[Event "NA B v NA A"] [Site ""] [Date "2022.01.06"] [Round ""] [White "A Brusey"] [Black "M Goldschmidt"] [Result "1-0"] [EventDate "2022.01.06"] [FlipB "1"] 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.d4 d6 5.f4 dxe5 6.fxe5 Nc6 7.Be3 Bf5 8.Nc3 e6 9.Nf3 Be7 10.d5 exd5 11.cxd5 Nb4 12.Nd4 Bd7 13.Qf3 c5 $1 14.dxc6 Bxc6 15. Nxc6 {Black has played the opening well and has reached an equal position, but his next move is too optimistic. 15...bxc6 is safer and better.} 15... Nc2+ $2 16.Kf2 bxc6 17.Qxc6+ Nd7 {This gums up black's pieces. 17...Kf8 was unpalatable but better.} 18.Rd1 Rc8 19.Qa4 Nxe3 20.Kxe3 ( 20.Rxd7 $1 { immediately is a winning shot.} 20...Ng4+ 21.Ke1 Qxd7 22.Bb5 {wins the queen. But the pin on the knight will prove fatal anyway.} ) 20...Bc5+ ( 20...Qb6+ 21.Kf3 Qb7+ 22.Ne4 Rc6 23.Bb5 Nxe5+ {might be the best way to keep things complicated.} ) 21.Kf3 O-O 22.Rxd7 Qg5 {White's king is in the open, but black simply doesn't have enough firepower.} 23.Qe4 f5 24.Qd5+ Kh8 25.Ke2 Rfe8 26.Kd1 Qe3 27.Bc4 {Now the king is relatively safe and the white win is straightforward.} 27...Rxe5 28.Rd8+ Rxd8 29.Qxd8+ Re8 30.Qd2 Qe7 31.Re1 Be3 32.Nd5 Bxd2 33.Rxe7 1-0
[Event "NA B v NA A"] [Site ""] [Date "2022.01.06"] [Round ""] [White "T Thynne"] [Black "J Blackmore"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [EventDate "2022.01.06"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 e6 4.g3 Nc6 $6 ( 4...cxd4 {is better.} ) 5.d5 exd5 6.cxd5 Nb4 {The knight doesn't have a good square to move to, and will be pushed around by white's pawns.} 7.Nc3 d6 8.a3 Na6 9.Bg2 Be7 10.O-O O-O 11.Qc2 Nc7 12.e4 Re8 13.Re1 g6 14.b4 b6 15.Bb2 Bf8 16.Rad1 Bg7 17.bxc5 ( 17.e5 {immediately seems better. If } 17...Bf5 18.Qc1 Ng4 19.e6 fxe6 20.h3 {gains a piece though the position is still complicated.} ) 17...bxc5 18. e5 Bf5 19.Qd2 Ng4 20.exd6 Qxd6 21.h3 Ne5 22.Nxe5 Bxe5 23.Na4 Bxb2 24.Nxb2 Rxe1+ 25.Rxe1 Rd8 26.Nc4 Qa6 27.Qf4 Nxd5 28.Bxd5 Rxd5 29.Re8+ Kg7 30.Ne3 Bxh3 {White has been on top for most of the game but Josh keeps fighting.} 31.Re7 ( 31.Nxd5 {is impossible due to mate in two.} ) 31...Be6 32.Nxd5 Bxd5 33.Qe5+ Qf6 34.Qxf6+ Kxf6 35.Rxa7 {Josh has 'escaped' into an ending and in the next few moves he uses his king very actively.} 35...Ke6 36.Kf1 h5 37.Ke2 Kd6 38.Ke3 Kc6 39.Kf4 Kb6 40.Rd7 Be6 41.Rd1 Kb5 42.Ke5 Ka4 43. Ra1 $6 ( 43.Rc1 {is better, with the idea} 43...c4 44.Rc3 {which limits black's king and after} 44...Kb5 45.Kd4 Ka4 46.Re3 Kb5 47.f4 Bg4 48.Re5+ Ka4 49.Rc5 Kxa3 50.Rxc4 {white should win because his king is active while black's will struggle to take part eg} 50...Kb3 51.Rc7 Be6 52.Ke5 Kb4 53. Kf6 {and white sacrifices rook for bishop and pawn and wins.} ) 43...c4 44.Kd4 Kb3 45.Rb1+ Ka2 46.Rb6 Kxa3 47.Kc3 ( 47.f4 {was white's chance to win this endgame. After the plausible} 47...Ka4 ( 47...Ka2 {is better when } 48.Rxe6 ( 48.Kc3 $1 {is the move white needs to find, keeping the black king trapped on the a-file. Following} 48...Ka1 49.Rb2 Bd5 50.f5 $3 { splits black's pawns and allows the white king to infiltrate.} 50...gxf5 51.Rb5 Be4 52.Kxc4 Ka2 53.Kd4 Ka3 54.Ke5 Ka4 55.Rb8 Ka5 56.Kf6 Bd3 57.Kxf7 Be4 58.Kf6 Ka4 59.Kg5 {is a typical line, when white will pick up a pawn, then sacrifice rook for bishop and pawn and march his final pawn home.} ) 48...fxe6 49.Kxc4 Kb2 50.Kd4 Kc2 51.Ke5 Kd3 52.Kxe6 Ke4 {is only drawn.} ) 48.Rxe6 {wins} 48...fxe6 49.Kxc4 Ka3 50.Kd4 Kb3 51.Ke5 {and white picks up the kingside pawns.} ) 47...Ka4 48.f4 Ka5 49.Rb8 {Now} ( 49.Rxe6 fxe6 50. Kxc4 {doesn't work because black plays} 50...e5 {forcing} 51.fxe5 {when} 51...Kb6 52.Kd5 g5 53.e6 Kc7 54.Ke5 h4 55.gxh4 gxh4 56.Kf6 h3 57.e7 h2 58. e8=Q h1=Q {with a draw.} ) 49...Ka6 50.Kd4 Ka5 {A never-say-die performance from Josh.} 1/2-1/2
