### Hague, Ben - Sareen, Vishal George Trundle Masters 2018 2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 e5 Vishal had broken his laptop the day he arrived, so his score was very impressive with no computer aid. He reverts to sidelines and uses his years of experience to get him through. 4.Bc4 Be7 5.d3 Nf6 6.O-O O-O 7.Ng5 Hague borrows a this line from Daniel - he gets a chance to see how it feels. 7...h6 8.f4 This is just how Daniel plays it, note the Knight can't be taken... 8...exf4 (8...hxg5 9.fxg5 Bg4 10.Qe1 Ne8 11.Rxf7 Rxf7 12.g6 Kf8 13.Qg3 Rf6 14.Qxg4 Nc7 15.Bg5 Ke8 16.Bxf6 Bxf6 17.Rf1 Nc6 No win, but heaps of compensation for the piece - not easy for Black to unwind.) ) 9.Nf3 Be6 (9...g5 10.h4 Nh7 11.Nd5 Nc6 12.b3 Bg4 13.hxg5 hxg5 14.Qd2 Bxf3 15.Rxf3 Bf6 16.c3 Ne5 17.Rh3 Sample computer line, but White looks to have enough for the pawn. ) 10.Nd5 (10.Bxf4 Nc6 11.Nd5 a6 12.Bb3 b5 13.c3 Re8 About equal... ) 10...Bxd5 11.exd5 Nbd7 12.Bb3 Nh5 13.d4 Bf6 14.c3 g6 15.Kh1 Rc8 16.dxc5 Nxc5 17.Bc2 Re8 18.Nd4

Moves are clickable

18...Be5?
(18...Bxd4
19.Qxd4
Re2
20.Bd1
Qh4
21.Kg1
*(21.Bxe2??
Ng3+
22.Kg1
Nxe2+
23.Kh1
Nxd4
)* 21...Rce8
22.Bxe2
Rxe2
23.Bxf4
Re4
24.g3
Rxd4
25.gxh4
Rxf4
26.Rxf4
Nxf4
And Black should win. ) 19.Qf3
Qf6?
(19...Qh4
20.Kg1
Nf6
21.Bd2
Qh5
22.Qxh5
Nxh5
Black is just a cold pawn up and now Queens are gone can go about winning the game. ) 20.Nf5
Kh7
21.Nxd6
Bxd6
22.Qxh5
Ne4
23.Qf3
Ng5
24.Qg4
Kg7
25.Bxf4
Rc4
26.g3
Bxf4
27.gxf4
Qd6
28.Rad1
Ne4
29.Qg2
Nf6
30.Qf3
Nh5
31.f5
Rh4
32.Rf2
g5
33.f6+
Nxf6
34.Qd3
Ne4
(34...Re5
35.c4
Ree4
36.b3
Ng4
37.Qc3+
f6
38.Qd2
Rd4
39.Qe2
Nxf2+
40.Qxf2
Qf4
) 35.Rg2
Rf4
36.Qd4+
Nf6
37.Qxa7
Ng4
38.Bb3
Ne3
(38...b6!
39.Rxg4
Rxg4
40.Rf1
Qf6
41.Rxf6
Re1+
42.Rf1
Rxf1#
) 39.Re1
Nxg2
40.Rxe8
Rh4
(40...Qf6
41.Bc4
Rxc4
42.Qg1
Nh4
and wins ) 41.Qb8
A sad loss for Vishal, Ben needed all of lady luck to turn this one around. **1-0**

### Wallis, Christopher - Wohl, Aleksandar H George Trundle Masters 2018 2018

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.dxe5 Nxe4 Alex specialised in these off beat lines in this event, I think he was having too much fun with his friend Vishal being here to really prepare. 5.Qd5 Nc5 6.Bg5 Qd7 7.exd6 Bxd6 8.Nc3 This opening just looks better for White, very classical placing of the bits and the Q on d7 looks weird and will need to move again to unravel. Don't think I'll be recommending this line any time soon... 8...O-O 9.O-O-O

