Patrick Cook (1665) vs Caitlin Barnett (937)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.10.19"] [Round "1"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Caitlin Barnett"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1665"] [BlackElo "937"] [ECO "A42"] [Opening "Modern: Averbakh"] 1.d4 d6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 Nf6 5.Be2 O-O 6.Bg5 c5 7.d5 b6 $14 8.Qd2 Bb7 {Condemning the Bishop to unemployment for the foreseeable future. (P.C.)} 9.Nf3 Qc7 10.O-O Nbd7 11.Nb5 Qc8 12.Bd3 Ne5 $14 13.Nxe5 dxe5 14.Bh6 Qd7 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.Qg5 Qg4 $16 17.Qxe5 Qd7 18.f3 Ba6 $18 {that is the losing move jb} 19.Nc7 Bxc4 20.Bxc4 Rac8 21.Nb5 a6 22.Nc3 b5 23.Be2 Ra8 24.g4 Qd6 25.Qxd6 exd6 26.g5 Nd7 27.f4 b4 28.Na4 Rfe8 29.Bf3 f6 30.h4 a5 31.Rfe1 Rab8 32.b3 h6 33.gxf6+ Kxf6 34.Bg4 Nb6 35.Nxb6 Rxb6 36.Be6 Ke7 37.e5 Rf8 38.Rf1 Kd8 39.exd6 Rxd6 40.Rac1 Rf6 41.Rxc5 Ra6 42.Kg2 Ke7 43.Kg3 g5 44.hxg5 hxg5 45.Rc7+ Kf8 46.Rh1 gxf4+ 47.Kf3 Ke8 48.Rh8+ Rf8 49.Rc8+ {#r} 1-0
Cassandra Barnett (1145) vs Rob Loveband (1765)
[Event "Koelle 2017"] [Site "Rob's house"] [Date "2017.10.25"] [Round "1"] [White "Cassandra Barnett"] [Black "Rob Loveband"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1145"] [BlackElo "1765"] [ECO "A40"] [Opening "Queen's Pawn: Modern"] 1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.e3 O-O 6.Bd3 Nbd7 7.O-O c6 8.Qc2 e5 9.a3 Re8 10.b4 a6 11.Bb2 exd4 12.exd4 Nb6 13.Rfe1 Bg4 14.Ng5 Rxe1+ 15.Rxe1 Nh5 16.Qd2 d5 17.h3 Bc8 18.c5 Nd7 19.Nf3 Nf8 20.Bb1 {White offered a draw} Ne6 21.Ne2 Qf8 22.Bc1 Bd7 23.g4 Nf6 24.Ng3 Nc7 25.Qd3 Re8 26.Rxe8 Qxe8 27.Kg2 Bc8 28.Bf4 {White offered a draw #2} Ne6 29.Qe3 Nxf4+ 30.Qxf4 Be6 31.g5 {White offered a draw #3} Nd7 32.Qc7 Qb8 33.Qxb8+ Nxb8 34.Bd3 Nd7 35.Ne2 {White offered a draw #4} f6 36.h4 Bg4 37.Kg3 Bxf3 38.Kxf3 Kf7 39.Kg3 {White offered a 5th draw} fxg5 40.hxg5 Nf8 41.f4 Ne6 42.f5 Nxg5 43.Kg4 Ne4? {Better was Kf6} 44.fxg6+ hxg6 45.Bxe4 dxe4 46.Kf4 Kf6 {Back to equal } 47.Kxe4 Kg5 48.Kf3 Kh4 49.Kg2 Kg4 50.Kf2 Bf6 51.Ke3 Kf5 52.Ng3+ Kg4 53.Ne4 Bg5+?? {(RL)Blunder - the Knight should now be swapped off and the pawn majority can sweep down the board! (BvR) Bg5 is not a blunder, perhaps not the best move. It was a draw position before Bg5, but also after Bg5. And also 5 times when Cassandra offered a draw! (RL) Bas, Komodo gives it a +10 (ie huge blunder) . + (10.70): 54.Nxg5 Kxg5 55.d5 cxd5 56.a4 Kf5 57.b5 axb5 58.c6 bxc6 59.a5 b4 60.a6 b3 61.Kd2 g5 62.a7 b2 63.Kc2 c5 64.a8Q d4 (BvR) Yes, Rob you are correct, I was wrong as my own chess engine told me, when I finally decided to check properly. Before doing this, I incorrectly believed (?) that 57.b5, Ke6 (instead of axb5); 58.c6, Kd6; would hold for black because of his 2 passed pawns. Very sad mistake from my part(quoting D.Trump)...} 54.Kd3?? {Missed opportunity (BvR)} Bc1 {(BvR).54...Bc1 deserves a question mark, as it helps the white pawn-wall to march forwards.} 55.a4 Kf4 56.Nd6 {(BvR) Rob's pawns cannot be defended. For example,} Kf3?? {Should just push the passed pawn!} 57.Nxb7 g5 58.d5? {(BvR) ? Cassandra, you had very good chances to win here, because you are a pawn up, and have a more solid pawn structure. After 58.Nd6, g4;59.Ne4, g3;60.Nxg3!, Kxg3;61.d5!, cxd5; 62.b5! you will win. Rob's king is too far away to help, and his bishop cannot prevent one of the 2 remaining pawns to queen. Alternatively, but harder to calculate will be 58. Nd8 (or Na5), g4; 59.Nxc6, g3; 60.Ne5+,Kf4; 61.c6, g2;62.Ng6+, Kg5; 63.c7, g1(Q); 64.Kxg5??, Qg8+ or 64.Qxg6, Qxc1 and black is 2 pawns up in a queen-ending: at least a draw for black.} cxd5 59.b5?? {Giving back equality} axb5 60.axb5? {(BvR) 60.a5! and white is first to queen her pawn} g4 61.Nd6 g3 {Another blunder with 3 minutes left on the clock! Should have moved the Bishop to e3 on the way to b6 to stop the pawns} 62.b6? {Knight should go after the black pawn - white also in time trouble} g2 63.b7 g1=Q 64.b8=Q Qd1+ 65.Kc3 Qd2+ 66.Kb3 Qb2+ 67.Ka4 Qxb8 68.c6 Qxd6 69.Ka5 Qxc6 70.Kb4 Bd2+ 71.Ka3 Qb5 72.Ka2 Bc3 73.Ka3 Qb4+ 74.Ka2 Qb2# {Three lucky escapes for Black!} 0-1
Rob Loveband (1765) vs Patrick Cook (1665)
[Event "Koelle "A""] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.10.26"] [Round "2"] [White "Rob Loveband"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1765"] [BlackElo "1665"] [ECO "C17"] [Opening "French: Winawer, Advance, 4...c5"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.Be3 {A sideline...5.a3 is usual (P.C.)} cxd4 6.Qxd4 Nc6 7.Bb5 Bxc3+ 8.Qxc3 Bd7 9.Bxc6 Bxc6 10.O-O-O Ne7 11.Ne2 Rc8 12.Qb4 {Chess curiosity time : Rob drew my attention to the clock...his time showed 1:11:11 (P.C.)} O-O 13.Bg5 Re8 14.Nd4 Qc7 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.Nxc6 Rxc6 17.Qxe7 Rxe7 {#d} 1/2-1/2
Rodney Jacobs (1720) vs Cassandra Barnett (723)
[Event "Koelle 'A' 2018"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2018.11.02"] [Round "3"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Cassandra Barnett"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1720"] [BlackElo "723"] [ECO "B06"] [Opening "Modern: 3.Nc3"] 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.f3 Nf6 5.Bg5 O-O 6.Qd2 Nbd7 7.Nge2 c5 8.d5 a6 9.h4 b5 10.Ng3 h5 11.Bh6 Nb6 12.Bxg7 Kxg7 13.Be2 Qc7 14.O-O e5?! 15.f4! {If de, the Black pieces spring into life. (RJ)} exf4 16.Qxf4 Qe7? 17.Qg5 Ra7? 18.Rxf6 Rh8 {If Qxc6?, Nxh5 and the Black queen is lost. (ERJ)} 19.Raf1 Kg8 20.Qf4 Rh7 21.Qxd6 Qxd6 22.Rxd6 Nd7 23.Rc6 Ra8 24.Rc7 c4 25.d6 Kg7 26.Nd5 Rh8 27.Ne7 Ne5 28.Nc6 Nxc6 29.Rxc6 {Rxf7 is possible, and better. (RJ)} Ra7 30.Rd1 Rd8 31.e5 Be6 32.Bf3 Rdd7 33.Ne4 Bf5 34.Nf6 Rd8 35.Rc7 Raa8 36.Bd5 {Tired, I overlooked Bxa8. Weirdly, Bd5 is just as good. (RJ} {#r} 1-0
Bas van Riel (1832) vs Rodney Jacobs (1704)
