Patrick Cook (1641) vs Sue Ryan (675)
[Event "Spielvogel 2017"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2017.01.26"] [Round "1"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Sue Ryan"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1641"] [BlackElo "675"] [ECO "D06"] [Opening "QGD: Marshall Defence, 3.Nf3"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 e6 4.g3 h6 5.Bg2 c5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.O-O b6 8.Ne5 Qe7 9.dxc5 Qxc5 10.Qa4+ Bd7 11.Nxd7 Nxd7 12.Rd1 Be7 13.e4 O-O?? {13...N5f6} 14.exd5 b5 15.Qg4 Nf6 16.Qd4 exd5 17.Qxc5 Bxc5 18.Nc3 Rad8 19.Nxb5 Rd7 20.Nd4 Bxd4 21.Rxd4 Rfd8 22.Be3 a5 23.Rad1 Ng4?? 24.Rxg4 f5 25.Rgd4 g5 26.Bxd5+ Kh8 27.Be6 f4?? 28.Rxd7 Re8 29.Bd4# 1-0
Jasan Barnett (828) vs Harrison Harrison (1642)
[Event "Spielvogel 2017"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.01.26"] [Round "1"] [White "Jasan Barnett"] [Black "Harrison Harrison"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "828"] [BlackElo "1642"] [ECO "C40"] [Opening "Open Game"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Bc5 3.b3 Bxf2+ 4.Kxf2 Nf6 5.Nc3 c6 6.Bc4 Nxe4+ 7.Nxe4 d5 8.Qe2 dxc4 9.Qxc4 O-O 10.Bb2 Be6 11.Qc3 f6 12.Rhd1 Nd7 13.Ba3 c5 14.b4 c4 15.Ke1 b5 16.d3 Qc7 17.Nc5 Nxc5 18.bxc5 a5 19.Qd2 b4 20.Bc1 Qxc5 21.dxc4 Bxc4 22.Qe3 Qc7 23.Bb2 Bf7 24.Rd2 e4 25.Ng1 Qxh2 {#T} 0-1
Rodney Jacobs (1721) vs Caitlin Barnett (834)
[Event "Spielvogel 2017"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2017.01.26"] [Round "1"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Caitlin Barnett"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1721"] [BlackElo "834"] [ECO "C50"] [Opening "Italian: 3...d6"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 d6 4.O-O Bg4 5.c3 Qf6 {Not great. Takes the best square away from the knight and causes a tangle on the kingside. It is more serious because e7 is needed for the bishop. (RJ)} 6.Be2 Bxf3 {Again not ideal. The exchange is not forced. Black after this suffers from weaknesses on the white squares.(RJ)} 7.Bxf3 O-O-O 8.b4 g6 {Very slow. Maybe Nge7 is better, (RJ)} 9.a4 h5 {Too slow. Perhaps it is best for Black to try to react in the centre by preparing d5. (RJ)} 10.a5 a6 11.b5 Nce7 12.bxa6 bxa6 13.d4 h4 14.Qb3 {Threatening Bg4.} Qg7 {Alert - preparing to meet Bg4 with f5.(RJ)} 15.Be2 f5 16.Bxa6+ Kd7 17.f4 exd4 18.Qa4+ Ke6 19.Bc4+ {The white squares are all White's to play on. (RJ)} Kf6 20.e5+ dxe5 21.fxe5+ Kxe5 22.Re1+ Kf6 23.Re6+ Kf7 24.Rd6+ Nd5 25.Rxd8 dxc3 26.Bxd5+ Ke7 27.Qd7+ Kf6 28.Qe6# 1-0
Caitlin Barnett (834) vs Justin Goodison
[Event "Spielvogel 2017"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.02.02"] [Round "2"] [White "Caitlin Barnett"] [Black "Justin Goodison"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "834"] [ECO "C47"] [Opening "Four Knights: Italian Variation"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bc4 Bc5 5.Ng5 d5 6.exd5 Ng4 7.O-O Qxg5 8.dxc6 Qh5 9.h3 Nf6 10.Qxh5 Nxh5 11.Bd5 Bd4 12.Nb5 bxc6 13.Bxc6+ Bd7 14.Nxc7+ Kf8 15.Bxa8 Bb6 16.Nd5 Bd8 17.Nc3 Ba5 18.Bf3 Nf4 19.d3 Bxc3 20.bxc3 Ne6 21.Bg4 g6 22.Bxe6 Bxe6 {#r} 1-0
Cassandra Barnett (1098) vs Levi Stolk
[Event "Spielvogel 2017"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.02.02"] [Round "2"] [White "Cassandra Barnett"] [Black "Levi Stolk"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1098"] [ECO "D10"] [Opening "Slav: 3.Nc3"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 Qf6 6.cxd5 cxd5 7.Qa4+ Nd7 8.Ne5 Qe7 9.Bb5 Nf6 10.e4 dxe4 11.Bg5 a6 12.Bxd7+ Nxd7 13.Bxe7 Bxe7 14.Qxd7+ Kf8 15.Qxb7 Rd8 16.Nc6 Bf6 17.Nxd8 Bxd8 18.Rd1 g6 19.d5 Bg4 20.dxe6 fxe6 21.Rxd8# 1-0
Rob Loveband (1581) vs Rodney Jacobs (1721)
[Event "Spielvogel Memorial"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2017.02.02"] [Round "2"] [White "Rob Loveband"] [Black "Rodney Jacobs"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1581"] [BlackElo "1721"] [ECO "D08"] [Opening "QGD: Albin, 3.e3"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.e3?! {An unusual, very passive way to meet the Albin Counter-Gambit, and transposing to the French Defence, exchange variation. The usual sequence is 3. de d5. Black now has at least equality. (RJ)} exd4 {Black's aim is to isolate and build up against, the White d pawn. (RJ)} 4.exd4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Be7 6.Be2 O-O 7.O-O Nc6 8.Nc3 Bf5 9.a3 h6 10.cxd5 {Recommended by Deep Shredder. Stockfish7 prefers b3. (RJ)} Nxd5 11.Qb3 {Recommended by both programs, each of which call it dead even. (RJ)} Nb6 {Both engines think Nxc3 is marginally better, but it's still even. (RJ)} 12.d5 {Again liked by the computer. (RJ)} Nb8 13.Nd4 Bh7 14.Be3 N8d7 15.Qd1? {The engines recommend placing one of the rooks on d1, and give black a .5 advantage after Rob's Qd1. It does seem to make sense to develop a fresh piece here. (RJ)} a6? {I thought it would be very useful to keep the 2 white knights and white bishop out of b5. But it is far more consistent with Black's aims in an isolated queen pawn opening to pressure the d pawn by Nf6. Both engines recommend that, giving a .6 - .7 plus to Black. (RJ). After this inaccuracy, it's equal again. (RJ)} 16.Bd3 {Challenging on the b1 - h7 diagonal, presumably with a view to planting the knight on f5. Both engines like this. (RJ)} Ne5? {Both programs say this is an error, giving White now a .5 advantage. Correct is Nf6. (RJ).} 17.Bxh7+ Kxh7 18.Nf5 {Again very accurate. The best move. (RJ)} Nbc4? {My stronger program, Stockfish 7, recommends Re8, Deep Shredder Nec4. White now can counter with the strong Bd4. (RJ),} 19.Nxe7? {Missing Bd4. It's back to even again,} Nxe3 {Best. (RJ)} 20.fxe3 Qxe7 21.Qc2+ Kg8 22.Qe4 {I thought this was weird and awkward. Rob thought it was fine. The engines agree with him. (RJ)} Rfe8 23.Rae1 Rad8 24.Kh1 Rd7 25.h3 Qd8 26.Qc2 Rde7 27.e4 {Best. Stockfish 7 gives Black a .46 advantage, Deep Shredder gives Black a .34 edge. I thought I had a slightly better position. But I could not see any winning plan and was a bit worried about how I would deal with Qb3. (RJ) We had less than 10 minutes each left on the clock and it looked like there was a long, hard road ahead to get some advantage, barring a late night blunder! (RJ)} {#d} 1/2-1/2
James Watson (1858) vs Robert Bailey (1524)
