TC Spring 2015 Week 2

[Event "TC115 "]
[Date "2015.01.12"]
[White "Klotsas, Panagiotis"]
[Black "Loch, Tristan"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nf6 3. e3 Nc6 4. Nf3 Bf5 {Out of book here. You might try 4. ...
. Bg4 next time Tristan} 5. a3 e6 6. Be2 Bd6 7. Nc3 O-O 8. h3 Qe7 $4 {Blunder}
9. O-O $4 (9. c5 $1 {Seen quite often.}) 9... Ne4 $4 10. cxd5 $4 (10. c5 {
Still there.}) 10... exd5 $2 (10... Nxc3 11. bxc3 exd5 {is the way to do it})
11. Bd3 Qe6 12. Bxe4 dxe4 13. Ng5 $4 Qc4 $4 (13... Qe7 $1 {Another chance to
trap a piece}) 14. Ngxe4 Rfe8 15. Nxd6 cxd6 16. Bd2 Bd3 17. Re1 Rac8 18. Rc1 b5
$4 19. b3 $1 Qe6 20. d5 $1 Qe5 21. dxc6 Rxc6 22. Na2 Ra6 23. Bc3 $1 Qd5 $2 24.
Nb4 $1 Qb7 25. Nxa6 Be4 26. Qg4 Qxa6 $4 27. Qxg7# 1-0
[Event "TC115"]
[Date "2015.01.12"]
[White "Skinner, Sam"]
[Black "Elliott, Sean"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 f5 2. e3 (2. g3 {is more common and worth a try or Bf4 then e3 so as to
give life to the dark-squared bishop.}) 2... Nf6 3. Nf3 g6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. Bd3
Nc6 6. b3 b6 7. a4 (7. O-O {I would recommend castling now and completing my
development}) 7... Bb7 8. Ba3 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. Qe2 Qc8 {Well done, 10 moves
each and no blunders.} 11. Bc4+ e6 12. Bd3 Ba6 $4 {Oh dear!} 13. Bxa6 Qd8 14.
Bb7 Rb8 15. Bxc6 dxc6 16. Ne5 $1 {Cementing further White's advantage} Ne4 17.
Nxc6 $1 {The best choice} Nxc3 18. Qd3 Qd7 19. Nxb8 Rxb8 20. Qxc3 c5 21. Qc4
cxd4 1-0
[Event "TC11"]
[Date "2015.01.12"]
[White "Bott, Simeon"]
[Black "Windsor, Amy"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 d6 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 g6 4. d4 Bg7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Bc4 a6 (6... Nxe4 7. Nxe4
(7. Bxf7+ Rxf7 8. Nxe4 d5 {also looks okay for Black}) 7... d5 {is fine for
Black}) 7. h3 b5 8. Bd3 Bb7 9. a3 c6 10. g4 d5 {Well done, 10 moves without a
serious error.} (10... c5 {is the most accurate, undermining White's centre})
11. e5 Ne4 $2 {Ooops} 12. Nxe4 e6 $4 {I don't get this ...} 13. Nd6 Qe7 14. f5
$3 {Very direct. Excellent.} Qd7 15. f6 Bxf6 16. exf6 $6 (16. Nxb7 Qxb7 17.
exf6 {is the best}) 16... Qxd6 17. Ne5 c5 18. c3 c4 19. Qd2 {Going for the
checkmate on g7} 1-0
[Event "TC115"]
[Date "2015.01.12"]
[White "Sardesai, Neil"]
[Black "Zou, Yujian"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d3 Nc6 4. Bg5 b6 5. g3 Bb7 6. Bg2 e6 7. e5 Nxe5 8. Nxe5
Bxg2 9. Rg1 Bd5 10. Nc3 Qc7 11. Bf4 a6 12. Nxf7 Qc6 13. Nxh8 Bd6 14. Qe2 O-O-O
15. Bxd6 Qxd6 16. Nf7 Qc6 17. Nxd8 Kxd8 18. Nxd5 Nxd5 19. c4 Nb4 1-0
[Event "TC115"]
[Date "2015.01.12"]
[White "Zailer-Fletcher, Daniel"]
[Black "Egan, Ptolemy"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 d6 2. Nf3 Bd7 3. g3 Bb5 $6 4. Nc3 Ba6 5. Bg2 (5. b4 c6 6. a4 {harrassing
the oddly placed white-squared bishop.}) 5... Nc6 6. a3 Nf6 7. O-O e6 8. Nh4 (
8. b4 $1 {is strongest}) 8... Be7 9. d5 O-O $4 (9... exd5) 10. dxc6 d5 11. cxb7
Rb8 12. a4 Rxb7 13. Nb5 Bxb5 14. axb5 Rxb5 15. Rxa7 Qb8 16. c4 Rc5 17. Ra4 dxc4
18. Ra8 Qb6 {not as bad as it might look at first} 19. Rxf8+ Kxf8 20. Be3 $1
Qb5 21. Bxc5 Bxc5 22. Qd8+ Ne8 23. Rb1 Be7 24. Qd4 Bc5 25. Qf4 $2 Qd7 $2 {
Missing a hidden tactical blow} (25... g5 $1 26. Qxg5 $2 Bxf2+ $1) 26. Be4 $2 (
26. Qxc4 {Take the material please.}) 26... Nd6 $2 (26... f5 27. Bc2) 27. Bh1
Nb7 $4 {Yuk} 28. Ng6+ $4 (28. Bxb7 {A piece for free}) 28... Ke8 $2 (28... hxg6
) 29. Ra1 $18 {A few too many blunders still.} 1-0
[Event "TC115"]
[Date "2015.01.12"]
[White "Bose, Dylan"]
[Black "Jackson, Nicholas"]
[Result "*"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bh3 $2 (4. Bg2 {looks much pretty}) 4... d5 5.