[Event "Koelle 2017"] [Site "?"] [Date "2017.10.26"] [Round "2"] [White "Bas van Riel"] [Black "Rodney Jacobs"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1832"] [BlackElo "1704"] [ECO "C43"] [Opening "Russian Game: Modern Attack"] {500MB, Bas-PC} 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 {(BvR) Rodney's move came as a surprise, as I was not aware that he had played this opening (Russian, Steinitz variation) before. So, my preparation went already out of the window at move 3, and I was completely 'on my own'from hereon. I don't know much about this opening either. (RJ) I didn't have much time to prepare, so decided to play the Petroff's, which I used to play about 30 years ago.} 3.d4 {(BvR) Rather than the (standard) Russian opening, 3.Nxe5, d6;4.Nf3, Nxe4; 5.Bd3, d5 variation I opted for the rather obscure 3.d4 continuation (Steinitz), to throw Rodney.out of his prep. (RJ) in fact I expected this line, which I used to play a lot.} exd4 4.e5 Ne4 5.Qxd4 d5 6.exd6 Nxd6 {(BvR) According to book so far. But here I started to think for about 10 minutes, to try and find a plan. The longer I thought, the more I got fascinated about the move 7.Bg5..} 7.Bg5?! {It looks very unnatural, but 7...Be7 would be a mistake (7...Qxg7 etc) and 7..Qd7 looks bad because it blocks the devlopment of black's bishop. When I finally decided that black's only move would be 7...f6, compromising his king-position, I took the plunge and played Bg5. Unfortunately, during our analysis after the game (too late), Rodney found the strong move 7...Nc6! with all sorts of complications. it looked much better than 7..f6, but my engine (Fritz 13) 'told' me that both moves were very equal. (RJ) Bg5 is the third most popular move, after Nc3 and Bd3. When Bas sank deep in thought for a long time, for some reason I half expected Bg5, although I had never seen it before.} f6 {(RJ) I looked at Nc6 for a long time, but could not work out the complications, so opted for the simpler f6. Chessbase shows f6 as the most popular move (49%), with Nc6 second with 33%. In principle you would have thought that Nc6 should be a better move than f6, which is non-developing and which weakens the white squares around Black's king. Both my programs prefer Nc6. Stockfish 7 gives White's best response as 8.Qe3ch. It shows that Black in fact has nothing to fear from 8. Bxd8 Nxd4 9. Nxd4 Kxd8 10. Nd2 Bd7.} 8.Bf4 {(RJ) The move given by Chessbase, and recommended by Stockfish 7.} Nc6 {(RJ) Best, according to Chessbase.} 9.Qd2 {(RJ) Also best.} Be7? {(RJ) It's odd that such a logical looking move can be such a mistake. But it is. Chessbase gives Bg4. Both my programs recommend Qe7ch!, interestingly, then giving Black about a .5 edge.} 10.Nc3 {(RJ) Simplest and best.} O-O {(RJ) Not an outright error, but more accurate is Be6, covering the white holes in Black's kingside.} 11.O-O-O a6 {(BvR) A precious waste of a move, as black's white squares (d5 and e6) are dangerously weak, and he should complete the development of his pieces first , eg 11,,,Be6. (RJ) My engines say, yes, Be6 is better, but there's not a lot in it.} 12.Nd5 {(BvR) Black will now lose the pawn on c7: 13.Nxc7, Qxc7; 14.Bxd6, etc. (RJ) it was only at this point that I realised the real threat was Nxc7.} Ne5? {(RJ) Yes, this is a bad mistake. Correct is Re8 or Be6. But I was pretty disheartened at the turn of events.} 13.Nxe5 fxe5 14.Bxe5 Ne4? {(BvR) A big mistake} 15.Nxe7+ {(BvR) Rodney resigned immediately, because he will lose his knight after 15..Qxe7;16.Qd5+.. and 17.Qxe4. An interesting opening experiment, which all of a sudden went pear-shaped for Rodney. (RJ) Yes, a very powerful, sharp game by Bas, ruthlessly punishing my inaccuracies. It is very impressive just how hard Bas works at the board, even in apparently simple positions. A real lesson for me, namely to play openings that suit my style. I hate being pinned down in a defensive, cramped position and on that basis I should not play openings like the Petroff.} {#r} 1-0
Patrick Cook (1662) vs Heath Gooch (1794)
[Event "Koelle "A""] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.11.02"] [Round "3"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Heath Gooch"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1662"] [BlackElo "1794"] [ECO "A01"] [Opening "Nimzowitsch-Larsen: 1...d5 2.Bb2"] 1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 c5 3.e3 Nc6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.a3 Bg4 6.Be2 e6 7.d3 Bd6 8.Nbd2 O-O 9.O-O Nd7 10.c4 Nde5 11.cxd5 exd5 12.Nxe5 Bxe5 13.Bxe5 Bxe2 14.Qxe2 Nxe5 15.Nf3 Qd6 16.d4 Nxf3+ 17.Qxf3 cxd4 18.exd4 Rfe8 19.Rfe1 g6 20.Rxe8+ Rxe8 21.g3 {White offered a draw...(P.C.)} Re4 22.Qd3 {Here Black offered a draw without making a move...I simply accepted (P.C.)} {#d} 1/2-1/2
Rob Loveband (1765) vs Bas van Riel (1832)
[Event "Koelle"] [Site "BCC"] [Date "2017.11.02"] [Round "3"] [White "Rob Loveband"] [Black "Bas van Riel"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1765"] [BlackElo "1832"] [ECO "A15"] [Opening "English: Anglo-Indian, 2.Nf3 g6"] 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Nc3 d6 5.Bg2 c5 6.Qb3 Nc6 7.d3 O-O 8.O-O h6 9.h3 a6 10.Be3 Rb8 11.Qc2 b5 12.Qd2 bxc4 13.Bxh6 cxd3 14.exd3 Bd7 (14...Bxh6 {I was hoping for this to happen but Bas was cautious! (RL)} 15.Qxh6 Rxb2 16.Ng5 Nb4 17.a3 Nc2 18.Nce4 Re8 19.Nxf6+ exf6 20.Qh7+ Kf8 21.Qxf7#) 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.Rab1 Qc7 17.Rfe1 e5 18.Ne4 Nd5 19.Nc3 Nde7 20.Ne2 Be6 21.b3 Qa5 22.Qxa5 Nxa5 23.Ng5 Bd5 24.Ne4 Rfd8 25.f4 f6 26.fxe5 fxe5 27.Rf1 Bxe4 {#d} 1/2-1/2
Ben Naughton (1238) vs Rob Loveband (1762)
[Event "Koelle 2017"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.11.09"] [Round "4"] [White "Ben Naughton"] [Black "Rob Loveband"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1238"] [BlackElo "1762"] [ECO "C00"] [Opening "French: 2.Nf3 d5"] 1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.d4 Be7 5.Bd3 Bg4 6.O-O Nf6 7.c4 c6 8.Bg5 O-O 9.Nbd2 h6 10.Bh4 Nbd7 11.c5 Re8 12.Qc2 Nh5 13.Bg3 Nxg3 14.fxg3 Bf6 15.h3 Bxf3 16.Rxf3 {Should have taken with the knight (BN)} Bxd4+ 17.Kh1 Bxc5 18.Bh7+ Kf8 19.Rxf7+ {Miscalculated the sacrifice. Missed Kf8 once Q comes in.Had seen this, but forgot whilst pondering! Made for an interesting development but it all fizzled out. (BN)} Kxf7 20.Qg6+ Kf8 21.Rf1+ Nf6 22.g4 Qe7 23.h4 Be3 24.g5 hxg5 25.hxg5 Qf7 26.Nb3 Qxg6 27.Bxg6 Bxg5 28.Bxe8 Rxe8 29.Nc5 Re7 30.g3 Kg8 {#R} 0-1
