Aberystwyth had another good result in the second round of the Welsh On-line League on Tuesday 29th September when we played De La Beche Rooks. On Board 1 my Stonewall Dutch position was soon invaded by Alan Fisher after I weakened it by exchanging dark-squared bishops. When White missed a mating attack I found myself, much to my surprise, still in the game, but I had used a lot of time and failed to save the draw in the rook ending that followed. James Cook went a pawn down playing the Alapin against Peter Smith’s Sicilian, but Black got in a tangle that eventually caused him to drop a piece. The game became very unbalanced as James sought to hold back Black’s advancing pawns with his knight, but eventually settled into a draw. Once again, Boards 3 and 4 came up with the goods for Aber. Tom Gunn was in some trouble with his Kan Sicilian against Vaughan Thomas, who had an extra pawn and a better development. But White played too passively, allowing Tom to win back the material and get the upper hand in the ending before eventually winning on time. Sam Holman had arrived at a level middle game position in a Ruy Lopez Steinitz against David Belochkin when his opponent started giving away pieces, after which the win was straightforward. A win to Aber by 2½-½. Our next match will be against the very strong Steynton A team on Tuesday 13th October.

[Event “Rated Classical game”] [Site “lichess.org”] [Date “2020.09.29”] [Round “?”] [White “Alan Fisher”] [Black “Matthew Francis”] [Result “1-0”] [ECO “A90”] [WhiteElo “1571”] [BlackElo “1648”] [Annotator “lichess.org”] [PlyCount “163”] [EventDate “2020.??.??”] [TimeControl “2700+15”] {[%evp 0,163,19,-12,7,-22,21,32,38,38,82,79,54,70,79,90,52,56,40,17,58,43,47, 49,49,33,47,49,66,57,93,84,81,72,105,89,85,82,83,86,80,98,103,90,94,94,108,70, 90,58,85,93,93,98,90,105,119,129,216,223,231,275,269,269,309,281,376,171,176, 184,197,200,745,756,29995,32,32,0,0,0,0,0,0,-1,0,-14,0,0,0,0,0,-19,-35,0,0,0, 58,69,77,78,34,60,53,44,70,54,53,37,42,41,40,0,154,96,125,126,748,1015,1910, 527,527,29,119,114,126,131,131,114,106,108,119,119,113,119,119,119,119,119,119, 119,141,157,176,185,228,239,267,255,485,485,493,495,507,507,517,495,495,495, 527,527,537,537,537,547,547,547] Alan Fisher,1571} 1. c4 e6 {A13 English Opening: Agincourt Defense , Matthew Francis 1648 -R} 2. g3 f5 $6 {(0.05 ? 0. 