Games from the English County Junior Chess Championships 2013

[Event "English County U18"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2013.06.24"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Sudhakar, Ragul"]
[Black "Keat, Sam"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C55"]
[PlyCount "65"]
{Some natural moves by White led to the win of a piece, almost by accident.} 1.
e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. c3 d5 (4... Nxe4 {
This central pawn is OK to take.}) 5. exd5 Nxd5 6. d3 Be6 (6... Bg4 $5) (6...
Be7 $1) 7. Ng5 Qd6 (7... Bf5) 8. Qf3 $14 8... Be7 9. Nd2 h6 (9... Bxg5 10. Ne4
Qe7) 10. Nde4 Qd7 11. Nxe6 11... Qxe6 $4 (11... fxe6 $1) 12. Bxd5 $1 12... Qg6
(12... Qxd5 13. Nf6+) 13. h4 f5 14. Ng3 Rf8 15. Qh5 Qxh5 16. Nxh5 O-O-O 17.
Bxc6 bxc6 18. Ke2 e4 19. dxe4 fxe4 20. Be3 Rfe8 21. g3 Bf6 22. Nxf6 gxf6 23.
Bxh6 Rd3 24. Rad1 Red8 25. Rd2 f5 26. Rhd1 R8d7 27. Rxd3 Rxd3 28. Rxd3 exd3+
29. Kxd3 Kd7 30. Kd4 Ke6 31. Bf4 Kf6 32. Bxc7 Kg6 33. Ke5 1-0
[Event "England County U18"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2013.06.24"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Kelly, Edmund"]
[Black "Reynolds, Edward"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C45"]
[PlyCount "39"]
{A tale of two discoveries: both sides left a loose man, which was snapped up
by a discovered attack..} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 4... Nxd4 $6
5. Qxd4 d6 6. Bc4 Be6 7. Bxe6 fxe6 8. Nc3 Nf6 9. Bg5 9... Be7 {
White has a nice game with more space and better development.} 10. Bxf6 Bxf6
11. Qc4 11... Qe7 {
That's levelled up the development, as well as handing Black a BvN advanage.}
12. O-O-O O-O 13. f3 c6 14. g4 $2 {Loose pawn on f3} 14... Bg5+ 15. Kb1 Rxf3
16. Rhf1 Rf4 17. Rxf4 Bxf4 18. Rh1 {
Rooks are poor defenders; this is only reasonable if you can push h4-h5} 18...
d5 $2 {Loose Bishop on f4} 19. exd5 Rf8 20. dxe6 {
White has a an extra pawn here.} 1/2-1/2
[Event "England County U18"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2013.06.24"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Susevee, Greg"]
[Black "Lee, Lawrence"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D04"]
[PlyCount "66"]
{White played sensibly but Black gradually got on top, and White missed a big
hit once on the defensive.} 1. d4 {I do see you swap your openings about, Greg:
my advice is to stick to as few systems as you can.} 1... d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3
Bg4 4. h3 Bh5 5. c4 c6 6. c5 {It's usually better for White to keep the
tension, and better for Black to have things fixed.} (6. Qb3 {
is a good club player approach}) (6. Nc3 {is the GM line}) 6... Nbd7 7. Be2
Bxf3 8. Bxf3 8... e5 $1 9. Nc3 Be7 10. O-O O-O 11. b4 Re8 12. a4 Bf8 13. Ba3
exd4 14. exd4 Ne4 15. Qc2 Ndf6 16. Nxe4 dxe4 17. Be2 Qxd4 18. Rad1 {White is ni
cely active bit has lost control of the centre, and Black can move over to the
attack.} 18... Qe5 19. Bb2 Qe7 20. Rfe1 Nd5 21. Qc4 e3 22. Bd4 Qg5 23. Bf3
exf2+ 24. Bxf2 Nf4 25. Kh2 Nh5 26. Bxh5 (26. Rd7 $1 {
and White starts to fight back.}) 26... Qxh5 27. Rxe8 Rxe8 28. Rd7 $5 {
Still a good idea, but Black has more options here.} 28... Qf5 29. Rd2 Re4 30.
Qc3 Qf4+ 31. Bg3 Qg5 32. Rd7 $4 {Missing a fork.} 32... Re3 33. Bh4 $4 {
Doesn't help!} 33... Qf4+ 0-1
[Event "England County U18"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2013.06.24"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Hardwick, Alexander"]
[Black "Susevee, Greg"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D45"]
[PlyCount "105"]
{A thrilling king-hunt fizzled out, leaving Black to defend a difficult
endgame.  But defend it you did, pouncing when White made a mistake.} 1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 (2. Bg5 $5) 2... c6 3. Nf3 (3. d5 $5) 3... d5 {Rather an odd move order
to arrive at the Slav.  White has some extra options that you needn't allow.}
4. Nc3 4... e6 {The Semi-Slav} 5. e3 Bd6 (5... Nbd7 {is usual}) 6. Qc2 O-O 7.
Bd3 dxc4 8. Bxc4 Nbd7 9. e4 Bc7 (9... e5 $1 {
hits back in the centre, having given away your stake on d5.}) 10. e5 $1 10...
Nd5 {Black's King's-side is rather bare of guards.} 11. Bd3 (11. Ng5 $1) 11...
g6 12. a3 $5 12... c5 13. Bh6 Re8 14. h4 14... cxd4 $1 15. Nxd5 exd5 16. Bg5 f6
17. Bxg6 $5 17... hxg6 $6 {allows a draw} (17... Re7 $5 {
is the way to play for a win, but it's risky!}) 18. Qxg6+ Kf8 19. Bh6+ Ke7 20.