Moves are clickable

9...Qg4 (9...Nc6 10.Be3 Ne7 11.Qd2 b6 12.Bxc5 bxc5 13.Nb5 Ng6 14.Nxd6 cxd6 15.Qxd6 Shows how easy this position is for White, black needs to perform some magic to get back into this game... ) 10.h3 Qb4 11.Nd4 (11.a3 Qa5 12.Nb5 Be6 13.Qd2 Qxd2+ 14.Nxd2 Nc6 15.Nxd6 cxd6 16.b4 Na4 17.Ne4 d5 18.Nd6 This was easier, the 2 Bishops and the weak d pawn give white an easy press with no chance of losing... ) 11...Nc6 12.Be3 Ne7 13.Qh5 Na4 14.Nxa4 Qxa4 15.Kb1 a6 (15...c6 16.Nb3 Nf5 17.Bg5 h6 18.Bd2 Be6 Black has unravelled and is finally not too bad. ) 16.Bd3

16...f5? Position was tough, but Black can't hold it together after this. (16...g6 17.Qf3 Be5 18.Rhe1 Re8 19.c3 c6 20.g4 Qa5 21.Nb3 Qc7 22.Bc4 Be6 23.Bxe6 fxe6 White is still better and has an easy attack...) ) 17.g4 g6 18.Qh6 f4 19.b3 Qa5 20.Bc4+ Nd5

21.Nf5!
Bxf5
22.Bxd5+
(22.Rxd5
Qc3
23.gxf5
Rf7
24.Rxd6
cxd6
25.fxg6
Black resigns...you'd hope. ) 22...Qxd5
23.Rxd5
Be4
24.Bd4
Rf7
25.Rg5
Bf8
26.Qh4
c5
27.Re1
Bxc2+
28.Kxc2
cxd4
29.Rd5
Rc8+
30.Kb1
Let's shelve that opening as not offering enough... **1-0**

### Kulashko, Alexei - Hague, Ben George Trundle Masters 2018 2018

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.Bxf6 gxf6 This is all part of the new Alexei, worked well for him up to this loss... 4.c4 (4.e3 c5 5.dxc5 e6 6.c4 dxc4 7.Qxd8+ Kxd8 8.Bxc4 Bxc5 9.Nc3 Ke7 Still seems to be slightly better for Black with the 2 Bishops. ) 4...dxc4 5.e3 c5 Ben will always play the most active lines ... 6.Bxc4 cxd4 7.exd4 Bg7 (7...Rg8 8.Qh5 e6 9.d5 Rg5 10.Qxh7 exd5 11.Bb5+ Nc6 This is a different game, but the open position tends to favour the Bishops. ) 8.Nc3 O-O 9.Nge2 Nc6 10.O-O Bg4 (10...f5 11.d5 Ne5 12.Bb3 Qd6 13.Nd4 Ng4 14.Nf3 This is a better variant than the game for White as the black Bishop is stuck behind the pawns. ) 11.d5 Ne5 12.Bb3 Rc8 13.f3 Bd7 14.Ng3 b5 15.Bc2 (15.Kh1 b4 16.Nce2 Nc4 17.Bxc4 Rxc4 18.Nd4 Re8 19.Qd2 Position is about even, Knights have good central squares to combat the 2 Bishops. ) 15...b4 16.Nce2 e6 17.Nh5 Bb5 18.f4 Qb6+

Moves are clickable

19.Nd4?
White has lost the thread, and this is a bad move that just loses. (19.Kh1
Ng4
20.Rf3
Nf2+
21.Rxf2
Qxf2
22.Nd4
f5
23.Nxg7
Rc4
24.Ngxf5
exf5
25.Nxf5
Rxf4
Still probably losing long term, but the d pawn gives hope. ) 19...Rc4
20.Nxg7
Rxd4
21.Qh5
Ng6
22.Qh6
Bxf1
23.Kh1
Bxg2+
24.Kxg2
Rd2+
25.Kh1
Qd4
26.Re1
Rxc2
Think the early c4 needs work for Alexei, maybe the e3 version is the line? **0-1**

