[Event "Rated Classical game"] [Date "2021.04.01"] [White "Alan Brusey"] [Black "Paul Brooks"] [Result "1-0"] [Opening "Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation, Smith-Morra Declined"] 1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 d6 6.Bc4 Nb6 7.Bb5+ Bd7 {This was the first time I had played this variation in a serious game and Alan, of course, plays the most complicated line.} 8.e6 fxe6 ( 8...Bxb5 9.Qh5 Qc8 $1 {is supposed to be slightly better for black, but I'd forgotten it. } ) 9.Bd3 {This gives white a strong attack for the pawn.} 9...g6 10.h4 Nc6 $6 ( 10...Bg7 {is better with the idea} 11.h5 Bc6 12.hxg6 hxg6 13. Rxh8+ Bxh8 14.Bxg6+ Kd7 {and black is better.} ) 11.h5 Qc7 {I wanted to get my king safe, realising that Alan would get a passed pawn on the seventh, but hoping I could get counterplay against his open king.} 12. hxg6 O-O-O 13.gxh7 Bg7 14.Nf3 Nxd4 15.Ng5 $6 Rdf8 {Alan's last move was a mistake because I could now play 15....Ba4 and the complications work out in my favour. However, I was more worried about preventing 16.Nf7. } 16.Nc3 a6 17.Be3 Kb8 18.Bg6 {Typically Alan plays with purpose, and I thought this was an excellent move, homing in on my weakness on f7. But there is a flaw! } 18...Nf5 $1 {A good multipurpose move opening the long diagonal for my bishop and attacking Alan's dark-squared bishop which will open up the white king.} 19.Rc1 Nxe3 20.fxe3 Qc5 {Another good move attacking g5 and e3. I couldn't see how Alan could defend both threats so I thought I had the advantage.} 21.Nd5 $5 {An excellent practical decision (I hadn't seen it at all). White gives up a piece but forces the queens off, so his king is much safer.} 21...Qxd5 22.Qxd5 Nxd5 23.Rh3 Bxb2 24.Rc2 Bf6 ( 24...Bc3+ {was better. I thought about this move but rejected it because I was worried that at least one of my pieces would get trapped out of play on the queenside.} 25.Rxc3 ( 25.Ke2 e5 {I missed this! wins.} ) 25...Nxc3 26. e4 Rf6 {I also missed this} 27.Nf7 Rxh7 28.Bxh7 Rxf7 {wins easily.} ) 25. Nf7 Be8 $2 {Another mistake and I thought it was the only move!} ( 25...e5 {is correct .} 26.Rh2 {to keep the h pawn protected} 26...Nxe3 27.Re2 Ng4 28.Rh5 Be6 29.Nxh8 Rxh8 {is much better than the game.} ) 26.Nxh8 Bxh8 27.Bxe8 Rxe8 28.g4 {Now it's about equal according to the computer but Alan has an easy plan of pushing his g pawn.} 28...Rf8 29.g5 Rf7 $2 {This is the losing move. 29...Nb4 keeps black in the game, but this was quite hard to see.} 30.Rf2 $1 {I now realised I couldn't avoid a rook swap, allowing the pawns through, or I just lose a piece.} 30...Bc3+ 31.Ke2 Rxf2+ 32.Kxf2 Bh8 33.Rf3 Nf6 34.gxf6 exf6 35.Rg3 Ka7 36.Rg8 1-0
[Event "Rated Classical game"] [Date "2021.04.03"] [White "Andrew Kinder"] [Black "Wilf Taylor"] [Result "0-1"] [Opening "Benko Gambit Declined: Main Line"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. d4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. c4 Bb7 5. e3 e6 6. dxe6 fxe6 7. cxb5 d5 8. Nc3 Bd6 9. Be2 O-O 10. O-O Nbd7 11. b3 Qe7 12. Bb2 Rad8 13. Qc2 e5 14. Rad1 e4 15. Ne1 Ne5 16. g3 Qe6 17. Ng2 Nf3+ 18. Bxf3 exf3 19. Ne2 fxg2 20. Kxg2 d4+ 21. f3 Ng4 22. Bc1 Nxe3+ 23. Bxe3 Qxe3 24. Rd3 Qe5 25. Ng1 h5 26. Qd2 Rde8 27. Kf2 h4 28. f4 Qe4 29. Nf3 hxg3+ 30. hxg3 Qd5 31. Re1 Rxe1 32. Qxe1 Qe4 33. Qd2 Re8 34. Qc2 Qd5 35. Qd1 Qh5 36. Nh4 Qxd1 37. Rxd1 Kf7 38. a4 Kf6 39. Rd3 Be4 40. Rd2 Bc7 41. Nf3 Bd5 42. Rd3 Ba5 43. Ne5 Be6 44. Nc6 Bf5 45. Rd1 Bc3 46. Nxa7 d3 47. Nc6 Re2+ 48. Kf1 Re8 49. b6 Bh3+ 50. Kg1 d2 51. b7 Re1+ 52. Kh2 Rxd1 53. Kxh3 Rh1+ 54. Kg2 d1=Q 55. b8=Q Qf1# 0-1
[Event "Rated Classical game"] [Date "2021.04.01"] [White "Peter Ruszelak"] [Black "Trefor Thynne"] [Result "1-0"] [Opening "English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense, Hedgehog System"] 1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. cxd5 exd5 6. d4 O-O 7. Bg5 c6 8. Nf3 Qb6 9. Qd2 Re8 10. O-O h6 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 12. e3 Bf5 13. Na4 Qc7 14. Nc5 Nd7 15. Nd3 Qd6 16. a3 a5 17. Rac1 a4 18. Nc5 Nxc5 19. Rxc5 b6 20. Rcc1 Be4 21. Ne1 c5 22. dxc5 bxc5 23. Nd3 Rec8 24. Rfd1 Rab8 25. Qa5 Bxg2 26. Kxg2 Bxb2 27. Rxc5 Bxa3 28. Rxc8+ Rxc8 29. Qxa4 Rc4 30. Qe8+ Qf8 31. Qd7 Qa8 32. Ne5 d4+ 33. Kg1 Rc1 34. Qxf7+ Kh7 35. Qg6+ Kg8 36. Rxc1 Bxc1 37. exd4 Qd5 38. Qe8+ Kh7 39. Qd7 Qe4 40. h4 Bb2 41. Kh2 Bxd4 42. Ng4 Bc3 43. Qd1 Bd4 44. Kg1 h5 45. Nh2 1-0