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The Boys Don't Win The Glorney Cup

The Glorney Cup and Faber Cup Teams 2007.

Last C.C. we looked at some of the games from the girls.
This time one each from the boys.

Final Table
E A S C B W Pts Wins
England - 2 3 5 4 5 20 4
Ireland A 2 - 3 4 4 4 17 4
Scotland 1 2 - 4 3 4 15 3
Ireland C 0 1 1 - 3 5 10 2
Ireland B 1 1 2 - 3 8 1
Wales 0 1 0 1 - 3 0

C.Leitch (Ireland C.) - I.Stokes
From the opening Black set up a Hedgehog position.
White pushed a central pawn far too early. 9.d5?

In this position White should have played 9.Kb1 and
awaited developments before shoving the d-pawn which just
succeeded in blocking up the position allowing Black to
catch up with development.

Even 9.g4 comes into consideration. (aimed at stopping h5 else Black
cannot castle) 9.g4 e5 10.dxe5 Bxg4 11.dxd6 is winning for White.

Same game and in this position it's White to play his 18th move.
18.Kb1. then start a pawn roller against the Black King was the
way to go. It is a level position but I prefer Black as he has more
active plans available.

White has a good Bishop on e3 and a bad Bishop on d3.
He played 18.Bxc5? Goodbye good Bishop. Hello open b-file for Black.

Black then used the b-file and the g7 Bishop to whip up an irresistible attack.
So that was that. White lost because he made some unforced errors.
Black won by not doing anything rash. He played the set positions well.
f5 and fxe5 weakening the e-pawn. Then using the weak e-pawn as a target
to develop his pieces on. He made it look very simple.

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C.Leitch - I.Stokes

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bg5 Ne4 4.Bf4 d6 5.Nbd2 Nxd2 6.Qxd2 h6 7.e4 b6 8.0-0-0 e6 9.d5 e5 10.Qc3 Bg7 11.Be3 0-0 12.Ne1 f5 13.f3 Nd7 14.Qd2 Kh7 15.h3 fxe4 16.fxe4 Nc5 17.Bd3 a5 18.Bxc5 bxc5 19.Bb5 Bd7 20.Bxd7 Qxd7 21.Kb1 Rf4 22.Qe2 Qa4 23.Rd3 Rxe4 24.Re3 Rxe3 25.Qxe3 Rb8 26.Qd2 e4 27.c3 Qc4 28.b3 a4 29.Kc1 axb3 30.axb3 Rxb3 31.Nc2 Bxc3 32.Qf4 Bb2+ 0-1

A.Bucknall (Wales) v A.Green
If you are reading this then take away one thing.
If you have 0-0 and pushed the f-pawn then take time out for Kh1/Kh8.

White failed to do this and paid the penalty.
In this position it is Black to play his 10th move.
White has played 9.Rb1 in answer to Black's 9...Qb6.

10...Nxe4 11.Nxe4 Bxd4 12.Bxd4 Qxd4+ 13.Qxd4 Nxd4 winning a pawn.

The trick can come from many opening set-ups with either colour.

With the e-pawn in his back pocket Black then techniques White off the board.
Black carried this a wee bit too far. In this position he could have allowed
White to resign without any more horror.

20...Ne3+ wins the exchange. Instead Black played 20...Nb4 which
is OK as it wins another pawn. It ends with a Knight fork so Black
can argue he was correct in keeping the Knight on the board.
Another game where Black made it look very easy.
These are hallmarks of good players.

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A.Bucknall - A.Green

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Be3 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.Be2 d6 8.0-0 0-0 9.f4 Qb6 10.Rb1 Nxe4 11.Nxe4 Bxd4 12.Bxd4 Qxd4+ 13.Qxd4 Nxd4 14.Bd3 Bf5 15.Rfe1 Rac8 16.Rbc1 d5 17.Ng3 Bxd3 18.cxd3 e6 19.Kf1 Nc2 20.Re2 Nb4 21.Rd1 Nxa2 22.Ra1 Rc1+ 23.Rxc1 Nxc1 24.Rd2 Rc8 25.Ne2 Nb3 26.Rd1 Rc2 27.Rb1 Nd2+

D.Oswald - A.Srinivasan (Ireland C.)
This is a tale of two weak squares. g3 and d6
Black goes for a flank attack keeping the King in the centre.
Black is doing OK and first glance I like Black.
However it all went wrong from here. Black to play.

Black played 19...Rh5 20. Rxh5 Nxh5 and Black has three bits on g3.
White covered this easy enough with 21.f4 and 22 e5. and suddenly
White had conquered d6 and infiltrated.
I think (it's unclear) 19...c5 opening the g2-a8 diagonal first.
That stops the f4-e5 idea.
Once White played 27.Bd6 it's all over.

