[Event "Bham 2 Hal v West Brom"] [Site "Home"] [Date "2019.03.19"] [Round "-"] [White "G Wesson-"] [Black "M Bethel"] [Result "0-1"] 1. e4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. exd5 Nxd5 4. Nxd5 Qxd5 5. Qf3 c6 6. b3 Qe5+ 7. Ne2 Qxa1 8. Nc3 Qxc1+ 0-1 [Event "Worcs 2 v Droitwich"] [Site "Droitwich"] [Date "2019.03.13"] [Round "-"] [White "T Parkes"] [Black "P Banks"] [Result "0-1"] { Was this the quickest win of the season? After making his fourth move and taking his hand off the Knight, my opponent then put the Knight back and moved his Queen. I told him that he'd have to move the Knight. He threw up his hands and shook his head, so I took this as resignation and thanked him for the game, shook his hand and put my coat on. He was still looking at the board and hadn't actually said "I resign" so I asked him if he wanted to carry on. He said yes. It didn't bother me because I could not fail to win. Then he tried to move his Queen again, but I insisted that he had to move the Knight. } 1. d4 e5 2. Nc3 exd4 3. Qxd4 Nc6 4. Nf3 { This is where I thought he resigned. We played on, but after a while I realiised that he wasn't recording the moves, so thought that maybe he thought this was just a friendly continuation to see what might have happened. I mated him in 30 when a clear Q and several pawns up, and asked him if he had resigned at move 4. He made some comment that I had an overwhelming advantage, but didn't actually admit that he had. I didn't press the point because the other games were still in progress. As I've already won the Quick Win trophy 3 times I'll let John Edge have this one (unless someone else beats him, then they can have it). } [Event "worcs county at Worcs city"] [Site "droitwich"] [Date "2019.02.14"] [Round "?"] [White "mellor"] [Black "fishburne"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B06"] [PlyCount "56"] 1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nf3 d6 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 e5 6. d5 Nce7 7. O-O Nf6 8. Re1 O-O 9. Nbd2 h6 10. Nf1 Ne8 11. a4 f5 12. a5 Nf6 13. Ra4 f4 14. b4 g5 15. b5 Ng6 16. Ba3 Rf7 17. N3d2 Bf8 18. c4 g4 19. c5 Rg7 20. Qb3 Nh5 21. cxd6 cxd6 22. Nc4 Nh4 23. Be2 f3 24. Bxf3 gxf3 25. g3 Nf4 26. Qe3 Nhg2 27. Qxf3 Nxe1 28. Qd1 Nh3+ 0-1 [Event "Shropshire Open"] [Site "?"] [Date "2019.01.04"] [Round "1"] [White "Edge, John"] [Black "Merry, Alan"] [Result "0-1"] [PlyCount "32"] [EventDate "2019.??.??"] [FEN "r1b1k2r/4bppp/1qp1p3/p1npP3/3N1B2/5N2/PPP2PPP/R2Q1RK1 w kq - 0 1"] [SetUp "1"] {-------------- r . b . k . . r . . . . b p p p . q p . p . . . p . n p P . . . . . . N . B . . . . . . . N . . P P P . . P P P R . . Q . R K . white to play --------------} {I feel that I owe the website a more exciting offering than my recent submissions. This is a recent short game from the 2019 Shropshire Open where I was playing white against Alan Merry, a 23-year old IM graded 242 with a recent GM norm. Alan (Black) had played the better opening. Black has all the dynamic play on the queenside, with the light squared bishop aiming for the a6-f1 diagonal, the knight heading for e4 and pressure on the b-file. The White pieces were developed, but without any good attacking squares. After a long think, I dismissed 'normal' moves such as Rb1 or Re1 as leading to a difficult defensive struggle where I would be unlikely to triumph against such a strong opponent. Instead, I decided to try and make a mess and play for an attack. It led to a close game.