Recent games

[Event “Newcastle uni vs forest hall D”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “16 Jun 2023”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Hanif zaman”]
[Black “Thomas cameron”]
[Result “1-0”]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. e4 Bc5 4. Nf3 d6 5. Na4 Bb6 6. Nxb6 axb6 7. Be2 Nf6 8.
d3 h6 9. Bd2 Bg4 10. b4 Bxf3 11. Bxf3 Nd4 12. Bc3 c5 13. Bxd4 exd4 14. b5 O-O
15. a4 Re8 16. O-O Nd7 17. g3 Ne5 18. Bg2 Qg5 19. f4 Qe7 20. fxe5 dxe5 21. Qh5
Red8 22. Rf2 Rd6 23. Bh3 Rg6 24. Rf5 Rd6 25. Qe2 Rg6 26. Qc2 Rd6 27. Raf1 f6
28. Ra1 Rdd8 29. Qe2 Rf8 30. Qh5 Kh7 31. Rf2 Rg8 32. Qf5+ Kh8 33. Qg6 Qe8 34.
Bf5 Qxg6 35. Bxg6 Rgd8 36. h4 Kg8 37. g4 Rd6 38. Kg2 Kh8 39. Kg3 Kg8 40. Rf3
Kh8 41. Bf7 Rd7 42. Bd5 Kh7 43. g5 hxg5 44. hxg5 Kg6 45. Kg4 Rh8 46. gxf6 gxf6
47. Raf1 Rd6 48. Rf5 Rh2 49. Rg1 Kh6 50. Bf7 Rd7 51. Kg3 Rd2 52. Rh5+ Kg7 53.
Be6 Rd6 54. Kh4+ Kf8 55. Rh8+ Ke7 56. Rg7+ Kxe6 57. Re8#

[Event “Durham Chess Congress”]
[Site “Darlington”]
[Date “2023.05.14”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Peter Kasprovicz”]
[Black “Ethan Tatters”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “A46f”]
[EventDate “2023.05.14”]
[Opening “Indian Defense: Spielmann-Indian”]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.g3 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.O-O O-O 7.c4 Nc6 8.Nb3 d6 9.Nc3 Bf5 10.Be3 Qd7 11.Qd2 Bh3 12.Rad1 Bxg2 13.Kxg2 Rfd8 14.Nd4 Ng4 15.b3 Nxe3+ 16.Qxe3 Nxd4 17.Rxd4 Qc6+ 18.Kg1 Bxd4 19.Qxd4 Qc5 20.Qd2 a6 21.Nd5 Rd7 22.Rc1 Kg7 23.Rc3 e6 24.Nf4 Rc8 25.Rf3 b5 26.g4 bxc4 27.Rh3 cxb3 28.axb3 Qc1+ 29.Qxc1 Rxc1+ 30.Kg2 Rdc7 31.Re3 R1c3 0-1

[Event “NCA Rapidplay”]
[Date “2023.05.27”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Jonathan S”]
[Black “Matthew T”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “A20”]
[Variant “Standard”]
[Opening “English Opening: King’s English Variation”]

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 Bc5 4.e3 d6 5.Ne2 Nf6 6.Nbc3 O-O 7.O-O Be6 8.d4 exd4 9.exd4 Nxd4 10.Nxd4 Bxc4 11.Re1 Qd7 12.b3 Ba6 13.Be3 Rfe8 14.Rb1 Ng4 15.b4 Nxe3 16.Rxe3 Bxd4 17.Qxd4 Bc4 18.Rxe8+ Rxe8 19.Qxc4 Qf5 20.Qxc7 Rc8 21.Qxd6 h6 22.Rc1 Qg5 23.f4 Qf5 24.Re1 g5 25.Nd5 Rc6 26.Qxc6 1-0

[Event “25th South Lakes Open”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2023.06.04”]
[Round “5.2”]
[White “Wall, Tim”]
[Black “Burnett, Andrew”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2226”]
[BlackElo “2232”]
[ECO “A44”]
[Annotator “Tim Wall”]
[PlyCount “69”]
[SourceVersionDate “2023.06.05”]

1.d4 c5 2.d5 e5 $5
{The Old Benoni. Both of us were on 3/4 and going all out for the win on Board 2, as on Board 1 IM Peter Large (3.5/4) was White against Paul Townsend (3/4). Andy chooses his go-to offbeat system, but I had had chance to prepare during the lunchbreak…}
3.e4 a6 4.a4 d6 5.Nc3 Nd7 6.Nf3 g6 7.Nd2 $5
{The knight heads for c4 to clamp down on Black’s queenside.}
7…Bg7 8.Nc4 Nb6 9.Ne3 Bd7 10.Be2 Ne7 11.h4 $1 h5
{The inclusion of h4 and …h5 makes Black’s normally thematic …f5 thrust a bit problematic.}
( {The problem with} 11…f5 {is that White is opening the h-file and the best Black can do is try to block with …f4. Since White still has the option of castling queenside, this doesn’t seem very effective:} 12.a5 Nbc8 13.h5 f4 14.Nc4 {with a very pleasant position for White.} )
12.a5 Nbc8 13.Nc4 Bb5 14.Bg5 Bxc4 15.Bxc4 f6 16.Bd2 Bh6
{Exchanging off the dark-square bishops looks like it might relieve Black’s position, but his king now starts to look a little uncomfortable in the centre.}
17.Bxh6 Rxh6 18.Qd2
( {Even} 18.f4 $5 {straight away also puts Black under pressure on the kingside.} )
18…Rh7 19.f4 $1 exf4 $6
( 19…Ng8 {looks passive but may be a better try. The problem with exchanging on f4 is that Black’s knights won’t find it easy to access e5.} )
20.Qxf4 Ng8 21.g4 $1
{Cracking lines open on the kingside while Black’s pieces are uncoordinated.}
( 21.Qg3 $1 {also looks good, putting pressure on g- and f- files.} )
21…Qe7 22.gxh5 Rxh5 23.Qg4 Qf7 24.O-O-O b5 $6
{Feels like desperation, but Black’s position isn’t much fun anyway.}
25.axb6 Nxb6 26.Be2
{(Threatening Qe6+)}
26…Re5 27.Rdg1 Ne7 28.Qf4 c4 $6
{Trying to close the e2-a6 diagonal so that Black can castle queenside, buit this opens up another diagonal.}
( 29.h5 $1 {is probably even better.} 29…gxh5 30.Qxe5 $1 fxe5 31.Bxh5 {wins.} )
29…Rb8 30.Qd4 f5
{Lashing out, but trying to hold with …Kd8 would not have changed the result.}
31.h5 fxe4 32.hxg6 Qf4+
( 32…Nxg6 33.Bh5 {is crushing.} )
33.Kb1 Ng8
( {If} 33…Nf5 34.g7 $1 {wins. E.g:} 34…Nxd4 35.g8=Q+ Qf8 36.Bh5+ )
34.Rh8 Ke7 35.Rf1
{Not a good game for the Old Benoni. Clearly improvements are required for Black to get a decent position from the opening.}