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British Championship 2009 Rounds 1, 2, and 3

('s not a British Flag...Ed).

I know, but I don't have a British Flag, email me one.

Ok let us start with a game that was not played at The British Championship.
This is a blitz game played at the King's Head pub, London. on the 29th July.

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Joseph - Will Burt

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bc5 6.Nb3 Bb6 7.Bc4 d6 8.0-0 Bg4 9.Qe1 Qd7 10.Bg5 0-0-0 11.Nd5 Ne5 12.Be2 Rhg8 13.Bxf6 gxf6 14.Nxf6 Nf3+ 15.Bxf3 Bxf3 16.Nxg8 Qg4 17.g3 Qh3 18.Ne7+ Kb8

Black actually misplayed the attack and in turn missed an instructive brilliancy.
Look & Learn.

Here, Black to Play.

Black played 14...Nf3+ But White can defend with 15.Kh1!

So the move is 14...Bf3! 15.Nxd7 Rxg2+ 16.Kh1.
Now what? A discovered check by the Rook is answered by Bxf3.

So Black plays 16...Rg1++ 17.Kxg1 Rg8 mate.
Remember that one lads.

The British Championship

If you want all the details about The British Championship.
Pairings, Live games, Pics, PGN of the Rounds. Then go here.

British Championship 2009 Website

For the first report on the British The Corner will just look at
one player's first 3 games. So let us pick a Scot....Andrew Green.

Here is a picture of Andrew. (not looking at the board as usual).

(Photo by Miroslav Plchot on Chessbase.)

Round 1. Andrew Green v Peter Shaw
Peter Shaw is the father of the Scottish GM John Shaw.

(Is that true?..Ed)

I don't know, I don't think so, who cares?

The Game:
Andrew employs the King's Indian Attack v the French. Black throws up
his Queenside pawns, as you do v the KIA and appears to keep his King
in the centre just one move too long.
But the more you look the more you see that White cannot take advantage of this
and perhaps, Mr Harry Hindsight again, taking the Queens off with 18.Qxf5+ was the move.

Good Grief what am I saying? What a gutless suggestion. Forget that.

Alas it came down to this. White to play.

White is unaware that his Queen is in danger of being caught on e5.
Andrew played 19.Nf1 and 19...Bd6 did the foul deed. The Queen has gone.
White resigned two moves later.

Here is the complete game.

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A.Green - P.Shaw

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Qe2 Be7 4.g3 Nf6 5.e5 Nfd7 6.f4 c5 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.Bg2 b5 9.0-0 a5 10.Nbd2 Ba6 11.c3 a4 12.f5 exf5 13.e6 Nb6 14.exf7+ Kxf7 15.g4 Re8 16.Ne5+ Nxe5 17.Qxe5 Qd7 18.Rxf5+ Kg8 19.Nf1 Bd6 20.Bxd5+ Kh8 21.Rf7 Qxg4+

Round 2.Ian Reynolds v Andrew Green
Ian Reynolds is possibly in trouble in Wales.

When I was a teenager I got into a bit of bother with the police in Aberdovey.
Nothing serious, just being stupid. I told them my name was Ian Reynolds and
I here on holiday from Swindon. They gave me a warning and let me go.

(Ha Ha. my real name is actually Geoff Chandler and at the time I lived in
Tywyn, Merioneth, which is 2 miles up the road from Aberdovey).

The most difficult game to win is a won game.
Dr Siegbert Tarrasch said that.

And the most difficult move to make is the move
that wins the won game. (I said that).

It's the final move you make before your opponent resigns is the hardest to play.
The Graveyard of Broken Dreams is full of games where the would-be-winner has
stumbled whilst playing the 'winning' move.

(The Graveyard of Broken Dreams.....who writes this guff...Ed).

The latest tombstone to be erected is this game.

White to play.

White glided out the natural 25.Bc3? and mates on h8 and g7 cannot be prevented.
A pretty deadly duo the Queen & Bishop battery along the a1-h8 diagonal.

However we must refresh ourselves with rules of the game, in particuliar, pinned pieces.

