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Edinburgh Quality Chess Fide Event. Round 7

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 Players.
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 7 Rounds.

Games to come.

Round 8
Round 9

Round 7 Games

Once again all five games.

A.Greet - J.Grant
One of these Rook (Greet) v Bishop & Knight (Grant) games.
These usually favour the two pieces and It did indeed look as if
Jonathan was going to pull off another win.

But the win (if it is there, I'm not 100% sure) drifted away from him.
The draw was there. Black to play.

57...Bd6 58.Rxg7 Bxb4+ 59.Ka4 Nxb5 60.Rg4+ Nd4. and the b-pawns are gone.
If Black losses the h-pawn he can give up the Knight for White's h-pawn.
As long as the Black King is not trapped on the back rank then
King & Rook v King & Bishop is drawn.

I was willing this move as I could I did not want to end up entering another 100 mover.

Infact it was a spell binding ending with 6 or 7 spectators
enthralled watching the last 20 minutes of play.
Andrew Greet is good at grinding out wins from these positions.

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A.Greet - J.Grant

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bf4 Ngf6 12.0-0-0 Qa5 13.Kb1 Be7 14.Ne5 0-0 15.Qb3 Qb6 16.Nc4 Qxb3 17.axb3 Rac8 18.f3 c5 19.Ne2 Nd5 20.Bh2 Rfd8 21.Na5 b5 22.Nc3 Ne3 23.Rd2 cxd4 24.Rxd4 Nf6 25.Nxb5 a6 26.Nb7 Rd5 27.Rxd5 Nfxd5 28.Nd4 Bf6 29.Nd6 Rd8 30.Nc6 Rd7 31.g4 Rc7 32.Ne5 Rxc2 33.Ne4 Rxh2 34.Rxh2 Bxe5 35.Rd2 f5 36.gxf5 Nxf5 37.Nc5 Nd4 38.Nxe6 Nxe6 39.Rxd5 Bf4 40.Ra5 Nc7 41.Rf5 Bd6 42.Kc2 Ne6 43.Rd5 Be7 44.Rd7 Kf7 45.Ra7 Nc5 46.Kc3 Ke6 47.Kc4 Nd7 48.Rxa6+ Bd6 49.b4 Ne5+ 50.Kc3 Nxf3 51.b5 Kd5 52.Ra7 Ng5 53.b4 Ne6 54.Kb3 Nd4+ 55.Ka4 Be5 56.Ka5 Kc4 57.Re7 Kd5 58.Re8 Kd6 59.Rd8+ Kc7 60.Rd5 Bf6 61.b6+ Kb8 62.Rd7 Nc6+ 63.Kb5 Ne5 64.Rf7 Nd3 65.Ka5 Nf4 66.Rd7 Ne6 67.Ka6 Nd8 68.Rc7 Ne6 69.Rc4 Bd4 70.Rc6 Nd8 71.Rc2 Nf7 72.b7 Nd6 73.Rd2 Be5 74.Rd5 Bf4 75.Kb6 Nxb7 76.Rd7 Nd6 77.Rd8+ Nc8+ 78.Kc6 Be5 79.Rg8

And White won in the Allegro finish.

M.Andersen - N.Berry
This is the opening where good players are beating weaker players with ease.
White thinks he an attacking advantage and weakens his position by going for it.

I know because Neil scudded me in a blitz game in Bells with this.
I later checked it out ot see where I had gone wrong.

I tried to blast him off the board. That is wrong.

6.Bg5 7.0-0-0+ and 8.f4 is what Black wants. White should forget the attack
and annoy Black by developing without weakening. 6.Bc4 is the way.

If you are under 2000 and about to play in a tournament where
you expect to meet a few 2000+ players. Get smart on this opening
with 6.Bc4 because one of them will try it against you.

Young Mads should have known Neil needs to win to keep his IM hopes alive
so he should have played something solid and made Neil work harder.

Is this me sounding bias? Yes.
I'll teach him to beat me at 5 minute chess.

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M.Andersen - N.Berry

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8 6.Bg5 Be6 7.0-0-0+ Nbd7 8.f4 exf4 9.Nf3 h6 10.Bxf4 Bc5 11.Nd4 Ng4 12.Nxe6+ fxe6 13.Bc4 Ke7 14.Rde1 c6 15.h3 Rhf8 16.Bd2 Nge5 17.Bb3 Rf2 18.Re2 Raf8 19.Rhe1 b5 20.Nd1 Rxe2 21.Rxe2 Rf1 22.a4 a6 23.axb5 axb5 24.Bc3 Bd6 25.Rf2 Rg1 26.Bd4 Bc5 27.Bxc5+ Nxc5 28.Re2 Nxb3+ 29.cxb3 Nd3+ 30.Kd2 Nf4 31.Rf2 Rxg2 32.Ke3 Rxf2 33.Nxf2 e5 34.b4 h5 35.Kf3 g5 36.Ke3 Kd6 37.Kd2 c5 38.Kc3 Ne2+ 39.Kd2 Nf4 40.Kc3 c4 41.b3 Ne2+ 42.Kb2 Kc6 43.Kb1 cxb3 44.Kb2 Nd4

M.Mitchell - C.McNab
Typical McNab game. White appears to doing really wrong and all
the time Colin creeps to a better position.

