Patrick Cook (1634) vs Tom Oppenheim (1130)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.10.20"] [Round "1"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Tom Oppenheim"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1634"] [BlackElo "1130"] [ECO "A81"] [Opening "Dutch: 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2"] 1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.O-O e6 6.c4 dxc4?! 7.Nc3 Be7 8.Qa4 O-O 9.Qxc4 Kh8 10.e3 h6 11.b3 Ng4 12.Bb2 a6 13.Rad1 Bd6 14.Nh4 Ne7 15.d5!? exd5?! {15...e5 looks like a better option...(P.C.)} 16.Nxd5 Qe8 17.Nxc7 Bxc7 18.Qxc7 Rg8? {Missing White's next move...(P.C.)} 19.Qxe7! Qh5 20.h3 Nf6 21.Bxf6 gxf6 22.Qxf6+ Kh7 23.g4 fxg4 24.Be4+ {#r} 1-0
Andre Davis vs Jasan Barnett (826)
[Event "Koelle 'B'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.10.20"] [Round "1"] [White "Andre Davis"] [Black "Jasan Barnett"] [Result "0-1"] [BlackElo "826"] [ECO "B02"] [Opening "Alekhine: Scandinavian Variation"] {All comments by JPB (unless stated otherwise).} 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 {I've played Alexhine's Defence as my standard reply to e4 for nearly 12 months now and have seen quite a few players reply with Nc3 as the second move for white. In my experience with Alekhine's Defence, playing Nc3 (a refutation of sorts I suppose) gives black an opening advantage by playing 2... d5 (threatening the e4 pawn with two pieces). If I played white I would always play 2. e5 as my second move. Chessmaster 10th ed. describes 2. Nc3 as "one of the most innocuous responses to the Alekhine's Defense and cannot hope for maintenance of first move advantage."} d5 3.d3?! {Permits 3....dxe4. Taking back with 4.dxe4 results in 4....Qxd1+ 5.Nxd1 Nxe4 (losing a pawn) or 5.Kxd1 to keep the pawn but lose the ability to castle.} dxe4! 4.d4 e6 5.Bd2!? {I'm going to classify this as a trap that I didn't see coming considering what follows.} Qxd4 6.Nb5 Qd8 7.Bf4! {I thought this was white's best move of the game. (Even though the analysis engine prefers something else.) White is threatening to move the knight to c7 on move 8 with a check & rook fork with the queen unable to take the knight at c7. Also, the black queen is under attack (discovered) by the white queen. If black's next move is not good enough, then white is winning.} Nd5! {Black's game saving move (potentially). Others, I'm sure would have found it more quickly than I did, but, in the end, it took me about 25 minutes to find this move. My original thoughts were that I couldn't rescue the situation and would have to suffer material loss here, which is why I was looking first at possibilities such as 7....Na6, Bd6, Qxd1, g5 (all of which were flawed). Finally I found Nd5 (which seems to be the only good move here) and breathed a sigh of relief.} 8.Qd2 c6 {Very keen to get rid of that pesky knight.} 9.Bg5? {The knight should have been moved away before attempting something like this.} f6 10.Nh3? {c4 would have made things interesting once again. Black would have lost the ability to castle (perhaps).} cxb5 11.Rd1? {Losing the bishop at g5. Bishop taking pawn at b5 (check) would have been better).} fxg5 {I have three sets of doubled pawns, I only have developed 1 knight but white is about -8 pawns down according to the analysis engine.} 12.Nxg5 Qf6 {e3 was apparently the best move, but the exchange combination following it is too wild for my liking.} 13.Rb1 a6 {The engine still wants me to do e3} 14.Nxe4 Qe5 15.Bd3 Nc6 16.c3 Ncb4!? {Hoping for 17.cxb4 18.Bxb4 (and the white queen is lost)} 17.Qc1?? Nxd3+ 18.Ke2? {Allowing another check on move 19.} Nxc1+ 19.Rbxc1 Qxe4+ 20.Kd1? {Moving into a forced mate, which was followed through...} Qd3+ 21.Ke1 Nf4 22.Rg1 Qe2# 0-1
Jamie Brotheridge (1554) vs Rodney Jacobs (1659)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.10.20"] [Round "1"] [White "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Black "Rodney Jacobs"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1554"] [BlackElo "1659"] [ECO "D08"] [Opening "QGD: Albin, 3.e3"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.e3 {(RJ) A very tame way to meet the Albin Counter Gambit. After this, Black has at least equality jb haha yes maybe l wouldn,t play albin counter if u pay me} dxc4 {(RJ) Probably not the best response to White's approach. This just helps White develop. Stockfish 7 recommends 3....ed 4. e4 Nf6} 4.Bxc4 exd4 5.Qxd4 Qxd4 {(RJ) I had decided my whole game plan would be to create and attack the isolated pawn.} 6.exd4 Nc6 7.Ne2 Bf5 8.O-O Bg6 {(JB) l thought this was a waste of time.(RJ) Maybe. But I wanted to be able to meet 9. Bf4 with O-O-O, without losing the f pawn.} 9.Bb5 {(JB) And l think this is a waste of a move too.(RJ) At the time it made me a little uncomfortable. But it turned out OK for me.} Ne7 {(RJ) Forced} 10.Nbc3 O-O-O 11.Rd1 {(JB) l should have played my bishop but was looking for a better square for it} Nb4 {(RJ) Both my engines say this dissipates Black's advantage, and prefer a6, putting it at around -.43. I wanted to create a stronghold on d5 and maybe attack the isolated pawn later if the opportunity arose.} 12.a3 {(RJ) Best, according to both my engines.} Nbd5 {(RJ) I looked for a long time at 12.......Nc2 13. Ra2 but there is nothing there for Black.} 13.Bg5 f6 14.Bd2 Nb6 {(RJ) best, according to Stockfish 7. I wanted to bring my Queen's knight to d5.jb l think this is a waste of move why not take the knight on c3 and then play the outher knight to d5} 15.Be1 {(RJ) Looks awkward, but what else does White do with this bishop?} c6 16.Bd3 Bxd3 {(RJ) Happy to head toward an endgame, where hopefully White's d pawn will prove a weakness.