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The Train Game and the Kellet - Davies Draw

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Look at this blokes name.

Plantagenet Somerset Fry. Wow.
I want a name like Plantagenet Somerset Fry.
You certainly won't forget that in a hurry.
A good book by the way. Unravels the mysteries of history.

This week I've been sent two game by Pentland Hills players,
Philip Best (black v John Massa) and Gordon Davis (black v Simon Kellet).

John Massa - Philip Best
This was the Pentland Hills v Corstorphine match that was played on a train.

I don't know why. Possible part of a Chess promotion.
Anyway here is a picture of the above players.

In the background you can see Terry Purkins (black)
playing against the ex Aberdeen centre half Donald Smith.



Here is a picture of the train there where on.



An interesting picture this. See the bird I have circled
in the back ground? That is the Black Crested 'snorkel' Gull.
Not usually seen on these shores. It's a native of Denmark.
Must be across here to get away from the flu.

Anyway.
Philip informs me that the following game was all theory up
until move 19 when black is supposed to play 20...f6.
Good. That means I do not have to discuss the first 20 moves.

He said the sac 20...Rxd4 appealed to him and he thinks it
is a new move.

I checked my date base of 187 million games and found
N.Abbasi(2280) - E. Szalanczy (2420) The Balatonbereny open 1994.
It featured the same sac 20...Rxd4. Black lost.
I'll give the full game after Massa v Best.

I then checked my other data base of 23 million games played in
the Edinburgh chess league since the 16th century and discovered
that this game was the second longest to follow theory.
The top is still Berry v Grassie. 118 moves in the Caro Khan.
Edinburgh 1956 (I won't be giving that game).

The big decision moment was on move 23. Attack or defend?
In the following position he played the tame 23 Nde2.



This does cover the c3 Knight against sacs on c3 but the
move must be 23 Nd5 and if 23..e6 24 Ne3 hitting the Bishop.
The position is very complicated and tricky and a full detailed
analysis does not belong here.
(I'm too lazy) - no actually I've spent ages shifting wood in this position,
do not try analysing this position with Fritz - it will give false valuations
due to the number of extra black pawns.

But I can find chances for White after 23 Nd5 and Black has
to tread carefully. After 23 Nde2 Black gets the tempo he needs
and with 23...Qa5 white is always on the defensive.
The forest of black pawns seem unstoppable.
Unless you find something I suggest white stays away from
this variation. Black's game plays itself



[Click here to replay the game]
John Massa - Philip Best

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.h4 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Rxc4 14.h5 Nxh5 15.g4 Nf6 16.Nde2 Re8 17.e5 Nxg4 18.fxg4 Bxg4 19.e6 Bxe6 20.Bd4 Rxd4 21.Nxd4 Bg4 22.Rdg1 h5 23.Nde2 Qa5 24.Kb1 Rc8 25.Qe3 e6 26.Rh4 Rc6 27.Rhxg4 hxg4 28.Rxg4 Qe5 29.Re4 Qc5 30.Qxc5 Rxc5 31.Rb4 b6 32.Kc1 f5 33.Rh4 g5 34.Rh5 Kf7 35.Kd1 Kg6 36.Rh1 e5 37.b4 Rc4 38.Nd5 f4 39.a3 f3 40.Nec3 e4 41.Kd2 g4 42.Nf4+ Kf7 43.Ncd5 g3 44.Rh5 g2 45.Rf5+ Ke8 46.Nxg2 fxg2 47.Rg5 Bh6



And as promised here is the N.Abbasi - E. Szalanczy game.
There may be possible improvements for black.
I like Philip's 21st move 21...Bg4 instead of 21...Bd7
as played in the following game.



[Click here to replay the game]
N.Abbasi - E. Szalanczy

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.0-0-0 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Rxc4 14.h5 Nxh5 15.g4 Nf6 16.Nde2 Re8 17.e5 Nxg4 18.fxg4 Bxg4 19.e6 Bxe6 20.Bd4 Rxd4 21.Nxd4 Bd7 22.Rdf1 Rf8 23.Nf3 Bc6 24.Rxh7 Bxf3 25.Rxg7+ Kxg7 26.Rxf3 Qa5 27.Rh3 Rh8 28.Rxh8 Kxh8 29.Qe3 Qe5 30.Qxa7 f5 31.Qxb7 Qe1+ 32.Nd1 f4 33.a4 g5 34.c3 Kg7 35.a5 g4 36.a6 f3 37.Qd7 Qe4 38.a7 g3 39.a8Q Qxa8 40.Qxe7+



and to complete the picture here is a game with the
recommended theoretical move 20...f6.
Again I prefer Philip's exchange sac but there is a
better way to play it for white.

