Coleman Brothers

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Coleman, Henry"]
[Black "Wallman, James"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C55"]
[PlyCount "75"]

{ You had a nice idea in the opening but didn't quite follow through properly, and a couple more second-best moves later on sank your ship. You actually had an easier chance to go ahead on move 4. } 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. c3 { An interesting move, which I expect he has played before, but I don't really believe in it.} 4... d5 ( 4... Nxe4 { should be a free pawn and/or easy development. A non-developing move like c3 doesn't fit in well with a gambit.} 5. Qe2 d5 6. Bb5 f6 7. d4 Be7 8. dxe5 fxe5 9. Nxe5 Qd6 ) 5. exd5 Nxd5 6. d3 Bf5 ( 6... Nb6 ) ( 6... Be7 { and castling is best} ) 7. O-O Bc5 { This is all very positive and active development from you, but a bit loose.} 8. b4 ( 8. Qb3 { hits d5 and b7} ) 8... Ndxb4 { That's a nice idea, but it doesn't work out well.} ( 8... Be7 ) 9. cxb4 Bd4 10. Qb3 Be6 ( 10... Bxa1 11. Bxf7+ Kf8 12. b5 { Looks better for White because your King is unsafe and your extra material is stuck on h8.} ) 11. Nxd4 { and you are just a piece down.} ( 11. Bxe6 fxe6 12. Qxe6+ { first is even better} ) 11... Bxc4 12. Nxc6 Qxd3 ( 12... Bxb3 13. Nxd8 Bd5 { traps the Knight, leaving you just the piece down.} ) 13. Qxd3 Bxd3 14. Nxe5 Bxf1 15. Kxf1 { White has three pieces ( more or less a Queen ) for a Rook} 15... O-O 16. Be3 Rfe8 17. Nf3 Rad8 18. Nbd2 h6 19. Re1 a6 20. Rc1 c6 21. Re1 g5 22. h3 f5 23. Nb3 Re4 24. Bc5 Rc4 25. Ne5 b5 { Oops.} 26. Nxc4 bxc4 27. Rc1 g4 28. hxg4 fxg4 29. Nd4 h5 30. Nxc6 Kg7 { Oh dear} 31. Nxd8 Kg6 32. Rxc4 Kg5 33. Be3+ Kh4 34. Bb6 Kg5 35. Rc3 Kh4 36. Rc5 g3 37. fxg3+ Kxg3 38. Bc7+ 1-0

[Event "East Devon Minor"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Coleman, Henry"]
[Black "Pope, Michael"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B00"]
[PlyCount "60"]

{ You got a decent position but couldn't quite decide where to commit yourself, and Black finally got it together to attack on the King's-side, when you missed something important. } 1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 ( 2. d4 { is the most challenging move and should be played} ) 2... d6 3. Bb5 ( 3. d4 { still} ) 3... Bd7 4. Nc3 ( 4. d4 ) 4... e6 5. O-O Be7 6. d4 { Hurrah!} 6... a6 { Now, who does this swap favour, White or Black?} 7. Bxc6 { Bishops are usually a bit better than Knights, and a swap helps Black's cramped position.} 7... bxc6 { There a pluses and minuses to this pawn capture} 8. d5 ( 8. b3 ) ( 8. Re1 ) 8... e5 9. Re1 { I don't see the e-file opening soon, so leave it on f1 for now. f2-f4 later is possible, or put it on d1.} ( 9. Ne1 ) ( 9. Nd2 ) 9... h6 10. Be3 c5 { Black has messy pawns, which leave holes and weaknesses.} 11. b3 ( 11. Nd2 { and Nc4 looks good, then maybe open the f-file.} ) 11... Bg4 12. h3 Bh5 13. g4 Bg6 14. a3 ( 14. Nd2 ) 14... Bf6 { That Bishop is rubbish.} 15. b4 { Now both sides have weaknesses.} 15... cxb4 16. axb4 Bg5 { That's a good idea, dumping the bad Bishop.} 17. Qd2 Bxe3 18. Qxe3 Nf6 19. Qd3 Qc8 20. b5 { Good idea} ( 20. Nd2 ) ( 20. Ra5 ) 20... a5 21. Nh4 ( 21. Nd2 { looks even better now.} ) 21... h5 22. g5 Nh7 23. Qe3 ( 23. Nf5 ) 23... O-O 24. Na4 { You don't seem to be able to decide which side to play on -- either might be OK but not both at once!} 24... Qd8 25. Nf3 f5 26. Nc3 ( 26. gxf6 { is best but Black has got sorted out and has the initiative.} ) 26... f4 27. Qe2 Nxg5 { Winning a pawn} 28. Nxg5 Qxg5+ 29. Kh2 f3 30. Qc4 { Oops} ( 30. Qf1 ) 30... Qg2# 0-1

