Briscoe C. (2268) - Hebden M. (2468)

9th ch-GBR/Torquay ENG (1) 2009


Our Round One game comes just below the top boards and finds Chris Briscoe in confrontation mode. The Worrall Attack was given a strong recommendation by Andrew Greet in his recent book on the Ruy Lopez so it is intersting to see how Hebden treats the cariation as Black.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Qe2 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5!?

9. d3! is certainly the move that the top players prefer. If the position opens up immediately the White Queen may find herself misplaced. However, this is one of those lines where a bit of serious work with a playing engine might pay dividends for White, so what has Briscoe got prepared? Recent games with 9 d3 do not show any appreciable advantage for White: 9... Bb7 (9... Re8 10. Nbd2 (10. Bg5 Be6 11. Nbd2 h6 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. Rad1 g6 14. Rfe1 Na5 15. Bxd5 Bxd5 16. exd5 Qxd5 17. Ne4 Bg7 18. b4 Nb7 19. Qc2 Nd6 20. a4 Qc6 21. Nc5 bxa4 22. Qxa4 Qxa4 23. Nxa4 a5 24. Rb1 axb4 25. Rxb4 e4 26. dxe4 c5 27. Rb6 Nc4 0-1 Bonnaire,U-Adams,M (2750)/Mainz 2001) 10... Bf8 11. a3 h6 12. Rd1 Be6 13. Nf1 Qc8 14. Bc2 Qb7 15. Ng3 Rad8 16. Be3 Ng4 17. d4 exd4 18. cxd4 dxe4 19. Bxe4 Nf6 20. Bxc6 Qxc6 21. Rac1 Qb7 22. Qc2 Bd6 23. Ne5 c5 24. Nf5 Bxf5 25. Qxf5 Qd5 26. Qb1 c4 27. Nf3 Re4 28. h3 Rde8 29. Qc2 Bb8 30. Re1 Nh5 31. Bd2 Rxe1+ 32. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 33. Bxe1 Nf4 34. Qd1 Qe4 35. Kf1 Bd6 36. Bc3 Bc7 37. a4 Bd6 38. axb5 axb5 39. Qe1 Qg6 40. Nh4 Qd3+ 41. Kg1 Ne2+ 42. Kh1 b4 0-1 Grover,S (2234)-Hossain, E (2531)/Dubai 2009) 10. Re1 Re8 11. Nbd2 Bf8 12. a3 Qd7 13. Ba2 h6 14. exd5 Nxd5 15. Ne4 Kh8 16. Nfg5 Nd8 17. Nf3 Nc6 18. Nfg5 f5 19. Qh5 fxe4 20. dxe4 Nf6 21. Nf7+ Kh7 22. Ng5+ Kh8 23. Nf7+ Kh7 24. Ng5+ Kh8 25. Nf7+ 1/2-1/2 Paehtz,E (2474)-Yemelin,V (2588)/Berlin 2009

9... Bg4! 10. dxc6 e4 11. d4 exf3 12. gxf3 Bh5 13. Bg5

13. Bf4! seems more sensible and the Bishop can cover the King on g3 or block the e file on e5: 13... Re8 (13... Bd6 14. Bg3 Re8 15. Qd3) 14. Bg3 (14. Be5 Bd6 15. Nd2 Bxe5 16. dxe5 Nd5 17. Ne4 Nf4 18. Qe3 Qh4 19. Ng3 g5 20. Nxh5 Qxh5 21. e6 Qh3 22. exf7+ Kg7 23. Qd4+ Re5 24. Qxe5+ Kg6 25. Qxf4 gxf4 26. Rfe1 Rf8 27. Re7 Qxf3 Foltys,J-Keres,P/Salzburg 1943/HCL/1/2-1/2) 14... Qc8 15. Qd1 Ne4 16. Nd2 Ng5 17. Re1 Bd6 18. Rxe8+ Qxe8 19. d5 f5 20. h4 Nxf3+ 21. Nxf3 f4 22. Qd3 Bg6 23. Qd4 fxg3 24. fxg3 Qc8 25. Ng5 Qf5 26. Rf1 Qd3 27. Qxd3 Bxd3 28. Rf3 Be2 29. Rf2 Bc5 30. d6+ Bc4 31. Bxc4+ bxc4 32. d7 Rf8 33. Ne6 Rxf2 34. Nxc5 1-0 Panov,V-Zagorovsky,V/Kiev 1950

13... Re8!

Pointing out that the White Queen stands badly.

