Exeter Juniors ½-3½ Tiverton Testosterones

{A terrific scrap where both sides took and missed their chances. In the end the struggle with the 32 pieces on the board was decided as much by the clock as by the moves.}

[Event "Exeter Juniors vs Tiverton"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.05.02"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Knowles, John"]
[Black "Keat, Sam"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D40"]
[PlyCount "106"]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. e3 {
No threat to Black's survival, of course, but solid enough.} 4... Nc6 5. Nc3
Nf6 6. Bd3 {An invitation to play an IQP game.} 6... Bd6 (6... cxd4 7. exd4
dxc4 8. Bxc4 8... Be7 {
unbalances the position, if Black wants to play that way instead.}) 7. O-O O-O
8. a3 8... Ng4 {A bit early, and a bit loose.} 9. cxd5 exd5 10. g3 (10. dxc5 $1
10... Bxc5 11. Nxd5 $1 {Exposes the looseness of Black's position.}) 10... Nf6
11. Qc2 g6 (11... c4 {grabs a bit of space} 12. Be2 Bh3 13. Re1 Re8) 12. Nb5 b6
(12... c4 13. Be2 13... Bf5 $1 14. Qd1 14... Be7 {
keeps the Bishop pair, with a small advantage.}) 13. Nxd6 Qxd6 14. Re1 Bg4 15.
dxc5 15... bxc5 {Black has the hanging pawns, and chances of attack; White has
chances of weakening the defences of the pawns.} 16. Nd2 Rfe8 17. b3 17... d4
$5 {Right idea, wrong timing.} (17... Ne5 $5) (17... Rad8 $5) (17... Rac8 $5)
18. f3 $6 (18. Nc4 $1) 18... Rxe3 $6 (18... Ne5 $1 {
is best, but not easy to see!} 19. fxg4 19... dxe3 $1 20. Rxe3 (20. Nc4 20...
Qxd3 $1) 20... Qd4 $1) 19. Rxe3 dxe3 20. Nc4 20... e2 $1 21. Bxe2 $4 (21. Bb2
$1 {was necessary, and wins a pawn}) 21... Qd4+ {
Not sure how far back saw this idea, but it wins.} 22. Kg2 22... Qxa1 {
Black will be fine if only the Queen can escape! But it can...} 23. Bb2 Qe1 24.
Bc3 (24. fxg4 Re8 25. Bd3 25... Nxg4 $19 {With a safe exchange plus for Black.}
26. Bc3 Qe6 27. h3 Qd5+ 28. Kg1 Nd4) 24... Bxf3+ $6 (24... Nd4 $1 {wins} 25.
Bxd4 Bf5 26. Bc3 (26. Qb2 cxd4) 26... Bxc2 27. Bxe1 Re8 28. Kf2 28... Bxb3 $19)
(24... Bf5 $2 25. Qb2) 25. Bxf3 25... Qe6 {
Black is still winning, but running very short of time.} 26. Qb2 Nd5 27. Bd2
Nd4 28. Bh6 Re8 29. b4 29... cxb4 $2 (29... Nf5 30. Bg5 cxb4 31. axb4) 30. Qxd4
Nf6 31. axb4 Re7 32. Bg5 Kg7 33. Bxf6+ Qxf6 34. Qxf6+ 34... Kxf6 {About equal.
If Black keeps the King and Rook on opposite coloured squares, there will be
no forks or pins.} 35. Kf2 Kg5 36. Ne3 f5 37. h4+ Kh6 38. Nd5 Re5 39. b5 g5 40.
hxg5+ Kxg5 41. b6 $6 {If White is trying to win, the swap should be avoided.}
41... axb6 42. Nxb6 h5 (42... f4 43. Nc4 (43. g4) 43... Rc5 $11) 43. Nc4 Re7 (
43... Rb5 $1) 44. Ne3 44... f4 $2 45. gxf4+ 45... Kxf4 $4 {Oops.} (45... Kg6 $1
) 46. Nd5+ Kg5 47. Nxe7 h4 48. Kg2 Kf4 49. Bc6 Kg4 50. Bd7+ Kg5 51. Kh3 Kh5 52.
Nf5 Kg5 53. Nxh4 {KBNvK is a win, but is the hardest mate without pawns.
Black resigned here, with 40 seconds left, and White showed he knew how to
carry out the checkmate.} 53... Kf6 (53... Kf6 54. Kg4 Ke5 55. Kg5 Kd6 56. Be8
Ke5 57. Nf3+ Kd5 58. Kf5) 1-0

