The title doesn’t refer to the state of this blog, for once, but to the fact that I still haven’t covered the match between A and B teams, which took place at Brynamlwg on Tuesday 24 January and resulted in a 3½-½ win to Aber A. The scores were put in the Club chest, and Rudy hasn’t yet retrieved them for analysis, so meanwhile here is the report on the match between Aber A and Steynton A, played at Tanygroes on Wednesday 8 February.

On top board Rudy van Kemenade, playing Black in a Petroff, showed the patience necessary for a strong player, persisting in trying for a win in an ending where his advantage was slight. Eventually Martin Jones made the mistake that allowed him through. Robbie Wright took advantage of Gwyn Evans’s inaccuracies, winning not so much through his typical White kingside attack in the Sicilian as the material his opponent let slip in defending it. I tried to play positionally against Scott Hammett’s Bird’s Opening, having the better bishop for most of the game, but my attempted breakthrough was a disastrous mistake. Luckily for me he missed the win, and I was able to force a draw in the ensuing queen ending. James Corrigan’s game against Robbie Coles was another Sicilian, this time through a French move order. James’s clever knight sacrifice, even though declined, opened the Black defences for a convincing win. Aber A won the match 3½-½.

If you are not yet entered for the Dyfed Congress, due to be played in the delightful setting of the Fishguard Bay Hotel on the weekend of 24-26 February, there is an entry form here. It’s always a highlight of the chess calendar in Wales.

[Event “DyfedLeague:AberystwythA-SteyntonA”] [Site “?”] [Date “2017.02.08”] [Round “?”] [White “Jones, Martin C”] [Black “Van Kemenade, R.”] [Result “0-1”] [ECO “C42”] [WhiteElo “1758”] [BlackElo “2009”] [Annotator “Rudy”] [PlyCount “142”] [EventDate “2017.02.09”] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Qe2 {a notorious drawing variation against the Petroff,envisaging an early Q swap} Qe7 6. d3 Nf6 7. Bg5 (7. Qxe7+ Bxe7 {helps Bl develop}) 7… Be6 {except that Bl has other ideas ( based on games by Marshall)} 8. Nc3 Nbd7 (8… c6 9. Nd4 h6 10. Bh4 g5 11. Bg3 Bg7 12. O-O-O O-O 13. Nf5 {Suba-Van Kemenade, Scarborough 1990,1-0}) 9. O-O-O h6 10. Bh4 g5 11. Bg3 Nh5 (11… Bg7 12. Re1 Nh5 13. Nd5 Qd8 14. h4 Nxg3 15. fxg3 c6 16. Nc3 Qa5 17. hxg5 O-O-O $15 {J.Cast- Van Kemenade, 4NCL 2002,1/2-1/2 }) 12. Nd4 $146 (12. d4 Nxg3 13. hxg3 g4 14. Nh4 d5 15. Qb5 O-O-O 16. Qa5 $1 ( 16. Nxd5 Bxd5 17. Qxd5 Qg5+ 18. Qxg5 hxg5 $17 {& Bl wins the N}) 16… a6 $6 17. Bxa6 bxa6 18. Qxa6+ Kb8 19. Nb5 $18 {Lasker-Marshall, St