[Event "Oswestry Club Championship"]
[Date "2024.01.25"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Bryant, Richard BE"]
[Black "Fisher, Peter S"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B23"]
[WhiteElo "1863"]
[BlackElo "1787"]
[Annotator "Kemenade"]
[PlyCount "55"]
[EventDate "2024.01.26"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. f4 e6 (3... Nc6 {main} 4. Bb5 Bd7 5. Nf3 {Bryant 2-1-2}) (3... g6 4. Nf3 (4. Bb5+ Bd7 5. Bxd7+ Qxd7 6. d3 Bg7 7. Nf3 Nc6 8. O-O Nf6 9. h3 h5 10. Bd2 d5 11. e5 Nh7 12. a4 {Bryant-Holleland, Gibraltar Challengers A, 2015,1-0}) 4... Bg7 5. Bb5+ Bd7 6. Bxd7+ Qxd7 7. O-O Nc6 8. d3 Nf6 9. Ne2 O-O 10. c3 {Bryant-Maladkar, 4NCL 2019,1-0}) (3... Nf6 4. Nf3 e6 5. d3 a6 6. Be2 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. Qe1 {Lee-Fisher,North Wales Major 2019,1/2-1/2}) 4. Bb5+ (4. Nf3 {main} Nf6 5. Bc4 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. d3 a6 8. a4 b6 9. Qe1 Bb7 10. h3 {M Smith-Fisher, Oswestry ch rd1,0-1}) 4... Nc6 (4... Bd7) 5. Bxc6+ bxc6 {Bl's Q side is damaged & his QB become a problem} 6. Nf3 Ba6 (6... Ne7) 7. d3 Nf6 (7... d5 8. O-O {3 Wh wins,2 draws}) 8. O-O (8. e5 $1) 8... Be7 (8... d5 {3 Wh wins, 2 draws}) 9. b3 {stopping ideas of ..c4} (9. Qe1 {2-3}) (9. e5 {splitting the Bl pawns futher,3-1}) 9... O-O (9... Nd7 10. Qe1 Qc7 11. g4 (11. Rf2 O-O-O 12. Rb1 h6 13. Bd2 Rde8 14. Na4 {Furchbar-Zimmermann,Ruhrgebiet Verbands klasse 2019,1-0}) 11... O-O-O 12. Bb2 {Udovchenko-Papijants, Stavropol op 2014,1-0}) 10. Bb2 $5 (10. Qe1 {3-1-1} d5) (10. e5 Nd7 11. exd6 Bxd6 12. Qe1 $16 {SF16}) 10... Qc7 $2 {missing a chance to break even( albeit with Engine complexities)} (10... c4 11. dxc4 Bxc4 12. e5 Qb6+ (12... Ng4 13. bxc4 Qb6+ 14. c5 Qxb2 15. Na4 Qa3 16. cxd6 Bxd6 17. exd6 Qxa4 18. Qd2 Rfd8 $11) 13. Nd4 dxe5 14. fxe5 Nd5 15. Na4 Qa6 16. bxc4 Ne3 17. Qf3 Nxf1 18. Qxc6 Qxc6 19. Nxc6 Bg5 20. Kxf1 Rfc8 21. Na5 Bd8 22. Nb3 Rxc4 23. Nc3 $11 {SF16}) 11. h3 (11. e5 Nd5 12. Qd2 Nxc3 13. Bxc3 f6 14. Ba5 Qd7 15. exd6 Bxd6 16. h3 $16 {SF16}) 11... Rfd8 (11... c4 12. dxc4 Bxc4 13. Rf2 Rab8 14. Rb1 Ba6 15. e5 $11 {S}) 12. g4 (12. Ne2 d5 13. e5 Ne8 14. Ng3 g6 15. Ba3 c4 16. Bxe7 Qxe7 17. Qd2 cxd3 18. cxd3 c5 19. Rac1 Rac8 20. Rfd1 $16 {Sf16}) 12... h6 {moving pawns on the side where one is under attack often just generates more targets} (12... c4 $1 {countering in the centre is the best response to a threatened K side attack} 13. g5 Nd7 14. Rf2 cxd3 15. cxd3 Nc5 16. Rd2 e5 17. f5 d5 $17 {SF16}) 13. Qe1 (13. g5 hxg5 14. Nxg5 c4 15. Qf3 d5 16. e5 Nd7 17. h4 $16 {Sf16}) 13... Rab8 (13... c4 14. dxc4 Bxc4 $11 {SF16} (14... d5 15. e5 Nh7 16. Rf2 dxc4 17. Ne4 c5 $11 {SF16})) 14. g5 (14. Na4 Bb5 15. Bc3 c4 (15... Bxa4 16. Ba5 Qc8 17. Bxd8 Bxd8 18. bxa4 c4 19. Kh1 $16) 16. Ba5 Qb7 17. e5 Nd7 18. Bxd8 Rxd8 19. Nb2 cxd3 20. c4 Ba6 21. exd6 Bxd6 22. Nxd3 $16 {SF16}) 14... hxg5 (14... Nh5 15. gxh6 gxh6 16. Qd1 Ng7 (16... Nxf4 17. Nh2 d5 18. Kh1 $16) 17. Ne2 Nh5 18. Kh2 Kh7 19. Rg1 Rg8 20. Qd2 Rbf8 21. e5 d5 22. Rg4 c4 23. Rag1 $14 {SF16}) 15. fxg5 $16 (15. Nxg5 $16) 15... Nh5 16. Qh4 g6 17. Nh2 $18 e5 18. Ng4 (18. Rf3 Bc8 19. Raf1 Be6 20. Ng4 Kg7 21. Nh6 Rf8 22. Bc1 d5 23. Ne2 c4 24. Ng3 $18 {SF16}) 18... Kg7 19. Nh6 (19. Rf3 Rh8 20. Raf1 Rbf8 21. Nf6 Bc8 22. Ne2 Bd8 $11 {SF16- Engines defend impeccably}) 19... Rf8 (19... f6 $1 20. gxf6+ (20. Nf5+) 20... Bxf6 21. Rxf6 Nxf6 22. Rf1 Rf8 23. Rf2 Nh7 24. Rg2 Bc8 25. Bc1 Qd8 26. Qh5 Rf6 27. Nf5+ Kh8 28. Qh6 Bxf5 29. Bg5 Be6 30. Rf2 Rxf2 31. Bxd8 Rf7 32. Qh4 g5 33. Qh6 Rxd8 34. Qxe6 Rf6 35. Qg4 Rf4 36. Qg3 Rdf8 $17 {SF16-The two Rs are better than the Q, because the Bl pawn structure is solid}) 20. Rf2 f6 21. Nf5+ gxf5 $2 {opens up too many lines for Wh} (21... Kg8 22. Bc1 Rbe8 23. Ne2 Bc8 24. Neg3 fxg5 25. Nxe7+ Qxe7 26. Bxg5 Qh7 27. Nxh5 Qxh5 28. Rxf8+ Kxf8 (28... Rxf8 29. Qxh5 gxh5 30. Be7 $16) 29. Rf1+ Kg7 30. Qxh5 gxh5 31. Rf3 Kg6 32. h4 Kg7 