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British Championship 2009 Rounds 7, 8, and 9

(Still no Union Jack?...............Ed)

Cannot find one anywhere, email me one.

But never mind flags and things, let us continue my never ending quest
for blunders from the 2009 British Championship.

As usual if you want to get a PGN of all the games played so far
plus, pairings, pictures etc etc etc. click on;

British Championship 2009 Website

So we start with John Sugden - Alex Galliano Round 8.

With the Torquay salty sea air wafting in through an open window Alex ponders
his contributions to the field of problem composition and notably that of Help Mates.

And so sitting in a level position Alex decides now is the moment he will
give up any hope of becoming the 2009 British Chess Champion and instead
submit this, his first attempt, at Help Mate composition. Black to play.

43...Kg7 44.Qh6+ 1-0 (44..Kg8 45.Qf8 mate).

And whilst other strange moves and situations were being discussed
on the ECF noticeboard, someone happened to mention that they
had actually resigned once thinking they had been checkmated.

Jonathan Bryant is White in this position from a London League match.

Thinking he was mated he resigned.

The whole sorry tale with details is related here.

Justin's Blog

(mental note - quite a good blog that one - must raid it more often)

The James Hanley v Mike Surtees game was also discussed. Mike first piece
to move off the back was a Rook at move 9.

[Click here to replay the game]
J.Hanley v M.Surtees

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 b5 4.a3 a6 5.Nf3 f6 6.Bd3 e6 7.0-0 g5 8.exd5 cxd5 9.Re1 Ra7 10.h4 h6 11.Bf5 Kf7 12.Ne5+ fxe5 13.Qh5+ Ke7 14.Bxg5+ hxg5 15.Qxh8 Nc6 16.Qxg8 exf5 17.Nxd5+ Ke8 18.Qg6+ Kd7 19.dxe5 Bb7 20.e6+ Kc8 21.e7 Nxe7 22.Nxe7+ Bxe7 23.Rad1 Bd5 24.Qxf5+ Qd7 25.Rxd5

Of course such games highlight the weakness of this 'pawn moves only' strategy
but sometimes it can pay off. Enjoy the pawns of Simon Williams who is playing in this
years British. Here we see him moving nothing but pawns for 12 moves and winning a piece.
It was played at the Bunratty Masters 2009.

[Click here to replay the game]
L.Tsaboshvili - S.WIlliams

1.d4 h6 2.Nf3 g5 3.e4 a6 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5 h5 6.Bc4 e6 7.Nc3 b5 8.Bb3 d6 9.Nd3 c5 10.dxc5 dxc5 11.a4 c4 12.axb5 cxb3 13.cxb3 Nd7 14.g3 Nc5 15.Nxc5 Qxd1+ 16.Kxd1 Bxc5 17.Ke2 Bb7 18.Rd1 Nf6 19.Ra4 axb5 20.Nxb5 0-0 21.Be3 Nxe4 22.Rxe4 Bxe4 23.Bxc5 Bf3+ 24.Ke1 Rfc8 25.Rc1 Ra5 26.b4 Rxb5 27.Kd2 Ra8

Ooh I nearly forgot.
I had my first shot at putting a game on youtube.
it's a game from the recent Scottish Championship 2009.

Chandler & Ruxton on youtube

Back to games from the British 2009 Championship.
Peter Shaw - Michael White
Not a missed opportunity here by Black, possibly due to the allegro finish.
White (the colour White, White was Black in this game) has just played 62.Qb8-b6?

And it's a text book win. White (who was Black in this game) chops Queens.
62...Qf2+ and the distant passed a-pawn gives the Black King enough time to
pick up the g-pawn and see home the h-pawn.

But this did NOT happen - I have been informed by Peter Shaw that the PGN is wrong.
White (who was not White, White was Black) played 62. Qd6+ and not 62.Qb6.

I thought something was wrong and blamed time trouble.