### Lane, Gary W - Sareen, Vishal George Trundle Masters 2018 2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.f4 a6 7.Nxc6 Qxc6 8.Bd3 b5 9.Qe2 Bb7 10.Bd2 Be7 11.a3 Nf6 12.O-O!? (12.e5 Nd5 13.Be4 b4 14.axb4 Bxb4 15.Nxd5 Bxd2+ 16.Qxd2 exd5 17.Bf3 Qb6 18.O-O-O O-O 19.Bxd5 Bxd5 20.Qxd5 Rab8 21.b3 Rfc8 For a pawn, Black has everything he wants, if you don't enjoy this type of position, don't play the Sicilian. ) 12...d5 13.exd5 Nxd5 14.Ne4 (14.f5 This was Lane vs Aagaard which Gary won - maybe he'd forgotten his own line... 14...O-O 15.fxe6 fxe6 16.Ne4 Nf6 17.Ng5 e5 18.c4 e4 19.Bb1 h6 20.Ba2 Qb6+?? 21.c5+ ) 14...O-O 15.Kh1 g6 16.Rac1 Rac8 17.c4 bxc4 18.Bxc4 Qb6 19.b4 Rfd8 20.Ng5 Bf6 21.Nf3 Bb2 22.Bxd5 exd5 (22...Bxd5 23.Be3 Bxf3 24.Qxf3 Qb8 25.Rxc8 Qxc8 26.Bb6 Rd5 About equal ) 23.Rb1 Bg7 24.f5 Re8 25.Qd3 Qb5 26.Qb3 Re2 27.Bg5 gxf5 28.Nh4 Rc3 29.Qd1 d4 30.Rxf5?

Moves are clickable

30...Qxf5
31.Nxf5
Rxg2
** 0-1**

### Wohl, Aleksandar H - Gong, Daniel Hanwen George Trundle Masters 2018 2018

1.b3 A la Nakamura maybe ... think this is best reserved for rapid. If you pick up the b pawn, it should go to b4 :-) 1...e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 Nf6 4.g3 OK, so Alex is transposing to a Hippo as White - again think it was more because he was enjoying the sightseeing than anything else... 4...d5 5.Bg2 Bg4 6.Ne2 Qd7 7.h3 Be6 8.d3 O-O-O 9.Nd2 d4 10.e4 Ne8 11.a3 g6 12.b4 Could have gone here on move 1 :-) 12...h5 13.f4 f6 14.Nf3 Bh6 15.b5 Ne7 16.a4 Bg7 17.Ba3 Nd6 18.Qb1 Kb8 19.a5 Nec8 20.b6 cxb6 21.fxe5 fxe5 22.axb6 a6 23.Ng5 Rhf8 24.Bc5 Qe7 25.Nf3 g5 26.Ra5 g4 27.hxg4 Bxg4

Moves are clickable

White has lost the thread, Black is taking over.
28.Neg1
Rf7
29.Ba3
Rdf8
30.Ke2
Qg5
31.Qc1
Bxf3+
Possibly cashing in too early, White is all tied up...no need to rush. (31...Qg6
32.Qe1
Nxb6
33.Rh4
Rc8
34.Rc5
Rxc5
35.Bxc5
Na4
36.Bb4
Nc3+
37.Bxc3
dxc3
38.Qxc3
Nb5
Not all forced, but an example showing White is at Black's mercy. ) 32.Nxf3
Qxg3
33.Qf1
Qg6
34.Rh4
Bf6
35.Rh3
Rg8
36.Bh1
Nb5
37.Rxb5
axb5
Still, a cold Exchange and a pawn up, White is doomed.
38.Qb1
Qg4
39.Rh2
Be7
40.Bxe7
Nxe7
41.Qa2
Qf4
42.Qa7+
Kc8
43.Qa8+
Kd7
44.Qxb7+
Ke6
45.Rf2
Qe3+
46.Kf1
Qc1+
47.Ke2
Qxc2+
48.Kf1
Qd1+
** 0-1**

