Games
[Event "British U-21 Ch, Rhyl (Wales)"] [Site "?"] [Date "1969.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Escott, K.L"] [Black "Donnelly, M.J"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B14"] [Annotator "Donnelly,MJ"] [PlyCount "93"] [EventDate "1969.??.??"] [SourceVersionDate "2008.05.10"] {[%evp 0,93,25,8,68,55,73,51,51,14,38,13,14,14,29,28,28,-10,-4,-4,5,5,5,5,0,-50,-8,-13,-12,-39,31,26,26,30,38,38,51,81,81,81,81,129,130,151,151,146,165,175,173,173,177,181,181,177,250,266,228,141,154,175,249,269,191,170,225,239,262,281,272,275,306,311,324,308,389,384,609,431,427,427,456,262,495,527,640,891,1020,1043,1043,1017,1166,1394,2053,1436,2233,2295]} {This game was played in the British U-21 championship, unusually held in Wales rather than England, when each player was up and coming. This event, and the U-18 version, especially in the late 1960s and early 1970s was a severe testing ground for young players and included many such as Markland, Mestel, Miles, Nunn and Speelman who later became famous GMs.} 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 {The Panov-Botvinnik Attack one of the more severe tests of the Caro-Kann opening.} Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. c5 (6. Nf3 {is by far the most common move here when Black may develop the king's bishop to e7 or Bb4 although sometimes Black may choose the move} Nc6 {as played by Kramnik, Gelfand and Nakamura for instance.} (6... Be7 {is then the traditional way of playing against the PBA when Black must play very accurately after the key advance} 7. c5 (7. Bd3 {is less challenging as the position reverts to a type of QG accepted shortly} O-O 8. Bg5 dxc4 9. Bxc4 Nbd7 10. O-O Nb6 11. Bb3 Nbd5 12. a3 b6 13. Qd3 Bb7 14. Bc2 g6 15. Bh6 Re8 16. Rfe1 Rc8 17. Ba4 Bc6 18. Bb3 Nxc3 19. bxc3 Bd5 20. Bxd5 Qxd5 21. Ne5 Qb3 $11 {1/2:1/2 Truman-Donnelly, British U-21 Ch, Warwick University 1970.}) ({whilst} 7. cxd5 {tends to be the focus of more modern theoretical battles.}) 7... O-O (7... Nc6 {is an alternative but after} 8. Bb5 (8. a3 {is less incisive but one of my earliest games shows how easy it is for Black to incorrectly react to the move c5:} b6 (8... Ne4 $1 {is good as in Giri-Kasparov Zagreb GCT blitz 2021.}) 9. b4 bxc5 10. bxc5 O-O 11. Bd3 Rb8 12. O-O Qa5 13. Bd2 Qd8 14. Qc2 h6 15. Rfe1 $16 {Durrant-Donnelly, Northern Open Ch, Whitby 1968.}) 8... O-O 9. O-O {White has some advantage as in Caruana-Ibadov, Titled Tuesday intern op Chess.com blitz 2023.}) 8. Bd3 b6 {reverting to the note in the main game continuation after 7...0-0.})) (6. Bd3 {is again not too challenging and another old game shows how easy it is for White to go wrong in omitting to play c5:} Be7 7. Nf3 O-O 8. O-O Nc6 9. Qc2 dxc4 10. Bxc4 Nxd4 11. Nxd4 Qxd4 {winning a safe pawn as in Hockaday-Donnelly, Match (game 6) Teesside 1968 and surprisingly played many times in later years by some reasonably rated White players.}) 6... Be7 {Probably the best. Even though played by the likes of GM Dreev the immediate undermining of White's centre before castling by} (6... b6 7. b4 a5 {is generally frowned up in theoretical works as} ({instead} 7... Be7 8. Nf3 O-O {seems a better interpretation when the Black king is safer as in Morozevich-Bareev, Candidates Tournament Gp 2, Dortmund 2002.