Steve Homer at work

Wood, DA (2200) - Homer, SJ (Surrey Open ) (2040) (7) [C04] praxis: positional sacrifice in club play, 1988

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nc6 4. Ngf3 Nf6 5. e5 Nd7 6. Nb3 f6 7. Bf4 fxe5 8. dxe5 Be7 9. Bd3 O-O 10. Bg3 Nb4 11. Be2 c5 12. O-O a5 13. a3 Nc6 14. c4!? d4 15. Bd3

 

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15... Rxf3!? 16. Qxf3 Ndxe5 17. Qe2 Nxd3 18. Qxd3 e5 19. Rfe1 Bd6 20. Nd2 Qf8 21. Qf3 Qe7 22. Ne4 Be6 23. Qe2 Bc7 24. Nd2 Qf7 25. Rac1 Re8 26. Ne4 Qe7 27. Qd3 b6 28. h4 h6 29. Nd2 Qf7 30. Qe4 Qd7 Q

 

Smith, AP (2100) - Homer, SJ (Surrey Open ) (2040) (5) [B60] praxis: positional sacrifice in club play, 1996

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 Bd7 7. Bxf6 gxf6 8. Nf5 Qa5 9. Bb5 a6?! 10. Bxc6 bxc6 11. Qd3 Rb8 12. O-O h5

 

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13. b4! Qb6

[13... Qxb4 14. Rab1]

14. a4 Bxf5 15. exf5 Bh6 16. b5! axb5 17. axb5 cxb5 18. Nd5 Qb7 19. Rfe1 Bf8 20. Qd4! Kd8 21. Ra7 Qc6

 

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22. Qb4! Qxd5 23. Qa5+ Ke8 24. Qc7 1-0

 

Homer, SJ (2040) - Parr, F (Surrey Open ) (2145) (2) [B07] praxis: positional sacrifice in club play, 1988

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. g3 Bg7

[4... Bg4]

5. Bg2 O-O 6. Nge2 Nc6 7. O-O

[7. h3 e5 8. Be3]

7... e5 8. d5

[8. Be3 Ng4]

8... Ne7 9. a4 Ne8 10. Be3 f5 11. f3 Nf6 12. Kh1 c6 13. a5 c5

 

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White is being outplayed.

14. b4!? cxb4 15. Na4?!

[15. Nb5!? a6 16. Bb6 Qd7 17. Nc7 Rb8 /\ ...Ne8 may recover]

15... Bd7 16. Nb2 fxe4 17. fxe4 Ng4 18. Bg1 Bh6 19. Rf3 Qc7 20. Nd3 Nf6

 

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21. Nxe5 a good try 21... dxe5 22. d6 Qd8 23. dxe7 Qxe7 24. Rd3 Bc6 25. Rd5 Bxd5 26. exd5 Rfd8 27. c4 bxc3 28. Nxc3 Qb4 29. Qf3 Bg7 30. Rb1 Qe7 31. Bh3 Kh8 32. Be6 Rf8 33. Qe2 Ne8 34. Qg4 Nd6

 

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Black is trying to get sorted.

35. Qb4 Qf6 36. Bh3 a6 37. Bc5 Rad8 38. Rf1 Qg5 39. Bxd6 Rxf1+ 40. Bxf1 Qf6 (time) 0-1

 

Homer, SJ (2040) - Stokes, PC (Surrey Open ) (1905) (6) [E30] praxis: positional sacrifice in club play, 1988

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Bg5 c5 5. d5 d6

[5... Bxc3+]

6. Rc1 e5 7. e3 Nbd7 8. Bd3 Qa5 9. Bxf6 Nxf6 10. Nge2 b5

 

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11. O-O Bxc3 12. Nxc3 b4 13. Ne4 Nxe4 14. Bxe4 Qxa2 15. Qc2 Qa5 16. f4 exf4 17. Rxf4 Qd8 18. Rcf1 f6 19. Bxh7 Bd7 20. Qg6+ Kf8 21. Rxf6+ gxf6 22. Rxf6+ 1-0

 

Rudd, J (2200) - Williams, SJ (British Championship) (2200) [C05] praxis: positional sacrifice in French Defence, 1996

1. d4 e6 2. e4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ndf3 Qb6 8. Ne2 cxd4 9. cxd4 f6 10. Nc3 Be7 11. Bd3 O-O 12. a3

 

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12... fxe5 13. dxe5 Ndxe5!? 14. fxe5 Nxe5 15. Be2 Bd7!? 16. Nxe5!? Qf2+ 17. Kd2 Qf4+ 18. Kc2 Qxe5 19. Bd3 d4 20. Ne2 Rf2 21. Kb1 Rc8 22. Re1 Bb5 23. Bxb5 Qxb5

 

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24. Nxd4?! Rxc1+ 25. Qxc1 Qd3+ 26. Nc2 Bg5 27. Qd1 Rd2 28. Qxd2 Bxd2 29. Rd1 b5 30. Ra2 e5

 

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