Devon Team Rapidplay October 2011

Congratulations to Tiverton for winning, thanks to Newton Abbot for hosting and many thanks to Victor Cross for controlling.

Bob's account of the event, with fashion notes: http://www.keverelchess.com/devon-team-blitz-tournament-2011/

Some of my games from the event below; these were reconstructed after the event, so I can't vouch for the accuracy of every move.

[Event "Devon Team Rapidplay"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2011.10.10"]
[Round "1"]
[White "DR"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A23"]
[PlyCount "55"]
1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 e5 3. Nc3 c6 4. d4 exd4 5. Qxd4 d5 6. Bg2 (6. cxd5 6... cxd5 {
and the Nc3 is a target for ...d4}) 6... dxc4 7. Qxd8+ (7. Qxc4 {
is more rational.}) 7... Kxd8 8. Bg5 Be7 9. O-O-O+ Ke8 10. Nf3 Be6 11. e4 Na6
12. Rhe1 h6 13. Be3 Nd7 14. Rd2 f6 15. Nd4 Bf7 16. Nf5 Nb4 17. Red1 Nd3+ 18.
Kc2 Rd8 19. Bxa7 Ra8 20. Be3 20... Rxa2 {
Was this really the position? It wasn't too far off, if not.} 21. Rb1 $4 (21.
Nxa2 {looks like an improvement, here and later!}) 21... b5 22. Nxe7 Kxe7 23.
f4 b4 24. Nd1 24... c3 $4 25. Rxd3 cxb2 26. e5 Ke6 27. Bxc6 Kf5 28. Bxd7+ 1-0
[Event "Devon Team Rapidplay"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2011.10.10"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Thynne, T"]
[Black "DR"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A80"]
[PlyCount "53"]
{Black against Trefor, I dusted off an old idea in the Dutch and got a pretty
poor position, but seemed to make more sense of the middlegame than he did,
right up to the point where I handed him a free Exchange - twice!} 1. d4 1...
e6 2. Nf3 f5 3. c4 Nf6 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 5... Be7 {
Declaring the Bd2 to be misplaced. Maybe!} 6. Bg2 O-O 7. Nc3 a5 8. Qc2 Nc6 9.
a3 d6 10. O-O e5 11. d5 Nb8 12. Ng5 Na6 13. f4 e4 14. Be3 Rb8 15. Rfd1 c6 16.
Nh3 cxd5 17. cxd5 Bd7 18. Nf2 Rc8 (18... b5) 19. Qd2 Nc5 20. Bxc5 Rxc5 21. e3
b5 22. Bf1 Qb6 23. Rab1 23... b4 $1 24. axb4 axb4 25. Na2 25... Rxd5 $2 26.
Qxb4 (26. Bc4) 26... Rb5 $4 (26... Rxd1 27. Rxd1 Rb8 28. Qxb6 Rxb6 29. b4) 27.
Bxb5 1-0
[Event "Devon Team Rapidplay"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2011.10.10"]
[Round "1"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "DR"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C05"]
[PlyCount "72"]
{A standard win in the French: develop, win a pawn, win the endgame...} 1. e4
1... e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ngf3 Qb6 8. Nb3 {
Not a bad idea.} 8... f6 9. Be3 cxd4 10. cxd4 $2 10... fxe5 $1 11. fxe5 Ndxe5
12. Nxe5 Nxe5 13. Bf2 Nf7 (13... Bb4+) 14. Be2 Be7 15. O-O O-O 16. a4 Bd7 17.
a5 Qd8 18. Nc5 Bc8 19. Bg4 Ng5 20. Re1 Bxc5 21. dxc5 Ne4 22. Bg3 Qf6 23. Rf1
Qxf1+ 24. Qxf1 Rxf1+ 25. Rxf1 Nxg3 26. hxg3 Bd7 27. b4 Rf8 28. Rxf8+ Kxf8 29.
Kf2 Ke7 30. Be2 e5 31. b5 Kf6 32. Ke3 d4+ 33. Kf3 Be6 34. b6 axb6 35. c6 Bd5+
