[Event "Calderdale League 1"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2014.01.06"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Blinkhorn, J."]
[Black "Leonard, P."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B04"]
[WhiteElo "141"]
[BlackElo "156"]
[Annotator "Leonard,Pete"]
[PlyCount "104"]
[EventDate "2014.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "Hebden Bridge 'B'"]
[BlackTeam "Hebden Bridge 'A'"]
1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 g6 5. Bd3 {We're out of my book now; if I
wanted to follow the Kengis system, I should have exchanged on e5 hereabouts.
I'm not sure what diiference his bishop being on d3 (and subsequently e4)
would have made.} Bg7 6. O-O O-O 7. c3 c5 $6 {Fritz 12 reckons I should have
taken on e5, followed by Be6 or c5.} 8. dxc5 dxc5 {Should I have taken on e5
instead? Fritz rates the two captures almost identically. Would my central and
king's side majority outweigh his on the queen's side? I rejected the idea, as
I thought his pawn on e5 was more of a liability than a threat; my mistake!} 9.
Be4 Nb6 {Was Nc7 better? It can either support the bishop on e6, or go there
itself, neutralising his knight on g5. Fritz actually prefers Nb6; I played
too much of the opening on autopilot - perhaps a result of 30 hours'
travelling that only ended 20 hours before this, which is no excuse - and
should at least have challenged "the knight always goes to b6 in Alekhine's
Defence".} 10. Bf4 Nc6 11. Qe2 Be6 12. Na3 Qc7 {Analysing this game myself, I
reckoned this was premature. I should have played either a6 or h6, to keep one
of his knights out. Against Josh, the latter is very risky; I can just imagine
him rubbing his hands with glee and playing h2-h4-h5! a7-a6 is a different
matter and makes his queen's knight look misplaced. However, 12... Qc7 is
Fritz's preferred move.} 13. Ng5 Bd5 14. Bg3 {Josh calculated that he'd get
compensation for the pawn; events proved him right. However, Fritz thinks he
should have played either Rad1 or Nf3, a retreat that I can't imagine Josh
making!} Bxe5 15. f4 {I'd considered, and Fritz prefers} (15. Nb5 Qb8 16. Bxd5
Nxd5 {when} 17. Rad1 {or} (17. Qc4 e6 18. Qxc5 a6 19. Na3) 17... Bxg3 18. fxg3
Nb6 {both look OK for Black, even though he may not keep the extra pawn.})
15... Bd6 $2 {Here's one mistake; counter-intuitively, the bishop should have
retreated the other way, despite allowing the discovered attack on my queen.
For instance} (15... Bf6 16. Rad1 (16. f5 Qd7 {and the knight is en prise,
which gives him no time for Rad1.}) 16... Rad8 17. Bxd5 Nxd5 18. Ne4 Bg7 {and
it appears that Black has safely won a pawn.}) 16. Nb5 {See! I should have
made time for a6, but it's my previous move that was at fault.} Qd8 {With some
idea of attacking the knight on g5 and so deterring f4-f5. Fritz prefers} (
16... Qd7 17. Bxd5 (17. Nxd6 exd6 18. Bxd5 Nxd5 19. Qd2 Qf5 20. Rad1 Nf6 21.
Qxd6 Rad8 22. Qc7 Rxd1 23. Rxd1 Qc2 $17) 17... Nxd5 18. Rad1 Qf5 19. Qd3 Qxd3
20. Rxd3 Nb6 21. Nxd6 exd6 22. Ne4 (22. Rxd6 Rae8 23. Bf2 Re2 24. Bxc5 Rxb2 $11
) 22... Nc4 23. b3 f5 24. Nxd6 Nxd6 25. Rxd6 Rad8 26. Rfd1 Rxd6 27. Rxd6 Rd8
$11 {White's bishop doesn't have a lot of scope.}) 17. Nxd6 exd6 18. Bxd5 Nxd5
19. Rad1 Nde7 $2 {This is where it really starts to go wrong; having put my
queen on d8 to threaten his knight, I then put my own knight in the way! I
preferred this to Nf6, as (I thought) this move stopped him from playing f5.
