Dr.Dave's Further Adventures at East Devon

East Devon Congress, Open Section, 2007

Four games and no wins is so-so, but the blunder count was reassuringly
low, and I had a good attempt at winning a couple of games, including
the one against Helbig, who was the strongest player I faced. So,
progress of sorts.

{Wretchedly got a bye in the first round. Both players were careless of their
pawns in this game!}

[Event "East Devon"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2007.02.24"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Regis, D."]
[Black "Cordner, D."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C01"]
[PlyCount "82"]

1. c4 e6 2. e4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Bb4+
6. Nc3 O-O 7. Be2 Be6 8. cxd5 (8. Qb3 c5 9. O-O Nc6 10. dxc5 d4 11. Rd1 Bxc5
12. Bg5 b6 13. a3 h6 14. Bh4 Qe7 15. Nd5 Bxd5 16. cxd5 Qxe2 17. dxc6 g5 18. Bg3
Rac8 19. Re1 Qa6 20. c7 Qb7 21. Qd3 Nh5 22. Be5 Qd5 23. Qf5 Ng7 24. Qf6 Qxe5
25. Nxe5 {1-0 Vidmar,M-Tartakower,S/Carlsbad 1907}) 8... Nxd5 9. Bd2 Re8 10.
O-O Nd7 11. Nxd5 Bxd2 12. Nxc7 Qxc7 13. Qxd2 Nf6 14. Rac1 (14. Ne5) (14. Rfe1)
14... Qd6 15. Bc4 Bg4 16. Ng5 Bh5 17. f3 Rad8 18. Rcd1 (18. Rfd1) 18... h6 19.
Nh3 g5 20. Nf2 (20. g4 Bg6 21. Qf2) 20... Re7 21. Rfe1 Rxe1+ (21... Qxd4 22.
Rxe7 Qxd2 23. Rxd2 Rxd2 24. Rxb7 a5 25. a4 Rc2 26. Bf1 Nd5 27. Rb5 Ne3 28. Re5)
22. Qxe1 Qf4 23. Qd2 (23. Qe5 Qxe5 24. dxe5 Rxd1+ 25. Nxd1 Nd7 26. e6 Nf6 27.
e7) 23... Qxd2 24. Rxd2 Bg6 25. Ng4 Nxg4 26. fxg4 Kf8 27. Kf2 Ke7 28. Ke3 Kd6
29. Rf2 Rf8 30. Bd3 (30. Rf6+ Ke7 31. Rf3) 30... Re8+ 31. Kd2 Kd5 32. Bxg6 (32.
Rf6 $1 32... Kxd4 (32... Bxd3 33. Kxd3 Re4 34. Rf5+) 33. Bxg6 fxg6 34. Rxg6 Re4
35. h3) 32... fxg6 33. Rf7 Re4 34. Rd7+ Kc6 35. Rg7 Rxd4+ 36. Kc3 Rxg4 37.
Rxg6+ Kc5 38. g3 Rc4+ 39. Kd3 Rd4+ 40. Ke3 Ra4 41. a3 Kc4 (41... Kc4 42. Rxh6
Kb3 43. Rh5 Kxb2 44. Rxg5 Rxa3+ 45. Kd2 Kb3 46. h4 Kc4) 1/2-1/2

{Characteristically careful play by Steve secured a winning advantage, but in
the major piece ending he let the cat out of the bag.}

[Event "East Devon"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2007.02.24"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Dilleigh, S."]
[Black "Regis, D."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A40"]
[PlyCount "72"]

1. d4 1... e6 2. c4 b6
3. e4 Bb7 4. Bd3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 (5. Kf1 {
Janssen,R-Rogers,I/Wijk aan Zee Sonnevanck 1996/0-1 (46)}) 5... Bxd2+ (5... a5
{1-0 Saarinen,T-Kalsi,J/Tampere We HervS 1996 (29)}) (5... Qe7 {
Provotorov,I-Sevian,A/8th Open 2004/1-0 (42)}) (5... Nc6 {
- Neverov,V-Short,N/2nd IECC 2001 (30)}) 6. Nxd2 (6. Qxd2 {
1-0 Kaufman,L-Mouzon,H/Atlantic op Washington DC USA 1997 (42)}) 6... f5 (6...
d6 {Van der Vliet,F-Ree,H/Arnheim 1983/ - (75)}) (6... Qg5 {
Bagirov,V-Ermenkov,E/Riga 1981/1-0 (56)}) (6... Ne7 {
0-1 Islam,K-Rahman,Z/Open 2004 (26)}) (6... Nh6 {
- San Segundo Carrillo,P-Speelman,J/15th ETC 2005 (14)}) 7. Ngf3 (7. Qh5+ {
Forintos,G-Chetverik,M/Zalakaros op 1996/EXP 52/1-0 (43)}) 7... fxe4 (7... Nh6
{1-0 Miton,K-Reefat,S/Continental Open 2000 (19)}) 8. Nxe4 Nf6 9. Qe2 (9. Qc2 {
Lenz,T-Maurer,E/corr Tch-GER 1991/0-1 (52)}) 9... O-O 10. O-O Nc6 (10... Nxe4
11. Bxe4 Bxe4 12. Qxe4 Nc6 13. d5 exd5 14. Qxd5+ Kh8 15. Ng5 Qf6 16. Qxd7 Ne5
17. Qd5 Rae8 (17... Qxg5 18. f4) 18. Ne4 Qg6 19. Ng3 c6 20. Qd4) 11. a3 a5 (
11... Nh5 12. g3 Nf6 13. Rfe1 Nxe4 14. Bxe4 (14. Qxe4 g6) 14... d5 15. Bc2 Qf6
16. cxd5 exd5 17. Qd3 g6 18. Re3 Rae8) 12. Rfe1 g6 (12... a4) 13. Rad1 Nxe4 (
13... Nh5) 14. Bxe4 Qc8 15. d5 Nd8 16. dxe6 dxe6 17. Bxb7 Qxb7 18. Rd7 Qc6 19.
Red1 Nf7 20. Ne5 Nxe5 21. Qxe5 Rf7 22. Rxf7 (22. Rd8+ Rxd8 23. Rxd8+ Rf8 24.
Rxf8+ Kxf8 25. Qh8+ Kf7 (25... Ke7 26. Qxh7+ Kd6 27. Qh4) 26. Qxh7+ Kf6 27.
Qh8+ Kf7 28. Qd4) 22... Kxf7 23. Rd4 Re8 24. Rf4+ Kg8 25. Qf6 Qd7 26. Rd4 Qe7
27. Qe5 Rf8 28. g3 Rf5 29. Qe4 c5 30. Rd2 Qf6 31. Qb7 Qe5 32. Rd8+ Rf8 33.
Rxf8+ Kxf8 34. Qxb6 Qe1+ 35. Kg2 Qe4+ 36. Kg1 Qe1+ 1/2-1/2