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D.Oswald - A.Srinivasan

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 b5 6.0-0 Bb7 7.Nc3 Qc7 8.Be3 Nf6 9.f3 Bc5 10.Bf2 Bd6 11.g3 Nc6 12.Nce2 h5 13.a4 b4 14.Nxc6 dxc6 15.c3 bxc3 16.Nxc3 h4 17.Kg2 hxg3 18.hxg3 Ke7 19.Rh1 Rh5 20.Rxh5 Nxh5 21.f4 Rh8 22.e5 Bb4 23.Be4 Bxc3 24.bxc3 g6 25.Bc5+ Ke8 26.Rb1 Bc8 27.Bd6 Qd7 28.Rb6 Bb7 29.Qb3 f5 30.Rxb7 Qd8 31.Bxc6+

R.Coleman - D.Cleverley (Wales)
A French Defence. Black steals the QNP and White traps the Queen.
White to play and snare the Queen.

10.Nb5 0-0 11.Bd2. Black played 11...d4 to stop 12.Bc3 but it
was too late to think about extracting the lady.
And that was it. A Queen for a Rook up so White attacked the King
and there was no defence. I've seen players a Queen up muck about
waiting for the win to appear. No messing about here.

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R.Coleman - D.Cleverley

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 c5 4.d4 Nf6 5.e5 Nfd7 6.dxc5 Bxc5 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.Bf4 Qb6 9.0-0 Qxb2 10.Nb5 0-0 11.Bd2 d4 12.Qe2 Nb4 13.Rfb1 Nxd3 14.Qxd3 Qxa1 15.Rxa1 Nb6 16.Ng5 g6 17.Ne4 Be7 18.Nf6+ Kh8 19.Bh6 Rd8 20.Qh3 Bxf6 21.exf6 e5 22.Bg7+ Kg8 23.Qh6 d3 24.Bh8

I.MacGregor - J.Mueller (R.Sweeney)
Last game we saw a Queen trapped - this time it's Knight trapped
in time honored fashion on the edge of the board by a Bishop.

Black was doing OK (White's 16.0-0 was silly 16.Kd2!) but the game
turned when Black feared a check. In this position (Black to play).

Black played 21...Kc8 and soon dropped the a-pawn.
21...Kc7 22.Bg3+ Kb7 23.Rb2+ Rb6 and Black keeps the passed pawn.

and here Black had a chance to get his Knight back in the game.

Black played 31...Kb7 32.Bf8 and the Knight was stabled.

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I.MacGregor - R.Sweeney

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4 e6 4.e3 c5 5.c4 Nc6 6.Nc3 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Be7 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.Bg3 Bb4 11.Qc2 Qa5 12.Rc1 Qxa2 13.Be2 Bxc3+ 14.bxc3 Qxc2 15.Rxc2 a5 16.0-0 Ba6 17.Bxa6 Rxa6 18.e4 Nf6 19.f3 Ke7 20.Bh4 Kd7 21.Rd1+ Kc8 22.Ra2 Nh5 23.Rda1 Nf4 24.Rxa5 Rxa5 25.Rxa5 Kb7 26.Kf2 Ra8 27.Rxa8 Kxa8 28.Bg3 Nh5 29.Be5 f6 30.Bd6 g6 31.Ke3 Kb7 32.Bf8 f5 33.e5 f4+ 34.Kd4 Kb6 35.Kc4 Kb7 36.Kc5 Kc7 37.Bh6 g5 38.c4

But before we go I have to show this game from Rhian Hughes.
She is one of these players who appears never to have a normal game.

Here she mates her opponent on move 29 without moving her Queen's
Rook, Knight or Bishop. (the Bishop actually covers a square in the final mate).

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F.Lloyd - R.Hughes

1.e4 d5 2.Nc3 d4 3.Bb5+ c6 4.Bc4 dxc3 5.Qf3 e6 6.d3 Qf6 7.Qxf6 Nxf6 8.bxc3 a5 9.Nf3 b5 10.Bb3 a4 11.Bd5 exd5 12.exd5 Nxd5 13.0-0 f6 14.Re1+ Kf7 15.c4 Nb4 16.Nd4 Bc5 17.Be3 Bxd4 18.Rac1 Bxe3 19.Rxe3 Re8 20.Rce1 Rxe3 21.Rxe3 Nxa2 22.Re4 b4 23.c5 b3 24.cxb3 axb3 25.Re2 Nc3 26.h3 Nxe2+ 27.Kh2 b2 28.f4 b1Q 29.h4 Qg1

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