Bas van Riel (1832) vs Patrick Cook (1662)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.11.09"] [Round "4"] [White "Bas van Riel"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1832"] [BlackElo "1662"] [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 {All these moves were made instantly...we gained 6 minutes on the clock between us! (P.C.)} 11.Qh5 g6 12.Qd1 Qa5 13.Bd2 Nbc6 14.Nf3 Qc7 15.O-O c4 16.Be2 e5 17.Re1 e4 18.Ng5 Rf6 {Bas sank into a 30 minute think here! (P.C.)} 19.f3 h6 20.Nxe4 dxe4 21.Bxc4+ Kg7 22.fxe4 Nxd4 23.Bxh6+ Kxh6 24.Qxd4 Rd6? {Completely missing White's next move. (P.C.)} 25.Qh8+ Kg5 26.h4+ Kg4 27.Be2+ Kf4 28.Rf1+ Kxe4 29.Bf3+ Ke3 30.Qe5+ Kd2 31.Rf2# 1-0
Rodney Jacobs (1704) vs Cassandra Barnett (1142)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.11.09"] [Round "4"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Cassandra Barnett"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1704"] [BlackElo "1142"] [ECO "B07"] [Opening "Pirc: 2.d4"] 1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Be3 Nf6 5.f3 {(RJ) I had played f4 against Cassandra before, and assumed she would have prepared against that. So thought I would use the f3 setup, which involves an early Qd2, Bh6, h4 and g4.} O-O 6.Qd2 Nc6 7.h4 e5! {(RJ) By far the best move, according to Chessbase.} 8.d5 Ne7 9.Bh6 {(RJ) O-O-O is the book move.} Nh5 {(RJ) A really nice move, one that I had not anticipated. It contemplates the f5 break.} 10.Nge2 f5 11.Bxg7 Nxg7 {(RJ) the engines prefer Kxg7.} 12.O-O-O fxe4 {(RJ) The engines prefer f4.} 13.fxe4? {(RJ) I agonised over the recapture for a long time, and made the wrong choice. I should have retaken with the knight. The text does shut the Black minor pieces out of f5, but White now has a horrible weakness at f2 and along the f file. However the computers call it even.} Rf2 14.Qe3 Qf8 15.Re1 {(RJ) I had planned Nb5, winning the c pawn, but then I realised that after Rc8 Black has strong pressure against c2.} Bg4 16.Nd1 {(RJ) best.} Rf6 17.Qg5 {(RJ) Best} Bxe2?! {(RJ) This helps White free up his position. The engines far prefer Bd7} 18.Bxe2 Rf4 {(RJ) Best.} 19.Bf3 {(RJ) Trying to stymie the pressure along the f file. Not bad. But Stockfish 7 prefers h5.} h6? 20.Qg3? {(RJ) Oddly, neither of us seemed to have noticed that White can just take the h pawn. (Unless I have recorded the game wrongly.)} Qf7 21.Ne3 Rf8 22.Nd1? {(RJ) Correct is Ng4 or Rd1.} c6! {(RJ) The correct response to White's dithering.} 23.Nc3? {(RJ) c4.} Kh7 {(RJ) Missing the opportunity to play cd.} 24.Rd1 {(RJ) It's now even.} Qe8 25.Rd2 cxd5 26.Nxd5 Nxd5 27.Rxd5 Qc6! 28.Rd3? {(RJ) Intending to meet Rc8 with Rc3. But Rhd1 is the move.} Qb6 {(RJ) I was relieved to see this. Ne6 is strong.} 29.Rhd1 R8f6 30.Qe1 {(RJ) It's complex. Deep Shredder says White has a .5 advantage, but the stronger Stockfish 7 says it's dead even.} Re6 31.Kb1 Ne8 {(RJ) White now does have an edge.} 32.h5 g5 33.Qd2 g4 34.Rb3 {(RJ) Best. White doesn't want the Black queen aiming at f2.} Qc6 {(RJ) Also best. Fairly tense at this point. I have 8 minutes left to Cassandra's 33.} 35.Rc3 Qd7 36.Be2 Nf6 {(RJ) Ref6 was stronger. White now has about a 1 point advantage.} 37.Bd3 {(RJ) Too timid. g3! is the move.} Kg7 38.Re1 Nxh5 39.Bc4 {(RJ) Qe3 is better.} Ref6 40.Qd5 {(RJ) The engines don't like this, indicating this takes it from about even to a .5 advantage for Black.} Rf8 41.Bb5 Qf7? {(RJ) Dropping the crucial d pawn. Qe7 and Black stands better. Now White has the upper hand.} 42.Qxd6 Qf6 {(RJ) Best.} 43.Rc7+ {(RJ) Also best.} Rf7 44.Rxf7+ Kxf7 45.Bc4+ {(RJ) Qb8! is stronger.} Kg6 {(RJ) the engines now put it at about .8 for White.} 46.Be6? {(RJ) In time trouble, with only 6 minutes to go to Cassandra's 20, I picked up the bishop, only then realising my queen was en prise. I was about to resign, but then noticed I could put my bishop between the queens, protecting mine.} Rxe4?? {(RJ) Looks on the surface impressive, but overlooks a devastating pin. Cassandra's only serious mistake in the game, and something of a tragedy after playing so strongly. Ng7! and Black has an edge.} 47.Qd3 Ng3? {(RJ) Black now has to make do with Qxe6.} 48.Bd5 Kg5 49.Bxe4 Qf2 50.Rd1 Kf4 51.Bxb7 e4 52.Qd6+ Ke3 53.Qd4+ Ke2 54.Ba6# {(RJ) I really enjoyed this game, although I was on the back foot for a fair part of it. It showed that ratings mean very little, and that Cassandra is now a real force to be reckoned with. When the need arose - e.g at moves 9 and 22, she was able to come up with the correct strategic plan, while I had problems in that regard. However, when it came to a tactical flurry, she made errors through, I think, rushing a little.} 1-0
Patrick Cook (1662) vs Tom Oppenheim (1123)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.11.16"] [Round "5"] [White "Patrick Cook"] [Black "Tom Oppenheim"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1662"] [BlackElo "1123"] [ECO "A81"] [Opening "Dutch: 2.g3"] 1.d4 f5 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.O-O Be7 6.b3 O-O 7.Bb2 Ne4 8.Nbd2 f4!? 9.Nxe4 dxe4 10.Ne5 b6?? 11.Bxe4 c6 12.Nxc6 Nxc6 13.Bxc6 Rb8 14.d5 Qd6 15.c4 e5 16.a4 e4 17.Ba3 Qf6 18.Bxe7 Qxe7 19.d6 Qf6 20.d7 Bb7?? 21.Qd5+ Kh8 22.Bxb7 Qe7 23.Rad1 Rbd8 24.Qxe4 {#r} 1-0
Rauri Coffey (1350) vs Kevin Perrin (1585)
