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Edinburgh Quality Chess Fide Event. Round 8

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 8 Rounds.

GM Colin McNab wins the tournament with one round to spare.
Well done. I have not quite figured how you done it.
A bit of Black Magic and White Hocus Pocus.

(it's got something to do with his opponents unprotected pawns/pieces/squares
and how he uses wee feint attacks on them to swing his pieces onto better
centralised squares. It's called playing good chess.)

Final Round

Round 8 Games
N.Berry - M.Mitchell
Neil needed to win this to have any chance of scoring an IM norm.
Sadly it was not be. Martin was not going to roll over,
why should he, there is still hard cash at stake.

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N.Berry - M.Mitchell

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e5 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 Be7 6.g3 0-0 7.h4 Nbd7 8.Bh3 Ne8 9.Nf3 a6 10.a4 Nc7 11.Kf1 Rb8 12.Qd3 Nf6 13.Kg2 b6 14.Rb1 Bxh3+ 15.Rxh3 Nd7 16.Be3 Qc8 17.Rhh1 Nf6 18.b4 Ng4 19.Rb3 a5 20.bxa5 bxa5 21.Rxb8 Nxe3+ 22.fxe3 Qxb8 23.Rb1 Qa8 24.Nb5 Na6 25.Rf1 Qc8 26.Qe2 Qg4 27.Nc3 Rb8 28.Qf2 Qg6 29.Qc2 Nb4 30.Qb1 Rf8 31.Nb5 Qg4 32.Rf2 f5 33.Nh2 Qxe4+ 34.Qxe4 fxe4 35.Rxf8+ Kxf8 36.Nf1 Nd3 37.Nd2 Nb2 38.Nc3 g5 39.hxg5 Bxg5 40.Kf2 Be7 41.Ke2 h5 42.Ncxe4 Nxa4 43.Nb3 Nb2 44.Nxa5 Ke8 45.Kd2 Kd7 46.Kc2 Na4

C.McNab - A.Greet
A great game of Chess.
White inflicts some pawn damage on Black castled position.

Black is quite prepared to give up the exchange to
have the black squares and a huge centre.

Colin ignores the exchange and launches a Kingside attack
with the g-pawn charging right onto g7.

The mate is prevent only at the cost of a whole Rook.
(McNab picks up his customary unprotected piece).

A Rook for two pawns down Black resigns?

No. Those centre pawns, the two Bishops and a draughty White King
mean White still has annoying activity chances.

And the moment Andrew starts to roll the pawns Colin gives up
his extra pieces to snag them both still keeping the win in his pocket.

It's heart breaking.

Then a move that had me double checking the score.
I thought he had blundered into allowing a perpetual.
Here White to play.

He played 38.Bd5!

Look at it 38...Bxd5+ 39.Rxd5 Qe1+ 40.Qg1 Qe4+ perpetual.

But it's not. White allows his King to kicked about a bit
but there is no perpetual.

It's heart breaking.

Black resigned a few moves later.
A great game of chess and worthy to clinch first prize.

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C.McNab - A.Greet

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 d6 3.g3 f5 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.d3 Be7 6.e4 c6 7.Nge2 0-0 8.0-0 Na6 9.h3 Qe8 10.exf5 Bxf5 11.g4 Be6 12.f4 Bd8 13.f5 Bf7 14.b3 Bb6+ 15.Kh1 Rd8 16.Ne4 d5 17.Nxf6+ gxf6 18.Qe1 Nc5 19.Qh4 Rd6 20.Bh6 Nxd3 21.g5 Kh8 22.g6 Rg8 23.g7+ Rxg7 24.Bxg7+ Kxg7 25.Qg3+ Kh8 26.Qxd3 Rd8 27.cxd5 cxd5 28.Rad1 Qe7 29.Nc3 e4 30.Nxe4 dxe4 31.Qxe4 Qf8 32.Rxd8 Qxd8 33.Qxb7 Bg8 34.Qf3 Bc7 35.Rd1 Qe7 36.Qe4 Qg7 37.Qg4 Qe7 38.Bd5 Bxd5+ 39.Rxd5 Qe1+ 40.Kg2 Bb6 41.Rd1 Qf2+ 42.Kh1 Qxa2 43.Re1

J.Grant - N.Mikkelsen
This game produced one of those Knight clusters that I like.


A lot of Knight dancing going on in that quarter of the board.