R.Slobodjan (2500) - T.Heuer (2290)Germany 1996.


[Click here to replay the game]
R.Slobodjan - T.Heuer

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.h4 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Rxc4 14.h5 Nxh5 15.g4 Nf6 16.Nde2 Re8 17.e5 Nxg4 18.fxg4 Bxg4 19.e6 Bxe6 20.Bd4 f6 21.Nf4 Bf7 22.Qh2 Rxd4 23.Qxh7+ Kf8 24.Rxd4 e5 25.Nh5 gxh5 26.Rg1 exd4 27.Qxg7+ Ke7 28.Nd5+ Ke6 29.Re1+ Kf5 30.Rf1+ Ke6 31.Nxf6 Re7 32.Re1+ Kf5 33.Qh7+ Kxf6 34.Rf1+ Kg5 35.Qg7+ Bg6 36.Rg1+ Kf4 37.Qxg6



so onto the second game.
Simon Kellet v Gordon Davies,Pentland Hills v Livingston.
This was monster of a game. 74 hard fought moves.
For the early part White was in control but around about move 25
he was suddenly facing a Black attack on the King side that
should never had been given an opportunity to arise.

I do not know what Simon was doing on moves 17-19.
simpler would have been 17 h3 instead of B(b5)-f1, h3, Bb5.
It does appear as if somehow he had lost the thread of the
game.

So Black manages to obtain counter play on the King side.
See the triple up on the f-file.



White halts the attack with an exchange sac so Black
starts again. This time on the Queen side.
Look at this position 14 moves later. Doubled up on a-file.
You would hardly think it was the same game.



Black by now was well on top and resignation was in the
air if White could only nurse home his passed c-pawn.
In this position with the wily Kellet fighting for
his life all black need to do was...



65...Rd6 66.Nf5 Rd3 and the pawn queens.
65...Rd6 66 Nb3 Rd3 67 Na1 Kc1 the pawn will queen
and although White has two passed pawns the Queen
and Rook will easily stop them.

Instead Black allowed the Knight to give itself up
for the pawn and the King was too far away to help
the Rook stop white's passed pawn. Draw.



[Click here to replay the game]
S. Kellet - G. Davies

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.Nd2 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Ngf3 0-0 6.c3 Nbd7 7.Bd3 Re8 8.0-0 e5 9.Bg5 Nb6 10.a4 a5 11.Qb3 Be6 12.d5 Bg4 13.Bb5 Rf8 14.Rfe1 Qc8 15.Rac1 h6 16.Bxf6 Bxf6 17.Bf1 Bg7 18.h3 Bd7 19.Bb5 f5 20.Bxd7 Nxd7 21.Nh4 Rf6 22.exf5 gxf5 23.Qc2 Qf8 24.Nc4 f4 25.b4 Qf7 26.Nxa5 Qh5 27.g3 Raf8 28.Qe2 Qf7 29.g4 Qxd5 30.c4 Qf7 31.c5 d5 32.Nxb7 e4 33.Qa2 Ne5 34.Red1 Nd3 35.Rxd3 exd3 36.Nf3 Re6 37.Rd1 Rb8 38.Na5 Rxb4 39.Rxd3 d4 40.Kg2 Ra6 41.Qd2 Rxa4 42.Nb3 Ra2 43.Qd1 Qd5 44.Nbxd4 Qxc5 45.Ne2 Qc2 46.Rd8+ Kh7 47.Qd5 Qxe2 48.Qg8+ Kg6 49.Nh4+ Kf6 50.Rf8+ Bxf8 51.Qxf8+ Ke5 52.Qf5+ Kd6 53.Qxf4+ Kc6 54.Nf5 Qxf2+ 55.Qxf2 Rxf2+ 56.Kxf2 Kd5 57.Kg3 c5 58.Kh4 c4 59.Kh5 c3 60.Ne3+ Ke4 61.Nc2 Rb6 62.h4 Kd3 63.Ne1+ Kd2 64.Nf3+ Kd1 65.Nd4 c2 66.Nxc2 Kxc2 67.g5



...and finally.
I can now confirm that the Wandering Dragons
have moved into the second car business.
Would you buy a second hand car from this guy?



Come along down to 'Happy Don's' for the deal of the year.


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