[Event "Rated Classical game"] [Site ""] [Date "2021.01.21"] [Round ""] [White "Wilf Taylor"] [Black "Alan Brusey"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C43"] 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4 exd4 {Wilf gambits a pawn for quick development.} 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Qxd4 Nf6 6.Nc3 c6 7.Bg5 Be7 8.O-O-O d5 9.Rhe1 O-O 10.Qh4 Be6 11.Ne5 Nbd7 $6 ( 11...h6 12.Bxf6 ( 12.Bxh6 Ng4 {wins} ) ( 12.Be3 Ng4 13. Qg3 Nxe5 14.Qxe5 Nd7 15.Qg3 Bh4 16.Qf4 dxc4 {wins a piece.} ) ( 12.Bf4 Ne4 13.Qh5 Nxc3 14.bxc3 Ba3+ 15.Kb1 Qf6 {again wins a piece.)} ) 12...Bxf6 13. Qg3 Bxe5 14.Rxe5 Nd7 {wins the exchange at least.} ) 12.Bd3 h6 13.Nxd7 Bxd7 14.Bxh6 {A sacrifice to open up black's king.} 14...gxh6 $6 {14...Ne4 is better as it allows the black squared bishop to join in the defence.} 15.Qxh6 Ne4 $2 {Now 15.Bd6 is necessary to cover the rook's entry squares on the g-file. } 16.Nxe4 dxe4 17.f4 $1 {A great move which stops the threat of 17..Bg5 and creates a path for the rooks to g3.} 17...exd3 18. Rxd3 Bh4 19.Ree3 Bg4 20.h3 $4 {After all his hard work, Wilf blows it. } ( 20.Rxd8 Rfxd8 21.c3 Rd1+ 22.Kc2 Bf2 ( 22...Rad8 23.Qxh4 R8d2+ 24.Kb3 Be6+ 25.Ka3 Ra1 26.c4 $1 {and the attack peters out.} ) 23.Re5 Rd5 24.Rxd5 cxd5 25.Qg5+ {and Wilf picks up the bishop on g4 with an easy win.} ) 20...Qf6 {Alan forces off the queens leaving an ending which only he can win. } 21.Qxf6 Bxf6 22.Rg3 Rfd8 23.Rxg4+ Kf8 24.Rdg3 Ke7 25.h4 Rh8 26.Rh3 Rh5 27.Re3+ Kd7 28.g3 Re8 29.Rxe8 Kxe8 30.Rg8+ Kd7 31.Rf8 Rh7 32.h5 $2 Be7 33. Rb8 Kc7 34.Re8 Bd6 35.g4 Rg7 {If 36.h6 Bxf4+ wins 2 of the kingside pawns leaving Alan a full bishop ahead.} 0-1
[Event "Rated Classical game"] [Site ""] [Date "2021.01.21"] [Round ""] [White "Josh Blackmore"] [Black "Paul Brooks"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B28"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6 {The O'Kelly variation of the Sicilian defence which can be quite tricky! } 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Nf3 Bb4 {There are plenty of tactics around if white plays Nxe5 or even Bd3. Josh plays safe. } 7.Bd2 d6 8.Bd3 Bg4 9.h3 Bh5 10.Qe2 Nc6 {Paul threatens Nd4.} 11.g4 Nxg4 $5 {A speculative sacrifice designed to exploit the pinned knight on f3.} 12.hxg4 Bxg4 13.Qd1 $2 {Paul had seen 13.Qe3 when he played the sacrifice, and planned to reply with 13...Bc5, trusting that if 14.Qg5 then 14...Bxf3 threatening the rook on h1 would be good enough. But after the game it transpired that 15.Qxg7 is an excellent move.} ( 13.Qe3 Bc5 14.Qg5 Bxf3 15.Qxg7 Bxh1 16.Qxh8+ Kd7 17.Qxh7 {gives white a winning position.