{Unusually, I had a look at the draw, and found I was playing a chap who I had
observed playing an old favourite variation of mine. And I knew that in the
main line, Black has to allow a draw by 'perpetual attack' or concede an
advantage. In the game, Black conceded the advantage although I didn't do
much with it. Having made a pass at the King's-side I decided I could do
better on the Queen's-side, and was happy to offer an exchange to help that
along. The sacrifice was initially declined, but I was just about to extract
the Rook when he took it! Then Black played a central break where in mutual
time trouble I saw the winning move but 'safely' took back my piece, which
should have lost.}

[Event "East Devon"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2007.02.25"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Regis, D."]
[Black "Helbig, P."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A42"]
[PlyCount "87"]

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. c4 d6 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. d5 Nd4 6. Be3 c5
7. Nge2 Nxe2 (7... Qb6 8. Nxd4 (8. Qd2 {keeps the game alive}) 8... cxd4 (8...
Bxd4 9. Bxd4 cxd4 10. Nb5 a6 11. Qxd4) 9. Na4 Qa5+ 10. b4 Qxb4+ 11. Bd2 Qa3 12.
Bc1 Qb4+ 13. Bd2) 8. Bxe2 Nf6 9. O-O O-O 10. f4 Ne8 11. Qd2 Nc7 12. f5 a6 13.
Bh6 (13. fxg6) 13... Bd7 14. a4 (14. Bxg7 Kxg7 15. Qf4) 14... b5 $5 (14... Bd4+
15. Kh1 Re8 16. fxg6 hxg6 17. Qf4 Bf6 18. g4) 15. axb5 (15. Bxg7 Kxg7 16. axb5
axb5) 15... axb5 16. Bxg7 (16. Rxa8 Qxa8 17. Bxg7 Kxg7 18. Nxb5) 16... Rxa1 17.
Rxa1 Kxg7 18. Nxb5 Nxb5 19. cxb5 Qb8 20. fxg6 hxg6 21. Qc3+ f6 22. Ra5 Rc8 23.
Bc4 Rc7 24. Qa3 Rb7 25. Ra8 25... Qc7 {The pawn is less relevant than the bind.
} 26. Ra5 Qb8 27. Ra8 Qc7 28. Qa6 Kf7 29. Qa3 Qb6 30. Ra6 Qc7 31. Rc6 {
Offering the Exchange.} 31... Qb8 32. Qa6 Kg7 33. Qa4 Bxc6 34. dxc6 Ra7 35. Qb3
Ra1+ 36. Kf2 Qb6 37. Qh3 Qa5 38. Qc3 (38. Qe6 Qd2+ 39. Kf3 Ra8 40. Qxe7+ Kh6
41. Qxf6 41... Qe1 $18) 38... Qc7 39. Qh3 (39. Bd5 $1 39... Qb6 40. Bc4 Ra5 41.
Qb3 Ra1 42. Qd3 Ra5 43. Qd5 $18) 39... d5 $5 40. Bxd5 (40. Qg3 $5 {
should have won: I saw it but had a failure of nerve.} 40... Qxg3+ 41. hxg3
dxc4 (41... Ra8 42. b6 $18) 42. b6 Ra8 (42... c3 43. bxc3 Rb1 44. c7 $18) 43.
b7 ({or} 43. c7 43... Rc8 44. b7 Rxc7 45. b8=Q Rd7 46. Ke2 $18) 43... Rb8 44.
c7 Rxb7 45. c8=Q Rxb2+ 46. Ke3 c3 47. Qxc5 Rxg2 (47... c2 48. Qxe7+ Kg8 49. Kd2
$1 $18) 48. Qxe7+ Kg8 49. Qe6+ Kg7 50. Kf3 $18) 40... Qf4+ 41. Qf3 Qd2+ 42. Kg3
(42. Qe2 $1) 42... Qg5+ (42... Qxb2 $1 $19 {wins:} 43. Kh4 Qxb5) 43. Qg4 Qe3+
44. Qf3 1/2-1/2

{I haven't had a proper game in this line for a while: I was outplayed, not
really understanding what I was supposed to be doing. I don't often feel that
way playing the French: more study required I fear.}