[Event "East Devon Minor"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Strong, Peter"]
[Black "Coleman, Henry"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D60"]
[PlyCount "51"]

{ You got your Queen stuck behind enemy lines, and that was really the whole story of the game. Do learn one of the standard defences to the Queen's Gambit -- there's no need to make up a system when there are so many nice ones to choose from! That way you can just copy some great ideas without having to work it out yourself in every game. } 1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nf6 { Well, that's not the best move, although there are some good points behind it.} ( 2... e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. Rc1 a6 8. Bd3 dxc4 9. Bxc4 b5 10. Bd3 c5 11. O-O Bb7 ) 3. Nc3 ( 3. cxd5 Nxd5 4. Nf3 { gives White a small plus, because you have no pawn stake in the centre.} ) 3... c6 ( 3... e6 { gets you back into the Swiss.} ) 4. Nf3 e6 ( 4... dxc4 { is the book move here} ) 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. e3 Be7 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O c5 { You've lost a move by playing this in two stages} 9. Re1 Qb6 ( 9... cxd4 10. exd4 dxc4 11. Bxc4 Nb6 12. Bd3 h6 13. Bf4 Nfd5 14. Bg3 Bd7 15. Ne5 Be8 ) 10. cxd5 Qxb2 { You've sent your Queen off alone to make a raid -- always risky!} ( 10... exd5 { might be best} 11. Bxf6 Nxf6 12. Na4 Qa5 13. Nxc5 Bxc5 14. dxc5 Qxc5 15. Qb3 { and White stands better} ) 11. dxe6 fxe6 12. Nb5 Bd8 { That's preventing a move that isn't really a threat -- the problem is getting your Queen back behind your front line.} ( 12... cxd4 ) 13. a3 Ng4 14. Re2 { Oh dear. Now I don't think there is much you can do.} 14... Qxa1 15. Qxa1 a6 16. Bxd8 axb5 17. Be7 Rf7 18. Bxc5 Nxc5 19. dxc5 b4 20. a4 Rd7 21. Bc4 Rc7 22. Rb2 Rxc5 23. Rxb4 Rca5 24. Bb5 b6 25. Rxg4 Ba6 26. Qxg7# 1-0

[Event "East Devon Minor"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Coleman, Redmond"]
[Black "Fraser, Alan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C68"]
[PlyCount "74"]

