### (1) Selway,A - Baruch,A [B06]

4NCL, Div 2 (2), 20.11.2016

* [M.J.Donnelly]*

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1.d4
g6
2.e4
Bg7
3.Nc3
d6
4.Be3
a6
Signifying Black, most probably, intends a Modern Opening rather than a Pirc Defence to which the game would immediately transpose to after 4...Nf6.
The following few moves see a major battle for position. Black delays Nf6 and castling kings-side in order to promote queens-side play. This will be especially effective should White castle on that side of the board. White has a number of set ups to choose from but selects the sharp Samisch line aiming to start a vigorous attack with Bh6 and/or h4/g4 should Black castle on that side of the board.

5.Qd2
b5
6.h4
Bb7
7.f3
h5
8.0-0-0
Certainly not bad but commital in giving Black a target. Instead [8.a4
attacking Black's queens-side pawn formation (although this is more usually carried out on move 6) is another way for White to play this position. One top game went 8...c6
9.Nh3
Nd7
10.Ng5
Ngf6
11.Bd3
and Black can now castle with a good position as in Timofeev-Hillarp Persson, Gothenburg 2005.; but 8.Nh3
with the idea of 8...Nd7
9.Ng5
looks more flexible (as White retains the options of Bd3 or Be2 and knight manoeuvres such as Nd1-f2) when the Ng5 occupies an active post but Black still has a decent game.]

8...Nd7
9.Nh3
Qc8N
An inventive new move in this position. Many games have continued here [9...Rc8
for example 10.Nf2
* (10.Ng5
c5
11.dxc5
Nxc5
12.Kb1
Qc7
13.g3
Nf6
14.Bh3
b4
15.Ne2
Rb8
16.Rhg1
Na4
17.Bd4
0-0
18.g4
e5
19.Ba7
Rbd8
20.gxh5
Nxh5
21.Be3
d5
22.Qxb4
Bc6
23.b3
Rb8
24.Qa3
d4
*Movsziszian-Aabling Thomsen, Granada 2006.*) *10...c5
11.g4
hxg4
12.Nxg4
Qc7
13.dxc5
Nxc5
14.Bd4
Ne6
15.Bxg7
Nxg7
16.Bg2
Rh5
17.e5
dxe5
18.Rhe1
b4
19.Ne4
Ne6
20.Ng5
Nd4
21.Nxe5
b3
0-1 Nielsen-Andreasen, Ballerup 2009.]

10.Nf2
[if 10.Ng5
then 10...Ngf6
transposes to a number of games such as 11.g3
c5
12.Bh3
cxd4
13.Bxd4
Qc7
14.Bxd7+
Qxd7
Baur-Ballmann, SUI-tch 2012.]

10...Ngf6
11.g3
The theat to inconvenience Black with Bh3 is not a major issue for that player and the move weakens f3 and also means if White ever plays g4 a tempo will be lost.
Possibly, therefore, the standard "safety-first" move [11.Kb1
transposing to games previously played, is more flexible awaiting events: 11...c5
12.dxc5
Nxc5
13.Nd5
Nxd5
* (13...Bxd5
14.exd5
Qc7
15.Be2
** (15.Bd4!?
*neutralising the Bg7 looks more accurate here.*) *15...Rc8
16.Rc1
Qb7
17.Rhd1
Na4=
Vlahos-Krupei, GRE-ch Piraeus 1982.) 14.exd5
Qf5
15.Be2
* (15.g4!?
*is interesting with the idea of *15...Qxf3
16.Be2
Qf6
17.c3
Qe5
18.gxh5
** (*Here *18.Bd4
*is poor due to *18...Qxd5
19.Bxg7
Qxd2
20.Rxd2
Rh7-/+
) *18...gxh5
19.Bxc5
dxc5
20.Rhe1
with good play for the pawn.) 15...Rc8
16.g4
hxg4
17.fxg4
Qe5=
Giulian-McNab, SCO-ch 1988.]