} 17.Rxd3 Ned5 18.Nxd5 Nxd5 19.Rad1 {(RJ) Overprotecting the d pawn, which has become pretty much the focal point of the game.} Bd6 20.Nc3 Bc7 {(RJ) Best. Black obviously wants to be able to recapture on d5 with a piece.} 21.Ne4 {(RJ) Stockfish 7 recommends g3. The weaker program Deep Shredder ('only' about 2800) suggests b4, which is certainly more active.} Rhe8 22.Nc3 {(RJ) This retreat is recommended by both my engines.} Re7 {(RJ) Both engines think Black should go for it with h5. There is some logic to this. It's hard for White to make headway in the centre.} 23.Nxd5 Rxd5 24.f3 {(RJ) The engines prefer Bc3 or Re3.} Red7 25.b4 Bb6 26.Bf2 a5! {(RJ) With a view to giving White another isolated pawn to worry about in the endgame.} 27.Kf1 axb4 28.axb4 Bc7 29.Ke2 {(RJ) Both engines give Black a .8 advantage here. If only he knew how to use it............jb hahaha lol} Bd6 30.Rb3 Rb5 31.Rdb1 Kc7 32.Kd3 Rd8 {(RJ) Preferred by Stockfish 7. Deep Shredder likes h5. My aim was to swing the rook to a8 and then b2.Stockfish and deep shredder are out of date} 33.Kc4 Ra8 {(RJ) Again chosen by Stockfish 7.} 34.Rd1 {(JB) l looked at playing bishop g3 but didn't think much of it. (RJ) Both my programs in fact choose Bg3, and call Rd1 an error.yes i think so to an error l was going to play r1b2 but then u have rook a1} Ra2 $17 {(RJ) Now black is winning by -0.93. (RJ) Stockfish gives -1.6.} 35.Rf1 {(RJ) Best.} f5? {(RJ) NOW Black can take the h pawn.} 36.g3 g5 37.h3 Ra4 {hahaha lm back in it just} 38.Rfb1 $15 Ra2? {(RJ) Deep Shredder thinks this is fine, but the much stronger (around 3350) Stockfish 7 instantaneously switches its score to 0.00 after this - looking immediately well ahead and seeing that Black just can't make any inroads, despite White's apparent pawn structural weaknesses. After the exchange of rooks all dynamism goes out of the position; it's dead.} 39.R3b2 {(JB) Rook 3 b2 is a bad move he miss rook take b4 check hahaha h's doing a rob bailey sleeping it must be catchy. (RJ) Oh dear, yes.jb haha yeah must be old age} Rxb2?? 40.Rxb2 $10 Kd7 {(RJ) The programs agree this is hopelessly drawn. Black just can't make headway. Showing a basic lack of endgame judgement on my part. I felt that the isolated White pawns would be near fatal to him.} 41.Be1 Be7 {ooo} 42.Bd2 Bf6 43.Bc3 Be7 44.Re2 Bd6 45.Be1 Rd5 46.Re3 f4 $15 47.gxf4 Bxf4 48.Re2 Rf5 49.Kd3 Rf6 50.h4 Re6 51.Rxe6 Kxe6 52.Ke4 {l offer him a draw} h6 53.hxg5 hxg5 54.Bc3 $10 b5 {(JB) A game I should have lost. (RJ) Maybe, but White only made one real mistake and, yes, Black wasn't sharp enough to see it.} {#d} 1/2-1/2
James Eyre (1262) vs Jamie Brotheridge (1554)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.10.27"] [Round "2"] [White "James Eyre"] [Black "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1262"] [BlackElo "1554"] [ECO "D92"] [Opening "Gruenfeld: 5.Bf4 O-O"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bf4 O-O 6.e3 a6 7.Bd3 dxc4 8.Bxc4 b5 9.Bb3 Bb7 10.O-O Nbd7 11.a3 e6 12.Rc1 c5 13.dxc5 Nxc5 14.Ba2 {l don,t like this move} Nd3 15.Bc7 Qxc7 16.Qxd3 Qe7 17.Qe2 Ne4 {not the best move you should have taken it} 18.Nb1 {the lose move -+ 1.56} Rac8 19.b4 {should have left the pawn where it was -+ 1.61} Rfd8 20.Nbd2 Nxd2 21.Nxd2 Rxc1 22.Rxc1 Bb2 23.Rb1 Bxa3 24.Nf3 Bxf3 25.Qxf3 Bxb4 26.Qc6 Qd6 27.Qc2 a5 28.g3 Qd2 29.Qxd2 Rxd2 30.Bb3 Bc3 31.Bd1 b4 32.Ba4 Ra2 33.Bb3 Ra3 34.Kf1 a4 35.Bd1 Ra2 {#R} 0-1
James Watson (1821) vs Rob Loveband (1571)
[Event "Koelle A"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.10.27"] [Round "2"] [White "James Watson"] [Black "Rob Loveband"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1821"] [BlackElo "1571"] [ECO "D82"] [Opening "Gruenfeld: 4.Bf4 Bg7"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.Nf3 c6 6.e3 O-O 7.h3 Be6 8.Qb3 Qb6 9.Ng5 Qxb3 10.axb3 Bf5 11.c5 h6 12.Nf3 Nbd7 13.b4 Rfe8 14.b5 Nh5 15.Bh2 Nhf6?? {now white is winning by +-1.83} 16.Nd2 {(BvR) If black receives no less than two question marks for apparently overlooking a winning combination (starting with 16.bxc6, bxc6; 17.Ba6 etc) then also white deserves two ?? for not seeing it, I believe.} e5! {(BvR) my exclamation mark, as black equalises with this move} 17.dxe5 Nxe5 18.Bxe5 Rxe5 19.g4 Bd7 20.Nf3 Re7 21.Na4 Rae8 22.Nc3 Ra8 23.Be2 {na4= (BvR) Both white's knights have been making aimless moves (Nfd2-Ndf3 and Nca4-Nac3), loosing precious tempi. In fact, Na4 was, and still is a mistake because of 21...Ne4!} Ne4 $17 24.bxc6 bxc6 25.Nxe4 Rxe4 26.Nd4?? {(BvR) A blunder in a pretty bad/loosing position for white, anyhow. Eg. 26.Ra2, Rb4 jb l understand we all make mistakes but l cant accept this one and l also cant understand why you leave your king in the center most games .that wasnt a 1821 game you play much better then that} Bxd4 $19 27.exd4 Rae8 28.Rxa7 Rxe2+ 29.Kd1 Rxb2 30.Kc1 Reb8 31.Ra8 Rxa8 32.Kxb2 f5 33.f3 Ra4 34.Rd1 Bc8 35.Kb3 Ra8 36.Rg1 fxg4 37.fxg4 Ba6 38.g5 Bc4+ 39.Kb4 h5 40.Rg3 Bb5 41.Rb3 Ra4+ 42.Kc3 Rc4+ 43.Kd3 Rxc5+ {#R} 0-1
Isaac Stolk (967) vs Patrick Cook (1634)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.10.27"] [Round "2"] [White "Isaac Stolk"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "967"] [BlackElo "1634"] [ECO "C01"] [Opening "French: Exchange, 4.Nf3"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.h3 Bh5 6.Bf4 Bd6 7.Bxd6 Qxd6 8.Be2 Qb4+ 9.Nc3 c6 10.Rb1 Nf6 11.O-O O-O 12.Re1 Nbd7 13.Ng5 Bxe2 14.Rxe2 Rfe8 15.Rxe8+ Rxe8 16.Ne2 h6 17.Nf3 Qc4 18.Nc3 Ne4 19.Qd3?! Qxd3 20.cxd3 Nd6 21.Kf1 f6 22.Re1 Rxe1+ 23.Nxe1 Nf5 24.Nc2 Kf7 25.g4 Ne7 26.Kg2 Ng6 27.Kg3 Ne7 28.Na4 b6 29.Ne3 Nb8 30.Nc3 Na6 31.a3 Nc7 32.f4 c5 33.Ne2 cxd4 34.Nxd4 Ne6 35.Nxe6 Kxe6 36.Nc2 Nc6 37.Kh4 g5+ 38.Kg3 f5 39.gxf5+ Kxf5 40.Ne3+ Ke6 41.fxg5 hxg5 42.Nc2 {#d} 1/2-1/2