[Event "Kolle 'A'"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.11.16"] [Round "5"] [White "Rauri Coffey"] [Black "Kevin Perrin"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1350"] [BlackElo "1585"] [ECO "A90"] [Opening "Dutch: 2.c4 Nf6 3.g3 e6 4.Nc3"] {Comments by R.C} 1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.g3 e6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg2 O-O 6.Nf3 d6 7.O-O Nbd7 {Kevin admitted after that this wasn't good after the game and should have played Bd7 instead} 8.Qc2 Nb6 9.b3 {The setup I was aiming for as white} Bd7 10.Nd2 {Preparing an e4 push and threatening b7} c6 11.e4 fxe4 12.Ndxe4 Nxe4 13.Bxe4 Bf6 14.Bxh7+ Kh8 15.Be3 e5 16.Rad1 Bh3 17.Rfe1 d5 18.dxe5 Bxe5 19.Bd4 Bf6 {or 19. ...Bxd4. 20. Rxd4 g5. Though this exposes blacks king, it is still playable apparently} 20.Bg6 {Preparing a mating net if allowed} Rc8?? {Qd7 or Bg4 are better} 21.Qe2 Bg4 {if the king runs, the line is 21...Kg8, 22 Qh5 Re8, 23. Qh7+ Kf8, 24. Bc5+ Qd6 25. Bxd6+ Be7 (or Re7) 26. Qh8#} 22.Qxg4 Bg5 23.Qh5+ Bh6 24.Qxh6+ {#r} 1-0
Harrison Harrison (1757) vs Rodney Jacobs (1704)
[Event "Koelle 2017"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.11.16"] [Round "5"] [White "Harrison Harrison"] [Black "Rodney Jacobs"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1757"] [BlackElo "1704"] [ECO "A00"] [Opening "Mieses: 1...d5"] 1.d3 d5 2.Nd2 Nf6 3.e3 e5 4.Qe2 {Harrison will often play Qe2 in this type of position. Sometimes it gives him a possible Qb5ch. It effectively commits White to a fianchetto of his King's bishop. As a result, it helps Black to plan. (RJ)} Nc6 5.h3 Bd6 6.a3 O-O {Stockfish 7 gives Black already an advantage of 1, due obviously to his advantage in development - given that White has to move things before he can get his minor pieces out, maybe as much as 5-6 tempi. How, against Harrison, to make something of this, is the issue! He has a history of winning, while flouting opening principles, by virtue of his middle game magic. (RJ)} 7.c3 b6 8.b3 a5 9.Bb2 Ba6 10.c4 Re8 11.cxd5 Nxd5 12.Ne4 Bf8 {This move, preserving the bishop, is best, according to Stockfish 7.} 13.g4 {As is this, which is surprisingly effective. (RJ)} Qd7 {Stockfish 7 gives Ndb4! (RJ)} 14.Bg2? {An error, The bishop is needed for the protection of d3. (RJ)} Rad8 {Again Ndb4 is on. (RJ)} 15.Rc1? {O-O-O is better. (RJ)} Ndb4! {Now the knight sac is decisive. (RJ)} 16.axb4 Nxb4 17.Rc3 {It's complicated. The engines say White is lost, but bishop f3 is best.(RJ)} Nxd3+ 18.Rxd3 {Forced. (RJ)} Bxd3 19.Qd2 Qc6! 20.f3 {The engines say White has nothing better than 20. Nf6 Qxf6 (RJ)} Bxe4 21.Qc1 Bb4+ {I considered Bc2! It is stronger. (RJ)} 22.Kf2 Qxc1 {Rd2 ch is better. (RJ)} 23.Bxc1 Bd5 24.Ne2 Bxb3 25.Ng3 Rd1 26.Ne4 {The last couple of times I have played Harrison, I have blundered in a winning position. And time was a bit short. As a result, I was now over-anxious to simplify and get safely to the end. This, of course is plain wrong-headedness. You start to feel that the game will win itself without you having to work for it, which is never true. (RJ)} Rxh1 27.Bxh1 Rd8 28.Bb2 f6 29.f4 exf4 30.exf4 Kf7 31.Ke3 Bd5 32.Bf3 Re8 {Black should be looking at a4! round here. (RJ)} 33.Kd4 Bxe4 {Again over-anxious to simplify. Potentially heading to an endgame with pawns on both sides of the board, the bishop should not be swapped for a knight. (RJ)} 34.Bxe4 Bc5+ 35.Kd3 Rd8+ {Getting the pawn roller going with b5 was a better plan. (RJ)} 36.Kc2 h6 37.Bc6 Bb4 38.Bc1 Rd4 39.Ba4 Rc4+ 40.Kb1 Rc3 {At last hitting on a reasonable plan. (RJ)} 41.h4 Rh3 42.h5 Rg3 43.Bd7 Ke7 44.Bf5 c5 45.Kc2 Rc3+ 46.Kb2 Rg3 47.Kc2 Kd6 48.g5 Rc3+ 49.Kb2 hxg5 50.fxg5 Rf3 51.Bg4 {Setting a nasty little trap. (RJ)} Rf2+ {If Rg3?? Bf4ch} 52.Kb3?? {Walking into a mating net. (RJ)} fxg5? {b5. (RJ)} 53.Bxg5 b5 {White can't ultimately avoid a4 mate. (RJ)} {#R} 0-1
Rob Loveband (1765) vs Jamie Brotheridge (1566)
[Event "Koelle 2017"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.11.16"] [Round "5"] [White "Rob Loveband"] [Black "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1765"] [BlackElo "1566"] [ECO "A05"] [Opening "Reti: 1...Nf6"] 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 c6 5.O-O d5 6.Nbd2 Na6 7.h3 O-O 8.c3 Nc7 9.Kh2 Nd7 10.e4 dxe4 11.Nxe4 h6 12.Be3 Nd5 13.Bc1 N5f6 14.Nh4 Nxe4 15.Bxe4 e5 16.Qb3 Qb6 17.Qxb6? axb6 18.dxe5 Nxe5 19.f4 Nd7 20.Bc2 Nf6 21.Be3 b5 {Black offered a draw} 22.Rf2 Re8 23.Bd4 Nd5 24.Nf3 Bxd4 25.Nxd4 Bd7 26.Bb3 Ne3 27.Nf3 Be6 28.Bxe6 Rxe6 {Black offered a draw} 29.Nd4 Ree8 30.a3 Rad8 31.a4 b4 32.a5 c5 33.Nb3 bxc3 34.bxc3 Nd1 35.Rc2 c4 36.Nd4? Nxc3! 37.Rxc3 Rxd4 38.Ra2 Red8 39.h4 {White offered a draw} Rd2+ 40.Rxd2 Rxd2+ 41.Kh3 Ra2 42.Rxc4 Rxa5 43.Rb4 b5 44.Kg2 Kf8 45.g4? Ke7 46.Kf3 Kd6 47.Rd4+? Kc7 48.Re4 {White offered a draw} Kb6 49.Re7 Ra7 50.Re4 Rd7 51.Ke2 Ka5 52.Re8 Kb4 53.Rb8 Ka4 54.Ra8+ Kb3 55.Rb8? b4 56.Rb6 Ka3 57.Ra6+ Kb2 58.Rb6 b3 59.Rb5 Ka2 60.Ra5+ Kb1 61.Rb5 b2 62.Rb6 Rc7 {already scored -11.5 by Komodo} 63.Kd2 Rc4 64.h5? gxh5 65.gxh5 Rxf4 66.Rxh6 Rf2+ 67.Kd3 Rc2 68.Rf6 Rc7 69.Kd2 Rc2+ 70.Kd1 Rh2 71.Rh6 f5 72.Rh7 Ka2 73.Ra7+ Kb3 74.Rb7+ Kc4 75.h6 Kd3 76.Rd7+ Ke3 77.Rb7 f4 78.h7 f3 79.Rb3+ Kf4 80.Rxb2 Rxh7 {White's time expired} {#T} 0-1
Heath Gooch (1794) vs Bas van Riel (1832)
[Event "Koelle 2017"] [Site "?"] [Date "2017.11.16"] [Round "5"] [White "Heath Gooch"] [Black "Bas van Riel"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1794"] [BlackElo "1832"] [ECO "C17"] [Opening "French: Winawer, 5.a3"] {500MB, Bas-PC} 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 {(BvR) The very sharp Winawer variation of the French opening, which become a hot topic of the opening discussions after Michael Tal (white) defeated the reigning world champion Botwinnik in the very first game in their match for the World Championship in 1960, using this opening. At the time, I had become fascinated (and very competitive) in chess, whilst at secondary college. At an early stage, I had decided to focus my chess-studies on an understanding of the openings. My argument being that the most efficient and quickest way of beating an opponent is to know more of the openings and obtaining an early advantage as a result. In contrast, I considered the study of endgames a waste of time and energy (I also found it boring), as I hardly ever extended my games into endgames. So, the Winawer variation appealed very much to me after the Tal-Botwinnik game, and I made it one of my standard openings, both playing it with the white and the black pieces, if a had the opportunity. As a peculiar footnote: I have very rarely, not even in my younger years, played the Winawer with white nor with black. Except for some notable and memorable exceptions. However, lately, against Patrick Cook, I did play (2x with white) a modern variation of the Winawer. Because of Patrick's crazy-looking, yet tantalising concept (7.Qg4, O-O?!) was new to me, I decided to revisit the Winawer theory again, and got 'hooked' once more. Hence, my 'invitation' to Heath (by playing 1...e6) to have a go at the Winawer with black.