New Zealand Chess Magazine, July 2018

Ang, Alphaeus Wei Ern - Forster, William 41st Trusts Open A-Grade 2018

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.g4!?

Moves are clickable

I knew about the concept of this sort of thing in the Slav, but sorely lacked specific knowledge and experience. Oh well, you just have to try your best Isuppose  7...Nxg4 8.Rg1 Nxh2 9.Nxh2 Bxh2 10.Rxg7 Qf6 11.Rxh7 Nf8 12.Rxh8 Qxh8 13.Bd2 Qh4


14.e4! It seems opening the position further favours White  14...Bd7 (  Oms Pallise (2415) - Flores Escuin (2170), Zaragoza 1998, 1-0 in 26 moves 14...dxe4 15.Nxe4 Bf4 16.Bg2 Bd7 17.O-O-O b6 18.Rh1 Bxd2+ 19.Qxd2 Qe7 20.c5 Ng6 21.Rh7 Kd8 22.Nd6 Be8 23.Bxc6 Nf8 24.Rxf7 Bxf7 25.Bxa8 Bg6 26.Be4 ) 15.cxd5 exd5 16.exd5 cxd5 17.Be3 Ne6 18.O-O-O Rc8 19.Qb3 Bg1? Losing the thread entirely  20.Qxb7 Bxf2 21.Bxf2 Qxf2 22.Bb5 Qf4+ 23.Kb1


White threatens Qxc8. It turns out I am quite lost here, and Alphaeus wraps things upnicely  23...Qc7 24.Qxd5 Bxb5 25.Qxb5+ Qd7 26.d5 Qxb5 27.Nxb5 Rd8 28.Re1 a6 29.Nc3 1-0

Mistry, Prashant - Forster, William 41st Trusts Open A-Grade 2018

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Qb3 Be7 7.Bd3 O-O 8.O-O dxc4 9.Bxc4 b5 10.Bxe6 fxe6 11.Qxe6+ Kh8 12.Qxc6 Rb8 13.Ng5 Rb6 14.Qf3 h6 15.Nh3 b4 16.Na4 Ra6 17.b3 Nb6 18.Nf4 Qe8 19.Nxb6 Rxb6 20.Qd1 Ba6 21.Re1 Bd6 22.f3 Bxf4 23.exf4 Re6 24.Re5 Qd7 25.Bb2 Nd5 26.g3

Moves are clickable

26...Nxf4! 27.gxf4 Rg6+ 28.Kf2 Qh3 29.Qh1 Qh4+ (29...Qh4+ 30.Ke3 Qxf4+ 31.Kf2 Qd2+ 32.Re2 Qxe2# ) 0-1

Forster, William - Chung, Francisco 41st Trusts Open A-Grade 2018

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.O-O O-O 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.Rb1 d6 8.a3 Bf5 9.d3 Qd7 10.Re1 Bh3 11.Bh1 h6 12.b4 Ng4 13.Nd5 g5 14.Bb2 e6 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.Nc3 cxb4 17.axb4 f5 18.Qd2 Qe7 19.Qb2 Kg8 20.e3 Nce5 21.Qe2 f4 22.exf4 gxf4 23.d4 Nxf3+ 24.Bxf3 fxg3 25.hxg3 Rxf3 26.Qxf3 Rf8 27.Qe4 Rxf2

Moves are clickable

28.Qg6+? ( I was planning 28.Nd5! which is actually a winning move, the idea is to bring the Knight to f4 to shore everything up and even win the Bishop on h3. But at the last moment I saw the apparently brilliant reply  28...exd5!? and I get mated if I take the queen. It's a shame I saw this as if we had gone down this route the winning counter queen sacrifice becomes pretty obvious  29.Qxg4+! (29.Qxe7? Rg2+ 30.Kh1 (30.Kf1 Nh2# is very pretty ) 30...Nf2# ) 29...Bxg4 30.Rxe7 and White emerges with a winning ending ) 28...Qg7? (  As I waited for a reply I did worry about simply 28...Kh8 and I have no checks. I turns out that the simple answer is that I am hopelessly lost, Black's mating threats are still there but no I have no good counter eg  29.Re2 Qf8 winning on f1 ) 29.Qxg7+ Kxg7 30.Re2 and the game continued  30...Rf3 31.Ne4 d5 32.cxd5 exd5 33.Nd2 Rxg3+ 34.Kh1 Rd3 35.Rc1 Nf6 36.Rc7+ Kg6 37.Rxb7 Rxd4 38.Nf3 Rd1+ 39.Re1 Rxe1+ 40.Nxe1 a6 41.Ra7 Bf1 42.Nf3 Bb5 43.Nd4 Bc4 44.Nc6 Kf5 45.Kg1 Ke4 46.Nb8 d4 47.Kf2 Nd5 48.Nxa6 d3 49.Nc5+ Kd4 50.Nxd3 Bxd3 51.Rd7 h5 52.Kg3 Bf5 53.Rb7 Kc4 54.Kh4 Bg4 55.Rg7 Ne3 56.Rg5 Ng2+ 57.Kg3 Ne3 58.Kh4 Ng2+ 59.Kg3 Ne3 1/2-1/2