95) Inaccuracy. d5 was best. [ I have left in the lichess rather odd comments about openings; my annotations are labelled -R. This one can safely be ignored. Matthew has not previously played the Stonewall Dutch, the Leningrad a couple of times. -R]} (2… d5 3. cxd5 exd5 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. Nf3 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. a3) 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. Nc3 c6 5. Nf3 d5 6. d4 (6. cxd5 {has been more popular, not that Wh has done very well with it-R}) 6… Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. cxd5 (8. Qc2) (8. b3) (8. Bf4 {main lines-R}) 8… exd5 9. Bg5 Qe8 10. e3 (10. Bxf6 {main, looks a logical follow-up; though eliminating Bl’s e6 pawn helps Bl rather than Wh}) 10… Ne4 {25 % for Wh} (10… Nbd7 {21.4 % for Wh}) 11. Bf4 Bxf4 $6 {(0.48 ? 1.23) Inaccuracy. Be7 was best.} (11… Be7 {1 draw, 2 Bl wins; leaves the f4 B as a target with g5 to come-R} 12. h4 h6 13. a4 Nd7 14. Qc2 g5 15. Bc7 Bf6 16. a5 Qh5 17. Rfb1 Re8 18. Ne2) (11… Qe7 $14 {preferred by Komodo14 MC-R}) 12. exf4 Nd7 13. Re1 (13. Qb3 $14 {Komodo14 MC}) 13… Qf7 (13… Qd8 14. Qc2 Re8 15. Ne5 Nxe5 16. fxe5 Nxc3 17. Qxc3 Be6 18. Qd2 $16 {Komodo14 MC}) 14. Rc1 Ndf6 15. Ne5 Qc7 16. a3 (16. Na4 {Komodo14 MC}) 16… Qa5 17. f3 Nxc3 18. Rxc3 Bd7 19. Rce3 {Wh has an entrenched N on e5, & a possibility of a minority Q side advance.Bl is solid, but has few attacking chances.-R} Be8 20. b4 Qd8 21. Qc2 g6 (21… Nd7 {Komodo14 MC wants to eliminate Wh’s best piece-R}) 22. Nd3 b6 {This weakens the Q side. Perhaps Bl’s best plan here is to try to get in Nd7-then b5, Nb6, & Nc4 with counterplay} 23. Bf1 $6 {(1.84 ? 1.20) Inaccuracy. Ne5 was best.} (23. Ne5 a5) 23… a5 24. Qb2 Rf7 (24… axb4 {is the logical consequence of the last move- seeking R activity-R} 25. axb4 Rf7 26. Ne5 Rc7 27. Rc1 Qd6 $14 {Komodo14 MC}) 25. Ne5 Rfa7 $6 {(1.65 ? 2.24) Inaccuracy. Rc7 was best.} (25… Rc7 26. bxa5 bxa5 27. Qc3 c5 28. dxc5 d4 29. Qc4+ Qd5 30. Qxd5+ Nxd5 31. Bc4 Rxc5 32. Rd3) 26. b5 {Komodo14 MC considers Wh now winning} cxb5 27. Bxb5 Bxb5 $6 {(2.16 ? 3.02) Inaccuracy. Rb8 was best. [Wh is winning in all lines- Komodo14 MC-R]} (27… Rb8 28. Rc3) 28. Qxb5 Rg7 29. Nc6 Qd6 $6 { (3.71 ? 5.29) Inaccuracy. Qf8 was best.} (29… Qf8 30. Qxb6) 30. Re6 Qf8 31. Ne7+ Kh8 32. Nxd5 Nxd5 $6 {(4.97 ? 6.98) Inaccuracy. Ng8 was best. [No real difference according to Komodo14 MC-R]} (32… Ng8 33. Nxb6) 33. Qxd5 $4 { (6.98 ? 2.54) Blunder. Re8 was best.[ Agreed Re8 gives bigger advantage, but Wh’s move keeps the win in hand-R]} (33. Re8) 33… Rd8 34. Qb3 (34. Qe5 { Komodo14 MC}) 34… Rgd7 35. Qxb6 Qxa3 $4 {(2.79 ? 13.01) Blunder. a4 was best. } (35… a4 36. Qa5) 36. Re8+ Rxe8 $6 {(11.42 ? Mate in 3) Checkmate is now unavoidable. Kg7 was best.} (36… Kg7 37. Rxd8 Rf7 38. Qe6 Qb4 39. Rd7 Qxe1+ 40. Qxe1 Rxd7 41. Qxa5 Kf7 42. Qc5 h5 43. d5) 37. Rxe8+ $4 {(Mate in 3 ? 0.00) Lost forced checkmate sequence. Qf6+ was best.