} 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qc7 7.Qg4 Ne7 8.Qxg7 Rg8 9.Qxh7 cxd4 10.Ne2 Nbc6 11.f4 Bd7 12.Qd3 dxc3 13.Nxc3 a6 14.h3 {(BvR) I haven't been able to find 14.h3.. in any of my books or databases.} Rc8 {(BvR) Perhaps, it looks like chaos, but at closer observation the plans for both white and black are well defined: white needs to complete his development and his defence along the c-file; he has an extra pawn on the king side, which could become very dangerous, once white manages to get his house in order. Black has a pressure game for his sacrificed pawn on the queen side, plus a powerfull rook along the g-file.} 15.Bd2 Na5 {1.15 my time, after 8 minutes thinking. Heath 1.27} 16.g4 {BvR) 1.20 (Heath' time). The move facilitate the development of the white bishop.} Nc4 17.Be2 {(BvR) 1.14 (Heath' time)} Qc5 18.Bf3 Nxa3? 19.Rxa3! Qxa3 20.Nxd5 {(BvR) suddenly white is +1.33 ahead} Qxd3 21.Nf6+ Kf8 {(BvR) 21..Kd8; 22.Ba5+, Rc7 was, obviously, no option for black.} 22.cxd3 Bc6 23.Bxc6 Nxc6 24.Nxg8 Kxg8 25.Kf2 {(BvR) +0.90 advantage} b5? {(BvR) the previous valuation was based on 25...a5; Now, after the mistake 25...b5? it suddenly jumped to a lost (for black) valuation of +1.73. Moreover, it allows white to simplify and swap rooks after the sensible and good reply 26.Rc1..} 26.Rc1 Ne7 27.Rxc8+ Nxc8 {(BvR) here I paused, and took stock. I have two connected passed pawns, which I can support with a strongly positioned knight on d5, where it covers a number of important black squares (eg e3, c3, b4). My king is poorly placed, and it will be unable to support the passed pawns on the other side of the board, as it needs to stop white's kingside wall of pawns, when it start marching up. The worst part of my position is that both my 2 pieces and all my pawns, have very limited options, and white most likely can drive me into 'zugswang', which is a position in which my only moves will be bad ones, eg giving away material. For now, I decided to leave my king on the king side, meanwhile trying to make 'a nuisance' of my knight. Heath, quite obviously, has to try and neutralise black's passed pawns by centralizing his king.} 28.Ke3 Nb6 29.Kd4 Nd5 30.Kc5 {(BvR) more direct would have been 30.f5..} b4! 31.f5? {(BvR) But now 31.f5 (+0.95) is a (serious) mistake, as black's knight will go on a mini-rampage. White should have replied with 31.Kc4, a5 (+2.14) etc} b3 32.Bc1 Nf4! 33.Kc4 Nxh3 34.d4 Nf2 35.fxe6 fxe6 36.g5 Kf7 37.Kxb3 Kg6 {(BvR) Fritz tells me that Kg6 is not the best move, improving whites position from +0.85 to +1.52. Perhaps because the king would have been more centrally placed where it was on f7. Instead, immediatelly 37...Ne4 is suggested as the best move for black.} 38.Ka4 {(BvR) again, my engine disapproved of this move, reducing white's advantage to +0.59, without me understanding why. Perhaps, white should not have worried about the pawn on a6 and instead gone for 38.Kc4, Ne4; 39. d5? I 'asked' Fritz to analyse this position (valued at +1.52), but it 'dilly-dallied for a long time, without making any progress whatsoever. I, therfore assume that it is a theoretical draw from here on.} Ne4 39.Ka5 Ng3! {(BvR) Now white will also lose one of his pawn by force.} 40.Kxa6 Nf5 41.Kb6 Nxd4 42.Kc5 {(BvR) this oversight does not make any difference for the end result} Nb3+ 43.Kd6 Nxc1 44.Kxe6 {(BvR) After 44...Nd3; 45.Kd6, Nxe5 and 46. Kxg5 draws. In conclusion: after wasting a good opening experiment, due to a momentous 'lapse of some sort' by me, Heath was very alert capitalising on his fortune and resulting advantage. As I mentionned in the introduction, I have never been a fan of endgames, but in this case, I continuously played 'best moves' from move 26 until the end of the game (move 44). Of course, helped by Heath's decisive mistake on move 31. His was a very subtle error, compared to the gross misdemeanor, I had committed earlier on move 18, which changed a favourable to a loosing position. Although beforehand, I was hoping and had the intention to win, I feel relieved to have escaped with a (lucky) draw. I am still undecided, whether I do deserve the draw, based on the way I played. I leave this to others to judge. I enjoyed playing this game against Heath, as he is a challenging opponent. After three games played between each other, our personal standing now stands at 2-1, with one win for Heath and two draws. I am afraid that I got to do some serious work here...} {#d} 1/2-1/2
Jasan Barnett (900) vs Sue Ryan (710)
[Event "Koelle 'B'"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.11.16"] [Round "5"] [White "Jasan Barnett"] [Black "Sue Ryan"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "900"] [BlackElo "710"] [ECO "D08"] [Opening "QGD: Albin, 3.e3"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.e3 Ne7 4.Nc3 Nbc6 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bc4 Nxc3 7.bxc3 exd4 8.exd4 Be7 9.Nf3 O-O 10.O-O Bh4 11.Bf4 Bg4 12.d5 Bxf3 13.Qxf3 Na5 14.Bd3! {Making it hard for the knight to escape easily.} f5 15.Rfe1 Be7 16.Be5 g6 17.c4 c6 18.Red1 Bf6 19.Re1 Qd7 20.Bxf6 Rxf6 21.Rab1 Raf8 22.Re5 c5 23.Rb5 b6 24.Rb1 {I couldn't see any use in keeping the rook at b5...too inactive. J.B.} Nb7 25.Bc2 Nd6 26.Qe2 R8f7 27.Re6 Ne4 28.Bxe4 fxe4 29.Qxe4 {Though not a disaster, best to drag the rook back to capture the pawn. J.B.} Kg7 30.Re1 Rf4 31.Qe2 Kh6 32.d6 Qc6 33.Rd1 Rxf2 {I distinctly remember getting a very dry throat here from the pressure of the situation: Black is one move from mate (34...Qxg2#), my queen is under attack by the rook and I only had a minute (or under a minute) left on the clock. My first instinct was that I had blown the game. J.B.} 34.Qe3+ R7f4 35.Qh3+ Kg7 36.Re7+ Rf7 37.Rxf7+ Rxf7 38.d7 Rf8 39.d8=Q Rxd8 40.Rxd8 Qf6 41.Rd7+ Kf8 42.Qf3 Qxf3 43.gxf3 Ke8 44.Rxa7 h5 45.Ra6 g5 46.Rxb6 Kd7 47.a4 Kc7 48.Rb1 {A very tough game.} {#r} 1-0
