Rod Jacobs (1659) vs Geoffrey Gill (1790)
[Event "Fletcher-Morrow 2016"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2016.08.14"] [White "Rod Jacobs"] [Black "Geoffrey Gill"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1659"] [BlackElo "1790"] [ECO "B12"] [Opening "Caro-Kann: Advance, 3...Bf5"] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 {Interestingly, in his superb book "The Ideas behind the Chess Openings"", Reuben Fine states of this variation - '[This] sets up the cramping Pawn chain, but there is nothing cramped, which makes the move [e5] entirely useless, unlike its analogue in the French......Black has all the advantages of the French without any of the disadvantages. After P-QB4 he will have at least equality.'(RJ)} Bf5 4.f4 e6 5.Nf3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Bd3?! {Up until now following the main line. The engines are not too keen on this, recommending Be3, and they are right. That is the recommended move on Chessbase. The whole game pretty much revolves around the strength or otherwise of White's d pawn. White must start to overprotect it. (RJ)} Bxd3 8.Qxd3 Nh6 {Favoured by Stockfish 7 and Chessbase. Black already has an edge.(RJ)} 9.Be3 Qb6! {Again the best move - favoured by Chessbase and the engines. (RJ)} 10.Qd2 {In the post-game analysis we both thought this was a bad mistake. But Stockfish 7 and Deep Shredder indicate it's not at all. However simply b3 was better. (RJ)} cxd4 11.cxd4? {THIS is the first serious mistake, completely overlooking Black's response. Stockfish 7 gives the correct move as Bxd4!, with equality.(RJ)} Na5! {Again the best move. Black forgets about pressuring the d pawn and goes after bigger fish. Geoff plays the whole game with great accuracy. (RJ)} 12.Qf2?? {Planned beforehand and, carelessly, played immediately and without making a beginner's check. I had intended to meet Nc4 with Bc1. As pointed out by Geoff after the game, Qe2 is necessary. Black is still however under pressure. (RJ)} Ng4 {Unfortunately this tame effort put the team behind the eight ball quite early. (RJ)} {#R} 0-1
Zoran Babic (1751) vs Patrick Cook (1633)
[Event "Fletcher-Morrow 2016"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2016.08.14"] [White "Zoran Babic"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1751"] [BlackElo "1633"] [ECO "A01"] [Opening "Nimzowitsch-Larsen: 1...d5 2.Bb2"] 1.b3! {Zoran plays Patrick's specialty against him!} d5 2.Bb2 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.c4 c6 6.Nc3 a6!? 7.d4 b5 8.c5 Nbd7 9.b4 Bb7 10.Bd3 O-O 11.O-O Re8 {The drawmeister ...offers a draw...} 12.Qc2 h6 13.Ne5 Qc7 14.f4 Rf8 15.Ne2 Qd8 16.Ng3 Qc7 {Black's position is very passive, and he's reduced to shuffling pieces.} 17.f5 Nxe5 18.dxe5 Ng4 19.f6! Nxe3 20.Bh7+? {(BvR) After 20.Qe2, Nxf1; 21.Qg4, g5 22.fxe7 and Rxf1, white is completely winning} Kh8 21.fxg7+ Kxg7 22.Nh5+ Kh8 23.Qd3 Nxf1 24.Rxf1 Rg8! 