[Event "Spielvogel Memorial"] [Date "2017.02.02"] [Round "2"] [White "James Watson"] [Black "Robert Bailey"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1858"] [BlackElo "1524"] [ECO "A65"] [Opening "Benoni: 6.e4"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 Nfd7? {(JW) The correct move order is 7...Bg7 8.Bb5+ then Nfd7. Which is considered blacks best try. (RB) Yes, I got my move order wrong in the standard Mikenas Attack. JB and I have played quite a few of these over the years.} 8.a4 {(JW) This may not be the best way to exploit the inaccurate move order however I figured worst case it transposes back in to the mainline. (7.Bg7 8.Bb5+ Nfd7 9.a4) Also I had in mind the idea that an early Nb5 might cause black problems and so this ties in with that allowing me to meet Qb6 with a5} Bg7 9.Nb5?! {(JW) 9.Bb5 would transpose back into book, however instead simply Nf3 and white has an improved version. The engine points out this move is bad, but only for some specific variations that few humans would calculate from here. (RB) This surprised me and looked quite speculative, the early knight foray seemingly ignoring standard development. I thought at first simply returning the knight to f6 was adequate until I found the more interesting O-O with Qe7 plan.} O-O!! {(JW) This is actually blacks best move which I hadn't given due consideration. which I should have since its exactly the sort of this that needs to be checked before playing something like Nb5. I had originally thought Black would need to play ...Bg7 leaving white up tempi, though black would get some back with a6 next move kicking my knight. Rob came up with the better move however.} 10.Nxd6? {(JW) I had thought for a few minutes before playing this because I had to calculate the consequences of Qe7 and a piece sac on e5. Whilst it turns out my calculations were accurate, my evaluations of the resulting position was a little off. (BvR) I wanted to have better look, since I am unfamiliar with this variation, and I don't understand why both black (Ng8-f6-fd7) and white (Nb1-c3-b5) played their horses twice before move 9. Seemingly (to me) without reasons. The position was so interesting that I analysed a bit further, and came to the conclusion that some of James' comments are inaccurate. As 10.Nxd6.. turns out to be a mistake, I assume that 9.Nb5 was part of an incorrect plan. Rob's 9th move (O-O) was the best move of the whole game. Prepared? (RB) Unfortunately not Bas - my logic was only that in previous games where James had taken on d6 that I'd managed to win the game! I do enjoy the Benoni however. ;)} Qe7 11.e5? {(JW) The point here is to meet a sac on e5 with taking on c8 and even though black gets doublecheck discoveries, the fact that the knight is attacking the queen means it works out for white. (BvR, it doesn't work out for white. See further) For example 11...Bxe5?? 12.Nxc8 Bc3+ 13.Kf2 Bd4?? 14.Qxd4. or 11...Nxe5 12.Nxc8 Nf3+ 13.Kf2 Bd4+ 14.Kxf3 is fine for white (14.Qxd4?? Qe1+). Both players calculated these lines and figured it works out for white however the engine points out that one of the sacrifices works for black. (BvR) I disagree with James' general impression that white is doing OK. Whilst, in fact after the mistake Nxd6, white should have been in serious trouble. I have added the question-mark to 11.e5?, because now 11...Nxe5! would have worked well for black if he had spotted the fantastic combination: 12.Nxc8, Nd3+!! (not Nf3+); 13.Kd2, Rxc8; 14.Bxd3, c4; 15.Be2, c3!! and black is winning. (RB ) That's a nice line Bas, thanks for illustrating it. I spent far too long on the clock trying to make one of the double checks work and sadly didn't find c4 after Nd3. To flourish, have courage as they say!} Na6?? {(JW) It turns out that 11...Nxe5 is a near winning attack for the specific reason that black can play c4 and bring the queen to b4, otherwise white is holding fine. 11...Nxe5 12.Nxc8 Nd3+! 13.Kd2 when I thought white is fine since black doesn't have all their pieces developed and white should have adequate defense. However 13...Rxc8 14.Bxd3 black has ...c4 and Qb4 which is very strong. (BvR) ..c3 instead of Qb4, see my comments before, ie black is winning..} 12.Bxa6 bxa6 13.Be3?? {(JW) During and after play I felt this was bad and the engine confirms it does give black lots of resources. Instead white should just play Nf3 with clear advantage. (BvR) Correct, white reduces his advantage from +1.80 to +0.40, had black played 13...f6 instead of 13..Rb8 (?);} Rb8 14.Rb1? {(BvR) A weak move, as it allows 14.. Bxe5! 15.fxe5,Qxe5; 16.Nc4, Qe4 (-0.50).} Rb4? {(JW) Missing another chance to sac on e5, this time the point is that black will get a battery on the e file in a few lines.} 15.Nf3 {(JW) From here there isn't much more to be done. Provided white doesn't make any blunders its too much of an advantage to be overcome.} Bb7? {(BvR) A bad choice in a difficult position for black. Had he played 15..f6 instead, white would have a manageable (for black) +1.30 advantage, compared with +2.60 after Bb7. From here on it is a 'walk in the park' for James, with an extra pawn, a strong pawn-centre and a double pawn for black.} 16.Nxb7 Rxb7 17.O-O Rfb8 18.Rf2 Rb3 19.Re2 R8b7 20.Qc2 Bf8 21.d6 Qd8 22.Qc4 Qb8 23.Ng5 {(JW) Black only had a few seconds on the clock which isnt enough time to create defensive resources. An interesting game that could have gone any which way early on.} {#r} 1-0
Kevin Perrin (1540) vs Patrick Cook (1641)
[Event "Spielvogel Memorial"] [Date "2017.02.02"] [Round "2"] [White "Kevin Perrin"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1540"] [BlackElo "1641"] [ECO "A22"] [Opening "English: Bremen, Reverse Dragon"] 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bg2 Be6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.O-O Be7 8.d4 exd4 9.Nxd4 Nxd4 10.Qxd4 Nxc3 11.Qxc3 Bf6 12.Qb4 Rb8 13.Bf4 Qe7 14.Qa4+ Qd7 {Black offered a draw..."A bit early!" (K.P.) "I just like to stir you up!" (P.C.)} 15.Qxa7 O-O 16.Rfd1 Qb5 17.Bxc7 Ra8 18.Qe3 Qxb2 19.Rab1 Qa3? 20.Qxa3 Rxa3 21.Bd6 Rxa2 22.Bxf8 Kxf8 23.e3 Rb2 24.Rxb2 Bxb2 25.Bxb7 Ke7 26.Kg2 g6 27.f4 h5 28.Kf2 Bg4 29.Rd2 Bg7 30.e4 Be6 31.Bc6 Bc3 32.Rd3 Bb4 33.Bd5 Bc5+ 34.Kg2 Bg4 35.Rc3 Bd6 36.Rb3 Bc8 37.e5 Bc7 38.Rc3 Kd8 39.Bxf7 Bf5 40.Kf3 Bg4+ 41.Ke4 Bf5+ 42.Kd5 Ba5 43.Rc6 Bc7 44.Bxg6! {#r} 1-0
Patrick Cook (1641) vs Rob Loveband (1581)
