Howell D. (2614) - Palliser R. (2413)

British Championship 2009


1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5

Howell wants to avoid anything especially theoretical.

2... d5 3. Bxf6 gxf6 4. e3 c5 5. dxc5 e6

5... e5 is rather more dynamic, but in this precise position White can play 6. Nc3 Be6 7. Qf3! Bxc5 (Black may have to try his luck with 7... Nc6 8. O-O-O Qa5 9. Qxf6 Rg8) 8. O-O-O

6. Nd2 Bxc5

6... Qa5 7. g3 Bg7 8. c3 Qxc5 9. e4 dxe4 10. Nxe4 Qe5 11. Bg2 O-O 12. Qe2 f5 13. Nd2 Nd7 14. Nc4 Qc7 15. Rd1 Nc5 16. Nf3 Bd7 17. Nce5 Ba4 18. Rd4 Rfd8 19. O-O Rxd4 20. cxd4 Ne4 21. b3 Nc3 22. Qb2 Bb5 23. Nc4 Ne4 24. Nfe5 Rd8 25. Rc1 Qe7 26. Qe2 Rxd4 27. Qe3 Qd8 28. Bxe4 Rxe4 29. Qc5 Bxc4 30. Nxc4 Bd4 31. Qa3 Re2 32. Nd6 Bb2 0-1 Brodowski,P (2424)-Tomczak,J (2451)/Ustron 2008

7. g3

7. Qh5 f5 8. Ngf3 Qf6 9. O-O-O Nc6 10. Qg5 Be7 11. Qxf6 Bxf6 12. Nb3 b6 13. Bb5 Bb7 14. Nfd4 Rc8 15. Bxc6+ Bxc6 16. Nxc6 Rxc6 17. Nd4 Rc5 18. f4 Rg8 19. g3 Ke7 20. c3 Rc4 21. Kd2 a6 22. Rc1 h5 23. Rhg1 Kd6 24. Kd3 Rc7 25. Kd2 Rcc8 26. Rg2 b5 27. a3 Rc7 28. Kd3 Rgc8 29. Rcc2 Rh8 30. Rg1 Rcc8 31. h3 Rh6 32. Rcg2 Rg8 33. Ke2 Rhg6 34. Kf3 Kc5 35. Nb3+ Kb6 36. Nd4 a5 37. Rc1 Rc8 38. Rgc2 Rgg8 39. b4 Bxd4 40. exd4 axb4 41. cxb4 Rc4 42. Rxc4 dxc4 43. Rc3 Kc6 44. g4 hxg4+ 45. hxg4 Rxg4 46. Re3 Rh4 47. Re5 Rh3+ 48. Ke2 Rd3 49. Rc5+ Kb6 50. a4 bxa4 51. Rxc4 Rb3 52. Kd2 a3 53. Kc2 a2 0-1 Hoang,T (2199)-Lengyel,B (2276)/Budapest 2005

7... Nc6 8. Ne2 d4

8... Qb6 9. Nb3 Bd6 10. Bg2 (10. Ned4 Bd7) 10... Ne5!

9. exd4 Qd5 10. dxc5!

Plunging the game into difficult complications.

10. Rg1 Nxd4 11. Bg2 Qe5 12. c3 Nc6 13. Nc4 Qc7 is much less interesting.

10... Qxh1 11. Nc3 Qxh2

More to stop Qh5 than anything else.

12. Nde4 O-O

12... f5 was a definite alternative,allowing Nd6+: 13. Nd6+ (13. Nb5 fxe4 14. Nc7+ Kf8 15. Nxa8 e3! 16. Qf3 Nd4 17. Qf6 Qxf2+ 18. Qxf2 exf2+ 19. Kxf2 Nxc2 20. Rc1 Nd4) 13... Kf8 14. Qf3 (14. Qd2 h5 15. O-O-O h4) 14... Qh6

13. Qd2! Rd8 14. Nxf6+ Kh8

14... Kf8? 15. Qg5

15. Qg5 h6 16. Qg4 Qh1! 17. Rd1 Rxd1+ 18. Nxd1 Bd7!

An excellent retort which should lead to a draw.Unfortunately, both players were getting short of time and in this bewildering position, Black makes the last mistake.