} (37. Qf6+ Rg7 38. Rxe8+ Qf8 39. Rxf8#) 37… Kg7 38. Qe6 Qa1+ (38… Qd6 $11) (38… Rb7 $11 {both Komodo14 MC} ) 39. Kg2 Qxd4 $11 40. Qg8+ (40. Re7+ {Komodo14 MC} Rxe7 41. Qxe7+ Kh6 42. Qf8+ Qg7 43. Qa3 Qa7 44. Qf8+ Qg7 $11 (44… Kh5 45. h3 $18)) 40… Kh6 41. Qf8+ Qg7 42. Qa3 Rd2+ 43. Kh3 Qb2 44. Qf8+ Qg7 45. Qxg7+ Kxg7 46. Ra8 Ra2 $11 (46… Rd5 $11) (46… Kf7 $11) (46… Rd3 $11) (46… Kf6 $11) (46… h5 $11 {All Komodo14 MC}) 47. Ra7+ Kh6 $6 {(0.00 ? 0.72) Inaccuracy. Kg8 was best.} (47… Kg8 48. g4 fxg4+ 49. fxg4 h6 50. f5 g5 51. Ra6 Kg7 52. Kg3 Ra3+ 53. Kg2 Ra2+) 48. g4 fxg4+ 49. fxg4 g5 $11 (49… Ra3+ 50. Kh4 g5+ 51. fxg5+ Kg6 $11 { also, Komodo14 MC , seen by Rudy}) 50. f5 $4 {(1.70 ? 0.00) Blunder. Ra6+ was best. [Honestly, why a blunder, either way it’s still a level position-R]} (50. Ra6+ Kg7 51. fxg5 Ra3+ 52. Kh4 Ra2 53. h3 Ra3 54. Ra8 Kf7 55. Rc8 Rd3 56. Rh8 Kg7 {assessed as = by Komodo14 MC}) 50… a4 $11 (50… Rc2 51. Rxa5 Rc3+ 52. Kg2 Rc2+ {holds comforably- Komodo14 MC/ perpetual or Wh loses pawns on the K side-R}) 51. Kg3 Ra3+ 52. Kf2 Ra2+ 53. Ke3 Rxh2 54. Rxa4 Rh3+ (54… Rb2 $11 { looks safest -R}) 55. Kd4 Rf3 (55… Rb3 {safer, -R}) 56. Ke5 Kg7 57. Ra7+ Kg8 $4 {(0.00 ? 154.14) Blunder. Kh6 was best. A losing move, so this is a blunder} (57… Kh6 $11 58. Kf6 Rb3 59. Rd7 Rb6+ 60. Ke5 Rb5+ 61. Kd6 Rb6+ 62. Kd5 Rb4 63. Ke6 Rxg4 64. f6 {Stockfish10 stops here} Re4+ 65. Kf7 Rf4 66. Ke6 Re4+ $11 {Komodo14 MC}) 58. Kf6 {mating net-R} h5 59. Kxg5 (59. Kg6 $1 {Komodo14 MC} Kf8 60. gxh5 (60. f6) 60… Rb3 61. h6 Rb6+ 62. f6 {Bl’s g pawn is too slow}) 59… hxg4 $6 {(59.33 ? Mate in 27) Checkmate is now unavoidable. Kf8 was best.} ( 59… Kf8 60. f6 h4 61. Kg6 {and Bl has to give up the R-R}) 60. Kxg4 $4 { (Mate in 27 ? 0.00) Lost forced checkmate sequence. Kg6 was best. [This is now a book draw as the Bl K, although on the back rank, is in front of the pawn-Nalimov tablebases will play this perfectly- R]} (60. Kg6 Kf8 61. f6 Ke8 62. f7+ Kf8 63. Ra8+ Ke7 64. Re8+ Kd6 65. f8=Q+ Rxf8 66. Rxf8 Ke5) 60… Rf1 ( 60… Rb3 {the simplest is that the R will cover the third rank(which prevents the Wh K from getting there), then when the pawn goes to f6, the R goes to the rear & keeps checking the K, which has no place to hide.-R}) 61. Kg5 Rg1+ 62. Kf6 {still a draw, but Bl needs to be more careful now-R} Rf1 63. Rg7+ Kf8 64. Rc7 Ke8 $4 {(0.11 ? 65.56) Blunder. Kg8 was best.} (64… Kg8 {Bl needs to go to the short side of the pawn, so that the Wh R has less space to operate in-R} 65. Rg7+ Kf8 66. Ra7 Kg8 67. Ra8+ Kh7 68. Re8 Rb1 69. Re2 Kg8 70. Re6 Rb2 71. Re8+) 65. Rc5 (65. Ra7 {is the simplest way to win, it forces the Bl K away from the pawn, so that Wh can then get the Lucena position (building a cover for the K after the pawn is forced to f7)-R}) 65… Rf2 (65… Ra1 {is worth a try, keeping behind the Wh pawn should be a dead end-R}) 66. Ke6 $4 {(65.10 ? 