[Event "Spielvogel Memorial"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2017.02.09"] [Round "3"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Rob Loveband"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1641"] [BlackElo "1581"] [ECO "A01"] [Opening "Nimzowitsch-Larsen: 1...e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3"] {While preparing our scoresheets, Rob looked at me, smiled, and enquired "1.b3...?" I wasn't intending to play it. (P.C.)} 1.b3 {At the last moment, "Why not!" I said. A good hearted chuckle was Rob's reply.(P.C.)} e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 Nf6 4.c4 Be7 5.a3 O-O 6.d3 d5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Nf3 f6! 9.Be2 Be6 10.O-O Bd6 11.Nbd2 a6 12.Qc2 Rc8 13.Nc4 Be7 14.Rfc1 Qe8 15.d4 exd4 16.Nxd4 Nxd4 17.Bxd4 c5 18.Bb2 b5 19.Nd2 Qd7 20.Nf3 Bf7 21.Bd3 Bg6? 22.Bxg6 hxg6 23.Qxg6 Qe6?? {Black offered a draw!} 24.Ng5!! {a bolt from the blue! (P.C.)} {#r} 1-0
Harrison Harrison (1642) vs Jamie Brotheridge (1518)
[Event "Spielvogel Memorial"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2017.02.02"] [Round "2"] [White "Harrison Harrison"] [Black "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1642"] [BlackElo "1518"] [ECO "A05"] [Opening "Reti: 1...Nf6"] 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.a3 g6 3.Ra2 Bg7 4.d4 d5 5.h3 Nc6 6.Bf4 a6 7.Nc3 Ne4 8.Qd3 Be6 9.b3 h6 10.g4 g5 11.Bh2 f5 12.e3 Nxc3 13.Qxc3 fxg4 14.hxg4 Bxg4 15.Qd3 O-O 16.Ne5 Nxe5 17.Bxe5 Bxe5 18.dxe5 Bf5 19.Qd1 Kg7 20.Qh5 Rh8 21.f4 Qe8 22.Qh2 g4 23.Rg1 h5 24.Qh4 Kf7 25.c4 c6 26.Qg5 Ke6 27.Bg2 Qg6 28.cxd5+ cxd5 29.Bxd5+ Kxd5 30.Qxe7 Rh7 31.Rd2+ Bd3 32.Rxd3+ Qxd3 33.Qd6+ Ke4 34.Qg6+ {#r} 1-0
Jasan Barnett (828) vs Caitlin Barnett (834)
[Event "Spielvogel 2017"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.02.09"] [Round "3"] [White "Jasan Barnett"] [Black "Caitlin Barnett"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "828"] [BlackElo "834"] [ECO "C55"] [Opening "Two Knights Defence"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bc5 5.Ng5 O-O 6.Bxf7+ Rxf7 7.Nxf7 Kxf7 8.O-O d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Qf3+ Nf6 11.Qg3 Qd6 12.Nb5 Qd7 13.Qb3+ Ke8 14.Qg3 Kf7 15.d3 Nd4 16.Qxe5 Nxb5 17.Qxc5 Ng4 18.h3 Nf6 19.Bg5 h6 20.Bxf6 Kxf6 21.Qe3 Qc6 22.Rfe1 b6 23.Qe8 Bb7 24.Qe7+ Kf5 25.Re5+ Kf4 26.g3+ Kf3 27.Rae1 Qxc2 28.Qf7# 1-0
Kevin Perrin (1540) vs James Watson (1858)
[Event "Spiegoval memorial"] [Date "2017.02.09"] [Round "3"] [White "Kevin Perrin"] [Black "James Watson"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1540"] [BlackElo "1858"] [ECO "A16"] [Opening "English: Anglo-Indian, 2.Nc3"] 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 c5 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 g6 5.e3 Ne5!? {(JW) An attempt to create an imbalance. I came up with this idea years ago as a junior in this exct position and a FM who had looked at the game said he liked the move. even though it's objectivly not the best.} 6.d4 Nxc4 7.dxc5 Qa5 8.Ne2 Qxc5 {(JW) Blacks Up a pawn but white has play for it. here my engine says its roughly even including over the next several moves until black consolidates and catches up in development} 9.O-O Bg7 10.b3 Ne5 11.Bb2 O-O 12.Rc1 Qa5 13.Na4 d6 14.a3?! Qb5 15.Bxe5?! Qxe5 16.Rc7? {(JW) White has slowly allowed black a slight edge but after this black is clearly better according to my engine.} d5! 17.Qc1 Bg4 18.Nd4 Rac8 19.Rxc8 Rxc8 20.Qd2 Qh5 21.Qb4? {(JW) It's a difficult position to prevent black increasing the advantage, however after this move leading to a sequence in which black has a very large advantage} e5! 22.Nb5 {(JW) Now Bf8 or Be2 are both very good for black, however in tossing up between Bf8 immediately or a6 I chose to force the white knight to c3 hoping to limit the squares available to the white queen first.} a6?! 23.Nbc3 b5?? {(JW) And suddenly because of a miscalculation, black throws away all advantage. Incidentally d4! was still much better for black.} 24.Nb6 Bf8 25.Qa5 {(JW) Now I had originally intended 5...Rc5 here But suddenly realized that having moved my bishop from g7 the f6 square is weak and allows a royal fork in several lines. I was forced to go in to the tank for a long think. I knew that the only move here for black to keep equality is Rc6, but I wanted to play for a win still! and decided I was going to allow an exchange sac of some sort. Rxc3 is interesting and e4 would be a nice one if it wasn't for 25...e4 26.Qd8! Qf5 and now I dont get my pieces to their ideal squares.} b4? {(JW) I elected an alternative which would actually be very strong except I missed that white just takes it next move and still protects the knight on c8!} 26.Nxc8 bxc3 27.Qxc3! {(JW) Now white has a much better game and I was forced to try and figure out any ways I could create resources.} Qf5 {(JW) Here till blacks move on move 30 is what I calculated as a potential way to get my pieces to the right squares, even at the cost of an extra pawn.} 28.Nb6 Ne4 29.Qc2 Qe6 {(JW) ...Nxg3 would have got back an extra pawn, but I wasn't interested in trading. I felt my best cahnce was to create an attack} 30.Nxd5 Ng5 31.e4 Bf3 32.Qd3 Bxg2 33.Kxg2 Qh3+ 34.Kg1 f5!? {(JW) This isn't the objectively strongest move, however I think in human terms it offers black the best swindling chances.} 35.Rc1 fxe4 36.Nf6+ Kg7 37.Nxe4 Qf5! 38.Rc4 Nf3+ 39.Kh1?? {(JW) Kf1 was the only move, then after 39.Kf1 Qh3+ 40.Ke2 Nd4+ 41.Kd2 white is winning, however with alot of mess and complications plus no immediate win for white, black has chances for counter play..} Qh3!! {(JW) Kevin mentioned he had seen this but forgot about it. Now black is completely won. Incidentally kevin does very wellto find the only sequence of moves that allows white to stay in the game for a little while longer.} 40.Rc7+ Kh8 41.Rxh7+ Kxh7 42.Qd7+! Qxd7 43.Nf6+ Kg7 44.Nxd7 Bxa3 45.Kg2 e4 46.Nb6 Nd2 {(JW) A nice well fought game. Black should win from here without too much difficulty, but perhaps if not for the late hour it would be the sort of position to make the black side work for the victory.} {#R} 0-1
Sue Ryan (675) vs Tom Oppenheim (1130)