25.Rxf7?? {White misses Black's nifty riposte! (BvR) Instead, after 25.Bxg8, Rxg8; 26.Qf3 and 27.Qxf7 black would have been bankrupt for the second time. A remarkable comeback to win the game at the end.} Bxc5+! 26.bxc5 Qxf7 27.Bxg8 Rxg8 28.Nf6 Qg6 29.Qxg6?! {It was probably better to keep the Queens on the board.} Rxg6 30.Bc1 {Now White offered a draw...} a5 31.h3 b4 32.Kf2 Ba6 33.g4 Bc4 34.a3 b3 35.h4 Rg7 36.Ke3 Rb7 37.Bb2 Kg7 38.Kd4 Kg6 39.Kc3 Be2 40.Kd2 Bf3 41.Ke3 Bd1 42.Kd2 Bc2 43.Ke3 Rb5 44.Kd4 Bd1 {White is in zugzwang!} 45.g5 hxg5 46.hxg5 Kxg5 47.Ng8 Rb7! 48.Nf6 Kf5 49.Ne8 Rh7 50.Nd6+ Kf4 51.Bc1+ Kf3 52.Ne8 Rh2 {Zoran becomes the latest victim of "Patrick's Curse"! (BvR) A remarkable and tenacious comeback by Patrick after two near-death experiences in the beginning of the game.} {#R} 0-1
Jamie Brotheridge (1554) vs Geoff Davis (1500)
[Event "Fletcher-Morrow 2016"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2016.08.14"] [White "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Black "Geoff Davis"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1554"] [BlackElo "1500"] [ECO "D30"] [Opening "QGD: 3.Nf3"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 a6 6.e3 Nf6 7.h3 h6 8.c5 b6 9.cxb6 cxb6 10.Be2 Bd6 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 12.O-O O-O 13.Rc1 Bd7 14.a3 b5 15.b4 e5 16.dxe5 Nxe5 17.Nxe5 Qxe5 18.Bf3 Be6 19.a4 Rac8 20.Ne2 Rxc1 21.Nxc1 Qg5 22.axb5 axb5 23.Qd3 Rb8 24.Kh2 Qe5+ 25.Kg1 Bf5 26.Qd2 Ne4 27.Qa2 Nc3 28.Qd2 Rc8 29.Nd3 {not a good move -1.16} Qf6 30.Nc5 Be4 31.Bxe4 dxe4 {now white 1.11} 32.Rc1 Rxc5 {the losin g move +-3.14} 33.bxc5 b4 34.Qb2 Qc6 35.Rxc3 bxc3 36.Qxc3 f6 37.Qd4 Kf7 38.Kh2 Ke6 39.Kg3 Qd5 40.Qxd5+ Kxd5 41.Kf4 g6 42.g4 Kxc5 43.Kxe4 Kd6 44.f4 Kc5 45.h4 Kd6 46.h5 gxh5 47.gxh5 Ke6 48.Kf3 f5 49.e4 fxe4+ 50.Kxe4 Kf6 51.Kf3 {000} Kf5 52.Kg3 Kf6 53.Kg4 Ke6 54.Kf3 Kf5 55.Kg3 Ke6 56.Kf2 Kf6 57.Ke3 Kf5 58.Kf3 Ke6 59.Ke4 Kf6 60.f5 {#r} 1-0
James Watson (1821) vs Thanh-Binh Nguyen
[Event "Fletcher-Morrow 2016"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2016.08.14"] [White "James Watson"] [Black "Thanh-Binh Nguyen "] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1821"] [ECO "D10"] [Opening "Slav: 3.Nc3 Nf6"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bf5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Nxd5 Qxd5 7.Bf4 e6 8.a3 Be7 9.e3 O-O 10.Be2 c5 11.dxc5 Qxc5 12.O-O Nc6 13.b4 Qb6 14.b5 Na5 15.Rc1 Rfd8 16.Qa4 Bd6 17.Ne5?! {originally intending to meet 17...f6 with 18.e4 fxe5 19.Be3 before realizing black can simply capture on e5 with the bishop first.(BvR) This move deserves a question mark only, as it changes white's good position into a ruin. Instead, 17.Bxd6 was needed, exchanging a weak bishop (w) against a strong bishop (b).} f6 18.e4 Bxe5 19.exf5?? Rd4 20.Bxe5?? {suddenly realizing that black has the d4 square available for the queen white resigns} {#R} 0-1
