[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. } [Event "Edited game"] [Site "NOV2013"] [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 "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 "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 "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