[Event "Spielvogel Memorial"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2017.02.02"] [Round "2"] [White "Sue Ryan"] [Black "Tom Oppenheim"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "675"] [BlackElo "1130"] [ECO "A45"] [Opening "Indian: 2.e3"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.e3 d5 3.c4 e6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Nc3 O-O 6.Bd2 Nc6 7.Qe2 b6 8.O-O-O Ba6 9.Nb5 Bxb5 10.cxb5 Na5 11.Bxa5 bxa5 12.Ng5 h6 13.h4 Ne4 14.Nxe4 dxe4 15.g3 Rc8 16.Qg4 Qd5 17.Kb1 c6 18.Bg2 Qxb5 19.b3 Ba3 20.Qxe4 a4 21.Bf1 Qb6 22.Bd3 g6 23.h5 axb3 24.Rd2 bxa2+ 25.Kxa2 Qa5 26.Rhd1 Bb4+ 27.Kb3 Bxd2 28.Rxd2 Qxd2 29.hxg6 Rb8+ 30.Bb5 Rxb5+ 31.Kc4 Rb4+ 32.Kc5 Qc3+ 33.Kd6 Qa3 34.gxf7+ Rxf7 35.Qg6+ Rg7 36.Qe8+ Kh7 37.Kxe6 Qb3+ 38.Kf6 Rg6+?? 39.Qxg6+ {#r} 1-0
Patrick Cook (1641) vs Cassandra Barnett (1098)
[Event "Spielvogel Memorial"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2017.02.16"] [Round "4"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Cassandra Barnett"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1641"] [BlackElo "1098"] [ECO "E73"] [Opening "King's Indian: 5.Be2 O-O"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 O-O 6.Bg5 h6 7.Be3 c5 8.d5 Nfd7?! 9.Qd2 Kh7 10.Nf3 Ne5? 11.Nxe5 dxe5 12.Bxc5 Nd7 13.Be3 b6 14.O-O Bb7 15.f3 Qc8 16.Rfc1 a5 17.Na4! Ba6 18.Nxb6 {not 18.Bxb6? Nxb6 19.Nxb6 Qc5+!...a nice trap (P.C.)} Nxb6 19.Bxb6 Bb7 20.Be3 Qd7 21.c5 Ba6 22.c6 Qc7 23.Bxa6 Rxa6 24.Rc5 Rd8 25.Rac1 e6 26.Rb5 Ra7? 27.Bxa7 Qxa7+ 28.Qf2! Qc7 29.Rb7 Qd6 30.Qc5 Qxc5+ 31.Rxc5 exd5 32.exd5 g5 33.c7 Rc8 34.d6 Kg6 35.d7 Rxc7 36.Rcxc7 Bf6 37.Rc6 Kf5 38.Rxf6+ Kxf6 39.d8=Q+ Kg6 40.Qg8+ Kh5 41.Qxf7+ Kh4 42.g3+ Kh3 43.Qh5# 1-0
Tom Oppenheim (1130) vs Rob Loveband (1581)
[Event "Spielvogel 2017"] [Round "1"] [White "Tom Oppenheim"] [Black "Rob Loveband"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1130"] [BlackElo "1581"] [ECO "C01"] [Opening "French: Exchange, 4.Bd3"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Bd3 Be7 5.Be3 Nf6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Nbd2 Nbd7 8.O-O O-O 9.h3 Bh5 10.c3 Rc8 11.Qc2 Bg6 12.Bxg6 fxg6 13.c4 c5 14.dxc5 Nxc5 15.Rad1 Ncd7 16.Rfe1 Bb4 17.a3 Bxd2 18.Bxd2 Rxc4 19.Bc3 Qc7 20.Nd4 Qc8 21.Qd2 Ne4 22.Qd3 Rxf2 23.Rf1 Rxf1+ 24.Rxf1 Ndf6 25.Nf3 Nxc3 26.bxc3 Qc5+ 27.Nd4 Qc8 28.Qe2 Rc7 29.Qe5 Rxc3 30.Ne6 Rc6 31.Ng5 h6 32.Nf3 Re6 33.Qg3 Qc5+ 34.Kh1 Kh7 35.Nh4 Nh5 36.Qg4 Qd6 37.Rf3 {#R} 0-1
Rob Loveband (1581) vs Isaac Stolk (988)
[Event "Spielvogel 2017"] [Date "2017.02.16"] [Round "4"] [White "Rob Loveband"] [Black "Isaac Stolk"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1581"] [BlackElo "988"] [ECO "B53"] [Opening "Sicilian: 2...d6 3.d4"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nc6 4.d5 Na5 5.c4 Bd7 6.Nc3 g6 7.Be2 Bg7 8.O-O b6 9.Bg5 h6 10.Be3 e5 11.Nd2 Ne7 12.Kh1 f5 13.f4 O-O 14.fxe5 Bxe5 15.Bxh6 Rf7 16.Bg5 Rh7 17.Nf3 Bxc3 18.bxc3 fxe4 19.Nd2 Qe8 20.Nxe4 Rf7 21.Rxf7 Qxf7 22.Nf6+ Kg7 23.Nxd7 Ng8 24.Bg4 Nxc4 25.Be6 Qe8 26.Qf3 Ne5 27.Nxe5 dxe5 28.Re1 {#r} 1-0
Caitlin Barnett (834) vs Louis Douglas (780)
[Event "Spielvogel 2017"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.02.16"] [Round "4"] [White "Caitlin Barnett"] [Black "Louis Douglas"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "834"] [BlackElo "780"] [ECO "B10"] [Opening "Caro-Kann: 2.Nf3"] 1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.d4 e6 5.Bb5+ Bd7 6.Bxd7+ Nxd7 7.Nc3 Ngf6 8.Bg5 Bd6 9.Nb5 Qb6 10.Nxd6+ Qxd6 11.Bxf6 Nxf6 12.Ne5 O-O 13.O-O Rac8 14.c3 b5 15.a3 a6 16.Qe2 Rfe8 17.a4 b4 18.cxb4 Qxb4 19.Rfd1 a5 20.Qd2 Rb8 21.Qxb4 Rxb4 22.Rd2 Ne4 23.Rc2 Rxd4 24.Nd7 g6? 25.f3 Rd8 26.Ne5 Nf6 27.Nc6 Rd7 28.Nxd4 e5 29.Nc6 Rc7 30.Rac1 Rd7 31.Nxe5 d4?? 32.Nxd7 Nxd7 33.Rd2 Nc5?? 34.Rxc5 {#r} 1-0
Rodney Jacobs (1721) vs Isaac Stolk (988)
[Event "Spielvogel Memorial"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2017.02.09"] [Round "3"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Isaac Stolk"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1721"] [BlackElo "988"] [ECO "B21"] [Opening "Sicilian: Smith-Morra Accepted"] 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 {The Morra Gambit. I always had terrible trouble against the Sicilian, until I started playing this a couple of years ago. It seems to me that White gets open attacking lines for his white bishop and queen, a lead in development, control of the c and d files, a spacial advantage and a lasting initiative. All this for a mere pawn! (RJ)} dxc3 4.Nf3 {Nxc3 is the usual move, but this, sacking a second pawn, is perfectly playable. (RJ)} Qa5?! {Isaac and I felt this was a mistake. But it's not so bad. It's on Chessbase, played by a 2499 player. (RJ)} 5.Nxc3 d6 6.Bc4 {Following the Chessbase game. (RJ)} Nf6 7.O-O {Again book. At this stage the engines give White only a modest .3 edge. (RJ)} Bg4? {But this move is an error. The book move is Nc6. (RJ)} 8.Qb3 {Not as good as we thought after the game. Deep Shredder plumps for Bxf7ch, giving a 2.25 advantage, the stronger Stockfish 7 e5! with a 2.8 advantage. Each engine intends to follow up on the next move with Qb3. (RJ)} Qc7 9.Bxf7+ Kd8 10.Be3 {Nb5 is a bit stronger. (RJ)} Bxf3 11.Nb5 {Stockfish 7 picks this zwischenzug. (RJ)} Qa5 {Best (RJ)} 12.gxf3 Nc6 13.Rfd1 {Rfc1 is stronger. Note that Black can't chase the knight away with a6, due to the potential threat of B b6, winning the queen. (RJ)} a6?? {Whoops!} 14.Nxd6 Qe5? 15.Bb6+? {Qb6 leads to mate. (RJ)} Kd7 16.Nc4+ Qd6 17.Nxd6 {A good example of how Black treads a fine line in the Morra (like many gambits). Because it's so sharp, a mistake is often serious, even if White does not subsequently attack with accuracy. (RJ)} {#r} 1-0
Rodney Jacobs (1721) vs Kevin Perrin (1540)