11...c5
12.Bh3
Qc7
13.g4
Black is fine after this advance since he has not yet castled kings-side so the move is not too much of a threat. In fact the Rh8 is now pressuring h4 whilst Black's king remains secure, at the moment, in the centre. [As the Bh3 is not fulfilling a major function it seems best to exchange it for one of Black's potentially attacking pieces via 13.Bxd7+
]

13...hxg4
14.Nxg4
[Worst are 14.Bxg4
Nb6
threatening the awkward Nc4 and; 14.fxg4
leaves Black with several good lines eg 14...b4
* (*or again *14...Nb6
) *15.Na4
* (15.Nb1
Nxe4
*wins a pawn.*) *15...Bc6
* (15...Rxh4
*is less clear after *16.g5
Nxe4
17.Nxe4
** (*but not *17.Bxd7+
Qxd7
18.Nxe4
Rxh1-+
) *17...Rxe4~~
) 16.g5
Bxa4
]

14...Nxg4
15.Bxg4
[Less advisable is 15.fxg4
which gives Black several good options such as 15...Qa5
* (15...Nb6
; *and *15...Rc8
; *but grabbing the h-pawn with *15...Rxh4
16.g5
Rh5
17.Bxd7+
Qxd7
18.Rxh5
gxh5
*just leaves Black with a weak extra pawn.*) *]

15...Nf6
16.Bh3
An ineffective retreat which leaves h4 vulnerable. White should have taken the opportunity to simplify the game with exchanges by [16.dxc5
dxc5
17.h5
but with no more than an equal game.]

16...cxd4
17.Bxd4
[17.Qxd4
Kf8
leaves the queen exposed to a knight move and possible down-grading of pawn structure after a subsequent Bxc3.]

17...Bh6
18.Be3
Bxe3
19.Qxe3
Rh5
A nice idea blockading the h-pawn and providing for the option of the rook going to the queens-side to aid an attack. Of course the h-pawn is taboo at the moment due to [19...Rxh4
20.Bd7+
]

20.Nd5?
White tries to justify his queens-side castling set up with aggressive moves but it was time to bail out and keep the game level with the calm Ne2.

20...Nxd5
21.exd5
Rxd5
[21...Qc5
is a safer way to take on d5 since 22.Rhe1
* (22.Qxc5
dxc5
23.Bg4
** (23.d6
*does work due to *23...Bxf3
) *23...Rxd5
24.Rxd5
Bxd5
and now 25.h5
also doesn't work as Black has 25...f5
when the Ra8 is guarded so 26.hxg6
fxg4
27.g7
Kf7
is possible.) 22...Qxe3+
23.Rxe3
Rxd5-+
* (23...Bxd5?!
*is a mistake that justifies White's 20th move due to *24.Bg4
Rxh4
25.Rxd5=
) *]

22.Rxd5
Bxd5
23.Qd4?
This looks dangerous attacking d5 and h8 but Black, with careful play, can defend. Better was [23.h5
which would have lead to a messy game with White surviving into a level ending. 23...gxh5
24.Rg1
e6
25.Rg8+
Ke7
* (25...Kd7
*is surprisingly bad as White has the tactical blow *26.Bxe6+
fxe6
** (26...Bxe6
27.Rxa8
) *27.Rg7+
) 26.Qg5+
Kd7
27.Qxh5
Rxg8
28.Qxf7+
Kc6
29.Qxg8=
]

23...e6
Now Back is a safe pawn with the better pawn structure to boot.

24.Re1
[24.h5
Rc8
25.c3
gxh5
leads nowhere for White.]

24...Rc8
25.c3
[25.Qd2
doesn't help as Black has time to take another pawn with 25...Bxa2
26.Re3
Qc5
since 27.b3
can be answered by * (*and *27.Rc3
*by *27...Qg1+
) *27...Qa3+
]

25...Qc5
Black finishes the game efficiently.

26.Qd3
[26.Qxc5
again drops a second pawn via 26...Rxc5
27.Bg2
Bxa2-+
]

26...b4
27.Qxa6
bxc3
28.Qa4+
Ke7
29.Qa3
cxb2+
This opens the king up to a murderous attack.

30.Kxb2
[30.Kd2
also loses quickly as White has zero time to take on b2 and defend the king after 30...Qf2+
31.Kd3
Bc4+
32.Ke4
Qxe1+
33.Kf4
g5+
34.hxg5
e5+
35.Kg4
Be6+
36.Kh5
Rh8#
]

30...Rb8+
[30...Rb8+
is more than good enough 31.Qb3
* (31.Ka1
Qd4+
) *31...Bxb3
32.axb3
Qf2+-+
; but Black also can win easily with 30...Qf2+
31.Re2
Qxe2+
32.Ka1
Rc1+
33.Qxc1
Qxa2#
] ** 0-1**