Petersburg 1914, 1-0}) 12… Nxg3 13. hxg3 Bg7 (13… O-O-O) 14. Nxe6 fxe6 15. Nb5 {the start of an adventure that leads to the N being out of play most of the game} (15. Qh5+ Qf7 $11 (15… Kd8 $5 $11)) 15… Nb6 16. d4 a6 17. Na3 (17. Nc3 {is better, accepting the tempo loss in Nb5}) 17… Rf8 18. c3 O-O-O $11 19. f3 { Wh antipates Qf7, eyeing both f2 & a2. The problem is that the f3 pawn, however there is not much other option for Wh. obstructs the the wh B} Qf7 { Bl is confortably ahead in development, with an unbalanced position.} (19… e5 20. dxe5 Bxe5 21. Rxh6 Qg7 22. Rh1 Bxg3 $15 {alternative, that fins favour with Komodo10,but Bl was playing to keep a superior pawn structure for the endgame.}) 20. Kb1 (20. Nc4 {relocating the N , must be better}) 20… d5 21. Qc2 Qf6 22. Bd3 e5 23. dxe5 Qxe5 24. g4 {and another pawn on the same colour as the B} Rfe8 25. Qd2 Qd6 (25… Qg3 26. Rh3 Qd6) 26. Rhe1 Be5 (26… Rxe1 { Komodo10} 27. Qxe1 (27. Rxe1 Na4 28. Re6 Nxc3+ 29. Qxc3 Qxe6 30. Qxg7 Qe1+ 31. Kc2 $11) 27… Kb8 28. Bc2 Qf6 $15 {Komodo10; but ceding the e file doesn’t feel right}) 27. Bf5+ Kb8 28. Qd3 (28. Nc2 c5 $15) 28… Bg3 (28… Na4 $1 $17 {Komodo10, keeps more dynamism going by using the relative strenghts of the Ns} 29. Qc2 (29. Nc2 Qb6 $19 {Bl missed the power of this move} 30. Nb4 Nxb2 31. Kxb2 Qxb4+ {Komodo10}) 29… Nxc3+ 30. bxc3 Qxa3 $17) 29. Rxe8 Rxe8 30. Nc2 $11 {now Wh is able to hold on for the moment} Qe5 31. Nb4 c6 32. Bg6 Re7 33. Nc2 Qe2 {aiming for the g pawn, but missing that after Wh’s next, there is no checkon f1} (33… Nc4 {the N must come in} 34. b3 Nd6 $15 35. Rd2 $2 {hoping to trade Rs} (35. Kb2 Nb5 36. a4 Nc7 $15) 35… Nb5 36. Kb2 Qd6 37. a4 Nxc3 38. Kxc3 Be5+ 39. Nd4 c5 $19 {Komodo10}) 34. Rd2 Qxd3 (34… Qe5 35. Rd1 Nc4 $15) 35. Bxd3 {(draw?)} c5 $11 {However Bl has a mobile pawn majority, while Wh can’t activate his on the K side, so there is lots of play left in the position, despite the simplifications} 36. Re2 Rxe2 37. Bxe2 $15 Bf2 (37… Bf4 38. Ne1 Kc7 39. Nd3 Bd6 (39… Kd6) 40. Nc1 Nd7 41. Kc2 Ne5 $15 {Komodo10}) 38. b3 Kc7 39. Kc1 Kd6 40. Kd2 Ke5 41. Ne3 Bxe3+ (41… c4 {Komodo10} 42. bxc4 (42. Bf1 a5 43. Be2 cxb3 44. axb3 Kf4 45. Nf5 h5 46. g3+ Ke5 $15) (42. Nf5 h5 $15)) 42. Kxe3 $11 {The position may be equal objectively, but Wh has a bad Bagainst a good N, with a pawn majority unable to be mobilised on the K side;thus Bl has an extra pawn, albeit a centre one that is easily blockaded.But if anyone has winning chances, its Bl, since Wh has to be careful in defence especially given time constraints- Bl as usual was close to an hour ahead} d4+ 43. cxd4+ cxd4+ 44. Kd3 Nd5 