Geoffrey Barber (1635) vs Rob Loveband (1571)
[Event "Fletcher Morrow 2016"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2016.08.14"] [White "Geoffrey Barber"] [Black "Rob Loveband"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1635"] [BlackElo "1571"] [ECO "C03"] [Opening "French: Tarrasch, 3...dxe4"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Be7 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Bd3 Nxe4 7.Bxe4 c5 8.Be3 cxd4 9.Nxd4 O-O 10.O-O f5 11.Bd3 f4 12.Qh5 h6 13.Qg6 Rf6 14.Qh7+ Kf7 15.Nf3 Nc6 16.Bd2 Qc7 17.Bc3 e5 18.Rfe1 Bd6 19.Bc4+ Be6 20.Bxe6+ Rxe6 21.Qf5+ Ke7 22.Nh4 Rf6 23.Qe4 Re8 24.Nf5+ Kf8 25.Rad1 Bc5 26.Rd5 Qb6 27.Re2 Rfe6 28.a3 Kg8 29.b4 Bd4 30.Bd2 Bb2 31.Rd7 Rg6 32.Qd5+ Kh8 33.Qf7 Nd4 34.Qxe8+ Kh7 35.Nxd4 Bxd4 36.Rd8 Rg5 37.Qg8+ Kg6 38.Bxf4 Bxf2+ 39.Kf1 Rf5 40.Qe8+ Kh7 41.Rxf2 exf4 42.Rd1 Qa6+ 43.Kg1 Qb6 44.Qe4 g6 45.Qe7+ Kg8 46.Rd8+ {#r} 1-0
Mio Ristic (1551) vs Michael Tausz (1491)
[Event "Fletcher-Morrow Shield 2016"] [Site "Ballarat"] [Date "2016.08.14"] [White "Mio Ristic"] [Black "Michael Tausz"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1551"] [BlackElo "1491"] [ECO "C70"] [Opening "Spanish: 4.Ba4"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.Nxe5 Nxe5 9.dxe5 Be6 10.c3 Bc5 11.Nd2 f5?! {Comment MT: too ambitious and it seems to lose a pawn from here, as the Ne5 gets into trouble after eventual f3. Probably better Bf5 which would allow the Ne5 to retreat by d5 to d6. Or NxNd2.} 12.Nf3! {MT: I underestimated this knight manoeuvre. On exf6 e.p. 13. Nxf6 would be fine for Black, and NxN would open the f-file for Black.} O-O 13.Nd4 Bxd4 14.cxd4 c5 15.f3 c4 16.fxe4 cxb3 17.exf5 Bxf5 18.Qxb3 Rc8 {MT: in the post-game analyses 18...Be4 was highlighted. Can't argue with engines, but I still prefer to put the rook on open file, as either rook or bishop might become annoying from c2.} 19.Qg3 Qb6 {MT: stops things like Bh6 because of Qxe4+.} 20.Be3 Rc2 21.Qf3 {MT: Now Be4 is impossible due to Qxf8#, and d5 is attacked. Sure looked good at the time. Around here the engine on MR's phone gave some alternative computer lines that all turned out more in White's favour, but I can't remember them, and we both agreed we would have never been able to calculate them over the board. As the engine did not reveal any obvious blunders here, I don't bother recreating them.} Qd8 {MT: MR said he did not see that this covers both d5 and prevents g4 from being catastrophic (on any other move, bishop can't move after g4 because of mate on f8!).} 22.Rf2 {MT: b2 was hanging.} Be4 {MT: finally...} 23.Qxf8+ Qxf8 24.Rxf8+ Kxf8 25.Rf1+ Ke7 {MT: One pawn down I was quite ok with these exchanges. Not worried about Bg5 as Ke6 would go where he wanted to anyway. And the following rook swap is nearly forced, because otherwise g2, b2 are left hanging. That leaves opposite coloured bishops and Black should hold comfortably.} 26.Rf2 Ke6 27.Rxc2 Bxc2 28.b4 Bb1 29.a3 Bf5 30.h3 h5 31.Kf2 Be4 {MT: I was under the pump the whole game, and happy to hold the draw. Unfortunately that did not help my Ballarat team much.} {#d} 1/2-1/2