} 1. a3 Bb7 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nd2 {The previous Pawn moves were trying to free up the squares c4 and e4 for my knight at the cost of a pawn. Moving the knight also allows my queen to move to the K-side with ideas against the Black king. For the first time in the game, my opponent was starting to take time over his moves.} 3... Ba6 4. Qf3 {Offering to sacrifice the exchange. I had calculated that my f1 Rook was worth giving up in exchange for the awkward black light squared Bishop and some initiative. Black could not resist the material but later commented that he did not realise how much compensation I would get.} ({Possibly} 4. Qg4 {is better, but I was worried about} g5 5. Be3 h5) 4... c3 5. bxc3 Bxf1 6. Rxf1 Rc8 7. Qg3 { To force K-side weaknesses that my Bishop could exploit.} 7... g6 8. Nc4 Qa6 9. Nd6+ {To force off the remaining Black Bishop so that I can dominate the black squares around his King.} 9... Bxd6 10. exd6 Nd7 11. Bh6 ({Whilst the move I played was OK, alas I had missed} 11. Nf5 $1 {e.g.} exf5 (11... f6 12. Ng7+ Kf7 13. Nxe6 Kxe6 {with a winning advantage}) 12. Re1+ Kd8 (12... Kf8 13. Bh6+ Kg8 14. Qe3 {leading to mate, win of material or queening of the d-pawn due to the mating threats on the back rank and g7.}) 13. Bg5+ f6 14. Bxf6+ Nxf6 15. Qe5 { again with a winning advantage.}) 11... c5 12. Nxe6 {I got carried away here, thinking that I had seen a winning attack.} ({Instead, the calm} 12. Nf3 {allows the attack to continue. e.g.} Rc6 13. Bg7 Rg8 14. Qh4 Rxd6 15. Qxh7 { regaining most or all of the sacrificed material whilst still having an attack. }) 12... fxe6 13. Re1 Rc6 {This was the simple move that I had missed. As well as threatening the d6 Pawn, it gives the Black king flight squares to the Queenside. All other Black moves allow the attack to continue with some White advantage.} ({e.g.} 13... e5 14. Bg7 Kf7 15. Bxe5 Nxe5 16. Qf4+ Ke6 17. Qxe5+ Kd7 18. Qe7+ Kc6 19. d7) 14. Qh4 ({After} 14. Rxe6+ Kd8 15. h3 Rb6 {I would still have had some play, but not enough to compensate for the sacrificed material.}) 14... Rxd6 15. Bg7 Qe2 16. f3 (16. Rxe2 Rd1+ {and mate}) 16... Rd1 {and I resigned.} 0-1 [Event "London Chess Classic FIDE Open"] [Site "Olympia"] [Date "2018.12.13"] [Round "5"] [White "G Signorelli"] [Black "K Arkell"] [Result "0-1"] { I'm obviously not qualified to do any serious notes on a GM game, but Keith asked me to point out how his N and B increased in strength as the game progressed. He neglected to mention his Queen sac! } 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 g6 4. e5 Bg7 5. f4 h5 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. h3 Bxf3 8. Qxf3 e6 9. Be3 h4 10. Bd3 Na6 11. a3 Nh6 12. O-O Nf5 13. Bf2 Nc7 14. Ne2 a5 15. a4 Bf8 16. Kh2 Be7 17. Ng1 Kf8 {PB - Around here I'm wondering what the blazes is going on!} 18. Qe2 Ne8 19. Bxf5 exf5 20. Nf3 Ng7 21. b3 Ne6 22. Qd2 Kg7 23. Rfd1 Qd7 24. Rac1 b5 25. Ra1 b4 26. Be3 Rac8 27. c3 bxc3 28. Qxc3 Rb8 29. Rab1 Bb4 30. Qd3 Rb6 31. Rdc1 Qb7 32. Rc2 Be7 33. Bd2 Ra8 34. Rcb2 c5 35. dxc5 Nxc5 36. Qd4 Ne6 37. Qd3 Qd7 38. Nd4 Bc5 39. Nf3 Bf2 40. Be3 Bg3+ 41. Kh1 Rb4 42. Rd1 Rab8 43. Bf2 Nxf4 44. Qa6 Ne6 45. Qxa5 Rxb3 46. Rxd5 Qxd5 {PB-Queen sac! I'm sure Keith must have had it all worked out but it looks blinking dodgy to me!