# Games and Reports 2014

# Club Championships 2014

## Round 9

Andrew Stone annotates another exciting game - the unfortunate denouement is a minor tragedy for Andrew, credit to him for annotating the game anyway.

### Stone, A. - Nijman, B. Club Championships 2014

This game is bitter-sweet for me. Sweet because I obtained a very nice position out of the opening with serious chances. Bitter because a fairy-tale outcome did not ensue and goes to show that not all chess lessons are on the board. 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6 6.Nf3 Bf5 7.Bd3 Bg6 8.O-O Qc7 9.c4 Nd7 10.Be3 O-O-O 11.Rc1 e5 12.Qc2 Kb8 13.Rfd1 c5 14.d5 Nb6

Moves are clickable

Black will be able to get the ideal piece to blockade my passed pawn by re-routing the knight to d6 but I wasn't too worried as my knight goes to f5 easily and I had planned b4 even after the knight goes to d6 which would help me open some lines for black's king. 15.Nh4 Nc8 16.Nf5 Re8?! Brian tries to be sneaky 17.Qa4 ( 17.h3 If white does nothing then 17...e4 18.Bxe4 Rxe4 19.Qxe4 Nd6 ) 17...Bd6 18.Nxd6 Nxd6 Brian took an unusual long pause despite the fact that his hand gestured he was already going to capture d6 with the Knight. I assume he only just realised White's following move. 19.b4 b6 ( 19...cxb4 20.Qxa7+ Kc8 21.c5 is of course a no no ) 20.bxc5 bxc5 21.Rb1+ Ka8 22.Bxg6 hxg6 23.Qc6+ Qxc6 24.dxc6 I was quite sure that the queen exchange was going to provide me with a nice plus as the passed c pawn proves to be a bit of a nuisance 24...Rb8 25.Bxc5 ( Of course not 25.Rxb8+ Rxb8 26.Rxd6 Rb1+ ) 25...Nxc4 26.Rbc1 Nb6 27.g3 I thought it would be smart to get rid of the back rank mate threat but ( 27.Rd6 f5 28.c7 Rbc8 29.Bxb6 axb6 30.Rxb6 is not bad for white ) 27...Rhe8 28.Bxb6 Rxb6 29.Rd7 Rc8 30.c7 Kb7 By now, Brian is running short on time which is ironic as the result of this game will show 31.Rxf7 f5 32.Rg7 e4 33.h4 Rb2 ( 33...Rc6 34.Rxc6 Kxc6 35.Rxg6+ Kxc7 36.Rf6 and black's pawn falls off with the threat of passed h pawn difficult to deal with ) 34.a4 Rb4 35.Rxg6 Rxa4 36.h5 e3 37.fxe3 Rg4?

Brian was down to his last minute but this was a fatal exchange for black (
37...Rxc7
38.Rxc7+
Kxc7
39.h6
Ra1+
40.Kg2
Ra2+
41.Kh3
Ra1
42.Rg7+
Kb6
43.Kh4
Rh1+
44.Kg5 +-
)
38.Rxg4
fxg4
39.h6
a5
40.h7
a4
41.e4!?
Not wrong but the immediate (
41.Rb1+!
Kxc7
(
41...Kc6
42.Rb8
Rxc7
43.h8=Q
)
42.Rc1+
Kd7
43.Rxc8
wins. Looks like that redbull I drank during the game did nothing but turned me into a zombie. )
41...a3
42.Kf2?!
Lazy chess at its finest. Don't want to think? Stick to old chess wisdom such as "develop your king for end game". As Brian said after the game, black can't do anything about the e pawn running down to e8 then when the black rook moves away, c8Q, swap rook and h pawn queen with ease or the same idea of (
42.Rb1+
Kxc7
(
42...Kc6
43.Ra1
Kb7
44.Rxa3 +-
)
43.Rc1+
Kd7
44.Rxc8
)
42...Rf8+
43.Ke3
Kc8
Because of Kf2, black has now replaced the blockade with the ideal king
44.Kd4
By now I know that we were both short on time but somehow I never took this factor seriously as I was ahead by time for the most part of this game... and because it was close to midnight and way past the bedtime my mum usually set for me
44...Rh8
and White lost on time. A Houdini escape for Brian and painful lesson for me. (
44...Rh8
Ed: Spectating I saw that
45.Ra1!
wins easily for White because
45...Rxh7
46.Rxa3
Rxc7?
(
46...Kxc7??
47.Ra7+
)
47.Rc3
swaps to a winning pawn ending so White remains two pawns up. It's amazing how easy it is if you are only watching! )
**0-1**

## Round 8

There was a lot of good chess this week, amazingly it's enough to prod me (possibly temporarily) from my torpor. Let's kick things off with Ian Sellen v Anthony Ker. Ian joins a long list of players who have prodded at obvious weak points in Anthony's Pirc repertoire - successfully in terms of getting an advantage, but ultimately unsuccessfully in terms of the result of the game. Anthony's resilience in bad positions, is, of course, the eighth wonder of the world. It should be noted that in a previous encounter in this line Ian has successfully demolished Anthony's defensive edifice and scored a famous win with a brilliant rook sac. Maybe that is why Anthony has switched from his usual 9...Kd7 to the more trendy 9...Kf8 ?

### Ian Sellen - Anthony Ker Club Championships 2014

1.d4 d6 2.e4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 c5 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.e5 Ng4 8.e6 Bxb5 9.exf7+ Kf8 10.Nxb5 Qd7 11.Qe2 Na6 12.Ng5 cxd4 13.Nxd4 Bxd4 14.Ne6+ Kxf7 15.Nxd4 Nf6 16.O-O Rac8 17.c4 Qg4 18.Nf3 h6 19.Bd2 Nc5 20.Bc3 Qe6 21.Rae1 Rhe8 22.Ne5+ dxe5 23.fxe5 Nd7

Moves are clickable

24.exf6
(
24.Qd2!
Is devastating -It's a computer move but it is also very logical - just maximising the harmony of the White pieces - Black is hogtied and White has multiple threats. For example
24...Qc6
Black absolutely must get the Queen out off the open e file
25.exf6
exf6
26.Rd1
avoiding exchanges
26...Ne5
27.Qxh6
Kg8
28.Bxe5
fxe5
29.Rf3!
And transferring the rook to the h file wins )
24...Qxe2
25.Rxe2
Now Anthony escapes into an ending where his skill is second to none in NZ
25...exf6
26.Rxe8
Rxe8
27.Re1
Ne5
28.b3
Ke6
29.Rd1
Rc8
30.Bb4
Rc6
31.Kf2
a5
32.Bxa5
Ra6
33.Rd5
b6
34.Bc3
Rxa2+
35.Kg3
Ra3
36.Bxe5
Rxb3+
37.Kf4
fxe5+
38.Rxe5+
Kd6
39.Re4
Rb2
40.Kf3
Rc2
41.h4
(
41.Rg4!
and the kingside pawns fall )
41...Kc5
42.g4
After this it's one way traffic (
42.Re5+
Kxc4
43.Re6
b5
44.Rxg6
b4
45.Rc6+
Kd3
46.Rxh6
is a bit scary but is good enough to draw )
42...Rc3+
43.Kf4?
The final mistake - White absolutely cannot allow Black an extra passed pawn AND a forced rook exchange.
43...Rxc4
44.g5
hxg5+
45.hxg5
b5
** 0-1**

Russell continues to set the pace - he is now close to mathematically wrapping up the tournament. One more win will be enough.

### Brian Nijman - Russell Dive Club Championships 2014

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bg5 Bf5 4.Bxf6 gxf6 5.e3 e6 6.Nge2 c5 7.Ng3 Bg6 8.Bb5+ Nc6 9.O-O h5 10.e4 a6 11.Bxc6+ bxc6 12.Re1

Moves are clickable

12...h4!
Black's strategy in this game is to 'creep' up the board, gradually stealing White's space and oxygen. It's rather aesthetically pleasing - well if you think a python squeezing a goat to death is aesthetically appealing.
13.Nf1
Rh5
14.dxc5
Bxc5
15.Qf3
Kf8
16.Rad1
Kg7
17.Na4
Ba7
18.Qc3
Qd6
19.Rd3
Rb8
20.Rf3
Re5
21.exd5
cxd5
22.Rxe5
Qxe5
23.Qxe5
fxe5
24.b3
Bxc2
25.Rc3
Bg6
26.Rc7
Bd4
27.Nd2
e4
28.Nc5
Rb6
29.Kf1
Be5
30.Rc8
Bxh2
31.Nd7
Rb4
32.Rc6
Rd4
33.Ke1
Bh5
34.Rc2
Bf4
35.Nc5
a5
36.a4
Bd6
37.Na6
Kf6
38.f3
exf3
39.Nxf3
Rd3
40.Nc5
Bxc5
41.Rxc5
Bxf3
42.gxf3
Rxf3
** 0-1**

Layla tortured Borg for the longest time, finally euthanising him for good close to midnight.

### Layla Timergazi - Michael Nyberg Club Championships 2014

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.f4 a6 8.Bd3 c5 9.Qg4 f5 10.Qg3 cxd4 11.Nce2 Qb4+ 12.Kf2 O-O 13.Nf3 Nc6 14.Qh3 Nc5 15.a3 Qb6 16.g4 Ne4+ 17.Kg2 Bd7 18.g5 Be8 19.Ng3 Bg6 20.b3 Rac8 21.Ne1 Ne7 22.Ne2 Nc6 23.Qf3 Nc5 24.h4 Ne4 25.h5 Be8 26.Qh3 Qa5 27.Nf3 Qc5 28.Rhc1 Nc3 29.Ng3 Ne4 30.Ne2 b5 31.h6 g6

Moves are clickable

Black has been on top for some time - it is now clear that White can't make progress on the kingside and Black owns the queenside right? 32.Qh1 Nc3 Up until now Black has acted a bit like the rich man who doesn't know what to do with his money - he just likes rolling around in a big pile of banknotes. Mike has a beautiful knight on e4 - but what can it do? He keeps moving it away and then back, without achieving anything. 33.Qg1 Nxe2 Running out of patience, Mike exchanges the super knight 34.Bxe2 a5 35.c3! Restoring material equality - watch how White steals the queenside in broad daylight. 35...Qb6 36.Nxd4 Na7! Allowing a simple winning tactic 37.Nxe6! Qxe6 38.Qxa7 Rf7 39.Qxa5 Bc6 40.Bf3 Ra8 41.Qb4 Rfa7 42.Rd1 Rd7 43.Qd4 Qe7 44.b4 Rc8 45.Rd2 Bb7 46.Be2 Rdc7 47.Rc2 Bc6

Alan Aldridge whispered to me during the game that for long periods White had a simple tactic to win even more pawns 48.Bd3 ( 48.Bxb5 ! ) 48...Ra8 49.Kh2 Rca7 50.Rca2 Ra4 51.Bc2 R4a7 52.Bb3 Qe6 53.Qd1 Rc7 54.Rd2 Rd8 55.Rd3 Rcd7 56.Rd4 Bb7 57.a4 Qc6 58.Qd3 Kf8 59.axb5 Qb6 60.Rd1 Qa7 61.Rd2 Qa1 62.Rd1 Qa7 63.Qc2 Qb6 64.Qe2 Qe6 65.Qd3 Qb6 66.Qe2 Qe6 67.Qd3 Qb6 68.Ra1 Ra8 69.Rxa8+ Bxa8 70.Qd2 Qxb5 71.c4 Qb6 72.cxd5

After an extended period of dithering, White finally gets on with the job of wrapping things up.
72...Qa7
73.e6!
I must admit that as a spectator I thought this was a little anti-positional - I missed the main idea - it opens the long Black diagonal
73...Rd6
74.Qc3
Qb7
75.Rc4
Rd8
76.Qh8+
Ke7
77.Qg7+
Kd6
78.Rc6+
** 1-0**

Nic Croad took down Roger Perry with some sparkling tactics.

### Roger Perry - Nic Croad Club Championships 2014

1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 e6 6.a3 Nc6 7.Be3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Be7 9.Nc3 Qd6 10.Bd3 O-O 11.O-O b6 12.Qe2 Bb7 13.Rad1 Rad8 14.Rfe1 Qb8 15.Bc2 Rfe8 16.Qd3 g6 17.Bb1 Ng4 18.Ba2 Bf6 19.h3?

Moves are clickable

19...Nxd4!
20.Bxd4
Rxd4
21.Qe2
Bxf3
22.Qxf3
Qh2+
23.Kf1
Rf4
24.hxg4
Rxf3
25.gxf3
Bxc3
26.bxc3
h5
27.gxh5
Qxh5
28.Re3
Qb5+
29.c4
Qb2
30.Bb1
Kg7
31.Kg2
Rh8
32.Be4
Rh2+!
** 0-1**

Forster-Stone suddenly burst into life after a quiet positional beginning. Can I say Andrew forced me to sacrifice my Queen, or is that just the same thing as Andrew winning my Queen ?

### Bill Forster - Andrew Stone Club Championships 2014

1.Nf3 d6 2.d4 f5 3.c4 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.g3 Bg7 6.Bg2 O-O 7.O-O c6 8.Re1 Ne4 9.Qc2 d5 10.Bf4 e6 11.Rad1 Nd7 12.Ne5 Nxe5 13.Bxe5 Bxe5 14.dxe5 Qc7 15.f4 Qf7 16.Bxe4 fxe4 17.e3 Bd7 18.Rd2 b5 19.c5 b4 20.Ne2 Bc8 21.Qa4 g5 22.Qxc6 Bd7 23.Qd6 Rac8 24.Nd4 gxf4 25.exf4 Rfd8 26.Rc1

Moves are clickable

I have been willing to embed my Queen in Black's position on the basis that hopefully the cavalry would arrive before Black could organise his pieces well enough to trap the queen. Now that I am threatening c6 winning material AND bringing my rooks powerfully into the game - I was confident my judgement had been vindicated.
26...e3!?
Fortunately when this move arrived on the board I had time for one more decent think. During this time I went through the full gamut of chess emotions. My first thought was that the move is crazy, the advanced pawn becomes hopelessly weak and can't survive. Then I saw Andrew's devious idea and became depressed - if I move my rook to any sensible square, I give the bishop the opportunity to make a useful discovery by hitting the rook. This will mean I won't have time to capture on e6 - something I'd been relying on to keep my Queen alive. Finally I realised that in this position losing my Queen was actually a good thing - it works fine as a sacrifice. So the ! in !? is for winning the Queen. The ? is because winning the Queen loses the game. And the ! comes ahead of the ? as a tribute to Andrew's resourcefulness (and because he was lost anyway).
27.Re2
Bb5
( The comp recommends an exchange sac. After
27...Bc6
28.Qxe6
Qxe6
29.Nxe6
d4
30.Nxd8
Rxd8
White should win )
28.Nxb5!
Rxd6
29.exd6!
Much better than the superficially appealing Nxd6, since the fork is a chimera whereas the advanced connected passers are monstrous
29...Rc6?
Black can't really hope to survive here - the pawns are going to cost him his rook. But this idea hastens the end
30.Nd4
Qh5?
This is the idea Black is hoping for a rook exchange and then some counterplay with a strong Queen and advanced pawn. Unfortunately I can simply capture the advanced pawn first - but just in time I saw an even better move
31.d7!
There is no way back for the Queen so unusually White gets a new Queen in broad daylight. **1-0**

I almost missed this one, Andrew Brockway found a simple but easily missed brilliant winning combo against Philip Rossiter. Lovely work Andrew!