[Event "East Devon"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2007.02.25"]
[Round "5"]
[White "White, E."]
[Black "Regis, D."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C02"]
[PlyCount "81"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bd7 6. a3 {
is rather less effective as Black hasn't committed his queen to b6.} (6. Be2)
6... f6 (6... c4 {This begins Black's standard piece deployment in this
variation which aims to at least tie down a white knight to the defence of the
b3 square, or even better infiltrate with the bishop via a4 and c2. Afek,
Y-McDonald,N/Millennium Masters 2000. Line Advance 6 a3-/ChessPub Guide 2005/
[Neil McDonald] (7) Neil McDonald}) 7. Bd3 (7. b4 {
(0.53/0.43) 0-1 Krajnc,A-Furlan,M/Bled op 1992/[Knaak] (22)}) 7... c4 (7...
fxe5 8. dxe5 Qc7 9. O-O 9... O-O-O {or}) (7... Qc7 8. O-O 8... O-O-O {
are the right ways to play, apparently.}) 8. Bc2 fxe5 9. dxe5 Qc7 10. Bf4 10...
Bc5 {I quite liked this idea.} 11. O-O Nge7 12. Nbd2 O-O-O 13. b4 Bb6 (13...
cxb3 14. Nxb3 Bb6 15. Nbd4 Rdf8 16. Nb5 Qd8) 14. a4 a5 15. b5 Na7 16. Bg5 Rde8
17. Qe2 Kb8 18. Nd4 h6 19. Bh4 Nac8 (19... g5 $5 20. Bg3 h5 21. f4 h4 22. Be1
gxf4) 20. Bg3 Ka8 21. Kh1 Bc5 22. f4 g6 23. N2f3 Nf5 24. Bf2 h5 25. Rab1 25...
Nb6 {I was beginning to feel a bit more positive now.} 26. Ng5 Re7 27. Nxf5 (
27. Nc6 $1 $18 {would have dispelled any complacency.}) 27... gxf5 28. g3 Bc8 (
28... Be8 $5) (28... h4 $1 29. gxh4 Rg7 30. Rg1) 29. h4 {
Black's not doing wonderfull well here but I think should survive.} 29... Nd7 {
That allows White unnecessary chances.} (29... Bd7 30. Be3 Ba3 (30... Be8 31.
Qf2 Bxe3 32. Qxe3) 31. Qf2) 30. Bxc5 (30. Nxe6 Rxe6 31. Bxf5 Ree8 32. Bg6 $2
32... Reg8 33. Bxh5 $2 33... Bxf2) 30... Nxc5 (30... Qxc5 31. b6 Qa3 32. Qd2 (
32. Rb5 Qxc3 33. Rf3 Qa1+ 34. Rb1 Qd4 35. Qe1 Nb8 36. Qxa5+ Na6) 32... Nb8 33.
Rb5 Nc6 34. Rfb1) 31. b6 Qc6 32. Kh2 {Now I think Black is in trouble here
(Rb5!), but I should have anticipated the looming disaster after} 32... Nxa4 $2
{Asking for trouble!} 33. Ra1 (33. Bxa4 Qxa4 34. Ra1 Qb5 35. Rfb1 Qa6 36. Qa2
Rhe8 37. Qxa5 Qxa5 38. Rxa5+ Kb8 39. Rba1 Bd7 40. Ra8#) 33... Nxb6 34. Rxa5+
Kb8 35. Qe3 Nd7 36. Rb1 b6 37. Ba4 Qc7 38. Bxd7 Qxd7 39. Rxb6+ Bb7 40. Rd6 Qc8
41. Qa7+ {I made it all too easy for White.} 1-0

East Devon Congress, 2008

I think Harry and Laura were down again.

East Devon Congress, Open Section, 2009

A much better score, even though this may prove nothing more than the
workings of chance. The first game did feature an absolutely wretched
series of oversights, but the rest was quite heartening. In reality, I
don't know that I was playing that much better; I was just present at
the scene when Ponter had a brainfart and Helbig was visibly impatient
to get the game over, with the usual consequence.

{Not sure whether to be encouraged or discouraged by this one! After dropping
a pawn early on, I persuaded Ieuan to avoid various Knight endings because of
my potentially active King, and so worked my Queen into a position where I had
some play. But I overlooked a simple perpetual then lost a piece...}

[Event "East Devon Open"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.03.06"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Regis"]
[Black "Ward, Ieuan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A14"]
[PlyCount "60"]

1. c4 e6
2. Nf3 d5 3. b3 Nf6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O b6 7. Bb2 Bb7 8. cxd5 Bxd5 9.
Nc3 Bb7 10. Rc1 a6 11. Re1 Nbd7 12. d4 c5 13. e4 Qb8 14. d5 (14. e5 Nd5 15.
dxc5 Nxc5 16. Nxd5 Bxd5 17. b4 Nd7 18. a3 Qb7) 14... exd5 15. Nxd5 (15. exd5
Re8 16. Nh4 Bd6 17. Rxe8+ Qxe8 18. Nf5 Qf8 19. Ne4) 15... Nxd5 16. exd5 Bf6 17.
Bxf6 (17. Rc2 $1 17... Rd8 18. Bc1 $1) 17... Nxf6 18. Rc2 Rd8 19. Ne5 Bxd5 20.
Rd2 Bxg2 21. Kxg2 Qc7 22. Rxd8+ Rxd8 23. Qf3 h6 (23... Re8 $1) 24. h4 b5 25.
Nc6 Re8 26. Rxe8+ Nxe8 27. Qd5 Qb6 (27... Qd6 $5 28. Qxd6 Nxd6 29. Nb8 a5 30.
Nc6 c4 31. bxc4 bxc4 32. Nxa5 c3 33. Nb3 Nb5 34. Kf3 c2 35. Ke3 Nc3 36. a3 Na2
37. Kd2) 28. Qd7 Nf6 (28... Kf8 29. Qe7+) 29. Ne7+ (29. Qc8+ Kh7 30. Qf5+ {
draws}) 29... Kf8 30. Nc8 $4 30... Nxd7 0-1