}) 8. Na4 {is somewhat better for White.}) 7. Nf3 O-O 8. Bg5 {Not the most frequently played move but one which has been played by World-class GMs like Hort and Ivkov several decades ago.} (8. Bd3 {is the more common move when the theoretical debate centres around the lines} b6 9. b4 a5 10. Na4 Nbd7 ({or} 10... Nfd7)) 8... b6 9. b4 Ne4 $1 {Strongest although Black has other reasonable options such as} (9... a5) ({and} 9... Nc6) 10. Nxe4 ({Black is also fine after} 10. Bxe7 Qxe7 11. Na4 ({and} 11. Qc2 a5 {Djordjevic-Stankovic, Paracin GM 2018.}) 11... Bd7 {Barlov-Christiansen, World U-20 ch Tjentiste 1975.}) 10... dxe4 11. Bxe7 Qxe7 12. Nd2 (12. Ne5 {also gave White no advantage in, for example, Matijosius-Braziulis, LTU-ch 29th ICCF e-mail 2011.}) 12... Bb7 {Most obvious with Black being somewhat better. Later games did not give White much either after} (12... bxc5 13. bxc5 Bb7 14. Qc2 f5 15. Rb1 Nc6 16. Qc3 Rfd8 17. Nb3 Qf6 18. Rd1 Ne7 19. Bc4 Rac8 $17 {Paulsen-Suess, Baden Ch AT4 Hockenheim 1994.}) ({or} 12... e5 13. Nxe4 exd4 14. Qe2 Ba6 15. b5 Bxb5 16. Qxb5 Qxe4+ 17. Be2 Qxg2 $19 {Coffey-Joensson, IECG e-mail 2002.}) 13. Nc4 Nd7 14. Be2 e5 15. Nd6 Bd5 16. O-O f5 $2 {A rash advance which looked playable with the Bd5 at present controlling the a2-g8 diagonal.} ({More accurate was} 16... Rad8 {simply completing development gives Black a decent game.}) 17. dxe5 $1 {A very fine idea, after some considerable thought, which combined with the knight retreat wins at least a pawn.} Qxe5 18. Nc4 {A retreat that was not considered by Black.} Qe6 ({If} 18... Bxc4 19. Bxc4+ Kh8 20. Qxd7 {simply wins a piece.}) 19. Ne3 Nf6 20. Nxd5 Nxd5 21. Bc4 Rad8 22. Qb3 {Reinforcing the pin leaves Black without useful moves.} b5 23. Bxb5 Qe5 $6 {After long thought and analysis of all three of Black's options but Black is lost. The best chances were later found to be offered by} (23... f4 {although White is still winning after} 24. f3 ({but certainly not} 24. Bc4 f3 25. gxf3 ({or even worst} 25. Rad1 $2 Qg4 26. Bxd5+ Kh8 27. g3 Qh3 {and Black wins.}) 25... Rxf3 26. Qc2 Kh8 27. Kh1 Nxb4 28. Bxe6 Nxc2 {and Black is still well in the game.}) 24... e3 25. Rad1 Kh8 26. Bc4 e2 27. Bxe2 Qxe2 28. Rxd5 $18) ({and} 23... Kh8 {can be met by} 24. Rad1 f4 25. Rd4 f3 26. Rfd1 Qg4 27. g3 Qh3 28. Bf1 $18) 24. Bc4 Kh8 25. Bxd5 Rxd5 26. Rad1 {White has won a clear pawn and has a guarded passed pawn on c6 too. However, both players were already very short on time and in fact White was desparately short so Black makes it as difficult as possible for White to win often aiming for perpetual check at the cost of material.} Rfd8 27. Rxd5 Rxd5 28. Rd1 Rxd1+ 29. Qxd1 h6 30. Qc1 {Using the queen to support the push of the c6 pawn as well as defend the back rank against mate.} ({Instead} 30. c6 Qc3 31. b5 f4 {gives Black a few chances due to the possibilities of e3 or f3.}) 30... Qc7 31. g3 {A safety first move relieving the White queen of back rank duties. Again if} (31. c6 {Black can try a general pawn advance on the king's side and hope to create some weakness for penetration of the Black queen or create an advanced passed pawn by a timely e3 following} g5 32. b5 f4) 31... Qc6 32. Qc4 a6 {Now Back has held up the a4-b5 advance with a kind of blockade of the b5 square but White can penetrate the Black position with ideas of getting the queen to b6 or d6.