Dr.Dave's Adventures at East Devon, 2014

I still don't understand why anyone plays the Exchange, except that I
keep getting worse positions against it! Giles has been working on his
chess and is now a serious danger to anyone... I was lucky to find the
cheapo on move 32.

[Event "E. Devon Open"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2014.02.28"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Body, Giles"]
[Black "Regis, David"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C01"]
[PlyCount "71"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Bd6 6. Qb3 Nge7 7. Ne2 O-O 8.
O-O Re8 9. Be3 Bg4 10. Qc2 h6 11. Ng3 Qd7 12. f3 Bxg3 13. hxg3 Bf5 14. Nd2 Bxd3
15. Qxd3 Nf5 16. Bf2 h5 17. Rfe1 g6 18. Nf1 a6 19. Nh2 Qd6 20. g4 Ng7 21. Qd2
Qf6 22. Qh6 Ne7 23. gxh5 Nxh5 24. g4 Qg7 25. Qd2 Nf6 26. Bh4 Nc6 27. Qf4 Nh7
28. Qxc7 Qh6 29. Bf2 Ng5 30. Qg3 Kg7 31. Kg2 Rh8 32. Rad1 Qxh2+ 33. Qxh2 Rxh2+
34. Kxh2 Nxf3+ 35. Kg3 Nxe1 36. Rxe1 1/2-1/2

Another much-improved player, Oliver had embarrassed me by winning with
the French Exchange in a previous event, so I was out for revenge. On
the day, he stranded a piece and it was easy enough.

[Event "E. Devon Open"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2014.03.01"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Regis, David"]
[Black "Wensley, Oliver E"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A36"]
[Annotator "Regis,Dave"]
[PlyCount "107"]

1. c4 c5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 g6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. e4 Nc6 6. Nge2 O-O 7. d3 d6 8. O-O
e5 9. f4 Bg4 10. h3 Bxe2 11. Qxe2 (11. Nxe2 $1) 11... Nh5 12. Kh2 exf4 13. gxf4
Qh4 14. Qg4 Qxg4 (14... Qe7) 15. hxg4 Nf6 16. g5 Ng4+ $2 17. Kg3 h5 18. Bf3 Nb4
19. Bxg4 hxg4 20. Rd1 f5 21. gxf6 Rxf6 22. a3 Nc2 23. Rb1 Raf8 24. Nd5 R6f7 25.
b4 Nd4 26. Kxg4 (26. bxc5 dxc5 27. Kxg4) 26... Ne2 27. Be3 (27. bxc5 dxc5 28.
e5) 27... b6 28. bxc5 dxc5 29. e5 Re8 30. Re1 Nd4 31. Bxd4 cxd4 32. Re4 g5 $2
33. Kxg5 (33. e6 Rb7 34. f5) 33... Re6 34. Rbe1 Bh6+ 35. Kh5 Rf5+ 36. Kg4 Rf7
37. f5 Rg7+ 38. Kf3 Rf7 39. Rg1+ Kf8 40. f6 Bd2 $6 41. Rh1 Ke8 42. Kg4 a6 43.
Kf5 Kd7 44. Rxd4 Re8 45. e6+ Rxe6 46. Nxb6+ Kc6 47. Kxe6 Rf8 48. Rd6+ Kc7 49.
Rh7+ Kb8 50. Nd7+ Kc8 51. Rc6+ Kd8 52. Nxf8 Bb4 53. Rd7+ Ke8 54. Rc8# 1-0

I'm sure I could have defended better but I was set problems throughout
that were beyond my powers of anticipation or solution.