13... Qd6 14. Nd2 Rae8 15. Qe5 Qxe5 16. dxe5 Nd5 17. Bxe7 Nxe7 18. Rfe1 Nxc6 19. f4 Klompus,G-Ciprian,J/corr 1965/Corr 2000

13... Bd6 14. Nd2 Qc8 15. Bxf6 gxf6 16. Ne4 Qh3 17. Ng3 Rfe8 18. Qd3 Bg6 19. Qd2 f5 20. f4 Qh4 21. Rae1 Bxf4 22. Qd1 Bd6 23. Rxe8+ Rxe8 24. Re1 Rxe1+ 25. Qxe1 f4 26. Qe8+ Bf8 27. Ne4 f3 28. Bd5 Qg4+ 29. Ng3 h5 30. Qd7 Qf4 31. h4 Bd6 32. Qd8+ Kg7 33. Qg5 Qxg5 34. hxg5 Bf4 35. Bxf3 Bxg5 36. Bxh5 Bd3 37. Be2 Bg6 38. Bh5 Bb1 39. Ne2 Bxa2 40. f4 Be7 41. Kf2 b4 42. Nc1 Bd5 43. Bf3 bxc3 44. bxc3 Bc4 45. Be2 Ba3 46. Bxc4 Bxc1 47. Bxa6 Bxf4 48. Kf3 Bh2 49. Ke4 Kf6 50. Bc8 Ke7 51. Bd7 Kd8 52. Kd5 Bg3 53. Kc4 Bh2 54. Kb5 Bg3 55. c4 Bh2 56. Bg4 Bg3 57. Bh5 f6 58. Bg4 Bh2 59. Kc5 Bg3 60. Kd5 Ke7 1/2-1/2 Fiacan,R (2174)-Nemec,A (2093)/Slovakia 2002/EXT 2005

14. Nd2 Nd5

Despite best attempts by White to develop his pieces quickly, he has problems with the f4 square and his exposed Queen.

15. Bxe7 Rxe7 16. Qd3

16. Qd1 Nf4 17. Kh1 Re2 comes to much the same fate.

16... Bg6 17. Ne4 Nf4 18. Qd2 Rxe4 19. Kh1 Qg5 20. Rg1 Qf6 21. Rg4 h5 22. fxe4 Bxe4+

A brief game, but entertaining and instructive at the same time.

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Lane G. (2379) - Wells P. (2498)

British Championship/Torquay (2.5) 2009


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Be3 Be7 8. Qe2 a6 9. O-O-O Qc7 10. Bb3 Na5 11. g4 b5

Black keeps his King in the centre for as long as it takes to create queenside counterplay. He argues that White won't be able to force his way through.

12. g5 Nxb3+ 13. axb3 Nd7 14. Nf5!?

A remarkable suggestion of Velimirovic,which is appropriate enough considering the entire variation bears his name! If Black takes the Knight, White gets an enduring attack along the central files.

14... exf5

Declining the sacrifice seems foolish. White gets his attack without having paid any sort of price: 14... Bf8 15. Bd4 e5 16. Nd5 Qd8 17. Bc3 g6 18. f4 gxf5 19. fxe5 Bg7 20. exd6 Bxc3 21. bxc3 Bb7 22. exf5+ Kf8 23. Qe7+ Qxe7 24. dxe7+ Ke8 25. f6 Rc8 26. Rd4 h6 27. Rhd1 hxg5 28. Nb6 Nxf6 29. Nxc8 Bxc8 30. Rd8+ Kxe7 31. Rxh8 Be6 32. Ra8 Ne4 33. Rxa6 Nxc3 34. Ra7+ Kf6 35. Rf1+ Ke5 1-0 Haj Bakkor,M (2181)-Sakr,N (2128)/Beirut 2009

When I saw this position for the first time, I thought 14... b4!? might be a good way of declining White's kind offer. Run this move though the engines though and White gets an edge with the simple 15. Nxe7 (15. Nxg7+ Kf8 16. Bd4 Rg8 17. Na4 Rxg7) 15... bxc3 16. Nxc8 cxb2+ 17. Kxb2 Rxc8 18. Rd4

15. Nd5 Qd8 16. exf5 Bb7

16... Ne5 17. f4 Bxf5 18. fxe5 Rc8 19. exd6 Rxc2+ 20. Qxc2 Bxc2 21. Nc7+ Kf8 22. dxe7+ Qxe7 23. Nd5 Qd6 24. Kxc2 f6 25. gxf6 gxf6 26. Nxf6 1-0 Konguvel,P (2419)-Mestdagh,F (1937)/La Fere 2009