Cassandra Barnett (1097) vs Jack Smith (1250)
[Date "2016.08.14"] [White "Cassandra Barnett"] [Black "Jack Smith"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1097"] [BlackElo "1250"] [ECO "D90"] [Opening "Gruenfeld: Three Knights Variation"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e4 Nxc3 7.bxc3 c5 8.Bc4 O-O 9.O-O Nc6 10.Be3 Bg4 11.Rb1 cxd4 12.cxd4 Bxf3 13.Qxf3 Bxd4 14.Bh6 Bg7 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.Rxb7 Na5 17.Rd1 Qc8 18.Rxe7? {(C.B) Qc3+ would have been a lot better.} Qxc4 19.e5 Nc6 20.Qf6+ Kg8 21.Rc7 {A wasted move, really. I think Rcd7 is better sooner than later.} Rac8 22.Rcd7 Rfe8 23.e6 {A little trap set here, if fxe6, then Qg7 is mate. Likewise, Rxe6, then Qxf7+, Kh8, Qg7 mate.} Qxe6 {Qx is best.} 24.Qxe6 Rxe6 25.Kf1 Rce8 26.Rc7 Ne5 27.f3 {Spotted the knight sac, Nd3, that would be possible if the king was left. I also saw the knight had no where to go as f3 covers g4.} Nd3? {Jack said he went into 'auto pilot' here without realising the sac no longer worked. I know how that is; I've done that plenty of times myself.} 28.Rxd3 Re1+ 29.Kf2 R8e2+ 30.Kg3 Rxa2 31.Rdd7 Ree2 32.Rxf7 Rxg2+ 33.Kf4 Rxh2 34.Kg5 {There is actually no win with Rfd7 as it seemed to be. Didn't consider the pawn check on g5! It's perpetual checks after that.} Ra4 35.Rfd7 Rh5+ 36.Kf6 Rf5+ 37.Ke6 Rxf3 38.Rxh7 Ra6+ 39.Kd5 Rf5+ 40.Ke4 Ra4+ 41.Ke3 g5 42.Rxa7 Rxa7 43.Rxa7 g4 44.Ra1 g3 45.Rg1 {I offered a draw here as I couldn't see how black could keep the pawn.} Kg7 46.Rxg3+ {#d} 1/2-1/2
Michael Sugrue (1867) vs Bas van Riel (1880)
[Event "Ballarat-Geelong 2016, brd 2."] [Site "?"] [Date "2016.08.14"] [Round "0"] [White "Michael Sugrue"] [Black "Bas van Riel"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1867"] [BlackElo "1880"] [ECO "B33"] [Opening "Sicilian: Open, 2...Nc6"] {584MB, Fritz11.ctg} 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be2 g6 7.Be3 Bg7 8.O-O O-O 9.Nb3 a6 10.a4 Be6 11.f4 Rc8 12.Kh1 Qc7 13.g4 h6 14.h4 {Becoming very interesting here: white throws his king-side wide open, and in the process throws his kitchen-sink at the black king. However, I became quite optimistic about my chances against white's queen-side. Fritz gives black a small advantage} Na5 15.g5? {not the best continuation of white's attack. Better15.f5, forcing the exchange or the retreat of black's powerful bishop.} hxg5 16.hxg5 Nh5 {In fact, I felt quite clever and happy about this move. As it turns out for the wrong reasons. It was the best move, with only a slight advantage and limited practical chances. Fritz suggests the knight sacrifice 16...Nxe4!; 17.Nxe4, Qxc2 and humongous complications. I must admit that I didn't even consider this option. Also Michael did not mention this line during the post- mortem analysis either.