Keetley M. - Galliano A.

English National Schools Final 2009


1. e4 e5 2. f4 Bc5 3. Nf3 d6 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. d3 Ng4!?

A very aggressive and little-known alternative to the normal

6... Bg4 or

6... a6

7. Qe2

7. Ng5! h6 (7... Rf8 8. f5 Nf2 9. Qh5!) 8. f5 hxg5 (8... Nf2 9. Qh5) 9. Qxg4 is recommended as good for White by Korchnoi and Zak

7... Bf2+ 8. Kd1 Nd4

8... Bb6 9. Rf1 Nd4 10. Nxd4 (10. Qe1 Bd7 11. Nxd4 Bxd4 12. h3 Nf6 13. Be3 Bxe3 14. Qxe3 Nh5 15. fxe5 O-O 16. g4 Qh4 17. gxh5 Qxh5+ 18. Kd2 Qxe5 19. Rf2 b5 20. d4 Qh5 21. Bf1 Rad8 22. Bg2 c5 23. d5 b4 24. Ne2 Qe5 Kunze,C (1215)-Braunstein,F (1404)/Seifhennersdorf 2001 25. Rb1) 10... Bxd4 11. f5 Qh4 12. g3 Qh3 13. Nd5 Nxh2 14. Rh1 Qxg3 15. Rxh2 Qg1+ 16. Kd2 Qg5+ 17. Ne3 Qxe3+ 18. Qxe3 Bxe3+ 19. Kxe3 a6 20. Bd2 b5 21. Bb3 Ke7 22. Rg1 Kf6 23. Kf3 Boudier,E-Durez,C/Bethune 2001

9. Nxd4 Bxd4 10. Ke1 Nf2

Continuing with the same brazen play. Keetley keeps cool.

10... Qh4+ 11. g3 Bf2+ 12. Qxf2 Nxf2 13. gxh4 Nxh1 14. fxe5 dxe5 15. Kf1 is good for White, as the Knight has no escape.

11. Rf1 Bg4 12. Qd2 Qh4 13. Rxf2 Qxh2 14. Nd5 Qh1+ 15. Rf1 Qh4+ 16. Rf2 Bxf2+

At this point I think Black should just recognise that a repetition is the wisest course of action. Galliano's insistence on playing for the win leads him into an endgame where he is worse and in which Keetley gets a chance to show his strength. 16... Qh1+=

17. Qxf2 Qxf2+ 18. Kxf2

The problem for Black in this endgame is that he has no counterplay and has to conduct a grim defence. It is not easy for White and will require methodical improvement of the position, but Keetley is up to the job.

18... Kd7 19. f5 f6 20. Bd2 c6 21. Ne3 Bh5 22. Bb4 Kc7 23. a4! Rad8 24. a5!

First stage: Nail down the pawn structure and prevent Black from breaking free.

24... Be8 25. Rh1 Kd7 26. Rh3 Ke7 27. Rg3!

Second stage: Force weaknesses. If Black ever plays ...Kf8, White simply manouevres his Knight to c4 and d6 falls.

27... g6 28. c3 b5 29. Be6 Bf7 30. Bxf7 Kxf7 31. Ng4 g5 32. Rh3 h5 33. Ne3 a6 34. Rh1 d5

34... Ke7 35. Ba3 Kf7 36. Nc2 c5 37. Ne3

35. exd5 cxd5 36. d4!

Third Stage: Fix weaknesses. The Knight now has targets at d5 and a6 to aim at.

36... e4 37. g3 Rd7

Black should create a passed pawn : 37... h4 but even here he is in danger: 38. Kg2 Rh7 39. Bc5 Rhh8 40. Bb6 Rd7 41. Nc2 and White intends Nb4xa6

38. Bc5 Kg7 39. Nc2 Kh6 40. Nb4 Ra8 41. Ke3 Rc8?

He hasn't got the patience to sit tight. Black has to wait and do precisely nothing, not exactly Galliano's forte..

42. Nxa6 Ra8 43. Nb4 Rxa5 44. Bf8+ Kh7 45. Rxh5+ Kg8 46. Bc5 Ra1 47. Nc2 Rf1 48. Ke2 Rxf5 49. Ne1

49. Ne3 Rf3 50. g4 is also winning.

49... Rh7 50. Rxh7 Kxh7 51. Bd6 g4 52. Ng2

Black's activity has led him directly into this lost position.

52... Rh5 53. Nf4 Rh2+ 54. Ke3 Rxb2 55. Nxd5 f5 56. Ne7 Rc2 57. Bb4!

A fighting game by both players, considering the tension of the final and a worthy winner of the Best Game Prize

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Robinson T. - Ynojosa F.

English National Schools Final 2009


1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. d3 d6 6. h3 e5 7. f4

7. Be3 Nge7 8. Qd2 Nd4 9. Nd1 O-O 10. c3 Ndc6 11. Bh6 d5 12. Bxg7 Kxg7 13. exd5 Nxd5 14. h4 h5 15. Nf3 Bf5 16. O-O Nf6 17. Ne1 Qd7 18. Ne3 Bh3 19. f4 Bxg2 20. N1xg2 e4 21. Rad1 Rad8 Dutton,W (2028)-Veltmann,M (2200)/Toronto 2002

7... Nge7 8. Nf3 f5 9. O-O O-O 10. Rb1 Nd4 11. Nxd4 cxd4 12. Ne2 Qb6 13. Kh2 Be6 14. c4 fxe4 15. Bxe4 d5 16. cxd5 Nxd5 17. b3 Nc3 18. Nxc3 dxc3 19. Qe2 exf4 20. Bxf4 Rae8 21. Rbc1 Bf5 22. Rce1 Qb5 23. Qg2 Bxe4 24. dxe4 g5 25. Be3 Rxf1 26. Rxf1 Qd3 27. Bxg5 Rxe4 28. Rd1 Qe2 29. Rd8+ Kf7 30. Rd7+ Kg6 31. h4 Be5 32. Qxe2 Rxe2+ 33. Kh3 h6 34. Bc1 Re1 35. Ba3 Kf5 36. Rxb7 c2 37. Rf7+ Ke4 38. Rxa7

QUIZ : Find the finish!

38... Bd6! 39. Bb2 Kf3!

Nicely played This game was highly commended in the Best Game competition, winning second prize..

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