45. Kd2 a5 (45… Kf4 {considered} 46. Bd3 (46. Kd3 Nc3 47. Bf1 Nxa2 48. Kxd4 b5 49. Bd3 (49. Kc5 {looks dangerous for Bl, but Komodo10 has everything under control} Nc1 $19 50. b4 Ke3 {and the B is lost} 51. Kb6 Kf2 52. Kxa6 Kxf1 53. Kxb5 Nd3 54. Kc4 Nxb4 55. Kxb4 Kxg2 $19 {the Wh K is too far away})) 46… Kg3 (46… Nb4 47. Be4 Nxa2 48. Bxb7 Nb4 49. Ke2 Kg3 50. Ba8 a5 51. Bb7 $11 {and Wh holds} Kxg2 $2 52. f4+ $18) 47. Be4 Nc3 48. Bxb7 Nxa2 49. Bxa6 Kxg2 50. Bb7 Kg3 51. Kd3 Nc1+ 52. Kxd4 Nxb3+ 53. Ke3 $11 {Komodo10}) ( 45… Ne3 {brief pm analysis} 46. g3 b5 47. a3 Nd5 48. b4 Nf6 49. Kd3 $11 { Komodo10} h5 $2 50. gxh5 Nxh5 51. f4+ $18) 46. a4 Nf4 (46… Ne3 $5) 47. g3 Ne6 (47… Nd5) 48. Bd3 b6 49. Bc4 Nc5 50. Bg8 Kd6 51. Bc4 $11 {(draw?)} Ke5 { Bl can still try some other ideas} 52. Bg8 Nd7 53. Kd3 Nf6 54. Bf7 {not allowing h5} (54. Bc4 h5 $2 {though allows Wh a way out tactically} 55. f4+ $1 {Komodo10} (55. gxh5 Nxh5 56. g4 Nf4+ $15 {and the clearance of the g3 pawn gives the Bl K accesss vhances via f4}) 55… gxf4 56. gxf4+ Kxf4 57. gxh5 Nxh5 58. Kxd4 Nf6 59. Bf7 $18 {as Wh will win both Q side pawns}) 54… Nd7 55. Bg8 Nc5+ 56. Kd2 (56. Kc4 {looks better}) 56… Na6 57. Bc4 Nb4 58. Bb5 Na2 59. Bc4 Nc3 60. Bd3 Nd5 61. Bc4 Ne3 62. Bd3 Kd5 63. Bb5 Kc5 64. Bd3 (64. Ke2 {Komodo10} Kb4 65. Kd3 Kc5 $11 (65… Nf1 $2 66. Kxd4 Nxg3 67. Ke3 {and the N is trapped}) ) 64… Kb4 65. Bc4 $2 {hoping to bail out in the pawn ending by getting his Kside moving at last, but allowing Bl find a way through} (65. Bb5 $1 {it seems is correct, though it also requires accuracy in calculation, and Wh’s time was getting very low} Kxb3 66. Kd3 Nd1 $1 (66… Nf1 67. f4 $18 Nh2 68. Bd7 Nf3 69. Ke4 Nh2 (69… Kc3 70. Kxf3 d3 71. Bb5 d2 72. Be2 $18)) 67. f4 Nf2+ 68. Kxd4 gxf4 69. gxf4 Nxg4 70. Be2 Nf6 71. Ke5 Nd7+ 72. Kd6 Nf6 73. Ke6 Nh7 74. Bb5 Kc3 (74… h5 75. Kf7 h4 76. Kg7 h3 77. Kxh7 h2 78. Bc6 b5 79. axb5 a4 80. b6 a3 81. b7 a2 82. b8=Q+ $18) 75. Kf7 Kd4 (75… Ng5+ 76. Kg6 Ne4 77. f5 h5 78. Kxh5 Kd4 79. Kg6 Ke5 $11) 76. Bd7 Ng5+ 77. Kg6 Ne4 78. Kxh6 Nc5 79. Bc8 (79. Bc6 b5 80. axb5 a4 81. Be8 a3 82. Bf7 Nd7 83. Ba2 Kc5 84. Kg6 Kxb5 $11 { Komodo10;all very complicated & the reason why one should not use up all one’s time in the opening})) 65… Nxc4+ 66. bxc4 Kxa4 $1 $19 {obtaining a crucial outside passed pawn, & calculating that the Bl K can get back in time to the K side} (66… Kxc4 67. f4 b5 68. f5 bxa4 69. f6 a3 70. f7 a2 71. f8=Q a1=Q 72. Qc8+ $11 {and Wh has a perpetual}) 67. f4 Kb4 (67… Kb3 {considered in the car on the way home; looks winning also, but there is a catch} 68. f5 a4 69. c5 $1 {Komodo10; exposes the Bl K} (69. f6 a3 70. f7 a2 71. f8=Q a1=Q $19 { because the Bl K is safe,while the Wh one will soon be in trouble.