Kevin Perrin (1606) vs Bas van Riel (1889)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.10.27"] [Round "2"] [White "Kevin Perrin"] [Black "Bas van Riel"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1606"] [BlackElo "1889"] [ECO "A16"] [Opening "English: Anglo-Indian, 2.Nc3"] {584MB, Fritz11.ctg} 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.g3 d6 4.Bg2 g6 5.d3 Bg7 6.Nf3 O-O 7.O-O Nc6 8.a3 h6 9.Bd2 a5 10.Rb1 Be6 11.b4 axb4 12.axb4 e4 13.Ne1 {(BvR) Seems too passive to me. Black not only opens up the long black bishop diagonal,but also has the option to dominate the e-file later.} exd3 14.exd3 Bg4 15.Qc1 Kh7 16.b5 Nd4 17.f3 Be6 18.Kh1 Nd7 {(BvR) Perhaps 18...d5! was stronger, but the text move looked more natural to me.} 19.f4 Nc5 20.Be3 Qc8 {(BvR) Not the best move,but I got confused by the various possibilities. Decided to focus on swapping the white bishops, leaving white's king more vulnerable for an attack. However, 20...Re8, pushing along the e-file,probably would have been the preferred option after all.} 21.Nd5 Bh3 {(BvR) 21...Re8 , threatening Nb3 would have been better} 22.Rf2 Bxg2+ 23.Kxg2 Re8! 24.b6? Ncb3 {(BvR) It took me more than 30 minutes to decide:I knew that Nb3 the crucial move, but which one;preceeded by c6 or after white's queen move? My thoughts went in circles, and I moved one of the horses to b3 at random (my score-sheet shows only 24..Nb3, but I could have played 24...Neb3 instead of 24...Ncb3). It didn't matter,as Kevin responded with Rxb3?} 25.Rxb3? Nxb3 26.Qb1 c6 27.Qxb3 cxd5 28.Nc2 dxc4 29.dxc4 Qc6+ 30.Kg1 Rac8 31.c5 dxc5 32.f5 Rcd8 33.fxg6+ fxg6 34.Ne1? c4 35.Qa3 c3? {35...Rd1} 36.Qc1 Qe4 37.Nc2 Rf8 38.Re2 Rde8 39.Qe1 Rf6 40.Nd4 Qd3 41.Nc2 Rxb6 42.Bxb6 Rxe2 {#R} 0-1
Rodney Jacobs (1659) vs Harrison Harrison (1711)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.10.27"] [Round "2"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Harrison Harrison"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1659"] [BlackElo "1711"] [ECO "B07"] [Opening "Pirc: 2.d4 Nd7"] 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nd7 3.f4 e6 4.Nf3 Qe7 5.Bd3 h6 6.O-O b6 7.Nc3 Bb7 8.Nb5 {(RJ) It seems to me that White must have an almost winning game here, given his lead in development and Black's tangled kingside. But that does not take into account Harrison! Stockfish 7 gives e5 here, with a 1.3 advantage to White. Deep Shredder likes a4, obviously to dissuade Black from castling queenside.} Ndf6 9.Re1 {(RJ) Stockfish 7 gives e5, with a 1.7 advantage to White.} a6 10.Nc3 O-O-O 11.Qe2 {(RJ) Recommended by both my engines. Stockfish 7 gives White a 2.00 advantage at this point.} a5 12.a3 {(RJ) Again preferred by both engines. The threat is the obvious b4.} g5 13.b4 g4 14.Nd2 Bg7 15.bxa5 Nxe4 {(RJ) At the time I thought this was quite brilliant and could not see a decent continuation for White. But it is a mistake! Nd5 is best.} 16.Nb5? {(RJ) Shaken, White immediately goes astray. Simply Ndxe4 and White is winning easily.} Nc3! {(RJ) Best. But the engines say White nevertheless has a slight edge.} 17.Qxg4 {(RJ) Qe3 is better.} f5 {(RJ) The engines call it even here.} 18.Bxf5 {(RJ) Best.} exf5? {(RJ) Nxb5 is better} 19.Rxe7 {(RJ) White now has a 1.5 advantage.} fxg4 20.Rxc7+ Kb8 21.Rxg7 Nxb5 22.axb6? {(RJ) Throws away White's advantage. But I was still shaken by the unexpected turn of events and was under the impression I was losing. Rb1 (which I had considered and discarded) is the move.} Nf6 {(RJ) Now the computers say it's dead even.} 23.Bb2 Rhe8 {(RJ) Best.} 24.a4? {(RJ) It's incredibly tricky! I thought this move, attacking the knight which has no escape square, was my saving grace. But it's a mistake, after which Black has a slight edge. The programs recommend Nb3 or Rf1.} Re2 25.Nc4?? {(RJ) Probably the losing move. Correct is d5.} Rxg2+ 26.Kf1 Rxc2 {(RJ) Now Black has a 2.0 advantage.} 27.axb5? {(RJ) White has lost the thread of the game. Na5 is much better.} Rxc4 28.Ra7 Rd7 {(RJ) While White muddles, Black comes jup again and again with very accurate moves.} 29.Rg6 {(RJ) Best. But White is now lost.} Nd5 {(RJ) Again best.} 30.Rxh6 Nxb6 31.Ra1 Nd5 {(RJ) Rc2 was also good.} 32.Ba3 Ne3+ 33.Ke2 Nf5 34.Rf6 Bf3+ 35.Kd3 Rxd4+ 36.Kc2 Rc7+ 37.Kb3 Bd5+ 38.Kb2 Rd2+ 39.Kb1 Be4# {(RJ) A nice sharp game by Harrison, coping with the complications far better than me,} 0-1
Jamie Brotheridge (1554) vs Isaac Stolk (967)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.11.03"] [Round "3"] [White "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Black "Isaac Stolk"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1554"] [BlackElo "967"] [ECO "D02"] [Opening "Queen's Pawn: Krause, Reversed QGA"] 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 c5 3.dxc5 e6 4.Nc3 Bxc5 5.Bf4 Nc6 6.e3 a6 7.a3 Nge7 8.Bd3 f6 9.Be2 e5 10.Bg3 Be6 11.Qd2 O-O 12.O-O d4 13.exd4 Nxd4 14.Rfd1 Nxe2+ 15.Qxe2 Qc7 16.Rac1 Rfd8 17.Ne4 Rac8 18.Nxc5 Qxc5 19.c3 Bb3 20.Re1 Qd5 21.Qe4 Qxe4 22.Rxe4 a5 23.Nd4?? {yes i fell asleep its catchi its called the rob bailey syndrome he was smashed me but didn,t see it hahaha must be blind like rod jacobs} Bd5 24.Ree1 Rd7 25.Nc2 $15 Bb3 26.f4 exf4 27.Bxf4 Rcd8 28.Nd4 $10 Ng6 29.Bg3 Bf7 30.Rc2 Re8 31.Rce2 Rxe2 32.Rxe2 Ne7 33.Kf2 Nc6 34.Nxc6 bxc6 35.Bf4 Rd1 36.Be3 Bc4 {you played a good game lsaac stolk remember always developed first then start your plan} {#d} 1/2-1/2