Better was} (19... Nb6 20. Rfe1 d5 21. Qf2 Qf6 {or} (21... Re8 22. Qxc5 Qf6)
22. Qxc5 Rfe8 23. b3 Rac8 $11) 20. f5 $1 Nxf5 $4 {Thinking that, after 21.Rxf5
gxf5, the pawn prevented 22.Qg4. This is, of course, correct, but} 21. Rxf5 {
I'll not give this an ! as even I could at last see that after 21...gxf5 22.
Qh5 mates.} h6 {Trying to muddy the waters; fortunately for me, I succeeded.}
22. Nxf7 $6 (22. Rxd6 {is awful for Black; the best I (and now Fritz) could
see was} gxf5 23. Rxd8 Raxd8 24. Nf3 Rfe8 $18 {when White has queen and bishop
for two rooks and shattered pawns; not an even contest!}) 22... Rxf7 23. Rxf7
Kxf7 24. Qf2+ $6 {Letting me a little further off the hook; he should have
finished me off with} (24. Rxd6 Qe8 (24... Qe7 25. Qd3 Qg5 26. Qc4+ Kf8 27. Bf4
Qf5 28. Bxh6+ Ke7 29. Rd1 {is even worse.}) 25. Qd3 Kg7 26. Rd7+ Kh8 27. Qd2
Kg8 28. Qd5+ Kh8 29. Kf1 $1 {an unlikely looking move!} a5 30. Bh4 g5 31. Qf5
Qf8 32. Rf7 {wins comrtably:} Qxf7 33. Qxf7 gxh4 34. Qxb7 Rf8+ 35. Kg1 Rf6 36.
Qb5) 24... Qf6 25. Qxf6+ Kxf6 26. Rxd6+ Kf5 {Which way to go? He's winning
either the c or the b pawn , and two factors weighed strongly for me in favour
of the former: a) it was already vulnerable and b) activating my king seemed
my only chance of survival. At least, now, that appeared possible, if not
probable.} 27. Rd5+ {Better, though not hugely, to have gone after my b pawn
with 27.Rd7. I think Josh may have been getting concerned about his clock, as
he'd used more time (in making better moves) than I had.} Ke4 {Fritz thinks
that this is too adventurous, though not by a lot. I suspect this is one of
those moves that is better OTB than with a computer.} 28. Rxc5 {Fritz still
prefers 28.Rd7, which I could have prevented by 27...Ke6.} Rd8 29. Rb5 $6 {Now
the rook is "trapped"; it could have escaped by 29.Rc4+ and 30.Rf4.} b6 {No
way am I tying my rook to defence, with Rd7. Although my knight is undefended,
it can't easily be attacked.} 30. h3 Rd1+ 31. Kf2 {Fritz and I thought he
would go to his bolthole on h2. This way has the advantage of playing a number
of moves quite quickly.} Rd2+ {Fritz rates equally this and} (31... g5 {which
I rejected as being too commital. However, it does make it very hard for his
bishop, too, to get out.} 32. a4 Rd2+ 33. Kf1 Rd1+ 34. Ke2 Rg1 35. Kf2 Rd1 36.
Bh2 Rd2+ 37. Kf1 Na5 38. Re5+ Kd3 39. Rd5+ Kc2 40. Rxd2+ Kxd2 41. Bg1 (41. Bb8
Nc6 42. Bd6 Kc2 43. Ba3 a5 $11) 41... Kd3 42. Bd4 Nc4 43. b4 Nd2+ 44. Kf2 Ne4+
45. Kf3 h5 $11 {and in both instances Black's active king balances White's
bishop and extra pawn.}) 32. Kf1 Rd1+ 33. Ke2 Rg1 34. Kf2 Rd1 35. Bh4 Rd2+ 36.