### Sareen, Vishal - Garbett, Paul Anthony George Trundle Masters 2018 2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Qc7 6.f4 a6 7.Nb3 Not the favourite move at the top level - by 3:1 it is taking the Knight (7.Nxc6 Qxc6 8.Bd3 b5 9.Qe2 Bb7 10.Bd2 Bc5 11.O-O-O Ne7 12.a3 O-O 13.h4 f5 14.h5 d5 15.exf5 exf5 16.h6 g6 I think White has something to work with here ) 7...d6 (7...b5 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.Be3 d6 10.Qf3 Nf6 11.Qh3 Na5 This is the way to play these days, pretty equal ) 8.Bd3 Nf6 9.Qf3 Be7 10.Be3 O-O 11.g4 d5 12.e5 Nd7 13.O-O-O Nb4 14.Kb1 b5 15.Qf2 f6 16.exf6 Bxf6 17.Ne2 Bb7 18.Rhg1

Moves are clickable

18...e5? This must be wrong, the position looks more like a French and you need to prepare it first - improve the worst piece and then strike in the middle... (18...Rae8 19.Bd2 Nxd3 20.cxd3 e5 21.f5 Bd8 22.Ba5 Qd6 23.Bxd8 Rxd8 ) 19.Bf5 Now the key White squared Bishop gets to live and will win the game 19...g6 20.Be6+ Kh8 21.c3 d4 22.cxb4 dxe3 23.Qxe3 Nb6 24.Nc5 exf4 25.Nxf4

T he position has changed completely, White is a pawn up and dominating the board...
25...Bc6?
This just loses, again the Rook needs to be brought to the middle (25...Rae8
White is still better, but in the game Black is just lost. ) 26.g5
Be5
(26...Bxb2
27.Rd7
Bxd7
28.Nxg6+
Kg7
29.Qh3
) 27.Nxg6+
hxg6
28.Rd7!
Rf3
29.Qe1
Bg3
30.hxg3
Nxd7
31.Rh1+
Kg7
32.Rh7+
Kf8
33.Bxd7
Kg8
34.Be6+
A nice win by Sareen. **1-0**

### Gong, Daniel Hanwen - Ang, Alphaeus Wei Ern George Trundle Masters 2018 2018

1.e4 g6 A new opening for Alphaeus, it should be a lot more testing than his Qd6 Scandinavian stuff. 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.f4 Nf6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.e5 dxe5 7.fxe5 Nd5 8.Bc4 Nxc3 9.bxc3 c5 10.O-O Bg4 11.h3 Bxf3 12.Qxf3 Nc6

Moves are clickable

A long line of theory, all the most popular stuff at GM level, they start to get on their own soon... 13.Bxf7+ Kh8 14.e6 (14.Bb2 cxd4 15.cxd4 Nxe5 16.dxe5 Qb6+ 17.Kh1 Qxb2 18.Rab1 Qxe5 19.Rxb7 This is the other obvious type of line - all very balanced. ) 14...cxd4 15.Rb1 dxc3 16.Rxb7 Qc8 17.Rd7 White is committed to this Exchange sacrifice, it holds the balance, but it's easier to play as Black and White needs to be wary of the weak black squares, Daniel forgets and gets punished. 17...Ne5 18.Qd5 Nxd7 19.exd7 Qc7

20.Ba3?
White does not see the risk and moves the Bishop away from the key diagonal by his King. It's amazing to think he resigns in 6 moves... (20.Re1
Rad8
21.Rxe7
Bf6
22.Be3
Rb8
23.Re8
Kg7
24.Rxf8
Rb1+
25.Kf2
Bh4+
26.Kf3
Qg3+
27.Ke4
Qxg2+
28.Kd4
Rd1+
29.Kc5
Qxd5+
30.Bxd5
Kxf8
) 20...Rad8
21.Rd1
Qf4
22.Be6
Be5
23.g3
Qxg3+
24.Qg2
Qe3+
25.Kh1
Rf2
26.Bc1
Qb6
** 0-1**