33. Rf6 Re6 $14 {SF16}) 22. Qxh5 $18 fxg5 (22... Rh8 23. gxf6+ Bxf6 24. Qxf5 Rbf8 25. Raf1 Rh4 (25... Rf7 26. Rg2+ Kf8 27. Qg6 Qd8 28. Bc1 $18) 26. Bc1 Bc8 27. Rg2+ Kh8 28. Qg6 Qg7 29. Rxf6 Qxf6 30. Qxf6+ Rxf6 31. Bg5 $18 {SF16}) 23. exf5 Rf6 (23... Bf6 24. Ne4 Qf7 (24... Kg8 25. h4 g4 26. Rg2 Qh7 27. Rxg4+ Kh8 28. Qg6 Qxg6 29. Rxg6 $18) 25. Qxf7+ Rxf7 26. Nxd6 $18 {SF16- Bl is not getting mated quickly, but he is a pawn down with all his pawn isolated & both Bs bad}) 24. Qxg5+ Kh7 (24... Kf8 {is a little better} 25. Ne4 Rf7 26. f6 Ke8 27. Qg6 Bf8 28. Ng5 $18) 25. Rg2 Bd8 26. Qg8+ Kh6 27. Bc1+ Kh5 28. Qg4# 1-0
[Event "Oswestry Club Championship"]
[Date "2024.01.11"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Van Kemenade, R."]
[Black "Higgie, Charles L"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B52"]
[WhiteElo "134"]
[BlackElo "139"]
[Annotator "User"]
[PlyCount "41"]
[EventDate "2024.01.12"]
[SourceVersionDate "2024.01.12"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. O-O {main} (5. c4 {alternative}) 5... e5 (5... Nc6 {main}) (5... Nf6 6. e5 Nd5 7. c4 $6 (7. d4) 7... Nc7 8. Nc3 Nc6 9. Re1 e6 {Van Kemenade-Higgie, Oswestry A-OswestryB pre-season match 2023,0-1}) 6. c3 g6 {a bit slow} (6... Nf6) (6... Nc6 {main lines}) 7. d4 Bg7 {main} (7... cxd4 8. cxd4 Bg7 {the pawn structure fits in better with the B placement in Wh.s view, though Bl was reluctant to give the c3 square to Wh's QN. In practice 3 Wh wins and two draws}) (7... Nc6 8. dxc5 (8. Na3 Bg7 9. dxc5 dxc5 10. Qxd7+ (10. Qa4 {SF16}) 10... Kxd7 11. Rd1+ Ke7 12. Bg5+ f6 13. Be3 b6 14. b4 Nh6 15. bxc5 Ng4 16. Rd6 Rhc8 17. Rad1 Nxe3 18. Rd7+ Kf8 19. fxe3 bxc5 20. Nb5 $18 {Roncetti-Vaisecchi,ITA ch U20, 2007,1-0}) 8... dxc5 9. Qa4 $16 {Cloud Engines, not yet played}) 8. Be3 (8. dxc5 dxc5 {" Wh wins,2 draws} 9. Qxd7+ (9. Na3) 9... Nxd7 10. Na3 Ngf6 11. Re1 O-O 12. Bg5 $14 {Skorna-Tcebekov, Budapest FS IM 1996, 1/2-1/2}) 8... Na6 $2 {puts a N offside} (8... b6 $16 {3-1-1}) (8... Qc7 9. Na3 (9. dxc5 dxc5 10. Qd5 (10. Na3) 10... Nd7 11. Ng5 {Viela-Pereira, Guimaraes op 2004,1-0}) 9... Nd7 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. Nb5 $18 {Mendez-Yosifides, Emiliani memorial1982,1-0}) (8... cxd4 9. cxd4 Ne7 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. Qxd7+ Nxd7 12. Rc1 Nc6 13. Nc3 $14 {Hokkanen-Peitola, Tusula We Onnela op 1998, 1-0}) (8... exd4 9. cxd4 Nf6 10. dxc5 Nxe4 11. Nc3 $16 {Cloud Engines, not yet played}) 9. dxe5 dxe5 $18 {This pawn structure is very bad for Bl's B , which is scarely able to get out blocked by pawns on c5 and e5 ( and which may get worse as Bl may have to play f6 as well in some variations} 10. Qxd7+ {keeps the K in the middle. Bl thought that with Qs off he might siurvive. However though Qs are good attackers, they can also be an essential part of the defence, keeping several points covered,} (10. Na3 $1) (10. Qb3 $1 {are considered even stronger by SF16}) 10... Kxd7 11. Na3 Ne7 (11... f6 {stabilizes the centre} 12. Rfd1+ Ke6 13. Nb5 $18) (11... Ke6 {considered by Bl and is SF16 first line} 12. Ng5+ (12. Rad1 Ne7 $2 13. Ng5+ Kf6 14. Rd6# {seen by Bl}) 12... Ke7 13. f4 h6 14. Nf3 exf4 15. Bxf4 Nf6 16. Nb5 $18 {Bl's K is very vulnerable in the centre}) 12. Nc4 (12. Rad1+ $1 {SF16} Ke8 (12... Kc7 13. Nb5+ Kc6 14. a4 Nc8 15. Rd5 b6 16. Bh6 $1 Bf6 (16... Bxh6 17. Nxe5+ Kb7 18. Rd7+ Nc7 19. Nxc7 $18) 17. Rfd1 Nb8 18. Rd6+ Nxd6 19. Rxd6+ Kb7 20. Rxf6 $18) (12... Kc6 13. Bh6 Bf6 14. Nc4 $18) 13. Nc4 Nc6 14. Nd6+ Ke7 15. Nxb7 $18 {SF16}) 12... Nc6 13. Rad1+ Kc7 (13... Ke7 {The difference between this line amd the immediate Rad1 ch, is that Bk can now protect f7 with the K} 14. Rd5 Rhd8 (14... b6 15. Nfxe5) 15. Bxc5+ Nxc5 16. Rxc5 f6 17. Rb5 Rd7 18. Ne3 $16 {SF16}) 14. Ng5 $18 Nd8 (14... Raf8 {considered in pm, looks horrible, but seems the best there is according to SF16} 15. Nd6 Nd8 16. Nb5+ Kb8 17. Rd7 h6 18. Rxd8+ Rxd8 19. Nxf7 $18) 15. Rd5 (15. f4 $1 f6 16. Nh3 (16. Rxd8 Raxd8 17. Ne6+ Kd7 18. Nxg7 exf4 19. Bxf4 b5 20. Ne3 Rhg8 21. Bh6 $18 {though Engines might be happy with this, humans would worry about how that N & B are going to get back into the game}) 16... b5 17. Nd6 Rf8 (17... Kb6 18. fxe5 fxe5 19. Ng5 $18) 18. fxe5 fxe5 19. Nxb5+ $18) (15. Rd6 {SF16} b5 16. Rxa6 bxc4 17. Bxc5 $18) 15... f6 (15... h6 16. Rfd1 hxg5 17. Rd7+ Kc8 18. Bxg5 Ne6 19. Rxf7 {is pehaps a little better than the text, but not much}) 16. Rfd1 {missed by Bl who thought the N would have to retreat} Bf8 {Wh had seen this was an easier move to defeat} (16... Bh6 {Wh thought the best, however} 17. Rd7+ (17. Rxd8 {envisaged by Wh during game & looked at in pm} Raxd8 18. Ne6+ Kc8 19. Nxd8 $1 {SF16} (19. Rxd8+ Rxd8 20. Nxd8 Bxe3 21. Nxb7 Bxf2+ 22. Kxf2 Kxb7 23. Nd6+ Kc6 24. Ne8 f5 25. Nf6 $18 {but Wh is only a pawn up in an ending that could yet go wrong.}) 19... Bxe3 20. Nf7 Rf8 21. fxe3 $1 $18) 17... Kc8 18. Nf7 $1 {SF16} (18. Nxh7 Bxe3 19. Nxe3 $18 {pm analysis is bad enough for Bl}) 18... Nxf7 19. Rxf7 Bf8 20. Rxf6 $18) (16... Rc8 {Bl suggestion in pm, given as best by SF16} 17. Rd7+ Kb8 18. Rxg7 fxg5 19. Nxe5 (19. Bxg5 Ne6 20. Bf6 Nxg7 21. Bxg7 Rhd8 22. Bxe5+ Ka8 23. Re1 $18 {with two pawns for the exchange ( and pawn mobility on the K side}) 19... Ne6 20. Re7 Rce8 21. Rdd7 Rxe7 22. Rxe7 Nac7 23. Kf1 $18 {SF16, in addition to the extra pawn the Wh pieces dominate the board}) 17. Rxd8 Rxd8 18. Ne6+ Kc6 19. Rxd8 (19. Nxd8+ {also, but the text pins down the Bl R} Kb5 20. Na3+ Ka4 21. Rd7 $18 {SF16}) 19... b5 20. Na5+ Kb6 21. b4 {Rd7 is a major threat - the Engine gives a mate in 6 at most.} 1-0
[Event "Oswestry Club Championship"]
[Date "2024.01.04"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Van Kemenade, J."]
[Black "Smith, Jonathan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C77"]
[WhiteElo "1617"]
[BlackElo "1583"]
[Annotator "Kemenade"]
[PlyCount "45"]
[EventDate "2024.01.05"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. d3 (5. O-O {main}) 5... h6 {avoiding a pin but rather slows development.Wh can immediately win a pawn} (5... b5) (5... d6 {main lines}) 6. c3 {73% in 40 games} (6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. Nxe5 {Wh scores 79% from 60 games, but the Wh player has won this pawn before & not enjoyed playing the subsequent position}) (6. O-O {68% in 60 games}) 6... b5 (6... Bc5) (6... Qe7 {more frequent, but Wh is still scoring in the 70% range with these and the text}) 7. Bb3 {transposes to 148 games, 55 % for Wh} (7. Bc2 {5-0}) 7... d5 {Bl is trying to take the initiative, but is usually dangerous for the second player to open up the position so early , especially with the K still in the middle. Bl is hoping to make use of the fact that the Wh N can no longer come to c3, but Bl's pices can easily become vulnerable.} (7... d6) (7... Bc5) (7... Be7) 8. exd5 {sharpest, opening up the e file} (8. Qe2 {4-0-1}) 8... Nxd5 9. O-O {preferred by the Engines} (9. Qe2 {3 Wh wins, 1 draw}) 9... Bg4 {there are similar lines to this aring out of an Italian setup 4. Bc4, Nf6, but , compared with those, Bl has lost a move with ...h6, and also Bl has a pawn on b7 so the QN is more stable.} (9... Be7 10. Re1 {is the Engine choice, giving up the e5 pawn in Marshall Attack fashion with} O-O (10... Bf6 11. d4 $18 {2-0}) 11. Nxe5 (11. h3 $11 {but in practice 3 Wh wins, 1 Bl win}) 11... Nxe5 12. Rxe5 {Bl gets good practical play with active pieces after either} Nf6 {1 draw, 1 Bl win; or} (12... c6 {1-1-2. The Engines are quite happy , as they can defend precisely , unlike most humans. The win is by Kasparov in a simul.