{Roger and I have contested a couple of games 10 years ago, when I had the
distinct impression he was better than me, but he's had a few years off and
comes to the board with a real bandit grade (122). I felt comfortable with
this game although several moves called for some serious thinking. At the end
I thought I was winning simply, but it is not so simple in analysis!}

[Event "East Devon Open"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2009.03.07"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Hutchings, R."]
[Black "Regis, D."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C01"]
[PlyCount "81"]

1. e4 e6
2. c4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Nc3 c6 7. Nf3 O-O 8. Be2 dxc4 9.
Bxc4 Bg4 10. O-O Nbd7 11. h3 Bxf3 12. Qxf3 Nb6 13. Bb3 13... Qxd4 {So, two Bish
ops against a pawn. Of course this takes some risks, but it's also the most
straightforward way to try and win for both sides.} 14. Rfe1 Rae8 15. a4 {
Slow...} 15... Qb4 16. Bc2 Nbd5 (16... Nfd5) 17. Qd3 {White's threats are
starting to gel; the normal ...g6 loses to Bh6, so I had to come up with
something else.} 17... Nf4 18. Qf3 Ng6 19. h4 Qc5 20. Qd3 Rd8 21. Qe2 Nd5 22.
Ne4 Qb4 23. h5 Ngf4 24. Qf3 Bxg5 25. Nxg5 h6 26. Ne4 Qxb2 27. Rac1 { I now tri
ed to force the issue, expecting to secure some exchanges by returning a pawn.}
27... f5 28. Ng3 Rde8 29. Bxf5 Qb4 30. Red1 Qxa4 (30... Re5 $5) (30... Rxf5 $1
31. Nxf5 Ne2+ 32. Kh1 Nxc1 33. Rxc1 Re5) 31. Ra1 Qb4 32. Rxa7 Re1+ (32... Nc3
$1) 33. Rxe1 Qxe1+ 34. Kh2 Qe7 35. Qb3 35... Qg5 {Threat ...Rxf5.} 36. Be4 Qh4+
37. Kg1 Ne2+ 38. Nxe2 Qxf2+ 39. Kh2 Qh4+ (39... Qxa7) 40. Kg1 40... Qxe4 {
With, I thought, overwhelming pressure.} 41. Ng3 $4 {and resigns (...Qd4+).} (
41. Qa2 $1 {and I would have played} 41... Qe3+ ({best is} 41... Rf5 $1 42. Ra3
Rxh5 43. Rf3 Re5 44. Nf4 b5 45. Qa8+ Kh7) (41... Rf7 42. Ra8+ Kh7 43. Ra4 Qf5
44. Ng3 Qd3 45. Kh2 b5 46. Ra3 Qd1 47. Rc3 47... Rf6 {
ia another path to victory}) 42. Kh2 Rf2 43. Ra8+ Kf7 44. Qb1 Qe5+ (44... Rxg2+
45. Kxg2 Qxe2+ 46. Kg3 Qe5+ 47. Kg2 Qg5+ 48. Kf2 Qh4+ 49. Kg1 Qxh5 50. Qxb7+)
45. Kg1 45... Rxe2 $2 (45... Rxg2+) (45... Rf6 46. Qxb7+ Ne7 47. Qb3+ Re6 48.
Qf3+ Qf5 49. Nf4) 46. Qg6+ Ke7 47. Re8+) 0-1

{I decided it was time I stopped losing to this guy... Solid opening play
yielded a typical White advantage. Black naturally tried to break, and I
allowed it because I thought (a) probably it's not possible to stop in the
long term and (b) in the short term might even work out well for White. We
were just working out which of us was right when he played an 'exchange
sacrifice' that failed to secure the compensating piece...}

[Event "East Devon Open"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2009.03.07"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Regis, D."]
[Black "Ponter, I."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A14"]
[PlyCount "61"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 c6
3. Nf3 d5 4. b3 e6 5. Bg2 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. Bb2 a5 8. e3 Nbd7 9. Nc3 Re8 10. d4
Rb8 11. a4 Nb6 12. Qe2 Bb4 13. Rfd1 Bd7 14. c5 Bxc3 15. Bxc3 Nc8 16. Qe1 Ra8
17. Ne5 Ne7 18. Rdb1 Bc8 19. b4 axb4 20. Bxb4 Nd7 21. Nd3 Ng6 22. h4 (22. f4 f6
23. e4 dxe4 24. Bxe4 e5 25. f5 Ngf8 26. dxe5 fxe5 (26... Nxe5 27. Nxe5 Qd4+))
22... e5 23. h5 Ngf8 24. dxe5 Nxe5 25. Nxe5 Rxe5 26. h6 Ne6 27. hxg7 d4 28. Rd1
Qe8 29. e4 29... Nxc5 $2 30. f4 30... Na6 $2 31. fxe5 1-0

{Another opponent I have lost to in the past. I was happy to have another
opportunity to rehearse the MacCutcheon (I usually get about one a year, but
here is my fourth this season), although I wasn't happy to be grovelling
around facing a massive initiative with what felt like 'only move's. In the
end, White chose a moment to try and win which allowed more than sufficient
counterplay.}