Kf1 Rd1+ $2 {Missing the chance to bring my knight into play with} (36... Ne5
37. Bg3 Nc4 38. Rb4 b5 39. Bf2 Rxb2 40. Rxb2 Nxb2 41. Bxa7 Na4 $11) 37. Ke2 Rg1
38. Kf2 Rd1 {Fritz now prefers} (38... Ra1 39. a3 Ne5 40. Rb4+ Kd5 41. Rd4+ Ke6
42. Bg3 Ra2 43. Rd2 Rxb2 44. Rxb2 Nd3+ 45. Ke3 Nxb2 46. Kd4 Na4 $11) 39. Bf6
Rd2+ 40. Kg3 Rd3+ 41. Kh2 {Rightly deciding against} (41. Kg4 Rd2 42. g3 Rf2
43. Bg7 Rf7 44. Bxh6 Ne5+ 45. Rxe5+ (45. Kh4 Nf3+ 46. Kg4 Ne5+) 45... Kxe5 46.
Bf4+ Kf6 $11 {when White's two extra pawns balance Black's exchange. I don't
imagine that either of us had seen this far; trapping the king between the
pawns simply felt wrong.}) 41... Rd7 42. c4 Rf7 43. Bc3 Kd3 $2 {We'd both
played four "best" (according to Fritz) moves in row, but this is too much,
and I now should have lost. Better was} (43... Rd7 44. c5 Rd5 45. Bg7 h5 46. b4
bxc5 47. bxc5 Rd2 48. Rb2 Rxb2 49. Bxb2 Kd5 50. Ba3 a5 51. Kg3 Nd4 52. c6 Nxc6
53. Kf4 Ke6 54. Kg5 Kf7 $14 {and Black may be able to hold on, though we were
both getting short of time.}) 44. Rd5+ Kxc4 45. Rd6 Ne7 $2 {I thought I could
get away with this self-pin. I did, but not against Fritz!} 46. Rd7 a5 47. Bd2
$6 (47. Be5 a4 48. Bd6 Rf2 49. Bxe7 Rxb2 50. a3 {wins.}) 47... g5 48. Be3 Kb5
49. Bd4 $2 (49. Rc7 {is Fritz's choice, preventing my king from approaching;
but why not simply}) (49. Rb7 Kc6 50. Rxb6+) 49... Kc6 50. Ra7 Rf4 51. Rxe7 (
51. Be5 Rf7 52. Bg3 {leaves me still tied up; he could have won a pawn with}) (
51. Bxb6 Kxb6 52. Rxe7 Rf2 53. Re6+ Kb7 54. Rxh6 Rxb2 55. Rg6 Rxa2 56. Rxg5 {
and White appears to be winning; e.g.} Kb6 57. h4 Rc2 58. h5 Rc8 59. h6 a4 60.
g4 a3 61. Re5 Ra8 62. g5 a2 63. Re1 {and, if Black queens, White will have two
pawns on the sixth (or one on the seventh, swiftly followed by the other),
which, as every schoolboy knows, wins against a rook.}) 51... Rxd4 52. Re6+ Rd6
{This seemed obvious to me, but Fritz rates White slightly better after the
exchange of rooks. I should have let the h (and probably g) pawn go and
concentrate on mopping up his queen's side pawns. I can see that this would
probably be drawn. At this point, with 4.5 minutes on my clock for the rest of
the game, I offered Josh a draw. After some consideration, with the princely
sum of 6.5 minutes on his, he agreed. A very lucky escape for me, after some
indifferent play on my part, to say the least!} 1/2-1/2
[Event "Calderdale League 1"]
[Site "Two Knights Defence"]
[Date "2014.01.06"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Syrett, M."]