[Event "E. Devon Open"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2014.03.01"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Gilmour, Andrew J"]
[Black "Regis, David"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C11"]
[PlyCount "55"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Nf3 c5 6. Bb5 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8. Re1
O-O 9. dxc5 Bxc5 10. Be3 Be7 11. Bf4 f6 12. Nxd5 exd5 13. Qxd5+ Kh8 14. Bxc6
bxc6 15. Qxc6 fxe5 16. Qxa8 Rxf4 17. Nxe5 Nxe5 18. Rxe5 Rf8 19. Qxa7 Bd6 20.
Ree1 Qg5 21. Qe3 Bf4 22. Qe7 Bxh2+ 23. Kxh2 Qf4+ 24. Kh1 Bb7 25. Qe3 Qh4+ 26.
Kg1 h5 27. Rad1 Rf5 28. Rd4 1-0

An interesting encounter! I won a piece but Theo made it as awkward as
he could for me... I guess it was fitting that our only OTB encounter
ends in a draw. Next time, I don't think I will be so lucky!

[Event "East Devon Open"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2014.03.02"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Regis"]
[Black "Slade"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A20"]
[Annotator "Regis,Dave"]
[PlyCount "120"]

1. c4 e5 2. g3 h5 3. h4 d5 4. cxd5 Nf6 5. Bg2 (5. Nf3 e4 (5... Ng4 6. Nc3 c6 (
6... Bc5 7. e3 O-O 8. Bg2 c6 9. Ng5 Be7 10. d4 Bxg5 11. hxg5 Qxg5 12. dxe5 Qxe5
13. Qd4 Qf5 14. e4 Re8 15. Bf4 Nd7 16. O-O-O Qg6 17. Rh4 c5 18. Qd2 Nde5 19.
Rdh1 Nxf2 20. Bxe5 Nxh1 21. Bc7 Nxg3 22. Kc2 Nxe4 23. Nxe4 Bf5 24. Qe2 Rxe4 25.
Bxe4 Re8 26. Qxh5 Bxe4+ 27. Kb3 Qxh5 28. Rxh5 g6 29. Rg5 f6 30. d6 fxg5 31. d7
Bd5+ 32. Kc3 Rf8 33. a3 g4 34. d8=Q Rxd8 35. Bxd8 g3 36. Bh4 g2 37. Bf2 b6 38.
Kd3 Kf7 39. Bg1 a5 40. Bh2 Ke6 41. Ke3 a4 42. Kf2 b5 43. Ke3 b4 44. Bg1 c4 45.
Kd2 c3+ {0-1 (45) Larsen,B (2575)-Shirazi,K (2430) New York 1986}) 7. d4 e4 8.
Nxe4 Qxd5 9. Nc3 Qa5 10. Bg2 Be6 11. O-O f6 12. d5 Bxd5 13. Nxd5 Qxd5 14. Qxd5
cxd5 15. Rd1 Bc5 16. e3 Nc6 17. Rxd5 Bb6 18. Bd2 Ke7 19. Bc3 Rad8 20. Rad1 g6
21. Rxd8 Rxd8 22. Rxd8 Bxd8 23. Nd4 Nxd4 24. Bxd4 b6 25. Kf1 Ke6 26. Ke2 Ne5
27. Be4 f5 28. Bc2 Nc6 29. Bb3+ Kd6 30. Bc3 g5 31. hxg5 Bxg5 32. f4 Bd8 33. Kf3
h4 34. g4 fxg4+ 35. Kxg4 a5 36. e4 b5 37. e5+ Kc5 38. Be1 Bc7 39. Bf2+ Kb4 40.
Bxh4 a4 41. Be1+ Kc5 42. Bg8 Ne7 43. Be6 Kd4 44. Bc3+ Ke4 45. Bd7 a3 46. bxa3
Kd3 47. Bb4 Nd5 48. Bxb5+ Kd4 49. Kf5 Nxf4 50. Kxf4 Bxe5+ 51. Kf5 Kd5 52. Bf1
Bc7 53. Bg2+ Kc4 54. Ke4 Kb5 55. Kd5 {1-0 (55) Troyke,C (2353)-Feldmann,M
(2116) Germany 2013}) 6. Ng5 Qxd5 7. Nc3 Qc6 8. Bg2 Bf5 9. d3) 5... Nxd5 6. Nc3
