ)} 58.Qxa1 Qe3+ 59.Kh1 {Black has no more checks. (RJ)} Qxe4 60.Qc1 {Preventing all checks and threatening 2 nasty checks.(RJ)} Qxd5 61.Qg5+ {Qh6 ch is a bit more accurate. (RJ)} Kf7 62.Qf6+ Ke8 63.Re6+ Kd7 64.Re7+ Kd8 65.Qf8# {A tension-filled, game with unbalanced positions, of the type where it is very hard to know what to do and any inaccuracies are blunders because of the severe consequences. All above analysis with aid of computer. (RJ)} 1-0
Jasan Barnett (825) vs James Eyre (1262)
[Event "BCC Championship Reserves"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.06.02"] [Round "9"] [White "Jasan Barnett"] [Black "James Eyre"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "825"] [BlackElo "1262"] [ECO "A00"] [Opening "Van Geet: 1...Nf6"] {With the ratings just released the day before, I determined beforehand to try to get a draw from this game to give myself an increase in my rating (which I calculated to be approx. 30 points). I find James hard to play in the endgame so I needed to start well. With my decision after the Chris Segrave game to abandon Alapin's Opening (and variations thereof), this would be my first competitive match as white following my new style (the most obvious element of this being a knight first move rather than a central pawn)} 1.Nc3 {Chessmaster 10th ed. calls Dunst an unusual opening which I like as my old white opening (Alapin) is also not commonly used.} Nf6 {Black follows the Dunst lead.} 2.h3 {I don't want the knight coming down to g4 at any stage. It also gives my dark squared bishop an escape route once I move it (eventually) to g5} d5 3.d4 {Not wanting my knight to be pressured by the d pawn} e6 4.Nf3 {I wanted both knights to be attacking 8 squares each as early as possible} c5 5.Bg5 {I was not concerned about losing the d4 pawn and also got my bishop to g5} cxd4 6.Nxd4 {Keeping the knights attacking 16 squares theme going (including 6 in black's territory now)} Nc6 7.e3 {I can now pin the c6 knight as well with the light squared bishop next move.} Be7 {As I was never planning on taking the knight I was happy with this. I would have found a6 more annoying} 8.Bb5 {Pin on king established} Bd7 {Again, I had no plans to take the knight, so I was happy with this move as well as I wanted to prepare for the b5 bishop's escape route.} 9.a3 {The light squared bishop can now retreat all the way back to the 2nd rank} O-O 10.Qd2 {I gave myself options to castle either side} a6 {Retreat sequence activated! <death star siren wailing in background>} 11.Ba4 b5 {Phase 2 retreat} 12.Bb3 b4 13.axb4 {I saw this as an opportunity to take a half-open file} Bxb4 14.f3 {Preventing the knight from coming down to e4 if black decided to chase my g5 bishop away} Be7 15.O-O {The logical castling side, now that the a1 rook has the half-open file. I offered a draw here} e5 {This was interesting. Right now the white bishop can consecutively take the knight at f6, the bishop at e7 and the queen at d8, while black can counter with a three-move capture with the e5 pawn of the knight at d4, the knight at c3 and the queen at d2. With white moving first, however, the bishop can retreat where the pawn cannot.} 16.Bxf6 {After offering a draw (which I always planned on doing after 15 moves if I was in a good position), I then decided to force black to make a decision (take my knight and potentially fall into the trap I mentioned previously: The pawn stranded on the 2nd rank) or re-take the bishop (probably with bishop)} Bxf6 {It was here I realised that the black pawn move to e5 on move 15 was (slightly) flawed. It weakened the d5 pawn which (right now) is hanging and is being attacked by my bishop and c3 knight.} 17.Nxc6 {This move gave me the draw opportunity I wanted: The queen is attacked and the d5 pawn is hanging} Bxc6 {I can freely take the pawn and go ahead by that pawn. I offered the draw again and it was accepted. Chessmaster 10th ed agreed with all moves done except black's 15th move (It suggested Qb6). I believe this was my first completed official game where Chessmaster agreed with every move I made :) James played well too, considering he was visibly suffering a little from a threatening cold (Hope you got over it :))} {#d} 1/2-1/2
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