{ You didn't seem to have much of a plan in the opening, and soon ran into trouble. Try and take the game to your opponent and they will make mistakes, I promise. } 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d3 { That's not the sharpest way to follow up -- you are leaving Black alone to get sorted out.} ( 5. d4 { is the old move} ) ( 5. O-O { is the modern move, but you have to know what to do about} 5... Bg4 6. h3 h5 ) 5... Bd6 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. O-O O-O 8. Bg5 Bg4 9. h3 Bh5 10. d4 { Poor timing!} ( 10. g4 Bg6 11. Nh4 ) 10... Bxf3 11. gxf3 exd4 12. Ne2 { Well spotted! But White's position is a bit of a mess -- you should be pressing Black in your favourite opening.} ( 12. Qxd4 Bh2+ { wins the White Queen.} ) 12... c5 13. Bf4 Re8 14. Bxd6 Qxd6 15. Ng3 Qd7 { With a threat.} 16. c3 ( 16. Kg2 Re5 17. Qd2 ) ( 16. Kh2 ) 16... Qxh3 17. cxd4 Nh5 18. Nxh5 Qxh5 { Your King is horribly exposed.} 19. dxc5 ( 19. Re1 Qh3 20. Re3 Re6 21. f4 Rg6+ 22. Rg3 { hangs on a bit better} ) 19... Re5 { Now you have to give up the Queen} 20. f4 Qg6+ 21. Kh1 Rh5+ 22. Qxh5 Qxh5+ 23. Kg2 Qg4+ 24. Kh1 Qf3+ 25. Kg1 Qxe4 26. Rfe1 Qg6+ 27. Kh2 Rc8 ( 27... h6 ) 28. Re3 Rd8 29. Rae1 Qc6 30. b4 Qh6+ 31. Kg3 Qg6+ 32. Kh3 Rd3 33. Rxd3 Qxd3+ 34. Kg4 f5+ 35. Kg5 Kf7 36. Kh4 Qf3 37. Re3 Qg4# 0-1

[Event "East Devon Minor"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Coleman, Redmond"]
[Black "Cunliffe, Nick"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C68"]
[PlyCount "136"]

{ You got away without losing more than a pawn, but once the endgame arrived, you moved your pawns instead of your King, so Black could attack and win. But you had chances of a middlegame attack -- have a look at the variations! } 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d3 { Same comments as before -- this is not troublesome enough to Black.} ( 5. d4 ) ( 5. O-O ) 5... Bd6 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. O-O Bg4 8. Bg5 Be7 9. Bxf6 ( 9. h3 Bxf3 10. Qxf3 ) 9... Bxf6 10. h3 Be6 11. Qe2 Qd7 12. Rad1 O-O-O { Opposite-side castling often means a race on either side.} 13. Rfe1 { Your Rooks don't seem to have much of a future -- they are on sensible squares but how are you going to open a file?} ( 13. d4 exd4 14. e5 Be7 15. Rxd4 Qe8 16. Rxd8+ Bxd8 17. Rd1 ) 13... Rhg8 14. Qe3 g5 15. d4 ( 15. Qa7 { makes a dash in the race! This is more how you have to play in these positions.} 15... Qe8 16. d4 exd4 17. e5 Bg7 18. Nxd4 Bd5 19. Na4 Qe7 20. Nf5 Qb4 21. Nc5 { wins for White!} ) 15... exd4 16. Nxd4 b6 ( 16... Bxd4 { wins a piece} 17. Rxd4 Qxd4 ) 17. Nxe6 Qxe6 18. e5 Be7 { White stands well here.} 19. Ne4 { Just drops a pawn} ( 19. Qe4 ) 19... Qxe5 20. Nf6 { Oh dear, from bad to worse} ( 20. Qe2 ) 20... Qxe3 21. Nxg8 ( 21. fxe3 ) 21... Qxe1+ ( 21... Rxd1 22. Rxd1 ( 22. fxe3 Rxe1+ 23. Kf2 Rc1 24. Nxe7+ Kd7 25. Nf5 Rxc2+ { wins for Black} ) 22... Qe2 ) 22. Rxe1 Rxg8 ( 22... Bc5 ) 23. Rxe7 { Amazingly, material is about level. Black's extra pawn shouldn't matter here.} 23... Rf8 24. Re5 ( 24. Kf1 Kd8 ( 24... Rd8 25. Ke2 ) 25. Re3 Re8 26. Rf3 Ke7 ) 24... f6 25. Rf5 ( 25. Re7 ) ( 25. Re2 ) 25... Kd7 { Now, your King is half your army, and you must use it as hard and fast as you can.} 26. g3 Ke6 27. Rf3 Rd8 28. h4 { These pawn moves just make your position weak.} ( 28. Re3+ Kf5 29. Rf3+ Kg6 30. Kf1 ) 28... h6 29. hxg5 hxg5 30. Ra3 a5 31. f4 ( 31. Re3+ Kf5 32. Kf1 ) 31... gxf4 32. gxf4 Kf5 33. Rf3 Rd2 { Black is winning} 34. Rc3 c5 35. Rc4 Rd4 36. Rxd4 { You have to keep the Rooks on} 36... cxd4 37. Kf2 Kxf4 38. c3 dxc3 39. bxc3 Ke4 40. Ke2 f5 41. a3 f4 42. c4 Kd4 43. Kf3 Kxc4 44. Kxf4 c5 45. Ke3 b5 46. Kd2 b4 47. axb4 axb4 48. Kc2 b3+ 49. Kb2 Kb4 50. Kb1 c4 51. Kb2 c3+ 52. Kc1 Ka3 53. Kb1 c2+ 54. Kc1 Ka2 55. Kd2 b2 56. Kxc2 b1=Q+ 57. Kc3 Qb5 58. Kd4 Kb3 59. Ke4 Qc5 60. Kf4 Qe7 61. Kf5 Kc4 62. Kf4 Kd4 63. Kf5 Qf7+ 64. Kg4 Qf6 65. Kg3 Ke3 66. Kg4 Qg6+ 67. Kh4 Kf4 68. Kh3 Qg3# 0-1