}47. Qxd5 Rxb2 48. Be3 Rb1+ 49. Ng1 Rd8 50. Qa2 Rdd1 51. a5 Ra1 52. Qb3 Bxe5 53. a6 Bd4 54. a7 Bxe3 55. Qxd1 Rxd1 56. a8=Q Rxg1+ 57. Kh2 Nf4 58. Qd8 Rxg2+ 59. Kh1 Rg3 {PB-White resigned. Rxh3 mate can't be stopped} [Event "BDCL Div 1 v Bushbury"] [Site "Home"] [Date "2018.12.18"] [Round "-"] [White "J Edge"] [Black "J Staniforth"] [Result "1-0"] {Latest entry for Quick Win Trophy} 1. e4 e6 2. Nf3 c5 3. d4 Nc6 4. d5 exd5 5. exd5 Nce7 6. d6 { Black resigned. } [Event "Birmingham Leage Division 1"] [Site "?"] [Date "2018.11.22"] [Round "?"] [White "Bellin, Jana"] [Black "Edge, John"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D05"] [Annotator "John,Edge"] [PlyCount "64"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] {Malcolm and Dale urged me to publish this game due to the 'one of the most beatiful positions I have seen' (quoting Malcolm) as described in the notes to move 31/32. Do not expect the normal fireworks. Jana Bellin WGM has been one of my (and many other Halesowen members) bogey players. Despite often being near in grades, in game after game my attack would founder on solid defence, leaving critial weaknesses which she then exploited. After preparation, I decided to abandon my normal approach and meet solidity with the same, waiting to see what happens.} 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 c5 3. e3 e6 4. Bd3 d5 5. c3 {Colle system} Nc6 6. O-O Be7 7. Nbd2 O-O 8. Ne5 $5 {Unexpected but interesting positional move.} Nd7 ({I felt that} 8... Nxe5 9. dxe5 Nd7 10. f4 {would leave me vulnerable on the K-side and went with the more flexible text move, freeing the f-pawn.}) 9. f4 ({Instead,} 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. e4 Qb6 {leave White defending d4/b2 etc.}) (9. e4) 9... f5 {Ultra-solid. Stopping e4 and ensuring the white e-pawn remains weak.} 10. Ndf3 Ndxe5 11. Nxe5 Nxe5 12. fxe5 c4 {I was never going to play cxd4, so I might was well restrict White.} 13. Bc2 Qe8 (13... Bd7 {was the more obvious move, but I was worried in the long term about White playing g4 (before or after Qh5) , and so wanted to deter either of these.}) 14. Bd2 Bd7 15. b3 b5 16. bxc4 bxc4 17. Rb1 Bc6 {Stopping the Rook penetrating, whilst delaying opposing Rooks. My match/position review during the game was as follows: Halesowen were going 2-1 down and needed a win. In this game, we both have one 'bad' light squared bishop blocked by pawns of the same colour. My good bishop has slightly more squares than White's. White currently has control of the B-file but cannot exploit it. I want to oppose rooks on the B-file, but do not want to be forced to take back with the Q. I need to beware of white playing g4. opening up the K-side and need to have plans to cope with this. If I can trade off some major pieces, then the weak White e-pawn and slightly better dark-squared Bishop should give me some advantage.} 18. Qe2 Qg6 {Deters g4, allows the Rooks to become connected to oppose on the B-file.} 19. Be1 {Looking to improve the bad bishop} Rab8 20. Bg3 Rfc8 {to allow the Q to join the Rooks on the back rank.} 21. Qf2 Qe8 22. Bh4 Ba3 ({I wanted to keep the dark squared bishops as per my previously stated plan.} 22... g5 {was a more direct way of doing this , but with most black pieces commited to the Q-side, I did not want to risk opening up the K-side}) 23. Qe2 Rxb1 24. Rxb1 Rb8 25. h3 Rxb1+ 26. Bxb1 Qb8 {Black now has control of the B-file, forcing White on to the defensive.} 27. Qc2 Be8 {again wanting to deter g4 (by responding Bg6), also improving the bishop.} 28. Qd1 Qb2 29. Qc2 $2 (29. Be1 $1 {is necessary to defend the vulnerable backward pawns without being totally tied up. I think White was assuming that the Queens would be exchanged immediately, leading to a draw.}) 29... Bh5 30. Be1 {a move too late} Qc1 31. Kf2 (31. Qxc1 Bxc1 32. Kf2 {would lead to the same helpless situation as the one discussed in the notes below.