[Event "East Devon Open"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2009.03.08"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Richmond, J."]
[Black "Regis, D."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C12"]
[PlyCount "86"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Bb4 5. e5 h6 6. Bd2 Bxc3 7.
bxc3 Ne4 8. Qg4 g6 9. Bd3 Nxd2 10. Kxd2 c5 11. h4 Nc6 12. Nf3 Qa5 13. Qf4 cxd4
14. Nxd4 Nxd4 15. Qxd4 Bd7 16. Rab1 Bc6 (16... b6) 17. h5 g5 18. g3 O-O-O 19.
Rb4 Rhe8 20. Rhb1 Re7 21. Bb5 Bxb5 22. Rxb5 Qa6 23. Rc5+ Rc7 24. Rbb5 b6 25.
Rxc7+ Kxc7 26. a4 Rd7 27. Qb4 Qb7 28. a5 Qc6 29. Qa4 Kb7 30. a6+ Kb8 31. Rb4
Qc7 32. f4 gxf4 33. Rxf4 Re7 34. Qd4 Qc8 35. Rf6 Qxa6 36. Rxh6 Qf1 37. Rf6 Qh3
38. Qh4 Qg2+ 39. Kc1 Rc7 40. Qg5 Rxc3 41. Qg8+ Rc8 42. Qh7 Qg1+ 43. Kb2 Qd4+
1/2-1/2

{I was happy to repeat our game from last year, but starting with the d-pawn
led to a position I haven't played seriously for 25 years! Some improvisation
at the board took me into the relatively safe territory of a variation against
the Pirc which I have played several times. It's theoretically nothing special
for White, and Black played one of the recommended equalising lines, but made
a couple of mistakes large enough to lose. Perhaps his real mistake was to
spend less time looking at our game than (a) his watch and (b) the last-round
top-board game where IM Jack Rudd tripped over Bob Eames.}

[Event "East Devon Open"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2009.03.08"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Regis, D."]
[Black "Helbig, P."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A45"]
[PlyCount "109"]

1. d4 1... Nf6 {
Oops. Now what? I know nothing about the King's Indian.} 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4.
e4 {Heading for a Pirc.} 4... d6 5. Ne2 O-O 6. O-O e5 7. h3 7... Re8 {
That's a plausible move but perhaps too early: d4-d5 will leave it misplaced.}
8. Nbc3 c6 9. a4 Na6 10. Be3 10... Nb4 {aiming for ...d5} 11. Qd2 (11. a5 $5)
11... a5 12. Rad1 exd4 13. Bxd4 {I'd just had an enormous carvery lunch so
offered a draw here in the hope of getting some kip.} 13... d5 14. exd5 Nbxd5
15. Nxd5 Nxd5 16. Bxg7 Kxg7 17. c4 Qe7 18. cxd5 Qxe2 19. dxc6 (19. Qc3+) 19...
Qxd2 20. Rxd2 20... bxc6 $2 {It seems obvious that I should take the pawn, but
I thought myself out of it because of ...Bxh3, attacking the Rook. I just
couldn't see that I could move to d1 and that ...Bg4 wasn't an issue.} (20...
Re7) 21. Rc1 $4 (21. Bxc6 $1 21... Bxh3 22. Rfd1 $1 (22. Ra1 22... Rad8 $1)
22... Be6 (22... Bg4 23. f3) 23. Bxa8 Rxa8 24. Rd8 Ra7 25. Rb8 Bd7 26. Ra1 Kf6
27. b4 Ke5 28. b5 Be6 29. b6 Rd7 30. b7 Kf6 31. Rb1 Bd5 32. Rb6+ Kg5 33. Rb5 f5
) 21... Ra7 22. Bxc6 {White's b-pawn is not a great candidate.} 22... Rc7 23.
Rdc2 Re5 24. Kg2 Bf5 25. Rc3 Re2 26. g4 Be6 27. Bb5 Rxc3 28. bxc3 {
a better candidate....} 28... Re5 29. c4 29... Rc5 {
Whereupon Black offered a draw.} 30. Kf3 Kf6 31. Ke3 Ke5 32. f4+ Kd6 33. Rd1+
Kc7 34. Kd4 34... Kb6 $2 (34... Kd6 $1 35. Re1 35... h5 $1 36. Re5 (36. g5 $5
36... Bxh3 37. Re5 Rxe5 38. fxe5+ Kc7 39. c5 39... h4 {
and White is shown to have been bluffing}) 36... Rxe5 37. fxe5+ Ke7 38. gxh5
gxh5 39. h4) 35. Rb1 $1 {Breaking the blockade.} 35... Rc7 36. Bd7+ Ka7 37.
Bxe6 fxe6 38. Rb5 Ka6 39. c5 Rd7+ 40. Ke5 {Game over.} 40... Rd5+ 41. Kxe6 Rd4
42. Rb6+ Ka7 43. f5 gxf5 44. gxf5 Rxa4 45. f6 Re4+ 46. Kd7 Rf4 47. Ke7 a4 48.
f7 a3 49. Rb3 ({I spent too long trying to 'solve'} 49. Rf6 49... Rxf6 50. Kxf6
a2 51. f8=Q 51... a1=Q+ {, knowing all the while I wasn't going to play it})
49... Re4+ 50. Kf6 Rf4+ 51. Ke6 a2 (51... Re4+ 52. Kf5) 52. Ra3+ Kb7 53. Rxa2
Rf1 54. Re2 Kc6 55. Ke7 1-0

East Devon Congress, 2010

I think Harry and Laura were down again.

East Devon Congress, 2011

Young Theo Slade was staying with me, and I didn't want to be playing
when he was ready to go home.

East Devon Congress, Open Section, 2012

Young Theo Slade was staying with me again, and I didn't want to miss
the chance of playing again!