[Event "East Devon Minor"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Kelso, Robert"]
[Black "Coleman, Redmond"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C44"]
[PlyCount "79"]

{ Another sad end -- these guys aren't much better than you, but they've just seen enough chess to be a bit more practical about how they handle their pieces. } 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 d6 { Not the best defence -- taking is essential.} ( 3... exd4 ) 4. dxe5 Bg4 { Giving up a pawn without enough fight} ( 4... dxe5 5. Qxd8+ Kxd8 ) 5. Be2 { White doesn't want your pawn!} ( 5. exd6 Bxd6 { and you have some compensation in development for your missing pawn} ) 5... Bxf3 6. Bxf3 Nxe5 7. Bf4 Ng6 ( 7... Qf6 ) 8. Bg3 Qd7 9. Bg4 Qb5 10. Qd4 c5 { That makes a big hole on d5} ( 10... h5 11. Be2 { and white has a plus but you can hang on} 11... Qa5+ ) 11. Qc3 ( 11. Nc3 ) 11... Nf6 12. Bf3 Be7 13. Nd2 ( 13. Na3 { wins a free move} ) 13... Rd8 14. O-O-O d5 { The idea is right, but this is a mistake.} 15. exd5 Nxd5 16. Qb3 ( 16. Qxg7 { is winning for White} ) 16... Qxb3 17. Nxb3 Nb4 ( 17... Ndf4 ) 18. a3 ( 18. Rxd8+ Kxd8 19. Rd1+ Ke8 20. Bxb7 Nxa2+ 21. Kb1 Nb4 22. c3 ) 18... Nc6 19. Bxc6+ bxc6 20. Rxd8+ Bxd8 21. Bd6 Be7 ( 21... c4 { and you're still on your feet} ) 22. Bxe7 Kxe7 23. Nxc5 { So, another pawn-down endgame. Use all your pieces and swap all your pawns!} 23... Nf4 24. Re1+ Kd6 25. Ne4+ Kd5 26. g3 Ng2 { Oh dear, where is your Knight going next?} 27. Nc3+ Kd4 28. Re7 ( 28. Rg1 ) 28... Rf8 29. Re4+ ( 29. Rxa7 ) 29... Kc5 30. b4+ Kb6 ( 30... Kd6 { is better, keeping the Rook out of e7} ) 31. Kb2 f5 32. Na4+ Kb5 33. Nc3+ Ka6 34. Re7 f4 35. g4 { Well, you're making a better job of using all your pieces, but they are not working very well together.} 35... f3 36. Kb3 Rd8 ( 36... Nf4 ) 37. Ne4 Rd1 ( 37... c5 ) 38. a4 ( 38. Nc5+ { is mate in two!} ) 38... Nf4 39. Nc5+ { spotted it!} 39... Kb6 40. Rb7# 1-0