[Event "Spielvogel Memorial"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2017.02.16"] [Round "4"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Kevin Perrin"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1721"] [BlackElo "1540"] [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 Qd8 {According to Chessbase, this move is less popular. Presumably this is because it is effectively non-developing - the queen will have to move again. The favoured move is Qd6. (RJ)} 7.O-O Nf6 8.Nb3 Nc6 9.Nbxd4 Nxd4 10.Nxd4 Be7 {Still in book. But Qc7, a6 or Bc5 are most commonly played. (RJ)} 11.Bf4 {This and c3 are the book moves. (RJ)} a6 {Keeping the knight out of b5 (RJ)} 12.Re1 {Still in book. c3 is more usual. (RJ)} O-O 13.c3 Nd5 14.Bg3 {Diverging from the book. The accepted move is 14. Be5. This makes sense. Two moves later I was effectively forced to play Be5, so on that basis 14. Bg3 is a waste of a tempo. Both my programs pick Be5 instantly (RJ)} Bf6 15.Bb3 {Not a mistake. However it was made with a wrong idea. I wanted to play 15.Nf3, but thought I would be losing after 15.......Nxc3 16. Qxd8 Rxd8 17. bc Bxc3, forking the rooks. But simply 18. Ree8! wins for White. Query whether Kevin in fact intended 15. Nxc3........... (RJ)} Qb6 16.Be5 {White needs to keep Black's white bishop, and therefore his Queen's rook, locked up. Here the programs prefer to do that by Nf3, rather than the text. They, obviously seeing the line properly, are not frightened of the response 16....Nxc3. (RJ)} Rd8 17.Qe2 {The engines like Bxd5 a little better. (RJ)} Bxe5 18.Qxe5 Nf6 19.Rad1 a5 20.Re2 {The programs think this is a bit weak,while still giving White a slight edge after after having played it. Deep Shredder goes for a5, obviously to stop Black's a pawn advancing further. I did think about it, and saw that Black in fact can't win the Bishop by playing Rxe4, because of the back rank threat. But I still did not like the look of it. Also I had a vain hope of an early night after 20. Re2 a4 21. Bc2 Qxb2?? 22. Bxh7 winning the queen. Stockfish 7 shows that the best move is 20. Nf5!!, giving the line 20. ........Rxe1 21. Bxe1! Qd8 22. Nd6 with a .5 advantage. (RJ)} a4 21.Bc2 Ra5! {An imaginative and effective way of activating the rook. Deep Shredder thinks this is best. (RJ)} 22.Qg3 {The programs this this is second-best, and that it loses the slight initiative White has. Best is Qe3. (RJ)} Rdd5?! {Again imaginative, but not so effective. It's a case of the wrong rook. Best is Raa5.The b2 pawn of course remains taboo. (RJ)} 23.h4 {I had a couple of moves ago thought this would be a good means of starting an attack in this position. Here it has the added advantage of preventing Rg5. (RJ)} e5 {Recommended by Deep Shredder, but not Stockfish 7. (RJ)} 24.Rde1! {I had planned this response, and felt happy when Kevin was clearly surprised by it, taking 10 minutes on his next move. Both engines say this move is best. But the position is still even.(RJ)} Nd7? {Here however Black goes astray. g6 is necessary. (RJ)} 25.Nf5 {Strong, but even stronger was 25. Bd4 Rdc5 (not 25...Rd6 26. Nf5!) 26. b4 ab 27. Nxb3. (RJ)} Qf6 {Forced.} 26.h5 {The engines say this dissipates White's 1.5 advantage, and surprisingly, recommend Qg5.The line they give involves basically tying White up. (RJ)} Nf8 {Recommended by Stockfish 7. (RJ)} 27.Ne3 {As is this (RJ)} Rdc5 28.Rd1 {Taking advantage of the knight's control of d5 to seize control of the d file. A complex line, the outcome of which the engines disagree on, arises from b4. (RJ)} Be6 {Best (RJ)} 29.Red2 {Best. Black doesn't have the luxury of going after the a pawn. (RJ)} Qe7? {An error. Black must protect his first rank by playing Rc8, after which White stands only slightly better. (RJ)} 30.Bb1? {Inconsistent and wasting an important tempo. White should continue the attack by Rd8. (RJ)} f6?! {h6 was better (RJ)} 31.Rd8? {But now this not the right time. Nf5 and, according to the computers, White has a 3.2 advantage. (RJ)} Rc8! 32.R8d2? {Such a difficult position! This cowardly retreat loses White's advantage; it's again even. Correct is to continue to press on by 32. Rxc8 Bxc8 33. h6! (RJ)} Qf7? {Better is a3 or Rcc5. (RJ)} 33.Nf5! Bxf5 34.Bxf5 {Now White has the upper hand again. (RJ)} Rc7? {Re8 was needed. (RJ)} 35.Qh3? {Rd8. (RJ)} Ra8 36.a3? {Again Ra8 was correct. A lot of mistakes! But each of had only about 7 minutes left and the position is very tricky. (RJ)} Re7 37.Be4 Kh8! {Best. Bd5 is in the wind. (RJ)} 38.Bd5 {The computers say h6 was marginally stronger. (RJ)} Qe8? 39.Ba2 {Fiddling around under time pressure. h6 is much stronger. (RJ)} Ne6 40.Qf5? {Either h6 or Bxe6 would have been much stronger. But White still has a 1 advantage. (RJ)} Nf8? {With 5 minutes left, a bad inaccuracy. h6 was necessary. The text allows 40.....h6! (RJ)} 41.Bb1 {Which White again misses. (RJ)} e4? 42.h6 {Finally spotting it. (RJ)} Re5 {Pretty good. As was e3. (RJ)} 43.hxg7+ Kxg7 44.Qh3! f5? {Qg6. (RJ)} 45.Ba2 {Activating the bishop. Not bad, but Qg3 was much stronger. We were both pretty much playing lightning chess at this stage. (RJ)} Ra6! {Given by Deep Shredder as best. (RJ)} 46.Rd8 {Also best. White now has some horrible threats, with his control of the white squares and d file. (RJ)} Qe7 {Best. (RJ)} 47.Qh2? {With each having about 3 minutes left, again fiddling around. Stockfish 7 gives R1d7!! ...the knight being effectively pinned (RJ)} Rf6? {Rh3 gives Black much better chances. (RJ)} 48.Qf4! Rb5? {Succumbing to time pressure. h5 was a possibility. But Black is lost, with Qg5 and R1d7 both threatened. (RJ)} 49.Qg5+ {If 49......Ng6 50. Rg8 mate. If 49.......kh8 50. Qg8 mate. If 49......Rg6 50. Qxe7. This wild game is typical of those Kevin & I tend to put together. (RJ)} {#r} 1-0
Robert Bailey (1524) vs Patrick Cook (1641)
[Event "Spielvogel Memorial"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2017.02.23"] [Round "5"] [White "Robert Bailey"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1524"] [BlackElo "1641"] [ECO "C07"] [Opening "French: Tarrasch, Open, 4.exd5"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 exd5 {4...Qxd5 is now the usual line (P.C.)} 5.Ngf3 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Nf6 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.N2f3 Bg4 9.c3 Nxd4 10.cxd4 Bb4+ 11.Bd2 Bxd2+ 12.Qxd2 Bxf3 13.gxf3 O-O 14.O-O-O! Qd6 15.Rdg1 g6 16.Qg5!? {16.Qh6... looks better (P.C.)} Kg7 17.h4 Rg8 {Here, Patrick offered one of his infamous "psychological" draw offers. He confessed to Kevin, that he didn't think Rob would accept, but just wanted "to poke him in the ribs"! After a very long think, Rob accepted. (P.C.)} {#d} 1/2-1/2
Dylan Douglas (795) vs Caitlin Barnett (834)
