Coburn  Blackmore, Mark (142) East Devon Major, 1996
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 Be7 4. Bg2 d5 5. OO OO 6. a4

[6. c4 Nbd7 Catalan main line.]
6... Nbd7 7. c3 a5 8. Na3 c6 9. Qc2 Bxa3

[Impertinent note from typesetter: I thought giving up this Bishop was very risky]
10. Rxa3 b5 11. Bf4 Nb6 12. axb5 cxb5 13. Ne5 Nc4 14. Nxc4 bxc4 15. Rfa1 Bd7

16. b3 Bb5 17. e4 cxb3 18. Qxb3 Bc4 19. Qc2 Nxe4 20. Bxe4 dxe4 21. Qxe4 Bd5

22. Qd3 Qb6 23. c4 Bb7 24. Bd2 Qc6 25. f3 a4 26. Kf2 Rfc8 27. c5

[Impertinent note from typesetter: Mark is clearly more of a strategist than his opponent! the rest of the game is a nice illustration of the strategical principle that oppositecoloured Bishops are a powerful factor in favour of the attacking side]
27... Ba6 28. Qe4 Bb5

29. Bf4 Rd8 30. Bd6

30... Ra7 31. Qg4 Kh8 32. Qe4 Rb7 33. Ke3 Qa6 34. Qc2 Bc6 35. f4

35... Rb4 36. h4 Qb5 37. Qd3 Qb7

38. Kf2 Rb2+ 39. Kg1 Bb5
I liked this better than ...Bh1.
40. Qf3 Bc6 41. Qe3 Rg2+ 42. Kf1 Qb2 43. R3a2 Qb5+ 44. Re2 Bd5 45. Ke1 Qb4+

46. Kf1 Rxe2
He's dropping a Rook (at least). Possibly my best game, if only because it's the sort of position in which I'm usually convincingly outmanoeuvred.
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Blackmore, Mark  Dean (140) East Devon Major, 1996
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Bd3

5... Bxd3 6. Qxd3 Qa5+ 7. c3 Qa6

8. Qxa6 Nxa6 9. Be3 c5 10. Nbd2 Rc8 11. OO
[11. Ke2]
11... Ne7 12. Nb3 b6 13. Rac1 Nc6 14. a3 Be7 15. Ng5

15... h6 16. Nh3 Nab8 17. f4 Nd7

18. f5 Nd8 19. g4 h5 20. g5

20... exf5 21. Rxf5 g6 22. Rf2 Ne6 23. Rcf1 OO 24. Rg2 Nb8 25. Nf4 Nxf4 26. Rxf4 Nc6 27. h4 c4 28. Nc1 b5 29. Rgf2 a5 30. R4f3 Nd8 31. Ne2 Ne6 32. Bd2 a4

[Impertinent note from typesetter: Black deprives himself of his only active plan, namely ...b4, with this move]
33. Ng3 Kg7 34. Nf1 Rcd8 35. Ne3 Rd7 36. Kh2 Rdd8

[The White darksquared Bishop can put no pressure on the f6/f7 points.  DR]
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Dobber, P  Blackmore, Mark (136) East Devon Major, 1996
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. OO Bg4 6. h3 h5 7. d3

7... Bxf3 8. Qxf3 Qd7 9. Be3 OOO 10. Nd2 f6 11. Nb3 g5 12. Rad1 g4

13. Qg3
[Impertinent note from typesetter: in these oppositeside castling situations, unless there is an obvious coup in the centre, the medals go to the side who succeeds with an attack on the King. Black's pieces are actually all on the King'sside, where they belong, whereas White's pieces and especially Pawns do not look as though they are ready to attack on the opposite wing]
13... Bd6 Now d3d4 is ruled out. 14. f4 Nh6 15. f5 gxh3 16. Qxh3 Ng4 17. Kh1 Rdg8 18. Bg1 h4

19. Nd2 Qe7 20. Rf3 Bc5 21. Rdf1 Bxg1

[22. Rxg1 Qc5]
22... Qc5+ 23. Kh1 Qxc2 24. Nc4 b5 25. Ne3 Nxe3 26. Rxe3 Qxb2 27. Qh2 Qxa2 28. Qg1 h3 29. g3 h2 30. Qf2 Qxf2 31. Rxf2 a5

32. Rxh2 Rxh2+ 33. Kxh2 a4 34. Re2 Kd7 35. Ra2 Kd6

Blackmore, Mark  Pittman (145) East Devon Major, 1996
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 6. Bd3 Bd7 7. Bc2 h6

8. OO OOO 9. a3 g5 10. b4?

10... cxd4 11. cxd4 g4 12. b5
[12. Ne1 Nxd4
[12... Qxd4]
13. Be3]
12... Na5 13. Ne1 Bxb5 14. Bd3 Qxd4 15. Qc2+ Bc4

[15... Nc4 stops Bb2]
16. Bb2 Qc5 17. Nd2 Kb8 18. Rc1 Rc8 19. Bxc4 Nxc4 20. Nd3 Qc7 21. Qa4?!

[21... Nxd2 may have been better]
22. Nxb2 Qd8 23. Nd3 Rxc1 24. Rxc1 h5

25. Nb3 Ne7 26. Nbc5 Nc8

27. Nd7+ Ka8 28. Rxc8+ Qxc8 29. Nb6+ Kb8 30. Nxc8 Kxc8 31. Qe8+

[Typesetter again: but there were some grownup decisions taken to throw the game out of a particular 'natural' continuation]
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Spiegel, Jack  Blackmore, Mark (144) East Devon Major #5, 1996
1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nc6 3. Nf3 Be7[3... Nd4 The Shilling Gambit was tempting, but with 150 pounds at stake I felt it wasn't really the game.]
4. d3
[4. d4]
4... Nf6 5. Be3 OO 6. c3 d6 7. Nbd2 Be6 8. OO h6 9. Qe2 Bxc4 10. dxc4

10... Nh7 11. Rad1 f5

12. exf5 Rxf5 13. Ne4 Qc8 14. c5 Qe6 15. cxd6 cxd6 16. c4 Rf7

17. Ne1
[Impertinent note from typesetter: White starts to drift. He should pick a plan and go for it hard. This is what Black did, and is why Black won.]
17... Nf6 18. Nc3 Raf8 19. Nd5 Ng4

20. Nxe7+ Rxe7
[20... Nxe7]
21. Nf3 Ref7


24. Rd5 Qg4 25. Ne1 e4

26. Qg3
[26. Rxd6]
26... Qe2 27. Qc3 Rxf2

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