PIC: http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/P1000141.jpg

As usual, only one splash of colour in the room, and it's me...

I had a good season last year and this one has been going better; I
expect my weekly sessions trying to keep up with Theo have something to
do with it. So, no longer content to draw with 160+ players, I made a
good start, but that was the best of it. Woodruff's improvised opening
wasn't hard to cope with, but I didn't make much of it, and although I
played OK for the first part of the game against Mackle, the rest was
pretty lame. The Wensley game was awful, and although I had some ideas
against Stephens, I just missed the chance to pick up material and
immediately blew up, thrashing around trying to make something happen.
It all felt unbalanced and chaotic; bleah.

{White against someone I now have to regard as a lower-rated player,
I just kept playing in the hope that something would turn up, and it did.
There were several crisper lines towards the end, but I was pretty confident
by then that I would win.}

[Event "East Devon"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2012.03.02"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Regis, D."]
[Black "Page, M."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A14"]
[PlyCount "105"]

1. c4 e6 2. g3
d5 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. Nf3 Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. b3 c5 7. d3 $2 {I guess this shows that
I don't study openings as much as people think I do! Or at least, I'm
interested in too many openings, so while my scope is as wide as the ocean,
it's also as shallow as a gnat's bidet.} (7. Bb2 d4 8. e3 Nc6 9. exd4 cxd4 10.
Re1 Ne8 (10... Re8)) 7... Nc6 8. e3 b6 9. Bb2 Bb7 10. Nbd2 10... Qc7 {
Not sure the Queen belongs on that square, but the major pieces are difficult
to place well in this line. I changed the pawn structure here, no realreason.
} 11. cxd5 exd5 12. a3 Rad8 13. Rc1 {
I guess White can claim not to be worse here.} 13... Qd7 14. Qc2 Ba8 15. d4 h6
16. Rfd1 Rc8 17. Qd3 Rfd8 18. dxc5 18... bxc5 {A second change, this one more
purposeful. The hanging pawns confer space and possibilities of an attack,
but Black was showing no signs of aggression and if he wanted an endgame that
was fine by me.} 19. Qb1 Qe6 20. Qa1 Nb8 21. Ne5 {Black may wish to swap off
this well-posted piece, but I don't think exchanges are in his interest.} 21...
Nbd7 22. Nxd7 Rxd7 23. Nf3 Rb7 24. Nd2 Rb6 25. Be5 Ne8 26. Rc2 26... Bf6 {
Black is tempted to further exhanges.} 27. Bxf6 Nxf6 28. Rdc1 Nd7 29. b4 $5
29... c4 {Black's passed pawn I thought less important than the weak dark
squares and bad Bishop.} 30. Nf3 Qg6 31. Rd2 Rcb8 32. Ne5 Nxe5 33. Qxe5 {
The d5 point is tender} 33... Qe6 34. Qd4 Rb5 (34... Rd6 35. Qxa7) (34... Rd8
35. Rxc4) (34... a5 $1 {
Normal moves concede a pawn, Black must get counterplay or die.}) 35. Qxa7 R5b6
36. Qc7 Rc8 37. Qf4 Ra6 38. Rc3 Bc6 39. b5 $5 39... Bxb5 40. Bxd5 Qe7 41. Rd4 (
41. Qf5 $1 $18) 41... Rf8 (41... Ra4) 42. Re4 Qa7 43. Bxc4 Bxc4 44. Rcxc4 Rxa3
45. Rc7 Ra1+ 46. Kg2 Qa6 47. Rec4 Qa3 48. Rc8 $1 48... Rd1 49. Rxf8+ {Sloppy.}
(49. R4c7 $1 49... Qb3 50. Rxf8+ Kxf8 51. Qe4 $1 $18) 49... Qxf8 50. Rc7 50...
Rd6 $2 51. Rxf7 Qa8+ 52. e4 Rd4 53. Re7 $2 (53. Rxg7+ $1) 1-0

{It's funny how emotions affect you during a game. I was so depressed by the
disappearance of my attack on moves 15-25 that I spent moves 25-35 feeling
that I was worse and that the best I could do now was draw. Only listening to
Adam during the post-mortem did I realise that the positive points of my
position might have been worth pursuing for a third result.}

[Event "East Devon"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2012.03.03"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Woodruff, A."]
[Black "Regis, D."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C12"]
[PlyCount "69"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5
3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Bb4 5. e5 {Adam played the opening very slowly; I think he
had prepared the Alekhin-Chatard Gambit but didn't have anything in mind
against the Mac.} 5... h6 6. Bd2 Bxc3 7. Bxc3 {The first inaccuracy.} (7. bxc3)
7... Ne4 8. Bb4 c5 9. Bxc5 (9. dxc5 $2 {
is a well-known trap, but Adam had to work it out for himself:} 9... Nxf2 $1
$17) 9... Nxc5 10. dxc5 10... Qa5+ $6 (10... Nd7 $1 {Psakhis}) 11. Qd2 Qxc5 12.
O-O-O Nc6 13. f4 Bd7 14. Kb1 Rc8 15. Nf3 {
So far so logical, but now how is Black to make progress on the Queen's-side?}
15... Qa5 (15... Nb4) (15... Na5) (15... b5) (15... a5) 16. c3 b5 17. Nd4 Nxd4
18. Qxd4 O-O 19. g4 Rc7 20. Bd3 Rb8 21. a3 21... Qb6 {
Black has to regroup to get any further.} 22. Be2 a5 23. Qxb6 Rxb6 24. Rd4
24... b4 $1 25. cxb4 axb4 26. axb4 Rcb7 27. Rhd1 Rxb4 28. R1d2 f6 29. exf6 gxf6
30. h3 Kf7 31. Bf3 Ke7 32. h4 Rb8 33. Bd1 Bc6 34. Bf3 34... Bd7 {Acceding to
the draw, but there were some ways to improve Black's position without
worrying about White doing anything much.} (34... Rxd4 35. Rxd4 e5 36. Rd2 Kd6
37. fxe5+ fxe5) (34... Kd6) 35. Bd1 1/2-1/2

{That's a helluva downfloat! I was congratulated many times for this win against the highest-graded player
in the tournament, but there was no savour in it. I was not the winner of
this game, but a mere eye-witness to my opponent's self-destruction.}

PIC: http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/sites/exeterchessclub.org.uk/files/P100014...