17. f6 gxf6

17... Bxd5 led to an extraordinary ending in the following game: 18. Rxd5 gxf6 19. gxf6 Nxf6 20. Rf5 Rg8 21. Re1 Rg6 22. Bb6 Qd7 23. Qf3 Rb8 24. Rxf6 Rxb6 25. Qa8+ Qd8 26. Rxe7+ Kxe7 27. Rxf7+ Kxf7 28. Qxd8 Rb7 29. b4 Re7 30. b3 Rf6 31. Kd1 Re5 32. Qc8 d5 33. Qc7+ Re7 34. Qd8 Ke6 35. Ke1 Rd7 36. Qe8+ Kd6 37. Kf1 Rdf7 38. Qd8+ Ke5 39. Qe8+ Kf5 40. Qe3 Kg6 41. Qg3+ Kh6 42. Ke1 Rf5 43. Qh3+ Kg7 44. Qg3+ Kh8 45. Qb8+ Rf8 46. Qd6 R8f6 47. Qb8+ Kg7 48. Qg3+ Kf7 49. Qc7+ Kg6 50. Qg3+ Rg5 51. Qd3+ Kg7 52. Kf1 h6 53. c4 dxc4 54. bxc4 bxc4 55. Qxc4 Rgf5 56. Qc7+ Kg6 57. Qg3+ Kh7 58. Qc7+ Rf7 59. Qb6 R5f6 60. Qd4 h5 61. Kg1 Rf5 62. Kg2 R7f6 63. Qe4 Kh6 64. f3 Rf4 65. Qb7 h4 66. h3 Kg6 67. Qc8 Kh7 68. Qb7+ Kh6 69. Qa8 Rxb4 70. Qh8+ Kg5 71. Qg7+ Rg6 72. Qe5+ Kh6+ 73. Kf2 Rb5 74. Qh8+ Kg5 75. Qd8+ Rf6 76. Qg8+ Kf5 77. Qg4+ Ke5 78. Qe4+ Kd6 79. Qd4+ Ke6 80. Qe4+ Kd7 81. Qd4+ Rd6 82. Qg4+ Kc7 83. Qxh4 Rb2+ 84. Ke3 Rb3+ 85. Ke2 Re6+ 86. Kd2 Rb5 87. Qf4+ Kc6 88. Qc4+ Kd6 89. Qf4+ Kd5 90. Qf5+ Kd6 91. Qf4+ Kd7 92. Qf7+ Re7 93. Qc4 Re6 94. h4 Rbb6 95. Qg4 Rbd6+ 96. Kc2 Kc7 97. h5 a5 98. f4 Rc6+ 99. Kb2 Rb6+ 100. Ka2 Kb7 101. f5 Rec6 102. Qf3 Ka7 103. Qd5 Rd6 104. Qc5 Kb7 105. Qe3 Kc6 106. h6 Rb7 107. Qe4+ Kb6 108. f6 Rdd7 109. Qe6+ Kc5 110. Qe5+ Kb6 111. Qe3+ Ka6 112. Qe6+ Ka7 113. Qe3+ Ka6 114. Qe6+ Kb5 115. Qe5+ Kc4 116. Qe4+ Kc3 117. Qf3+ Kd2 118. Qf4+ Kd3 119. Qf5+ Kd4 120. Qf4+ Kd5 121. Qf5+ Kd6 122. Qf4+ Ke6 123. h7 Rxh7 124. Qe4+ Kxf6 125. Qc6+ 1/2-1/2 Kornev,A (2327)-Ogloblin,N (2417)/ Nizhnij Tagil 2008

18. Rhe1 Bxd5 19. Rxd5 Rg8 20. Bf4 Kf8 21. Bxd6 Bxd6 22. Rxd6

We are still in known territory,such is the extent to which theory is developed these days. This does not seem to be a particularly good position for Black.

22... fxg5

22... Rxg5 23. Qd2 Ra7 24. Rd1 Qb8 25. h4 Rg2 26. Kb1 Qc7 27. h5 Kg8 28. h6 Rg6 29. Re1 Qd8 30. Qe3 Qf8 31. Red1 Rc7 32. Rxd7 Rxd7 33. Rxd7 Rxh6 34. Ka2 Kg7 35. Qa7 Rg6 36. c4 bxc4 37. bxc4 Qb4 38. Qxa6 Rg4 39. Rd3 Rxc4 40. Rg3+ Rg4 41. Qd3 Qa5+ 42. Kb1 Qe1+ 43. Ka2 Qe6+ 44. b3 h5 45. Re3 Qc8 46. Kb2 h4 47. Re1 Qc5 48. Qe3 Qf5 49. Rh1 Rg2 50. Rxh4 Rxf2+ 51. Ka3 Qa5+ 52. Ra4 Qf5 53. Qg3+ Kf8 54. Ra8+ Ke7 55. Qc7+ Qd7 56. Qc5+ 1-0 Nepomniachtchi,I (2624)-Popov,I (2568)/Dagomys 2009

23. Qd2 g4 24. f4

24. Re5! appears to be very strong,cutting out ...Qg5. Lane thought for a while here and found another way. 24... Ra7 (24... Rg6 25. Rxd7 Qf6 26. Qd5 Qf3 27. Qxf3 gxf3 28. Rf5) 25. Qb4 Kg7 (25... a5 26. Rxd7+ axb4 27. Rxd8+ Kg7 28. Rg5+) 26. Qd4! 26... Nxe5 27. Rxd8 Rxd8 28. Qxd8

24... Ra7 25. Qb4 a5 26. Rxd7+

This way round there is no active White Rook on the fifth rank, so the game peters out.

26... axb4 27. Rxd8+ Kg7 28. Rd5 Ra1+ 29. Kd2 Rxe1 30. Kxe1 Re8+ 31. Kf2 Rc8 32. Rxb5 Rxc2+ 33. Kg3 Rxb2 34. Rxb4 h5 35. h3 gxh3 1/2-1/2