[Black "Sykes, N."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C55"]
[Annotator "Nick Sykes"]
[PlyCount "45"]
[EventDate "2014.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "Hebden Bridge 'B'"]
[BlackTeam "Hebden Bridge 'A'"]
1. e4 {My record against fellow club members is not so good. I don't always
take them seriously enough and find it difficult to maintain concentration
throughout. I have played Martin countless times in serious games, handicaps,
blitz friendlies} e5 2. Bc4 {Martin has previously favoured 2.f4} Nf6 3. d3 (3.
d4 exd4 4. Nf3 Nxe4 (4... Nc6)) 3... Nc6 (3... c6 {is what I have been looking
at playing, so why did I play Nc6?} 4. Nf3 d5 5. Bb3 Bd6) 4. Nf3 Be7 {I
haven't really looked at the Two Knights for many years, hence poor opening
choice, negating the edge I usually have over my opponents} (4... Bc5 {is the
Giuoco Piano, which is what I had been playing most recently when playing 1...
e5}) 5. a3 d6 (5... d5 {maybe a more active move}) 6. O-O O-O 7. Nbd2 Na5 $6 {
This is one line that can be played, but with White having played a3 is means
that White can easily play b4, which is the standard way to play against this
system. I had never played this line before and had no experience in it} (7...
Kh8 8. b4 Ne8 9. c3 f5 {is how I used to play against the d3 Two Knights with
the idea of playing f5 as in the line given}) 8. Ba2 c5 9. b4 Nc6 10. b5 Nd4
11. Nxd4 cxd4 {Positionally Black is doing okay and can look at attacking the
White c-pawn} 12. f4 $5 {This is the beginning of a pretty outlandish attack
but it is what I had expected Martin would play after my 11th move, however I
was playing far too quickly and with little thought or care! Psychologicaly an
excellent choice from Martin!! Attacking is much easier than defending at this
level} Bd7 13. a4 Rc8 14. f5 Qc7 15. Bb3 a6 16. bxa6 bxa6 {Up until now Black
has played the position quite well and is at least equal acoording to HIARCS}
17. g4 $15 {A pretty obvious move to spot, but I certianly didn't react well
to this aggressive plan. Too little care and not enough thought was given in
this position. I was treating it as if it was a 10 minute blitz game during a
club night.} Kh8 $2 {The first of a series of 4 extremely poor move which
hands the game to Martin} (17... h6 $1 {was essential to prevent g5}) 18. g5 $1
Ne8 $2 (18... Ng8 {would have held the position together, just, if i had just
had the motivation to try and think more than one move ahead I should have
seen what was coming, as White's plan is not exactly subtle!!}) 19. h4 f6 $4 {
This is a terrible move and now White has a winning advantage! How could I not
see White's response I have no idea} (19... Bc6 {is given by HIARCS as only a
slight edge for White. However I think defending is a difficult skill in chess
and if I am honest one in which I am not so good at!}) 20. Qh5 (20. g6 {is
even better, but bringing the Queen up is very tempting and what I had
expected. only now was I starting to really think, but it was far too late!})
20... Bc6 $4 {The final bad move in a pretty dismal game for me! The rest
doesn't need any further comment!} (20... fxg5 21. hxg5 Bxg5 22. Qxg5 Nf6 {And
Black can keep playing albiet with a piece less!}) 21. g6 h6 22. Nf3 Bd8 23.
Bxh6 {Well played Martin, showing how dangerous he can be on his day, he
played a very couragous attack and he reaped the rewards for his brave,
aggresive play. I can honestly say though that this must be the worst game I
have ever played. This is no exaggeration, I have never been beaten so quickly
before and in such a manner. What makes it more frustrating it is against a
lower rated opponent! My most disappointing result previous to this was
against Neil Bamford as Black (v HB B) in the first fixture after the
Christmas holiday and on my first day back at work after the break!
Coincidence?} 1-0
[Event "Calderdale League 1"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2014.01.06"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Kerrane, J."]
[Black "Leatherbarrow, A."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A21"]
[PlyCount "48"]
[EventDate "2014.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "Hebden Bridge 'B'"]
[BlackTeam "Hebden Bridge 'A'"]
1. c4 e5 2. g3 d6 3. Bg2 f5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. e3 Be7 6. Nge2 O-O 7. O-O c6 8. d4
Nbd7 9. Qc2 Ng4 10. f3 Nh6 11. e4 Rf6 12. Be3 Nf8 13. Rad1 Qe8 14. g4 fxg4 15.