Be6 (6... Nb6 7. Nf3 Nc6 8. a3 a5 9. d3 f6 10. Be3 Nd4 11. Rc1 c6 12. Ne4 Nf5
13. Bc5 a4 14. Qd2 Kf7 15. O-O g6 16. Bxf8 Rxf8 17. e3 Kg7 18. Rfd1 Qe7 19. Qc3
Nd5 20. Qc5 Qxc5 21. Nxc5 Nfe7 22. e4 Nc7 23. d4 b6 24. Nd3 exd4 25. Nxd4 c5
26. Nf4 Rd8 27. Nf5+ Bxf5 28. exf5 Rab8 29. fxg6 Nxg6 30. Nxh5+ Kf7 31. Bf1 Ne5
32. Nf4 f5 33. Be2 Ne6 34. Nxe6 Kxe6 35. Kg2 Rxd1 36. Rxd1 b5 37. h5 Nc6 38.
Re1 Kf6 39. Bf3 Nd4 40. Bd1 Rd8 41. g4 Ne6 42. gxf5 Ng5 43. Kg3 Rd4 44. h6 c4
45. Bh5 Kxf5 46. Be8 Rg4+ 47. Kh2 Nf3+ 48. Kh3 Rg8 49. Re3 Kf4 50. Bc6 Ng5+ 51.
Kg2 Nf3+ 52. Kh3 Ne5 53. Be4 Ng4 54. Re2 Rh8 55. h7 Nf6 56. f3 Nxh7 57. Bxh7
Rxh7+ 58. Kg2 Rd7 59. Re4+ Kf5 60. Re2 Rd3 61. Kg3 Rb3 62. Rh2 Ke5 63. Kg4 Kd4
64. f4 c3 65. bxc3+ Rxc3 66. Rh5 Kc4 67. Rh8 Rxa3 68. f5 Ra1 69. f6 Rf1 70. Kg5
a3 {0-1 (70) Kashljak,A (2320)-Chepukaitis,G (2402) St Petersburg 2002}) 7. Nf3
Nxc3 8. bxc3 Nc6 9. Qa4 Qd7 (9... Bd7 10. Rb1 Rb8 11. Ng5 Be7) 10. Qb5 e4 11.
Ng5 f5 12. Qxb7 (12. Nxe6 Qxe6 13. Qxb7 Rc8 14. Qb3) 12... Rb8 13. Qa6 Bd5 14.
O-O Bc5 15. d4 (15. Ba3 Rb6 16. Qa4 Bxa3 17. Qxa3) (15. d3 Rb6 16. Qa4 exd3 17.
exd3 Bxg2 18. Kxg2 Qxd3 19. Re1+ Be7 20. Ba3) 15... Rb6 16. Qa4 Nxd4 17. Qxd7+
Kxd7 18. cxd4 Bxd4 19. Be3 (19. Rd1 Bxa1 20. Be3 Rb5 21. a4 Ra5 22. Rxa1 g6 23.
f3 exf3 24. Bxf3 Bxf3 25. exf3 Re8 26. Kf2) 19... Bxe3 20. fxe3 g6 21. Rfd1 (
21. Bh3 Rhb8 (21... Re8) 22. Rfd1 c6 23. Nxe4) 21... Rd6 22. Rd2 (22. Rd4 c5
23. Ra4 a6 24. Rc1 c4 25. Nh3 Rb8 26. Nf4 Bg8 27. Kf2 Rb2 28. Bh3 Kc7 29. Bxf5
gxf5 30. Nxh5 Kb6) 22... Rb8 23. Rad1 (23. Bh3 Ke7 24. Rc1) (23. Rc1) 23...
Bxa2 24. Rxd6+ cxd6 25. Nxe4 fxe4 26. Bxe4 Bc4 27. Bxg6 Bxe2 28. Rd2 Bg4 29.
Ra2 Ke6 30. Rxa7 Kf6 31. Bc2 Rb2 32. Rc7 Ke5 33. Kf1 Kd5 34. Ke1 Ke5 35. Re7+
Kf6 36. Rc7 Ke5 37. Re7+ Kf6 38. Rc7 Ke5 39. Rc4 Kf6 40. Kd2 Be6 41. Rf4+ Kg7
42. Kc3 Rb5 43. Rd4 Rc5+ 44. Kd2 Rc6 (44... Rd5 45. Kd3 Kf6 46. Bd1 Rxd4+ 47.
Kxd4 Bf7 48. Bf3 Kf5 49. e4+ Kf6 50. Be2 Bg6 51. Kd5 Ke7 52. Bd1 Bf7+ 53. Kd4
Bg6 54. Bb3 Kf6) 45. Bd1 Kg6 46. Kd3 d5 47. g4 hxg4 48. Bxg4 Bf7 $4 (48... Bxg4
$1 49. Rxg4+ Kh5 50. Rf4 Ra6 51. Kd4 Ra3 52. Rf5+ Kxh4 53. Rxd5 Kg4 54. e4 Kf4
55. Rf5+ Kg4 56. Rf1 Ra4+ 57. Ke5 Ra5+ 58. Kf6 Ra6+ 59. Kf7 Ra5 60. Kg6 Ra6+
61. Rf6 Ra5) 49. Bf3 Rc5 50. Rf4 Be6 51. Kd4 Ra5 52. Ke5 Bg8 53. h5+ Kh6 54.
Rf6+ Kg7 55. Rd6 Bf7 $4 56. Bg4 $4 (56. h6+ Kh7 57. Rd7 Kg6 58. h7) 56... d4+
57. Kxd4 Bxh5 58. Bxh5 Rxh5 59. e4 Kf7 60. e5 Rh1 1/2-1/2