0.11) Blunder. Rc8+ was best.} (66. Rc8+) 66… Kf8 {and its = again-R} 67. Rc4 Re2+ 68. Kf6 Ke8 $4 {(0.57 ? 63.43) Blunder. Kg8 was best.} (68… Kg8 $11 { only move-R}) 69. Rc8+ Kd7 70. Rf8 {other R moves look better, as they don’t occupy the square the pawn needs to get to, but Wh can afford the loss of time-R} Rf2 $4 {(3.48 ? 66.97) Blunder. Kd6 was best.} (70… Kd6 71. Rd8+ { [but Wh is still winning-R]}) 71. Kg7 Rg2+ 72. Kf7 Rf2 73. f6 Rg2 74. Ra8 (74. Rg8 {even better-R}) 74… Rg3 75. Kf8 Ke6 76. Ra6+ $4 {(66.33 ? 3.28) Blunder. f7 was best.[it really doesn’t matter-R]} (76. f7) 76… Kd7 77. f7 Rg4 78. Ra3 Rf4 $6 {(12.78 ? Mate in 23) Checkmate is now unavoidable. Rg2 was best.} ( 78… Rg2 79. Rd3+) 79. Rd3+ (79. Rg3 {quickest, but there are several ways-R}) 79… Ke6 80. Ke8 Rxf7 81. Re3+ Kf6 82. Rf3+ {Normal Black resigns.} 1-0 [Event “Casual Classical game”] [Site “lichess.org”] [Date “2020.09.29”] [Round “?”] [White “James Cook”] [Black “Peter Smith”] [Result “1/2-1/2”] [ECO “B22”] [WhiteElo “1476”] [BlackElo “1485”] [Annotator “kemen”] [PlyCount “121”] [EventDate “2020.??.??”] [TimeControl “2700+15”] {[%evp 0,121,80,11,103,16,54,38,88,71,96,96,96,43,56,42,63,50,53,53,54,45,45, 69,74,74,74,74,79,62,62,64,114,0,0,-11,0,0,5,0,19,-64,-51,-51,-42,-43,-43,-40, -55,-113,-54,-90,0,0,23,20,20,20,20,16,20,22,61,13,13,19,22,25,44,50,146,147, 145,145,154,148,150,148,151,0,11,0,203,211,211,32,146,169,178,178,178,178,178, 178,178,179,179,177,174,91,232,227,227,227,226,24,31,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0, 0,0,0,0] James Cook} 1. e4 c5 {Peter Smith,1485} 2. c3 d6 (2… d5) (2… Nf6 { main lines}) 3. d4 cxd4 (3… Nf6 {main}) 4. cxd4 a6 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. Bc4 { an aggressive move} (6. Nf3 {main, more flexible & scores better for Wh}) 6… e6 (6… b5 7. Bb3 Bb7 8. f3 e6 9. d5 exd5 10. Nxd5 Nxd5 11. Bxd5 Bxd5 12. Qxd5 $16 {Cook-Finlay, Dyfed Closed 2011,1/2-1/2}) 7. Nf3 Be7 8. d5 (8. O-O O-O { with an edge for Wh, most frequent then is} 9. e5) (8. Bd3 {Komodo14 MC, takes aim at h7and avoids a Q swap after e5}) 8… e5 9. O-O O-O 10. h3 (10. a4 { 1 game each}) 10… b5 (10… Nbd7 11. Bg5 {2-0}) 11. Bd3 Nbd7 {the position bears resemblance to one reached via a Ruy Lopez} 12. b4 (12. Be3) 12… Bb7 ( 12… Nb6 {2-2}) 13. a4 $16 Qc7 14. Ra3 (14. Bd2 {Komodo14 MC}) 14… bxa4 15. Nxa4 Nb6 16. Qc2 {doesn’t feel right, as the Bl Q could be a bit of a target where she is,} (16. Nxb6 Qxb6 17. Be3 Qc7 18. Qb3 h6 19. Nd2 $16 {Komodo14 MC, Wh has significant Q side pressure}) 16… Qxc2 17. Bxc2 Nxa4 (17… Nfd7 $11) 18. Rxa4 Rfc8 $11 {Bl has gained time to control the c file} 19. Bd3 Rc3 20. Ra3 (20. Rd1) 20… Rac8 21. Rxc3 Rxc3 22. Bb1 (22. Rd1 {appears to get compensation for