4NCL: 19 - 20 January 2002
Saturday 19 January
I guess given the rating differential, this was the sort of result everyone was expecting, although it might have been closer.
Tony hadn't been sleeping well, so he decided to give Rob a game - now Rob is probably suffering nightmares as well as his rather passive setup was blown apart:
Gormally,D (2506) - Willmoth,R (2184)
19.Qg4 g6 20.Bxd6! Bxd6
21.Nh6+ Kh8 22.Rxf7 Nhf8
23.e5! Bxe5 24.dxe5 Qb6+
25.Kh1 Nxe5 26.Qh4 Nh7
[26...Nxf7 27.Nxf7+ Kg8 28.Qf6+-]
27.a5 Qa7 28.Raf1 Nxf7 29.Nxf7+ Kg8
[30...c5 31.Nf6+ Nxf6 32.Qh8+ Kxf7
33.Rxf6+ Ke7 34.Qg7+ Kd8 35.Rd6+ Kc8
36.Qd7+ Kb8 37.Qxe8+ Bc8 38.Rb6++-]
31.Qxe4 Rf8 1-0
Elsewhere, Emily made a virtue of hanging pawns and drew. My game was remarkable before it started as it was the first time in 35 years and 12 over-the-board games that I had had the benefit of the white pieces against Nigel Povah! For a time, I showed what I had been missing as I got an edge out of the opening, which persuaded my opponent to ditch a couple of pawns. This should not have been enough, but I overlooked one of his threats and was mated. Ian's stonewall disintegrated when an opposition rook landed on e6. Jim had an odd line of the Winawer and never got his king out of the danger area. Richard's opponent rattled out 25moves in about 3 minutes, but started to play worse when he began to think. Richard turned down a draw on move 40, but missed the best continuation and had to agree peace a couple of moves later.
At the time control we were 5-1 down and struggling in the others. Martin decided to abandon the three good lines he knows against the Alekhine in favour of 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.Qf3 e6 4.Qg3. He lost a pawn for no compensation, and was still lost when his opponent offered a draw:
Simons,M (2230) - Broomfield,M (2230)
53.Rd1 a5!? 54.g5 Ke4!
55.Kg6 Kd3 56.f6 b4
57.axb4 axb4 58.Kf7 Kc2
59.Rg1 b3 60.g6 b2
61.g7 b1Q 62.Rxb1 Kxb1
should be won forBlack.
Philip kept us all waiting for our curry by defending well for a draw.
Sunday 20 January
A match we could and should have won.
Richard equalised quite quickly to preserve his 100% 50% record. Tony won a pawn, but it was trebled and isolated. His opponent tried to blitz him but lost another three pawns in the process. Emily got in a tangle as did Ian, but he managed to escape. Martin thought for 15 minutes on move 2 and eventually worked out what his opponent had prepared. Later he accidentally left his h pawn en prise, but his opponent thought it was poisoned and played something much worse. Philip went astray in time trouble. This left us 3-3.
My game was crazy even by my own standards. My f&g pawns behaved like Space Invaders descending upon the White king, but it managed to escape:
Ledger,D (2298) - Yeo,M (2206)
28...f3 The first of five successive pawn moves.
[It was probably better to proceed more slowly
e.g 28...Qe8 29.Rd3 Kg8 30.Kg1 Qxh5
31.Rd7 Bb6 32.Nf1 Qh4 with a reasonable attack]
[too late for anything else
e.g.:29...Bb6 30.gxf3 gxf3 31.Qf1+-]
[30.fxg3! f2 31.Bxf2! (31.Bd2 Ng4 draws) 31...Bxf2 32.Rf1 gives white 4 pawns for the piece]
[31.gxf3 Rg8 32.Qe3 Nf7 33.Kxh2 Rg5-+;
31.Qe3! was the best chance 31.....fxg2+ 32.Kxg2 Qg4+ 33.Kxh2 Qxh5+ 34.Qh3 Ng4+ 35.Kg2 Rxf2+ 36.Bxf2 Qxh3+ 37.Kxh3 Nxf2+ 38.Kh4 Nxd1 is winning, but with difficulty]
I'd seen this far when playing 28....f3. It should still be good enough but there were better:
[32...Rg8-+ 33.Bd2 Qe8 34.Kg1 Qxh5 35.f3 Qh1+ 36.Kf2 Qxd1 37.Qxe5+ Rg7-+;
32...Qg4 also wins as we worked out on the drive home 33.Qxe5+ Kh7 34.Qg3 Qxh5+ 35.Kxg2 Qxd1-+]
33.Kxg1 Qg4+ 34.Kf1 Qxd1 35.Qxe5+ Kh7 36.Qd4 Qxd4?
[36...Qxh5-+ is much simpler]
37.cxd4 Ra8?? Simply awful. For some reason I thought this won a pawn.
[37...Rf4! really does win a pawn and the game 38.d5 (38.e5 Rxd4 39.Bc3 Rh4 40.Ke2 Rxh5 41.Kd3 Rh3+ 42.Kc4 Rf3 43.a4 Rxf2 44.a5 Ng4-+) 38...cxd5 39.exd5 Rd4 40.a4 Rxd5 41.b4 Rxh5 42.b5 Nf5-/+]
38.a4 and the game lurched on for another 30 moves before reaching K+B v K+P.
Jim had another unusual Winawer line, this time from the White side. He ended up in a slightly worse R+P ending but gradually went downhill.
The tragedy was complete.
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