}) 69… bxc5 (69… b5 70. c6 a3 71. c7 a2 72. c8=Q a1=Q 73. Qe6+ Kb2 74. Qe2 Ka3 75. Qe7+ Kb3 76. Qe6+ $11 {perpetual}) 70. f6 a3 71. f7 a2 72. f8=Q a1=Q 73. Qb8+ Kc4 74. Qg8+ Kb5 75. Qb8+ {rather similar to what was to happen a little later on board 3 between Hammett & Francis}) 68. f5 Kc5 69. f6 {makes life a little easier to calculate for Bl} (69. Kd3 {keeping the pawn protected for one move more & forcing Bl to to unprotect his a pawn} a4 70. f6 Kd6 71. Kxd4 Ke6 72. Kc3 Kxf6 73. Kb4 Ke5 74. Kxa4 Ke4 {distant opposition} (74… Kd4 {is an alternative} 75. Kb4 (75. Kb5 Kc3 76. Kxb6 Kxc4 $19 {is easier}) 75… Ke3 76. Kb5 Kd3 77. Kb4 Kc2 78. Ka4 Kc3 79. Kb5 Kb3 80. c5 bxc5 81. Kxc5 Kc3 82. Kd5 Kd3 83. Ke5 Ke3 84. Kf5 Kf3 85. Kg6 Kxg3 86. Kh5 Kf4 87. Kxh6 Kxg4 $19 { Komodo10}) 75. Kb5 Kd3 (75… Kf3 76. Kxb6 Kxg4 77. c5 Kxg3 (77… h5 78. c6 h4 79. gxh4 gxh4 80. c7 h3 81. c8=Q+ {is check, & Bl is too slow}) 78. c6 h5 79. c7 g4 80. c8=Q h4 81. Qf5 {and Bl is again too slow ( however if both the Bl pawns were on the 6th with the K in front , then the position would be a draw! Rudy has had this endgame once.}) 76. Kb4 Kc2 77. Ka4 Kc3 78. Kb5 Kb3 { transposes to the above}) 69… Kd6 70. Kd3 Ke6 71. Kxd4 Kxf6 {the outside passed pawn decides matters in Bl’s favour} 0-1 [Event “Dyfed League:AberystwythA-SteyntonA”] [Site “?”] [Date “2017.02.08”] [Round “?”] [White “Wright, Robert”] [Black “Evans, Gwyn”] [Result “1-0”] [ECO “B76”] [WhiteElo “1876”] [BlackElo “1436”] [Annotator “Rudy”] [PlyCount “85”] [EventDate “2017.02.09”] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 (4… Nf6 {more usual, as Wh could now get the Maroczy bind} 5. Nc3 Nc6 (5… g6 {if a Dragon is required})) 5. Bb5 (5. c4 {the Maroczy, restricts Bl’s natural counterplay down the c file & also holds up both d5 & b5}) 5… Bd7 6. Be3 g6 7. Nc3 Bg7 8. Qd2 (8. O-O {main }) 8… Nf6 9. f3 O-O 10. O-O-O a6 11. Bd3 {admitting that the B hasn’t achieved much on b5} Rc8 (11… b5 {1-2}) 12. Nxc6 (12. Bh6 $2 Nxd4 {Alonzo Macias-Devesa Raris, Galizia ch U14 Santiago de Compostella 2002,0-1}) 12… Rxc6 (12… Bxc6) 13. Bh6 Qa5 (13… Bxh6 14. Qxh6 Qa5 15. Qd2 Be6 $11 { Komodo10}) 14. Bxg7 Kxg7 15. a3 (15. Kb1) 15… b5 16. Nd5 Qd8 (16… Qxd2+ 17. Rxd2 Nxd5 18. exd5 Rc5 $11 {is safer, avoiding the damage to the pawn structure }) 17. Nxf6 exf6 (17… Kxf6 18. Qh6 Rc5 19. f4 $16 {and the K looks rather exposed}) 18. h4 (18. g4) 18… h5 19. Rdg1 (19. g4 {is premature} hxg4 20. h5 Rh8 21. h6+ Kh7 22. Rdg1 gxf3 23. Qf4 Be6 $15) 19… Be6 (19… Rc5) 20. g4 $14 Rh8 21. Be2 (21. gxh5 Rxh5 