the pawn loss} Rb3 23. Bc2 Rxb4 24. Ba3 Rc4 25. Rb1 Rxc2 26. Rxb7 Bf8 27. Rb8 Nd7 28. Ra8 Nb6 29. Rxa6 $11 {Komodo14 MC}) 22… Rc4 23. Nd2 (23. Re1 Rxb4 24. Bd2 Rb6 25. Be3 Rb2 26. Rc1 $11 {Komodo14 MC}) 23… Rxb4 24. f3 {shores up e4, but creates bad bl square weaknesses} (24. Bc2 $11) (24. Rd1 $11) 24… Ne8 (24… Nd7) 25. Bd3 Nc7 (25… Rd4 $15) 26. Ba3 (26. Nc4 $11) 26… Rd4 27. Rb1 Rxd3 28. Rxb7 Rxa3 29. Rxc7 $11 {and Wh has gained counterplay after the Bl pieces were on sightly the wrong squares} Bf8 30. Nc4 Ra2 (30… Ra1+ 31. Kh2 g6) 31. Nb6 g6 (31… f6 32. Ra7 $11 {Komodo14 MC}) 32. Rc8 Kg7 33. Re8 a5 (33… f6 {survives for Bl} 34. Nd7 Kf7 35. Rxf8+ Ke7 36. Rh8 Kxd7 37. Rxh7+ Ke8 38. Kh2 a5 {Komodo14 MC}) 34. Nd7 $16 a4 35. Rxf8 a3 36. Ra8 Ra1+ 37. Kh2 a2 {it’s difficult finding a good square for the N} 38. Kg3 ( 38. g4 {Komodo14 MC, trying to force Bl into zugzwang} h6 39. Kg2 g5 40. Ra3 Kg6 41. Ra7 Kg7 42. Ra6 Rb1 43. Rxa2 Rb7 44. Nxe5 dxe5 45. Kg3 Rb3 46. Rd2 Kf8 47. Rh2 $16 {Wh retains good winning chances}) 38… h6 39. f4 $5 {a piece up, Wh needs to keep as many pawns on as possible} (39. h4) 39… exf4+ $11 40. Kh2 (40. Kh4 $5) (40. Kxf4 $2 Rf1+ {and promotes}) 40… Re1 (40… Rb1 $1 { Komodo14 MC} 41. Rxa2 Rb7 42. g3 fxg3+ 43. Kxg3 Rxd7 $17 {and Bl has good winning chances as the Wh pawns are split in addition to being one down}) 41. Rxa2 Rxe4 42. Rd2 (42. Ra6 $18 {frees the d pawn to advance}) 42… Re7 (42… Rb4 $1 43. Re2 Rb7 44. Re7 g5 $11 {the Wh pieces are tied down}) 43. Nb6 $18 { the N has escaped} Kf6 44. Nc4 Rd7 45. Re2 g5 46. Kg1 h5 47. Kf2 g4 (47… Kf5) 48. hxg4 (48. h4 $1 {keep as many pawns on as possible- Bl will be unable to attack h4, while Wh can easily target or threaten to target h5} Kf5 49. Re8) 48… hxg4 49. Nd2 (49. Re8 {is a better try, the text releases the Bl R from duty}) 49… Re7 (49… Ra7 $14 {Bl should swap pawns, but not pieces}) 50. Rxe7 Kxe7 51. Ne4 (51. Nc4 $18 {ties the Bl K to d6 while giving the Wh K a bit more space.}) 51… f5 52. Nc3 (52. Nd2 Kf7 53. Nc4 {is still the square- it prevents the Bl K from getting to e5.}) 52… Kf6 $11 53. g3 Ke5 54. gxf4+ Kxf4 55. Ne2+ (55. Nb5) 55… Ke4 56. Kg3 Kxd5 57. Kf4 Ke6 58. Ng3 (58. Nd4+) 58… d5 59. Nxf5 d4 60. Nxd4+ Kd5 61. Kxg4 {Normal} 1/2-1/2 [Event “Rated Classical game”] [Site “lichess.org”] [Date “2020.09.29”] [Round “?”] [White “Vaughan Thomas”] [Black “Tom Gunn”] [Result “0-1”] [ECO “B43”] [WhiteElo “1217”] [BlackElo “1398”] [Annotator “lichess.org”] [PlyCount “106”] [EventDate “2020.??.??”] [TimeControl “2700+15”] {[%evp 0,106,25,11,65,51,62,63,38,35,69,61,96,86,82,82,68,58,130,72,212,217, 