})) 10. Re1 (10. d4 exd4 11. Qe2+ (11. a4 Nf6 12. h3 Bh5 13. Re1+ Be7 14. g4 Bg6 15. Nxd4 $16 {SF16}) 11... Be7 12. Qe4 Be6 13. cxd4 O-O $11 {Soares-Mendes, POR ch U14, Luso 2015,0-1}) 10... Be7 11. h3 $16 {SF16} (11. Nbd2 O-O 12. h3 Bh5 13. Ne4 $11 {Sadhikov-Miroshnichenko, Baku op 2016,1-0} (13. g4 Bg6 14. Ne4 $11 {Ratiarison-Blanchon, Metz op 2006,1-0}) (13. Bc2 Bf6 14. Ne4 $11 {Pettersson-Sorensen, Hedehusene op 1992,1-0})) 11... Bh5 12. Nbd2 O-O {transposes to note above} 13. Nf1 Re8 (13... Qd6 $11 {SF16,. However as the above games indicate the Ruy Lopez frequently yields Wh longlasting pressure not easy to shake off.}) 14. Ng3 Nf6 (14... Bg6 {is better, but then Wh still wins the e5 pawn without giving Bl enough play for it.} 15. Nxe5 Nxe5 16. Rxe5 $16 c6 17. d4 (17. Qf3 $16) 17... Qd7 18. Bc2 (18. Nf1 $14) 18... Bxc2 19. Qxc2 Bd6 20. Rxe8+ Rxe8 21. Nf1 (21. Bd2) 21... Re1 $11 22. b3 $2 Qe6 $19 {Svrcek-Kubis, SVK ch tm feb 2023,0-1}) 15. Nxh5 Nxh5 16. Nxe5 Nxe5 17. Qxh5 $18 (17. Rxe5 $18 {also} Nf6 18. Qf3 (18. Be3 Rb8 19. d4 a5 20. Qf3 a4 21. Bc2 Bd6 22. Rxe8+ Nxe8 23. Re1 $18) 18... c5 19. Bf4 Ra7 20. a4 $18 bxa4 21. Bxa4 Rf8 22. Rf5 $18 {SF16; Wh stays a pawn up, and has lasting pressure , instead of Bl getting piece activity for the pawn , asin some earlier lines mentioned .}) 17... Ng6 $2 {a mistake anticipated by Wh} (17... Bf6 18. Be3 $1 (18. Rd1 $18) 18... Qxd3 19. Bd4 g6 20. Qxh6 Bg7 21. Qf4 Nc4 22. Rxe8+ Rxe8 23. Rd1 $18 {SF16}) 18. Qxg6 $18 Rf8 19. Bxh6 Bf6 20. Be3 (20. Re3 Qd6 21. Rf3 $18 {SF16}) 20... Qd7 21. Bc5 Rfe8 22. Qh5 g6 $2 {the same error a second time} 23. Qxg6+ (23. Qxg6+ Bg7 24. Bd4 Qxd4 25. Bxf7+ Kf8 26. cxd4 {and mate in 5}) 1-0
[Event "Oswestry Club Championship"]
[Site "Wrexham"]
[Date "2024.01.09"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Bailey, Adrian"]
[Black "Slegg, Gary"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A40"]
[WhiteElo "1786"]
[BlackElo "1579"]
[Annotator "User"]
[PlyCount "95"]
[EventDate "2024.??.??"]
1. d4 c5 2. d5 g6 (2... e5 {Main, Czech Benoni}) 3. c4 (3. e4 {main, 60 % for Wh}) 3... b5 (3... Bg7 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. e4 d6 6. Bd3 Nbd7 7. f4 a6 8. a4 e5 $6 {Pugh-Slegg, Shropshire Individual 2023,1-0 (after Bl tried ...b5 later to get some play, but didn't)}) 4. cxb5 Bg7 (4... a6 {main}) 5. e4 a6 6. bxa6 {63% for Wh} (6. Nc3 {Cloud Engines, main 57% Wh}) (6. a4 {is a move recommended ib theory books in several positions, seeing to save a tempo by having Bl exchange on b5; 2 Wh wins, 3 draws}) 6... Nxa6 {successful deviation? 2 Bl wins,1 draw} (6... Bxa6 {usual response} 7. Bxa6 {main,7 Wh wins, 3 draws}) 7. Nc3 d6 (7... Nf6 8. e5 $18 {Cloud Engines, yet Bl won both games in this line}) (7... Nc7 {Cloud Engines}) 8. Bb5+ $16 {Cloud Engines} (8. Nf3 Nf6 9. Be2 (9. Bb5+ Bd7 10. Bxd7+ $14 {1-2} (10. Bc4 $16 {Cloud Engines})) 9... O-O 10. O-O {26 games, 77 % for Wh}) 8... Bd7 9. Bxd7+ (9. Bc4 $16 {Cloud Engines, the B on d7 is currently an obstruction}) 9... Qxd7 10. Nge2 $16 Nf6 11. O-O O-O 12. f3 {Fritz11 SE} (12. Rb1 {SF16}) (12. a3 Nc7 13. h3 Rfb8 14. Qc2 Nb5 15. Nxb5 Qxb5 16. Nc3 Qb3 17. Qxb3 (17. Qe2 Nd7 18. f4 c4 (18... Bxc3 19. bxc3 Qxc3 $17) 19. Rf3 (19. e5 dxe5 20. f5 $11 {SF16}) 19... Nc5 $17 {Goldberger-Antal, SVK ch tm 2016,0-1}) 17... Rxb3 18. f3 Nd7 $17 {Ledovskih-Sosunov, Omsk ch sf 2007,1-0}) 12... Rfb8 13. a4 (13. a3 c4 14. Nd4 Nc5 15. Nc6 Rb3 16. Nb4 (16. e5 $14) 16... Ne8 (16... Ncxe4 17. fxe4 Rxb4) 17. Rf2 Na4 (17... Rxb4) 18. Nxa4 Qxa4 19. Qd2 $2 Rxb4 {Margaryan-Avetyan, GER ch U14 girls,Willingen 2019,0-1}) (13. Rb1 $14 {SF16}) 13... Nb4 (13... Rb4 14. Nb5 Ne8 15. Ra2 Nec7 16. Nbc3 Rb7 $11 {SF16}) 14. Be3 Ne8 15. Qd2 $16 Nc7 16. f4 {loosens the Wh pawn structure, Wh needs a bit more preparation} (16. Rab1 Rb7 17. h4 h5 18. f4 f5 19. Ng3 $16 Bf6 20. exf5 Bxh4 21. Rf3 Bxg3 22. Rxg3 Qxf5 23. Rd1 $16 {SF16, Bl's K position has been weakened. and the Q side initiative has stalled}) 16... Bh6 $6 {the B doesn't belong here, it needs to stay on the long diagonal, Also if it swaps off here the Bl K position is compromised,} (16... f5 {is the way to break up the Wh pawn