### Brockway, Andrew - Rossiter, Philip Club Championships 2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Bc4 e6 5.Nge2 Be7 6.d3 a6 7.Nxd4 cxd4 8.Ne2 e5 9.O-O Nf6 10.f4 d6 11.Qe1 Qc7 12.fxe5 dxe5 13.Bg5 O-O 14.Qh4 Qc6 15.Ng3 h6 16.Bxf6 Bxf6 17.Qh5 Be6

Moves are clickable

18.Rxf6!!
gxf6
19.Qxh6
The threat of Nh5 and Qg7 mate is unstoppable.
19...Bg4
20.Qg6+
Kh8
21.Qxg4
f5
22.Qh5+
Kg8
23.Nxf5
Qf6
24.Rf1
** 1-0**

Al Nicholls produced some nice winning tactics against club captain Ross Jackson

### Ross Jackson - Al Nicholls Club Championships 2014

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.a3 a5 6.b3 Bf5 7.Bb2 Bc5 8.g3 Nge7 9.Bg2 Ng6 10.O-O Qd7 11.Qc1 Qe7 12.Rd1 Rd8 13.b4 axb4 14.axb4 Bxb4 15.Nxd4 Nxd4 16.Rxd4 Rxd4 17.Bxd4 O-O

Moves are clickable

18.Bxb7? c5! Whoops 19.e4 Bh3 20.Bd5 cxd4 21.f4 Qc5 22.Ra2 d3+ 23.Kh1 d2 24.Nxd2 Qf2 25.Qg1 Qe2

A rather piteous final position - note that Black can choose between winning a second piece or even better winning White's Queen with Bc5 **0-1**

An interesting ending saw Pat Cunningham escaping with a draw after an unsound piece sac.

### Michael Sole - Pat Cunningham 2014

Moves are clickable

57.b5?
Missing his chance (
57.Kxf4!!
e2
58.Bxe2
g2
59.Bf3+
Check! From now on Black makes sure his king only goes to black squares )
57...Kc5!
A surprising draw - the engine gives White a big plus but cannot make progress.
58.Be2
Kb6
59.Bd3
Kc5
60.Be2
Kb6
** 1/2-1/2**

### Mike Roberts - Peter Stoeveken Club Championships 2014

Notes by Ian Sellen 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Bg4 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.h3 Be6 6.g3 h6 7.Bg2 Nf6 8.Nf3 Nc6 9.O-O Qd7 10.Kh2 g5 11.Na4 b6 12.Nc3 Bg7 13.Ne5 Nxe5 14.dxe5 Nh7 15.f4 Rd8 16.Bd2 f6 17.f5 Bxf5 18.Nxd5 e6 19.e4 Bg6 20.exf6 Bf8 21.f7+ Bxf7 22.Bc3 Rg8 23.Rxf7 Qxf7 24.Qa4+ Qd7 25.Nc7+ Kf7 26.Rf1+ Kg6 27.Qc4 Rc8 28.Qxe6+ Qxe6 29.Nxe6 Re8 30.Nc7 Re7

Moves are clickable

31.Nd5
( White had a brilliant win here
31.e5!!
h5
(
31...Rxc7
32.Be4+
Kg7
33.e6+
Rxc3
34.Rf7+
Kh8
35.Rxh7#
)
32.Be4+
Kg7
33.Nd5
Re6
34.Bf5
Rc6
35.e6+
Rxc3
36.bxc3
Bd6
37.Bxh7
Kxh7
38.Nf6+
)
31...Rf7
32.e5
Rxf1
33.Bxf1
Kf7
34.Bd3
Rg7
35.e6+
Kxe6
36.Bxg7
Kxd5?
37.Bxh6?
(
37.Bc3
and the knight is trapped )
37...Bxh6
38.Bxh7
a5
39.Kg2
b5
40.Kf3
b4
41.Kg4
Bg7
42.b3
(
42.Kxg5
Bxb2
43.Bc2
looks like a better winning chance )
(
42.h4?
gxh4
43.gxh4
)
42...Bf6
43.h4
gxh4
44.gxh4
Kd4
45.h5
Kc3
46.Kf4
Bd4
47.Ke4
Bg7
48.Kf5
Kb2
49.Kg6
Bd4
50.h6
Kxa2
51.Bg8
** 1/2-1/2**

Finally a nice concluding attack from Troy Lamerton.

### Phillip Coghini - Troy Lamerton Club Championships 2014

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Bf4 Nc6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bf5 7.a3 e6 8.e3 Be7 9.Be2 O-O 10.O-O Nd7 11.Rc1 Rc8 12.Re1 Bg6 13.b4 a6 14.Bg3 b5 15.Qb3 Nb6 16.Nd2 Nc4 17.Nxc4 bxc4 18.Qa4 Qb6 19.Red1 Ra8 20.Rd2 a5 21.b5

Moves are clickable

21...Nb4!
Black starts a series of purposeful attacking moves
22.Ra1
Nd3
23.Kf1
Rfc8
24.Bd1
Ra7
25.Ke2
Bh5+
26.f3
Bd6
27.Bxd6
Qxd6
28.g3
e5!
Thematically opening the position to exploit White's weakened kingside
29.b6
Qf6!
Black ignores the attack on the rook, and spends the rest of the game having a lot of fun I'm sure.
30.g4
Bxg4
31.Kf1
Bh3+
32.Kg1
Qg5+
33.Kh1
Qxe3
34.Be2
Rd7
35.Bf1
Qxd2
36.Bxh3
Nf2+
37.Kg2
Nxh3+
38.Kxh3
Rd6
39.b7
Rh6+
** 0-1**

## Round 7

This week Andrew Stone steps up to the plate and analyses a nice win against Ian Sellen. Thanks Andrew!

### Andrew Stone - Ian Sellen Club Championships 2014

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Bc4 d6 6.Nf3 e6 7.O-O Be7 8.Qe2 Bd7 9.Rd1 a6 10.a4 Qc7 11.Bf4 Ne5 12.Bxe5 dxe5 13.Rac1 ( Computer suggested 13.Rxd7 Kxd7 ( 13...Qxd7 14.Bb5 axb5 15.Nxe5 Qc8 16.Qxb5+ Kf8 17.Nd7+ Ke8 18.Nb6+ Qc6 19.Nxa8 Qxb5 20.Nc7+ Kd7 21.N7xb5 White comes out ahead ) 14.Rc1 Rd8 but I wasn't that brave ) 13...Nf6

Moves are clickable

14.Bxe6 fxe6 ( 14...Bxe6 15.Nd5 Qb8 16.Nc7+ Kf8 with complications ) 15.Nd5 Nxd5 16.Rxc7 Nxc7 with two pieces and a rook for a queen, black has material advantage. However, I thought after 17.Nxe5 I had plenty of play for the material deficit 17...O-O-O

Confession here, when I played 14.Bxe6, I calculated up till 17.Nxe5 and thought that 18.Qh5+ was inevitable and white had devastating play. I seriously did not consider 17... 0-0-0 was an option! 18.Nf7 Luckily I get some material back 18...Bxa4 19.Rc1 Computer seem to think swapping off both rooks is slightly better than my move here but I wasn't keen playing Queen vs 3pieces 19...Rhf8 20.Nxd8 Rxd8 ( 20...Kxd8 21.Qd2+ Kc8 22.Qc3 Bc6 23.Qxg7 +- ) 21.Qg4

I was a bit glad after this move as I was going to be able to mop up some pawns while the black pieces still have a bit of untangling to do 21...Bc6 22.Qxg7 Bc5 23.h4 ( 23.Rxc5 Rd1# ) 23...Bd4 24.Qxh7 Bxb2 25.Rc2 Be5 26.g3 Kb8 27.f4 Rh8 28.Qg6 Bd4+ 29.Kh2 e5?! 30.Kh3?! ( 30.f5 Bxe4 31.Rxc7 Kxc7 32.Qg7+ ) 30...exf4 31.gxf4 Re8 32.e5 Bd7+

33.Kh2?
I was scared of (
33.Kg3
Be6
With threat of Rg8 but of course
34.Rxc7
Rg8
35.Rg7
)
33...Be3
34.Kg3
I did finally see the above variation after Ian played Be3
34...Rf8?
(
34...Ne6
35.Rc4
b5
36.Re4
Bc5
Still advantage to white but black has bit of fight left )
35.Rxc7
Bxf4+
36.Kg2
Bc8
(
36...Kxc7
37.Qd6+
)
37.Qd6!
Ed: Threatening the rook and a devastating discovery and of course giving check doesn't help (
37.Qd6
Rg8+
38.Rg7+
)
**1-0**

## Round 5

More Brian Nijman supplied wholesome goodness this week

### Brian Nijman - Ian Sellen Club Championship 2014

1.e4 c5 2.a3 Nc6 3.Nf3 d6 4.b4 cxb4 5.axb4 Nxb4 6.d4 Qc7 7.c3 Nc6 8.Bd3 Nf6 9.O-O e5 10.Na3 Bd7 11.Nc4 Be7 12.Ba3 Bg4 13.d5 Nd8

Moves are clickable

14.Ne3 !? ( 14.Qa4+ ! 14...Bd7 15.Qb4 O-O 16.Nfxe5 ! 16...b6 17.Nxd7 Nxd7 18.e5 ! 18...Nc5 19.exd6 Bxd6 20.Nxd6 Qxd6 21.Rfe1 [Advantage for White] ) 14...O-O 15.Nxg4 Nxg4 16.Qb3 Nf6 17.Rfb1 Nd7 18.Ne1 ?! [too slow] 18...b6 19.Ba6 Nb7 20.Nd3 f5 !? ( 20...Na5 ! 21.Qd1 f5 22.exf5 Rxf5 23.Bb4 Nb7 ( 23...Raf8 24.Bxa5 e4 25.Bb4 exd3 26.Bxd3 R5f7 [unclear] ( 26...Rxf2 27.Qh5 g6 ( 27...Nf6 28.Qh3 ! 28...Rd2 29.Qe3 Rxd3 30.Qxd3 [White is slightly better] ) 28.Bxg6 hxg6 29.Qxg6+ Kh8 30.Qh6+ = ) ) 24.Qa4 ( 24.f3 Nbc5 25.Nxc5 Nxc5 26.Bb5 Raf8 27.Bc6 e4 28.Bxc5 dxc5 29.fxe4 R5f6 ! 30.g3 Bd6 31.Qe1 c4 ! [Black is clearly better] ) 24...Nbc5 25.Nxc5 Nxc5 26.Qc6 Qxc6 27.dxc6 Nxa6 28.Rxa6 Rff8 29.Rba1 Rfc8 30.Rxa7 Rxa7 31.Rxa7 Kf8 32.Kf1 Rxc6 33.Ke2 Kf7 34.Kd3 Ke6 35.f3 [Black is a pawn up, but it is hard to make progress. He is slightly better] ) 21.f3

White is already short of time, and plays this move quickly ( 21.exf5 [analysis that follows, if you can follow it, is courtesy of Houdini] 21...Rxf5 ( 21...e4 22.Nf4 Nbc5 23.Bxc5 Nxc5 24.Ne6 Nxb3 25.Nxc7 Nxa1 26.Nxa8 Rxa8 27.Rxa1 = ) 22.Qb5 Na5 23.Bb4 e4 24.Bxa5 exd3 25.Qc6 Qd8 26.Bxd3 Rf7 27.Bb4 Rc8 28.Qa4 a5 29.Bb5 Bh4 30.Bxd6 Bxf2+ 31.Kh1 Nf6 32.Ba3 h5 33.d6 Ng4 34.d7 Rxc3 35.Rb3 Rxb3 ( 35...Qh4 ? 36.Qxg4 hxg4 37.Rxc3 ) 36.Qxb3 Qc7 37.d8=Q+ Qxd8 38.Bc4 Kh8 39.Bxf7 Qc7 40.g3 Qe5 41.Qb1 Bxg3 42.Bd6 Qxd6 43.Qf5 [unclear] ) 21...fxe4 22.fxe4 Bg5 ? ( 22...Nbc5 23.Bxc5 Nxc5 24.Nxc5 Qxc5+ 25.Kh1 Rf2 [Black has an advantage, but no concrete way of realising it] ) 23.Bxb7 Qxb7 24.Bxd6 [White's ahead again] 24...Rfe8 25.Rf1 [good, but ( 25.Bxe5 is better and is close to winning] ) 25...Be3+ 26.Kh1 Nf6 ? ( 26...a5 ) 27.Rae1 ? ( 27.Bxe5 is winning 27...Nxe4 (the move White anticipated) is met by 28.d6+ ! 28...Kh8 29.Rf7 hitting the Queen and g7 ) 27...Nxe4 = 28.Rxe3 Nxd6 29.Rxe5 ?! ( 29.Nxe5 is preferred ) 29...Rxe5 ( 29...Qa6 ! puts White under some pressure ) 30.Nxe5 Re8 31.Nc6 Qa6 32.Qd1 Qb7 33.Re1 Qd7 34.Rxe8+ Nxe8 35.Qe2 Nf6 36.c4 a5 37.h3 Qe8 38.Qf2 ( 38.Qxe8+ ?! [not generally a good idea to swap queens when the opponent has the outside passed pawn, but here White can hang on] 38...Nxe8 39.c5 bxc5 40.Nxa5 Kf8 41.Kg1 Ke7 42.Nb7 c4 43.Kf2 = ) 38...Nd7 39.Qf4 a4 40.d6 Nf6 41.Ne5 ( 41.Ne7+ is an efficient way to draw, 41...Kf8 ( 41...Kh8 42.Qf3 Qf8 43.Qc6 a3 44.Qa4 Ne4 45.Nd5 to stop the check on f4 after 45...Qf1+ ( 45...Nxd6 46.Qxa3 Kg8 47.Qd3 Qe8 = ) 46.Kh2 Qf8 47.Qxa3 h6 = ) 42.Qe3 Qh5 = ) 41...a3 42.d7