19. Ne3

19. Nxd7 Rd8 20. Nf6 Ne5 21. Qh5! Nf3+ 22. Ke2 Qxh5 23. Nxh5 Ng1+ 24. Ke1 Nf3+=

19... Ne5 20. Qf4 Nf3+ 21. Ke2 Rd8

Understandable,but 21...Bb5+ was correct:

21... Bb5+ 22. c4 Bc6 23. Nfg4 f5 24. Ne5 Rd8! 25. Nxf3 (25. Nf7+? Kg8 26. Nxd8 e5) 25... Bxf3+ 26. Ke1 Kg8 27. Qe5 Kf7 28. Qc7+ Ke8 29. Qe5 Kf7= Easy with Rybka at your side.

22. Bg2 Ng1+?

22... e5! 23. Bxh1 (23. Bxf3 exf4 24. Bxh1 fxe3) 23... exf4 24. Bxf3 fxe3 25. Bxb7 (25. Nxd7 Rxd7 26. Kxe3 Rc7 27. b4 Kg7 28. Kd4 Kf6 29. b5) 25... exf2 26. Kxf2 Bc8 27. Bd5

23. Kf1 Qh2 24. Nfg4 1-0

 








 

 

Littlewood P. (2358) - Gormally D. (2490)

British Championship 2009


Does the coming game force a re-evaluation of a critical Najdorf line?

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Be7 8. Qf3 Qc7 9. O-O-O Nbd7 10. g4 b5 11. Bxf6 Bxf6!? 12. g5

12. Bxb5 Rb8 I always understood that 12 Bxb5 refuted the Bishop recapture on f6,but perhaps it is not so clear. At any rate , Black has to take his chances after 12...Rb8:(12... axb5 13. Ndxb5 Qb8 14. Nxd6+) 13. g5 (13. Bxd7+ Bxd7 14. Nce2 O-O 15. g5 Be7 16. Rd3 a5 17. h4 a4 18. Nc3 Qb7 19. b3 axb3 20. cxb3 Rfc8 21. Rh2 Rc5 22. Rc2 Rbc8 23. Kd1 Bd8 24. Rb2 f5 25. exf5 Qxf3+ 26. Rxf3 Rxc3 27. Rxc3 Rxc3 28. fxe6 Be8 29. Kd2 Rh3 30. Rc2 Rh2+ 31. Ke3 Rxc2 32. Nxc2 g6 33. Kd4 Bc6 34. Kc4 Be4 35. Nd4 Bb6 36. a4 Kf8 37. b4 Ke7 38. a5 Bxd4 39. Kxd4 Bf3 40. Kc4 Be2+ 41. Kd5 Bf3+ 42. Kc4 Kxe6 43. Kb5 Kf5 44. Kb6 Kxf4 45. b5 d5 46. Kc5 Ke3 47. a6 d4 48. b6 d3 49. b7 d2 0-1 Chacon,P (2468)-Aldrete Lobo,J (2515)/Argentina 2000) 13... Bxd4 14. Bxd7+ Bxd7 15. Rxd4 Qb6 16. Qd3 Qxb2+ 17. Kd2 Bb5 18. Qe3 O-O 19. Rb1 Qa3 20. Nxb5 Qa5+ 21. Qc3 Rxb5 22. Qxa5 Rxa5 23. Rxd6 Rxa2 24. Rb7 h5 (24... h6 25. g6 fxg6 26. Rdd7 Rxf4 27. Rxg7+ Kf8 28. Rxg6 Rf2+ 29. Ke3 Raxc2 30. Rxh6 Rf7 31. Rb6 e5 32. Rxa6 Rc3+ 33. Ke2 Rb3 34. Rh5 Rc7 35. Ra2 Rb5 36. Kf3 Rf7+ 37. Kg4 Rb1 38. Ra8+ Kg7 39. Rxe5 Rg1+ 40. Kh5 Re1 41. Rg5+ Kf6 42. Ra6+ Ke7 43. Re5+ Kf8 44. h4 Re2 45. Kg6 Rg7+ 46. Kh6 Re7 47. Ra8+ Kf7 48. Rf5+ Ke6 49. Ra6+ Kd7 50. Ra7+ Ke8 51. Rxe7+ Kxe7 52. e5 Rg2 53. h5 Rg8 54. Rg5 Rf8 55. Kg7 Rf7+ 56. Kg6 Rf8 57. h6 Rg8+ 58. Kh5 1-0 Sulskis,S (2555)-Najer,E (2535)/Groningen 1998) 25. g6 fxg6 26. Rdd7 Rxf4 27. Rxg7+ Kf8 28. Rh7 Kg8 29. Rbg7+ Kf8 30. Ra7 Kg8 31. Rag7+ Kf8 32. Rc7 Kg8 33. Rhe7 e5 34. h4 a5 35. Rxe5 Rf7 36. Rc6 Kh7 37. Ree6 Rg7 38. Ra6 Ra1 39. c4 Rh1 40. Rxa5 Rxh4 41. Ke3 Rh3+ 42. Kd4 h4 43. c5 Rh1 44. Ra3 Rc1 45. Rh3 g5 46. c6 1/2-1/2 Spitz,P (2548) -Nimtz,M (2634)/ICCF corr 2003