exd5 Nxd5 6. Ne4 e5 7. b3 f5 $17 {With active play Black is already close to
being much better} *
[Event "TC115"]
[Date "2015.01.12"]
[White "Weersing, Sarah"]
[Black "Jackson, Julius"]
[Result "*"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Bf4 c5 4. e3 Nc6 5. Bd3 $6 Bd6 $6 (5... cxd4 $1 {Should
be good for a small edge as Black. In these positions you must calculate the
pawn captures at every turn.} 6. exd4 dxc4 7. Bxc4 Qxd4 8. Qxd4 Nxd4 9. Bd3 $17
) 6. Bxd6 Qxd6 7. Nf3 Nf6 8. O-O e5 $6 9. dxe5 Nxe5 10. Nxe5 Qxe5 11. Nc3 $6 (
11. cxd5 Nxd5 12. Bb5+ {gives White an edge}) 11... dxc4 $1 12. Bxc4 O-O 13.
Qf3 Bg4 $5 14. Qxb7 Rab8 15. Qxa7 Rxb2 $6 (15... Ra8) 16. Na4 $1 Rc2 $2 (16...
Rb4 17. Rac1 Ne4 {is fine for Black} 18. a3 Rbb8 19. f3 Ra8 20. Qb6 Nd2 {This
position is quite sharp and needs a lot of calculation}) 17. Bb3 Rd2 18. Qxc5
Qh5 19. Qxh5 Bxh5 $18 {White is winning} *
[Event "TC115"]
[Date "2015.01.12"]
[White "Sahinoz, Lorenzo"]
[Black "Shaw-James, Mattias"]
[Result "*"]

1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Ne4 $6 {Out of book: Alekhine's Defence ...} (2... Nd5 3. d4 d6
{is the main line.}) 3. d4 d6 $4 4. Nf3 (4. f3 $1 {Another trapped piece}) 4...
Bg4 5. Qd3 Bf5 6. Qb5+ $6 c6 $4 7. Qc4 (7. Qxb7 Nd7 8. Nh4 $16 {and White is
much better}) 7... dxe5 8. Nxe5 f6 $4 {UGH! Some rust to knock off.} 9. Qf7# *
[Event "TC115"]
[Date "2015.01.12"]
[White "Brock, Zander"]
[Black "Leung, Carys"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 d5 2. e3 Bf5 3. Bb5+ c6 4. Bd3 Bxd3 5. Qxd3 Qa5+ 6. Bd2 Qb6 7. c4 $6 Qxb2
8. Bc3 Qc1+ (8... dxc4 9. Qxc4) 9. Ke2 Qxg1 $4 {UGH! Very careless.} 10. Qf5 $4
{UGH! HOPE CHESS!} e6 $1 11. Rxg1 exf5 12. cxd5 cxd5 13. Nd2 b6 14. Rab1 Bd6
15. Rgc1 Bxh2 $6 16. Bb4 (16. g3 $1 {Another trapped piece - this week's theme
perhaps?}) 16... a5 17. Bd6 $4 {Careless} (17. Ba3 {and White can get back in
to this game.}) 17... Bxd6 $2 18. Rc2 (18. Rxb6) 18... f4 (18... Nd7 {A pawn
is still a pawn}) 19. Rxb6 Ba3 $4 {Allows White to get some material back} 20.