based on the (erroneous) idea that White can either achieve a perpetual check, or win the a-pawn with a cross check on the third rank (
42.Kh2
= )
(
42.Qd4
= )
42...Nxd7
43.Nxd7
Qxd7
?? (
43...a2
!!
44.Qf1
(
44.Qd4
Qe1+
45.Kh2
a1=Q
46.Qd5+
Kh8
)
44...Qxd7
45.Qa1
Qa4
[Black wins] )
44.Qb8+
Kf7
45.Qf4+
(
45.Qxb6
h6
46.Qf2+
(
46.Kg1
Qe7
47.Qa5
Qe3+
48.Kh1
Qc1+
49.Kh2
Qb2
50.Qd5+
Ke7
51.Qc5+
Kd7
52.Qd5+
Kc7
53.Qa5+
Kb7
54.Qd5+
Ka6
55.Qd8
and it will be difficult for Black to make progress, because, after
55...a2
56.Qa8+
Kb6
57.Qb8+
the Queen is lost )
46...Kg8
47.Qa2
Qd1+
48.Kh2
Qd6+
49.g3
Kh8
50.Qg2
Qa6
51.Qa2
Qa5
52.Qe2
Qa4
53.Qf2
Qb4
54.Qf5
Qb2+
55.Kh1
Qb7+
56.Kh2
a2 -+
)
45...Kg8
(
45...Ke8
!
46.Qe4+
! (
46.Qb8+
?
46...Qd8
47.Qe5+
Kf7
48.Qf4+
Kg8
49.Qf2
Qd1+
50.Kh2
Qd6+
51.Kh1
h6
)
(
46.Qe3+
?
46...Qe7
47.Qxb6
Qe1+
48.Kh2
Qe5+
49.Kh1
a2
(
49...Qa1+
50.Kh2
a2
51.Qe6+
Kf8
52.Qd6+
Kf7
53.Qd7+
Kg6
54.Qd3+
= )
50.Qc6+
Kf7
51.Qb7+
Qe7
52.Qd5+
Qe6
53.Qf3+
Kg6
54.Qg3+
Kh5
55.Qxg7
Qe1+
56.Kh2 =
White must not queen the pawn
56...a1=Q
??
57.g4+
Kh4
58.Qxh7+
)
46...Qe7
47.Qc6+
Kf7
48.Qxb6
(
48.Qd5+
Kg6
49.g4
(
49.Qd3+
Kh6
50.Qd2+
g5
)
49...Qc5
wins )
48...Qe1+
49.Kh2
Qe5+
50.Kg1
and it appears Black cannot make progress )
46.Qb8+
Kf7
[Ian offered a draw, which was accepted, since by this stage he was also down to under a minute on the clock] **1/2-1/2**

## Round 4

Brian Nijman has kindly provided his impressive win against Roger Perry this week. I really encourage others to do the same - if you send me your game with some analysis (and preferably some commentary) I will definitely post it here.

### Perry, Roger - Nijman, Brian Club Championship 2014

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nf3 g6 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qb3 Nxc3 9.bxc3 ( 9.Bc4 ) 9...Bg7 10.Be2 O-O 11.O-O Na5 ( 11...Qc7 ) 12.Qb4 b6 ( 12...Be6 ) 13.Bg5 Qc7 !? 14.Bxe7 Nc6 15.Bd6 ( 15.Qd6 Qxe7 16.Qxc6 Bb7 17.Qb5 Rfe8 ( 17...Rac8 ) ( 17...Rae8 ) ) 15...Nxb4 16.Bxc7 Nd5 17.Be5 Nxc3 18.Bc4 b5 !? 19.Rac1 ( 19.Rfc1 ) 19...b4 ( 19...Be6 20.Bxg7 Kxg7 21.Rxc3 Bxc4 22.Rb1 Rac8 23.Re3 Rfe8 ) 20.Bd6 Be6 21.d5

Moves are clickable

( 21.Bxe6 fxe6 ( 21...Rfd8 = ) 22.Bxf8 Ne2+ 23.Kh1 Nxc1 24.Bxg7 Nxa2 25.Bh6 a5 26.d5 ! 26...exd5 27.Re1 g5 28.h4 ! 28...Ra6 ( 28...Nc3 29.Re7 +- ) 29.hxg5 Kf7 30.Ne5+ +/- ) ( 21.Bxb4 Rfc8 22.Rxc3 Rxc4 23.Rxc4 Bxc4 24.Ra1 a5 25.Bc5 Rc8 26.Bb6 a4 = ) 21...Rfc8 22.Ba6 ( 22.Bxb4 Rxc4 23.Bxc3 ( 23.dxe6 Ne2+ ) 23...Bxd5 24.Bxg7 Kxg7 25.Rxc4 Bxc4 26.Ra1 Rb8 ) 22...Bxd5 =+ 23.Bxc8 ? ( 23.Bxb4 Rc6 24.Bxc3 ( 24.Bb7 ?? 24...Ne2+ 25.Kh1 Rxc1 26.Rxc1 Bxb7 ) 24...Rxa6 ( 24...Rxc3 ) 25.Bxg7 Kxg7 =+ ) 23...Rxc8 24.Kh1 ?! ( 24.Rc2 a5 ) 24...a5 -+ 25.Be5 Bh6 ? ( 25...Bxa2 ) 26.Rc2 Be4 ( 26...Bxa2 ) 27.Rb2 Bd5 ? ( 27...Na4 ) 28.Ra1 Rc5 ? 29.Bd4 Rc4 30.Be3 ?! ( 30.Bf6 Rf4 =+ ) 30...Bg7 31.Nd2 Rc6 32.Rc1 h5 33.h3 Ra6 34.Rbc2 Bxa2 35.Nf3 ( 35.Rxa2 Nxa2 36.Rc8+ Kh7 37.Ne4 g5 ! ) 35...a4 ?? 36.Bd4 ?? ( 36.Rxa2 a3 ( 36...Nxa2 37.Rc8+ Bf8 38.Bc5 b3 39.Rxf8+ Kg7 40.Ng5 f6 41.Rf7+ Kg8 ( 41...Kh6 ?? 42.h4 ) 42.Rf8+ = ) 37.Rd2 Bf6 38.Bd4 = ) 36...Bb3 37.Bxg7 Kxg7 38.Rd2 a3 -+

39.Nd4
Be6
40.Nxe6+
fxe6
41.Rd7+
Kf6
42.Rb7
a2
43.Ra1
Nd5
44.Kg1
Ke5
45.Rb5
Kd4
46.Kf1
Kc4
47.Rb8
Kb3
48.Rc8
Nc3
** 0-1**

## Round 3

Just at the moment I only have my own Round 3 effort, so I hope I can be excused presenting it here.

### Forster, Bill - Perry, Roger Club Championship 2014

Another day, another chess game. I'd actually spent 5 minutes more time than usual preparing. In other words I'd spent 5 minutes. But I thought I was Black. Oh well, never mind, what to do? 1.Nf3 I have found myself playing this first move more than any other, basically because playing it is a non-decision. Let's just develop something! 1...c5 Roger signals that he expects some kind of a subtle positional English/Reti type struggle. 2.b4?! Played on a complete whim I don't even know if this is a move 2...cxb4 Well yes, to be honest I'd hardly considered this response, thinking that White could then maybe play some kind of Benko Gambit (or something) with a move in hand 3.a3 I'll try the Benko idea 3...e6 At this stage I changed tack completely. Against Arthur Pomeroy I recently had a bad experience that started 1.Nf3 c5 2.e4 d6 3.b4??! (a similar over the board inspiration - a delayed Sicilian Wing Gambit) 3...Nf6! and I had no convenient way to defend e4, and spent the rest of the game grovelling for a draw. Remembering that ugly episode in my chess praxis, I decided that ...e6 meant I could instead go for a French Wing Gambit, not allowing Black to develop comfortably with ...Nf6. (The French Wing Gambit normally starts as 1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e5 c5 4.b4?! ). 4.e4 d5 5.e5 Nc6 6.axb4 Bxb4 7.Ba3 Nge7 8.c3 Bxa3 9.Nxa3 This is the basic structural idea of the French Wing Gambit. It's a bit like an advance French, but Black doesn't have a c5 pawn to pressure d4. 9...a6 I didn't immediately understand this move, since it doesn't stop me playing Nb5 with the idea of Nd6 10.d4

Moves are clickable

Played reluctantly but (After 10.Nb5 O-O 11.d4 ( 11.Nd6? Nxe5! ) 11...Nf5 12.Bd3 Bd7 I don't get to d6 after all ) 10...Bd7! Damn, there's another potential source of pleasure cut off, as Basil Fawlty would say.. No Nb5 for me. 11.Bd3 b5! Now I understand 9...a6, Black is going to play ...b4 at some stage and undermine my structure 12.Ng5? Too hasty. This signals that White is not a natural attacking player. Skilful gambiteers know not to rush, that the initiative conferred by a good gambit lasts a long time. ( 12.Nc2 restrains Black with a view to a more controlled kingside build-up ) 12...h6 13.Qh5 g6 14.Qh3 Nf5 15.f4

15...b4! I'd sort of forgotten that Black has this available, imagining that I had time to castle and play g4 in peace. 16.Nc2 Oh well clearly I am going to have to sacrifice (i.e. lose) more material. 16...bxc3 17.O-O Ncxd4 18.Nxd4 Nxd4 19.g4

My one and only idea is to play Nxf7 and then open all lines with f5 19...Qc7 For a moment I was excited a) I can play f5 without sacrificing/losing my knight and b) maybe Black is preparing to castle queenside! Then I can switch over starting with Bxa6 check followed by a devastating attack down the open a and b files. But then I saw the subtle point of Roger's move... 20.Nxf7? ( After 20.f5 Qxe5 21.Rae1? black has the devastating 21...hxg5! However if I play something else at move 21, this would have been better than my Neanderthal move ) 20...Kxf7 21.f5 This is the whole point of my play - I have sacrificed/lost a bunch of stuff -will this breakthrough be sufficiently devastating to justify it? Of course objectively the answer is no - Houdini is saying -6 now, i.e. White has zero compensation! 21...exf5 I hadn't even calculated correctly the answer to the basic question of what happens if Black just decides to capture repeatedly on f5. While it's true I have four defenders to match his four attackers - unfortunately my 3rd and 4th defenders are a rook and a queen whilst his 3rd and 4th attackers are a knight and a bishop. Instead of winning material or at least coming out even this means I am going to lose another exchange! 22.gxf5 Nxf5 23.Bxf5 Bxf5 24.Rxf5+ gxf5

Part way through the exchanging sequence (i.e. later than a good player) I realised what was happening, but I decided there is still hope - A queen and a rook constitute a devastating attacking force against a naked king. Black still has a storm to weather. 25.e6+ Seeking even more nakedness. ( I rejected 25.Qxf5+ because of 25...Ke8 and I couldn't see a good follow up ( but in the post mortem Roger immediately revealed that even after 25...Kg8 my intended 26.Kh1 fails to 26...Rh7! ) ) 25...Kxe6 After the game Andrew Stone pointed out this is unnecessarily greedy. Houdini remains completely unconcerned however. 26.Re1+ Kd6 27.Qg3+ Now however Black has only one move available to squelch the attack, and it's the far from obvious 27...f4!! 27...Kc6? Understandable, given that Roger was basically out of time ( 27...f4!! ) 28.Qxc3+ Kd6? After this it's over. ( Black can still stay alive but only with the counter-intuitive 28...Kb7 29.Rb1+ Qb6+!! 30.Rxb6+ Kxb6 with a likely draw due to Black's continuing exposure and lack of co-ordination ) 29.Qf6+

It's a horrible feeling when a move like this arrives on the board. I seem to have spent half my life at Wellington Chess Club being ripped to shreds by natural attacking players like Mark van der Hoorn and Gavin Marner even whilst enjoying a nominal material advantage. I know exactly what it feels like. Still it was nice to dish it out for once.
29...Kd7
30.Re7+
Kd8
31.Rh7+
Kc8
32.Qxh8+
Qd8
33.Qxd8+
( It's a pity I missed
33.Qc3+
and a quick mate, but with Black's extra pawns isolated and not far advanced an extra rook is amply sufficient )
33...Kxd8
34.Rh8+
** 1-0**

# Julian Mazur Memorial 2014

From the penultimate round;

### Michael Nyberg - Ian Sellen Julian Mazur Memorial 2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 Has Borg seen an advance copy of Scott's Openings column from NZ Chess Mag ? The Open Sicilian is possibly the most important of all openings but is a comparitively rare visitor to club chess in New Zealand 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be2 g6 7.Be3 Bg7 8.f3

Moves are clickable

This might look like a standard Dragon position, but actually it's not because White is mixing plans. An early Be2 normally signals kingside castling, but f3 inevitably presages a more bloodthirsty approach with queenside castling. In fact if we replace Bf1-e2 in this position with Qd1-d2 instead, we get a position that occurs 25 times more often in my database, from which White scores a healthy 58%. From the position that actually occurred in the game White scores an anaemic 50%, indicating that Black has already equalized. 8...O-O 9.Qd2 a6 10.g4 Bd7 11.h4 h5 12.g5 Ne8 13.Nd5 e6 14.Nxc6 Bxc6? After this White gets a little more play than he deserves ( 14...bxc6! is more dynamic and better, with accelerated play towards b2 ) 15.Nb6 Rb8 16.O-O-O Qc7 17.Rhf1 Rd8 18.Nc4 Qb8 ( The computer immediately spots 18...b5! 19.Bb6 Qb8 20.Bxd8 bxc4 threatening mate and forcing 21.Bf6 Nxf6 22.gxf6 Bxf6 when Black has huge compensation for the exchange ) 19.Bb6 Rd7

We might have expected mutual king side attacks but instead White's main trump has been the bone-in-the throat on the other side of the board at b6, which Black has had to play around. Black's manoevring has been a little more purposeful however and he has achieved a compact setup with dynamic potential - the pawn break d5 could be painful for White 20.Ne3 Nc7 21.Ba5 d5!! Sproink! (this is the sound an umbrella makes when you open it in case anyone is confused) 22.Bxc7 Qxc7 23.exd5 Bxd5 24.Nxd5 Rxd5 25.Qb4 Rc8 26.Qb3 Rc5

The manoevring phase is over and the blood-letting can now commence. I think it was Bent Larsen who claimed that 3.d4 is a positional blunder - and we can see one of the ideas behind that comment here - in an opposite sides castling situation Black doesn't have to advance a wing pawn to open a file - he gets a half open c file for free.
27.Bd3
Rc6!!
Quiet but absolutely deadly - the computer signals this is a +5 (game-over) move, the alternatives are merely +1 (solid Black advantage) moves.
28.Qa4
Rb6
29.c3
Rxb2!
Ian wraps up the game with a nice cocktail of accurate brutality. ( For the record the computer finds an alternative that's just as good but harder to see.
29...Bxc3
30.bxc3
Qxc3+
31.Bc2
Rb4!
)
30.Bc4
Bxc3
31.Rd3
Qf4+
32.Kd1
Rd2+
** 0-1**

# Summer Cup 2014

## Round 8

Plenty of interesting chess in the last round. Dive, Ker and Timergazi wins took them to 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Alan and your webmaster discussed his opening choices on top board over dinner. We agreed 1.e4, 1.d4, 1.Nf3 and 1.c4 were probably all doomed. Alan therefore concludes that 1.b3 is essentially forced.