Bas van Riel (1880) vs Rob Loveband (1571)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.11.03"] [Round "3"] [White "Bas van Riel"] [Black "Rob Loveband"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1880"] [BlackElo "1571"] [ECO "B12"] [Opening "Caro-Kann: Advance, 4.Nf3 e6"] 1.e4 c6 {(BvR) I have a habit of mostly preparing before a clubgame. Which includes checking the most recent games played by my opponent, and booking up on his openings preferences.The latter is hard because Rob seems to vary his openings with black. So, I concentrated on my own opening being white. Usually, my mood dictates the choice of my first move. In the afternoon it was clear that I was in a 1.e4 mood. However, our recent game was a not very convincing win via the Ruy Lopes opening (1.e4-e5), I decided against a repeat and prepared for a rather unconventional variation. However, on my way to the chessclub, I suddenly thought about a very nice and instructive game (Car-Kann!) I had seen earlier in the week on the internet. It was a classic example of how to win against the Caro- Kann type of game.And strangely enough I immediately got the sneaky feeling that Rob could play this opening against me. I felt even angry that I did not have another look before the start of our game, to refresh the ideas behind that game.Low and behold, here we go with the Caro-Kann indeed!} 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bf4 Nd7 6.Nbd2 h6 7.Be2 Ne7 8.c3 {(BvR) Of course, I had muddled up my position compared to the game quoted before, but not by much. I had remembered the motives but not the details sufficiently. Rob, at this moment, has exactly the same position as the black player, but now he deviates with c5, an excellent move.} c5! 9.dxc5 Nxc5 10.Nb3 Nc6 11.Nbd4 Bh7 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.O-O {(BvR) From now on I became very indecisive, as 13.Nd4 in combination with b4, Qc4 and Ba6 became a sort of obsession for me (see my move 20). Even after I concluded that it was not very promising.} Qc7 14.Re1 {(BvR) Rc1 was much stronger, certainly with the benefit of hindsight} Be7 15.Nd4 O-O {(BVR) Rob is playing natural and strong moves, while I was spending too much time chasing nnt- existing targets.} 16.c4 g5 17.Be3 Rac8 18.f4 Ne4 19.cxd5 exd5 20.Ba6? {(BvR) After a long think, going back to my earlier obsession, chasing black's c-pawn. I had only 15 minutes left on the clock, and I had not even spent 1 second looking at 20.Bg4, which would have the same effect, but with a better position.} Rb8 $15 21.Rc1 c5 $17 {(BvR) It is amazing to see my position crumble so quickly, not helped by some big blunders..} 22.Bd3 Rxb2 23.Qh5? {(BvR) Awful! White looks like lost anyway, but 23.Qh5 is probably the worst move to try and hang in a bit longer.} Qb6 24.Ne2 d4 25.Bf2?? {(BvR) 25.Qf3, Qb7 would have lost less dramatically.} Nxf2 26.Kxf2 {(BvR) 26.Bxh7, Kxh7; 27.Kxf2, d3 would have had the same effect} Bxd3 {(BvR) Rob has set up the game very sensibly, and he equalised very early. He did not commit any (major) mistake throughout the whole game and used his given chances very efficiently. In stark contrast to me. It was certainly not one of my best evenings..} {#R} 0-1
Chantelle Barnett vs Jasan Barnett (826)
[Event "Koelle 'B'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.11.03"] [Round "3"] [White "Chantelle Barnett"] [Black "Jasan Barnett"] [Result "0-1"] [BlackElo "826"] [ECO "A07"] [Opening "Reti: KIA, Pachman"] 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.O-O e5 5.d3 Ne7 6.e4 d4 7.Bd2 Nbc6 8.Qc1 h6 9.c3 f5 10.exf5 Bxf5 11.cxd4 Bxd3 12.Re1 e4 13.Ne5 Bxe5 14.dxe5 Qd5 15.Bxh6 O-O-O 16.Bg7 Rh7 17.Bf6 Nxe5 18.Bxe7 Rxe7 19.Bh3+ Nd7 20.Qc3 Kb8 21.Rc1 Rc8 22.Nd2 c5 23.b3 b6 24.f4 e3 25.Nc4 Rce8 26.Re1 e2 27.a3 b5 28.Nb2 Re3 29.Bxd7 Bf5 30.Qa5 Bxd7 31.b4 Qc6 32.bxc5 Bh3 33.Qxb5+ Qxb5 34.Rab1 Qc6 35.Nc4+ Kc7 36.Nxe3 Rxe3 37.Kf2 Qf3+ 38.Kg1 Qg2# 0-1
Dylan Douglas (730) vs Caitlin Barnett (307)
[Event "Koelle 'B'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.10.27"] [Round "2"] [White "Dylan Douglas"] [Black "Caitlin Barnett"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "730"] [BlackElo "307"] [ECO "C50"] [Opening "Italian: 3...d6"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 d6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.d3 Be6 6.Bg5 Bxc4 7.dxc4 Be7 8.Bxf6 Bxf6 9.Nd5 Nd4 10.Nxd4 exd4 11.O-O c6 12.Nf4 g6 13.c3 dxc3 14.bxc3 Bxc3 15.Rb1 Be5 16.Nd3 b6 17.a4 O-O 18.Re1 Qh4 19.Nxe5 dxe5 20.Qd2 Qf4 21.Qd6 c5 22.Qd5 Rfd8 23.Qb7 Qd2 24.Rbd1?? Qxd1! 25.Kf1 Qd3+ 26.Re2 Qxc4 27.g3 Qxa4 28.Qc7 Qd1+ 29.Re1 Qd6 30.Qb7 a6 31.Rb1 Rdb8 32.Qd5 Qxd5 33.exd5 c4 34.Ke2 b5 35.d6 a5 36.d7 a4 37.d8=Q+ Rxd8 38.Rxb5 a3 39.Rb1 a2 40.Ra1 c3 41.f4 exf4 42.gxf4 c2 43.f5 Rdc8 44.fxg6 fxg6 45.Kd2 c1=Q+ 46.Rxc1 Rxc1 47.Kxc1 a1=Q+ 48.Kc2 Qa3 49.Kb1 Qa2+ 50.Kc1 Rf8 51.Kd1 Rf1# 0-1
Patrick Cook (1634) vs James Watson (1821)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.11.03"] [Round "3"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "James Watson"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1634"] [BlackElo "1821"] [ECO "A57"] [Opening "Benko Gambit: 4.cxb5 a6"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.f3 e6 6.dxe6?! fxe6 7.e4 Qb6 8.Nc3 axb5 9.Bxb5 Ba6 10.Qb3 Nc6 11.Be3 Na5 12.Qa4 Rb8 13.Bxa6 Qxa6 14.Qc2 Nc4 15.Bc1 Ne5 16.Nh3 Nd3+ 17.Kd2 Nb4 18.Qb1 c4 19.a3 Nd3 20.Kc2 Bc5 21.Nd1 Qa4+ 22.Kd2 O-O 23.Qc2 Qa6 24.Ne3 d5 25.Nf4? Nxe4+! 26.fxe4 Rxf4 27.Nd1 dxe4 28.Ke2 c3! 29.Qxc3 Nxc1+ {(JW) with more time I like to think I'd have found 29...Rf2+ 30.Nxf2 Nf4+ 31.Kd1/e1 Qe8# but I only had a couple of minutes and was looking at different sacs like Rxb2 which didnt work} 30.Kd2 $19 Nb3+ 31.Kc2 Qe2+ 32.Kb1 $19 Bd4 33.Qc2 Qxc2+ 34.Kxc2 Nxa1+ {#R} 0-1