{White played an unknown system and got a bit lost. Trying to save a pawn, White lost one piece and should have lost another. The position settled down with Black dominant, and White never really had a chance.}

See also: http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/making-it-you-go-along

[Event "Exeter Juniors vs Tiverton"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.05.02"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Trott, Tomas"]
[Black "Thorpe-Tracey, Stephen"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B07"]
[PlyCount "52"]
1. d4 {
I've not seen you play this before.} 1... Nf6 2. Nc3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5.
e4 d6 6. Bf4 {Making it up as you go along?} 6... Nbd7 7. Nf3 7... c5 {
I expect Black has played these moves many times before.  I don't think anyone
has played White's system before!  After Bg2 they usually play Nge2 h3 and Be3,
keeping the long white diagonal free.} 8. e5 $2 {
The Nf6 can unmask an attack from the Bg7, so White loses at least one pawn.}
8... dxe5 9. Nxe5 cxd4 10. Nd5 $4 {Makes things much worse} 10... Nxd5 11. Nxf7
$2 11... Rxf7 (11... Kxf7 {is also winning} 12. Bxd5+ e6 13. Bg2) 12. Bxd5 e6 (
12... Qa5+ $1 {wins on the spot} 13. Bd2 Qxd5) 13. Bxe6 Qe8 14. Qe2 Nc5 15.
Bxf7+ 15... Qxf7 {White is not so far behind on material, but Black's pieces
completely dominate the game.} 16. O-O Bf5 17. Rfd1 Rd8 (17... Re8 $1) 18. c3
$6 18... d3 $1 19. Qe3 b6 20. f3 Qd5 21. g4 Bc8 22. Bg5 Rf8 23. Bf4 Ba6 24. a3
24... Ne6 $1 25. Bg3 Rxf3 26. Qd2 26... Ng5 {White lost on time.} 0-1

{Black wins a pawn but misses a discovery to lose a piece. Black keeps going and eventually finds a perpetual check.}