### Alan Aldridge - Russell Dive Summer Cup 2014 2014

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 Bf5 3.f4 e6 4.Nf3 h6 5.e3 Nf6 6.Be2 Bd6 7.O-O c5 8.Na3 Nc6 9.Ne5 O-O 10.Rc1 Rc8 11.Rf3 a6 12.d3 Bb8 13.Rg3 Nxe5 14.fxe5 Nd7 15.d4 f6 16.Bg4 fxe5 17.Bxf5 Rxf5 18.e4 Rg5 19.Rxg5 Qxg5

Moves are clickable

White has been steadily outplayed and now falls victim to an attractive finish
20.dxc5?
Opening lines for Black hastens the end
20...Nxc5
This knight is heading to e4...
21.exd5
Ne4
...even if that's not a capture. The point is that this introduces both the knight and the bishop (from a7) into the assault
22.c4
Qe3+
(
22...Qe3+
23.Kh1
Nf2+
wins both queen and king
24.Kg1
Nxd1+
25.Kh1
Qe1#
)
**0-1**

Anthony Ker played a sparkling game against me.

### Bill Forster - Anthony Ker Summer Cup 2014 2014

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.g3 After prolonged thought at move 1 I decided to go with opening I used for my sole victory against Anthony. The idea is simply to build a solid central edifice. 4...Bg7 5.Bg2 O-O 6.Nge2 Nbd7 7.h3 c5 8.d5 a6 9.a4 b6 10.O-O Rb8 11.Be3 b5 12.axb5 axb5 I was struggling to find a plan at this stage, Houdini finds the amazing move 13.b4! disrupting Black's queenside initiative 13.Qc1? Re8 14.Bh6 Bh8 15.Ra7?! I decided that since the centre and the kingside didn't seem promising, I'll try the queenside. In general it's not a good idea to play on the side where your opponent has a space advantage, but I thought it was worth a crack Nigel. 15...Qb6 16.Qa1 b4 17.Nd1 Bb7 18.Qa2 b3?! This pawn sac is interesting, objectively Black would do better to continue the plan of driving me off the a file. 19.cxb3 Ra8 20.Ra3 Ne5 21.Ndc3 Nd3 22.Ra1

Moves are clickable

22...Nb4 ( I was happy to be threatening 22...-- 23.Rxa8 Rxa8 24.Qxa8+! Bxa8 25.Rxa8+ and mates. But now I look at it objectively, I can barely find a legal move for Black that would let me execute this threat! ) 23.Qb1 I was happy enough here. Unfortunately Anthony now starts to play with characteristic power and accuracy and I don't find the right counters 23...Ba6 24.Nc1 Rab8 25.Bf1 Bxf1 26.Kxf1

26...e6! Well timed, with White's pieces passively placed Black is going to blow the position open. 27.Nd3 ( I didn't really consider 27.dxe6! but it is the only good move, it lets me at least play Ra8 and get some of the wood (and with it Black's attacking potential) off the board ) 27...exd5 28.Nxb4 I really wanted to kill the annoying knight on b4, but I am heading for a catastrophe unfortunately 28...cxb4 29.Ra6 Qd4 30.Be3 Qe5 31.Nxd5 Nxe4 32.R1a5

32...Nxg3+!! I started worrying about this several moves ahead but when I realised I would have a knight on d5 protecting the Be3 I thought I'd be okay. Not so, Anthony shows it works as a sac 33.fxg3 ( 33.Kg1! Is the comps suggestion, which means White is in shtuck. ) 33...Qxg3 I need a defensive move, clearly it's got to be queen move but where? Quick the clock's ticking! 34.Qe1?? Bzzzzt. Wrong. Don't walk into another pin dipstick. Qc1 offered some hope. Maybe. 34...Qxh3+ 35.Kg1 Bd4 36.Kf2 Rxe3! Brutal and efficient 37.Nxe3 Re8

Nominally I have an extra rook, but my position is piteous, and in fact Houdini indicates mate is inevitable.
38.Ra8
Bxe3+
39.Ke2
Qg4+
40.Kf1
Qf3+
41.Qf2
When it is time to resign, if mate is imminent and my opponent has played well, I prefer to allow it.
41...Qxf2#
** 0-1**

Layla Timergazi concluded a great tournament with another win.

### Michael Nyberg - Layla Timergazi Summer Cup 2014 2014

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 e6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.Bd3 Bb4 8.O-O O-O 9.a3 Be7 10.c5 a5 11.Bf4 b6 12.cxb6 Qxb6 13.Na4 Qa7 14.Rc1 Bb7 15.Bc7 Nd7 16.Re1 Rac8 17.Bf4 Bf6 18.Bd6 Be7?

Moves are clickable

19.Rxc6! Winning material 19...Bxc6 20.Bxe7 Bxa4! Essential 21.Bxh7+? ( The calm line is 21.Qxa4 Nb6 22.Qb5 Qxe7 23.Qxb6 and two pieces are better than one so White should win ) 21...Kh8 22.b3 Rfe8 23.Bh4 Kxh7 24.bxa4 Now after the smoke clears, Black is ahead on material 24...Qc7 25.Qd3+ g6 26.Ng5+ Kg7 27.Qf3? f6! 28.Nh3

28...Qc3!
Now Black has the material and the compensation, the rest is a rout.
29.Qd1
Rc4
30.Qb1
Rb8
31.Qa1
Qxa1
32.Rxa1
Rxd4
33.Bg3
Rb6
34.f3
Rxa4
35.Nf4
g5
36.Ne2
Rc4
37.Re1
Rb2
38.Bd6
d4
39.Ng3
d3
** 0-1**

Ian Sellen annotates his own game. Thanks Ian.

### Don Stracy - Ian Sellen Summer Cup 2014 2014

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Ngf3 cxd4 6.Bc4 Qd8 7.O-O Nf6 8.Nb3 Be7 9.Qe2 O-O 10.Rd1 Nc6 11.Nbxd4 Qb6 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.c3 c5 14.Be3 Bb7 15.b4 Nd5 16.bxc5 Bxc5 17.Bxc5 ( 17.Rab1 Nxc3 -+ ) 17...Qxc5 18.Rac1? White offered a draw on making this move ( 18.Bxd5 Bxd5 19.Rac1 is better ) 18...Nf4

Moves are clickable

19.Qf1
Nxg2
( flashy, but
19...Nh3+!
wins the game immediately, as pointed out by Arthur after the game
20.gxh3
Bxf3
21.h4
(
21.Qd3
Qg5+
22.Kf1
Bxd1
)
(
21.Rd4
Qg5+
22.Rg4
Bxg4
)
21...Qh5
22.h3
Bxd1
etc )
20.Qxg2
Qxc4
21.Rd4?
White should break the pin while he can, e.g. (
21.Ne5
)
(
21.Qg3
)
21...Qe2
22.Rf4
Rad8
23.Nd4
Rxd4
24.Qxb7
Rxf4
** 0-1**

Mark van der Hoorn does his thing against Lawrence.

### Mark van der Hoorn - Lawrence Farrington Summer Cup 2014 2014

1.f3 Seriously Mark? 1...e5 2.Kf2 d5 3.Kg3 Nc6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Kf2 Bf5

Moves are clickable

I am not sure what Russian Opening theory there is for this position, possibly there is something in Kasparov's laptop. Or maybe not. 6.Bb5 a6 7.Bxc6+ bxc6 8.Ne2 Bd6 9.b3 c5 10.c4 d4 11.Ng3 Bd7 12.e4 a5 13.a4 g6 14.d3 Bf8 15.h4 h5 16.Bg5 Bg7 17.Nd2 Qb8 18.Qe2 O-O 19.Rag1 c6 20.Ngf1 Re8 21.Bxf6 Bxf6 22.g4

Often Mark makes his opening work because the weaker player tries too much, possibly sacrificing material, and overreaches himself. This isn't going to work against Lawrence who rarely tries to achieve anything positive in a chess game, preferring to simply hang around in the hope something will turn up. So Mark reverts to Plan B, which is to make something happen himself, with a nicely constructed kingside attack.
22...Kf8
23.gxh5
gxh5
24.Ng3
Qd8
25.Nxh5
Bxh4+
26.Kf1
Bg5
27.Qg2
Be3
28.Qg7+
Ke7
29.Qf6+
Kf8
30.Rg8+
** 1-0**

Philip Rossiter had the better of a Maroczy versus Ross, but Ross was resilient and got a result.

### Philip Rossiter - Ross Jackson Summer Cup 2014 2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6 3.c4 Nc6 4.Nc3 g6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Bg7 7.Be3 d6 8.Be2 Nf6 9.O-O O-O 10.Rc1 Nd7 11.Qd2 Nde5 12.h3 Nxd4 13.Bxd4 Be6 14.Nd5 Nd7 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.Qd4+ f6 17.Rfd1 Bf7 18.b4 b6 19.a4 Be6 20.Bg4 Bxg4 21.hxg4 g5 22.Ne3 Ne5 23.Nf5+ Kg6 24.f3 h5 25.gxh5+ Kxh5

Moves are clickable

26.Ng7+ Winning material seems sensible, although ( The computer indicates 26.Kf2! with a winning attack down the h file ) 26...Kg6 27.Ne6 Qd7 28.Nxf8+ Rxf8 29.b5 Qb7 30.Qd5 Qa7 31.Kf2 axb5 32.Qxb5 Qc7 33.Rb1 Qa7 34.Kf1 Qc7 35.Rb4 Rb8 36.a5 Nd7 37.axb6 Rxb6 38.Qa5 Qc6 39.Rxb6 Nxb6 40.Qb5 Qxc4+

Ian's comment is "draw agreed, strangely", although it seems to me that White's advantage is small as a knight is well suited to defending a compact group of pawns, and making a passed pawn is not going to be easy. In one of his instructive articles, Cecil Purdy, the great Australian, once remarked that he always found it amusing to see amateurs look mystified when they fail to win endings an exchange up but a pawn down. It really is a small material advantage in his view. Maybe one of the really strong players will email in an opinion, which I'll add here. **1/2-1/2**

Al Nicholls annotates his entertaining clash with Andrew Brockway. Thanks Al. (Al indicates there is no need for me to add anything to his notes, but I am contrary that way and couldn't resist adding one variation at the end to make things clearer. I think.)

### Andrew Brockway - Al Nicholls Summer Cup 2014

Going into the last round and thinking 3.5 out of 7 so far is not a good result, even if I win I won't be happy. But heh these open tournaments are tough, objectively I haven't done anything wrong I've just been outplayed by better players! My record against Andrew is pretty good but to say I'm better than him is an overstatement. Let's see how I go... 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d3 Bc5 inaccurate, white can keep the pawn with the simple exf or Nc3 next move 5.Qe2 d6 Nf6 best to avoid the following 6.O-O ( 6.exf5 Bxf5 7.d4! both e5 and knight are pinned! 7...Bb6? 8.d5! ) 6...Nf6 Eval=0.15 7.d4! yes! 7...fxe4?! mixing it up but again inaccurate 8.dxc5? ( 8.Nxe5! I saw this and was hoping Andrew wouldn't, yes I got some luck! 8...dxe5 9.Bxc6+ bxc6 10.dxc5 ugly, and 8.. Bxd4 is worse! ) 8...exf3 9.Qxf3 d5! My centre is very fragile but I believe I can hold 10.Qg3 Qe7 11.Re1 Ne4! 12.Qe3 O-O 13.f3 Nd4! nice tactics here which I correctly calculated 14.Bd3 ( 14.fxe4? Nxc2 15.Qe2 Nxe1 16.Qxe1 Qxc5+! picking up the bishop ) 14...Nf5 15.Qe2 Qxc5+ 16.Be3 Nxe3 17.Qxe3 Qxe3+ 18.Rxe3 Nc5 19.Rxe5 Nxd3 20.cxd3 d4 21.Nd2 b6 22.b4 Bf5 23.Ne4 Rae8 24.Rxe8 Rxe8 25.Rc1 Bxe4 26.fxe4

Moves are clickable

26...Re7? My first end game mistake Rc8 is required, Eval=0.68 27.Rc4 Rd7 28.b5! Picking up the a7 pawn which I missed 28...Kf7 29.Ra4 Ke6 30.Rxa7 Kd6 31.Ra3 Kc5 32.Rb3 Rd8 33.Rb2 Ra8 34.Rc2+ Kxb5 35.Rxc7 Rxa2 36.Rc4 Ra4 37.Rc2? Andrew's first mistake, Eval=-0.48 - instead Rxa4 holds the draw 37...Ra3 38.Rd2? digging a deeper hole Rc7 was the only try 38...Kc5? ( 38...Kb4! Eval=+1.60 39.e5 Kc3 40.Re2 Ra7 41.e6 Re7 42.Kf2 b5! breaking through and winning! ) 39.Kf2 b5 40.Ke2 b4 41.Rc2+ Rc3 42.Kd2 Kb5 43.Rc1 Ra3 44.e5 b3? 44.. Ra2+ also wins picking up the king side pawns 45.e6 Ra7 46.Re1?? a fatal blunder which I completely missed! 46...Re7?? giving white a winning advantage from here on in ( 46...Ra2+!! 47.Kc1 Ra1+! Game over for white ) 47.Kc1 Kc5 48.Kb2 Kd5 49.Kxb3 Rxe6? Losing quickly, ..Kc5 shouldering the white king would of prolonged the game 50.Rxe6 Kxe6 51.Kc4 Ke5 52.Kc5 g5

53.g4??
throwing the win away now the position is a dead draw. Black can't do anything here as his king can't be moved (
53.g3!
Ed: As indicated by Ian Sellen after the game is the winner here. White keeps Black's king out of f4, then waits with his king until Black's pawn moves are exhausted, then Black is in a fatal Zugzwang, eg
53...g4
54.Kc4
h6
55.Kc5
h5
56.Kc4
)
53...Kf4!
Draw!
54.Kxd4
Kxg4
55.Ke3
Kh3
56.d4
g4
57.d5
Kxh2
58.d6
g3
59.d7
g2
60.d8=Q
g1=Q+
61.Ke2
Qg4+
62.Kf1
h5
63.Qd2+
Kh3
64.Qe3+
Qg3
65.Qxg3+
Kxg3
66.Kg1
** 1/2-1/2**

Pat Cunningham played a stonking game against Josh Wight.

