[Event "Oceania Zonal"]
[Site "Guam GUA"]
[Date "2019.02.22"]
[Round "7.1"]
[White "Ng, Clive"]
[Black "Illingworth, Max"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2051"]
[BlackElo "2501"]
[ECO "B90"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. f3
h5 9. Qd2 Nbd7 10. Nd5 Bxd5 11. exd5 g6 12. Be2 Bg7 13. O-O O-O 14. c4 e4 15.
f4 Ng4 16. Bxg4 hxg4 17. Rac1 f5 18. Rfd1 Re8 19. Nd4 Nc5 20. Ne6 Nxe6 21. dxe6
Rxe6 22. c5 {Diagram #} 22... Qd7 $2 {This shouldn't quite work} 23. cxd6 Bf8
24. Rc7 Qxd6 25. Qxd6 $2 {Missing a win} (25. Qc2 $1 {is natural} 25... Qb4
{the only square} 26. a3 Qb5 {and now} (26... Qa5 {allowing} 27. Qc4 {is less
resilient} ) 27. b4 $3 {is the winning computer move, preparing Rdd7 by making
b3 and/or a2/b2 available for the Queen. Black cannot prevent all of White's
major pieces descending on his King - for example} ( {note that } 27. Rdd7 $2
{immediately can be met with} 27... Rc8 ( {or} 27... Rd6) ) 27... Rae8 28. Rdd7
R8e7 29. Qa2 {(controlling e2)} 29... Kf7 30. Rd6 Rxc7 31. Qxe6+ {mates} )
25... Rxd6 26. Rxd6 Bxd6 27. Rxb7 Rb8 28. Rd7 Bf8 29. Bd4 Rc8 30. Bc3 Bc5+ 31.
Kf1 Rc6 32. Ke2 Kf8 33. Rh7 Ke8 34. h3 gxh3 35. gxh3 Bd6 36. Ke3 Be7 37. h4 Rd6
38. Ke2 Rd3 39. Rg7 Bxh4 40. Rxg6 Rf3 41. Rxa6 Rxf4 42. Bf6 Rf2+ 43. Ke3 Rf3+
44. Ke2 Bxf6 45. Rxf6 Ke7 46. Rb6 f4 47. a4 Rd3 48. Rb4 {Diagram #White has
been holding the balance but Black's more advanced pawns give him practical
chances} 48... f3+ 49. Ke1 $4 {White cannot allow a duo on the sixth rank} (
49. Kf2 $1 {holds} 49... Rd2+ 50. Kf1 $1 Re2 51. a5 e3 52. a6 {and White is
easily in time since Black needs to get his King off the e file before moving
his Rook} ) 49... e3 {Game over, this way White doesn't have any saving threats
against the e pawn now that it can simply advance to a protected square} 50.
Rc4 f2+ ( {an amusing alternative is} 50... e2 51. Rc1 Kd6 52. a5 Kd5 53. a6
Kd4 54. a7 Ke3 55. a8=Q f2#) 51. Ke2 Rd1 52. Re4+ Kd6 53. Rf4 Re1+ 54. Kd3
f1=Q+ 55. Rxf1 Rxf1 56. Kxe3 Rb1 57. Kd4 Rxb2 58. Kc4 Kc6 59. Kc3 Rh2 60. Kb4
Rh4+ 61. Ka5 Rf4 62. Ka6 Rxa4# {(annotations by Bill Forster)} 0-1
[Event "World Blitz"]
[Site "St Petersburg"]
[Date "2018.12.30"]
[Round "13.1"]
[White "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Black "Giri, Anish"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2835"]
[BlackElo "2783"]
[ECO "A28"]
1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. e4 {Neilsen gives this move a !? and praises
Magnus for choosing a comparitively rare option - not a move that would have
escaped the notoriously encyclopaedic Giri entirely but certainly one for which
he might struggle to remember the subtleties in a Blitz game} 4... Bc5 {Nielsen
describes this as "the most principled move, forcing events", implying White is
obliged to play the following little combination to avoid allowing Black a
comfortable position with control over d4} 5. Nxe5 Nxe5 6. d4 Bb4 7. dxe5 Nxe4
8. Qf3 {Neilsen says that Qd4 is more common, and suggests this is a
refinement} ( {The game Andreikin (2683) - Caruana (2709), Moscow 2010 saw
instead} 8. Qd4 {and that game concluded} 8... Nxc3 9. bxc3 Be7 10. Qg4 g6 11.
Bh6 d6 12. Qg3 {Diagram #} 12... Bf8 13. Bg5 Be7 14. Bh6 Bf8 15. Bf4 dxe5 16.
Bxe5 Bd6 17. Bxd6 Qxd6 18. Qxd6 cxd6 19. O-O-O Ke7 20. Be2 Be6 21. Rd4 Rac8 22.