[Event "Spielvogel 2017"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.02.23"] [Round "5"] [White "Dylan Douglas"] [Black "Caitlin Barnett"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "795"] [BlackElo "834"] [ECO "C47"] [Opening "Four Knights: Italian Variation"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bc4 Bc5 5.d3 Bd4 6.Nxd4 Nxd4 7.Bg5 d6 8.Nd5 Be6 9.c3 Bxd5 10.Qa4+ Bc6 11.Qd1 Ne6 12.Bd5 Bxd5 13.exd5 Nxg5 14.h4 Nxd5 15.hxg5 Qxg5 16.Qf3 c6 17.Rh5 Qf4 18.c4 Qxf3 19.gxf3 Nf4 20.Rh4 Nxd3+ 21.Ke2 Nxb2 22.Rb1 Nxc4 23.Rxc4 Rb8 24.f4 d5 25.Ra4 exf4 26.Rxa7 O-O 27.Rbxb7 Rxb7 28.Rxb7 g5 29.Rc7 Ra8 30.Kf3 Rxa2 31.Kg4 Rxf2 32.Kxg5 Kg7 33.Rxc6 f3 34.Rc3 h6+ 35.Kg4 d4 36.Rd3 Kg6 37.Kg3 Rf1 38.Rxd4 f5 39.Rh4 Kg5 40.Rf4 f2 41.Rf3 h5 42.Kg2 Ra1 43.Kxf2 Ra2+ 44.Kg1 Kg4 45.Rb3 f4 46.Rb1 h4 47.Rf1 Kg3 48.Kh1 h3 49.Rg1+ Rg2 50.Rxg2+ hxg2+ 51.Kg1 Kh3 52.Kf2 Kh2 53.Kf3 g1=Q 54.Kxf4 Qe1 55.Kf3 Qe5 56.Kg4 Qf6 57.Kh5 Qg7 58.Kh4 Kg2 59.Kh5 Kf3 {#R} 0-1
Chantelle Barnett (407) vs Daniel Bradbrook
[Event "Spielvogel 2017"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.02.23"] [Round "5"] [White "Chantelle Barnett"] [Black "Daniel Bradbrook"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "407"] [ECO "A04"] [Opening "Reti: 1...d6"] 1.Nf3 d6 2.g3 e5 3.Bg2 Nc6 4.O-O Nf6 5.d3 d5 6.a3 Nd4 7.Nxd4 exd4 8.Nd2 Bd6 9.Nf3 c5 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.Ne1 Be6 13.Rb1 O-O 14.Qc1 c4 15.dxc4 dxc4 16.Bxb7 Rab8 17.Bg2 c3 18.bxc3 Rxb1 19.Qxb1 Rb8 20.Qc1 dxc3 21.Nd3 Bc4 22.f4 Bxd3 23.exd3 Bc5+ 24.Kh1 Re8 25.Re1 Kf8 26.Rxe8+ Kxe8 27.a4 Qe7 28.Qa1 Bd4 29.Bc6+ Kd8 30.Qa2 Qd6 31.Qd5 Qxd5+ 32.Bxd5 Kd7 33.Bxf7 Kd6 34.Kg2 Kc5 35.Bb3 Kb4 36.Kf3 a5 37.g4 Bg1 38.h3 Kc5 39.g5 hxg5 40.fxg5 g6 41.Kg4 Bd4 42.h4 Kd6 43.h5 gxh5+ 44.Kxh5 Ke7 45.Kh6 Kf8 46.g6 Bg7+ 47.Kh7 Bd4 48.Kh6 Bg7+ 49.Kg5 Bd4 50.Kf4 Bf6 51.Ke4 Bg7 52.d4 Ke7 53.Kd3 Kd6 54.Kxc3 Ke7 55.Bf7 Kf6 56.Kc4 Kg5 57.d5 Be5 58.Kc5 Kf6 59.Kc6 Kg5 60.d6 Bf6 61.Kc7 Be5 62.Kc6 Kf6 63.d7 Ke7 64.Be8 Kd8 65.Kd5 Bh8 66.Ke6 Bc3 67.Kf7 Bb2 68.g7 Bxg7 69.Kxg7 Kc7 70.Kf7 Kd8 71.Ke6 Kc7 72.Ke7 Kb6 73.d8=Q+ Kc5 74.Qxa5+ Kc4 75.Qb5+ Kd4 76.Bc6 Ke3 77.Qc5+ Kd2 78.Bb5 Kc1 79.Qe3+ Kb2 80.c3 Kb3 81.Qc1 Ka2 82.Bc4# 1-0
Jamie Brotheridge (1518) vs Rob Loveband (1581)
[Event "Spielvogel Memorial"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2017.02.23"] [Round "5"] [White "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Black "Rob Loveband"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1518"] [BlackElo "1581"] [ECO "D12"] [Opening "Slav: 4.e3 Bf5 5.Qb3"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Qb3 Qc7 6.Nc3 e6 7.Bd2 Nbd7 8.Rc1 Qb6 9.Be2 h6 10.Qxb6 axb6 11.O-O Bd6 12.Rfd1 Ne4 13.a3 g5 14.g3 Ke7 15.Kg2 Rag8 16.h4 Nxc3 17.Bxc3 Be4 18.Kf1 f6 19.hxg5? {Opens up the h file for an attack (RL)} hxg5 20.Ke1 dxc4 21.Kd2 b5 22.Rf1 Nb6 23.Ne1 Rh2 24.f3 Bg6 25.g4 Nd5 26.Rg1 Nxe3! 27.Bb4 Bxb4+ 28.axb4 Nd5 29.Ra1 Nf4 {The white bishop is cactus and Black's bishop is active. Still got 7 pawns on the board! (RL)} {#R} 0-1
Jasan Barnett (828) vs Miguel Marbella (853)
[Event "Spielvogel 2017"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.02.23"] [Round "5"] [White "Jasan Barnett"] [Black "Miguel Marbella"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "828"] [BlackElo "853"] [ECO "B21"] [Opening "Sicilian: Smith-Morra, 2...cxd4"] 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qd1 d6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.Nf3 g6 7.Bxc6 bxc6 8.O-O Nf6 9.e5 dxe5 10.Nxe5 Qc7 11.Bf4 Rd8 12.Nxf7 Qxf4 13.Nxd8 Kxd8 14.g3 Qb4 15.b3 Bg7 16.c3 Qb7 17.Qd4 Ke8 18.f3 Bh3 19.Rf2 Kf7 20.Qc4+ Be6 21.Qf4 Rd8 22.Rd2 Qb6+ 23.Rd4 Bh3 24.g4 g5 25.Qd2 Nxg4 26.fxg4 Rxd4 27.Qf2+ Rf4 28.Qxb6 Rf1# 0-1
James Watson (1858) vs Harrison Harrison (1642)
[Event "Spielvogel 2017"] [Date "2017.02.16"] [Round "4"] [White "James Watson"] [Black "Harrison Harrison"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1858"] [BlackElo "1642"] [ECO "D10"] [Opening "Slav: 3.Nc3 Nf6"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 O-O 7.Qc2 h6 8.Bh4 Nbd7 9.Bd3 Nb6 10.c5 Nbd7 11.O-O a5 12.a3 Ne8 13.Bg3 f5 14.b4 g5?! {(JW)...f4 isn't even really a threat as it open the king too much} 15.Ne5 Nxe5 16.Bxe5 Bf6 17.f4 Bxe5 18.fxe5 Ng7 19.b5 Bd7 20.b6 Be8 21.g4 Bg6 22.Ne2 Qd7 23.Rf2 h5 24.h3 Kf7 25.Raf1 Ke7 26.Ng3 h4? 27.gxf5! {(JW) This is winning for white but Nxf5 is an even clearer win. Though I have to admit I didnt really calculate it because I just sort of assumed this should win, "somehow"} hxg3 28.f6+ Kd8 29.fxg7 gxf2+ 30.Rxf2?? {(JW) Blowing a lovely win. 30.Qxf2! was the winning move, which s so often happens I didnt see until immediately after playing this. the consequence of not really taking any time as I still had almost all my starting time at this point.} Qxg7! 31.Rxf8+ Qxf8 32.Bxg6 Qf3? 33.Qf2 Qxf2+ 34.Kxf2 {(JW) This position is a fortress. The "correct result" from here would typically be an eventual draw} a4 35.Bh5 Kd7 36.Be2 Ke7 37.Kg3 Rf8 38.Kg2 Kf7 39.Bd1 Kg7 40.Bg4 Re8 41.Bh5 Re7 42.Bd1 Re8 43.Bh5 Rh8 44.Be2 Rh4 45.Bf1 Kf7 46.Be2 Ke7 47.Bg4 Kd7 48.Be2 Rh8 49.Kg3 Ra8 50.Kg4 Ra5 51.Kxg5 {(JW) Had I not taken the pawn Harrison was going to play Rb5 which we both thought worked for black. It turns out though that in fact all the lines where black gives up the rook on b5 are actually losing pawn endgames, extremely complex ones mind you.instead of taking the pawn 51.Kh5 Rb5?? 52.Bxb5 cxb5 53.e4!! is the only winning move and one I seriously doubt I could have found.} Ra8 52.Bd3 Rg8+ 53.Bg6 Rf8 54.h4 Rf3 55.h5 Ke7! {(JW) The only move. Here I went into the tank for a long think because I could see that white has h6 with an easy draw since black would have no choice but to give a perpetual check. But I was determined to find some other possibilities.} 56.Bd3?? {(JW) What I came up with is horrific. After the game I found out Harrison had intended not to give perpetual after h6 but instead thought (mistakenly) that black was winning. 56.h6 Rg3+ 57.Kh5 Rxe3?? h7 Rxh3 but I pointed out white has both Kh4 or g4 whihc Harriosn hadnt seen. Infact white has 4 winning moves in that position which are all mate in around 10} Rxe3 57.Ba6?? {(JW) The worst thing about this whole idea is not that it loses, it's that I wasnt even playing it as a winning attempt. I'd seen h6 was an easy draw for black so I played what I thought would be a flamboyant draw where I give up a bishop.} bxa6 58.h6 Rg3+ 59.Kh5 Kf7! 60.Kh4 Rxa3 61.h7 Kg7 62.h8=Q+ Kxh8 63.Kg5 Kg7 {#R} 0-1
James Watson (1854) vs Rauri Coffey (1151)