Rodney Jacobs (1704) vs Jamie Brotheridge (1566)
[Event "Koelle 2017"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.11.23"] [Round "6"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1704"] [BlackElo "1566"] [ECO "B15"] [Opening "Caro-Kann: 4.Nxe4 Nf6"] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 {(RJ) Jamie & I have a standing argument over the bayonet attack (White's g4 after Black's Bf5 in the advance variation of the Caro-Kann.) I was tempted to play it again, particularly after Jamie recently assured me it was rubbish. But decided to play the classical line, particularly after having spent a lot of time on it preparing for a game with Heath} dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 {(RJ) I had a bit of an idea Jamie might play this.} 5.Nxf6+ exf6 {(RJ) The conservative approach. The downside for Black is that, in an endgame, White can often create a passed pawn using his queenside majority, however Black can't do the same on the Kingside. The alternative is the more dynamic gf, which gives Black the open g file to play with. It also has the advantage of not allowing White a safe queenside majority.} 6.Nf3 Na6 {(RJ) Setting a little trap.} 7.Bxa6? {(RJ) And falling headlong into it. Strangely, this weak move is the third most popular given on Chessbase, the best moves being given as a3 or c3, both of which keep Black's bishop and knight out of b4.} Qa5+ 8.Qd2 {(RJ) Chessbase gives c3 or Bd2. I don't think my Qd2 achieves anything.} Qxa6 {(RJ) Black has relieved White of his strong white bishop, at the expense of an inactive knight. Also the position of the Black queen makes it very awkward for Black to complete his development naturally. The engines put it it around - .4} 9.Qe3+ Be6 10.Bd2 {(RJ) Continuing to play inaccurately. b3 is better.} Bd6 11.b3 O-O {(RJ) It's now - .1. White has to play very carefully here, with the looming Re8.} 12.Qe2 {(RJ) Best.} Qxe2+ 13.Kxe2 Bg4 14.Be3 Rfe8 15.h3 Bxf3+ {(RJ) Now it's Black who starts to play inaccurately. After the game Jamie said he should not have given up this bishop. The engines agree, giving Bf5 as best.} 16.Kxf3 Rad8 17.Rad1 {(RJ) Best.} a6 {(RJ) The engines indicate that the tide has turned, with White .5 up.} 18.g3 Rd7 {(RJ) Planning to double rooks on the e file, but a mistake. Black's rook and bishop on the d file are vulnerable.} 19.d5! cxd5 {(RJ) A further innacuracy. As we felt after the game, c5, keeping the d file closed, is necessary, even though that leaves White with a strong passed pawn. After this, White's game plays itself.} 20.Rxd5 Kf8? {(RJ) This is, though, the big one. The engines point out that Rdd8!, admitting the error on move 18, and planning to meet Rhd1 with Bc7, holds, although White still has the initiative. Neither of of us noticed this during the game or afterwards.} 21.Rhd1 Ke7 22.c4 Red8 23.Bb6 {#r} 1-0
Ruari Coffey (1350) vs Patrick Cook (1662)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.11.23"] [Round "6"] [White "Ruari Coffey"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1350"] [BlackElo "1662"] [ECO "C00"] [Opening "French: Two Knights Variation"] 1.e4 {A surprise! I was expecting 1.d4...(P.C.)} e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 {My preparation is now gone despite this being the main line (R.C)} 4.e5 Nfd7 5.d4 c5 6.Bb5 Nc6 7.O-O cxd4 8.Bxc6 dxc3 9.Bxd7+ Bxd7 10.bxc3 Qc7 11.Qd3 a6 12.Re1 Rc8 13.Bd2 Be7 14.Nd4 O-O 15.Qg3 f5 16.h4 Qd8 17.h5 Bh4 18.Qh3 Bg5 19.f4 Be7 20.Nf3 Qb6+ 21.Kh1 Qc7 22.g4 fxg4 23.Qxg4 Rf7 24.Rg1 Qc4 25.Nd4 {almost any other move would have been better... (R.C)} Bc5 26.Nxe6 Bxg1 27.Rxg1 Re8 28.f5 Qxg4 29.Rxg4 Bxe6 30.fxe6 Rxe6 31.Rg5 h6 32.Rg6 Rxg6 {The pawn could have been taken as after 33... Bxh6?? 34. Rxh5+ winning whites pieces(R.C)} 33.hxg6 Rf5 34.e6 Re5 {#R} 0-1
Anna Yates (1065) vs Harrison Harrison (1757)
[Event "Koelle A"] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.11.23"] [Round "6"] [White "Anna Yates"] [Black "Harrison Harrison"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1065"] [BlackElo "1757"] [ECO "B00"] [Opening "King's Pawn"] 1.e4 h6 2.d4 g6 3.Nf3 Rh7 4.Bc4 e6 5.O-O f5 6.exf5 gxf5 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.Bf4 Nh5 9.Qd2 Nc6 10.Rfe1 Bg7 11.d5 Na5 12.Bd3 Kf8 13.dxe6 dxe6 14.Be5 Nc6 15.Bxg7+ Nxg7 16.Rad1 a6 17.a3 Qf6 18.Bc4 b5 19.Ba2 Bb7 20.Qf4 Re8 21.Qxc7 Re7 22.Qd6 Ne8 23.Qc5 Kg8 24.b4 Rhg7 25.Nd5 exd5 26.Bxd5+ Kh7 27.Rxe7 Rxe7 28.Bxc6 Bxc6 29.Nd4 Rd7 30.c3 Ng7 31.Re1 Bd5 32.f3 Nh5 33.Qc8 Rf7 34.Re8 Nf4 35.Nxf5 Qxf5 36.Qxf5+ Rxf5 37.Re7+ Kg6 38.Kf2 Bc4 39.Ra7 Nd3+ 40.Ke3 Re5+ 41.Kd4 Kf5 42.g4+ Kf4 43.Rf7+ Bxf7 44.Kxd3 Re3+ 45.Kd4 Re4+ 46.fxe4 Be6 47.h4 Kxg4 48.Kc5 Kxh4 49.Kb6 Kg3 50.Kxa6 h5 51.Kxb5 h4 52.a4 h3 53.a5 h2 54.a6 Bc8 55.a7 Bb7 56.Kb6 h1=Q 57.Kxb7 Qxe4+ 58.Kb8 Qe5+ 59.Kb7 Qd5+ 60.Kb8 Qb5+ 61.Kc7 Qa6 62.Kb8 Qb6+ {Harrison offered a draw here, and I readily accepted- Black is clearly winning, and I think has mate in less than 10 moves, if her gets his king in the action. I think Harrison was concerned re stalemate, and so offered a draw. I guess I was lucky! AY} {#d} 1/2-1/2
Rauri Coffey (1350) vs Harrison Harrison (1757)