Re1 Rhe8 23. f4 b6 24. Bd3 Kd7 25. Rd1 Red8 26. f5 gxf5 27. Rh4 Rh8 28. Rf1 Rc5
29. Rh5 Ke7 30. Kd2 h6 31. Bxf5 Rxc4 32. Bc2 Rhc8 33. Rf3 Rg8 34. g3 Rh8 35.
Re3 Rc5 36. Rh4 Kd7 37. a4 h5 38. Bd3 Rg8 39. Rf4 Rgg5 40. Ref3 Ke7 41. Rh4 Ra5
42. Rd4 Rgd5 43. Rff4 Rxd4 44. Rxd4 Rd5 45. Rf4 Re5 46. Bc2 Bg4 47. Bd3 Bd7 48.
Bc2 f6 49. Bd1 d5 50. Rh4 Be8 51. Rd4 Kd6 52. Rf4 Ke7 53. Rd4 Bg6 54. Bf3 Ke6
55. Be2 Be4 56. Bf1 Kd6 57. a5 Rf5 58. Ke1 Rf3 59. axb6 axb6 60. Bg2 Rxc3 61.
Kd2 Rc2+ {0-1} ) 8... Nxc3 9. bxc3 Be7 {Neilsen criticises this move by
reference to a game by Caruana, presumably the one quoted above where White
played 8.Qd4 not 8.Qf3, saying that the difference here is that the White's
queen is going to attack g7 from g3 not g4, so Black's later ...d6 will not
come with tempo} ( {Leonard Barden in the Guardian recommends} 9... Ba5 $1 $10
) 10. Qg3 g6 ( {Neilsen: If} 10... O-O 11. Bh6 g6 {would be a decent exchange
sac, except that White has} 12. h4 {with a huge attack} ) 11. Bh6 d6 {Diagram
#The same diagram as the Caruana game, but this time it is White to move} 12.
Be2 Be6 13. Rd1 Qd7 14. exd6 cxd6 15. O-O O-O-O {Diagram #The relative safety
of the two Kings is the main factor here. This is good news for bloodthirsty
chess fans. We know that these absurdly strong players are right at home
milking tiny advantages in thematic Catalan endgames (for example). But the
nature of this position means that Magnus' main tools are going to be that axe
on the wall and a murderous heart.} 16. Be3 {Having done its job preventing
king side castling the bishop pivots to hurting Black on the queenside} 16...
Qa4 17. Qf3 Qc6 18. Qf4 {The axe murder plan requires keeping the queens on.}
(18. Qxc6+ bxc6 19. Bxa7 {lets Black off too lightly (the engine actually has
this as dead level)} ) 18... b6 19. a4 $1 Rd7 ( {Neilsen:} 19... Qxa4 20. Ra1
Qd7 21. c5 $1 {is devastating} ) 20. a5 bxa5 21. Rb1 Rc7 {Diagram #} 22. c5
{Leonard Barden in the Guardian gives this move a question mark and points
out} (22. Bxa7 $1 Rxa7 23. Qd4 {forking the rooks. Neilsen doesn't mention
this, I suppose he could be protecting his boss, but it's just as plausible he
doesn't really consider this to be a mistake. Pawn grabbing is not thematic in
this game and a +2 advantage is ultimately going to generate the same result as
a +3 advantage } ) 22... dxc5 23. Bf3 $6 {Neilsen: With his opponent short of
time, Magnus commits a mistake} (23. Bb5 $1 {would have been crushing,
especially followed by Qa4, when Black's queenside collapses} ) 23... Qd6 $2 (
{Neilsen: Now Giri could have fought back with} 23... g5 $1 {when White
suddenly lacks a good square for his queen. Best would be} 24. Bxc6 (24. Qg3
Qd6) 24... gxf4 25. Bxf4 Rxc6 26. Rb8+ Kd7 27. Rxh8 {but after} 27... Rb6 $1
28. Ra8 Rb7 $1 {Black has very decent counterplay. Giri's mind, however, may
have already been at the upcoming interview, and things now went very quickly.}
) 24. Qe4 Rd8 {Diagram #Neilsen: Before completing this move, Black lost on
time. Not that it mattered because} (24... Rd8 25. Rb8+ $1 {wins on the spot}
25... Kd7 (25... Kxb8 26. Qa8#) 26. Qa4+) 1-0
[Event "Wellington Easter Open"]
[Site "Wellington"]
[Date "1978.03.22"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Jensen, Kai J"]
[Black "Oliver, Dave"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A28"]
{The Civic Chess Club ran a tournament over the long Easter weekend which drew
entries from as far afield as Auckland and Christchurch. Murray Chandler,
Wellington's youthful International Master was expected to be difficult to beat
and he proved the pundits right by conceding only one draw to finish 1.5 points
clear of the rest of the field. Hamiltonian Kai Jensen who represented New
Zealand at the World Junior tournament in Austria last year looked as if he
could be a largish stumbling block in Murray's path but had a disappointing
tournament. He did however have a good win in the first round.} 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3
Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. e4 Bc5 5. Nxe5 {A small combination with the aim of securing
an advantage in the centre.} 5... Nxe5 6. d4 Bb4 7. dxe5 Nxe4 8. Qd4 Nxc3 $2 {
} (8... f5 {maintaining a presence in the centre was better} ) 9. bxc3 Be7 10.
Qg4 g6 ( {The alternative to this weakening move was the commital} 10... Kf8)
11. Bh6 d6 12. Qg3 {Diagram #} 12... b6 $2 {More weak squares.} 13. Be2 Be6 14.
Bf3 Rb8 15. O-O {Black can only watch enviously} 15... Bh4 16. Bc6+ Bd7 17.
Bxd7+ Kxd7 18. Qg4+ Kc6 19. Qf3+ Kd7 20. Rad1 Re8 21. exd6 cxd6 {Diagram #} 22.
Rxd6+ $1 Kxd6 23. Qd5+ Kc7 24. Bf4+ {Source: Salient (Victoria University of
Wellington Student Association Newspaper) April 17 1978 Page 20 - Annotator
David Beach. Thanks to Michael Freeman for unearthing this from the NZETC (NZ
Electronic Text Collection) archives. } 1-0