[Event "East Devon Minor"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Coleman, Redmond"]
[Black "Carr, Wendy"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B01"]
[PlyCount "123"]

{ Great to get a win in the end! You were never in trouble and while your plan wasn't overwhelming, you took advantage of Black's mistakes very well. } 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. d4 c6 6. Bd3 ( 6. Bc4 { is maybe a little better.} ) 6... g6 7. Bd2 { That's an OK idea, combined with the discovered attack.} 7... Bg4 8. Nb5 { Maybe jumping the wrong way -- your Knight doesn't have anywhere to go next.} ( 8. Ne4 Qd5 9. Nxf6+ exf6 { makes a mess of Black's pawns} 10. Qe2+ Qe6 ( 10... Be7 ) 11. O-O ) ( 8. O-O Bg7 9. Qe2 Qc7 10. h3 Bxf3 11. Qxf3 ) 8... Qd8 9. Nc3 Bg7 10. h3 Bd7 11. O-O O-O 12. Bg5 h6 13. Bxf6 { I think that swap helps Black -- Black is a bit cramped and Bishops are better in this open position.} 13... Bxf6 14. Ne5 Bxe5 15. dxe5 Be6 16. Be4 Nd7 17. Qd3 Nxe5 { Oops} 18. Qxd8 Raxd8 19. Rad1 Rd7 20. Rxd7 Bxd7 21. b3 e6 { That has to be a mistake, blocking in the Bishop.} 22. f4 f5 23. fxe5 fxe4 24. Rxf8+ Kxf8 25. Nxe4 { Winning back the pawn} 25... b6 26. c4 a6 27. c5 { nice! fixing another Black pawn on a light square} 27... b5 28. a4 ( 28. b4 ) 28... Be8 29. axb5 axb5 30. b4 Kg7 31. Kf2 g5 32. Kf3 Bg6 33. Nd6 { Now I think this is probably drawn with best play, but I think you know what you are doing while Black doesn't have anything positive to do, and that is always hard for the defender.} 33... Kf8 34. Nc8 Be8 ( 34... Ke8 ) 35. Kg4 Kg8 36. h4 gxh4 37. Kxh4 Kg7 38. g4 Kh7 39. Na7 Kg6 40. Nc8 Kg7 41. g5 hxg5+ 42. Kxg5 Bg6 43. Na7 Be8 44. Nc8 Bg6 45. Ne7 Be8 46. Nc8 Bg6 47. Nd6 $1 Bf7 $4 { There's the mistake!} ( 47... Bh7 48. Ne8+ Kf7 49. Nf6 Bd3 50. Ng4 Ke7 ) ( 47... Bd3 ) 48. Nxf7 { Quite right!} 48... Kxf7 { King and Pawn endgames are often very clear and this one is a win for White.} 49. Kh6 Kf8 50. Kg6 Ke7 51. Kg7 Kd7 ( 51... Ke8 52. Kf6 Kd7 53. Kf7 Kd8 54. Kxe6 ) 52. Kf7 Kc7 53. Kxe6 Kb7 54. Kd7 Kb8 55. e6 Kb7 56. e7 Kb8 57. e8=Q+ Kb7 58. Qc8+ Ka7 59. Qxc6 Kb8 60. Qxb5+ Ka8 61. Kc7 Ka7 62. Qb7# { Great!} 1-0

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