### Joshua Wight - Pat Cunningham Summer Cup 2014 2014

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O Bd6 6.d3 Bg4 7.h3 Be6 8.Qe1 Ne7 9.Bd2 Qd7 10.Bc3 Ng6 11.Nbd2 O-O-O 12.Rd1 f6 13.b3 Nf4 14.Nc4 Nxg2 15.Qd2 Bxh3 16.Nxd6+ cxd6 17.Kh1 Nf4 18.Rg1 Bg2+ 19.Rxg2 Qh3+ 20.Rh2 Qxf3+ 21.Kg1 g5 22.Re1 h5 23.Re3 Qg4+ 24.Kf1 Qd7 25.f3 g4 26.Qd1 g3 27.Rh4 Ng6 28.Rh1 h4 29.Be1 Nf4 30.Kg1 Rdg8 31.d4 Nh3+ 32.Kg2 Nf4+ 33.Kg1 h3

Moves are clickable

If I ever get a position like this I think I'll make a poster for the wall. I am sure Maria wouldn't mind.
34.Bxg3
Rxg3+
35.Kf2
Rg2+
36.Kf1
h2
37.Qe1
Rg1+
38.Rxg1
Qh3+
39.Kf2
hxg1=Q+
40.Qxg1
Qh2+
41.Qxh2
Rxh2+
42.Kg3
Rxc2
43.dxe5
fxe5
44.a4
Rc3
45.Rxc3
Ne2+
46.Kg4
Nxc3
47.f4
Nxe4
48.f5
Nc5
49.b4
Nxa4
50.f6
Kd7
51.Kg5
Ke8
52.Kf5
Kf7
53.Kg5
e4
54.Kf4
d5
** 0-1**

Efrain Tionko won material against Satwik Meravanage and steadily converted it.

### Efrain Tionko - Satwik Meravanage Summer Cup 2014 2014

1.c4 e5 2.g3 c6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Qb3 e4 7.d4 Nc6 8.e3 b6 9.Nge2 g5 10.Bd2 Bg7 11.Rc1 Bg4

Moves are clickable

12.Nxe4!
dxe4
13.Rxc6
Rc8
14.Qc2
Rxc6
15.Qxc6+
Qd7
16.Bxe4
Nxe4
17.Qxe4+
Qe6
18.Qxe6+
Bxe6
19.b3
Kd7
20.O-O
Rc8
21.Rc1
Rxc1+
22.Bxc1
Bf5
23.f3
Bb1
24.Nc3
Bd3
25.Kf2
Bf8
26.e4
h6
27.Ke3
Ba6
28.f4
Bb4
29.Nd5
Be1
30.e5
Bb7
31.Nf6+
Ke6
32.fxg5
hxg5
33.Bd2
Bxd2+
34.Kxd2
Bd5
35.Ke3
b5
36.Nxd5
Kxd5
37.h4
a5
38.h5
a4
39.h6
** 1-0**

Young Mr Sknar collected a rare win, with a roller coaster ride ending in an interesting endgame race.

### Andreas Theodosiou - Andriy Sknar Summer Cup 2014 2014

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nxd4 5.Qxd4 Nf6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.e5 Nh5 8.Be3 O-O 9.Qg4 g6 10.Bh6 Re8 11.Nc3 d6 12.Qd4 dxe5 13.Qe3 g5 14.Bd3 Nf4 15.O-O-O Nxg2 16.Qxe5 Bf6 17.Bxh7+ Kxh7 18.Rxd8 Rxe5 19.Rf8 Kxh6 20.Rxf7 Kg6 21.Rxc7 Re1+ 22.Rxe1 Nxe1 23.Nd5 Be5 24.Ne7+ Kf7 25.Rxc8 Rxc8 26.Nxc8 Bxh2 27.Kd2 Nf3+ 28.Ke3 Ne5 29.b3 Bg1 30.Nd6+ Ke6 31.Nxb7 Ng4+ 32.Kf3 Nxf2 33.Kg2 Nd1 34.Kxg1 Kf5 35.c4 Nc3 36.a4 g4 37.Kf2 Kf4 38.c5 g3+ 39.Kg2 Ne2 40.c6 Kg4 41.c7 Nf4+

Moves are clickable

Which way should the king go ?
42.Kg1??
No! This is an invitation to queen with check (
42.Kh1!!
is the only way
42...g2+
43.Kh2!!
And White wins by a tempo, eg
43...Kf3
44.c8=Q
Kf2
45.Qg4
)
(
42.Kf1?
Is quite interesting and it is rather surprising that it loses
42...Kf3
43.Ke1
g2
44.c8=Q
g1=Q+
45.Kd2
Qf2+
46.Kc3
Nd5+
47.Kd3
Nb4+
48.Kc3
Qc2+
)
42...Kf3
43.Kh1?
Too late (
43.c8=Q
is more logical and demands precise play from Black (which is a stretch given the game to date:)
43...Ne2+
44.Kf1
g2+
45.Ke1
g1=Q+
46.Kd2
Qe3+
47.Kd1
Qd3+
48.Ke1
Nf4
49.Qc6+
Kg3
White has no checks and there are two independent mate threats )
43...g2+
44.Kh2
Kf2
45.c8=Q
g1=Q#
** 0-1**

Sarah Bennett showed that she was listening during the king and pawn lessons (a favourite with Mark I know)

### Sarah Bennett - Karthik Konakanchi Summer Cup 2014 2014

1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Ne5 Bd7 5.Nc3 e6 6.e3 Bd6 7.Qd2 Ne4 8.Nxe4 dxe4 9.Nxf7 Kxf7 10.Bxd6 cxd6 11.O-O-O Qb6 12.d5 Na5 13.h4 e5 14.b4 Nc4 15.Bxc4 Bg4 16.Rdf1 Rhf8 17.f4 Ke7 18.fxe5 Rxf1+ 19.Rxf1 dxe5 20.d6+ Qxd6 21.Qxd6+ Kxd6 22.Rf7 Rc8 23.Bb3 Rc7 24.Rxc7 Kxc7 25.Kd2 Kd6 26.c4 b6 27.Ke1 a5 28.bxa5 bxa5 29.Kd2 Kc5 30.Kc3 Be6 31.a3 Bd7 32.a4 Bg4 33.g3 Be2 34.Ba2 Kc6 35.Kd2 Bd3 36.Bb3 Kd6 37.Ba2 Ke6 38.c5+ Kd7 39.Bd5 Ba6 40.Kc3 Kc7 41.Kb3

Moves are clickable

41...Bb7??
Exchanging into a lost king and pawn ending (
41...Bd3!
And it is hard to see White's king ever penetrating )
42.Bxb7
Kxb7
43.Kc4
Kc6
44.g4
h6
45.h5!
I am sure Mark van der Hoorn will enjoy seeing that
45...Kc7
46.Kd5
Kb7
47.Kd6!
And that
47...Kc8
48.Kxe5
( But I think Mark might have preferred to see
48.Kc6!
at this point, but never mind it's over anyway )
48...Kc7
49.Kxe4
Kc6
50.Kd4
Kc7
51.e4
Kd7
52.e5
Ke6
53.c6
Ke7
54.Kd5
Kd8
55.Kd6
Kc8
56.e6
Kd8
57.e7+
Ke8
58.c7
Kf7
59.e8=Q+
Kxe8
60.c8=Q+
Kf7
61.Qe6+
Kf8
62.Qf5+
Kg8
63.Ke6
Kh8
64.Kf7
g6
65.Qf6+
Kh7
66.Qg7#
** 1-0**

## Round 7

Russell made short work of Mark van der Hoorn this time out, revenging Mark's win last year.

### Russell Dive - Mark van der Hoorn Summer Cup 2014

1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 d4 3.d3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 e5 6.O-O Ne7 7.Nbd2 O-O 8.Rb1 Nd7 9.b4

Moves are clickable

I put this diagram here only because of the next game... 9...a5 10.a3 axb4 11.axb4 Nb6 12.Qc2 Bd7 13.Nb3 Na4 14.Ra1 Bc6 15.b5 Bd7 16.Nbxd4 Nc5 17.Rxa8 Qxa8 18.Nb3 Qa4 19.Nfd2 e4 20.d4 Nxb3 21.Qxb3 Qa7 22.Nxe4 Bxd4

At first glance White is just a pawn up, but actually he is winning more material because of Black's loose pieces.
23.Ba3
Re8
24.Bb2!
Exchanging the dark bishops gives White's queen and knight free reign on f6 and other dark squares around the Black king.
24...Nf5
25.e3
Rxe4
26.Bxe4
** 1-0**

### Layla Timergazi - Bill Forster Summer Cup 2014

1.d4 c5 2.c3?! Nf6 3.Nf3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 O-O 6.O-O d6 7.Na3 Nbd7 8.Bd2?! Rb8 9.Nc2 b5

Moves are clickable

At this point I got up and was encouraged to see that Russell was copying my piece placement on board 1 (see diagram above). I am pretty sure that's what was happening. 10.dxc5 Nxc5 11.Nb4 Bb7 12.Nd4 Bxg2 13.Kxg2 Rb6 14.f3 Qa8 15.Nb3 a5 16.Nd3 Nxd3 17.exd3

Layla's opening has been a little eccentric, but from now on she shows her talent, shutting down my hopes of making something of this promising position looking position
17...Nd5
18.c4
bxc4
19.dxc4
Nb4
20.Be3
Rbb8
21.Bd4
Nc6
22.Bxg7
Kxg7
23.Qd2
Rfc8
24.Nd4
Ne5
** 1/2-1/2**

Anthony Ker got one of his favourite slow burning IQP kingside attack, but Mike Nyberg successfully swapped off most of White's attacking pieces and an endgame seemed on the cards. Then a flash storm finished the game.

### Anthony Ker - Michael Nyberg Summer Cup 2014

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Nf3 g6 8.Qb3 e6 9.Bg5 Qa5 10.Bd2 Bg7 11.Bb5 Qd8 12.Ne5 Ne7 13.Be3 O-O 14.Rd1 Qc7 15.Nf3 a6 16.Be2 b5 17.a4 Na5 18.Qa2 b4 19.Ne4 Nd5 20.Rc1 Qe7 21.Bg5 Qa7 22.Nc5 Bb7 23.O-O Rac8 24.Nxb7 Nxb7 25.Bc4 Nb6 26.Bd3 Nd5 27.Be4 Rxc1 28.Bxc1 Rd8 29.Bg5 Rd6 30.Qc4 h6 31.Bd2 a5 32.Rc1 Rd8 33.Qe2 Nd6 34.Bxd5 exd5 35.Ne5 Re8 36.Qd3 Bxe5 37.dxe5 Rxe5 38.Bxh6 Ne4 39.Be3 Qd7 40.Bd4 Re8 41.f3 Nd6

Moves are clickable

Ironically this started out with White having an isolated queen pawn. Black has some compensation for his IQP, his knight looks like a good piece...
42.g4
Keeping the knight out of f5
42...Qxa4
A little greedy perhaps ( The comp likes
42...Nc4! =
)
43.Qd2
Threatening Q-h6-h8 mate, now Black is walking a tight-rope
43...Kh7??
And off he falls (
43...b3!
is a computer resource if
44.Qf4?
Nb5
wins )
44.Qg5
Game over
44...f6
45.Rc7+
** 1-0**

Alan grabbed an early tactical opportunity, but had to grind for a long time to eventually collect the point

### Alan Aldridge - Philip Rossiter Summer Cup 2014

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Bb4+ 3.Bd2 a5 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 Nd7 6.Nc3 Ne7 7.a3 Bxc3 8.Bxc3 Ng6 9.Qd2 b6 10.O-O-O Bb7 11.Bd3 e5 12.Rhe1 O-O 13.g3 exd4 14.Nxd4 Nge5 15.f4 Nxd3+ 16.Qxd3 Nc5 17.Qc2 Re8 18.e5 d5 19.Nf5

Moves are clickable

19...Qd7?? 20.Nxg7! Alan is alert to his opportunity 20...Red8 21.Nh5 Qa4 22.Nf6+ Kf8 23.Nxh7+ Alan misses a few opportunities to win quickly, but retains and eventually converts his material advantage 23...Ke7 24.Qxa4 Nxa4 25.cxd5 Bxd5 26.Nf6 Be6 27.Rxd8 Rxd8 28.Rd1 Rh8 29.h4 Nc5 30.b4 Nb3+ 31.Kb2 c5 32.Nd5+ Bxd5 33.Rxd5 axb4 34.axb4 c4 35.f5 Rg8 36.Be1 Rg4 37.Bf2 Re4 38.Bxb6 Re2+ 39.Kc3 Rg2

40.f6+?? A really ugly move positionally that almost costs White the win ( 40.Bd8+! Ke8 41.Bf6 is one easy way to win ) 40...Ke6 41.Rb5 Rxg3+ 42.Kxc4 Nd2+ 43.Kd4 Rg4+ 44.Kc3 Ne4+ 45.Kc2 Rxh4 46.Bc7 Rh2+ 47.Kd3 Nf2+ 48.Kc4 Ne4 49.Rb6+ Kd7 50.Bb8 Ng5

51.Rd6+
( Arthur Pomeroy points out that
51.e6+!
is a simple winning shot here. There is some irony in Alan missing this here as he didn't miss a reflection of exactly the same tactic with the same bishop and the same pawn early in the game! 20.Nxg7! Kxg7 21.e6+ )
51...Kc8
52.Rb6
Rc2+
53.Kb5
Re2
(
53...Nf3!
Threatening Nd4+ and Ra2 mate! makes it really tough for White )
54.Bd6
Kd7
55.Rb7+
Ke6
56.Kb6
Rc2
57.b5
Ne4
58.Re7+
** 1-0**

Al Nicholls annotates his own game against Ian Sellen. I encourage others to do this.