12... Bxd4 13. Rxd4 Rb8 14. a3 O-O=

Black is already absolutely fine. Two pairs of minor pieces have been exchanged, easing any cramp and the queenside attack is about to begin with ...b5-b4.

15. Be2 Rb6 16. Rhd1 Bb7 17. Qg3 Nc5 18. Kb1 Rc8 19. Rc1 Qb8 20. e5 d5 21. h4 a5!

Of the rival attacks, Black's looks by far the more potent.

22. Bxb5 Bc6 23. a4 Nxa4!

Excellent! With this piece sacrifice Gormally opens up the King and destroys Littlewood's coordination.

24. Bxa4

24. Rxa4 Bxb5 25. Rxa5 Bc4 26. Na4 Rb5! 27. Rxb5 Qxb5 28. Qa3 d4! 29. h5 Bd5! (29... Ra8 30. b3 d3) 30. h6 Be4 31. hxg7 Kxg7 32. b3 d3

24... Rxb2+ 25. Ka1 Rb4 26. Qd3 Qb6

26... Bxa4! 27. Nxa4 Rxd4 28. Qxd4 Rc4 was also extremely strong.

27. Rd1 Rb8 28. Bb3 a4 29. Rxb4 Qxb4 30. Na2 Qxf4 31. Qc3 axb3 32. cxb3 Be8 33. b4

Littlewood does very well to fight on for a further 25 moves or so.

33... Ra8 34. Qd4 Qh2 35. Rd2 Qh1+ 36. Kb2 Bb5 37. Rd1 Qf3 38. Nc3 Bc4 39. Rd2 Rb8 40. b5 g6 41. b6 Ba6 42. Na4 Qf1 43. Rc2 Bd3 44. Rc1 Qe2+ 45. Ka3 Bc4 46. Nb2 Kg7 47. Rxc4?!

47. Nxc4 dxc4 48. Rxc4 Rxb6 49. Qxb6 Qxc4 is torture for White, but maybe he should have gone for it.

47... dxc4 48. Nxc4 Ra8+ 49. Kb3 Qa2+ 50. Kc3 Qa1+ 51. Kd3 Qb1+ 52. Kc3 Ra4! 53. Qc5 Ra2 54. Qc6 Rc2+ 55. Kd4 Qa1+ 56. Kc5 Qxe5+

The Knight could not help at all throughout the final attack. Interesting theoretically and some fine ideas from Danny Gormally.

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Palliser R. (2413) - Wells P. (2498)

British Championship 2009


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e4 Bb4 6. Bg5 c5 7. Bxc4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 Qa5 10. Bb5+ Nbd7 11. Bxf6 Qxc3+ 12. Kf1 gxf6 13. Nf5!?

A move which certainly caught Wells by surprise.But what happens if the Knight is captured?