Michael Tausz (1491) vs Rodney Jacobs (1659)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.11.03"] [Round "3"] [White "Michael Tausz"] [Black "Rodney Jacobs"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1491"] [BlackElo "1659"] [ECO "B01"] [Opening "Scandinavian: Marshall, 4.c4"] 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Nxd5 4.c4 Nb6 5.Nc3 e5 {(RJ) The idea of this gambit is to gain a lead in development and active minor piece play for the pawn. Interestingly, both my engines put Black a bit ahead after White takes the e pawn.} 6.dxe5 {MT: We discussed just before the game that both of us seem to like to sacrifice pawns and play actively, so why did I take it? I guess it makes the game interesting and is also the "honorable thing to do" :-)} Qxd1+ 7.Kxd1 Be6 8.b3 {(RJ) The engines prefer Kc2.} Nc6 9.f4 O-O-O+? {(RJ) The gambit obliges Black to play actively; the immediate Bf5!, keeping the White king out of c2, is much sharper.} 10.Kc2 Bf5+ {(RJ) Both engines immediately pick the aggressive a5. MT: I did not even look at a5, as it seems to burn all bridges for Black, too. But anything to get at the white king!} 11.Kb2 Bc5 12.Nf3 Nb4 {(RJ) Doesn't really achieve anything.Maybe h5 or a5 are better.} 13.a3 {(RJ) Best.} Nc2 {(RJ) Black is laboring under the delusion he has an attack. I did think about Nd3, which would have been much better.} 14.Ra2? {(RJ) Throwns away White's significant advantage. Nh4! wins. But White still has the edge now. MT: I had this already in mind with a3, as I thought I need to get the rook out of the way. Did not see that Nh4 would win two pieces for the rook, because the knight would not get out of a1 anymore.} Be7? {(RJ) Losing the thread of the game. Ne3 was necessary.} 15.Be2 h5 {(RJ) To preserve the knight, which is itself in danger although it looks threatening. MT: White threatened16. g4 Bxg4 17.KxN} 16.Rd1 c5? {(RJ) Again misconceived. MT: After the game we thought c6 was better.} 17.Nd5! {(RJ) Black is now in real trouble.} Rhe8 18.Nxe7+ Rxe7 19.Rxd8+ Kxd8 20.Kc3! {(RJ) Now threatening the over-ambitious knight.} Rd7?? {(RJ) Which Black overlooks. But he is lost now anyway.} (20...Nd4 21.Nxd4 cxd4+ 22.Kxd4 Rd7+ 23.Kc3 {MT: and Black is two healthy pawns down...}) 21.Rxc2 {(RJ) Apart from the oversight on move 14, a really solid game by Michael, who seems to like playing against gambits as much as playing them. A pretty flat game by Black.} {#r} 1-0
Ben Naughton (1383) vs Patrick Cook (1634)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.11.10"] [Round "4"] [White "Ben Naughton"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1383"] [BlackElo "1634"] [ECO "C00"] [Opening "French: 2.Nf3 d5"] 1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.d4 Bg4 5.Be3 Bd6 6.h3 Bh5 7.Nc3 c6 8.Bd3 Nf6 9.g4 Bg6 10.Bxg6 hxg6 11.Bg5 Nbd7 12.Qd2 Qc7 13.O-O-O O-O-O 14.Kb1 Rde8 15.Bxf6 Nxf6 16.g5 Ne4 17.Nxe4 dxe4 18.Ne5 Bxe5 19.dxe5 Rxe5 20.Qe3 b6 21.Rd4 Qe7 22.Re1 c5 23.Rc4 Qe6 {I was tempted by 23...Qxg5 but then saw 24.f4!! skewering the Q and R ...a sneaky trap! After the game, Ben told me he was hoping I'd play into it. (P.C)} 24.Qe2? Rxh3 25.f4?? {Overlooking the fatal weakness of the back rank. (P.C.)} exf3 26.Qxe5 Qxe5 {#R} 0-1
James Watson (1821) vs Jamie Brotheridge (1555)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.11.10"] [Round "4"] [White "James Watson"] [Black "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1821"] [BlackElo "1555"] [ECO "D82"] [Opening "Gruenfeld: 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3 O-O 6.Nf3 a6 7.Rc1 Nc6 8.Be2 Bg4 9.h3 Bc8 10.O-O dxc4 11.Bxc4 e6 12.Qe2 Nd5 13.Bg3 Nxc3 14.bxc3 Na5 15.Bd3 Bd7 16.Rfd1 Rc8 17.e4 Ba4 18.Rd2 Bh6 19.Bh4 Qe8 20.e5 c5 21.Re1 Bg7 22.Ng5 cxd4 23.cxd4 Bc6 24.Be4 Bb5 25.Qd1 Ba4 26.Qg4 Qd7 27.Bf3 Nc4 28.Rde2 Nb6 29.Ne4 Nd5 30.Nc5 Rxc5 31.dxc5 Rc8 32.Bxd5 exd5 33.e6 fxe6 34.Rxe6 Bf8 35.Rxg6+ hxg6 36.Qxg6+ Kh8 37.Bf6+ Bg7 38.Re7 {#r} 1-0
Dylan Douglas (730) vs Anna Yates (951)
[Event "Koelle 'B'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.11.10"] [Round "4"] [White "Dylan Douglas"] [Black "Anna Yates"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "730"] [BlackElo "951"] [ECO "B10"] [Opening "Caro-Kann: 2.Nc3 d5"] 1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Bd3 Bxe4 6.Bxe4 Nf6 7.Bf3 e6 8.Ne2 Be7 9.O-O O-O 10.Nc3 Nbd7 11.Re1 Nd5 12.h3 Nxc3 13.bxc3 Nb6 14.Rb1 Qc7 15.Qd3 Rad8 16.Be4 g6? {Not sure this the best move - wonder if f5 better AY} 17.Bh6 Rfe8 18.Rb3 c5 19.Rb2 Bf6 20.Rd1 cxd4 21.Qf3 Be5 22.Bxb7 dxc3 23.Rxd8 Rxd8 24.Rb1 f5 25.Bc6 Nc4 26.g3 Nd2 {I wondered about this move, but think it a good one in the end AY} 27.Bxd2 cxd2 28.Rd1 Qa5 29.Qb3 Kf7 30.Qb7+ Bc7 31.a4 Rb8 32.Be8+ Rxe8 33.Qc6 Rd8 34.c3 Qe5 35.Kf1 Rd3 36.c4 Kf6 37.Qe8 h5 38.h4 {Qf8+ the best move here for Dylan AY} Qc5 39.Qh8+ Ke7 40.Qh7+ Kd8 41.Qxg6 Bxg3 42.fxg3 Rf3+ 43.Kg2 Qf2+ 44.Kh3 f4 {I windered about this move, but think it is the best (although does give Dylan lots if opportunities for checking, but I don't think a perpetual heck is possible) AY} 45.Qg5+ Kd7 46.Qb5+ Kd6 47.Qb4+ Ke5 48.Qb2+ Kf5 49.Qc2+ Kf6 50.Qb2+ e5 {Mate in 3 (A.Y.)} {#R} 0-1