The game looked drawn when Jonathan's sense of danger deserted him.
Quite possibly time trouble as it happened on move 37. (37.Kf2?).

See it?

Yup the Rook and King are now Knight forkable and you saw
the last diagram, well those two Black Knights are still on the board.

A few moves later a Knight landed on e4 and that was that.

The more I look at the last few moves the more I'm convinced White was in TT.

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J.Grant - N.Mikkelsen

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.e4 c5 6.Nge2 Nc6 7.0-0 a6 8.d3 d6 9.h3 Rb8 10.a4 Bd7 11.Be3 Ne8 12.Rb1 Nc7 13.d4 cxd4 14.Nxd4 Ne6 15.Nde2 Na5 16.b3 b5 17.cxb5 axb5 18.Qd3 bxa4 19.bxa4 Rb3 20.Rxb3 Nxb3 21.Qc4 Nec5 22.Rb1 Na5 23.Qb4 Nd3 24.Qb6 Nc4 25.Qxd8 Rxd8 26.Bd4 Bxd4 27.Nxd4 Nc5 28.Rb4 Na5 29.Bf1 Kg7 30.f3 Ra8 31.h4 e5 32.Nc2 Nc6 33.Rb6 Nd4 34.Ne1 Bxa4 35.Rxd6 Bb3 36.f4 Ra1 37.Kf2 Rc1 38.fxe5 Nde6 39.Nb5 Nxe4+ 40.Kf3 Nxd6

D.Eggleston - N.Andersen
White set himself up ready to launch a king side attack the moment Black castles.

But Black does not castle. White tidies up his position and waits.

Young Mads loses patience (21...Nxd5) perhaps he started to
feel uneasy with his King uncastled for so long.

White now has a big passed d-pawn plus all his pieces are now on better squares.

Wood is chopped, White gets a Knight onto c3 covering the queening square.
Black throws a piece for a perpetual attempt. No joy.

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D.Eggleston - N.Andersen

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nge2 e6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Bd3 Nf6 8.0-0 Ne5 9.h3 Bc5 10.Qe2 d6 11.f4 Ng6 12.Qf2 b6 13.g4 h6 14.Kh1 Qb7 15.a4 Ra7 16.Rab1 Bb4 17.Nf3 Bc5 18.b4 Bxe3 19.Qxe3 e5 20.fxe5 dxe5 21.Nd5 Nxd5 22.exd5 0-0 23.Bxg6 fxg6 24.c4 b5 25.Nxe5 Re8 26.Qd4 bxc4 27.Nc6 Ra8 28.Rbe1 Be6 29.Qxc4 Bf7 30.Qc5 Rxe1 31.Rxe1 Re8 32.Rxe8+ Bxe8 33.Kg2 Kh7 34.a5 Bf7 35.Kf2 g5 36.Qe7 Qb5 37.Qxf7 Qc4 38.Qf5+ Kh8 39.Ke3 Qc1+ 40.Kd4 Qg1+ 41.Ke5

A.Tate - C.Thomson
White gives up both Bishops to inflict damage to the Black pawn
structure and then unleashes the Knights to go and seek good squares.

Of course it's very easy to write like this knowing the final result.
But it does look like how it happened.

This is not the CSM Thomson we saw at the beginning of the week.
These 5-6 hour playing sessions and the complicated early games have taken their toll.

Black seemed OK just passive.
Why was f5 not played about 15 moves before it was actually played?

The Bishops exchanges left Black without any pawn breaks so the
blocked centre was always going to be a Knights domain.

Black eventually sacced a couple of pawns to give his Bishops
some air but this only hastened the end. The Knights ruled in this one.

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A.Tate - C.Thomson

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 Be6 7.a3 g6 8.Bxf6 exf6 9.c5 Bg7 10.Bb5 0-0 11.Nge2 a6 12.Bxc6 bxc6 13.0-0 Re8 14.Re1 Bc8 15.Qa4 Bb7 16.Nf4 Rxe1+ 17.Rxe1 Qc7 18.Nd3 a5 19.Qd1 Ba6 20.Na4 Rf8 21.Nb6 Qd8 22.Nc1 Re8 23.Nb3 Re4 24.Rxe4 dxe4 25.Nxa5 Qe8 26.Qd2 h5 27.Nac4 f5 28.d5 cxd5 29.Qxd5 e3 30.fxe3 f4 31.e4 Qb8 32.Nd6

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