13... Qe5

13... Kf8 14. Rc1 Qa3 15. Nd6 Ne5 16. Rxc8+ Rxc8 17. Nxc8 a6 18. h4 Qc5 19. Qd6+ Qxd6 20. Nxd6 Ke7 21. f4 Ng6 22. Nxb7 axb5 23. g3 Rb8 24. Nc5 Rc8 25. Nd3 Rc2 26. a3 Ra2 27. Nc1 Rc2 28. Ne2 e5 29. f5 Nf8 30. Kf2 Rb2 31. Rc1 Nd7 32. Ke3 Kd6 33. Rd1+ Kc6 34. Nc3 Rb3 35. Rc1 Nc5 36. Ke2 Rxa3 37. Nd5 Rxg3 38. Nxf6 b4 39. Nxh7 b3 40. Nf6 Kb5 41. h5 b2 42. Rb1 Na4 43. Kf2 Rc3 44. h6 Rc2+ 45. Kf3 Rc1 46. h7 Rxb1 0-1 Zueger,B (2415)-Hoelzl,F (2385)/Graz 1993

13... Qc5 14. Nd6+ Ke7 15. Nxc8+ Qxc8 16. Rc1 Nc5 17. h4 (17. Qh5 e5 18. f4 Qc7 19. fxe5 Qb6 20. Bc4 Rhf8 21. exf6+ Qxf6+ 22. Ke1 Rac8 23. Rf1 Nd3+ 24. Kd2 Nf4 25. Qb5 Qd4+ 26. Bd3 Rxc1 27. Rxc1 Nxd3 28. Rc7+ Kd8 29. Rc4 0-1 Danielian,O (2450)-Kosyrev,V (2405)/Moscow 1998) 17... Qc7 18. Rh3 b6 19. Ra3 Rhd8 20. Qf3 a6 21. Be2 Qe5 22. Kg1 Rd4 23. Qc3 Rad8 24. Bf3 Rd2 25. Qxe5 fxe5 26. Rb1 R8d6 27. Kf1 Rc2 28. Bd1 Rc4 29. f3 b5 30. Be2 Rc2 31. Bd1 Rcd2 32. Be2 Kd7 33. Ke1 Rc2 34. Rd1 Kc6 35. g3 Rd4 36. Bd3 Rh2 37. Rc1 Rxd3 38. Rxc5+ Kxc5 39. Rxd3 Rxa2 40. Rd7 b4 41. Kd1 b3 42. Kc1 a5 43. Rxf7 a4 44. Kb1 Rg2 45. Rb7 Kc4 0-1 Lomineishvili,M (2376)-Gyimesi,Z (2539)/Germany 2001

13... exf5 14. Rc1 Qe5 15. Rxc8+ Rxc8 16. Qxd7+ Kf8 17. Qxc8+ Kg7 It looks like a draw by perpetual: 18. Qxf5! Qa1+ 19. Ke2 Qxh1 20. Qg4+ Kf8 (20... Kh6 21. Qh4+=) 21. Qc8+= This the whole variation has practical drawbacks. Naturally,Wells is keen to win too ,so he avoids this line and takes a risk.

14. Nd6+ Kf8 15. g3! Nc5?

15... Ke7 16. Nxc8+ Rhxc8 17. Qxd7+ Kf8 18. Rd1 Qxe4 19. Rg1 Rd8 20. Qxd8+ Rxd8 21. Rxd8+ Ke7 22. Rd7+ Kf8 23. Be2 Qc6 Zueger,B (2425)-Costa,J (2405)/Bern 1991 when 24. Rd1 e5 25. g4 b5 26. Bd3 e4 27. Be2 a5 28. Rg3 starts to look very good for White.

16. f4 Qc3 17. e5! fxe5 18. Qh5!!

A superb move, which coupled with Black's already acute time shortage sends Wells over the edge.

18... Qxa1+ 19. Kg2 Qb2+

19... Qxa2+ 20. Kh3 Ke7 21. Rd1! Kd8 22. Qxe5 Rg8 23. Qxc5

20. Kh3 Ke7 21. Rd1

Simple chess. Palliser brings his final piece into the attack and Black's position falls apart.

21... Bd7 22. Qg5+ f6 23. Qg7+ Kd8 24. Qxh8+ Kc7 25. Qxa8 exf4

25... Bxb5 26. Nxb5+ Kb6 27. Nxa7! Qe2 28. Rd6+ Ka5 29. Nc6+ Kb5 30. Qa5+ Kc4 31. Qb4#

26. Bxd7

A spectacular game!

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