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Edinburgh Quality Chess Fide Event. Round 5

The Quality Chess FIDE All Play All.

12-20 September 2009
Play will be from 1pm - 7pm each day.
Edinburgh Chess Club, Alva Street, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Quality Chess publishes chess books and is based in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The Participants.
GMColin McNabScotland
IMAndrew Greet England
IMNikolaj Mikkelsen Denmark
FMMads Andersen Denmark
FMDavid EgglestonEngland
FMCraig ThomsonScotland
FMNeil BerryScotland
Jonathan GrantScotland
Alan Tate Scotland
Martin MitchellScotland

The Scores after 5 Rounds.

C. McNab4

N.Mikkelsen - N.Berry
French Winawer. Tense middle game with Neil saccing the exchange.
Nikolaj maintained an edge. The exchange up turned into a piece up
followed by a pawn race with Neil actually Queening first but
Nikolaj's Queened with the all important check. 1-0

C.Thomson - C.McNab
Two surprises this round. Alan Tate beating Andrew Greet and
Colin McNab does not fianchetto his Black King's Bishop.

A good game this one. Craig gave the exchange but taking with it
one of Black's active Knights. Indeed Colin took his time
giving up this Knight for the Rook.

This position was under much discussion in the analysis room.
If White just sits on this it's very hard for Black to make progress.

But here was the slip White played 34.Rd2 (34.Kh2!) and Black...

...saw the unprotected piece on c3.

90% of all non-mating cobinations involve an unprotected piece.

Take a moment or two to find it and work it out. Black to play.

Then we witness the McNab cold bloodied (and yet instructive) technique.

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C.Thomson - C.McNab

1.d4 d6 2.e4 Nf6 3.f3 e5 4.d5 Be7 5.c4 Nh5 6.Ne2 Bg5 7.Nbc3 0-0 8.g3 Na6 9.Bg2 Bxc1 10.Qxc1 Nc5 11.0-0 a5 12.f4 exf4 13.gxf4 Qh4 14.Qe3 Bg4 15.Nd4 Rae8 16.f5 Nf6 17.h3 Bh5 18.Rf4 Qg5 19.h4 Qh6 20.Raf1 Re7 21.Nb3 b6 22.Qg3 Ncd7 23.Qg5 Ne5 24.Qxh6 gxh6 25.Nd4 Nd3 26.Nc6 Rd7 27.b3 Kh8 28.Bh3 Rg8+ 29.Kh2 Bg4 30.Bg2 h5 31.Kh1 Re8 32.R4f2 Nxf2+ 33.Rxf2 Kg7 34.Rd2 Bxf5 35.exf5 Re1+ 36.Kh2 Ng4+ 37.Kg3 Re3+ 38.Kf4 Rxc3 39.Bf3 Ne5 40.Rg2+ Kf6 41.Nxe5 dxe5+ 42.Ke4 a4 43.Rg5 axb3 44.axb3 c6 45.Rxh5 cxd5+ 46.cxd5 Rxb3 47.Rh6+ Ke7 48.Rxh7 Ra7 49.d6+ Kxd6 50.Rh6+ Ke7

J.Grant - D.Eggleston
Both players tested each other's theory for 13 odd moves.

White sacced a pawn for open files v the Black King and
then lost/sacced? another pawn. The attack came but
it never stood a chance at this level with no weakness
to get one's teeth into.

Jonathan is going through a minor slump in form at the moment
and David appears to be just getting into his stride.
Jonathan will have to play though it, it's the only way.

Today's tip don't give Eggleston a won position and try
to get him to slip up. He never gave White a chance
to get back into the game, not even one wiff of counter-play.

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J.Grant - D.Eggleston

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 c5 4.e5 Ng8 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Nxe5 8.Ndb5 f6 9.Be3 a6 10.Nd6+ Bxd6 11.Qxd6 Ne7 12.Bb6 Nf5 13.Qb4 Nc6 14.Qc5 Qe7 15.0-0-0 d6 16.Qa3 0-0 17.g4 Nh6 18.Rg1 f5 19.gxf5 Nxf5 20.Ne4 Qh4 21.Nxd6 Qxh2 22.Rg2 Qf4+ 23.Kb1 Nxd6 24.Rxd6 e5 25.Rg1 Bf5+ 26.Bd3 Qxc4 27.Bxf5 Rxf5 28.Qg3 Rf7 29.Rc1 Qe4+ 30.Ka1 Re8 31.Qb3 Qf5 32.Rcd1 Kh8 33.a3 Rfe7 34.Be3 Qf7 35.Qb6 e4 36.Rg1 Re6 37.Rdd1 Ne5 38.Qb3 R6e7 39.Qc3 Rc7 40.Qd4 Nf3 41.Qd6 Nxg1 42.Rxg1 Rd7 43.Qb4 Red8 44.Qa4 b5 45.Qc2 Qc4 46.Qxc4 bxc4 47.Rg4 Re8 48.Kb1 Rd6 49.Kc2 h6 50.Kc3 Rc6 51.Kd4 g5 52.Kd5 Ree6 53.Bc5 Kh7 54.Kxc4 Kg6 55.Kd5 Kf5 56.Rg1 Rc8 57.b4 Rd8+ 58.Kc4 h5 59.a4 h4 60.b5 Rc8 61.Kd4 axb5 62.axb5 Re5 63.Rc1 e3 64.b6 Rd8+

M.Andersen - M.Mitchell
A Pirc. The 6.Bb5+ line.
Black managed to wriggle a slight plus and then Mads made the decision
to allow Black to double Rooks on the 7th.

It looked hairy (Black to play) but the young lad held it.

It was drawn on move 52.

J.Greet - A.Tate
After the two previous good games play by Andrew Greet I would
not have been looking forward to this one.

However Alan did not hide in a shell but came out seeking complications
and the moves between 18-24 produced some lovely positions with who
knows what is happening.

Then we had opposite Bishops with Black slightly better.

I have not decided if Andrew tried to win a drawn game v a good player,
which is always risky or Andrew thought he was losing.
It looks drawn. (possibly time trouble played it's part).

A few unnecessary intricate moves trying to lead Black astray
only improved Black's position. Then Black played 35...Rc8!

Alan's being waiting for 4 games for this move and
now notches up his first win.

The loss of the piece could have been avoided but not the 0-1 result.
Once the b2 pawn goes so does the game.

A surprise? Yes. Andrew is on top of his game at the moment.
But Alan Tate is no slouch so Andrew can take solace from the
fact he lost to a good player who played a good game of chess.

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A.Greet - A.Tate

1.e4 c5 2.d3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be2 e6 6.0-0 Nge7 7.c3 d5 8.Na3 a6 9.e5 b5 10.Nc2 d4 11.cxd4 cxd4 12.a4 Rb8 13.axb5 axb5 14.Ng5 0-0 15.Bd2 Nd5 16.Bf3 Nce7 17.Qe2 b4 18.Qf2 h6 19.Ne4 Nf5 20.Nxd4 Nxf4 21.Bxf4 Qxd4 22.Nf6+ Kh8 23.Be4 g5 24.Bxf5 Qxf2+ 25.Kxf2 exf5 26.Be3 Rb5 27.d4 Bxf6 28.exf6 Be6 29.g3 Kh7 30.Rfc1 Kg6 31.Rc5 Rfb8 32.Ra5 Rxa5 33.Rxa5 Rd8 34.Rb5 b3 35.Rb6 Rc8 36.Bd2 Rc2 37.Ke3 f4+ 38.gxf4 gxf4+ 39.Kxf4 Rxd2 40.Ke4 Rxh2

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