Michael Tausz (1491) vs James Watson (1821)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "Ballarat"] [Date "2016.10.20"] [Round "1"] [White "Michael Tausz"] [Black "James Watson"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1491"] [BlackElo "1821"] [ECO "B06"] [Opening "Modern: 3.Nf3"] 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 c5 4.Bc4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.Be3 Qb6 7.Nb3 Qb4+ 8.N1d2 Bxb2 9.Rb1 Bc3 10.O-O Ne5 11.Bc5 Qa4 12.Be2 d6 13.f4 dxc5 14.fxe5 Bxe5 15.Nf3 Qxe4 16.Bb5+ Kf8 17.Re1 Qb4 18.Nxe5 Qxb5 19.Rf1 Be6 20.Nd4 Qa6 {MT: until here it looks quite ok for White, but not content with NxB, QxB White found an amazin(gly stupid) move!} 21.Rb6?? {MT: The wrong piece. Moving pieces in my head I lost the thread completely and mixed up calclulations. I had calculated Ndc6 which still seems ok to me. The amazing(ly stupid) idea was bxNc6 22. NxB+ Ke8 23. Nc6+ wins the Queen, but 21...Bc4 may have stopped that anyway.} Qxb6 {MT: Ooops!} 22.Rxf7+ Ke8 23.Qf3 Nf6 24.Rxf6 cxd4 25.Rxe6 Qxe6 26.Qxb7 Qxe5 {#R} 0-1
Tom Oppenheim (1130) vs Michael Tausz (1491)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "Ballarat"] [Date "2016.10.27"] [Round "2"] [White "Tom Oppenheim"] [Black "Michael Tausz"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1130"] [BlackElo "1491"] [ECO "C45"] [Opening "Scotch: 4.Nxd4 Nf6"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Nd5 7.Bd3 Bc5 8.O-O O-O 9.Re1 d6 10.exd6 cxd6 11.Bd2 Qf6 12.Be3 Nxe3 13.fxe3 Re8 14.Kh1 Rxe3 15.Rxe3 Bxe3 16.Nc3 Be6 17.Qe2 Bb6 18.Rf1 Qh4 19.g3 Qh6 20.Ne4 Bc7 21.Nf2 Qg5 22.b3 Qe5 23.Qxe5 dxe5 24.Ne4 f5 25.Ng5 Bd5+ 26.Kg1 Bb6+ 27.Rf2 Bxf2+ 28.Kxf2 h6 29.Nh3 Rf8 30.Ke3 g5 {#R} 0-1
Jamie Brotheridge (1554) vs Tom Oppenheim (1130)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.11.17"] [Round "5"] [White "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Black "Tom Oppenheim"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1554"] [BlackElo "1130"] [ECO "E10"] [Opening "Neo-Indian: 3.Nf3"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.a3 Be7 5.Nc3 O-O 6.h3 Nc6 7.Bf4 dxc4 8.e3 Bd7 9.Bxc4 h6 10.e4 Na5 11.Bd3 a6 12.Rc1 b5 13.O-O Rc8 14.Qe2 c5 15.dxc5 Bxc5 16.b4 Nb3 17.bxc5 Nxc1 18.Rxc1 Rxc5 19.Bd6 Rxc3 20.Rxc3 Re8 21.Qe3 e5 22.Qa7 Be6 23.Qxa6 Qa8 24.Qxa8 Rxa8 25.Bxe5 Nd7 26.Bxb5 {#r} 1-0
Patrick Cook (1634) vs Michael Tausz (1491)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.11.17"] [Round "5"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Michael Tausz"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1634"] [BlackElo "1491"] [ECO "D32"] [Opening "QGD Tarrasch: 5.Nf3"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.g3 Nf6 7.Bg2 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.Bg5 h6 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.dxc5 d4?! {11...Bxc3 is better (P.C.)} 12.Ne4 Bf5 13.Nxf6+ Qxf6 14.Qd2 Rfe8 15.b4 a6 16.a3 Rad8 17.Rfe1 Re7 18.Qf4!? Rde8 19.g4 Re4?? 20.Qxf5 Qxf5 21.gxf5 Rxe2 22.Rxe2 Rxe2 23.Rd1 Ra2 24.Nxd4 Rxa3 25.Nxc6 bxc6 26.Bxc6 Rb3 27.Rd8+! Kh7 28.Rd4 Rb1+ 29.Kg2 Re1 30.Bb7 Ra1 31.c6 Rc1 32.Rd7 a5 33.bxa5 Rc5 34.a6 f6 35.c7 {#r} 1-0
Anna Yates (952) vs Caitlin Barnett (307)
[Event "Koelle 'B'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.11.17"] [Round "5"] [White "Anna Yates"] [Black "Caitlin Barnett"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "952"] [BlackElo "307"] [ECO "C70"] [Opening "Spanish: Graz Variation"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 b5 5.Bb3 Bc5 6.c3 Nf6 7.d3 d6 8.h3 Be6 9.Bxe6 fxe6 10.O-O d5 11.exd5 exd5 12.Re1 e4 13.d4 Bb6 14.Bf4 O-O 15.Ng5 Qe7 16.Nd2 Qd7 17.Ngxe4 Nxe4 18.Qf3 Nxd2 19.Qe3 Ne4 20.Bg3 Qf5 21.f4 Nxg3 22.Qxg3 Qxf4 23.Qxf4 Rxf4 24.Re6 Nd8 25.Re7 c5 26.Rae1 cxd4 27.cxd4 Bxd4+ 28.Kh2 Re4 29.R1xe4 dxe4 30.Rxe4 Bxb2 31.g4 Nc6 32.Kg3 Be5+ 33.Kh4 h6 34.Kh5 Rf8 35.h4 b4 36.Rc4 Rf6 37.g5 Rd6 38.gxh6 gxh6 39.Kg4 a5 40.h5 a4 41.a3 bxa3 42.Rxa4 Bb2 43.Ra8+ Rd8 44.Ra6 Nb4 45.Rxh6 a2 46.Rg6+ Kf7 47.Kf5 a1=Q 48.h6 Qa5+ 49.Kg4 Rd4+ 50.Kf3 Qa3+ 51.Ke2 Qd3+ 52.Ke1 Re4+ 53.Kf2 Re2+ 54.Kf1 Qd1# 0-1
Louis Douglas (752) vs Jasan Barnett (826)
[Event "Koelle 'B'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.11.17"] [Round "5"] [White "Louis Douglas"] [Black "Jasan Barnett"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "752"] [BlackElo "826"] [ECO "A00"] [Opening "Saragossa"] 1.c3 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.cxd4 Nf6 4.e3 d5 5.Bd3 Bg4 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.h3 Bh5 8.O-O Ne4 {Hoping for 9. Bxe4 dxe4 (and the knight is lost)} 9.Nc3 Ng5 10.Be2 Be7 11.Nxg5 Bxe2 12.Qxe2 Bxg5 13.Rd1 Ne7 14.e4 Bxc1 15.Raxc1 dxe4 16.Qxe4 Rb8 17.Re1 Kf8 18.Rcd1 f5 19.Qe5 a6 20.d5 Qd6 21.Qe6 Re8 22.Qxd6 cxd6 23.Re6 Nc8 24.Rxe8+ Kxe8 25.Re1+ Kf7 26.b4 b5 27.a3 Re8 28.Rxe8 Kxe8 29.g4 fxg4 30.hxg4 Nb6 31.f3 Ke7 32.Kg2 h6 33.Kg3 Kf6 34.f4 g5 35.fxg5+ hxg5 36.Kf3 Ke5 37.Ne4 Nxd5 38.Nxg5 Kf6 39.Ne4+ Ke5 40.g5 Ne7 41.Ng3 d5 42.Kg4 d4 43.Kh5 d3 44.Nf1 Ke4 45.g6 Kf3 46.Nd2+ Ke2 47.Nb3 d2 48.Nxd2 Kxd2 49.g7 Kc3 50.Kh6?? Nf5+ {The g7 pawn is lost and the white king is too far away from its remaining pawns.} 51.Kg6 Nxg7 52.Kxg7 Kb3 53.Kf7 Kxa3 54.Ke7 Kxb4 55.Kd6 a5 56.Kc6 a4 {#R} 0-1
Bas van Riel (1884) vs James Watson (1854)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.11.17"] [Round "5"] [White "Bas van Riel"] [Black "James Watson"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1884"] [BlackElo "1854"] [ECO "A07"] [Opening "Reti: KIA"] {584MB, Fritz11.ctg} 1.Nf3 {(BvR) Most, if not all of my previous games against James were dominated by opening choices.However, most of my knowledge and experience in this area is far beyond its useby date. Hence, I am finding that in the early phase of my game it usually takes too much of my time and my energy, refreshing my memory. And then select the useful bits and pieces at each move until the middle game. I decided to avoid any opening theory and simply play pure chess from the first move, thereby saving time and energy. Hopefully...