I have the same experience as I do playing against the French Exchange;
I have no respect for my opponent's opening system, but he takes his
task seriously, creates problems, takes his chances, and shows how
simple it is to beat me with the right approach.

[Event "East Devon Open"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2014.03.02"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Jepps"]
[Black "Regis"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[Annotator "Regis,Dave"]
[PlyCount "46"]

1. Nc3 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Bg5 Qb6 (5... e6 {0-1 (70) Van
der Lijn,D-Van de Pol,M Netherlands 1994}) (5... d6) 6. Nb3 d6 (6... e6 7. e4)
7. Bxf6 (7. g3 h6 8. Bxf6 gxf6 9. Bg2 Bg7 10. Nd5 Qd8 11. Nf4 h5 12. h4 f5 13.
c3 e5 14. Nh3 Bf6 15. e4 fxe4 16. Bxe4 Bg4 17. Bf3 Rg8 18. Bxg4 Rxg4 19. Qd3 e4
{1/2-1/2 (19) Maetzing,H (1805)-Petzold,H (1940) Berlin 2010}) 7... gxf6 8. Nd5
Qd8 9. e4 e6 (9... f5 $1) 10. Ne3 Be7 $2 (10... Bd7 11. Nc4 Qc7 12. Qd2 O-O-O
13. O-O-O d5 $1 14. exd5 exd5 15. Qxd5 $4 Bg4) 11. Qg4 Ne5 (11... Bd7 12. Qg7
Rf8 13. Qxh7 Qb6 14. O-O-O O-O-O 15. Qh5 Kb8) 12. Qg7 Ng6 13. Ng4 h5 14. Bb5+
Bd7 15. Bxd7+ Kxd7 16. Qxf7 Nf4 (16... hxg4 17. Qxg6 Qg8 18. Qxg8 Raxg8) 17.
Nxf6+ Kc6 18. Nd5 exd5 19. exd5+ Kb6 20. Qxf4 Rc8 21. Qb4+ Kc7 22. Qa5+ (22.
Na5 $1) 22... Kb8 23. Qxd8 Bxd8 1-0

Chess Quotes

"One bad move nullifies forty good ones."
— -- HOROWITZ