[Event "Spielgovel 2017"] [Date "2017.02.23"] [Round "5"] [White "James Watson"] [Black "Rauri Coffey"] [WhiteElo "1854"] [BlackElo "1151"] [ECO "B01"] [Opening "Scandinavian: Marshall, 4.Nf3"] 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Nxd5 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 e6 6.O-O Bd6 7.Re1 Nd7 8.Nbd2 O-O 9.Nf1 c5! {(JW) I hadn't been happy with how complacently I'd been playing and Rauri to his credit had been playing this very well, with this move he has equalized very easily and can maybe start playing for an edge} 10.c4?! Nf4 {(JW) I'd simply overlooked that this square was available to the knight this whole time. Infact black can already claim to have a preferabble position} 11.dxc5 Nxc5 12.h3 Nxe2+ 13.Qxe2 Bxf3?! {(JW) The position is still essentially equal, though after this atleast felt I shouldnt end up being much worse.} 14.Qxf3 b6 15.Rd1 Qe7 16.Be3 Rac8 17.Qg4 Be5 18.Bd4 Bxd4 19.Rxd4 e5 20.Rd5 f5 21.Qe2 Rce8 22.Rad1 Qf6!? {(JW) After this it goes from roughly half a pawn advantage to black to a roughly half pawn advantage for white according to my engine} 23.Ne3 Rf7 24.f3 g6 25.b4 Ne6 26.Rd6 Nf4 27.Qd2 Qg5 28.Nd5 {(JW) Setting a trap which black falls in to, But I'd missed a detail so could probably mark the move as a mistake} Nxh3+ 29.Kh2 {(JW) Kf1 is sound for white for long term reasons that work out due to the pin. here I'd expected black to trade queens, but infact he can just drop the knight back to f4 with a small edge.} Qxd2?? 30.Rxd2 Ng5 31.Nf6+ Rxf6 32.Rxf6 e4! 33.Kg3! e3 34.Re2 Kg7 35.Rc6? {(JW) Suprisgly the engine claims this blows all whites advantage. White needs to bring the rook to d6} Re7? {(JW) Apprently missing some sort of resource} 36.f4?? {(JW) Very poor technique being displayed here. Though it is because I didn't notice the knight can come to c2 blocking access to my king} Ne4+ 37.Kh2 {(JW) Unfortunately Kf3 is a perpetual check so now black is back in the game} Nc3 38.Re1 e2 39.c5 bxc5 40.Rxc5 Nxa2 41.b5 Nb4 42.Re5 Rxe5 43.fxe5 Kf7 44.Rxe2 Ke6 {(JW) Black offered a draw.} 45.Re3 Nc2 46.Rc3 Nd4 47.Rc5 h5 48.Kg3 g5 49.Kf2 f4 50.Rc6+?? {(JW) A moment of complete insanity, Id been lamenting how I'd more or less blown any realistic winning chances when suddenly I remembered that passed pawns separated by a file protect themselves. What I'd forgotten is while they protect themselves, they need an extra file to promote themselves.} Nxc6 51.bxc6 Ke7? {(JW) giving white some chances} 52.Kf3 a5 53.Ke4 a4 {(JW) I paused for thought here, do I stay in the square of the pawn or force through a pawn promotion, I chose the wrong one} 54.Kd4?? {(JW) Kd4 or Kf4 gave white chances as we both end up promoting pawns. For some reason I thought I might be able to track the a pawn and still be in time to reconnect with my passers} a3 55.Kc3 f3 {(JW) A well deserved win by Rauri. I wasnt overly upset about the result as I knew I'd played poorly throughout and in the early stages had been simply outplayed. whilst I fluffed aroound with my winning chances Rauri had played overall quite reasonably where I'd played over all sub par} {#R} *
Harrison Harrison (1642) vs Rodney Jacobs (1721)
[Event "Spielvogel Memorial"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.02.23"] [Round "5"] [White "Harrison Harrison"] [Black "Rodney Jacobs"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1642"] [BlackElo "1721"] [ECO "B01"] [Opening "Scandinavian: Icelandic Gambit"] 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.Qa4+ {Deviating from book. Usual is cd or d4. (RJ)} Bd7 6.Qb3 Bc6? {The engines indicate d4!. Of course if then Qxb2, Bc6. Now it's even again. (RJ)} 7.d4 Be7 {After the game Harrison felt I had a win with Qe7ch. It is the best move, but only marginally. The programs indicate it gives Black only a small advantage. (RJ)} 8.Nf3 O-O 9.c5 Nbd7 10.Bd3 Re8 11.O-O b6 12.cxb6 cxb6? {As I made the move I saw the resultant position, and knew I had made a mistake. Now the Black d pawn is also isolated. If Black recaptures with the a pawn, he can soon comfortably play c5 and get good play in the centre. (RJ)} 13.Qc2 Rc8? {Be6 is much better. (RJ)} 14.Ba6! Rc7?? {Again my hand moved before my brain, and I saw the disaster as I put the rook down. Rb8 and White has a comparatively small advantage. (RJ)} 15.Bf4 {Ah yes. (RJ)} Bb7 16.Bxc7 Qxc7 17.Bd3 {Black's problem is not just the loss of the exchange. His c7 square is so weak that the position just collapses. (RJ)} h5 {A token 'attack', basically rubbish. (RJ)} 18.Rac1 Ng4 19.Nxd5? {All a bit embarrassing, but typically Harrison - odd opening moves followed by imaginative, dynamic play. (RJ)} {#r} 1-0
Patrick Cook (1641) vs Rodney Jacobs (1721)
[Event "Spielvogel Memorial"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.03.02"] [Round "6"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Rodney Jacobs"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1641"] [BlackElo "1721"] [ECO "A01"] [Opening "Nimzowitsch-Larsen: 1...d5 2.Bb2"] 1.b3 {I was so sure that Pat would play b3 that, while waiting for him to come to the table, I, encouraged by a club member who will remain nameless, but whose initials are JB, put Pat's b3 pawn there.(RJ)} d5 {Rod told me after the game that he thought I might play the Larsen, and he prepared this...(P.C.) Yes, in all our previous Larsen games, including lightning games, I had played 1.....e5.} 2.Bb2 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Nf3 c5 {The most played move on Chessbase. Alternatives include Be7 or Bd6. (RJ)} 5.d4!? {The second most popular move on Chessbase, after c4. (RJ)} Nc6 6.dxc5?! {I felt this was an innacuracy, just helping Black develop his Bishop. It's not recommended on Chessbase. In these types of positions, it's not usual to take the pawn until the opponent has first moved the defending bishop - so as not to lose a tempo.(RJ)} Bxc5 7.Be2 O-O 8.O-O Qe7 9.a3 a6 10.c4 Rd8 11.Qc2 dxc4 12.Bxc4 e5?! {Just a bit over-anxious to liberate my white bishop. (RJ)} 13.b4 Ba7 14.Ng5! {Pretty much forces the R back to where it came from...(P.C.). Yes, the best move. (RJ)} Rf8 15.Nd2 h6 16.Ngf3 Bg4 17.h3 Bh5? {Bd7 is necessary. . (RJ)} 18.Bxa6! {Sorry Pat, but not the best move. Both programs give g4 for White as best. (RJ)} Nxb4? {Rc8!, although White still has the better of it. (RJ)} 19.axb4 bxa6 20.Nxe5 {The programs now give White a 1.15 advantage. (RJ).} Rfc8 {Best. (RJ)} 21.Qb3 Bb8 {Also best. (RJ)} 22.Nef3 Bd6? 23.Rfc1 Re8? {23...Rxc1+ 24.Rxc1 Bxb4 25. Bxf6 was acceptable to me...