Rb7 (20. Rc8+ Kd7 21. Rcxb8 Rxb8 22. Rxb8 {closes the material gap somewhat})
20... Bb4 $4 {OH NO!} 21. Rc8# $1 1-0
[Event "TC115"]
[Date "2015.01.12"]
[White "Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, Luca"]
[Black "Weersing, Abbey"]
[Result "*"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 (3. Nd2 {has a much better record.}) 3... exd5 4. Nc3
{Nf3 is the main line move.} Nf6 5. Nf3 Bb4 6. Bd2 Bxc3 7. Bxc3 Ne4 8. Bd3 Qe7
9. O-O Nxc3 10. bxc3 O-O {Good, 10 moves and no blunders.} 11. c4 Be6 $6 12.
cxd5 (12. Re1 Qd8 13. cxd5 Bxd5 14. c4 $16 {looks nice for White}) 12... Bxd5
13. c4 Be4 $2 14. Re1 $1 f5 15. Qe2 (15. Qb1 $1 {is more accurate}) 15... Re8
16. Ne5 $6 Bxd3 $1 17. Qxd3 Nd7 $6 $16 (17... Nc6 18. Qxf5 $2 Nxd4 $11) 18.
Qxf5 Nxe5 19. dxe5 (19. Rxe5 Qf7 20. Qd3 Rad8 21. Rae1 $16) 19... Qc5 20. Rac1
Rf8 21. Qc2 {White has a slight advantage owing to his passed pawn.} *
[Event "TC115"]
[Date "2015.01.12"]
[White "Bartels, Roman"]
[Black "Syposz, Adaas"]
[Result "*"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 $1 {The Berlin Defence - a great favourite of
the top Grandmasters since Kramnik used it to thwart and dethrone Kasparov in
the 90s. It is a theoretical minefield!! It featured in the recent
Carlsen-Anand match.} 4. Bxc6 (4. O-O {is the main line move} Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6.
Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 {Black finds compensation in the bishop
pair for his doubled-pawns and uncastled king.}) 4... dxc6 5. Nxe5 Nxe4 $6 (
5... Qd4 $1 6. Nf3 Qxe4+ 7. Qe2 Qxe2+ 8. Kxe2 $17 {with a slight advantage to
Black}) 6. Qf3 f5 $2 7. g4 $2 (7. Qh5+ $1 g6 8. Nxg6 hxg6 9. Qxh8 {should be
well-known trap to some of you.}) 7... b6 $6 (7... Qd4 $3 8. Nd3 fxg4 9. Qe3
Qxe3+ 10. dxe3 $19 {and Black is winning}) 8. gxf5 Qd4 9. O-O $2 {Castling is
not always good. Castle when you need to, or if you want to, but not just
because you can.} (9. Nxc6 Qd5 10. O-O Qxc6 11. Nc3 {gets the piece back}) 9...
Qxe5 10. Re1 Bxf5 $1 11. Qh5+ g6 12. Qg5 $4 Bd6 (12... Nxg5 13. Rxe5+ Kd7 {is
actually good}) 13. f4 $4 Bc5+ $1 (13... Qd4+ 14. Re3 O-O {is winning}) 14. Kf1
$2 Bh3+ $1 15. Ke2 Qe6 (15... Qxg5 16. fxg5 Bg4+ 17. Kd3 Rd8+ 18. Kxe4 O-O {
leads to mate}) *
[Event "TC115"]
[Date "2015.01.12"]
[White "Symes, Hetty"]
[Black "Pilowsky, Yoav"]
[Result "*"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d4 Bb4 5. a3 {Not the Grandmaster main line
but not a serious error. You should consider d5 and Nxe5 as alternatives.} Ba5
6. b4 Bb6 7. Be3 O-O 8. Bc4 d6 9. O-O Be6 $4 10. Bxe6 $4 (10. d5 $1 {A fairly
obvious fork. d5 would have been a good choice in any of the last 4 moves so I
think it was not present enough in your thinking.}) 10... fxe6 11. Ng5 Re8 12.
d5 exd5 13. exd5 Nd4 14. Qd2 a6 15. Rfe1 Ba7 16. Rad1 $11 {Solid play other
than the pawn fork blunder} *
[Event "TC115"]
[Date "2015.01.12"]
[White "Chui, Melchior"]
[Black "Oyama, Akito"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nf3 (5. Nb5 d6 {is what I expected
}) 5... Nf6 6. Nc3 Bb4 7. Bd2 $6 O-O 8. Qe2 d6 (8... d5 $1 9. exd5 Nd4 10. Nxd4
exd4 {with a nasty threat on the e-file}) 9. a3 Ba5 10. Nd5 $2 Bxd2+ $1 11.