36. Kf2 bxa5 0-1
[Event "Devon Team Rapidplay"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2011.10.10"]
[Round "1"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "DR"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C02"]
[PlyCount "114"]
{Black's wandering King led to some gross tactical errors, but I kept my head
down and grovelled back to a win.} 1. e4 1... e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5.
Bb5 Bd7 6. Bxc6 bxc6 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. Nf3 f6 9. Bf4 Qb6 10. Qd2 fxe5 11. Nxe5
Nf6 12. Nxd7 Kxd7 13. O-O Rad8 (13... Ne4 $1) 14. b4 Be7 15. Be3 Qc7 16. a4 Kc8
17. a5 c5 18. Qe2 Ne4 19. h3 Rhf8 20. f3 20... d4 $4 21. cxd4 $1 21... Qb7 (
21... cxd4 $1 22. Rc1 22... Nc3 $1) 22. fxe4 Rxf1+ 23. Kxf1 cxd4 24. Bf4 Rf8
25. Qc4+ Kd8 26. Qxd4+ Ke8 27. g3 27... g5 {
Recovering the piece, but still in a losing position.} 28. Qc4 28... Qxb4 $4
29. Qxb4 (29. Qc6+ $1 29... Kd8 30. Nc3 $1 $18) 29... Bxb4 30. Ra4 Bc5 31. e5
Be3 32. Ke2 gxf4 33. gxf4 Bxf4 (33... Rxf4 $1) 34. Rc4 Bxe5 35. Rh4 Rf7 36. Nd2
Bf4 37. Ne4 37... e5 $4 38. Kd3 (38. Nd6+) 38... h6 39. Kc4 Kd7 40. Rg4 Kc6 41.
Rg6+ Kc7 42. a6 Be3 43. Re6 Bf4 44. Kd5 Rg7 45. Rxh6 $4 45... Bxh6 46. Kxe5
Re7+ 47. Kd5 Rxe4 48. Kxe4 Kb6 49. Kf5 Kxa6 50. Kg6 Bc1 51. h4 Kb5 52. Kf5 a5
53. Ke4 a4 54. Kd3 Kb4 55. Kc2 Bh6 56. Kb2 a3+ 57. Kb1 Kb3 0-1
[Event "Devon Team Rapidplay"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2011.10.10"]
[Round "1"]
[White "DR"]
[Black "Richardt, M"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A20"]
[PlyCount "61"]
{White against Mike Richardt, I gained a crushing space advantage but played
one safe move too many, allowing him to detonate the position. I think he was
so relieved to be making threats that he took a draw when his team had a
winning haul of points on the other boards, overlooking the mate in five that
I expect under other circumstances he would have spotted in a heartbeat.} 1. c4
1... d6 2. g3 e5 3. Nc3 c6 4. Bg2 f5 5. d4 e4 6. d5 Nf6 7. f3 exf3 8. exf3 8...
Be7 {Both of Black's Bishops are bad!} 9. Nge2 O-O 10. O-O c5 11. Be3 Na6 12.
Qd2 Nc7 13. a3 Re8 14. b4 b6 15. Rae1 Ba6 16. b5 Bb7 17. Nc1 Nd7 18. Re2 Bf6
19. f4 19... Rxe3 $5 20. Rxe3 Bd4 21. Rfe1 Bxe3+ 22. Qxe3 {The exchanges have
not helped Black much, his remaining pieces are badly placed.} 22... Nf8 23.
Nd3 Qd7 24. Bh3 24... Kf7 {White has a grip, but how to break through? the
available levers are a4-a5 and g3-g4, but neither is simple to organise.} 25.
Ne4 $1 25... h6 26. Qd2 (26. Bxf5 $1) 26... Re8 27. Kg2 {
One safe move too many...} (27. Bxf5 $1) 27... Nxd5 $1 {
has to be tried in rapidplay} 28. Nxd6+ $4 {White duly panics.} (28. cxd5 $1
28... Bxd5 29. Ndf2 $1) 28... Qxd6 29. cxd5 Qxd5+ 30. Kf2 Qf3+ 31. Kg1 {
Black has a perpetual on h1 and f3} ({but} 31. Kg1 31... Qh1+ 32. Kf2 Qxh2+ 33.
Kf1 Qxh3+ 34. Kg1 Qh1+ 35. Kf2 Qg2#) 1/2-1/2

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