Our Second Match

Well, another rather lop-side score, but the games certainly weren't lopsided.

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[Event "EJCC vs. TBGS"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2010.02.05"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Batten, Adam"]
[Black "Nie, Daniel"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B00"]
[PlyCount "71"]

{You seemed a bit distracted to start with: I'm sure you've been told, calm
down and play slowly and check what your opponent can do to you.    Once you
were a pawn behind, you didn't have the right idea.  If you're losing, don't
swap off pieces!  That's Black's plan!    After that you fell for a discovery,
and there wasn't much left in it} 1. e4 b6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bc4 Bb7 4. d4 (4. Qe2)
4... Bxe4 5. Nc3 Bb7 6. Bd2 c5 7. d5 Nf6 8. Bg5 8... Be7 {
# There is a threat of ...Nxd5 here.} 9. Bxf6 (9. d6 $1 9... Bf8 10. O-O) 9...
Bxf6 10. Qd2 (10. Ne4) (10. O-O) 10... O-O {# White hasn't got a lot going
here, but you do have a nice pawn wedge.  When you're losing, keep pieces on
and keep playing actively, and hope something turns up.  Swapping off is just
what Black wants -- a nice endgame where the extra pawn will matter.} 11. dxe6
dxe6 12. Qxd8 (12. Qe2) 12... Rxd8 {#} 13. Nb5 {I watched you thinking this
through and was pleased.  (1) Nb5 threatens to win the Rook in the corner. (2)
But I'm losing the b-pawn.  (3) Ah, but after I attack the Bishop, Black is
facing two threats.  Very good!} 13... Bxb2 $2 14. Rb1 14... a6 {
# Ah, now you just needed to look as deeply again.} 15. Nc7 $2 {
Lets Black off the hook.} (15. Rxb2 $1 15... axb5 16. Bxb5 {
and I think White is still worse but material is equal.}) 15... Bc3+ $1 16. Ke2
16... Ra7 {# Black is threatening a discovered attack... These are the hardest
tactics to spot, I think, but you do have to learn to spot them!} 17. Rxb6
Bxf3+ 18. gxf3 Rxc7 19. Rd1 Rcc8 20. Bxa6 Nxa6 21. Rxa6 Rxd1 22. Kxd1 g6 23.
Ra3 23... Bd4 {#} 24. Rd3 (24. Ke2 {no need to be cooperative}) 24... Bxf2 25.
a4 c4 26. Ra3 Bc5 27. Ra2 Bd6 28. a5 (28. h3 {again, fight as hard as you can})
28... Bxh2 29. a6 Bg1 30. Ke2 30... h5 {
Right, you have just handed Black a winning plan.} 31. Kd2 h4 32. Kc3 e5 33.
Ra1 {#} 33... Ba7 (33... Bd4+ $1 {Is that the right set of moves?}) 34. Rb1 Rc6
35. Ra1 h3 (35... Bd4+ $1) 36. Kb4 {... and Black won.} 0-1

[Event "EJCC vs. TBGS"]
[Site "Tbgs"]
[Date "2010.02.05"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Bealing, Sam"]
[Black "Gabriel, Jo"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C58"]
[PlyCount "47"]

{No sure why you didn't get your pawn back, but you got into an opposite-side
castling position where the pawns didn't matter.  You're Bishops were pretty
bad but you played well and were unlucky to fall for a discovery.  After that
you were always likely to lose, but you must keep checking for what your
opponent can do!} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 {#} 5... Na5
(5... b5 $5 {is my favourite.}) 6. Qe2 Nxc4 7. Qxc4 7... Bd6 $2 {
That's a bit limp.} (7... Qxd5 $1 {
regains the pawn when Black has no problems and may stand slightly better.}) 8.
d3 h6 9. Nf3 9... b6 $6 {Your Bishop already has a nice diagonal to get out,
and I don't think you can win the d-pawn.} 10. Nc3 Bb7 11. O-O Qd7 (11... O-O
12. Re1 12... Re8 {avoids some of the problems with the e-pawn.}) 12. Re1 $1
12... O-O-O 13. h3 $6 (13. Nxe5 $1 {There's no reason not to take this.}) 13...
g5 14. Nd2 {#} 14... h5 {Logical, but there was something better.} (14... g4 $1
15. h4 15... g3 $1 16. fxg3 {
and now the diagonal is open to the King you can play} 16... Nxd5 $1 17. Nxd5
Bxd5 18. Qxd5 18... Bc5+ $1) 15. Nde4 Nxe4 16. dxe4 {
# With this structure, you can try organising ...f5.} 16... Rdg8 17. Nb5 {#}
17... Ba6 $2 {Allowing your opponent a discovered attack... These are the
hardest tactics to spot, I think, but you do have to learn to spot them!  This
one sort of suggests itself because of the check.} 18. Nxd6+ $1 18... Qxd6 19.
Qxa6+ Kb8 20. c4 h4 21. f3 Qg6 22. b4 f5 23. c5 {#} 23... g4 $4 {You hardly
ught at all about that move.  It is logical but you are ignoring your opponent.
.. and that's always a bad idea!} (23... Ka8 {is losing but not lost!}) 24. c6
1-0

