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More Glenrothes Games

Now a couple of more games from Glenrothes 2005.
You will notice these games feature John Duncan.
He made the mistake of ambling into Bells on a Sunday night
with some score sheets in his pocket. (gold dust!).

J. Duncan vs. B. Geddes, Glenrothes 2005.

In this game Black misses a trick on e6 and drops a pawn.
White puts on the pressure and with a pawn in his back pocket
he robs Black of the defensive tactic, swapping pieces.

Black 29th...Nxg6 leaves the Knight in an everlasting pin.
He would have done better leaving the pawn on g6 as it hinders
the White attack. Though White with 2 pawns up is winning.
Black gives up the pinned piece in disgust and soon resigns.

Now for some Nit-picking. White played well enough to win but...
White could have finished this off clinically.
So many won games are lost by the potential winner playing a
few sloppy moves. One should train oneself to wrap up as
accurately as possible. Look for the neat finish.
There will be games in the future when only the best will do.

Here White played 33. Qf3. the clean way
was to use the unprotected Rook on e2.

33.e6 Qe7 34.Qf4 Rd8 35.Qf7+ Qxf7 36.exf7+ Kf8 37.Re8+

[Click here to replay the game]
J. Duncan vs. B. Geddes

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bf5 6.Bd2 c6 7.Bc4 e6 8.Ne4 Qd8 9.Ng3 Bg4 10.c3 Bd6 11.0-0 Nbd7 12.h3 Bxg3 13.fxg3 Bh5 14.Bf4 h6 15.Qd2 Ne4 16.Qc2 Bg6 17.Qb3 b5 18.Bxe6 0-0 19.Nh4 Kh7 20.Nxg6 fxg6 21.Rae1 Ndf6 22.Qc2 Nd6 23.h4 Nf7 24.Be5 Nxe5 25.dxe5 Nd5 26.Rxf8 Qxf8 27.Qe4 Rd8 28.h5 Ne7 29.hxg6+ Nxg6 30.Bf5 Qc5+ 31.Kh1 Rd2 32.Bxg6+ Kg8 33.Qf3 Qe7 34.Qxc6 Rf2 35.Qxb5 Qg5 36.Qe8+ Rf8 37.Bf7+ 1-0

John was reluctant to give me this next game. "It's crap."

It is infact a well played game by a 1346 player.
John would have hated it because he was on the wrong end.

K. Emery (1486) vs. J. Duncan (1346)

Black's trouble started when he played 6...e5 and left a hole
on d5. Not a fatal move and not the reason he lost.
This is a nice example of planning v reacting.

White wants a Knight entrenched on d5 (now that is fatal).
So he hatches a plan. Swop off a Black Knight and then put his
Knights on c3 and e3. Wallah.

Black could have thwarted this plan with 11...Ng8 keeping a pair
of Knights to defend d5. Instead he either underestimated the
strength of an untouchable Knight on d5 (he won't again).
Or did not see what White was up to. I suspect the latter
because of 13...Bf8.

When the lone Knight reaches d5 you can see the misery of Black's position.

The Knight rules. White's game plays itself. Black will have to find
dozens of accurate moves to stay alive. This is too much responsibility
to take on. White finishes it off well. A good game. Text book stuff.

[Click here to replay the game]
K. Emery (1486) vs. J. Duncan (1346)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Qe2 a6 5.Bxd7+ Qxd7 6.b3 e5 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.d3 Qc6 9.Bg5 Nbd7 10.0-0 Be7 11.Nh4 h6 12.Bxf6 Nxf6 13.Nf5 Bf8 14.Ne3 0-0-0 15.Ncd5 Kb8 16.Qf3 Nxd5 17.Nxd5 Qd7 18.c4 f6 19.b4 cxb4 20.Nxb4 Qa4 21.Nd5 Qd7 22.Rfb1 Be7 23.Rb2 Qe6 24.Rab1 Rd7 25.Rb6 Kc8 26.Qd1 Bd8 27.Qa4 Rf7 28.Rxb7 Rxb7 29.Qc6+ Rc7 30.Nb6+ Kb8 31.Qa8 1-0

John will learn more from the lose than the win.
Consider carefully moves like 6...e5. It gives players ideas.
Players are at their best when they have ideas.
It's when there are no visible ideas & plans in the position,
that's when the under 1800's come unstuck. (they start pushing pawns).

"Give an under 1800 player a positionally won
position and they will ruin it with pawn moves."
Chris Morrison. Edinburgh 1982.

He will also remember that beast on d5 for a long time.
A horrible way to suffer but a valuable lesson.

(since writing the above I have spoken to John. He admits
6...e5 was a rushed move he regretted the moment he played it.)

A new rule of thumb for pawn moves.

Is it Prudent?
Have you fully Analysed?
Does it create a Weakness?
is it Necessary?

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