} 17.Bxh5 Nxb3? {a blunder because I had overlooked 19.Rc1. Instead 17...Bxc3; 18.Nxa5, Bxb2 would have given black a slightly better position. Black is suddenly lost now.} 18.cxb3 Bxc3 19.Rc1! Qa5 20.bxc3 gxh5 21.f5! {ruthless and efficient} Rxc3? {I should have seen and tried 21..Qe5, 22. Qf3!..However, this would not improve black's dire predicament by much} 22.Qd2 {A very solid victory by Michael. In a game in which I fell short at the first moment some serious calculations were needed.} {#r} 1-0
Kevin Perrin (1606) vs Reza Daneshvar (1743)
[Event "Fletcher-Morrow 2016"] [Site "Ballarat Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2016.08.14"] [Round "0"] [White "Kevin Perrin"] [Black "Reza Daneshvar"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1606"] [BlackElo "1743"] [ECO "A16"] [Opening "English: Anglo-Indian, 2.Nc3"] 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.g3 d6 4.Bg2 Nbd7 5.e3 Be7 6.Nge2 O-O 7.O-O Nb6 8.b3 Rb8 9.d4 Bd7 10.Bb2 Qc8 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.Qc2 Bh3 13.Ne4 Nxe4 14.Bxh3 Qxh3 15.Qxe4 Rfe8 16.Bxe5 Bd6 17.f4 f6 18.Rac1 Ba3 19.Rc2 fxe5 20.fxe5 Bf8 21.Nf4 Qh6 22.c5 Na8 23.e6 g5 24.Nd5 Bg7 25.e7 Qg6 26.Rf5 c6 27.Nf6+ Bxf6 28.Qe6+ Qf7 29.Qxf6 Qxf6 30.Rxf6 Rxe7 31.Re2 Nc7 32.e4 Rbe8 33.Ref2 Rxe4 34.a3 Nd5 35.R6f5 Re1+ 36.Kg2 Ne3+ {#R} 0-1
Robert Bailey (1515) vs Owen Courtis (1634)
[Event "Fletcher-Morrow 2016"] [Site "Ballarat Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2016.08.21"] [Round "0"] [White "Robert Bailey"] [Black "Owen Courtis"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1515"] [BlackElo "1634"] [ECO "C10"] [Opening "French: Rubinstein, 4...Bd7"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7 5.Nf3 Bc6 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.Qe2 Nxe4 8.Bxe4 Bxe4 9.Qxe4 Qd5 10.Qxd5 exd5 11.O-O Bd6 12.Re1+ Kf8 13.Ne5 f6 14.Nd3 Nc6 15.c3 Kf7 16.Bf4 Rad8 17.Re2 Rhe8 18.Rae1 Rxe2 19.Rxe2 Ne7 20.Kf1 Ng6 21.Bxd6 {Draw agreed} {#d} 1/2-1/2
Nick McClaren (1350) vs James Eyre (1262)
[Event "Fletcher-Morrow 2016"] [Site "Ballarat Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2016.08.14"] [Round "0"] [White "Nick McClaren"] [Black "James Eyre"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1350"] [BlackElo "1262"] [ECO "B50"] [Opening "Sicilian: 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 Bg4 6.Be2 Nf6 7.Nc3 d5 8.e5 Ne4 9.O-O e6 10.Bf4 Be7 11.a3 O-O 12.Rc1 Qb6 13.b4 Bxf3 14.Bxf3 Nxd4 15.Bxe4 dxe4 16.Nxe4 Nf5 17.Qh5 a5 18.Bg5 Bxg5 19.Nxg5 h6 20.Ne4 Kh8 21.g4 Ne7 22.Ng5 Kg8 23.Ne4 Kh8 24.Kg2 axb4 25.axb4 Ra2 26.g5 Ng8 27.gxh6 Nxh6 28.Ng5 Kg8 29.Qh4 Rd8 30.Qc4 Raa8 31.Qe4 Nf5 32.Qc2 Qxb4 33.Qc7 Qg4+ 34.Kh1 Qxg5 35.Qxb7 Ra2 36.Rc7 Kh7 37.f4 Qh4 {#R} 0-1

Fletcher-Morrow Shield Match 2016

Held in Ballarat at the Mechanics Institute

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