} 33. Qf7 Qc8 {I can still recall a very serious looking Keith, totally motionless (apart from one hand moving the pieces) very determined to convert the position.} (33... g6 {fails to} 34. Qf8+ Kh7 35. Qd6 Qc8 36. c6 {and the pawn has decisively advanced with the threat of Qd7+.}) 34. Qd5 f4 {An effort to confuse the game by offering another pawn to allow the queen to check the White king.} 35. Qxe4 {Most emphatic whilst} (35. gxf4 {requires more effort and with very limited time might appear to allow Black a perpetual check. For example} Qg4+ 36. Kh1 Qf3+ 37. Kg1 Qg4+ 38. Kf1 Qh3+ 39. Ke1 Qc3+ {but now} 40. Qd2 {wins.}) 35... fxg3 36. hxg3 a5 37. a3 {Leaving Black with no real chances whereas} (37. bxa5 Qxc5 {again gives an appearance of offering Black some little hope.}) 37... Qc7 38. Qa8+ Kh7 39. Qxa5 Qd7 40. Qb6 (40. b5 {would also wins but allow Black to create a few issues such as after} Qd1+ 41. Kg2 Qd5+ 42. f3 Qa2+ 43. Kh3 Qe6+ 44. g4 Qe3 45. Qa8 Qxc5 46. a4 Qg1 47. Qd5 {wins by limiting the checks but not} (47. b6 Qh1+ 48. Kg3 Qg1+ 49. Kf4 Qc1+ 50. Ke4 Qc2+ {and Black escapes with perpetual check.})) 40... Qa4 {The time limit was, what seems remarkably slow these days, 40 moves in 2 1/2 hours. Both players, unaware 40 moves had been played, blitzed past this limit to ensure neither lost on time.} 41. Qd6 (41. Qa5 {is also more than good enough provided the checks are met carefully. For example} Qd1+ 42. Kg2 Qd5+ 43. f3 Qd2+ 44. Kh3 Qd7+ 45. g4 $18) 41... Qxa3 42. c6 Qc1+ 43. Kg2 Qb1 44. c7 Qe4+ 45. Kh2 Qf3 46. Qd4 Qb7 47. Qd3+ (47. Qd3+ {is a very simple win especially now that it was realised by White (with a broad grin) the time limit had not been exceeded and play could be adjourned for a later resumption. The post-mortem that followed was carried out in an amicable manner with Keith pointing out how difficult I had made the win for him.} Kh8 (47... g6 48. Qd7+ Kh8 49. c8=Q+) 48. Qd8+ Kh7 49. c8=Q {I never met Keith in person again but some 20 years later, and for approximately the next 25 years thereafter, I had regular letters, phone calls and e-mails from him. During this latter time I became aware of his tremendous dedication to, in particular Correspondence Chess, in very efficiently and fairly manageing such events as the Warwickshire Individual Championship. In addition, he encouraged many strong players to represent Warwickshire in the Midlands Counties Team Championship and the Ward-Higgs (Division 1 of the English Counties Team Ch). In these team events even persauding key players, who had long left Warwickshire, to play for the team so that this County won the prestigious Ward-Higgs event as well as the very strong MCCU Team Ch several times with him as Captain. I have been informed he was as equally hard working in the sphere of over-the-board chess in contributing much to Sutton Coldfield Chess Club, the fomer home of the world famous magazine "Chess" for which he was deputy editor for some time many years ago-but typically for Keith sometimes ending up editing complete editions of the magazine.}) 1-0