structure} 17. Ng3 Rf8 $14 {SF16}) 17. Rf3 (17. h3 f5 18. Ng3 Bg7 19. exf5 gxf5 20. Nh5 Bh8 21. Rf3 $16 {SF16}) 17... e5 $2 {now Wh Wh is able to get a winning attack against an almost undefended Bl K side} (17... f5 18. Rh3 Bg7 19. Ng3 c4 20. exf5 Nd3 21. Rb1 Rxa4 22. Nxa4 Qxa4 23. Qe2 Nxd5 {and Bl is fighting back with his active pieces in the centre} 24. Qf3 $11 {SF16 other moves leave Bl with an advantage,}) 18. f5 $18 (18. dxe6 fxe6 (18... Nxe6 19. f5 Bxe3+ 20. Qxe3 Nd4 21. Rh3 $18) 19. Bxc5 Ne8 20. e5 $18 {SF16}) (18. Raf1 exf4 19. Bxf4 Bxf4 20. Nxf4 Rf8 21. h4 $18 {SF16}) 18... Bxe3+ 19. Rxe3 f6 20. fxg6 hxg6 21. Rg3 Kg7 22. Rf1 Rh8 (22... Ne8 23. Rh3 Kg8 24. Ng3 Ra7 25. Nf5 gxf5 26. Rxf5 $18 {SF16- Bl's pieces are mostly on the Q side, unable to protect their K}) 23. Qe3 {Wh should still be winning, but this lets the offside N on b4 enter the game via the centre} (23. Rxf6 $1 {SF16 breaks through quickly} Kxf6 24. Qg5+ Kf7 25. Qxg6+ Ke7 26. Qg7+ Kd8 27. Qxh8+ Ne8 28. Rg8 $18) 23... Raf8 24. Qf3 Rh6 (24... Nc2 25. Qf2 Nd4 26. Nd1 Rh5 (26... Qxa4 27. Ne3 Nxe2+ 28. Qxe2 Qd7 29. Ra1 Rh7 30. Ra7 $18) 27. Ne3 Kh7 28. a5 Ncb5 29. a6 Qa7 30. Ra1 $16 {SF16}) 25. Rg4 (25. Nd1 {this N needs to join in. If Wh is worried about a4 then be is a good preliminary} Nc2 26. Qd3 Qxa4 27. b3 Qa2 28. Ndc3 c4 (28... Qxb3 29. Rb1) 29. bxc4 Qa7+ 30. Kh1 Nb4 31. Qf3 {SF16}) 25... Nc2 26. h4 $2 {missing the tactic} (26. h3 Nd4 27. Qd3 Rb8 28. Nxd4 cxd4 29. Ne2 Ne8 (29... Rxb2 30. Nxd4 exd4 31. Qxd4 Rb8 32. Rxf6 $18 (32. Qxf6+ $18)) 30. b3 $16) 26... Ne3 27. Rg3 (27. Rxg6+ $1 $11 {SF16, this way Wh gets two pawns for the exchange as well as getting the f5 square for the Ns}) 27... Nxf1 28. Kxf1 Rxh4 $19 (28... f5 $19) 29. Ke1 Rb8 (29... f5 {SF16, and Bl gets a K side attack}) 30. Nb5 Nxb5 (30... Rh1+ 31. Kf2 Nxb5 32. axb5 Rxb5 $19 {SF16}) 31. axb5 Qxb5 (31... Rh1+ $1 32. Kf2 Rxb5 {SF16 as now} 33. Rxg6+ Kxg6 34. Qg3+ Kh7 {gets nowhere}) 32. Rxg6+ Kxg6 33. Qg3+ Kf7 (33... Kh5 {is risky, especially in time pressure,though the Engine finds it a draw in all variations} 34. Qg7 {threatens mate} Rxe4 (34... Rh1+ 35. Kf2 Qxb2 (35... Qxe2+ 36. Kxe2 Rxb2+ 37. Kf3 Rf1+ 38. Kg3 Rf4 39. Qh7+ {perpetual}) 36. g4+ (36. Qh7+ Kg5 37. Qg7+ Kh5 38. Qh7+ $14)) (34... Qxe2+ 35. Kxe2 Rxe4+ 36. Kf1 Reb4 37. Kg1 f5 38. Qd7 R8b6 39. Qxf5+ Kh4 40. Kh2 Rxb2 41. Qf6+ {perpetual}) 35. Qh7+ Kg5 36. Qg7+ Kf5 37. Qh7+ Kg5 38. Qg7+ {repetition}) 34. Qxh4 Qxb2 (34... Ke7 {SF16}) 35. Qh7+ Ke8 36. Qg8+ Kd7 37. Qf7+ Kc8 38. Qe8+ Kb7 39. Qc6+ Ka7 40. Qa4+ Kb6 41. Qc6+ Ka5 42. Qxd6 {no more checks, do maybe the d pawn can give some hope for survival as Wh's K is not in imminent danger} Qb1+ 43. Kf2 Qb6 44. Qe7 c4+ 45. Kf3 Qb3+ (45... Ka4 {supports the c pawn, safegurda the k while the Wh Queening square remans covered}) 46. Kf2 Qb4 $2 {time pressure, missing a neat tactic} (46... Qb6+ 47. Kf3 Ka4) 47. Qa7+ Kb5 48. Qxb8+ 1-0
[Event "Oswestry Club Championship"]
[Date "2024.01.04"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Evans, Alf"]
[Black "Grocott-James, Al"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B01"]
[WhiteElo "1393"]
[BlackElo "1474"]
[Annotator "Kemenade"]
[PlyCount "51"]
[EventDate "2024.01.05"]
1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. Nf3 (4. d4 {main}) 4... c6 (4... Nf6) (4... Bg4 {main lines}) 5. h3 {Wh is playing cautiously, not seeking any immediate advantage, just bringing all their pieces out safely} (5. d4) (5. Bc4 {main lines}) 5... Nf6 6. Be2 Bf5 7. O-O e6 8. d4 Bd6 $11 {Bl can also just bring their pieces to good positions since Wh has not not chosen more challenging variations against the Scandinavian} 9. Bd2 (9. Bd3 Bg6 {3 Bl wins, 1 draw}) 9... Qc7 $11 {49 games, 47% for Wh} 10. Re1 O-O 11. Be3 (11. Nh4 Bg6 (11... Nbd7 12. Nxf5 exf5 13. Bd3 g6 $11 {0.5-1.5}) 12. Nxg6 hxg6 $11 {2-3-1}) 11... b5 $146 (11... Nbd7 $11 {1-2-5}) 12. a3 Nbd7 13. Bd3 $11 {second line SF16} (13. Nh4 $11 {first line SF16}) 13... Bxd3 14. Qxd3 Nb6 15. b3 Nbd7 (15... a5 $5 {continues with the Q side expansion started with b5}) 16. Ne4 Nxe4 17. Qxe4 Nf6 18. Qd3 Rad8 (18... h6 $5) 19. c3 e5 $6 {breaking out, but SF16 considers this premature} 20. dxe5 (20. Bg5 $1 {SF16} e4 (20... Rfe8 21. Qf5 exd4 22. Bxf6 gxf6 23. cxd4 $18) 21. Rxe4 Nxe4 22. Bxd8 Rxd8 23. Qxe4 $16 {and Wh is a healthy pawn up}) 20... Bxe5 21. Qc2 Bf4 (21... Bd6 22. Bd4 Nd7 23. c4 bxc4 24. Qxc4 $14 {SF16- Bl's Q side pawns are split}) 22. Bd4 Bg5 $2 {Trying too hard & suffering one of those chess-blindness events , not wishing to have the K side pawns split, but also wanting to keep the R on the d file unobstructed. Bl had to retreat with} (22... Nd7 23. c4 bxc4 24. Qxc4 c5 25. Bb2 Rfe8 26. Qc3 Nf6 27. Qc2 Nd7 28. g3 Be5 (28... Bd6 29. Ng5 g6 30. Re4 $16) 29. Bxe5 Nxe5 30. Rxe5 Rxe5 31. Nxe5 Qxe5 32. Rc1 g6 {SF16} (32... Rc8 {probably a more human choice} 33. Qc4 Qb2 34. a4 g6 35. Rd1 $11 {but only Wh has any winning chances}) 33. Qxc5 Qb2 34. Re1 Qxb3 35. Qxa7 Qc3 36. Re3 Rd1+ 37. Kg2 Qa1 $11) 23. Nxg5 $18 Qf4 (23... h6 24. Bxf6 hxg5 25. Bxd8 Rxd8 {or}) (23... Rxd4 {keep the K side intact, but just go a R down.}) 24. Bxf6 g6 25. Bxd8 Rxd8 26. Nf3 1-0
[Event "Oswestry Club Championship"]
[Round "4"]
[Date "2024.01.11"]
[White "Atherton, Marcus"]
[Black "Wise, Paul"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C50"]
[WhiteElo "1335"]
[BlackElo "1195"]
[Annotator "User"]
[PlyCount "37"]
[EventDate "2024.01.12"]
[SourceVersionDate "2024.01.12"]
{[%evp 0,8,14,22,22,22,24,22,50,-290,-294]} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 (3. Bb5 Bd6 {1,319 games, though Wh scores 80 % with 0-0 or c3}) 3... Bd6 {167 games, unusual but playable. The idea is o support the e pawn for the moment, 0-0, then perhaps Re8 then relocate the B. There is a similar idea in some variants of Larsen's 1 b3 opening.} 4. Ng5 {Look before you leap ( or don't just think of what you can do, consider what the opponent can as well.As usual, this has been played before.} (4. O-O Nf6 5. Nc3 {74 % for Wh} (5. d3 {67% for Wh}) (5. d4 {75%})) 4... Qxg5 $19 (4... Nh6 {was an automatic response} 5. d3 O-O (5... a6 6. Nc3 (6. Qh5 g6 7. Qxh6 {Lintner-Masaykova, Bratislava Doprastav op 2013,1-0}) 6... b5 7. Bd5 Bb4 8. Qf3 Bb7 9. Nxf7 Nxf7 10. Qxf7# {Guerar-Lammra, ALG ch Women, Constantine 2000,1-0}) 6. Be3 Nd4 7. Bxd4 exd4 8. c3 dxc3 9. Nxc3 Qxg5 10. g3 Qf6 11. Qe2 Be5 12. Nd1 {Jonsdottir-Mwanga, EU ch online U12 girls, 2020,1-0}) 5. O-O (5. Qf3 Nf6 6. O-O O-O 7. d3 Qg6 8. c3 b6 9. Re1 Ba6 10. Bxa6 {Kusmierek-Buecken, Nidersachsen ch U10, Borkum 2004,1-0}) (5. d4 Qf6 6. dxe5 Bxe5 7. g3 Bd4 8. O-O h5 9. h4 Qg6 10. e5 Qxg3+ {Ganeshram-Zhang, NED ch open A, Borne , 2019,0-1}) 5... Nd4 (5... Bc5 6. d3 (6. d4 {regains the piece}) 6... Qg6 7. Nc3 d6 {1-1-6 by transposition}) 6. d3 Nf3+ $2 {Bl in turn is looking at their own threats, rather than Wh's or the response} (6... Qg6 {or, even stronger as it cuts down on possible counterplay by Wh}) (6... Qxc1 7. Qxc1 Ne2+ 8. Kh1 Nxc1 9. Rxc1 c6 $19 {SF16}) 7. Qxf3 f6 $2 {seeing one threat, but not the other} (7... Qe7 8. Nc3 c6 9. Ne2 Bc7 10. Bg5 f6 11. Bd2 d6 12. d4 $16 {Wh has more space & development, but Bl may well be able to put up a defence}) 8. Bxg5 Ne7 (8... fxg5 9. Qf7+ Kd8 10. Qxg7 {loses even more material}) 9. Be3 {Bl now tried to 0-0, but that is illegal, as the K would end up in a check. So, since 0-0 is a K move, Bl, having picked up the K, must move it.} Kd8 10. Nc3 Bb4 11. Nd5 Nxd5 12. Bxd5 c6 13. Bc4 Rf8 {Bl is trying to co-ordinate, but a Q. down is too much. She just probes for weaknesses, then mops up.} 14. a3 (14. Qh5) 14... Ba5 15. Bc5 Rh8 16. Qg4 g6 17. Qf3 Kc7 18. Qxf6 Rd8 19. Qd6# 1-0
[Event "Oswestry Club Championship"]
[Date "2023.12.21"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Tiddy, Phil"]