[Event "East Devon"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2012.03.04"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Regis, D."]
[Black "Mackle, D."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A20"]
[PlyCount "73"]

1. c4 e5
2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 h6 4. a3 c6 5. d4 exd4 6. Qxd4 d5 7. cxd5 cxd5 8. Nf3 {
By now, Black had used 30-40 minutes of the 100 allocated for the first 40
moves. Such poor time management shouts of lost confidence.} 8... Nc6 {
This is a well-known position, without the moves of the Rook's pawns.} 9. Qd1 (
9. Qa4 {is the approach recommended by Kosten, but during the game I saw merit
in other Queen moves.}) (9. Qd3) 9... Bc5 10. O-O O-O 11. b4 {
Natural in some ways, but it does concede the c4 point.} 11... Bb6 12. Bb2 a6
13. Nbd2 Re8 14. Nb3 Bg4 15. h3 {For all my lecturing of juniors on Dreadful
Little Rook's Pawn Moves, here we have managed to display the full set. This
move makes a target out of g3, but I thought I was always able to blockade on
d4.} 15... Bf5 16. Rc1 (16. Nfd4 $1 16... Be4 17. Nxc6 bxc6 18. Bd4 $1 {
looks obvious now.}) 16... Qd6 {Black is starting to demonstrate some threats.}
17. Nfd4 (17. e3) 17... Be4 {Some important decisions coming up. Black was
still consuming huge gobbets of time.} 18. Nc5 Ne5 19. Bxe4 (19. Nxb7 $5 {
was tempting, but I wanted to keep control of the position. Oh, the irony...})
19... Nxe4 20. Kg2 (20. Nf5 $1 {was my original intention, but I then realised
the now the Nf6 has moved, Black has ...Qg6. What I didn't realise was that ..
.Qg6 hung the d-pawn... I was shorter of time myself now, Dominic's nerves
were infectious!} 20... Qd8 (20... Qg6 21. Qxd5) 21. Nxe4 dxe4 22. Nd6) 20...
Nc4 21. Nxe4 $2 (21. Nf5 $1 {is still correct, but it looked too loose. Again,
I have lectured too often on the subject of loose pieces...}) 21... Rxe4 22.
Ba1 Qd7 (22... Bxd4 23. Bxd4 23... Nxa3 $17) 23. Qd3 Rae8 24. e3 24... h5 {
Black had less than 5 minutes left now, just as the game was getting critical.}
25. Nf3 $4 {Stupid... I saw ...Nxe3, knew Black didn't have time to analyse it,
hoped he didn't have the bottle to play it. Not good thinking!} 25... Qf5 $2 (
25... Nxe3+ $1 $19) 26. Bd4 {White has cobbled together a defence of sorts.}
26... Bd8 27. Rfd1 h4 28. g4 $2 {
Again, provoking a combination, and this time Black was up for it.} 28... Rxg4+
29. hxg4 Qxg4+ 30. Kf1 Qxf3 31. Bc5 31... h3 $2 32. Qxd5 $1 32... Nxe3+ $4 33.
Bxe3 Qg4 34. Rd4 Qg6 35. Rc8 h2 36. Rxd8 Qb1+ 37. Rd1 $4 {
Ridiculously, White's final move allowed a draw, just as Black's flag fell.} (
37. Rd1 $4 37... Qxd1+ $1 38. Qxd1 h1=Q+ 39. Ke2 Qh5+ 40. Kf1 40... Qh1+ $11) (
37. Ke2 $1 37... h1=Q 38. Rxe8+ Kh7 39. Qxh1+ Qxh1 40. Re7 {
and as long as White retains a pawn, he should win.}) 1-0

{In a do-nothing opening I got a big decision wrong... All credit to my
opponent for making something out of nothing, but I was cross with myself at
the time.}