22. f4 Bc4 23. f5 $14 {Komodo10}) 21… a5 (21… Qb6 $11 {Komodo10}) 22. Bxb5 Rc5 23. a4 Bc4 (23… Bb3 {Komodo10} 24. c3 hxg4 25. fxg4 Qe7 26. Bd3 d5 27. h5 (27. exd5 Rxd5 $17) 27… dxe4 28. hxg6 Rcc8 29. Re1 e3 30. Qe2 fxg6 31. Rxh8 Rxh8 32. Qxe3 Qxe3+ 33. Rxe3 Bxa4 34. Re7+ Kf8 35. Ra7 $14 {Komodo10}) 24. Bxc4 Rxc4 25. b3 Rb4 (25… Rc5 $14) 26. Qc3 (26. g5 $16 {Komodo10}) 26… Qd7 (26… d5 $5) 27. gxh5 Rxh5 (27… Qe6 $16 {Komodo10} ) 28. Rg5 $1 $18 Rh8 29. Rxa5 {Wh’s Q side pawns will win the endings} Rbb8 30. h5 Rhc8 31. h6+ Kh7 32. Qxf6 Rg8 33. Rd1 (33. Rd5) 33… Qc7 34. Rb5 Rbc8 35. Rd2 (35. c4) 35… g5 {to eliminate the nasty h6 pawn} (35… Kxh6 $2 36. Rh2#) 36. Rxg5 Rg6 37. Rxg6 fxg6 38. Qg7+ {simplyfying to a won R & pawn ending} Qxg7 39. hxg7 Kxg7 40. Rxd6 Rc3 41. f4 Re3 42. e5 Re4 43. Rf6 (43. a5 {is even quicker according to Komodo10, but why complicate matters?} Rxf4 44. Rd7+ Kg8 ( 44… Kh6 45. e6) 45. a6 Rf8 46. a7 g5 47. Rb7 g4 48. Rb8 g3 49. Rxf8+ Kxf8 50. a8=Q+) 1-0 [Event “Dyfed League:AberystwythA-SteyntonA”] [Site “?”] [Date “2017.02.08”] [Round “?”] [White “Hammett, S.”] [Black “Francis, Matthew”] [Result “1/2-1/2”] [ECO “A03”] [WhiteElo “1443”] [BlackElo “1703”] [Annotator “Rudy”] [PlyCount “107”] [EventDate “2017.02.09”] 1. f4 d5 2. Nf3 Bg4 3. e3 Nd7 4. Be2 (4. h3 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 Ngf6 6. g4 h6 7. d4 e6 {R Van Kemenade-Francis, Aberystwyth Ch 2011,0-1}) 4… Bxf3 (4… Ngf6) 5. Bxf3 c6 6. b3 (6. O-O) 6… e5 7. fxe5 Nxe5 8. Bb2 Bd6 9. O-O Nf6 10. d4 $6 { creates a hole on e4} (10. Nc3) (10. d3) 10… Nxf3+ {Cloud Engines} (10… Ng6 11. Nd2 Qc7 12. h3 Nh4 13. e4 $11 {Bitinas-Gucaga, Palanga Batija op 2014,1/ 2-1/2}) 11. Qxf3 Qe7 $15 (11… O-O $17) 12. Nd2 O-O 13. Rae1 Ne4 {filling in the hole at e4. Bl was unduly worried about a possible weakness on f7} (13… Rae8 {Rudy & Komodo10} 14. Re2 Ne4 (14… Qe6) 15. Nxe4 Qxe4 16. Qf5 Qxf5 17. Rxf5 Re4 $15 {because e3 is far weaker than the temporary pressure on f7}) ( 13… Rfe8 $15 {also quite playable} 14. e4 $6 Nxe4 15. Nxe4 dxe4 16. Rxe4 $2 Qxe4 17. Qxf7+ Kh8 {and there is no backrank threat to Bl}) 14. Nxe4 Qxe4 ( 14… dxe4) 15. Qxe4 dxe4 $11 16. c4 Rfe8 (16… f5) 17. Re2 Rad8 18. c5 { looks premature, Bl gets the d5 square, while its another pawn on the same colour as the B. Better to keep the pawns flexible & maybe have d5 as a possibility} Bb8 19. b4 Rd5 20. Ref2 Re7 21. Rf5 Red7 22. a4 {these pawns shouldn’t really get anywhere; but in the end they do} g6 23. Rxd5 Rxd5 24. a5 (24. Bc3) 24… a6 $15 25. Bc3 Rh5 26. h3 Rd5 (26… Kf8 $1 {Komodo10; the K needs to be used in the endgame- here it threatens to march into the Q side via d5, exploiting all the wh squares that Wh has left unattended}) 27. Be1 ( 27. g4 $5) 27… f5 28. g3 {Wh is being a hedgehog} g5 {this can wait- pawns cannot go backwards.