} d5 2.g3 c6 3.c4 Nf6 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.d4 Bg4 7.Ne5 Bf5 8.Bg2 e6 9.O-O Nxe5? {Positions were dead even, but now FRITZ 11 gives -1.00. Black should have first completed his development.} 10.dxe5 Nd7 11.Qa4 a6 12.g4? {(BvR) Fritz rates this move as an error (loosing1.17 points), suggesting 12.Qf4 instead with an equal position again). However, I am not convinced...} b5 13.Qf4 Bc2 {(BvR) The benefit of 12.g4 is that now 13...g5! can be met with 14.Qg3} 14.Qd2 Bg6 15.f4 Rc8?! {(BvR) A brave move by James, anticipating a piece sacrifice against 2 pawns and long term prospects. (Fritz gives a neutral/uncommittal verdict)} 16.f5 Nxe5 17.fxg6 hxg6 18.Qf4 Rc4? {(BvR) A second piece sacrifice, but this time it is a major error (-3.5), as James miscalculated the follow-up. But so did I. 19.Qxe5, Bd6; 20.Qxg7, Bxh2; 21.Kf2, Qh4+; 22.Ke3, d4 I rejected, but overlooking 23.Kd3 and winning. That only left me with 20.Qg5?, giving away my advantage. BTW fritz suggests black to play 18..Bd6 or Bc5+ with equal chances.} 19.Qxe5 Bd6 20.Qg5? Bxh2+ 21.Kf2 Qc7! {(BvR) a quiet and powerful move, exposing white's weakness on g3. Meanwhile, I could not believe that I was 2 pieces ahead, but having trouble finding a good move.} 22.Qe3! {(BvR) the only move. It prevents checkmate on g3, the development of white's black bishop, and it blocks the urgent move e3 to give the king some breathing space. Moreover, t will loose a piece. Just imagine my problems, but Fritz gives black only a slight advantage. Blissfully unaware of Fritz, I nevertheless was optimistic, probably because I felt that I was aware of my predicament, but felt in control of a very difficult position.} d4 23.Qf3 dxc3 24.b3 {(BvR) Just have said that (at move 22), I should have played the stronger 24.bxc3, Rxc3; 25.Be3 with a slightly better position. I also completely missed James next move.} Re4! 25.Rd1? {(BvR) Fritz penalised me with 0.5 point for this move, evaluating the position as -1.05 in black's favour. It offers 25.e3 as a better alternative, but then what about the development of my black bishop?} f5! 26.gxf5 Rf8? {(BvR) Instead of simply playing gxf5, James became side-tracked by 27.Qxf5 (yet another piece sacrifice!), Rxf5; 28.Ke1, Bg3 checkmate.} 27.Bh3 {(BvR) Fritz recommends 27. Qxe4,Rxf5; 28.Qxf5, gxf5 with equal position. However, I opted for the slightly inferior text-move, to maintain the tension.} Qe5 {(BvR) Fritz now rates the position as dead even (0.00). It suggests 27.c2 instead for a minor plus for black.} 28.Bg5 Kf7?? {(BvR) A horrible blunder.} 29.fxe6+ Kg8 30.Qxf8+ Kh7 {(BvR) Kxf8; 31.Rd8++} 31.Rd3? {(BvR) e3, Qf3 and Kf3! (the best) were all superior to Rd3} Qxg5 32.Rf3?? {(BvR) Incredible: within 2 moves my position turned from +8 to 0!, just as James did a few moves earlier in reverse.} Qe5?? {(BvR) Here we go again. A minus 5 point move. After 32. Bf4! or Qh5+ black would have very good chances to draw, according to Fitz.} 33.e3 Qg5 34.Bg2! Rg4? {34...Qh4} 35.Rh3+ Rh4 36.Qf3 Bd6 37.Rah1 Rh6 38.Rxh6+ gxh6 39.Qf7+ Kh8 40.Rh3? {(BvR) 40. Be4 is stronger} c2 41.Qe8+ Kg7 42.Qd7+ Qe7 43.Qc6? {(BvR) Rh1, of course. Probably due to time trouble} Qxe6 44.Qxc2 g5 45.Rf3 g4 46.Rf5 g3+ 47.Ke2 Be7 48.Bd5 Qd6 {With reference to my introduction at move 1, I believe that my approach was most successful: I spent almost all my time on complicated positions and combinations, none on opening issues. The mistakes which I had made (too many) were definitely not due to tiredness. Some of it was undoubtely related to the inefficient management of my time. I have already plans to address that soon too..!} {#r} 1-0
Rob Loveband (1571) vs Michael Tausz (1491)
[Event "Koelle A"] [Date "2016.11.16"] [Round "4"] [White "Rob Loveband"] [Black "Michael Tausz"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1571"] [BlackElo "1491"] [ECO "C45"] [Opening "Scotch: 4.Nxd4 Nf6"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Bd3 Bc5 7.O-O d6 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bd2 Rb8 10.Bc3 Bb4 11.Qd2 Bxc3 12.Qxc3 O-O 13.Nd2 Re8 14.b3 Bb7 15.Rfe1 c5 16.Rad1 Qc8 17.Re3 d5 18.Qxc5 dxe4 19.Be2 Ra8 20.Nc4 Rd8 21.Rxd8+ Qxd8 22.Rg3 Qd5 23.Qe3 Kf8 24.h3 a5 25.a4 Rd8 26.Qc3 Qc5 27.Qxa5 Qxa5 28.Nxa5 Rd2 29.Nxb7 Rxe2 30.Rc3 Nd5 31.Rc5 Re1+ 32.Kh2 Rd1 33.c4 e3 34.fxe3 Nxe3 35.Kg3? Rd3 36.Kf2 Rxb3 37.Rxc7 Nxc4 38.Rxc4 Rxb7 39.Rc2 Ke7 40.a5 Ra7 41.Ra2 Kd6 42.Ke3 Kc5 43.Ke4 Kb5 44.Kd5 Rd7+ 45.Ke5 Ka6 46.h4 Re7+ 47.Kd5 Rb7 48.Ra3 Rb4 49.g3 Rb5+ 50.Kd6 g5 51.hxg5 hxg5 52.Ke7 f5 53.Kf6 f4 54.gxf4 gxf4 55.Rf3 {#d} 1/2-1/2
Rob Loveband (1571) vs Kevin Perrin (1606)
[Event "Koelle A"] [Date "2016.11.17"] [Round "5"] [White "Rob Loveband"] [Black "Kevin Perrin"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1571"] [BlackElo "1606"] [ECO "C10"] [Opening "French: Marshall Variation"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 c5 4.Be3 cxd4 5.Bxd4 Nf6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 7.Bb5+ Bd7 8.Bxd7+ Nxd7 9.exd5 Bc5 10.Qf3 Qe5+ 11.Nge2 exd5 12.Qxd5 O-O-O 13.O-O-O Bxf2 14.Qc4+ Kb8 15.Kb1 f6 16.Qg4 f5 17.Qf3 Bb6 18.Rd5 Qe7 19.Rhd1? {Should have taken f5....} g6 20.a3 {#d} 1/2-1/2
Kevin Perrin (1606) vs Jamie Brotheridge (1555)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.11.24"] [Round "6"] [White "Kevin Perrin"] [Black "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1606"] [BlackElo "1555"] [ECO "A16"] [Opening "English: Anglo-Indian, 2.Nc3 g6"] 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 b6 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.O-O O-O 7.d4 d6 8.Bd2 Ne4 9.Nxe4 Bxe4 10.Rc1 Nd7 11.Bc3 Rb8 12.Nd2 Bxg2 13.Kxg2 b5 14.cxb5 Rxb5 15.Qa4 Rb7 16.Ba5 Nb6 17.Qc6 Qa8 18.Nf3 e6 19.b3 Rd8 20.e4 Qc8 21.Rc2 e5 22.dxe5 dxe5 23.Bc3 Rd6 24.Qc5 Nd7 25.Qc4 c5 26.Bb2 Nb6 27.Qxc5 Qe6 28.Bxe5 Bxe5 29.Qxe5 Qxe5 30.Nxe5 Re7 31.Nc4 Rc6 32.f3 Rb7 33.Rfc1 Re6 34.Nxb6 Rbxb6 35.Kf2 Rbd6 36.Re1 {#r} 1-0