[Black "Smith, Martyn R"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C54"]
[WhiteElo "1442"]
[BlackElo "1520"]
[Annotator "User"]
[PlyCount "86"]
[EventDate "2023.12.22"]
1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 (2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 {gains a tempo on the game continuation by only moving the d pawn once} (5. d3 {is a modern positional way pioneerd by John nunn}) 5... exd4 6. cxd4 Bb4+ 7. Nc3 Nxe4 8. O-O Bxc3 9. d5 Bf6 {is the highly complex Moeller Attack, which has been analysed to well beyond move 20( one needs a lot of preparation to play it accurately)}) 2... Nf6 3. d3 Bc5 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. c3 O-O (5... d6 {main, featuring a lot in current elite GM games}) 6. d4 {this has been played in 28 games, but mostly by club players, as it loses a move compared with the variation cited at move 2. moving the d pawn for a second time.} (6. O-O {, treating the position in similar fashion to a slow Ruy Lopez with d3 keeping the centre secure has some 4,200 games in the database}) 6... exd4 7. cxd4 Bb4+ 8. Nc3 (8. Kf1 {is a speculative line given by Stockfish16, similar to some lines played by Amos Burn in the 19th century, but not yet played in games. Wh gets a bit of play after} Nxe4 9. d5 Ne7 10. Qd4 Nf6 11. Bg5) 8... Nxe4 9. Bd2 {however this looks too passive- Wh needs to be prepared to give up a pawn or two for open lines to attack along} (9. O-O {1-1-2} Bxc3 10. bxc3 d5 $1 {the best reply to most early Wh gambits in e4,e5 games} 11. Bb3 (11. Bd3 Nxc3 12. Qb3 Ne4 $17 {when Wh has 3 reasonable B moves, Bf4, Be3 or Ba3 , and can hope that it will still take Bl a bit of time to get his pieces active}) 11... Bg4 (11... Nxc3 $19 {SF16}) 12. h3 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 Re8 $17 {1-1} (13... a6 14. Ba4 b5 15. Bb3 Na5 16. Bc2 Re8 $15 {Costa (1530)-Buratti (1653), Cattolica op 2021,1/2-1/2})) 9... Bxc3 (9... d5 $1 $19 {SF16}) 10. Bxc3 (10. bxc3 {secures the d pawn} d5 11. Bb3 Bg4 $19 {Tobias Sidera-Barahona Torrija, Madrid San Viator op 2012,0-1} (11... Re8 $19 {Ristau-Kazmierski, Hessen ch U17, Bad Homburg 2015,0-1})) 10... Re8 (10... d5 11. Be2 Re8 $19 {SF16}) 11. O-O d5 12. Bd3 (12. Bb5 {SF16 considers a little bit better} Bg4 13. Bxc6 bxc6 14. Qd3 Qf6 15. Ne5 Bf5 16. Qe3 c5 $17) 12... Bg4 $19 {Bl has won a pawn, and his pieces are better placed- especially the Wh B on c3 is functioning merely as a big pawn. It is almost as if Bl had played a Petroff, but then usually Wh would have a pawn on c3 rather than a B.} 13. Be2 Qd6 (13... Ng5 $1 $19 {SF16}) 14. h3 Bxf3 (14... Bh5 {may well be stronger, especially as Bl then treatens to play ...f5, cementing the Ns position on e4, in true Petroff style with K side attacking possinilities}) 15. Bxf3 Re6 (15... Nxc3 16. bxc3 Na5 $19 {SF16}) 16. Bd2 $2 {Wh realises the B is not wellplaced, however this drops another centre pawn} (16. Qb3 b6 17. Rac1 {hopes for a liitle bit of play down the c file}) 16... Nxd4 17. Bxe4 (17. Bf4 Nxf3+ 18. Qxf3 Qb6 $19 {SF16}) 17... Rxe4 18. Re1 Rae8 19. Rxe4 Rxe4 20. Bc3 (20. Be3 {holds Bl from the using the e file, though} c5 21. b4 b6 {and eventually Bl's two extra centre pawns will advance}) 20... Ne2+ 21. Kh1 Nxc3 22. bxc3 Qc5 (22... Qe5 {controls the e file}) 23. Qd2 d4 (23... g6 {SF16, anticipating any attempts at a backrank mate- gererally a wise precaution when there is only heavy artillery left}) (23... b6 {is the other SF16 move, making sure the b pawn doesn't become vulnerable on an open file ( something that does happen later in this game)}) 24. Qd3 (24. Rd1 {bringing the R into the game, wins back one pawn, because of the backrank threat, though Bl should still keep the win in hand.