[Event "Koelle "A""] [Site "Mechanics Institute"] [Date "2017.11.30"] [Round "7"] [White "Rauri Coffey"] [Black "Harrison Harrison"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1350"] [BlackElo "1757"] [ECO "B00"] [Opening "King's Pawn"] {Comments by R.C Engine: stockfish 8} 1.e4 h6 2.b3 e6 3.Bb2 b6 {Already an interesting pawn pattern} 4.Nf3 Rh7 5.d4 Be7 6.Bd3 Rh8 7.d5 Bf8 8.c4 Bb7 9.O-O Nf6 {It was about this point that I though if I could sac the knight on f7 after Ne5 but couldn't find anything.} 10.h3 {keeping the pesky knight out after a possible e5} Bc8 11.Nc3 {With the idea of bringing the knight to the kingside} d6 12.e5 {Engine gives dxe6} dxe5 13.Nxe5 exd5 14.Re1 {+8 according to engine} Be7 {Blocks the discovered check and the possibility of winning the queen after sacrificing the knight and bishop} 15.cxd5 Kf8 16.Bc4 {Could have sacrificed the bishop on g6 winning a piece or exchange if taken (engine gives +4.1)} Nbd7 {Harrison resigned almost immediately after playing this move as after Nc6, white will win the queen} 17.Nc6 {[Example]} Qe8 18.Rxe7 Qxe7 19.Nxe7 Kxe7 {White would have had a queen to a rook} {#r} 1-0
Caitlin Barnett (933) vs Tom Oppenheim (1123)
[Event "Koelle 'A'"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.11.30"] [Round "7"] [White "Caitlin Barnett"] [Black "Tom Oppenheim"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "933"] [BlackElo "1123"] [ECO "C62"] [Opening "Spanish: Old Steinitz, 4.Bxc6+"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.Bxc6+ bxc6 5.Nc3 Bg4 6.d3 Nf6 7.O-O Be7 8.Be3 O-O 9.h3 Bh5 10.d4 exd4 11.Bxd4 a6 12.Qd3 Bg6 13.Nh4 Nh5 14.Nxg6 fxg6 15.Qc4+ Kh8 16.Qxc6 Nf4 17.Qc4 c5 18.Be3 Rb8 19.Rab1 Ra8 20.Bxf4 Rxf4 21.Nd5 Rf8 22.Qd3 Bf6 23.b3 Be5 24.c4 a5 25.Qe2 {C.B: I offered a draw here.} a4 26.Qg4 axb3 27.axb3 Ra2 28.f3 Qa5 29.Qd7 Qd2 30.Qg4 Qc2 31.b4 Qxc4 32.bxc5 Bd4+ 33.Kh1 Bxc5 34.Qg3 {C.B: I was wondering if Qf4 sack would have been better (34... Rxf4 35. Rb8+, Rf8 36. Rxf8#). Any thoughts anyone?} Rb2 35.Ra1 Qc2 36.Rfc1 Qf2 37.Qxf2 {#d} 1/2-1/2
Rodney Jacobs (1707) vs Rob Loveband (1765)
[Event "Koelle 2017"] [Site "BMI"] [Date "2017.11.30"] [Round "7"] [White "Rodney Jacobs"] [Black "Rob Loveband"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1707"] [BlackElo "1765"] [ECO "C57"] [Opening "Two Knights: 4.Ng5"] 1.e4 e5 {(RJ) A surprise. I had spent some time preparing for Rob's French.} 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 {(RJ) Bravely inviting the Fried Liver Attack.} 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qf3+ { The dreaded Fried Liver Attack! (RL)} Ke6 8.Nc3 {(RJ) Interestingly, Deep Shredder says it's dead even, while the much stronger Stockfish 7 puts it at +1.12, with White already having the upper hand.} Ne7 {(RJ) Chessbase gives the alternative, and a more popular one, as 8......Nb4, giving the wild line 9. a3 Nxc2ch 10. Kd1 Nxa1 11. Nxd5 Kd6 12. d4 Be6 13. Re1 b5 14. Nxb4 bc 15 Qc6ch. Stockfish 7 gives as best Nd4, with again some very interesting lines.} 9.d4 {(RJ) The move picked by Stockfish 7. Chessbase gives O-O.} c6 {(RJ) Forced.} 10.Bg5 {(RJ) Best.} Qa5? {(RJ) h6.} 11.O-O-O! {(RJ) Stockfish 7 now says it's + 3.5.} Kd7 12.dxe5 {(RJ) Best} Kc7 {White is now 6.1 ahead according to Komodo (RL) Stockfish 7 puts it at +5.4. (Sorry, Rob. I accidentally deleted your comment and then reinstated it. I hope I got it right. - RJ)} 13.Bxe7?? {Best was Bxd5 (RL) A massive error. White exchanges a strong black squared bishop (where there are weak black squares all around Black's king to be exploited) for a passive knight which is blocking his own black squared bishop. The aim of the capture is to take the knight on d5 the next move. I simply assumed the recapture by the bishop and was shocked to see the knight take back. The only explanation I can think of is that the d5 knight had been pinned for so many moves that I did not now even consider the possibility of it moving. Black now has a slight edge. (RJ)} Nxe7 {now equal (RL)} 14.e6 Qg5+ 15.Kb1 Ng6 {(RJ) best.} 16.Rhe1 Be7 17.Re4? {Black ahead 2points now with best play - which didn't happen! (RL) The aim of this move was to keep the Black queen and knight out of f4. Also I felt that if I could just chase the Black queen away, with something like Rg4, and get in a queen check on the Black squares, Black would have to play his king out to b6; then it would be curtains for Black after Na5ch. But I didn't appreciate the danger White is in. Stockfish 7 recommends Ne4, after which it assesses the position at -.3.} Rd8? {(RJ) Rf8! and White's in trouble.} 18.Rde1? {(RJ) I was pleased enough with this. But it's a mistake, again allowing Rf8. White should exchange rooks.} b6 {(RJ) Again, Rf8 is best.} 19.Rg4? {(RJ) g3 White overlooks Black's smart reply.} Ne5! {(RJ) A great move. It works in all variations!} 20.Rxg5 {(RJ) Best} Nxf3 21.Rxg7 Nxe1 22.Rxe7+ Kd6 23.Rxh7 Bxe6 24.Rh6 {(RJ) After the smoke has cleared, Stockfish 7 assesses it at -3.} Re8 25.f4 Kd7 26.Rh7+ Re7 27.Bxe6+ Kxe6 28.Rh6+ Kd7 {(RJ) The engines prefer Kf5.} 29.g3 Nf3 30.a3 Re1+ 31.Ka2 Rae8 32.h4 Rg1 33.Rg6 {(RJ) It's now -5} Nxh4?! {(RJ) Pretty, but Nd4 is much stronger.} 34.Rg7+! Ke6 35.Ne4 Nf3 {(RJ) Missing the stronger Nf5!} 36.Rxa7 Re7 37.f5+ Kf7 38.Nd6+ Kf6 39.Ra8 Ng5? {(RJ) Overlooking Ree1!} 40.Rc8 Ne4 41.Rxc6 Nxd6 42.Rxd6+ Kxf5 43.Rxb6 {(RJ) Once again the dust settles. White through some accurate play has clawed it back to -2.4.} Rxg3 44.a4 {(RJ) Best.} Rg6 {Giving away best chances at a win... 3 connected passed pawns are very hard to stop! (RL) Yes. I was pleased to see this. Finally I thought I might have some chances. I did not know however that, as a rule, a Rook v 3 pawns is theoretically a draw.} 45.Rxg6 Kxg6 46.b4 Kf6 47.a5 Ke6 48.Kb3 Kd6 49.c3 Kc6 50.Ka4?? Re5? {(RJ) Stockfish 7 puts it at -48 (!) after Re3. The line goes 50......Re3 51. c4 Rc3 52. c5 Rc1 53. a6 Ra1ch 54. Kb3 Kb5 55. Kb2 Rxa6 etc.} 51.c4? {Komodo says forced mate in only 71 moves for Black! (RL) Yes. Kb3 is better, but Black still wins. (RJ)} Kb7? {Much better would have been Re3, forcing White to move a pawn and weakening the pawn chain structure (RL) Quite a bit better! Stockfish 7 says it's now -2, whereas after Re3 it's -123. (RJ)} 52.b5 Ka7 53.Kb4 Kb7 54.c5?? {(RJ) No! This should lose again. The modest Ka4 is necessary.} Re4+ 55.Kc3 Ra4! 56.a6+ Ka7 57.Kb3 Rh4 {Black offered a draw (11:30pm) which White accepted - Komodo sees a win for Black in 28 moves by getting the Rook on the first rank but if White refuses to move the pawns, it won't be easy... (RL) Yes, it's won for Black. (RJ)} {#d} 1/2-1/2