Bxh6 Rxh6 16. fxg4 Bxg4 17. Bf3 Bh3 18. Rf2 Bh4 19. Ng3 Ne6 20. Nce2 Nf4 21.
Qd2 Rf6 22. Kh1 Qf7 23. dxe5 dxe5 24. Ng1 Rf8 0-1
[Event "Calderdale League 1"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2014.01.06"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Crampton, D."]
[Black "Shapland, D."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A45"]
[Annotator "Shapland,David"]
[PlyCount "72"]
[EventDate "2014.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "Hebden Bridge 'B'"]
[BlackTeam "Hebden Bridge 'A'"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 d6 3. e3 g6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. h3 O-O 6. Bd3 Nbd7 7. Nge2 Nh5 8.
Bh2 c6 9. O-O f5 10. Nf4 Nxf4 11. Bxf4 e5 12. Bh2 e4 13. Bxd6 exd3 14. Bxf8
dxc2 15. Qxc2 Qxf8 16. Rad1 Nb6 17. d5 Bxc3 18. Qxc3 Nxd5 19. Qc4 Qf7 20. Rfe1
Be6 21. Qc2 Nb4 22. Qa4 a5 23. Rd2 Bxa2 24. Rd6 Bb3 25. Qa3 Nc2 26. Qc5 Nxe1
27. Qb6 a4 28. Rd8+ Rxd8 29. Qxd8+ Kg7 30. Qd4+ Kh6 31. Qf4+ g5 32. Qd6+ Qe6
33. Qf8+ Kg6 34. Qb8 Bc4 35. Qxb7 Qe4 36. Qb4 (36. f3 Qxe3+ 37. Kh1 Bd5 38. Qd7
Nxf3 39. gxf3 (39. Qd6+ Kh5) 39... Bxf3+ 40. Kh2 Qf2#) 36... Qxg2# 0-1
[Event "Calderdale League 2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2014.01.06"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Dickinson, K."]
[Black "Bamford, N."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C20"]
[PlyCount "92"]
[EventDate "2014.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2014.01.14"]
[WhiteTeam "Hebden Bridge 'D'"]
[BlackTeam "Hebden Bridge 'C'"]
1. e4 e5 2. d3 Bc5 3. Be3 Bxe3 4. fxe3 Nc6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Nge2 Nf6 7. d4 Ng4 8.
d5 Ne7 9. h3 Nxe3 10. Qd2 Nc4 11. Qd3 Nb6 12. Ng3 Ng6 13. Nf5 Bxf5 14. exf5 Nf4
15. Qg3 Qf6 16. Qg4 h5 17. Ne4 hxg4 18. Nxf6+ gxf6 19. Bb5+ Ke7 20. O-O-O Nxg2
21. hxg4 Ne3 22. Rdg1 Rxh1 23. Rxh1 Nxg4 24. Be2 Ne3 25. Rh7 Nbxd5 26. Bh5 Rf8
27. Bf3 Nf4 28. Rh1 Nxf5 29. Bg4 Nd4 30. c3 Nc6 31. b4 Rg8 32. Bd1 Nd3+ 33. Kc2
Nf2 34. Rf1 Nxd1 35. Kxd1 e4 36. a4 Ke6 37. Re1 f5 38. b5 Na5 39. Kc2 Ke5 40.
Kd2 f4 41. Ke2 f3+ 42. Ke3 Nc4+ 43. Kf2 Kf4 44. Rh1 e3+ 45. Ke1 Rg4 46. Rh3
Rg1# 0-1
[Event "Calderdale League 2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2014.01.06"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Dearden, P."]