218,215,288,181,386,347,454,369,493,186,184,191,191,114,128,78,94,70,117,70,79, -29,-4,-47,-35,-67,-73,-64,-67,-92,-89,-94,-77,-82,-74,-82,-75,-60,-55,-71,-50, -50,-39,-34,-39,-39,-23,-41,-15,-43,-28,-25,-18,-80,-78,-81,-78,-78,-65,-76, -68,-80,-9,-81,-88,-95,-124,-162,-151,-235,-290,-337,-337,-337,-361,-397,-421, -538,-634,-666,-707,-814,-838,-1151,-1293,-1334,-1374] 1217} 1. e4 {Vaughan Thomas, 1217} c5 {Tom Gunn} 2. Nf3 e6 (2… Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 { Reynolds-Gunn, Dyfed Closed 2019,0-1}) 3. d4 (3. c3 b6 4. Bc4 Bb7 5. d3 d5 { Greenwood-Gunn, Dyfed Closed 2019,0-1}) 3… cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 {B43 Sicilian Defense: Kan Variation, Knight Variation} Qc7 6. Be2 (6. Bd3 {main}) 6… Bb4 (6… Nf6) (6… b5) (6… Nc6 {main lines}) 7. Qd3 {agrressive, but the Q can also get exposed here} (7. Bd2) (7. O-O) 7… Nf6 8. Bd2 (8. O-O) 8… b5 (8… Nc6 {main, most flexible; where else is the N going?}) 9. O-O Bb7 {a natural move after the last, but Bl needs to do something about the loose B on b4 (now the Wh K has moved).} (9… Bc5) (9… Be7) (9… Bxc3 {have all been played}) 10. Ncxb5 $18 axb5 11. Bxb4 Bxe4 (11… Bc6 $5 12. Nxc6 Nxc6 13. Bd6 $18 {Komodo14 MC, looks worse than the game with the Bl K stuck in the middle.}) 12. Qd2 (12. Nxb5 $18) 12… Nd5 13. Nxb5 {Wh is fully developed, Bl is not & struggling} Qb6 14. a3 (14. a4 Nxb4 15. Qxb4 {and Bl must lose more material}) 14… Nxb4 15. axb4 (15. Qxb4 $18 {prevents 0-0}) 15… O-O 16. Rxa8 (16. c4) 16… Bxa8 17. Na3 {puts the N on an inferior square} (17. c4 $18) ( 17. Qd6 $18) 17… d5 (17… Nc6) 18. Bf3 Rc8 19. Rc1 (19. c3 {at once avoids locking in the R. Rs should rather be used to attacking weak pawns rather than defending them.}) 19… Nd7 (19… Nc6 20. c3 Ne5) 20. c3 Ne5 21. Qe2 (21. Be2) 21… Nxf3+ 22. Qxf3 Qxb4 $11 {taking advantage of the passive R} 23. Rc2 Qb3 24. Qd3 {the Wh pieces are getting in each others way} Bc6 25. Qd2 Ra8 (25… e5 $5) 26. h3 Qb7 (26… h6 {a useful precaution}) 27. f3 Rb8 28. Qf2 (28. c4 { Wh needs a bit of activity}) 28… Ba4 29. Rd2 Bb3 30. Re2 (30. Qc5 $5) 30… Kf8 31. Rd2 (31. f4 $11 {holds up the Bl pawn mass & looks at the K}) 31… Ke8 32. Nc2 Bxc2 33. Rxc2 Kd7 34. Qe2 {Wh has been going passive after the activity of Nxb5} (34. Qg3 $11 {hoping for something on the K side}) 34… Qb5 35. Qd2 Ra8 36. Kh2 Qc4 37. Qd4 (37. Qg5 {looks better}) 37… Qxd4 38. cxd4 $15 Ra4 39. Rd2 {again the R has landed up defending a weak pawn} Kc6 40. Kg3 Kb5 41. Kf4 (41. Rc2 Rc4 42. Rd2 Kb4 {probably transposes}) 41… Kb4 42. Ke3 ( 42. Rc2 Kb3 43. Rc7 {with activity looks like Wh’s last hope}) 42… Kb3 $17 43. f4 Ra2 {Wh has been outplayed} 44. g4 Rxb2 45. Rxb2+ (45. Rd1 {more of a fighting chance}) 45… Kxb2 $19 46. Kd2 Kb3 47. Kd3 Kb4 48. h4 g6 49. g5 Kb3 50. Kd2 Kc4 51. Ke3 Kc3 52. f5 exf5 53. Kf4 Kxd4 {Time forfeit Black wins on time.