Games
[Event "Chessable English Seniors Championships"] [Site "Holiday Inn Kenilworth"] [Date "2022.05.06"] [Round "3.8"] [White "Hutchinson, Norman A"] [Black "Kane, Robert"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B12"] [WhiteElo "1979"] [BlackElo "1763"] [Annotator "MJDonnelly"] [PlyCount "33"] [EventDate "2022.05.04"] [EventRounds "7"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceVersionDate "2008.05.10"] {[%evp 0,33,39,18,74,73,73,73,55,52,67,52,80,45,45,0,67,53,61,7,12,97,97,103, 158,121,231,158,237,423,506,413,460,461,916,1009]} 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 { White selects the advance variation against the solid Caro-Kann Defence. In recent years tried as a means of varying from the common lines of 3. Nc3 or 3. exd5 which have not really impacted the reputation of this defence.} Bf5 { The most obvious move where Black develops the queen's bishop early. The pawn structure may then be changed to a sometimes favourable French Defence position , with e6 and c5, where in contrast to the normal French Defence the bishop is no longer a problem piece.} 4. Nf3 {This solid non-committal move seems the most popular in this position but White has a wide range of other ideas to choose from. For example,} (4. f4 {is fairly common but also led to a brevity in one of my old games played just after I commenced serious chess:} e6 5. Bd3 Bxd3 6. Qxd3 Qb6 7. Nf3 c5 8. c4 Qb4+ 9. Nbd2 Nc6 10. b3 h5 11. O-O Nh6 12. Ng5 O-O-O 13. Ndf3 dxc4 14. bxc4 Nxd4 15. Rb1 Nxf3+ 16. Nxf3 Rxd3 17. Rxb4 cxb4 {0:1 Tighe-Donnelly, St.Peter's Chess Club (Middlesbrough) Championship 1968.}) ({Other options may lead to more complex chess for example} 4. Nc3 a6 5. Nce2 e6 6. Ng3 Bg6 7. h4 h6 8. N1e2 Ne7 9. Nf4 c5 10. Nxg6 Nxg6 11. Bd3 { Shirov-Anand, Leon Man+Computer 2001.}) ({or} 4. h4 h5 5. Bd3 Bxd3 6. Qxd3 Qa5+ 7. b4 Qxb4+ 8. Nd2 e6 9. Rb1 Qe7 10. Ne2 Qc7 {Van Foreest-Carlsen, Oslo Esports Cup 2022.}) 4... e6 5. Be2 c5 6. Be3 Qb6 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. O-O {So far Black has played the opening well and along the same lines as several World-class players. Now, however, a difficult choice must be made-close the position with c4 or accept the pawn sacrifice with Qxb2.} c4 (8... Qxb2 9. Qe1 cxd4 10. Bxd4 Nxd4 11. Nxd4 Bb4 12. Rb1 Bxc3 13. Rxb2 Bxe1 14. Rxe1 {with unclear play as in a game that represents this line-Shirov-Harikrishna, Berlin FIDE GP 2022.}) 9. b3 {White seems slightly for preference here in that an attack on the advanced pawn can be commenced albeit at the expense of weakening the c3 square.} Bb4 (9... Qa5 10. Bd2 Bb4 11. Qe1 b5 {as in Flores-Campora, ARG-ch Pinamar 2002 looks a better option as Black can consolidate c4.}) 10. Na4 Qa5 11. a3 Bc3 {Although forcing the White rook to a seemingly uncomfortable square the Black pieces are beginnig to get into a tangle after this move. Although White remains with the superior position} ( 11... Be7 12. Bd2 Qa6 {Sesar-Vangsgaard, W-ch U20 Tarvision 2017 provides more chances of decent play.}) 12. Ra2 cxb3 ({Black is unable to continue to develop smoothly since the rook move guards c2 and White wins after, for example,} 12... Nge7 13. Nxc3 Qxc3 14. Bd2) 13. cxb3 Nd8 (13... Nge7 {again fails to} 14. Nxc3 Qxc3 15. Bd2 {trapping the queen.}) 14. b4 {The most emphatic, noting that} ({here} 14. Nxc3 {doesn't work as well, due to} Qxc3 15. Bd2 Qc7) 14... Qc7 15. Qb3 Rc8 16. Rc1 {This pin completes the win of a piece but Black preferes to throw himself on his sword to end matters even more quickly.} Bxd4 17. Rxc7 1-0