[Event "Exeter Juniors vs Tiverton"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.05.02"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Reardon, John"]
[Black "Whittington, Reece"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C01"]
[PlyCount "113"]
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Nf3
c5 5. dxc5 Bxc5 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. c3 Nf6 8. O-O Bg4 9. Re1+ Ne7 10. Nbd2 Qb6 11.
Rf1 O-O 12. b4 Bd6 13. Be2 $2 13... Qc7 $1 14. h3 Bxf3 15. Nxf3 15... Qxc3 {
Black has won a pawn.} 16. Bd2 Qc7 17. Rc1 Qd7 18. a3 Rfe8 19. Bc3 Ne4 20. Bb2
Rac8 21. Qd4 Nf6 (21... Nf5 22. Qxa7 22... Neg3 $1) 22. Rfe1 Nc6 23. Qd2 23...
Qd8 $2 (23... Ne4 $1) ({During the game I got interested in} 23... Be5 $2 {but}
24. Rxc6 $1) 24. b5 (24. Bxf6 $1 {wins back the pawn} 24... gxf6 (24... Qxf6
25. Qxd5) 25. Rcd1) 24... Ne7 (24... Ne4) 25. a4 Rxc1 26. Rxc1 26... Nh5 $2 {
That's a dodgy move!  The Knight moves towards the edge and is undefended and
is in the line of the Be2.  Yes, it does threaten ...Bf4,but} (26... Ng6 $1 {
Makes the same threat with good move.} 27. Bxf6 27... Qxf6 $1 28. Qxd5 $4 28...
Nf4 $1) 27. Be5 {White spots the threat.} 27... Bxe5 28. Nxe5 28... f6 $4 29.
Nd3 $2 {But why is White happy to block the Queen?} (29. Bxh5 $1 29... g6 (
29... fxe5 30. Bxe8 {with the Exchange for White}) 30. Ng4 Qd6 31. Nh6+ Kg7 32.
Bf3 {with an extra piece for White}) 29... Ng6 $4 30. Bxh5 $1 {That's why!}
30... Re7 31. Bxg6 hxg6 32. Nf4 g5 33. Ne2 b6 34. Nd4 Rc7 35. Rxc7 Qxc7 36. Nc6
Qd7 37. Qe3 Kf7 38. Qe2 d4 39. Qc4+ Kf8 40. Nxd4 g4 41. Ne6+ Ke7 42. Nxg7 gxh3
43. Qe4+ Kf7 44. Nf5 hxg2 45. Kxg2 45... Qe6 $4 46. Qb7+ $4 (46. Qxe6+ Kxe6 47.
Ne3 Kd6 48. f4 Kc5 49. Kf3 Kb4 50. Nd5+ Kxa4 51. Nc7 Kb4 52. Ke4 Kc5 53. Kf5
Kd6 54. Na6 Ke7 55. Nb4) 46... Kf8 47. Qg7+ Ke8 48. Qh7 48... Qe4+ {Draw?} 49.
Kg3 Qe5+ 50. f4 Qe1+ 51. Kg4 Qe2+ 52. Kg3 Qe1+ 53. Kf3 Qf1+ 54. Ke4 Qg2+ 55.
Ke3 Qg1+ 56. Ke4 Qg2+ 57. Kd4 1/2-1/2

{White started very well but the position became blocked and difficult. Trying to get something going, you played a poor move, and things then went from bad to worse.}

[Event "Exeter Juniors vs Tiverton"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.05.02"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Trott, Becky"]
[Black "Brinkley, Alan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C30"]
[PlyCount "67"]
1. e4 e5 2. f4 d6 3. Nf3 exf4 4. d4 Be7 5. Bxf4 Nf6 6. Nc3
O-O 7. Bc4 7... c6 {White has a dream of a position, but how to make use of
it? The answer has to be: complete development, then look for a breakthrough.}
8. d5 $6 {You have a Bishop on c4, but this spoils its view of f7.  Really,
you want to keep the position open, so your better pieces can make use of the
open lines.} 8... c5 (8... b5 $5) 9. Qd3 Nh5 10. g3 (10. Be3 $1 {
keeps the Bishop pair.}) 10... Bg4 11. O-O-O Nd7 12. h4 (12. h3) 12... Re8 13.
Rd2 Bf8 14. Re1 f6 15. Bb5 15... a6 $1 16. Bxd7 Qxd7 17. e5 $2 {This is the
right sort of idea but is bad right now. With your pawn still on d4, it's much
better.} 17... Qf5 $2 (17... fxe5 $1) 18. Qe3 $4 (18. Qxf5 $1 18... Bxf5 19. e6
$1 {with a big plus for White.o}) 18... fxe5 {Netting the Bf4.} 19. Ne4 $2
19... exf4 20. gxf4 Bxf3 21. Qxf3 Nf6 22. Nxf6+ Qxf6 23. Rxe8 Rxe8 24. Qh5 $2
24... Re1+ 25. Rd1 25... Rxd1+ $4 (25... Qxf4+ $1 26. Kb1 26... Qd2 $1 $19) 26.
Qxd1 Qxf4+ 27. Qd2 $4 {
Whatever hopes White has left, they must involve the Queen.} 27... Qxd2+ 28.
Kxd2 h5 29. a4 Kf7 30. Kd3 Kf6 31. Ke4 Be7 32. Kf4 g6 33. Kg3 Ke5 34. c4 {
There was a bit more of this, but I don't have the heart for it!} 0-1

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