### Ian Sellen - Al Nicholls Summer Cup 2014

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 Be7 I messed up my move order as early as move 6! 7.O-O ( Eval=0.63 7.Nxe5 Nxc3 8.Bxc6+ bxc6 9.dxc3 Qxd1+ 10.Kxd1 ) 7...Nb6 8.d3 g5 9.a4 g4 10.Nd2 a5 11.Nc4 Nxc4 12.dxc4 Nd4 13.e3 Nf5 14.b3

Moves are clickable

(incredibly the pawn can actually be taken, this is the reason I play chess check this out... Eval=-0.94 14.Qxg4 Nxe3 15.Qh5 Nxf1 16.Qxe5 O-O 17.Nd5 Bd6 18.Qh5 Nxh2 19.Kxh2 Be6 20.Bh6 Re8? 21.Bg5!! Game over ) ( you can also get the pawn safely like this... 14.Qe2! h5? 15.Rd1 Bd7 16.Bxb7 ) 14...c6 15.Qxd8+? Dead draw for a computer here 15...Bxd8 16.Bb2 f6 17.Ne4 Kf7 18.Rfd1 Be7 19.Ba3 Bxa3 20.Rxa3 Ke7 21.Ra2 Be6 22.Nc5 Nd6 23.Rad2 Rhd8 24.Nxe6 Kxe6 25.h3 h5 26.hxg4 hxg4 27.Bf1 Black gets a tiny edge here due to a bad bishop ( 27.Be4 f5? 28.Bxf5+! ) 27...Ke7 28.Be2 f5 29.f3 gxf3 30.Bxf3 Nf7 31.Kf2 Rxd2+ 32.Rxd2 Rd8 33.Rxd8 Nxd8 34.g4 fxg4 35.Bxg4 Kd6 The wrong plan, I traverse my king to eat up the queen side pawns even at the expense of sacrificing my knight - major floor to the plan the bishop can effortlessly stop my pawn storm. Just about anything keeping my king on the king side draws. 36.Kf3 Kc5 37.Ke4 Kb4 38.Bd1 Nf7 39.Bh5

39...Kxb3??
Terrible. The rest isn't worth commenting on, this is where my current chess strategy fails and a new one must begin - The End Game! Incredibly this line is still a dead draw! (
39...Ng5+
40.Kf5
Nh3
41.Kxe5
Kxb3
42.e4
Kxa4
43.Kf5
Kb4
44.e5
a4
45.e6
a3
46.e7
a2
47.e8=Q
a1=Q
48.Qe7+
Ka4
)
40.Bxf7
Kxa4
41.c5
Kb4
42.Kxe5
Kxc5
43.Kf6
b5
44.e4
b4
45.e5
a4
46.e6
b3
47.e7
b2
48.Bg6
a3
49.Bb1
** 1-0**

Bob List is a dangerous attacker. Efrain Tionko keeps him at bay for the longest time but eventually makes a mistake and Bob grabs his chance and finishes powerfully.

### Robert List - Efrain Tionko Summer Cup 2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 a6 3.f4 b5 4.Nf3 Bb7 5.d3 e6 6.Be2 d6 7.O-O Be7 8.Qe1 Nf6 9.h3 O-O 10.g4 d5 11.e5 Ne8 12.g5 Nc6 13.Qg3 Kh8 14.Kh2 g6 15.Qh4 Ng7 16.Qg4 Nf5 17.h4 Ncd4 18.Bd1 Nxf3+ 19.Bxf3 h5 20.Qh3 Qb6 21.Bd2 Nd4 22.Bd1 Rfd8 23.Ne2 Nf5 24.Ng3 Nxg3 25.Qxg3 c4 26.Rc1 b4 27.Be2 Rac8 28.c3 bxc3 29.bxc3 Qb2 30.Qe1 Qxa2 31.d4 Qa5 32.Bd1 Qc7 33.Ra1 Ra8 34.Bc2 Bc6 35.Qe2

Moves are clickable

White's attack hasn't really been going anywhere and Black could legitimately argue his extra passed a pawn is a winner 35...a5 36.f5! White has spent an age organising his pieces so that this is possible. Objectively Black is still okay 36...exf5 37.Bxf5 Bd7 38.Bxd7 Rxd7 39.Rxf7 Rf8 40.Raf1 Rxf7 41.Rxf7 Kg8 42.Qf3

42...Ba3?
Understandably Black wants to swap rooks, but this is impossible, Black needs the bishop on e7 to cover f6 and f8 simultaneously. ( After something like
42...Qc6
43.Qf2
Qe6
44.Rf3
Rb7
Black at least activates his rook )
43.Rf6!
Winning
43...Kg7
44.Bf4!
Qb7
45.e6
Re7
46.Be5
Kh7
47.Rf8
(
47.Qxh5+!
mating would have been nice )
47...Rg7
48.Bxg7
Bxf8
49.Bxf8
a4
50.e7
** 1-0**

### Marany Meyer - Andreas Theodosiou Summer Cup 2014

1.e4 c5 2.Bc4 Nc6 3.f4 Nf6 4.d3 d6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.c3 Na5 7.Bb3 Nxb3 8.axb3 e6 9.O-O Be7 10.h3 Bh5 11.Be3 h6 12.b4 b6 13.Nbd2 O-O 14.bxc5 dxc5 15.d4 Qc7 16.Qe1 Nd7 17.g4 Bg6 18.f5 exf5 19.gxf5 Bh5 20.Kh1 cxd4 21.cxd4 f6 22.Qh4 Bxf3+ 23.Rxf3 Kh7 24.Rg3 Ne5

Moves are clickable

Mate in 5
25.Rxg7+!
Kxg7
26.Qxh6+
Kg8
27.Rg1+
Ng6
28.Qxg6+
** 1-0**

## Round 6

The top seeds clashed on board 1 today, and it was a little anti-climatic. Russell countered Anthony's early ...Bg4 pet line with Qb3 and Qxf3 looking for nothing more than the two bishops. Ultimately that didn't prove to be sufficient advantage.

I haven't got the scores of that game (yet), for now I have my own game and Alistair Nicholls clash with Marany Meyer, which Al provided some notes on. Both games feature alarming collapses by White, Al at least managed half a point.

### Al Nicholls - Marany Meyer Summer Cup 2014

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 c6 7.O-O b5 8.e5 Nfd7 9.Ne4 d5 10.Neg5 Nb6 11.Qe1 f6

Moves are clickable

12.Qh4!? A brave positional piece sac 12...fxg5 13.Nxg5 h6 14.Nf3 a5 15.g4 e6 16.Qh3 Bd7 17.Bd3 Be8 18.Nh4 White's sac is now fully justified 18...N6d7 19.Nxg6 c5 20.g5! I like this move why swap the mighty knight for a mere cowering rook? 20...Bxg6 21.Bxg6 Qe7 22.gxh6

I happened to glance at the board here and I didn't think Marany had much chance of survival! 22...Bxh6 23.Qxh6 Alistair beats himself up for this natural, very human move and it's true the comp sees that taking two moves to get a rook to the g file is instant death. I think a lot of very strong players would just play the queen capture quickly, after all White is totally winning after that too. (AN: greedy but I had no idea there was a better move - I have soooo much to learn!) ( AN: 23.Rf2!! AN: +10.45 killing... 23...Ra6 24.Rg2 Qg7 25.Bd3 Kf7 26.Rxg7+ Bxg7 27.Qh5+ Ke7 28.dxc5 Rc6 29.Qg5+ Bf6 30.exf6+ Nxf6 31.Be3 Rg8 32.Bg6 Nd7 33.Bd4 Rxc5 34.Re1 ) 23...Qg7 24.Qg5? ( If it was me, I would beat myself up more for missing the simple, logical and crushing 24.f5! here ) 24...Nc6 25.Kh1 Ne7 26.Rg1 Nxg6 27.Qxg6 Qxg6 28.Rxg6+ Kf7 29.Rg5 cxd4 Black now gets enough play to equalise 30.Bd2 Rh8 31.Rag1 Rh7 32.Kg2 Nc5 33.Be1 Ne4

Make that more than equalise
34.Rg4
Rc8
35.c3
dxc3
36.bxc3
Nxc3
37.Bxc3
Rxc3
38.Kh1
b4
39.R1g3
Rc2
40.Rg2
Rc1+
41.Rg1
Rc2
Marany decides she has got out of jail free, so why push her luck even though the ending is obviously better for Black ( AN: +2.32 Black takes charge!
41...Rxg1+
42.Rxg1
Rh4
43.Rf1
Kg6
44.f5+
exf5
45.Kg2
Re4
wins. )
42.R1g2
Rc1+
43.Rg1
Rc2
44.R1g2
** 1/2-1/2**

### Bill Forster - Michael Nyberg Summer Cup 2014

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 c6 5.b3 Qb6 6.O-O Nbd7 7.d3 Bd6 8.Nbd2 h5 9.Bb2 e5 10.Qc2 Rh6 11.a3 Ng4 12.b4 Qd8

Moves are clickable

At this point White's pieces are fully deployed in a harmonious and time tested formation. Black on the other hand has wasted two tempi on Qd8-b6-d8, two more on the mysterious and ugly h5 and Rh6 and his king's knight has spent time travelling to an insecure spot. Since the centre is not blocked the logic of the game demands that Black is punished for these sins. 13.Nh4! Winning material due to the dual threats of capturing d5 and also h3 followed by Nf5 winning the exchange. There is also a nice little trap 13...d4? Addressing the lesser of the two threats, this is actually worse than falling into my trap which was; ( 13...Ndf6? the natural move but then 14.h3! wins the stranded knight ) 14.h3 g5 ( 14...Ngf6 15.Nf5 ) 15.Nf5 Ndf6 16.hxg4 Bxf5 17.gxf5

Black has no real compensation for the piece, but he does get a kingside attack and can make a nuisance of himself for a long time due to the absense of immediate incursion possibilities for the larger White army. A good player should win from here almost every time. Let's not look at the result and draw any unpleasant conclusions, okay? 17...h4 18.Ne4 hxg3 19.Nxf6+ Qxf6 20.fxg3 O-O-O 21.e4 dxe3 22.Rae1 Rdh8 23.Rxe3 Rh2 24.Kf2 Qh6 25.Ke1 g4 26.Re2 f6 27.c5 Bc7 28.Bc1 Qf8 29.Qc4 Qd8 30.Qe4 Qg8

31.b5 I have made a certain amount of progress, but unfortunately I've used all my time. The rest of the game was played out in chaotic fashion using the increment only. There's nothing wrong with this move (it's the computer's favourite) but it introduces complications I don't need. ( The comp doesn't mention 31.Rb2! keeping the Queen out and preparing the queenside breakthrough, it is a very human solution that would have been tough to cope with. The move leaps out at me now, but not when I was playing unfortunately ) 31...Qb3 32.bxc6 Qc3+ 33.Bd2 Qxc5 34.cxb7+ Kb8 35.Qb4 Qc2 36.Be3 Qxd3

37.Qe4??
It only takes one mistake
37...Ba5+
38.Kf2
Qxe4
This came as a nasty shock, delivered with characteristic Borg enthusiasm. I am lost, and almost resigned immediately but just in time saw I can keep the game going by
39.Bxa7+!
Kxb7??
Borg let's me back in by making the wrong capture
40.Rxe4
Kxa7
41.Rxg4??
My chess reflexes let me down, spotting a free pawn I grabbed it instead of doing what my hand wanted to do which was play the natural (
41.Ra4!
pinning the bishop, and after
41...Ka6
42.Rb1
his pinned bishop drops off while mine survives. Now it is the other way round. )
41...Bb6+
42.Kf3
Rc8
43.Rg7+?
Now my bishop dies (
43.Ra4+
is okay )
43...Ka6
44.Bh1
Saves the bishop but loses the king
44...Rc3+
45.Ke4
Rd2
A nice finishing touch **0-1**

## Round 5

Russell Dive followed last weeks elegant and lovely Black win, with, well another elegant and lovely Black win.

### Michael Nyberg - Russell Dive Summer Cup 2014

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 b6 3.Bf4 Ba6 4.Nbd2 d5 5.h3 e6 6.c3 Bd6 7.Ne5 O-O 8.g4 c5 9.Bg2 Qc7 10.Rc1 Nc6 11.Qa4 Bb7 12.Ndf3 Ne4 13.Bh2 f6 14.Nxc6 Bxc6 15.Bxd6 Qxd6 16.Qb3

Moves are clickable

16...h5!? In some circles Russell has the reputation of being solely a ruthless technician. Such circles have it wrong, anyone who plays through all the Wellington club games sees plenty of examples of fantastically imaginative play in his practice. 17.gxh5 Qf4 Nimzovich would love this manoevre, relocating the queen to the kingside where it will hurt White where it counts most. 18.e3 Qh6 19.Qd1 Be8 20.h4 Bxh5

White's position is awkward, how can he unravel?
21.Bh3?
Seems plausible but...
21...f5!
Wins, the pinned knight cannot escape the additional attacker brooding on f8.
22.Rg1
f4
23.Bg4
fxe3
Black has too many threats, large clumps of material are falling off. **0-1**

Anthony Ker didn't have things all his own way, as Arthur Pomeroy staged a successful fightback

### Anthony Ker - Arthur Pomeroy Summer Cup 2014

1.d4 Whoaa, what's going on. Last seen from Anthony many years ago. Is Anthony taking Mike Steadman's advice in NZ Chess ("Anthony needs to rework his openings") on board ? 1...Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.h3 O-O 6.Bg5 c5 7.d5 b5 8.cxb5 a6 9.bxa6 Bxa6 10.Bxa6 Nxa6 The position has taken on a Benko flavour 11.Nge2 Qb6 12.Rb1 Rfb8 13.O-O Rb7 14.Qd2 Qb4 15.Qd3 Qa5 16.Nc1 Qc7 17.Qe2 Qb8 18.Nd3 Nd7 19.Rfc1 Ne5 20.Nxe5 Bxe5 21.Be3 Nc7 22.b3 Nb5 23.Nxb5 Rxb5 24.Rc2 Qb7 25.Rd1 Rb4 26.f4 Bf6

Moves are clickable

27.e5
Thematic, and with a drop of poison to boot.
27...dxe5?
Falling into a trap
28.fxe5
Bxe5
29.Bxc5
With a double attack, White wins the exchange
29...Bd6
30.Bxb4
Qxb4
31.Qc4
Qb6+
32.Qd4
Qb7
33.Rdc1
f6
34.Qe4
Be5
35.b4
Ra3
36.Qc4
Qa7+
37.Kh1
Qe3!?
Arthur, raging against the dying of the light, is now getting some serious counterplay
38.Qc8+?
( The computer suggests that the only winning plan now is
38.d6+
Kg7
39.Re2
Qg3
40.Rxe5
Qxe5
41.dxe7
Qxe7
and the two remote passed pawns should prevail in the long run )
38...Kg7
39.Qg4
Bd6
40.Rc6
Black has fantastic co-ordination
40...h5
41.Qd1
Rxa2
42.Qg1
Qe4
43.b5
Qxd5
44.b6
Rb2
45.R6c2
Rb3
46.Rc3
Rb5
47.Rd1
Qe5
48.Re3
Qc5
Black retains his nice co-ordination and is collecting the b pawn for nominal material equality (or even a little more according to some text books) but White's extra major piece in this wide open position means there is no realistic prospect of a Black win, a draw looks like the fair result. **1/2-1/2**

The theme for my game with Ian Sellen was "Greed is Good". Gordon Gecko would have approved.

