[Event "Swiss Round 4"] [Site ""] [Date "2021.12.09"] [Round ""] [White "P Brooks"] [Black "A Kinder"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [EventDate "2021.12.09"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Ne2 Bb7 6.a3 Be7 7.Ng3 d6 8.f3 h5 { Andrew plays the most aggressive and unbalanced line.} 9.Bd3 h4 10.Nge4 Nbd7 11.Nf2 Nh5 12.e4 Bg5 13.Nh3 Bh6 $6 {13....Bxc1 is probably better,} 14.f4 g6 15.O-O {The smoke has cleared and the position looks clearly better for white.} 15...Nf8 16.d5 Qe7 17.Qe2 O-O-O 18.b4 e5 19.fxe5 Qxe5 20.Rxf7 ( 20.Bb2 Bf4 21.Nxf4 Nxf4 22.Qg4+ Nd7 23.Qxf4 Qd4+ 24.Qf2 Qxd3 25. Rad1 Qxc4 26.Rd4 Qb3 27.b5 Nc5 28.Rb4 Nd3 29.Rxb3 Nxf2 30.Rxf2 {is clearly winning, but understandably too complicated for Paul to work out to the end. Instead he plays a 'safer' line.} ) 20...Bxc1 21.Rxc1 Kb8 22.Nb5 {The computer is very keen on 22.c5 here, and on a number of successive moves. It seems very sensible to open lines around the black king.} 22...Bc8 23. Qe3 Nf6 24.Nf2 Rd7 25.Nd4 Bb7 {Here there was another complicated winning line.} 26.Rxd7 ( 26.Nf3 Qb2 27.Nd1 Ng4 ( 27...Qxa3 28.Rxf6 ) 28.Nxb2 Nxe3 29.Rxd7 Nxd7 30.h3 {and the knight is trapped.} ) 26...N8xd7 27.Nc6+ $6 { Paul hopes he can use his pawn to trap the black king, but this is too superficial and he loses most of his advantage.} 27...Bxc6 28.dxc6 Nf8 29. c5 Ne6 30.cxb6 $2 {The wrong pawn. Time pressure is starting to affect the play.} ( 30.cxd6 cxd6 ( 30...Qxd6 31.e5 ) 31.Bf1 g5 32.h3 {and the passed c-pawn gives white good chances.} ) 30...axb6 31.Bf1 Qd4 32.Qe2 Rh5 33.Qc4 ( 33.Rd1 {was the last chance, but time was running very short.} ) 33... Qxc4 34.Rxc4 Re5 35.Bd3 Nf4 36.Bf1 Ne6 {Draw agreed. If white tries anything active, the e-pawn is likely to fall, with unclear consequences. A tough battle - Andrew defended well, but Paul might see it as a missed opportunity.} 1/2-1/2
[Event "Swiss Round 4"] [Site ""] [Date "2021.12.09"] [Round ""] [White "T Thynne"] [Black "J Blackmore"] [Result "1-0"] [EventDate "2021.12.09"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Bd3 Bb7 6.f3 d5 7.Ne2 O-O 8.a3 Bxc3+ {This isn't usually a good idea when white can easily recapture with the knight. 8...Be7 was a good alternative.} 9.Nxc3 Nbd7 10.cxd5 exd5 11.O-O c5 12.Re1 a6 13.Bd2 Re8 {White is slightly better due to the bishop pair - and the fact that black's bishop will struggle to get active.} 14.Rc1 Rc8 15.Bb1 b5 16.Ne2 Qb6 17.b4 cxd4 18.exd4 {Trefor is detemined to keep the long diagonal closed for Josh's bishop, but here he gives Josh an opportunity.} 18...Ne5 19.Rxc8 Bxc8 20.Bg5 Ng6 $6 ( 20...Nc4 {was better. Perhaps Josh was worried about } 21.Qd3 {but} 21...g6 {with the threat of 22....Bf5 keeps things equal.} ) 21.Qd2 Bd7 22.Kf1 Qe6 23.Ng3 Qxe1+ 24. Qxe1 Rxe1+ 25.Kxe1 Nf8 $2 {Until this point there still wasn't much in it, but this is a blunder by Josh. He had to play 25....Ne8 to avoid the next move which wins a clear pawn (and the game).} 26.Bxf6 gxf6 27.Nh5 Be6 28. Nxf6+ {The rest of the game is well played by Trefor and horrible for Josh.} 28...Kg7 29.Ne8+ Kh6 30.Nc7 Bc8 31.Nxd5 Ne6 32.Ne7 Bb7 33.d5 Nf4 34.d6 Nxg2+ 35.Kf2 Nf4 36.d7 Ne6 37.Nf5+ Kg5 38.Nd6 Bc6 39.Nxf7+ 1-0