New Zealand Chess Bulletin, June 2019

Two Games from the Upper Hutt Rapid by Brian Nijman

Nijman, Brian - Guerra, Romie Lord - Upper Hutt Rapid 2019

1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 c5 3.e4 dxe4 4.d5 h6 5.Be3 e6?! (5...Nf6 6.Nc3 Nbd7 7.Qd2 a6 ) 6.Bb5+ Bd7 (6...Nd7 7.dxe6 fxe6 8.Qh5+ Ke7 9.Nc3 Ngf6 10.Qh4 White is better ) 7.dxe6! Qa5+ (7...Bxb5?? 8.exf7+ Ke7 9.Bxc5+ +- ) 8.Nc3 Bxb5 9.exf7+ Kxf7 10.Qd5+ Ke8 11.O-O-O

Moves are clickable

11...Nf6? (11...Nd7 after this White needs to play precisely  12.Qe6+ Be7 13.Nxe4 Kf8 14.Nh3 Ndf6 (14...Ngf6?? 15.Nf4 ) 15.Nf4 Be8 16.Nd6 g5 (16...Bxd6 17.Qxd6+ Ne7 18.Rhe1 ) 17.Nxe8 gxf4 18.Nxf6 Nxf6 19.Bxf4 Rh7 20.Rhe1 Re8 21.Rd3 c4 22.Rf3 c3 23.Bd6 Rf7 Black is using his pieces to defend his king, instead of pawns  24.Rxf6 Qg5+ 25.Re3 cxb2+ 26.Kb1 Qxf6 27.Bxe7+ Rexe7 28.Qc8+ Kg7 29.Rg3+ Qg5 30.Rxg5+ hxg5 31.Qc5 White should win the ending ) 12.Qe6+ Be7 13.Qc8+ Kf7 14.Qxh8 Bf8 15.Nxb5? a natural move when short on time, but gives up some advantage (15.g4! Nxg4 16.Nh3 Nd7 17.Ng5+ hxg5 (17...Kg6 18.Qh7+ Kh5 19.h4 Ndf6 20.Ne6! Nxe3 21.Rdg1 wiith mate to follow ) 18.Qh5+ ) 15...Qxb5 16.Rd8 Nbd7 17.Rxa8 Qf1+ 18.Kd2 Qxg2


19.Ne2? again, natural but wrong (19.Nf3!! Qxh1 (19...exf3 20.Rd1 Qxh2 21.Kc1 ) 20.Ne5+ Nxe5 21.Qxf8+ ) 19...Qxh1 20.Ng3 Qb1 (20...Qxh2 21.Nf5 Qg2 22.Rxf8+ Nxf8 23.Nd6+ Ke7 24.Nf5+ Kf7 = ) 21.Nf5 Qxb2?! (21...Kg6 22.Rxf8 Kxf5 23.Rxf6+ Nxf6 24.Qc8+ Kg6 25.Qxb7 Qxa2 26.Bxc5 += ) 22.Rxf8+ Nxf8 23.Qxg7+ Ke6 24.Nxh6 Qb4+ 25.Kd1 Qb1+ 26.Bc1 N8d7 27.Qf7+ Kd6 28.Nf5+ Ke5? (28...Kc7 29.Qb3 Qa1 30.Qb2 Qxb2 31.Bxb2 Ng4 32.h4 Nxf2+ 33.Ke2 Ng4 34.h5 Ndf6 35.Bxf6 Nxf6 36.h6 Kd7 37.Ng3 b6 38.Nxe4 Nh7 39.Kd3 +- ) 29.Ne3 Qb4?? (29...Kd6 30.h4 +- ) 30.Qe7+ Black resigns in view of (30.Qe7+ Kf4 (30...Kd4 31.Qd6+ Kc3 32.Qd2# ) 31.Nd5+ ) 1-0

Wastney, Scott - Nijman, Brian - Upper Hutt Rapid 2019

1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Qe2 Nxe4 6.Qxe4 Nd7 7.Bc4 e6 8.d4 Nf6 9.Qe2 Qc7 10.O-O Bd6 11.Ne5 O-O 12.Re1 c5 13.dxc5 Qxc5 14.Bd3 b6 (14...Qxe5 15.Qxe5 Bxe5 16.Rxe5 Bd7 17.Re1 White has the two bishops and a queenside majority, and is therefore better ) 15.Bg5 Bb7?? (15...Qxe5 16.Qxe5 Bxe5 17.Rxe5 Nd7 18.Ree1 += ) 16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.Qg4+ Kh8 18.Qh4 (18.Qh5! f5 19.Nxf7+ Rxf7 (19...Kg7 20.Ng5 ) 20.Qxf7 Qc6 21.Qf6+ Kg8 22.Qxe6+ Kg7 23.Bf1 +- ) 18...f5 19.Qf6+ Kg8 20.Re3 Bxe5 21.Rxe5

Moves are clickable

21...Qc7?? (21...Qd4 forced  22.Rxf5 Qxf6 23.Rxf6 Kg7 24.Rf4 e5 25.Rg4+ Kh8 26.Kf1 White will eventually win with his extra pawn ) 22.Re3! Rfd8 23.Rg3+ Kf8 24.Rg7 Qe7 (24...Rd5 25.Rxh7 Ke8 26.Qh8+ Ke7 27.Rxf7+ Kxf7 28.Qh7+ ) 25.Rg8+ Black resigns 1-0