} ) 13...Nd4 14.Be2 Nxe2 15.Qxe2 $2 {Josh had a chance to stay in the game with the surprising 15.Ng1. } ( 15.Ng1 Bxc3 16.bxc3 ( 16.Bxc3 $2 Nxc3 17.Qxg4 Qa5 {is winning for black.)} ) 16...d5 17.Nxe2 dxe4 {leaves a complex position which the computer says is only slightly better for black.)} ) 15...Bxc3 16.Bxc3 Qf6 {Now Paul wins back his piece and remains 2 pawns up. } 17.Qd3 Qxf3 18.Rh3 $2 Qxh3 {A bit of chess blindness from Josh!} 19.Qxd6 Qh1+ 20.Kd2 Qh6+ $6 {Paul saw this was a safe win, but a bit more thought would have saved him some time. He could have played 20...Qxa1 as 21.Bb4 threatening mate is comprehensively thwarted by 21...Rd8, and 21.Qxe5+ comes to nothing after 21...Be6 22.Qxg7 0-0-0.} 21.Qxh6 gxh6 22.Rg1 O-O-O+ 23.Ke3 Rhg8 24.Bxe5 Bd1 25.Rh1 Rg6 26.c3 Re8 27.Bf4 Bc2 28.f3 Ree6 29.Rh2 Bb1 30.a3 Ba2 31.b4 Bc4 32.a4 b5 33.a5 {Paul hasn't played very actively over the last few moves (but he hasn't given away any of his advantage!). Now he decides to loosen Josh's defences. } 33...f5 $1 34.e5 Rg1 35.Kd2 Reg6 {Now Josh has to allow a swap of rooks - leaving a totally lost position - as a last throw he attacks Paul's f-pawn.} 36.Rh5 R6g2+ {Paul finds an attractive mating sequence.} 37.Ke3 Re1+ 38.Kd4 Rd1+ 39.Kc5 ( 39.Ke3 Re2# ) 39...Rd5+ 40.Kb6 Rg6+ 41.e6 Rxe6+ 42.Ka7 Rd7+ 43.Ka8 Bd5# {It's not often that white gets mated on a8!} 0-1
[Event "Rated Classical game"] [Site ""] [Date "2021.01.21"] [Round ""] [White "Trefor Thynne"] [Black "Andrew Kinder"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A43"] 1.d4 c5 2.d5 Nf6 3.c4 g6 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 Bg7 6.h3 O-O 7.Nf3 b5 8.cxb5 a6 9. bxa6 Bxa6 10.Be2 Nbd7 11.O-O Qc7 12.Bf4 Rfb8 13.Rb1 Bxe2 14.Qxe2 Nh5 15. Bh2 Rb4 16.a3 Rb7 17.g4 Nhf6 18.Rfe1 Ne5 19.Nxe5 dxe5 20.Rec1 Qb8 21.f3 Nd7 22.Rc2 Rxa3 23.bxa3 Rxb1+ 24.Nxb1 Qxb1+ 25.Kg2 Bh6 26.Rb2 Qa1 27.Ra2 Qb1 28.a4 Qb8 29.a5 Qa7 30.Bg1 Bf4 31.Qb5 h5 32.a6 hxg4 33.hxg4 Kg7 34.Qb7 Qxb7 35.axb7 c4 36.Ba7 c3 37.b8=Q 1-0
[Event "Rated Classical game"] [Site ""] [Date "2021.01.21"] [Round ""] [White "Peter Ruszelak"] [Black "Mike Hussey"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A10"] 1.c4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.b3 d6 4.Bb2 Nf6 5.g3 O-O 6.Bg2 Nfd7 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.O-O e5 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.e4 Ne7 11.Nc3 c6 12.Qc2 f5 13.Rad1 h6 14.Nh4 f4 15.Ne2 fxg3 16.hxg3 Qe8 17.Bh3 g5 18.Ng2 h5 19.Be6+ Kh8 20.f4 gxf4 21.gxf4 Rf6 22.f5 Nc5 23.Bxe5 Nxe6 24.Bxf6 Bxf6 25.fxe6 Qg6 26.Rd8+ Ng8 27.Nf4 Qg5 28.e7 Bxe7 29.Qb2+ Bf6 30.Ng6+ Qxg6 31.Qxf6+ Qxf6 32.Rxf6 Kg7 33.Rff8 Ne7 34.Nh4 b6 35.Nf5+ Nxf5 36.exf5 Bb7 37.Rxa8 Bxa8 38.Rxa8 a5 39.Ra6 Kf6 40.Rxb6 Kxf5 41.Rxc6 h4 42.Rc5+ Kf4 43.Rxa5 Ke4 44.Rh5 Kd4 45.Rxh4+ Kc5 46.a3 1-0