### Ian Sellen - Bill Forster Summer Cup 2014

1.c4 g6 2.g3 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Bg2 e5 5.d3 f5 6.f4 Nh6 7.Nf3 Nf7 8.O-O O-O 9.e4 Nd7 10.exf5 gxf5 11.Ng5! This move is awkward to deal with. I spent an age here but didn't find anything satisfactory. 11...Nxg5 12.fxg5 c6 13.Be3 Rf7 At least I have a plan N-d7-f8-g6, Q-f8, B-e6 and Ra8-e8 with full protection of my phalanx. How many moves is that though ? 14.d4?! Since Black needs so many moves, there was no need to rush to open the position, Black now gets counterplay 14...Qb6 15.Na4 Qb4 16.Rc1

Moves are clickable

16...Nb6! I was very fortunate to have this strong equalizer available. My queen was in a little bit of bother ( I planned 16...exd4 17.Bxd4 Bxd4+ 18.Qxd4 Qxa4 winning a pawn but just in time I saw the sneaky 17.Bd2 winning my queen and realised that forcing White to win was not the best idea! Bd2 is actually a big threat. ) 17.Nxb6 axb6

An interesting position, how should White defend his queenside?
18.Qh5?!
Ian decides to sacrifice the queenside and force mate! I salute his courage and strength.
18...Rxa2
19.g6
hxg6
20.Qxg6
Qxb2
A reliable rule is that a Queen by itself does not constitute a winning attack. White's problem is that it takes too long to bring up reserves.
21.Rf2
Qa3
22.Re1
( I was hoping for
22.Rxa2??
Qxe3+
)
22...Rxf2
(
22...Qc3!
was trickier and better )
23.Bxf2
e4!
A very important move, keeping the White reinforcements in their barracks
24.h4
Even adding a pawn to the attack is dangerous for Black
24...d5?
The only non-greedy move I made in the game is a mistake
25.h5?
White should take his chance to escape into an ending just one pawn down ( I expected
25.cxd5
Rf6
26.Qe8+
Qf8
27.Qxf8+
Bxf8
28.dxc6
bxc6
with the hope rather than the expectation of an endgame win. )
25...Rf6
26.Qg5
dxc4!
I resume my grab anything not nailed down policy
27.Be3
Qd6
28.Ra1
Kh7
29.Qf4
Qxf4
30.Bxf4
Rf8
31.Ra8
Bxd4+
For some reason I really wanted a fourth pawn.
32.Kf1
Bg7
33.Bh3
Be6
34.Ra7
Rf7
35.Ke2
Rd7
** 0-1**

Layla happily joined in the greed is good theme.

### Mike Roberts - Layla Timergazi Summer Cup 2014

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Be2 e6 7.O-O Nge7 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 Nf5 10.Be3 cxd4 11.cxd4 Qb6

Moves are clickable

Black is already assured of a material advantage
12.Nd2
Nfxd4
13.Nb3
Nxf3+
14.Qxf3
Qc7
15.Qg3
Qxe5
16.Bf4
Qxb2
17.Bd6
Be7
18.Nc5
O-O
19.Rfb1
Qd4
20.Rd1
Bxd6
21.Qxd6
Qe5
22.Qd7
Rab8
23.Nxb7
Rbc8
24.Nd6
Rcd8
** 0-1**

Philip Rossiter put Marany Meyer under pressure and this eventually led to a serious slip.

### Marany Meyer - Philip Rossiter Summer Cup 2014

1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Bc4 Bb4 5.O-O O-O 6.Re1 d6 7.a3 Ba5 8.d3 h6 9.h3 Qe7 10.Be3 Bb6 11.Ne2 Bxe3 12.fxe3 Be6 13.Nd2 d5 14.exd5 Nxd5 15.Ng3 Rad8 16.Kh2 Kh8 17.Nf3 f5 18.Bxd5 Bxd5 19.e4 fxe4 20.Nxe4 Qf7 21.c3 Qf4+ 22.Kh1 g5 23.Qc2 g4 24.hxg4 Qxg4 25.c4 Qh5+ 26.Nh2 Nd4 27.Qd1 Qxd1 28.Raxd1 Bc6 29.Ng4 Rf5 30.Rf1 Rdf8 31.Ng3 Rxf1+

Moves are clickable

32.Rxf1?
Natural but fatal
32...Rg8
33.Nxe5
Rxg3
34.Nxc6
Nxc6
35.Rf7
Rxd3
36.Rxc7
Rb3
37.Rd7
Rxb2
38.Kg1
Ne5
39.Rd8+
Kg7
40.c5
Kg6
** 0-1**

In the master v pupil game, both players seemed heavily influenced by the recent "Exchange sacrifices" lesson.

### Brockway, Andrew - Van der Hoorn, Mark Summer Cup 2014

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d3 fxe4 5.dxe4 Nf6 6.Qe2 d6 7.Qc4 Bd7 8.Nc3 a6 9.Bxc6 Bxc6 10.Nd5 Nxd5 11.exd5 Bd7 12.Bg5 Be7 13.Qh4 Bxg5 14.Qxg5 O-O 15.Qxd8 Raxd8 16.Nd2 Rf4 17.c3 Rdf8 18.f3 Bb5 19.Rc1 Bd3 20.c4 e4 21.g3

Moves are clickable

The scene is set
21...Rxf3
Enterprising
22.Nxf3
Rxf3
23.Kd2
b6
24.Rc3
Andrew decides to sacrifice the exchange too!
24...Kf7
25.Rxd3
Rxd3+
Unfortunately it leaves him with a lost ending
26.Ke2
Rf3
27.Rc1
Kf6
28.b4
Ke5
29.c5
bxc5
30.bxc5
Ra3
31.cxd6
Rxa2+
32.Ke3
cxd6
33.h4
Ra3+
34.Kf2
** 0-1**

Al Nicholls had a lot of fun versus Kartik Konakanchi.

### Al Nicholls - Karthik Konakanchi Summer Cup 2014

1.e4 e5 2.f4 f6 Joshua Wight is also strangely fond of an early f6 in 1.e4 e5 games. I think Scott should explain that this is really not a good idea! 3.fxe5 fxe5 4.Qh5+ Ke7 5.Qxe5+ Kf7 6.Bc4+ Kg6 7.Qf5+ Kh6 8.d4+ g5 9.h4 d5 10.hxg5+ Kg7 11.Qe5+ Kf7 12.Bxd5+ Kg6 13.Qxh8 Qe7 14.Qxg8+ Qg7

Moves are clickable

15.Rh6#
** 1-0**

# Round 4

Russell Dive drove a large tank over the top of Ross Jackson.

### Ross Jackson - Russell Dive Summer Cup 2014

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 Bb7 7.e3 c5 8.dxc5 bxc5 9.a3 Bxc3+ 10.bxc3 g5 11.Bg3 Ne4 12.Rc1 Nc6 13.Nd2 Nxg3 14.hxg3 d6 15.Ne4 Ke7 16.Qf3 f5

Moves are clickable

Russell is fond of this ambitious strategy in Queen's Indian positions. Black argues that his king is well placed in the centre and undertakes action on both wings 17.Rb1 Rb8 18.Nd2 Qc7 19.Qd1 Ne5 20.f3 Bc6 21.Kf2 Qa5 22.Qc1 Rxb1 23.Nxb1 Kf6 24.Be2 Nf7 25.Rd1 Rb8 26.Bd3 Qb6 27.f4 Qb7 28.Bf1 Ba4 29.Re1 Qb2+ 30.Kg1 Qa2 31.Nd2 Rb2 32.Re2 Rc2

A very aesthetic surround and invade strategy nears its climax.
33.Qb1
Qxb1
34.Nxb1
Rc1
35.Rb2
Bc2
36.Nd2
Bd3
37.Rb3
a5
38.Kf2
Bxf1
39.Nxf1
a4
40.Rb2
Rxc3
41.Nd2
Rxa3
42.Ke2
e5
43.Nb1
Ra1
44.Nc3
a3
45.Nd5+
Kg7
46.Rc2
a2
** 0-1**

Anthony Ker was also in domination mode.

### Layla Timergazi - Anthony Ker Summer Cup 2014

1.d4 d6 2.c4 e5 3.e3 Nc6 4.d5 Nce7 5.e4 f5 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Bd3 g6 8.Nf3 Bg7 9.O-O O-O 10.Be3 h6 11.h4 fxe4 12.Nxe4 Bg4 13.Nxf6+ Rxf6 14.Be2 Nf5 15.g3 Bh3 16.Re1 Nxe3 17.fxe3 Qd7 18.Kh2 e4 19.Nd2 Rf2+ 20.Kg1 Qf5

Moves are clickable

A sad final position for White. All of Black's pieces are about to descend on the defenceless White king **0-1**

Alan Aldridge won a stonking game to upset Mark van der Hoorn

### Mark van der Hoorn - Alan Aldridge Summer Cup 2014

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.d3 O-O 6.Bg5 d6 7.Qd2 Be6 8.Nd5 Bxd5 9.exd5 Nd4 10.h4

Moves are clickable

10...b5!? An interesting sacrifice, Al makes it work 11.Nxd4 exd4 12.Bxb5 Rb8 13.Bc4 Nd7 ( Not 13...Rxb2 14.Bb3 ) 14.O-O-O!? Mark gets into the spirit of things by sharpening the struggle further 14...a5 15.Rh3 f6 16.Bf4 a4 17.Re1 Nc5 18.a3 Re8 19.g4 Rb6 20.f3 A little slow 20...Qb8! Black's attack makes inroads first 21.Qf2 Rxb2 22.Qxd4? Losing 22...Rb1+ 23.Kd2 Rxe1 24.Kxe1 f5!! Winning 25.Kf1 Qb1+ 26.Kg2

26...Qxc2+ ( 26...Bxh4!! Forces the rook through to e2 and denies the queen f2, with decisive effect ) 27.Qf2 Qc3 28.Qe2 Kf8 29.Bb5 Rb8! Black takes over the game for a second time 30.Bd2 Qc2 31.Rh1 Nb3 32.Bxa4 Qxd2 33.Qxd2 Nxd2 Black is a piece up but instead of consolidating and using his piece to promote a pawn, Al finishes off by massing all his pieces including his king, in a mating attack, a fantastic game by Alan. 34.Rc1 fxg4 35.fxg4 Bxh4 36.Rxc7 Ra8 37.Bd7 Rxa3 38.Be6 Rxd3 39.Rc8+ Ke7 40.Rc7+ Kf6 41.Rf7+ Ke5 42.Rf5+ Kd4 43.Rh5 Rg3+ 44.Kf2 Rxg4+ 45.Ke2 Rg2+ 46.Kd1 Bg5 47.Rxh7 Bh6 48.Rh8 Ne4 49.Ra8 Be3 50.Bc8 Nc3+

it's mate next move **0-1**

## Round 3

The highlight of the round was a breakthrough result for Layla Timergazi.

### Russell Dive - Layla Timergazi Summer Cup 2014

1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Qc2 Nf6 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.O-O O-O 7.b3 Bf5 8.d3 dxc4 9.bxc4 Ne8 10.Nc3 Nd7 11.Rb1 Nd6 12.e4 Bg4 13.Be3 Qa5 14.Nd4 c5 15.Ndb5 Nxb5 16.Nxb5 a6 17.Bd2 Qb6 18.Nc3 Qa7 19.Nd5 Rae8 20.f3 Be6 21.Nc7 Rd8 22.Nxe6 fxe6 23.Bh3 e5 24.Kg2 Nb8 25.Be6+ Kh8 26.Bd5

Moves are clickable

This looks like a standard Russell crush. Most members of the Wellington Chess Club have painful memories of being mercilessly monstered by Russell from a position like this. 26...b6 27.Rb3? However, there's something a little different about this position. Normally Catalan and English addicts love nothing better than planting that lovely bishop on d5 - it often signals the beginning of the end. Personally I have deep affection for such a bishop, when I get a d5 bishop I call it my Kramnik bishop. In this case though, Black has a pawn on e7 and the retreat path is blocked. This factor means White cannot take his time, and Rb3 is a bit slow. 27...Rd6! Layla is alert to her opportunity - Black threatens e6. White is forced into complications. 28.f4 e6 29.fxe5 Rxf1 30.exd6 Qf7! An excellent resource 31.Bf4 Rxf4 32.gxf4 exd5 33.Kg3? ( 33.Rxb6 Nd7 34.Rb7 Qxf4 35.Qf2 Qg4+ forcing Black to take a perpetual is the best White can do. This is similar to the game conclusion ) 33...g5! Layla correctly seeks to denude the White king 34.Qf2

34...Qh5
A pragmatic choice, if I ever get a chance to force a perpetual against Russell, I'll take it too. ( Objectively best is
34...dxc4!
35.dxc4
Nd7
And Black takes control of the e5 square, with advantage )
35.Rxb6
Qh4+
36.Kf3
Qh5+
37.Kg2
Qg4+
38.Qg3
Qe2+
39.Qf2
Qg4+
Draw agreed **1/2-1/2**

Anthony Ker had a much easier time.

### Anthony Ker - Philip Rossiter Summer Cup 2014

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 b6 4.c3 Ne7 5.Nf3

Moves are clickable

5...Ba6
Oh dear.
6.Bxa6
Nxa6
7.Qa4+
Qd7
8.Qxa6
Nc6
9.Bg5
Be7
10.Bxe7
Kxe7
11.O-O
Raf8
12.Nbd2
h6
13.Rae1
g5
14.h3
Rhg8
15.Nh2
h5
16.Qe2
** 1-0**

Arthur Pomeroy played a nice positional game against me, but fell just short of a win.