} 0-1 [Event “Rated Classical game”] [Site “lichess.org”] [Date “2020.09.29”] [Round “?”] [White “Sam Holman”] [Black “David Belochkin”] [Result “1-0”] [ECO “C84”] [WhiteElo “1386”] [BlackElo “1000”] [Annotator “lichess.org”] [PlyCount “59”] [EventDate “2020.??.??”] [TimeControl “2700+15”] {[%evp 0,59,19,38,25,7,30,29,68,22,37,9,13,-32,-17,-16,-13,-28,-22,-18,-18,-15, 13,30,74,44,137,65,64,64,144,66,68,58,41,35,41,27,44,34,89,-12,360,347,757,735, 1051,1063,1062,985,994,1018,1344,1001,1096,1254,1254,1068,1132,1178,29999, -30000]} 1. e4 {Sam Holman} e5 {David Belochkin,1000} 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 { C62 Ruy Lopez: Steinitz Defense} 4. O-O Be7 5. c3 Nf6 6. d3 (6. Re1) (6. d4 { main lines-R, other comments are lichess analysis}) 6… Bd7 7. Nbd2 O-O 8. Re1 a6 9. Ba4 b5 10. Bb3 (10. Bc2 {main, a matter of choice-R}) 10… a5 (10… Na5 {main}) 11. a4 (11. Nf1 {played 3 times}) 11… bxa4 12. Bxa4 d5 $6 {(1.32 ? 2. 00) Inaccuracy. Qb8 was best.} (12… Qb8 13. Nc4) (12… Na7 13. Bb3 Nb5 14. Nf1 c6 15. Bg5 h6 16. Be3 c5 17. Qd2 Nc7 18. Ra2 {Ayman-Redondo Terron, Djerba Women Online, lichess 2020,1-0 -R}) 13. Nf1 $6 {(2.00 ? 1.18) Inaccuracy. exd5 was best.} (13. exd5 Nxd5 14. Bxc6 Bxc6 15. Nxe5 {wins a key pawn-R}) 13… dxe4 14. dxe4 Nb8 $6 {(1.14 ? 1.96) Inaccuracy. h6 was best.} (14… h6 15. N1d2 $16) 15. Bxd7 $4 {(1.96 ? 0.34) Blunder. Nxe5 was best. [exaggeration, it’s just that Wh can win a pawn instead-R]} (15. Nxe5 Bxa4 16. Qxa4 Qe8 17. Qc4 a4 18. Nf3 Qc6 19. Qe2 Bc5 20. e5 Re8 21. Ne3 Nd5) 15… Nbxd7 16. Ng3 Bc5 17. Bg5 Qe8 18. Nf5 Ng4 (18… h6 {Komodo14 MC}) 19. Re2 (19. N3d4 $5 { Komodo14 MC}) 19… Ndf6 $6 {(0.42 ? 1.14) Inaccuracy. Qe6 was best.} (19… Qe6 20. h3) 20. h3 $4 {(1.14 ? -1.12) Blunder. Bh4 was best.} (20. Bh4 Nh5 21. Ne1 Qc6 22. Nd3 Rfe8 23. Qd2 Nf4 24. Nxf4 exf4 25. Qxf4 Ne5 26. Bg3 f6) (20. Qd3 $14 {preferred by Komodo14 MC}) 20… Nxe4 $4 {(-1.12 ? 5.23) Blunder. Nxf2 was best.} (20… Nxf2 21. Rxf2 Bxf2+ 22. Kxf2 Nxe4+ 23. Kg1 $11 { Komodo14 MC}) 21. hxg4 $18 a4 $6 {(5.40 ? 11.04) Inaccuracy. Nxf2 was best. [Yes, it is better to get something for it rather than lose a N outright-R]} ( 21… Nxf2 22. Rxf2 Bxf2+ 23. Kxf2 f6 24. Bd2 g6 25. Nh6+ Kh8 26. Qb3 a4 27. Qc4 Rb8 28. Rb1) 22. Rxe4 Rd8 {Bl has lost control over the position-R} 23. Bxd8 Qxd8 24. Qxd8 Rxd8 25. Rxe5 Ra8 (25… Bd6 {[at least keeps the B, but Bl is too much material behind-R]}) 26. Rae1 (26. Rxc5) (26. Rxa4) 26… g6 (26… Bf8 $5) 27. Nh6+ Kg7 28. g5 Bd6 29. Re8 Ra5 $6 {(18.65 ? Mate in 1) Checkmate is now unavoidable. Rxe8 was best.[ It’s dead-R]} (29… Rxe8 30. Rxe8) 30. Rg8# {Normal White wins by checkmate.} 1-0

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