} (28… Kf7 {brings up the K- any attempt by Wh to open up the position, should suit Bl’s far more active pices} 29. g4 Ke6 30. Kg2 ( 30. gxf5+ Rxf5 31. Bf2 (31. Rxf5 gxf5 32. Bh4 Kd5 $19 (32… f4 $19)) 31… Rf3 32. Kg2 Kd5 $19)) 29. Bf2 f4 $6 {this can come at any time, no need to rush} ( 29… Kf7 30. Kg2 Ke6 $17) 30. Kg2 (30. exf4 gxf4 31. gxf4 Bxf4 32. Re1 e3 33. Bxe3 Bxe3+ 34. Rxe3 Rxd4 35. b5 $11 {Komodo10; when planning a pawn break, ensure that your pieces are the ones that will profit from the open lines that ensue. So place your pieces for maximum effect- the other side, usually with lack of space, will not be able to be as flexible.Here, the Wh pieces are just sitting there, so Bl should arrange for the K to be at d5 & the R either on the f or g file.}) 30… Rf5 (30… f3+ 31. Kg1 {Bl should create a protected passed pawn, & then get the K to d5 , looking for a sac to break in elswhere} Kf7 32. Rc1 Rf5 33. Kf1 Rf6 34. Kg1 Ke6 35. Be1 Rh6 36. Kh2 g4 {is one example} 37. h4 Rxh4+ $19) 31. g4 (31. exf4 gxf4 32. gxf4 Kf7 (32… Bxf4 33. Bg3 $18) ( 32… Rxf4 33. Re1 {and after the R is chased away, Wh wins the e4 pawn}) 33. Re1 Bxf4 34. Rxe4 Bd2 35. Be1 Bg5 $11 {Komodo10;Wh has an extra pawn, but it will bwe vey difficilt to get any movement into the Q sise pawnsif Bl keeps pieces on}) 31… Rf6 (31… f3+ $1 32. Kh1 Rf8 $19 {Komodo10} (32… Rf6 33. d5 cxd5 34. Rd1 Rh6 35. Rxd5 Rxh3+ 36. Kg1 Kf7 $17 37. Rd7+ Ke6 38. Rxb7 Bh2+ 39. Kf1 Be5 40. Kg1 h5 41. gxh5 g4 {and Wh’s K is in trouble}) 33. Rb1 {eg} Bc7 34. Rd1 Kf7 35. d5 cxd5 36. Rxd5 Ke6 37. Rxg5 $2 Rd8 38. Bg1 Rd1 39. Rf5 Bg3 $19 {Wh’s K is stuck in the corner}) 32. Rh1 (32. Rd1 $11 {Komodo10}) 32… h6 (32… f3+ 33. Kf1 Rh6 $17 {Rudy & Komodo10} 34. Ke1 (34. h4 gxh4 35. Rxh4 Rxh4 36. Bxh4 Bc7 37. Ke1 Kf7 38. Kd2 Ke8 39. Ke1 Bd8 40. Bf2 Kf7 41. Bg3 Kg6 42. Bf4 Be7 43. Bc7 (43. Kf2 Kf6 44. Bh6 Ke6 45. Bg7 Bh4+ 46. Kf1 Bg5 47. Kf2 Kd5 { and the bad B remains very bad, eeven though it has got out from behind the pawn chain. The protected pases pawn on f3 inevitably ties down a piece to f2}) 43… Kg5 $19) 34… Kf7 35. Kd2 Ke6 36. Kc3 Kd5 {Wh is rapidly approaching zugzwang} 37. Kb3 Bc7 38. Kc3 Bd8 39. Kb3 Re6 40. Kc3 h5 41. h4 (41. gxh5 Rh6 42. Rg1 Rxh5 43. Rh1 Rh6 44. Kb3 g4 45. h4 Bc7 $19) 41… hxg4 42. hxg5 Bxg5 $19) 33. h4 fxe3 (33… f3+) (33… gxh4) 34. Bxe3 Rf3 35. Rh3 $11 Rxh3 (35… gxh4 36. Rxf3 exf3+ 37. Kxf3 Kf7 38. Bxh6 h3 39. Bg5 Ke6 40. Bh6 Kd5 41. Bc1 Kxd4 42. Bb2+ Kd5 