It's like being mugged by a nun.

at least I spotted a shot when entering the game.
Black can win a piece with 40...Bf1+ it looks bad because
the h-pawn is a runner but the BK is forced on c2 so...

40...Bf1+ 41.Kc2 Bxa6 42.gxh6 Bb7 43.h7 Be4+ catches the h-pawn.

Surprised Colin never played it (he has a wonderful mean sense of humour).

I think he left it in there to see if I would find it.

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M.Mitchell - C.McNab

1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 e5 5.e4 exd4 6.Nxd4 Nc6 7.Be3 Nge7 8.Be2 0-0 9.0-0 f5 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Qd2 fxe4 12.Nxe4 Nf5 13.Bg5 Qe8 14.Bd3 h6 15.Bf4 g5 16.Bg3 Rb8 17.Nc3 Nxg3 18.fxg3 Rxf1+ 19.Rxf1 Qe5 20.Kh1 Be6 21.Nd1 Qd4 22.b3 Rf8 23.Rxf8+ Kxf8 24.Qe3 Ke7 25.Kg1 d5 26.Kf2 Kd6 27.cxd5 cxd5 28.Qxd4 Bxd4+ 29.Ke2 c5 30.Ne3 Bxe3 31.Kxe3 Ke5 32.h3 Bf5 33.Ba6 Bb1 34.a3 Ba2 35.b4 c4 36.a4 d4+ 37.Kd2 c3+ 38.Kd3 Bd5 39.h4 Bxg2 40.hxg5 hxg5 41.Kc2 Be4+ 42.Bd3 Bxd3+ 43.Kxd3 Kd5 44.g4 a6

C.Thomson - D.Eggleston
This opened into a double IQP position.

David took the decision to swap his h-pawn for Craig's d-pawn leaving
Black with the sole passed IQP. Then a quick jump to the position at move 28.

And the lazy annotator says; 'correct decision, the IQP won it.'

Of course it was not all planned. Some inexact moves by White
let Black have a perfect Tarrasch type position where the IQP
never looked in any real danger.

Then Black started pushing it...

You have to see the two Black Bishops hunt down a poor Rook like
two submarines chasing a tug boat.

A good game by David who is showing his real form after a disasterous start.

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C.Thomson - D.Eggleston

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 c5 4.e3 cxd4 5.exd4 d5 6.Nc3 Be7 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Bd3 0-0 9.Ne5 Nc6 10.0-0 Nxd4 11.Bxh7+ Nxh7 12.Qxd4 Be6 13.Bf4 Qa5 14.Nd3 Rac8 15.Be5 Rc4 16.Qe3 Nf6 17.Qe1 Bf5 18.Rd1 Rd8 19.b3 Rcc8 20.b4 Qa6 21.b5 Qb6 22.Nf4 d4 23.Nce2 Bc5 24.Ng3 Bc2 25.Rc1 Ba3 26.Ra1 Bb2 27.Rd1 Bc3 28.Qe2 d3 29.Rxd3 Bxd3 30.Nxd3 Rxd3 31.Bxf6 Rxg3

N.Mikkelsen - A.Tate
If White thought Alan's win v Andrew Greet was a one-off then he was wrong.
I cannot explain why Nikolaj played like he did than to offer over-confidence.

I was speaking to a disconsolate Nikolaj after the game.
I explained that Alan was infact the Scottish Champion a few years back.

This cheered him. He said he did not know this.
It makes you feel better to know you have beaten by a good player.

The Game.
First of all Black get's a perfect Benoni a tempo up.
White sacs a pawn possibly missing 16...exf6! then to win the
pawn back White throws in the exchange.

That is all Alan needed to then play some lovely chess.
He gives back the exchange and promotes a pawn..
All this in 25 moves. A good game by Alan

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N.Mikkelsen - A.Tate

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.e3 g6 4.Be2 Bg7 5.0-0 0-0 6.d5 d6 7.Nc3 Na6 8.h3 Rb8 9.a4 Nc7 10.e4 a6 11.a5 Bd7 12.Nd2 Nb5 13.Bxb5 axb5 14.e5 dxe5 15.Nde4 b4 16.Nxf6+ exf6 17.Ne4 Bb5 18.Nxc5 Bxf1 19.Kxf1 Qd6 20.Be3 Rfd8 21.Ra4 Rbc8 22.Nd3 Qxd5 23.Bb6 b3 24.Bxd8 bxc2 25.Qf3 c1Q+

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