Patrick Cook (1634) vs Bas van Riel (1880)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.11.24"] [Round "6"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Bas van Riel"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1634"] [BlackElo "1880"] [ECO "E73"] [Opening "King's Indian: 5.Be2 O-O"] {584MB, Fritz11.ctg} 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 O-O 6.Bg5 h6 7.Be3 Nc6 8.Qd2 Kh7 9.h3 e5 10.d5 Nd4! 11.Bxd4 {(BvR) Better Nf3} exd4 12.Qxd4 Re8 13.Qd3 Qe7 14.f3 Nh5 {(BvR) Acentuating white's weak black squares. The pawn sacrifice on move 10.starts paying dividends.} 15.g4 Qh4+ 16.Kd1 Nf4 17.Qd2 Be5 18.Kc2 c6 19.Qe1 Qd8 {(BvR) Planning a queenside attack, hence black's previous move c6} 20.h4 Bd7 21.Rd1 Qb6 22.Nh3? {(BvR) Loosing the exchange} Ng2 23.Qf2 Ne3+ 24.Kc1 Bxc3 25.bxc3 Nxd1 26.Rxd1 Qa5 27.Kb2 Rac8 28.Qe3 cxd5 29.cxd5 Qc5 30.Qxc5 Rxc5 31.c4 a6 32.Nf2 Rec8 33.Rd2 b5 34.cxb5 Bxb5 35.Bd1 f6 36.Bb3 a5 37.a4 Bd7 {(BvR) Overlooking 37...Rb8; 38.axb5, R5xb5; 39.Rd3, a4} 38.Nd1 Rb8 39.Nc3 Rc7 40.Kc2 Rb4 41.Rd1 Bxa4 42.Rb1 Rbc4 43.Bxa4 Rxa4 44.Kd2 Rb4 45.Ra1 Rb2+ 46.Kd3 Rb3 47.Rc1 a4 48.Kd2 a3 49.Rc2 Rb2 50.Rxb2 axb2 51.Nb1 Rc1 {#R} 0-1
Michael Tausz (1491) vs James Eyre (1262)
[Event "Koelle "A""] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.11.24"] [Round "6"] [White "Michael Tausz"] [Black "James Eyre"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1491"] [BlackElo "1262"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian: Najdorf"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 b5 7.Bb3 Bb7 8.Qe2 e5 9.Nf5 Be7? {Comment by MT: Leaves pawn g7 hanging.} 10.Nxg7+ Kf8 11.Bh6 Rg8? {MT: Allows the following knight fork with discovered check.} 12.Ne6+ Ke8 13.Nxd8 Bxd8 14.O-O-O Rg6 15.Bd2 Nc6 16.f4 Nd4 17.Qf1 Nxe4 18.fxe5 dxe5 19.Qxf7# 1-0
Rob Loveband (1571) vs Patrick Cook (1633)
[Event "Koelle "A""] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.12.01"] [Round "7"] [White "Rob Loveband"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1571"] [BlackElo "1633"] [ECO "C17"] [Opening "French: Winawer, 5.a3"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 O-O 8.Bd3 f5 9.exf6 Rxf6 10.Bg5 Rf7 11.Qh4 g6 12.Nf3 Nbc6 13.Bf6 Nf5?? {a terrible oversight...missing the backwards capture by the Bishop (P.C.)} 14.Bxd8 Nxh4 15.Bxh4 c4 16.Be2 Bd7 17.Bg3 b5 18.Ne5 Nxe5 19.Bxe5 a6 20.f4 Re8 21.h4 h5 22.Kd2 Rc8 23.Rag1 Kh7 24.g4 Rg8 25.gxh5 gxh5 26.Bxh5 Rxg1 27.Rxg1 Rf8 28.Rg7+ Kh6 29.Rg5 Rd8 30.Bf7 Be8 31.Rh5# 1-0
Louis Douglas (770) vs Caitlin Barnett (834)
[Event "Koelle 'B'"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2016.12.01"] [Round "7"] [White "Louis Douglas"] [Black "Caitlin Barnett"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "770"] [BlackElo "834"] [ECO "A00"] [Opening "Saragossa"] 1.c3 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.cxd4 d5 4.e3 Bf5 5.Bd3 Bxd3 6.Qxd3 Nf6 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.Nbd2 Bb4 9.O-O O-O 10.a3 Ba5 11.b4 Bb6 12.Nb3 Ne7 13.Re1 Ne4 14.Bb2 c6 15.Nc5 Bxc5 16.bxc5 Ng6 17.Bc3 Nh4 18.Nxh4 Qxh4 19.f3 Qf2+ 20.Kh1 Nxc3 21.Qxc3 Qh4 22.a4 Rfe8 23.Re2 Re6 24.a5 Rh6 25.h3 a6 26.Rg1 g6 27.Kh2 Rh5 28.Qb4 Rb8 29.Qb6 Qd8 30.Qxd8+ Rxd8 31.Rb1 Rb8 32.g4 Rh6 33.Kg3 g5 34.e4 Re6 35.e5 f6 36.Rbe1 fxe5 37.Rxe5 Rxe5 38.Rxe5 h6 39.h4 gxh4+ 40.Kxh4 Rf8 41.Kg3 Rf7 42.f4 Kg7 43.f5 Kf6 44.Kf4 Rg7?? 45.Re6+ Kf7 46.Rxh6 Kg8 47.g5 Re7 48.Re6 Rh7 49.Rg6+ Kf7 50.Rh6 Rg7 51.g6+ Kf6 52.Rh7 Rxh7 53.gxh7 Kg7 54.f6+ Kxh7 55.Ke5 Kg8 56.Ke6 b5 57.axb6 a5 58.f7+ Kf8 59.b7 a4 60.b8=Q+ Kg7 61.Qg8+ Kh6 62.Kf5 a3 63.Qg6# 1-0
Jamie Brotheridge (1554) vs Michael Tausz (1491)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "Ballarat"] [Date "2016.12.09"] [Round "7"] [White "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Black "Michael Tausz"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1554"] [BlackElo "1491"] [ECO "D02"] [Opening "Queen's Pawn: 2.Nf3 e6"] 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 c5 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.e3 Nf6 6.Be2 Be7 7.O-O O-O 8.b3 b6 9.h3 Bb7 10.Bb2 cxd4 11.Nxd4 Nxd4 12.Qxd4 Bc5 13.Qh4 d4 14.Rad1 e5 15.exd4 exd4 16.Nb5 Re8 17.Bd3 Ne4 18.Qxd8 Raxd8 19.a4 a6 20.Na3 Re6 21.Nc2 a5 22.Rfe1 Rdd6 23.Bxe4 Rxe4 24.Rxe4 Bxe4 25.Nxd4 Bxd4 26.Rxd4 Rxd4 27.Bxd4 Bc2 28.Bxb6 Bxb3 29.c5 Bxa4 30.Bxa5 f5 31.f4 h5 32.Kf2 Kf7 33.Ke3 Ke6 34.Kd4 g6 35.Bc7 Bc6 36.g3 Bg2 37.Bb8 Bc6 38.Bd6 Bg2 39.Be5 Bf3 40.Kc4 Bc6 41.Bd6 Bd7 42.Kd4 Bc6 43.Kc4 Bd7 44.Be5 Bc6 45.Bd4 Bd7 46.Be5 Bc6 47.Kd4 Bg2 48.Bb8 Be4 49.g4 hxg4 50.hxg4 Bc6 51.g5 Be4 52.Kc4 Bc6 53.Kb4 Bd7 54.Ka5 Kd5 55.Kb6 Ba4 56.Bd6 Bd7 57.Kc7 Ba4 58.Kd8 Ke6 59.Be5 Bc6 60.Bf6 Ba4 61.Kc7 Kd5 62.Be7 Bb5 63.Bd6 Ba4 64.Kd8 Ke6 65.Kc7 Kd5 66.Kb6 Bd7 67.Kb7 Ba4 68.Kc7 Bb5 {#d} 1/2-1/2
Harrison Harrison vs Rob Loveband
[Event "Koelle A"] [Date "2016.11.10"] [White "Harrison Harrison"] [Black "Rob Loveband"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A00"] [Opening "Mieses: 1...d5"] 1.d3 d5 2.Nd2 e5 3.e3 Be6 4.Qe2 Nf6 5.h4 Be7 6.Ngf3 Nc6 7.Ng5 Qd7 8.Nxe6 Qxe6 9.g3 O-O-O 10.Bh3 Ng4 11.Qxg4 f5 12.Qxf5 Qxf5 13.Bxf5+ Kb8 14.b3 Rdf8 15.Be6 Rf6 16.Bg4 Rhf8 17.f4 Rg6 18.Bd1 Rxg3 19.Nf1 Rg6 20.h5 Rgf6 21.Bb2 Bb4+ 22.Nd2 d4 23.a3 dxe3 24.axb4 exd2+ 25.Kxd2 Rxf4 26.b5 Rf2+ 27.Kc1 Nd4 28.Bxd4 exd4 29.Rh4 Rd8 30.Ra4 Rf1 31.Rhxd4 Re8 32.Re4 Ref8 33.Kd2 b6 34.Re7 {#r} 1-0

Arthur Koelle Tournament 2016

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