[Event "EJCC vs. TBGS"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2010.02.05"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Royle, James"]
[Black "Metcalfe, Peter"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B20"]
[PlyCount "68"]

{Ah, you never really got going in this game... The shame is, I don't think
Black had to do anything clever to beat you, he just played sensibly and you
broke a lot of the rules that I'm sure you know.    Try and learn a line
against this opening.  I recommend 2.c3.} 1. e4 1... c5 {#} 2. Bc4 {This is the
right square when Black has played 1...e5, but right now he can arrange to hit
your Bishop with ...d5.} (2. c3) 2... e6 3. f4 d5 4. exd5 exd5 5. Bb5+ Bd7 6.
Qe2+ Qe7 7. Qxe7+ Bxe7 8. Bxd7+ 8... Nxd7 {# After 8 moves you are behind in
development and have a funny pawn structure that gets in the way of your
Bishop!  You need to learn a better system to play against this opening.} 9.
Nf3 Ngf6 10. d4 O-O 11. Be3 Rfe8 12. O-O Bd6 13. dxc5 13... Nxc5 {#} 14. Bxc5
$2 {That's one non-developing move too many.} 14... Bxc5+ 15. Kh1 Re2 16. Nc3
Rxc2 17. Rab1 Rd8 18. a4 Be3 19. g3 Ng4 20. h3 Nf2+ 21. Rxf2 Rxf2 22. a5 (22.
Nd1 Rxf3 23. Kg2) 22... Rxf3 23. Rd1 d4 24. h4 Rxg3 25. Kh2 Bxf4 26. Kh1 f6 27.
Ne2 Rg4 28. Nxd4 Be5 29. Rc1 Rxh4+ 30. Kg2 Bxd4 31. Rd1 Bb6 32. Re1 Rd2+ 33.
Kg3 g5 34. Re8+ Kf7 0-1

[Event "EJCC vs. TBGS"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2010.02.05"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Musharab, Tayyib"]
[Black "Shepherd, Levi"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C40"]
[PlyCount "67"]

{I like that you were trying to be careful but there's no need to think up new
moves when you already know some good moves in the opening.  Things went bad
very quickly but I'm very glad you got a half-point for us!  And thanks for
all your help running messages.} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 {#} 2... Bd6 $2 (2... Nc6 {
is easy and good.}) (2... Nf6 {
is probably the best move if you want to be different.}) 3. d4 {#} 3... Nf6 $2
{Ooh, can't count!} (3... Nc6) 4. dxe5 Bb4+ 5. c3 {#} 5... Bc5 (5... Nxe4 {
is better, at least you get a pawn.} 6. cxb4) 6. exf6 Qxf6 7. Bc4 O-O 8. O-O d6
9. Bg5 Qg6 10. Re1 Bg4 11. Nbd2 Nc6 12. h3 {#} 12... Ne5 $2 {
Oh, no need for that!} (12... Be6) 13. hxg4 Nxg4 14. Qb1 $2 14... Bxf2+ $1 {
Very good.} 15. Kf1 Bxe1 16. Qxe1 Qh5 17. Ke2 Ne5 18. Qh4 {#} 18... Qxh4 {
No, when you're losing, swapping off just makes things easy for your opponent.
Keep pieces on and play as actively as you can, and hope something turnsup!} (
18... Qg6) 19. Nxh4 h6 20. Be3 c6 21. Nf5 b5 22. Ne7+ Kh8 23. Bb3 Rfe8 24. Nf5
f6 25. Nxd6 Red8 26. Nb7 Rd3 27. c4 Rb8 28. Nc5 Rd6 29. Bf4 a6 30. Bxe5 fxe5
31. Nxa6 Rf8 32. cxb5 cxb5 33. Nf3 Rxa6 34. Nxe5 {
... and rather wonderfully White stalemated Black.} 1/2-1/2

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