Qg7+ Ke6 21. Nxd4+ Kxe5 22. O-O-O Kd6 23. Bf4+ Kc5 24. Be3 Kd6 25. Rhe1 Ne5 26.
Nb5+ Kc6 27. Nd4+ Kd6 28. Bf4 Kc5 29. Nb3+ Kc6 30. Kb1 Bf5+ 31. Ka1 Rg8 32.
Rc1+ Kb6 33. Be3+ Ka6 34. Qxc7 {
White regains the piece with the better endgame.} 34... Qxc7 35. Rxc7 Rxg2 36.
Nc5+ Kb6 37. Rxb7+ Kc6 38. Rb3 Rh2 (38... Rh8 $1 {activating the sleepy Rook.})
39. Rc1 Kd6 40. Nb7+ Ke6 41. Rbc3 Rxh4 42. Na5 $4 42... d4 $1 43. Bxd4 Rxd4 44.
Re1 Kf7 45. Rc7+ Kg6 46. Rg1+ Rg4 47. Rxg4+ Nxg4 48. f4 Be6 49. b4 Kf5 50. Rc6
Bg8 51. b5 Kxf4 52. a4 Kg5 53. Rc7 0-1
[Event "England County U18"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2013.06.24"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Keat, Sam"]
[Black "Neil, Jennifer"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B50"]
[PlyCount "75"]
{A good scrap, where both sides showed ideas.} 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. c3 Nf6 4.
d4 $2 {A similar mistake by White as in your other game!  These central pawns
should be kept, not offered up so lightly.} (4. Be2 $1 4... Nbd7 5. d3 {
was a line that Svidler used to beat Kasparov.}) (4. Bd3 $5) (4. d3) 4... Nc6
$2 (4... Nxe4 $1) 5. d5 Ne5 6. Nxe5 dxe5 7. Bd3 {
The Bishop doesn't have much of a view from here.} (7. Be2 $1 7... Nxe4 $4 8.
Qa4+ $1) 7... a6 8. c4 e6 9. Nc3 exd5 10. cxd5 {White has a passed pawn.} 10...
Be7 11. a4 O-O 12. Bc4 {
It's not much better off there!  This Bishop does next to nothing all game.}
12... Ne8 13. O-O 13... Nd6 {An excellent blockading square for the Knight.
Knights don't lose much power by blockading (like Bishops) and this piece has
influence on each wing,.} 14. b3 f5 15. Re1 Kh8 16. f4 $5 16... exf4 17. Bxf4 (
17. e5 $5 {when the united Pawns are very strong.}) 17... fxe4 $1 {
Being awkward.} 18. Bxd6 18... Bxd6 {
Now Black has a very strong dark-squared Bishop, which has no opponent.} 19.
Nxe4 Be5 20. Rc1 Bd4+ 21. Kh1 Bf5 22. Qh5 Bg6 23. Qg5 $2 23... Bxe4 $1 24. Qxd8
24... Bxg2+ $1 {winning a pawn.} 25. Kxg2 Raxd8 26. Re7 b5 27. axb5 axb5 28.
Bxb5 Rxd5 29. Rce1 Rdf5 30. Re8 Rf2+ 31. Kg3 R2f6 32. R1e4 Rf3+ 33. Kg4 R3f6
34. b4 Bf2 35. h3 cxb4 36. Rxf8+ Rxf8 37. Rxb4 g6 38. Rf4 {
When the Rooks come off, a draw is assured.} 1/2-1/2
[Event "England County U18"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2013.06.24"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Thompson, Gabriel"]
[Black "Hodge, Nick"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D31"]
[PlyCount "75"]
{You fell behind in development, and in the end White's activity led to a win
of a piece, hard to foresee.} 1. d4 d5 2. c4 2... c6 {Defending d5.} 3. Nc3
3... dxc4 {Abandoning d5!  Actually, this is no a bad idea, as you can
threaten to keep the pawn, but in the game you don't try ...b5.} (3... Nf6 {
is the main line, very solid.}) (3... e5 $5 {is an interesting gambit.}) 4. Nf3
e6 (4... b5 $5 {is critical.}) 5. Bf4 Qb6 6. Qc2 Nf6 7. e3 7... Qb4 {
Being awkward, I guess, but the Queen is too easily bothered.} 8. a3 Qb3 9.
Qxb3 cxb3 10. Bc4 c5 11. Bxb3 cxd4 12. Nxd4 {
Black has few weaknesses but has lost a lot of time.} 12... Bd7 13. Ncb5 Na6
14. O-O Be7 15. Nd6+ Bxd6 16. Bxd6 Ne4 17. Bf4 O-O 18. Rfd1 {
Black has two pieces undefended, and is still a bit behind in development.}
18... Nac5 19. Bc2 Nf6 20. Bd6 (20. Be5 $1) 20... Rfc8 21. Rac1 Nce4 22. Be5 $6
{Now White's Bishop is undefended.} 22... Bc6 $4 (22... Nxf2 $1 23. Kxf2 Ng4+
24. Kg3 Nxe5) 23. f3 $1 {The Ne4 has run out of squares.  Unlucky!  Or at
least, a little unlucky... the warning signs have been around!} 23... Nd7 24.
Nxc6 Rxc6 25. Rxd7 Nc5 26. Rdd1 Rac8 27. Bb1 h6 28. b4 Nb3 29. Rxc6 bxc6 30.
Bc2 f6 31. Bg3 Kf7 32. Bxb3 c5 33. Rd7+ Kg6 34. Bc2+ Kg5 35. Rxg7+ Kh5 36. Bg6+
Kg5 37. Bf7+ Kf5 38. e4# 1-0

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