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British Championship 2008 (part 2)

It's festival time in Edinburgh and Dave Goddard sent me this
picture of a leaflet for Chess by The Danmusians Group.

I went one better...

...I met them.

Now look at this guy.

He has played the Stonewall once too often

And now look at this guy.

This is a picture of Jack Rudd taken in round one of the 2008 British Championship.

D.Kolbus (2393) - J.Rudd (2345) and Jack has just played 16...c6

He expects the Knight to move (say 17.Nc3) when 17...Bxf4 gives Black an edge.
(18.Qxd8 Be3+ and then 19...Rxd8).
But his opponent was in alert mode and played 17.Rd1! and Jack was in trouble.
Here is the complete game. Watch White exploit this one simple mistake.

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D.Kolbus - J.Rudd

1.c4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nb3 Be7 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.e4 0-0 8.a3 d6 9.Be2 Nd7 10.0-0 Nc5 11.Nxc5 dxc5 12.Nd5 Bd6 13.f4 f6 14.Be3 Nd4 15.Bxd4 cxd4 16.Qxd4 c6 17.Rad1 Qa5 18.b4 Qa6 19.e5 cxd5 20.Qxd5+ Rf7 21.Qxd6 Qxa3 22.Bf3

Good game. But looked what happened to Jack.

The game turned his hair black.

Next up we see S.Sen (2050) - S.McCullough (1910). Now last C.C. we saw Mr.McCullough
resigning in a won position and here he losses the shortest game of the British.
(I'm not picking on him - I always show the shortest game from these events).

This game features the well known trappy manoeuvre from a fianchettoed position,
namely moving the Knight attacking a critical square at the same time
discovering an attack from the fianchettoed Bishop.
Here it is in it's basic form.

White plays 1.Ng5 threatening mate on h7 and unmasking the g2 Bishop.
Black stops the mate threat and White plays Bxb7.

Here is shortest win of the British.

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S.Sen - S.McCullough

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.d4 dxc4 5.Bg2 c5 6.0-0 Nbd7 7.Na3 Be7 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.Nxc4 0-0 10.Qc2 b5 11.Nce5 Bb7 12.Nxd7 Nxd7 13.Ng5

This unmasking of the Bishop by Ng5 is a very well known idea.
Here are two games that reach the same position, spring the same trap,
yet come from two different openings.

J.Schmidt (1880) - A.Warbruck (1060),St Ingbert open St Ingbert, 1988

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J.Schmidt - A.Warbruck

1.c4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.b3 Nf6 4.Bb2 Be7 5.g3 0-0 6.Bg2 c6 7.0-0 Nbd7 8.d4 b6 9.Nbd2 Bb7 10.Qc2 Rc8 11.e4 Nxe4 12.Nxe4 dxe4 13.Qxe4 Nf6 14.Qc2 c5 15.dxc5 Bxc5 16.Ng5

If Black protects the b7 Bishop then Bxf6 hits the Queen and h7 falls.

A.Barreras (2310) - J.Gil,Fuerteventura, 1992

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A.Barreras - J.Gil

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.g3 c6 6.Bg2 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.b3 b6 9.Bb2 Bb7 10.Qc2 Rc8 11.e4 dxe4
12.Nxe4 c5 13.Nxf6+ Nxf6 14.dxc5 Bxc5 15.Ng5

Next up is a really lovely piece of attacking chess.
M.Surtees (2182) - J.Houska (2405)
A couple of tactical questions need answered in this game.
Was the exchange sacrifice 12.Rxa5 needed and can Black take
the cheeky Knight that has just captured on g7?

Well the answers are yes the exchange sac was needed to make the Nxg7 sac sound.
I've given variations in the notes as to why.
One line is Nxg7 without the exchange sac and the other is what happens if Black takes the Knight
after the exchange sac has been played. Instructive stuff.

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M.Surtees - J.Houska

1.e4 c6 2.Ne2 d5 3.e5 c5 4.b4 cxb4 5.d4 Nc6 6.a3 e6 7.axb4 Bxb4+ 8.c3 Ba5 9.Ng3 Nge7 10.Nh5 0-0 11.Bg5 Qc7 12.Rxa5 [12.Nxg7 Kxg7 13.Bf6+ Kg8 14.Qg4+ Ng6 15.Qg5 Nxd4 16.Bd3 Bxc3+ 17.Kf1 Bb2! 18.Qh6 Qc1+] 12...Qxa5 13.Nxg7 f5 [13...Kxg7 14.Bf6+ Kg8 15.Qg4+ Ng6 16.Qg5 Nxd4 17.Bd3 Qa2 18.0-0 Re8 19.Qh6 Nf5 20.Bxf5] 14.Nh5 Ng6 15.Nf6+ Kh8 16.Nxh7 Qc7 17.Nxf8 Nxf8 18.Bf6+ Kg8 19.g4 f4 20.Bd3 b5 21.g5 b4 22.Qh5 Ne7 23.g6 1-0


At the time of writing the British was a tie between Stuart Conquest
and Keith Arkle. There is a play-off for the title in a few days time.

I suppose I could suspend this Corner and then give the result
and perhaps a game. But that would give the impression like I really care.

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