[Event "East Devon"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2012.03.04"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Wensley, O."]
[Black "Regis, D."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C01"]
[PlyCount "115"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 {Yawn.} 3... exd5 {I guess there's still
30 pieces on the board and chances to show who can handle them better. Today,
it wasn't me... In fact, Oliver went on to tie for first place.} 4. Nf3 Nf6 (
4... Bg4 5. h3 Bh5 6. Qe2+ Be7 7. Qb5+ {is for a do-or-die game.}) 5. Bd3 Bg4
6. h3 Bh5 7. Bg5 Be7 8. Nbd2 Nbd7 9. c3 c6 10. Qc2 Qc7 11. O-O-O O-O-O 12. Rde1
Rde8 13. Ne5 $1 {Black's next is important. I analysed some long complicated
lines but not some simple short ones.} 13... Ne4 $2 (13... Nxe5 $5 14. dxe5 Ne4
(14... Nd7 15. Bxe7 Rxe7 16. f4 Rhe8 17. g4 Bg6 18. f5) 15. Bxe7 Rxe7 16. Nxe4
(16. f4 $1 16... Bg6 17. Nxe4 Bxe4 18. Bxe4 dxe4 19. Rxe4) 16... dxe4 17. Rxe4
17... Rxe5 $1 (17... Bg6 $5 {Fritz}) 18. Rxe5 18... Qxe5 $11 19. Bxh7 $2 19...
g6 $1 20. g4 Rxh7 21. gxh5 21... Rxh5 $17 {
I saw all that then played something which had much more obvious flaws.}) (
13... Bd6 $5 14. Nxd7 (14. Ndf3 Bg6 15. Nxg6 hxg6) (14. Bf4 Bg6 15. Nxg6 hxg6
16. Bxd6 Qxd6) 14... Nxd7 15. Bxh7 {and now clearly ...g6 doesn't work}) 14.
Bxe7 Rxe7 15. Nxd7 Qxd7 16. Nxe4 dxe4 17. Rxe4 Bg6 18. Rxe7 Qxe7 19. Bf5+ Kc7
20. Bxg6 hxg6 21. Qd2 Re8 22. Rd1 22... Qe6 {I don't think either side covered
themselves in glory during the rest of the game; for example, I was happier to
see a Rook endgame emerge than any of the other options.} 23. d5 cxd5 24. Qxd5
Qxd5 25. Rxd5 Kc6 26. Rd2 Re1+ 27. Kc2 Rg1 28. g3 $6 {
White gives Black unnecessary hope.} (28. f3 $1 {
creates half as many weaknesses!}) 28... g5 $1 29. g4 Rh1 30. Rd3 Rf1 31. Rf3
f6 32. b4 b5 33. Kd3 Kd6 (33... Ra1 $1 {seems obvious enough.}) 34. Ke4 Ke6 35.
Kd4 Kd6 36. Rd3 a6 (36... Rxf2 $4 37. Ke3+) (36... Ra1 $1 {
Still no idea why I didn't play this.}) 37. c4 bxc4 38. Kxc4+ Kc6 39. f3 Rc1+
40. Rc3 Rd1 41. a4 Rb1 42. Kd4+ Kd6 43. Rc4 Re1 44. b5 axb5 45. axb5 Rd1+ 46.
Kc3 Rb1 (46... Kd5) 47. Rb4 Rc1+ (47... Rf1 48. b6) 48. Kd4 Rd1+ 49. Ke4 Kc5
50. Rb2 Kb6 51. Rb3 g6 52. f4 gxf4 (52... Re1+ 53. Re3) 53. Kxf4 Rd4+ 54. Kg3
g5 55. Rf3 Rd6 56. Rf5 Re6 (56... Rd3+ {was my intention when it was my
opponent's move... in time trouble, I snatched at a move under my nose and
paid the usual price.} 57. Kg2 Rd6 58. h4 gxh4 (58... Rd2+ 59. Kf3 gxh4 60.
Rxf6+ Kxb5 61. Rh6 Kc5 62. Rxh4 Kd5 63. Rh8 Ke6 64. Rf8) 59. Kh3) 57. h4 57...
Re3+ $4 {Not so good now.} 58. Kf2 1-0

{A peculiar game where both players were content with their assets, but had
their pieces poorly placed. In the end, I lost control of my nerves and the
position, and paid the usual penalty for doing either.}

[Event "East Devon"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2012.03.04"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Regis, D."]
[Black "Stephens, J."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A25"]
[PlyCount "72"]

1. c4 1... e5 2. g3 Nc6 3.
Bg2 Nf6 4. Nc3 4... Bb4 {I lost a terrible game playing this system as Black
against Chris Bellers, many years ago. The details are mercifully forgotten,
but it may have led to me playing with more confidence than was justified by
the position.} 5. Nd5 Bc5 6. e3 O-O 7. Ne2 Re8 8. O-O a6 9. a3 {
This is Kosten's recommended treatment.} (9. b3 $14 {is given by Marin.}) (9.
d4 {is also natural, but, I believe, equal.}) 9... d6 10. b4 10... Ba7 {
Now White should play Bb2 and f4, as the Queen's-side play leads to little.}
11. b5 axb5 12. cxb5 Na5 13. Bb2 Nxd5 14. Bxd5 c6 15. bxc6 bxc6 16. Bg2 d5 17.
f4 Nc4 18. Bxe5 Nxe5 19. fxe5 Rxe5 20. Qc2 Ba6 21. Rf2 {I have seen games
where White sacrifices the Exchange by moving the Knight, but no need, I think.
} 21... Rc8 22. Qa4 Qb6 23. Qf4 23... Qc7 {No doubt if the Bishops were
centralised on d6 and e6, Black would be winning, but they are marooned on the
Queen's-side and don't co-ordinate with anything. Meanwhile, White's minor
pieces are hardly faring any better.} 24. Rc1 Re7 25. Nd4 Qxf4 26. Rxf4 Bb7 27.
Nf5 Rd7 28. Bh3 {Fritz assesses White's advantage as worth a pawn.} 28... Rcc7
{Black's position has a strange symmetry about it, much like my game against
Alan Brusey at Torbay a while ago.} 29. Nd4 $2 (29. Rg4 $1 29... f6 30. Nh6+
Kf8 31. Ra4 $1 $16 {I saw all the ideas, but not how to put them together.})
29... Re7 30. Nf5 Re5 31. Ra4 $2 {This is not the right moment!} 31... Bc8 32.
d4 $2 {Another lemon, and this time it's fatal.} 32... Bxf5 33. dxe5 Bxe3+ 34.
Kg2 Bxc1 35. Bxf5 g6 36. Bd3 Bb2 0-1

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