[Black "Deravairere, R."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C62"]
[Annotator "Shapland,David"]
[PlyCount "59"]
[EventDate "2014.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "Hebden Bridge 'D'"]
[BlackTeam "Hebden Bridge 'C'"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 d6 4. d5 Nce7 5. Bb5+ Bd7 6. Bxd7+ Qxd7 7. O-O Nf6 8.
Nc3 a6 9. h3 c6 10. Na4 cxd5 11. Nb6 Qd8 12. Nxa8 Qxa8 13. exd5 Nexd5 14. c4
Nc7 15. a4 Qd8 16. b4 Qe7 17. Re1 Qe6 18. b5 Qxc4 19. b6 Ncd5 20. a5 Be7 21.
Ra4 Qc5 22. Be3 Nxe3 23. Rxe3 O-O 24. Nd2 Rc8 25. Rc4 d5 26. Rxc5 Bxc5 27. Rxe5
h6 28. Nb3 Bd6 29. Rf5 Rc3 30. Rf3 {[%emt 0:00:50] The remaining moves of the
game are unclear but White went on to win on move} 1-0
[Event "Calderdale League 2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2014.01.06"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Leatherbarrow, H."]
[Black "Todd, J."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A00"]
[PlyCount "58"]
[EventDate "2014.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "Hebden Bridge 'D'"]
[BlackTeam "Hebvden Bridge 'C'"]
1. e4 d5 2. Nc3 d4 3. Nd5 e5 4. b3 Nc6 5. Nf3 f5 6. d3 Nf6 7. Bg5 Bb4+ 8. Ke2
O-O 9. Nxb4 Nxb4 10. Nxe5 Qe8 11. Nf3 fxe4 12. Ke1 exf3+ 13. Kd2 Ng4 14. gxf3
Nxf2 15. Qe2 Qxe2+ 16. Bxe2 Nxh1 17. Be7 Re8 18. Bxb4 Nf2 19. Bc5 Rd8 20. c3
dxc3+ 21. Kxc3 Bf5 22. Bxf2 b6 23. Rg1 c5 24. f4 Rac8 25. Bh4 Re8 26. b4 Rxe2
27. a3 cxb4+ 28. Kxb4 Rb2+ 29. Ka4 Bd7# 0-1
[Event "Calderdale League 2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2014.01.06"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Leggett, M.R."]
[Black "Brown, A."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C48"]
[PlyCount "115"]
[EventDate "2014.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "Hebden Bridge 'D'"]
[BlackTeam "Hebden Bridge 'C'"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Bc5 5. O-O a6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. d3 Bd6 8.
Bg5 O-O 9. Na4 b5 10. Nc3 Re8 11. d4 exd4 12. Qxd4 c5 13. Qe3 Bd7 14. Nd5 Be7
15. Nxf6+ Bxf6 16. Bxf6 Qxf6 17. Ng5 h6 18. Rad1 Rad8 19. Nf3 c4 20. Qa7 Qb6
21. Qxb6 cxb6 22. Rd4 Bg4 23. Rfd1 Rxd4 24. Rxd4 Bxf3 25. gxf3 g6 26. Rd5 Kg7
27. Rd7 b4 28. a4 Rb8 29. b3 cxb3 30. cxb3 a5 31. f4 Rc8 32. e5 Kf8 33. e6 fxe6
34. Rh7 h5 35. Rh8+ Ke7 36. Rxc8 Kf6 37. Rf8+ Ke7 38. Rb8 Kf6 39. Rxb6 Kf5 40.
Rb5+ Kxf4 41. Rxa5 e5 42. Rb5 e4 43. a5 g5 44. a6 h4 45. a7 g4 46. a8=Q h3 47.
Qb8+ Kf3 48. Qf8+ Ke2 49. Re5 Kd3 50. Qd8+ Kc3 51. Rc5+ Kxb3 52. Qd2 g3 53.
fxg3 Ka3 54. Qc2 b3 55. Qc1+ b2 56. Qb1 e3 57. Qd3+ Ka2 58. Ra5# 1-0