### Bill Forster - Arthur Pomeroy Summer Cup 2014

1.Nf3 d6 2.e4 c5 3.b4?! After a few minutes thought I decided I wanted to have fun and decided and not worry about the result. However I should have adopted that attitude from move 1 in which case I could have played an orthodox Wing Gambit. This deferred version is an unfortunate experiment. 3...Nf6! I was hoping that the pawn at d6 was a negative for Black because it would take him 2 moves to play the classic gambit de-fanging move d5. But actually denying me e5 is more important. Black is simply better already. 4.Bb5+ Bd7 5.Qe2 Bxb5 6.Qxb5+ Qd7 7.Qxd7+ Nbxd7 8.bxc5 Nxc5 9.d3

Moves are clickable

Clearly this is going to be no fun for White, and in fact I was now tortured til near midnight to get a half point. Somebody remind me of the point of this game. 9...g6 10.Nc3 Bg7 11.Rb1 O-O 12.Nd2 Rac8 Black has targets, and I have to be careful 13.Nc4 b6

With Rxb7 no longer on the table, N(either) x e4 is now a strong threat hence
14.f3
Rfd8
15.Bb2
d5
16.Nxd5
Nxd5
17.Bxg7?
I hurried to swap bishops
17...Kxg7
But the computer points out that Black can take advantage of this (
17...Nxd3+
with favourable complications )
18.exd5
Rxd5
19.Kf2
Life is a little easier now, but can Black nag away.
19...Ne6
20.Rhe1
b5
21.Ne3
Rdc5
22.Rb4
Rd8
23.a4
Nd4
24.axb5
Nxc2
25.Nxc2
Rxc2+
26.Re2
Rc7
27.Rc4
Rb7
28.Rc3
e6
29.Ra2
Rd5
30.Rca3
Rdxb5
( I think
30...Rbxb5
31.Rxa7
Rxd3
32.Re7
Rf5
33.Raa7
might be a better winning attempt )
31.Rxa7
Rxa7
32.Rxa7
Rb2+
33.Kg3
Rd2
34.Rd7
Kf6
35.f4
h5
36.h4
Ra2
37.Kf3
Ra5
38.Ke4
Ra4+
39.d4
Ra2
40.Kf3
Ra3+
41.Kf2
Ra5
42.Ke3
Rb5
43.Ra7
Rb2
44.Kf3
Rb3+
45.Kf2
Rd3
46.Rd7
Ra3
47.Rb7
Ra4
48.Ke3
Ra2
49.Kf3
Ra5
50.Ke3
Rd5
51.Ra7
Rd8
52.Ke4
Re8
53.Rb7
Ra8
54.Ke3
Ra1
55.Kf2
Rh1
56.Kg3
Rf1
57.Ra7
Kg7
58.Rb7
Rd1
59.Rb4
Kf6
60.Kf3
Kf5
61.Rb5+
Kf6
62.Rb4
Rd3+
63.Ke2
Rg3
64.Kf2
Ra3
65.Rb7
Rd3
66.Rd7
Ra3
67.Rb7
I didn't play that last move, but I did write it down and claimed a threefold repitition **1/2-1/2**

Pat Cunningham came very close to a meritorious draw with Mark van der Hoorn.

### Pat Cunningham - Mark van der Hoorn Summer Cup 2014

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bg4 6.Nc3 e6 7.h3 Bxf3 8.Qxf3 Bd6 9.O-O Qf6 10.Qe3 Ne7 11.Re1 O-O 12.Ne2 Nf5 13.Qg5 Qxg5 14.Bxg5 Nfxd4 15.Bd3 Rac8 16.c3 Nxe2+ 17.Rxe2 Ne5 18.Bb5 a6 19.Ba4 Nc4 20.Rae1 b5 21.Bd1 b4 22.b3 Nb6 23.Be3 Nd7 24.c4 dxc4 25.bxc4 Bc5 26.Ba4 Bxe3 27.Bxd7 Rc7 28.Bxe6 fxe6 29.Rxe3 Rxc4 30.Rxe6 Rc2 31.Rxa6 Rfxf2

Moves are clickable

32.Re8+
I was watching and Pat rushed this move. The computer quickly points out that White can force off one of the rooks which draws easily (
32.Ra8+!
Kf7
33.Rf1
Rxf1+
34.Kxf1
with queenside liquidation and a draw )
32...Kf7
33.Rae6
Rxg2+
34.Kf1
h6
35.R8e7+
Kg8
36.Re2
Rgxe2
37.Rxe2
Rxe2
38.Kxe2
g5
39.Kf3
Kf7
40.Ke4
Kg6
41.Kf3
Kf5
42.Ke3
Ke5
43.Kd3
h5
44.Ke3
g4
45.h4
Kf5
46.Kf2
Ke4
** 0-1**

Lawrence is having an eventful tournament, with two upset wins already.

### Efrain Tionko - Lawrence Farrington Summer Cup 2014

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.O-O Be7 7.d4 e4 8.Ne5 f5 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.f3 exf3 11.Rxf3 O-O 12.Nc3 Be6 13.e4 fxe4 14.Rxf8+ Bxf8 15.Bxe4 Nxc3 16.bxc3 Bd5 17.Qd3 Bxe4 18.Qxe4 Qd5 19.Qxd5+ cxd5 20.Rb1 Bd6 21.Rb7 Kf7 22.Kg2 Ke6 23.a4 a6 24.Bf4 Kd7

Moves are clickable

This should obviously be a draw. Never-the-less, I don't understand why White didn't swap bishops, Black's bishop is always going to be better than White's with pawns fixed on d4 and d5.
25.h4
Kc6
26.Rb2
Re8
27.Kf2
Kd7
28.Rb7
Kc6
29.Rb1
Kd7
Lawrence is happy to draw.
30.Bd2
Rf8+
31.Kg2
Re8
32.Re1?
As pointed out earlier, White should swap bishops not rooks.
32...Rxe1
33.Bxe1
And now Black has an easy advantage. Efrain doesn't find a way to combat the simple idea of picking off the weak a pawn
33...Kc6
34.g4
Kb6
35.g5?
(
35.c4!
sacrificing a less important pawn was compulsory )
35...g6
36.Kf3
Ka5
37.c4+
Kxa4
38.c5
Bh2
39.Kg2
Bf4
40.Kf3
Bc1
41.Ke2
c6
42.Kd3
Kb3
43.Ba5
Ba3
44.Ke3
Bb4
45.Bb6
a5
46.Bxa5
Bxa5
47.Kf4
Bc7+
48.Kg4
Kc4
49.h5
Kxd4
50.hxg6
hxg6
As Steinitz once said, I may be an old man but if you stick your finger in my mouth I'll bite it off! **0-1**

Jack Baker showed he is capable of decent chess in his first competitive game. Al Aldridge worked hard and was eventually rewarded with a nice attacking win.

### Alan Aldridge - Jack Baker Summer Cup 2014

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nb3 Bb6 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Be2 O-O 8.O-O Ne5 9.Bg5 h6 10.Bh4 g5 11.Bg3 d6 12.Kh1 Kg7 13.Qd2 g4 14.Rad1 Ng6 15.f4 Nh5 16.e5 Nxg3+ 17.hxg3 Be6 18.f5 Bxb3 19.f6+ Kh7 20.axb3 Nxe5 21.Bd3+ Nxd3 22.Qxd3+ Kh8 23.Nd5 Rg8 24.Rde1 c6 25.Nxb6 Qxb6 26.Rf5 Rae8 27.Re7 Rxe7 28.fxe7 Kg7 29.Qxd6 Qe3 30.Qf6+ Kh7 31.Qxf7+ Kh8

Moves are clickable

32.Qxg8+!
Not one of my engine's top four moves, but still the best move from a human perspective.
32...Kxg8
33.Rf8+
Kg7
34.e8=Q
Qxe8
35.Rxe8
Kf7
36.Ra8
a5
37.Rxa5
Ke7
38.Rh5
b5
39.Rxh6
Kd7
40.Kg1
** 1-0**

## Round 2

I didn't make a report for round 2 - I was too busy attending to serious work at the Basin Reserve. In retrospect though I did notice this lovely demo job by club president Ross Jackson.

### Lawrence Farrington - Ross Jackson Summer Cup 2014

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bc4 Bg7 5.Be3 Ng4 6.Qe2 Nxe3 7.fxe3 O-O 8.Nf3 c6 9.a4 Nd7 10.O-O e6 11.Qf2 b6 12.Qg3

Moves are clickable

I always like the idea of putting as many pawns as possible on the 3rd rank. Don't ask me why, I'm a freak probably. 12...d5 Breaking ranks! 13.exd5 exd5 14.Bd3 Nf6 15.Nd2 Nh5 16.Qf2 f5 Okay, I know why I like the hypermodern strategies - it's because when it works, and Black (it's usually Black) takes over the centre, it's very aesthetic. 17.Ne2 Bh6 18.g3 Nf6 19.Nf4 Ne4 20.Qe2 Qe8 21.c3 g5 22.Ng2 Be6 23.Bc2 Bg7 24.Rae1 a5 25.Nxe4 dxe4 26.b3 c5 27.Qb5 Lawrence figures that he's cramped so he needs to exchange pieces. Good logic, but this is a mistake and Black's advantage increases. 27...Qxb5 28.axb5 cxd4 29.exd4 Rac8

Black's control is awesome, and now something has to drop off.
30.Re3
Bxd4!
31.cxd4
Rxc2
32.Rd1
Rd8
33.Ne1
Rb2
34.Rc3
Bxb3
35.Rdc1
Bd5
36.Rc8
Rxc8
37.Rxc8+
Kg7
38.Rc7+
Kg6
39.Nc2
Rxb5
It's now pretty easy to see the magnitude of Black's advantage, just count the pawns!
40.Ne3
a4
41.Rd7
Bb3
42.d5
a3
43.Ra7
Ra5
44.Rxa5
bxa5
45.d6
a2
46.d7
a1=Q+
47.Kf2
Qd4
** 0-1**

## Round 1

The first round of a Swiss always features big ratings gaps on every board, so the focus is always on upsets. There were three this week. But first the top board featured a classy performance and a nice finish from IM Russell Dive, fresh from a great performance at Congress

### Russell Dive - Mike Roberts Summer Cup 2014

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.O-O d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.d4 Nd7 8.e4 N5b6 9.Nc3 c5 10.d5 Nc4 11.Qe2 Nde5 12.Nxe5 Nxe5 13.f4 Bg4 14.Qb5 Bd7 15.Qxc5 b6 16.Qe3 Nc4 17.Qd3 Rc8 18.e5

Moves are clickable

Only Grunfeld's mother could love Black's position 18...h5 19.h3 b5 20.Ne4 Qb6+ 21.Kh2 Bf5 22.Rd1 Rfd8 23.b3 Bxe4 24.Bxe4 Nd6 25.Be3 Qa5 26.exd6 Bxa1 27.dxe7 Rd7

28.d6!
A classy finishing touch, White allows Black the option of capturing with check on a2, and also allows the bishop to escape, because maintaining the mighty central duo is crushing
28...Bg7
29.Bc6!
** 1-0**

Pat Cunningham got a result against Arthur Pomeroy, using an outrageous bluff. When I first saw 24.Nxe5 I must admit I thought, "that's a clever idea", but unfortunately there is a Boeing 747 sized hole in the concept.

### Patrick Cunningham - Arthur Pomeroy Summer Cup 2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nf3 h6 8.O-O Be7 9.Re1 O-O 10.h3 Be6 11.Be3 Nbd7 12.Qd2 Rc8 13.Rad1 Nc5 14.Bxc5 Rxc5 15.Bf1 b5 16.b4 Rc8 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.exd5 Bf5 19.Bd3 Bxd3 20.Qxd3 f5 21.Qb3 Bf6 22.a4 Qc7 23.axb5 axb5

Moves are clickable

Arthur would have been right at home with this attractive Sicilian setup. Black has a big advantage.
24.Nxe5
?????! However this move obviously came as a shock. White destroys the beautiful Black centre, presumably relying on the idea d5-d6 discovered check.
24...Qxc2??
( Black should have called White's bluff eg
24...dxe5
25.d6+
Qc4
or Qf7 )
25.Qxc2
Rxc2
26.Nd7
Black's advantage has evaporated and Pat holds his own nicely from here
26...Bc3
27.Nxf8
Bxe1
28.Rxe1
Kxf8
29.Re6
Rb2
30.Rxd6
Rxb4
31.Rb6
Rb1+
32.Kh2
Rb2
33.Kg3
b4
34.Rb7
Rd2
35.Rxb4
Rxd5
36.Rb7
Draw agreed **1/2-1/2**

Lawrence Farrington hung in there effectively against Ian Sellen, and took advantage of a big mistake when it arrived.

### Ian Sellen - Lawrence Farrington Summer Cup 2014

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bg2 e5 6.d3 Bd6 7.O-O Nb6 8.Nc3 a6 9.Bg5 f6 10.Be3 Be6 11.Bxb6 cxb6 12.Rc1 O-O 13.Nd2 Rc8 14.Nc4 Bb8 15.Ne3 Ba7 16.a4 Qd7 17.Ned5 Ne7 18.Nxe7+ Qxe7 19.Nd5 Qd7 20.Qb3 Qf7 21.Rc3 Rxc3 22.bxc3 Rd8 23.c4 Rd6 24.Rb1 h6 25.Qa3 Qd7

Moves are clickable

White has a comfortable edge with more active pieces and healthy pawns
26.Rb4?!
Probably unwise
26...b5
Lawrence sniffs out an opportunity
27.axb5?
White needed to withdraw and apologise, Black now gets a worthwhile material advantage
27...Bc5
28.bxa6
Rxa6
29.Qb2
Bxb4
30.Nxb4
( Not
30.Qxb4
Ra1+
31.Bf1
Bh3
32.Ne3
Qd4
and Black wins )
30...Rb6
31.c5
Rb5
32.Qc3
Qd4
33.Qxd4
exd4
34.Bd5
Bxd5
35.Nxd5
Rxc5
36.Nb4
Rc1+
37.Kg2
Lawrence has done well to liquidate to this ending. The Knight has no chance against a rook here
37...Kf7
38.Kf3
Ke6
39.Ke4
Re1
40.Kf3
Ke5
41.e3
dxe3
42.fxe3
Rb1
43.d4+
Kd6
44.Nd3
b5
45.e4
b4
46.Ke3
b3
47.Kd2
Rh1
48.Kc3
Rxh2
49.Kxb3
Rh3
50.Kc3
Rxg3
51.Kd2
Rg2+
52.Ke3
Ra2
53.Kf4
Ke7
54.Kf5
Rg2
55.e5
g6+
56.Ke4
fxe5
57.dxe5
Rd2
58.Nf4
g5
59.Nh5
Rf2
60.Ng3
Ke6
61.Ke3
Rf8
** 0-1**

Joshua Wight is one of several promising Juniors who have been getting valuable club experience for some time now. This could be a breakthrough win for him, downing the redoubtable and hugely experienced Alan Aldridge.

### Alan Aldridge - Joshua Wight Summer Cup 2014

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.e3 e6 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Be2 Bb4 8.O-O O-O 9.a3 Bxc3 10.bxc3 Ne4 11.Bb2 Nd7 12.Rc1 Qb6 13.Ba1 Qa5 14.Bb2 Nb6 15.Re1 Qa4 16.Qd3 Qb3 17.Ne5 Bf5 18.g4 Qxb2 19.gxf5 Qxa3 20.f3 Nf6 21.Kh1 Qd6 22.Rg1 a5 23.e4 Ne8 24.Ng4 Qf4 25.Rb1 Nc8 26.Ne5

Moves are clickable

It looks like Black is going to win any endgame, but for the moment White's position is threatening. He threatens Nd7 (a typical sneaky Aldridge idea to win the exchange) and Rg4 with a massive kingside attack looming. But crucially Josh has about 30 minutes versus only 3 for Alan
26...Nf6!
Snuffing out both ideas
27.exd5
cxd5
28.Rxb7
Nd6
29.Rbb1
Nxf5
30.Ng4
Nh6
And now facing a difficult fight for survival without the comfort of his big centre and potential attack, White overstepped the time limit **0-1**