Nxd2 (11. Qxd2 Nxe4 $19) (11. Kxd2 Nxd5 12. exd5 Qa5+ $19) 11... Nxd5 12. exd5
Nd4 13. Qd3 $4 (13. Qd1 Bf5 14. Bd3 Bxd3 15. cxd3 Qa5 16. O-O Qxd5 $19 {Black
is much better but not crushing White}) 13... Bf5 $1 14. Ne4 Qh4 {Attcking the
pinned piece again} 15. c3 $2 Bxe4 16. Qd1 Nc2+ 17. Ke2 Nxa1 (17... Bg6 $1 {
with the nasty threat of Qe4} 18. f3 e4 19. g3 exf3+ 20. Kf2 Qd8 $1 {switching
the angle of attack}) 18. f3 f5 19. Qxa1 Bxd5 20. Qd1 Bc4+ 21. Kd2 d5 22. g3
Qh6+ 23. Kc2 Rad8 24. Kb1 Qe3 25. Bh3 Qd3+ 26. Ka1 Qxd1+ 27. Rxd1 d4 {A
convincing win} 0-1
[Event "TC115"]
[Date "2015.01.12"]
[White "Symes, Mabel"]
[Black "Pilowsky, Oren"]
[Result "*"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 a6 5. Ba4 Bb4 6. O-O Bxc3 7. bxc3 Nxe4 $6
8. d3 $4 (8. Re1 b5 (8... Nf6 9. Bxc6 dxc6 10. Rxe5+ Be6 {is also better for
White}) 9. Rxe4 bxa4 10. Nxe5 $16 {is better for White}) 8... Nxc3 $1 9. Qe1
Nxa4 10. Ba3 (10. Nxe5 O-O {is still good for Black}) 10... d6 11. Qe4 Nc3 12.
Qc4 Nb5 13. Rfe1 $2 Nxa3 14. Qb3 {After a competent opening, two big blunders
from White handed black the game.} *
[Event "TC115"]
[Date "2015.01.12"]
[White "Rossetti, Giorgio"]
[Black "Cordonnier-Gehring, Jona"]
[Result "*"]

1. e4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. d3 dxe4 4. dxe4 Qxd1+ 5. Kxd1 Nc6 {Not an opening we are
likely to see at a Grandmaster tournament ...} 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. Nc3 e5 $2 8. Be3
$6 (8. Bxc6 Bxc6 9. Nxe5 $16 {is a pawn for nothing. Do the simple things
accurately.}) 8... Nf6 9. Re1 (9. Bxc6 Bxc6 10. Nxe5 Bxe4 11. Nxe4 Nxe4 12. Ke2
{is only equal now.}) 9... g6 $6 10. g3 (10. Bxc6 {is good again now. Always
reassess your position after a move has been made. Always look at the board}
Bxc6 11. Nxe5 Rd8+ (11... Nxe4 12. Nxc6 bxc6 (12... Nxc3+ 13. bxc3 bxc6 14.
Bd4+ {wins a rook.}) 13. Nxe4) 12. Ke2 Bxe4 13. Kf1 $1 $18) 10... Rd8 11. Re2
$2 (11. Ke2 $1 {and Rad1 to complete your development}) 11... Bg4+ $1 12. Ke1
$2 (12. Nd2 Bxe2+ 13. Kxe2 {is not so bad, the exchange R for B is not such a
loss as a whole piece - do the COUNTING}) 12... Bxf3 13. Rd2 Rxd2 14. Bxd2 Bg7
15. Bg5 Nxe4 16. Nxe4 Bxe4 17. Rd1 O-O 18. Kf1 Nb4 $2 {Allowing a simple fork}
19. Re1 $2 (19. Be7) 19... Bxc2 (19... Bf5 20. Be7 Nxc2 {the fork no longer
works ...}) 20. Re2 {A solid win for Black - no blunders just a slip on move
18 once the game was pretty much over.} *
[Event "TC115"]
[Date "2015.01.12"]
[White "Danikowski, Stanislav"]
[Black "Sahinoz, Giulio"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. e4 c6 2. d3 d5 3. f3 $6 (3. Nf3 {is preferable}) 3... e5 4. Be2 Bc5 5. Nh3
$2 Bxh3 $1 {Opening up the White king} 6. gxh3 Qh4+ 7. Kf1 $4 Qf2# 0-1