43. g5 Be5 44. Bxe5 Kxe5 45. Kg3 Kf5 46. Kxh3 Kxg5 47. Kg3 $11) 36. Kxh3 $16 Bf4 $2 (36… gxh4 37. Kxh4 (37. Bxh6 Bg3 $15) 37… Bh2 38. Kh3 (38. Bxh6 Bg1 39. Kg3 Bxd4 $11) 38… Bb8 39. Bxh6 Kf7 $16 {Komodo10} 40. Bd2 Kf6 41. g5+ Kg6 42. Kg4) (36… Kf7 37. hxg5 hxg5 38. Bxg5 Kg6 39. Bd2 Bc7 40. Kg2 Kf6 41. Kf2 Ke6 42. Ke3 Kd5 43. g5 $18) 37. Bxf4 gxf4 38. d5 $18 { now the unblockaded pawn provides an overlap for its Q side colleagues} cxd5 39. b5 e3 (39… axb5 40. c6 bxc6 41. a6 $18) 40. bxa6 $2 (40. Kg2 $18 { as Bl doesn’t get a Q}) 40… e2 41. axb7 e1=Q $11 42. b8=Q+ Kg7 43. Qc7+ Kg8 44. Qd8+ Kg7 45. Qd7+ Kf8 {(draw?) not letting any pawns go with check} 46. Qf5+ Ke8 47. Qc8+ Ke7 48. Qc7+ Ke8 49. Qb8+ Ke7 50. Qxf4 Qh1+ 51. Kg3 (51. Qh2 Qf3+ 52. Qg3 Qh1+) 51… Qg1+ 52. Kf3 Qf1+ 53. Ke3 Qc1+ 54. Kf3 {(draw?) signalled by eyebrows} 1/2-1/2 [Event “Dyfed League: AberystwythA-SteyntonA”] [Site “?”] [Date “2017.02.08”] [Round “?”] [White “Corrigan, J.”] [Black “Coles, R.”] [Result “1-0”] [ECO “B48”] [WhiteElo “1449”] [BlackElo “1238”] [Annotator “Rudy”] [PlyCount “53”] [EventDate “2017.02.09”] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 c5 3. Nf3 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 (6. Be2) (6. Be3) ( 6. Nxc6) 6… b5 (6… Qc7) 7. Bb3 (7. Nxc6 {more frequent}) 7… Qc7 8. Be3 Bb7 9. f3 Nf6 10. Qd2 (10. Qe2 {also played}) 10… Be7 (10… Bb4 {has been played}) 11. O-O-O O-O 12. g4 e5 {before chasing a N away from a square where it is a nuisance, its always worth making sure you don’t drive it to an even stronger square. The move played not only allows a N in to f5, but also loses control over d5.} (12… Nxd4 13. Bxd4 Bc6 14. h4 b4 15. Na4 Rfb8 {Ingvason-E. Paehtz, Reyjkjavik op 2008,0-1}) 13. Nf5 $18 Bb4 14. Nxg7 $1 $18 (14. Bh6 $1 $18 {Komodo10}) (14. Nh6+ $18 {also}) 14… Rfc8 (14… Kxg7 15. Bh6+ Kh8 16. Qg5 Ne8 17. Nd5 $1 (17. Bxf8 Bxf8 18. Bxf7 Ne7 $14) 17… Qd8 18. Qxd8 Rxd8 19. Nxb4 $18 {because the R on f8 is hanging; Komodo10}) 15. Bh6 {almost all of the Wh pieces head towards the Bl K while the Bl ones have deserted to the Q side} (15. Nh5 Nxh5 16. gxh5 Kh8 17. Bg5 Be7 18. Bxe7 Nxe7 19. Qg5 Qb6 20. Rxd7 Rg8 21. Qxe5+ Rg7 22. Qxe7 $18 {Komodo10}) 15… Ne7 (15… Kh8 16. Qg5 Nxe4 17. fxe4 Be7 18. Qh5 Nd4 19. Nf5 $18 {Komodo10}) 16. Nf5 (16. Qg5 $1) 16… Ng6 17. Qg5 Ne8 18. h4 Qd8 19. h5 Qxg5+ 20. Bxg5 Nf4 21. Rxd7 $1 Ne6 22. Bxe6 { Wh is spoilt for choice; almost anything wins} (22. Nh6+ Kg7 (22… Kh8 23. Nxf7+ Kg8 24. Bxe6) 23. Rxf7+ Kh8 24. Bxe6) 22… fxe6 23. Nh6+ Kh8 (23… Kf8 24. Rf7#) 24. Rxb7 Ng7 25. Bf6 Bf8 26. Rd1 Re8 27. Rdd7 1-0

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