Any piece pinned to a King may not move.
Andrew Green knows this rule, and so now does Ian Reynolds.
Black played 25...Qb6 pinning the White Queen. A draw was agreed one move later.

White had to play 25.Qf6 and there is no defence. Black must resign.

So we have a draw, an equal result, but not equal emotions.
Andrew Green is elated and Ian Reynolds is in depair.
So much so he left the tournament hall and jumped off Torquay Pier.

His timing was really off that day. The tide was out.
All he succeeded in doing was spraining his ankle and stunning a crab.

Here is the full game.

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I.Reynolds - A.Green

1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. c4 Nb6 5. exd6 exd6 6. Nc3 Nc6 7. Be3 Be7 8.Bd3 O-O 9. Nge2 Nb4 10. O-O Bg4 11. f3 Bd7 12. b3 Nxd3 13. Qxd3 Re8 14. d5 Bf6 15. Bf2 Nc8 16. Rae1 g6 17. Ne4 Be5 18. f4 f5 19. fxe5 fxe4 20. Qxe4 Rxe5 21.Qd4 Ne7 22. Ng3 Rxe1 23. Bxe1 c5 24. dxc6 Bxc6 25. Bc3 Qb6 26. Re1

Round 3. Andrew Green v Sheila Dines
I wonder how you pronounce Dines.
Is it Dines as in dinning out or is it Din-ness.

The Game.
Andrew plays an early c4 in the Lopez.
I think it's called the;
'lose the initiative very quickly variation.'

It is designed to cramped Black but she refuses to be cramped
and went for an early f5 to open up the game.

Then Black nicks the e-pawn allowing White to play the Jack Flash move 16.Bh6.

If Black makes any attempt to hold the g7 pawn then it interferes
with her development so she let's it go preferring to have an open g-file.

Then came this moment. Black to play.

Black chose 20...Kd7 the right square, the wrong piece.
Knights are always naff at b6, one should use any excuse
to get them off that square as quick as possible.

So with a tempo gain, 20...Nd7 hits the Bishop 21.Bh4 and then 21...Ne5.

The Knight is king of the minor pieces and ideas/threats are looming.

After that the game got quite interesting with both sides looking
like they have something but it never quite happens.
White had a chance here to create complications with 27.Re5.

(well it sets a trap, but there are exchange sacs on d5 in the air).

The last big chance came here, Black to move.

Yes. 33...d4. You just play moves like this good or bad.
Look at the diagram. Everything on the board is waiting for the d-pawn to move.

But it was not played. Why?

We of course speculate but:
I bet Black wanted to play it but White can take it 34.Qxd4 and then play 35.Qc3.
But 34.Qxd4 Rd2 35.Qc3 Qe4! and Black wins. It was this line that Black missed.

The Chandler Cornered analysis team agree.

(They appear to be looking at a different position....Ed)

They are looking at the game Andrew will playing tomorrow.
These guys are good.

After that the game ended in an interesting looking draw.
here is the full game.

[Click here to replay the game] - S.Dines

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. c4 Be7 7. h3 Nd7 8. Nc3 Nb6 9. Bb3 f5 10. d4 exd4 11. Nxd4 Nxd4 12. Qxd4 Bf6 13. Qe3 Qe7 14. O-O Bxc3 15. Qxc3 fxe4 16. Bh6 Be6 17. Bxg7 Rg8 18. Bf6 Qf7 19. Rfe1 Qg6 20. g3 Kd7 21.c5 Nd5 22. Bxd5 Bxd5 23. cxd6 cxd6 24. Qd4 Bc6 25. Rad1 d5 26. Rxe4 Rae8 27.Rf4 Re2 28. Bh4 Rge8 29. Rg4 Qc2 30. Rg7+ Kc8 31. Qg4+ Kb8 32. Qf4+ Ka8 33. Rf1 Re1 34. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 35. Kh2 Qd1 36. Rg8+ Be8 37. Qc7

Might stick with Andrew's games for the whole Congress.
Why not?

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