}) 31... Bd1 32. Bd2 $4 {played after some time thinking as a form of resignation, hoping for Bxc7} ({Instead, White had seen that} 32. Qxc1 Bxc1 {leads to the zugzwang 'beautiful position' as described by Malcolm. All 4 bishops are lined up together, but White has no bishop moves or other manouvers available without losing critical materal. g4 is answered simply by g6. White must soon play Kf1, when after ..Bxe3, White still keeps entering zugzwang situations. The Black king will penetrate and pick up more material. For example, For example,} 33. g4 g6 34. gxf5 gxf5 35. Kf1 {What else?} Bxe3 36. Bf2 Bxf2 37. Kxf2 Kf7 38. Ke3 Kg6 39. Kf4 Ba4 40. Kg3 Kg5 41. h4+ Kg6 42. Kh2 Kh5 43. Kg3 Bd1 44. Kh3 h6 45. Kg3 Ba4 46. Kh3 f4 { Zugzwang again.} 47. Kh2 Kxh4 {etc.}) 32... Qxc2 {and White resigns.} 0-1 [Event "BDCL Div 5 Board 1"] [Site "Mutual Circle"] [Date "2018.11.06"] [Round "-"] [White "J Homer"] [Black "J Southcote"] [Result "0-1"] { The first entry for fastest win of the year. It was played by our esteemed secretary against a higher-graded opponent and was over in about 20 minutes! } 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Bf4 Bb4+ 7. Nbd2 Qe7 8. a3 Ngxe5 9. axb4 Nd3# 0-1 [Event "Bham Div 5"] [Site "Home"] [Date "4/9/18"] [Round "1"] [White "P Banks"] [Black "M Wildboar"] [Result "0-1"] [FEN "2kr1b1r/ppp1pppp/5n2/3P4/2q5/P1N5/1PP2PPP/R1BQK2R w KQ - 1 1"] [SetUp "1"] {-------------- . . k r . b . r p p p . p p p p . . . . . n . . . . . P . . . . . . q . . . . . P . N . . . . . . P P . . P P P R . B Q K . . R white to play --------------} { First match of the season. I'm playing someone who was in the 170s 4 years ago. In the position below, it looks as though I'm about to lose a pawn, but I've seen a 5-move deep manoeuvre which means he can't take it because he loses his Queen. We rattled through the variation I'd seen. } 1. Qf3 Nxd5 2. Qxf7 Nxc3 3. Qxc4 Rd1# { Unfortunately, he'd seen 6 moves ahead! } [Event "Edited game"] [Site "Online"] [Date "2017.10.31"] [Round "-"] [White "P Banks"] [Black "robot39"] [Result "1-0"] { Destroying the Fischer defence to the KGA 31/10/17 This was an online 3-day per move game against a player with a site grade of 1800. Mate in 8! My seventh move is not on Chess 365 so I'm claiming it as a TN and naming it Banks's Refutation of the Fischer Defence to the KGA! (NB I do realise really that my opponent's 7th was a blunder). } 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 { All standard stuff so far. } 3... d6 { The Fischer defence. I'm a great admirer of Fischer's chess but really? At club level this is asking for trouble. } 4. Bc4 h6 5. d4 g5 6. Nc3 { Still fairly standard. White is trying to attack through the middle while Black hopes to get his K-side pawns rolling. } 6... Ne7 7. Nd5 { Can you see it yet? } 7... c6 8. Nf6# { Fischer 0 Banks 1 Ho ho! } [Event "B'ham 5 v Mercia"] [White "C Heathcock"] [Black "S Larden"] [Site "Halesowen"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [Date "2018.01.16"] [FEN "8/1p3k2/p1p2p2/2P1p3/PP1nP3/2KP4/5R2/r7 w - - 0 1"] [SetUp "1"] {-------------- . . . . . . . . . p . . . k . . p . p . . p . . . . P . p . . . P P . n P . . . . . K P . . . . . . . . . R . . r . . . . . . . white to play --------------} { Steve, playing Black has material advantage though it wouldn't be too easy for most of us to force the win. The conclusion is interesting. } 1. a5 Ra3+ 2. Kc4 Nb5 3. Rc2 Ke6 4. Rc1 f5 5. exf5+ Kxf5 6. Rc2 Kf4 7. d4 exd4 8. Rf2+ Ke3 9. Rf3+ Kxf3 { Stalemate! If not, this would be a perpetual check. Wherever the Black king moved, White could keep checking by putting his rook right next to it. Very unusual. } *