[Event "NA B v NA A"] [Site ""] [Date "2022.01.06"] [Round ""] [White "B Stephens"] [Black "P Brooks"] [Result "0-1"] [EventDate "2022.01.06"] [FlipB "1"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd6 6.O-O Nge7 7.Nbd2 Bg4 8.h3 {Brooklyn has played the exchange variation of the French - where white tries to keep things simple. Advancing this pawn to h3 comes at a cost. If black ever puts a knight on f4, it will be difficult to dislodge as g3 will drop a pawn.} 8...Bh5 9.c3 Qd7 10.Qb3 Rb8 {Castling queenside was the other option here, but Paul was wary of castling into a big attack.} 11.a3 O-O 12.Qc2 Bg6 13.Bxg6 Nxg6 {Now black is slightly better as his pieces can go to better squares. Brooklyn tries to open things up.} 14.c4 Nf4 15. c5 $6 {This loses a pawn. 15.cxd5 keeps black's advantage to a minimum.} 15...Ne2+ 16.Kh1 Nexd4 17.Qc3 Nxf3 18.Nxf3 Be7 19.b4 $4 {Brooklyn misses the threat on the long diagonal, and the game is over.} 19...Bf6 20.Qd3 Bxa1 21.Ng5 g6 22.Ne4 Qf5 23.Bh6 dxe4 24.Qe3 Bg7 0-1
[Event "NA B v NA A"] [Site ""] [Date "2022.01.06"] [Round ""] [White "D Wasques"] [Black "S Abdalla"] [Result "1-0"] [EventDate "2022.01.06"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 Nf6 6.Bg5 Bc5 7.Bxf6 $6 Qxf6 { The opening has turned out well for black - he is currently threatening mate in one!} 8.Qd2 O-O 9.Nc7 Rb8 10.Bc4 d6 $6 {10...Qg6 wins a pawn.} 11. c3 Qh4 12.Qc2 Qe7 13.Nd5 Qg5 14.f3 b5 $1 {Suhayl opens the queenside for his pieces.} 15.Bb3 b4 16.Qe2 bxc3 {Suhayl misses a big chance -} ( 16... Qc1+ 17.Bd1 ( 17.Qd1 Qxb2 18.Nd2 bxc3 {wins at least a piece as moving the knight leads to instant mate.} ) 17...bxc3 18.b3 ( 18.Ndxc3 Rxb2 {and black crashes through.} ) 18...Nd4 {leaves black massively on top.} ) 17. bxc3 Be6 ( 17...Ba6 $1 {would be a clever move, tempting the white queen away from the centre, so that if he takes the bishop black will break through with} 18.Qxa6 Qc1+ 19.Bd1 Rb2 {and if } 20.Qxc6 Bf2+ 21.Kf1 Qxd1# {is mate.} ) 18.Nd2 Ne7 19.g3 Nxd5 20.exd5 Bd7 21.Ne4 {Danilo has fought back and the position is now about equal.} 21...Qe3 $6 {This loses the d6 pawn.} 22.Qxe3 Bxe3 23.Nxd6 Bh3 24.Ke2 Bc5 25.Ne4 Bb6 26.Rhd1 Bd7 27.c4 f5 28.Nf2 {White's passed pawns look menacing but Suhayl has the two bishops. He should try to open the position for the bishops with 28....e4!} 28... Rf6 29.Rac1 Bc5 30.Nd3 Bd4 31.c5 {Now it's easy and Danilo converts smoothly.} 31...e4 32.c6 Be8 $6 33.Nf4 Rd6 34.Rxd4 exf3+ 35.Kxf3 g5 36.Nd3 Kg7 37.Ne5 Kf6 38.Nc4 Rxd5 39.Rxd5 Bxc6 40.Rd1 Rd8 41.Ne3 a5 42.Kf2 Bxd5 43.Nxd5+ Ke5 44.Re1+ Kd6 45.Ne3 Rf8 46.Nc4+ 1-0
[Event "Club Friendly"] [Site ""] [Date "2022.01.06"] [Round ""] [White "J Wills"] [Black "W Taylor"] [Result "0-1"] [EventDate "2022.01.06"] [FlipB "1"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nf3 e6 4.Nc3 b6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 g5 7.Bg3 Bg7 8.e4 d6 9. h3 Bb7 10.Be2 a6 11.e5 dxe5 12.Nxe5 Nxd4 13.Qa4+ b5 14.cxb5 Nxe2 15.bxa6+ Nd7 16.Nxd7 Bxa6 17.Nc5+ Ke7 18.Nxa6 Nxg3 19.fxg3 Qd6 20.Rd1 Rxa6 21.Rxd6 Rxa4 22.Rxe6+ Kxe6 23.Nxa4 f5 24.Ke2 h5 25.g4 hxg4 26.b3 gxh3 27.Rxh3 Rxh3 28.gxh3 Kd5 29.a3 Be5 30.Ke3 Kc6 31.Kf3 Kb5 32.Ke3 c5 33.Kd3 c4+ 34.bxc4+ Kxa4 35.c5 Kxa3 36.Kc4 f4 37.Kd5 f3 38.Kxe5 f2 39.c6 f1=Q 40.Kd6 Qd3+ 41. Ke7 Qxh3 42.c7 Qc8 43.Kf6 g4 44.Kg5 Kb4 0-1