So whose fault is this?
How many more faulty PGN's have these automatic electronic boards produced?
This is the 2nd time this has happened, a few games from the Scottish Championship
were bogus as well and in both cases Alex McFarlane was the chief contoller.

Jan Mueller - Sheila Dines.
Another missed shot. White has just played 25.Nd4-c6.

Black can now play 25...Ra6! it hits the Knight and threatens a mate with 26...Be4+

Black missed it and instead played 25...Rc8 and went onto lose.

John Littlewood - Geoffrey Taylor
I wonder if Geoffrey prefers to be called Geoffrey or Geoff?

I prefer Geoff. My mum was the only person to call me Geoffrey
and that was usually followed by a good skelp around the ear.

By the way that is the correct and only way to spell Geoffrey.
The other 'Jeffrey' is tacky, tardy and very common.

(Geoffrey!!......get on with it......Ed)

Do you recall this game from a few rounds ago?

G.Taylor - J.Garnett
White to play. He never checked all checks and played 34.b6??

34....Rb1+ 35.Kg2 Bd5+ losing the a1 Rook and turning the win into a loss.

Well after that game he said if he ever done something like that again
in this Championship he would stand upside down with his head in a bucket.

Guess what?
Geoffrey is Black, him to move and he is better here.

Black played 37.Rg7? Rxg4 38.Rxg4 Bh3 1-0.

The good news is that Geoff (or Geoffrey) who had a score 0 from 8
opened his account with a draw in round 9. with Graham Smith.

William Jones - David Fitzsimons.
This was, as they say, "an incident packed affair."
Before the players reached the following position White had excellent winning
chances but let them slip with a few 2nd best though plausible looking moves.

But this is the position I want you to look at. Black to play.
How does it look.? What do you see? What do you do?

Material level, opposite coloured Bishops with Queens on (so you MUST attack),
White has a passed h-pawn, loose (unprotected) Bishop on e3 Black can use that
to play 32...Qd3 and then set up a ...Qc4+ and...Qf1+ perpetual.

Also, back to original position,

25...Rxc3 also has a drawish look about it. If 26.bxc3 the White King is checked to death.

So draw in hand, and remember Black must have known he was losing this but has
been let off the hook, had a wee roll of the dice and played 32...d4!
Clears the white squares for the c8 Bishop to perhaps join the game.
Opposite coloured Bishops with Queens on - you MUST attack

33.Bxd4 Ke7! get out the way of c8 Bishop.

White shoves his passed pawn 34.h5 Qd5+ 35.Kb1?? The blunder (35.Ka1 or 35.b3 draws).
He has missed the exact 35...Qe4+! and is now in a mating net with the c8 Bishop
playing a major role. 36.Kc1 Qe1+ 37.Kc2 Bf5+ and White resigned.

Here is the game, I've added a few more moves to show you the mate.

[Click here to replay the game]
W.Jones - D.Fitzsimons

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 a6 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.g4 b5 10.0-0-0 Bb7 11.Kb1 Nb6 12.a3 Rc8 13.h4 h5 14.gxh5 Nxh5 15.Rg1 Nc4 16.Bxc4 Rxc4 17.Nd5 Nf6 18.Nf5 gxf5 19.Rxg7 fxe4 20.Nxf6+ exf6 21.Rdg1 Qe7 22.Rg8+ Rxg8 23.Rxg8+ Kd7 24.f4 Qe6 25.Qg2 d5 26.c3 Qf5 27.Qg7 Qg6 28.Qh8 Qf5 29.Rb8 Bc8 30.Bb6 e3+ 31.Ka2 Rc7 32.Bxe3 d4 33.Bxd4 Ke7 34.h5 Qd5+ 35.Kb1 Qe4+ 36.Kc1 Qe1+ 37.Kc2 Bf5+ 38.Kb3 Qe6+ 39.Kb4 Rc4+ 40.Kb3 Ra4+ 41.c4 Qxc4

Right that's it.
I'm off to scan the net for a British flag before I do the final rounds.

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