(P.C.) Stockfish 7 gives BcB4 as best. (RJ)} 24.b5! axb5 25.Rxa8 Rxa8 26.Bxf6 gxf6? {26...Qxf6 seems logical (P.C.) I knew that, positionally, this was a serious error. But I thought I would be able to generate some tactical threats with my 2 bishops. Alas, it was Pat who now works up those threats. (RJ)} 27.Qxb5 {Qd5! is very strong here. (RJ)} Bg6 {The engines give White a .9 advantage here. (RJ)} 28.Nd4 Ra2 29.N2f3 Qe4 {Qc7! is a bit stronger. (RJ)} 30.Qc6 {Qd7 is stronger. (RJ)} Qe7? {Qxc6 (RJ)} 31.Qc8+ Kh7 32.Nf5! {Getting rid of my White bishop, simplifying and heading towards an endgame where White will have a significant advantage with his extra pawn and my messed up pawn structure. (RJ)} Bxf5? {Qf8 holds out longer. (RJ)} 33.Qxf5+ Kg7 34.Nd4 Qb7 35.Qb5?! {Stockfish 7 recommends Qh5!, with a 2.67 advantage - obviously with Nf5 to come. (RJ)} Qxb5 36.Nxb5 Be7 37.Nd4 Kg6 38.g4 Ba3 39.Rc2 Ra1+ 40.Kg2 Rb1 41.h4 Bd6 42.Nf5 Bb8 43.Rc8 Kh7 44.Rc6 Rb4 45.f4 Rb2+ 46.Kf3 h5 47.gxh5 Rb5 48.Rxf6 Kg8 49.h6 Rb7 50.e4 Rb4 51.h7+! Kxh7 52.Rxf7+ Kg8 53.Rg7+ Kf8 54.h5 Rb2 55.h6 Rh2 56.h7 Rh5 57.Rg8+ {A convincing game by Pat - in front the whole way after his courageous sac on move 18. Due to my lack of time, and, yes, chess ability, my comments come from computer suggestions.(RJ)} {#r} 1-0
Rob Loveband (1581) vs Robert Bailey (1524)
[Event "Spielvogel 2017"] [Date "2017.03.02"] [White "Rob Loveband"] [Black "Robert Bailey"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1581"] [BlackElo "1524"] [ECO "A85"] [Opening "Dutch: 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7"] 1.d4 f5 {I decided to try the Dutch again despite a nasty positional loss to Rob in the 2015 Club Championship where he played 2. Nc3 and adopted more of a london system. (RB)} 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 {Going for a Leningrad setup; something I've enjoyed playing over the years since the sage advice on its merits was given to me by both John Lavery and Peter Lumsdon in 2003. (RB)} 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.e3 O-O 6.Be2 d6 7.O-O Qe8 8.Qc2 {I knew I 'd faced this position before and sure enough in my collections found a game from the Country Vic Championships where John Frangakis had played the same line against me in 2003, deviating with 8. b3} e5 {Achieving equality but Rob's setup is quite solid and the next phase of the game is quite interesting.} 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.Nd5 Na6 11.Bd2 c6 {Too negative; missing the chance to play more actively with Ne4.} 12.Nxf6+ Bxf6 13.Bc3! {I underestimated the strength of this move - this piece became instrumental to Rob's pressure on my king-side.} Bd7 {A bit timid; probably needed to calculate deeper to make the Nc5-e4 plan work, a common idea in this system. Fritz wants to play Qe7 and b6 after the Bb4 idea that Rob and I looked at after the game. (RB)} 14.a3 c5 {A weak choice upon reflection, seeking to keep the knight out of d4 and at some point push e4.} 15.Nd2 Nc7 16.b4 cxb4? {This is definitely the start of a faulty set of moves where I start losing the thread of the game. Giving the opponent new targets and mobile pawns probably isn't a good idea generally! (RB)} 17.axb4 e4 18.Nb3 Ba4? {Leads to some troubles for black (RL) Rob and I both agreed on this after the game that this was where it went wrong for me. Curiously enough however, Fritz wanted me to play this move earlier. (RB)} 19.Bxf6 {After Rob took here without too much thought, I realised I'd made a mistake and absolutely sank into my chair, somewhat despairingly consuming oodles of time in the process. (RB)} Bxb3? {Better to take white's bishop with the rook (RL)} 20.Qc3 Bc2 {I spent time looking at the exchange sacrifice as well as the simple tactical motif with Rc8 and Nd5. Both looked pretty hopeless. (RB)} 21.Bh8?? {Forgetting that the knight can come to e6 protecting the mating square g7, and allowing black's bishop to get to d3.... careless play by white (RL) I was surprised by this and had seen Be5 whilst watching over Rob's shoulder (RB)} (21.Be5 Na6 22.Bd6 Bd3 23.Bxd3 exd3 24.b5 {Gets either the knight or the exchange (RL)}) 21...Ne6 22.Be5 Bd3 23.Bxd3 exd3 24.Qxd3 Rd8 25.Qc3 a6 26.c5 Qb5 {Qc6 maybe a bit more accurate with the idea of following up with b6. The final phase of the game is quite intense as I start to live perilously on the increment.} 27.Qb3 Rfe8 28.Rad1 Kf7 29.Rd4 Rxd4 30.exd4 a5 31.Rb1? {Would've been better to get the Queen to g3, heading for h4 to attack the king (RL)} axb4 32.f4 Rd8 33.Re1 Re8 34.Bd6 Qa5 35.Qd5 {notation not clear (Rob B. could you put the rest of the moves in please?) No problem Rob! (RB)} Qb5 36.Qb3 Qa5 37.Re2? Qa3?? {Blinded and hamstrung by the power of the lethal pin by the white queen and the hint of a passed pawn, Black misses the last remaining chance to gain true counter-play with Qa1+ and Qxd4. I felt after the game I'd missed tactics on white's central pawns and this proved to be the case. (RB)} 38.Qd5 Qa6 39.Ra2 Qb5 {Qc6 might hold for longer.} 40.Ra7 {I had mere seconds left here on the clock; but not finding any resource, decided to resign. A well deserved win to Rob L. I very much enjoyed the fighting nature of the final phase of the game despite the result. (RB)} {#r} 1-0
Harrison Harrison (1641) vs Rauri Coffey (1151)
[Event "Spielvogel 2017"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.03.02"] [Round "6"] [White "Harrison Harrison"] [Black "Rauri Coffey"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1641"] [BlackElo "1151"] [ECO "A00"] [Opening "Van Geet: 1...Nf6"] 1.Nc3 Nf6 2.e3 g6 3.Nce2 e5 4.Ng3 Bg7 5.c4 O-O 6.d3 d5 7.cxd5 Qxd5 8.Be2 Nc6 9.Nf3 Bg4 10.h3 Be6 11.O-O Qd7 12.Bd2 Rad8 13.a3 h5 14.Rc1 Bh6 15.b4 Qd6 16.b5 Ne7 17.Bb4 Qd7 18.Nxe5 Qxb5 19.Bxe7 Qxe5 20.d4 Qg5 21.Ne4 Nxe4 22.Bxg5 Nxg5 23.Rxc7 Bd5 24.f3 Ne6 25.Rc3 b6 26.e4 Ba8 27.d5 Nc5 28.Bd3 Be3+ 29.Kh2 Bd4 30.Rc4 Be5+ 31.f4 Bb8 32.Bb1 Bb7 33.Rd4 Kg7 34.e5 f5 35.e6 Bd6 36.Re1 Rde8 37.Qc2 Re7 38.g4 hxg4 39.hxg4 Rh8+ 40.Kg3 Rf8 41.gxf5 Rxf5 42.Rg1 Rc7 43.Kf3 Bxd5+ 44.Rxd5 Rxf4+ 45.Ke2 Re4+ 46.Kd1 Bf4 47.Rxg6+ Kxg6 48.Rxc5 Rxc5 49.Qxe4+ Kg5 50.Qg2+ Kh4 51.Qf2+ Kg4 52.Qxc5 bxc5 53.e7 c4 54.e8=Q c3 55.Qg6+ Kf3 56.Be4+ Ke3 57.Bc2 Kf2 58.Qe4 Bd2 59.Bd3 Kg3 60.Ke2 Kh3 61.Kf3 {#r} 1-0

In memory of Nathan Spielvogel

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