1996: The last round

Game Saqui,D - Hill,D, Spectrum Premier (5), Torquay, 1996

The Last Round

This game clinched the Spectrum Premier tournament at Torquay. Although I entered the Major, I had been brought into the Premier to make a six-player all-play-all. But in the last round, I found myself in the sole lead with 3/4... — DH

Pirc Defence, Byrne Variation

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 c6 5.f4 Bg7 6.Qd2

[6.e5 Nd5 Even-Stevens]

6...0–0 7.Be2 Re8

[7...b5]

8.0–0–0 Qa5 9.Kb1 e5 10.fxe5 dxe5 11.d5 Nbd7

The tension in the centre has been relieved somewhat. I was happy with my position.

12.Nh3 Qb4 13.a3?!

Not really necessary.

13...Qb6 14.Rhf1 cxd5 15.exd5 e4

Making room for my Knight on e5.

16.Be3 Qd8 17.Bg5 Qb6 18.d6?!

Needing a win White decides to play on.

18...e3 19.Qc1 Ne4 20.Nxe4 Rxe4 21.Rf3

[21.Be7 was worth a try.]

21...Bd4 22.c3?!

further weakening his Pawns.

22...Bc5 23.Bd3 Re6 24.Bc4

+-----------------+
|r+b+.+k+|
|0p+n+p+p|
|.1.)r+p+|
|+.g.+.G.|
|.+B+.+.+|
|).).0R+N|
|.).+.+P)|
|+K!R+.+.|
+-----------------+

24...Ne5!?

This 'felt' the right move.

25.Bxe6 Bxe6 26.Rxe3 Bxe3 27.Bxe3 Qb3 28.Qd2 Qa2+ 29.Kc1 Bb3 30.Qe2 Nc4 31.Qxc4 Qa1+ 0–1

[Notes by Dan Hill]

Chess Quotes

On advanced ideas:
"After giving a student the basic mating patterns and strategies you must begin giving them advanced concepts. At first these ideas will not make sense, many players will have a vague idea of what you are talking about but nothing more. Even a fragmented understanding of these concepts will prove useful though, and eventually they will improve as these lessons are assimilated by repetition and example."
— Jeremy SILMAN, The Amateur's Mind, 1995

 cf.:

"We begin with the hypothesis that any subject can be taught effectively in some intellectually honest form to any child at any stage of development. ... (The "spiral curriculum") ... Is it not possible ... to introduce them to some of the major ... ideas earlier, in a spirit perhaps less exact and more intuitive?"