Cassandra Barnett (1142) vs Bas van Riel (1832)
[Event "Koelle 2017"] [Site "?"] [Date "2017.11.30"] [Round "7"] [White "Cassandra Barnett"] [Black "Bas van Riel"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1142"] [BlackElo "1832"] [ECO "D85"] [Opening "Gruenfeld: Exchange, 5.e4"] {(BvR) This was the first ever classic game Cassandra and I played. The last round of the Koelle 2017 and I had to win to (jointly-) win the tournament. I was going to take the game very seriously because Cassandra, in the previous rounds had played very good chess against some strong opposition, eg. Rob, Rodney, Ruari amonst others. Before our game, I had a good look at some of her recent games. I found that she has been improving fast, and that she is very underrated imo.} 1.d4 {(BvR) This was the first ever classic game Cassandra and I have played. The last round of the Koelle 2017 and I had to win to (jointly-) win the tournament. I was going to take the game very seriously because Cassandra, in the previous rounds had played very good chess against some strong opposition, eg. Rob, Rodney, Ruari amonst others. Before our game, I had a good look at some of her recent games. I found that she has been improving fast, and that she is very underrated imo.} Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 {(BvR) The Gruenfeld Indian, an opening which I like a lot, but don't play very often. I feel that I don't know enough of its theory. Because I rarely see it applied at the club, I assumed that Cassandra would be out of book very quickly. How wrong I was. Up till move 10, we both played book- moves. I believe that Cassandra found the correct moves, intuitively.} 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 {(C.B) Knowing the opening principles, I liked kicking the knight for extra development. I didn't know it was book.} Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Nf3 c5 8.Be3 O-O 9.Bc4 cxd4 {(BvR) It took me while to 'untangle' the different lines, which crossed my mind, and get the move- order correctly, eg. postponing cxd4, and first play 9...Bg4 or Nc6 or Qa5.} 10.Nxd4?! {(BvR) Not the best option (slightly better and more logical would have been cxd4) , as black now have a long-term target along the c-file due to white's, isolated c-pawn. (C.B) I wanted cx but I miscalculated thinking I would eventually lose d4 after Bg5 and so forth. I'll have to study it more as I think I have ways out of it. It just shows I didn't know the book.} Nc6 11.Ne2 {(BvR) The knight would have been better placed in the centre. The engine shows that the position is -0.78 in black's favour. (C.B) I was trying to support c3 more. I suppose it isn't needed just yet.} Qc7 12.Qc2 Bg4 13.f3 Bd7 14.Rd1 {(-0.58)} Na5 15.Bb3 Bb5 {(BvR) at this point, I spend about 10 minutes to find a plan: 15..Nxb3 would create a supporter for the lonely c3-pawn, so was rejected; the hard choice was between Rfd8 and Bb5. In both cases I had the option to play Nc4 after.} 16.Bd4 {(-1.01)} Bxe2? {(BvR) Positionally a bad move. Black should have kept the (albeit small) pressure up with 16..Rad8. After all, white's black bishop is stronger than black's g7 bishop as long as he does not exchange on d4.} 17.Kxe2 {(BvR) -0.63} Nc4? {(BvR) -0.36. Simplifying by swapping the minor pieces makes it harder to win.} 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.Rd4 {(BvR) -0.55 (C.B) I got worried about queen checks and chose to not take the knight. It may not be as important as I thought (or is it?).} Nd6 20.Rhd1 {(-0.95)} Rac8 {(BvR) (-0.41) I overlooked the strongest move 20...f5, to try and break open the white king's position.} 21.c4 b6?! {(BvR) -0.26. I looked at the much stronger 21...b5 instead, but could not find a clear enough plan after 22. Rc1, Qc5; 23.Rd5 etc, But as it turns out (thanks, engine) white simply will lose the game: 22.Rc1, bxc4; 23. Bxc4, e5!} 22.Qc3? {(C.B) I should have just gone with g3. I wanted my queen on black squares (opposite to pawns). I looked at Qc2, Qc3 and (after looking at other options) I forgot I had ditched them both (and why)! I worked out that the knight couldn't go to b5 while my queen was protected by the bishop; I simply forgot.} f6? {(BvR) I missed Cassandra's mistake...} 23.R1d2? {(BvR) I now saw the killer move Nb5, but Cassandra still didn't spot it. Virtually any other rook- or queen- move would have given black only a slight -0.44 advantage.} Nb5 {(BvR) -3.54} 24.Qb2 Nxd4+ 25.Rxd4 Qxh2 26.Ke3 Qe5 27.f4 Qc5 28.Kf3 Rfd8 29.Rxd8 Rxd8 30.Qc2 Qd4 31.Ke2 e5 32.g3 Qg1! 33.Qc3 Qg2+ 34.Ke1 Qxe4+ 35.Kf2 exf4 36.gxf4 Qxf4+ 37.Ke2 Re8+ 38.Kd1 Qf1+ {(BvR) Cassandra, you played an excellent game until your only mistake of the game at move 22. All the time, keeping the positions simple and balanced.} {#R} 0-1
Jamie Brotheridge (1566) vs Patrick Cook (1662)
[Event "Koelle "A""] [Site "The Library"] [Date "2017.12.06"] [Round "7"] [White "Jamie Brotheridge"] [Black "Patrick Cook"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1566"] [BlackElo "1662"] [ECO "A22"] [Opening "English: King's, 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3"] 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.a3 a6 5.d3 d6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.g3 Be6 8.Bg2 h6 9.Bd2 Qd7 10.b4 O-O 11.O-O Bh3 12.Nh4 Bxg2 13.Nxg2 Rfe8 {Black offered a draw...(hardly surprising from Patrick!). (P.C.)} 14.Rc1 Nd4 15.Ne3 b5 16.Ncd5 Bd8 17.Nxf6+ Bxf6 18.Nd5 Bd8 19.e3 Ne6 20.Qf3 c6 21.Nc3 Ng5 22.Qg2 Bb6 23.h4 Ne6 24.Rfd1 Rac8 25.Ne2 f5!? 26.Bc3 Rf8 27.Bd2 d5 28.c5 Bc7 29.f4 h5?! {#d} 1/2-1/2
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

To honour Arthur Koelle, past BCC member.

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