Games
[Event "Chessable English Seniors Championships"] [Site "Holiday Inn Kenilworth"] [Date "2022.05.04"] [Round "1.5"] [White "Goodwin, Ed H"] [Black "Snape, Ian L"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A43"] [WhiteElo "1832"] [BlackElo "2112"] [Annotator "MJDonnelly"] [PlyCount "90"] [EventDate "2022.05.04"] [EventRounds "7"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceVersionDate "2008.05.10"] {[%evp 0,90,18,30,57,52,54,52,50,54,54,62,63,54,54,56,78,21,21,22,26,37,38,9, 13,0,41,38,38,21,44,2,8,13,13,11,13,26,0,-6,5,-3,9,3,5,-31,-49,-37,20,-42,43, -32,26,-9,7,18,15,21,0,-25,-25,-25,9,10,10,11,11,13,0,0,24,20,16,17,37,37,61, 34,81,66,56,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,16,0,0]} 1. d4 c5 2. d5 g6 3. Nc3 {The main altrnative approach as opposed to c4 as played in the other game of this month's article. Modification of one's approach to a specifc line has the benefit of minimising the impact of opening preparation from opponents given the ready availabilty of games on the Internet and in databases.} d6 4. e4 Bg7 5. Nf3 {Commencing a Classical reply (Nf3 and Be2) to the formation adopted by Black. Other options such as 7. Bb5+ and 7.f4 are generally more tactical.} Nf6 6. Be2 O-O 7. O-O {This position may also arise from an entirely different opening-the Classcial variation of the Pirc Defence.} e6 (7... Na6 {was the choice (via 1.e4 and a Pirc Defence) in the famous game Karpov-Korchnoi, Baguio City 1978 that helped decide the World Chess Championship. This continued} 8. Bf4 Nc7 9. a4 b6 10. Re1 Bb7 11. Bc4 Nh5 12. Bg5 {when Black is fine but Kaprov went on to win a fantastic game.}) 8. Nd2 {Showing good opening knowledge in choosing the most promising line. White aims for Nc4 as this square is not blocked by a pawn.} (8. dxe6 {initially seems difficult for Black but after} Bxe6 {Black holds the position together with tactical play following} ({not} 8... fxe6 {as} 9. e5 {is disruptive.}) 9. Bf4 (9. Ng5 Nc6 { Le Roux-Popov, 12 EU-ch Aix les Bains 2011.}) 9... Qb6 {Andersson-Gelfand, Osterskars 1995.} ({or also} 9... d5 {Dreev-Bareev, Wijk aan Zee 1995.})) (8. Bf4 {indirectly hitting d6 achieves little after} exd5 ({gaining a tempo with} 8... e5 {blocks the Bg7 and produces a KI Benoni where White still has the Nd2-c4 idea. It has, however, been played by some strong GMs such as in Ding-Zhou, CHN-ch Xinghua 2010.}) 9. exd5 Re8 {Jacewicz-Kain, ICCF e-mail 2012. }) 8... exd5 9. exd5 (9. Nxd5 {is rarely payed as Black has few opening problems after} Nc6 {Horvath-Vadja, Eger Narancs Cup 1993.}) 9... a6 (9... Nbd7 {is also played and instigates the type of "knight jousting" as in the main game by} 10. Nc4 Nb6 {etc}) 10. a4 Nbd7 11. Nc4 Nb6 12. Ne3 Re8 13. a5 (13. Bf3 {led to equality after} Nbd7 14. Nc4 Ne5 15. Nxe5 Rxe5 16. Bf4 Re8 17. h3 { Kapitanchuk-Hollan, Titled Tuesday chess.com INT blitz 2020.}) 13... Nbd7 14. Nc4 Ne5 15. Nxe5 Rxe5 16. Bf4 Re8 17. Bf3 {This seems to be an opening novelty and is better than} (17. Na4 {after which} Qxa5 18. Bxd6 b5 {gave Black a good game in Oliwa-Kempinski, POL-Tch 1993.}) 17... b5 18. axb6 Qxb6 19. Rb1 h5 20. h3 {Preventing any activity by Black from Bg4 or Ng4 White plays to contain Black's game.} a5 21. Qd2 Bf5 22. Rfe1 Rxe1+ 23. Rxe1 a4 {Slightly slow. Instead} (23... Qxb2 {seems double edged after} 24. Bxd6 a4 25. Bxc5 {with an extra pawn but Black has a strong passed pawn in compensation so is possibly a better line to choose.}) 24. Nd1 {Now by securing the queen's-side White gets at least an equal game.} Qd8 {An unforced retreat hence c4 immediately seems a little better.} 25. c3 {controlling the key square d4 since if the Bg7 effectively ends up there this could well be dangerous for White.} c4 26. Be3 Be4 (26... Bd3 $5 {is another possibility.}) 27. Bxe4 Nxe4 28. Qe2 Qc7 29. Bd4 Bxd4 30. Qxe4 Bb6 {Eyeing f2, which White immediately neutralises, hence the more natural move seems to be Bg7.} 31. Ne3 Bxe3 32. Rxe3 Rb8 33. Re2 (33. Kh2 {moving the king to a potentially safer square is also level after} Qd8 ({ but grabbing a pawn with} 33... Rxb2 34. Qe8+ Kg7 {loses to} 35. Re7) 34. Re2) 33... Qc5 34. Qf3 Rf8 (34... Rb5 {looks to win the d5 pawn but White can indirectly defend it via} 35. Qf6 {forcing} Rb8 (35... Qxd5 {now loses to} 36. Re8+ Kh7 37. Rh8#) 36. Rd2 $11) 35. g4 hxg4 36. hxg4 a3 (36... Kg7 {was probably somewhat safer. After the text both sides must play very accurately especially as White may suddenly build up a strong attack with moves like g5, Qf6 and Re3-h3.}) 37. bxa3 Qxa3 38. Kg2 Qc1 39. Re3 Qd2 40. g5 Ra8 41. Qe4 Ra2 42. Qf3 Ra8 43. Qe4 Qd1 44. Rh3 Kg7 45. Rf3 Rh8 {The position is level as White can now force a draw with 46.Rxf7+ and a perpetual check with 46...Kxf6 47. Qe6+ etc. Unfortunately at this point in the game White ran out of time so lost a well earned half-point. Up to this point White had played very well against a very strong opponent who actually finished first equal in this event with 5.5 points (second on tie-break) along with well known players Cliff Chandler (winner) and IM Paul Littlewood (third).} 0-1