} g6 25. cxd4 Qc4 26. Kg1 b6 (26... Re2 27. Qf4 (27. Qd3 Qxd3 28. Rxd3 Rxa2 {and the mass of Bl Q side pawns will win comfortably}) 27... Rxa2 $19) 27. d5 Re2 28. Rc1 Rxd2 29. Rxc4 Rxd5 30. Rxc7 Ra5 31. Rc2 Kg7 {SF16, and Bl should win with his active R and 2 to 1 majority on the Q side, but it will be a long game}) 24... f5 {this is a slight loosening of the K position, which will require some extra care by Bl} (24... Qe5 25. Rf1 g6 $19 {SF16}) 25. c4 (25. cxd4 Rxd4 26. Qe3 h6 27. Rc1 Qd5 28. Rxc7 Rd3 29. Rc8+ Kh7 30. Rc5 Rxe3 31. Rxd5 Ra3 32. Rb5 b6 33. Rb2 {similar to note at move 23}) 25... Qb6 $6 {inviting the Wh R to become more active} (25... Qe5) 26. Rb1 Qd6 27. Qd2 (27. Rxb7 $2 Re1+ 28. Qf1 Rxf1#) 27... c5 (27... d3 $1 {the general advice is - passed pawns should be pushed. Here the centre pawn advance could well lead to a sudden Bl K side breakthrough if Wh is not careful} 28. c5 Qd5 29. c6 b6 30. Rd1 Re2 31. Qf4 (31. Qxd3 $2 Re1+ 32. Kh2 Rxd1) 31... d2 32. Kh2 Qxc6 33. Rxd2 Rxd2 34. Qxd2 Qd6+ {and the K & P ending is easily won for Bl with the thedistant potential passed Q side pawn majority, which if the Wh k scurries across to prevent it queening leaves Bl with a winning all the pawns on the K side}) 28. Rxb7 (28. Rd1) 28... Qe5 (28... d3 $1 {SF16- its not the number of pawns, but how far they are advanced that matters most in endings} 29. Rxa7 h6 30. Kg1 Qe5 {and Bl wins the Q, as the Wh R has abandoned the back rank in search of material gain}) 29. Rb1 Re2 30. Qd1 Rxa2 (30... Rxf2 $1 {the F pawn is more important than the a pawn, as Wh's K position becoes compromised. Bl'a pawn is still a long way from threatening to Q, thus not psarticularly crucial at the moment} 31. Qb3 h6 32. Qb8+ Qxb8 33. Rxb8+ Kf7 34. Kh2 Rc2 {the elimination of the c pawn creates two coonected passed pawns, far more important than having a passed a pawn that is very far back}) 31. Kg1 Qd6 (31... Qf4 32. Qe1 h6 33. Qe6+ Kh7 34. f3 Qg5 35. g4 fxg4 36. Qxg4 Qxg4+ 37. hxg4 Rc2 (37... a5 {also wins})) 32. Qe1 Kf7 $2 {Played after some time thinking; prevents a mate in 1, but allows Wh a different chance. The danger signals should be, a looseR on a2 seperated from the Q, a loose f5 pawn, and acopen lines for both Wh R & Q.} (32... h6 {provides a safe space for the K}) 33. Ra1 $2 {Missing his chance. Wh worries instead about the active Bl R,} (33. Rb7+ Kf8 (33... Kf6 34. g4 (34. f4 d3 35. Qg3 Ke6 36. Qe3+ Kf6 37. Qg3 {repetition}) 34... fxg4 35. hxg4 Qe6 {only move} 36. g5+ Kf5 37. Qb1+ Kf4 38. Qxa2 Qg4+ 39. Kh2 Qh5+ 40. Kg1 Qg4+ {perpetual}) 34. Qb1 d3 {other moves allow Wh to win instead} (34... Re2 {eg} 35. Qxf5+ $18 Qf6 (35... Ke8 36. Qc8+ Qd8 37. Qc6+ Kf8 38. Qf3+) 36. Qxc5+ Re7 37. Rxa7 d3 38. Rxe7 Qxe7 39. Qf5+ Ke8 40. Qxd3) 35. Qxa2 d2 36. Rb8+ Qxb8 37. Qxd2 $11 Qe5 {Bl is still a pawn ahead, but the Engine quickly calculates that Wh will be able to hold due to thetreat of a perpetual}) 33... Rxa1 34. Qxa1 Qd7 (34... d3 {SF16, is a quicker win, as taking the a pawn puts the Q offside, but Bl's caution is a very reasonable human one, avoiding possible miscalculations in the complications} 35. Qxa7+ (35. Kf1 d2 36. Ke2 d1=Q+ 37. Qxd1 Qxd1+ 38. Kxd1 f4 {and Bl brings his K up, then forces the Wh K to go offside to cope with the advance of the distant a pawn}) 35... Kg6 36. Qa4 d2 37. Qd1 Qd4 38. g3 Kf6 39. h4 Qc3 40. Qf1 (40. Kf1 Qxc4+ 41. Kg2 Qc1) 40... Qc1 $19) 35. Kf1 Kg6 (35... d3) 36. f4 Qd6 (36... d3) 37. g3 a6 (37... d3 {SF16 just likes the pawn push}) 38. Qe1 Kf7 (38... d3 39. Qe8+ Kh6 40. Ke1 Qd4) 39. Qe2 g6 (39... Qe6) 40. h4 (40. Qb2 d3) 40... Qe6 (40... d3) 41. Qd3 Qe4 42. Qd1 d3 (42... Qh1+ 43. Ke2 Qxd1+ 44. Kxd1 a5 {is a simple winning line}) 43. Qd2 Qxc4 (43... Qh1+ {SF16 is the quickest conclusion} 44. Kf2 Qh2+ 45. Kf3 (45. Ke1 Qg1#) 45... Qxd2 46. g4 fxg4+ 47. Kg3 (47. Kxg4 Qg2#) 47... Kf6 48. h5 gxh5 49. f5 Kxf5 50. Kh4 Qh2# {( though humans would need to check that there is not an accidental stalemate somewhere.)}) (43... Qxc4 44. Ke1 Qc2 45. Qxc2 dxc2 46. Kd2 Ke6 47. Kxc2 Kd5 $19 {is quite straightforward}) 0-1