### Lane, Gary W - Kulashko, Alexei George Trundle Masters 2018 2018

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 dxe5 5.Nxe5 c6 6.Bc4 Nd7 7.O-O Nxe5 8.dxe5 Be6 This is not the popular move, it seems to be more obvious to shove the Bishop to the outside of the pawn chain, play e6 and develop the dark squared Bishop to e7 (8...Bf5 9.Nd2 e6 10.Bb3 Be7 Black has easy equality ) 9.Nd2 Qc7 (9...g6 Surely this had to be the follow-up to the Be6 idea... 10.Nf3 Nc7 11.Bxe6 Nxe6 12.Be3 Qc7 13.c3 Bg7 Black is in a better space than in the game. ) 10.Re1 Bf5 11.Nf3 e6 12.Nd4 Bg6 13.Qg4 Bc5 14.c3 O-O-O 15.Bg5 Rd7 16.Rad1 Qb6 17.Bb3

Moves are clickable

The position is equal, but White's game looks easier to play, he has more space and can slowly work up a Queenside attack. 17...Re8 18.Rd2 Qc7 19.Bh4 Kb8 20.Red1 Ka8 21.c4 Nb6 22.Nf3 Be7? (22...Rxd2 23.Rxd2 Nd7 24.Bg3 h5 25.Qg5 Bb4 26.Rd1 Nc5 Black is much more comfortable here and there is everything to play for ) 23.Rxd7 Nxd7 24.Bxe7 Rxe7 25.Qd4 Nb8 26.Qd8 Bh5 27.Qf8 Rd7 28.Rd6 White is better now, all Black's pieces look pretty miserable. 28...f6 29.Rxd7 Qxd7 30.exf6 Qd3 31.h3 gxf6 32.Qxf6 Bxf3 33.Qxf3 Qb1+ 34.Kh2 Qxb2 35.g3 c5 36.Kg2 Qe5? A tough position to play, but now the re routing of the White squared Bishop will be too much for Black to defend. (36...a5 37.h4 Qb1 38.Qe3 Nc6 39.Qxc5 Qe4+ Black is still worse, but at least the immediate danger has passed and the White Bishop is passive. ) 37.Bc2 a5 38.Bxh7 Nd7 39.Be4 Qc7 40.h4

White is just gathering the point now, Black can squirm, but it is over.
40...Ne5
41.Qf4
Qg7
42.h5
Ng4
43.Qd6
Qb2
44.Qxc5
a4
45.Bf3
Ne5
46.h6
a3
47.h7
Ng6
48.Be4
Nh8
49.Kh3
Kb8
50.f4
Qe2
51.Qd6+
Ka7
52.Qxa3+
Kb8
53.Qd6+
Ka7
54.Qc5+
Kb8
55.Qe5+
Ka7
56.Bg2
Qd1
57.Qb5
b6
58.a4
e5
59.Qe8
b5
60.Qa8+
Kb6
61.Qc6+
** 1-0**

### Wohl, Aleksandar H - Lane, Gary W George Trundle Masters 2018 2018

1.c4 e5 2.g3 c6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.d4 e4 6.Nh3 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Bxd2+ 8.Qxd2 We have transposed to a reversed c3 Sicilian, it pays to know your openings. Alex does well to convert this game. 8...Ne7 9.Nf4 O-O 10.Nc3 Nbc6 11.Rc1 Re8 12.h4 Bg4 13.f3 exf3 14.exf3

Moves are clickable

14...Bd7!? (14...Be6 15.Nxe6 Nf5 16.O-O Rxe6 It was probably the intermediate Nf5 that Gary missed. He was really off his game in this event ) 15.Kf2 Nf5 16.Ncxd5 Nfxd4 17.Rhe1 Be6 18.Rc4 Bxd5 19.Rxe8+ Qxe8 20.Nxd5 Ne6 21.f4 White is slightly better now, and difficult for Black to sit and do nothing. 21...Rd8 22.Qe3

22...Nf8
The endgames are not good, Black should have resisted this. (22...Qd7
23.Qc3
f5
24.Ne3
Ne7
25.Qe5
Qd2+
26.Kg1
Qe1+
27.Kh2
Kf7
Black has much better prospects of holding ) 23.Qxe8
Rxe8
24.Nc7
Rd8
25.Bxc6
bxc6
26.Ke3
The c pawn will fall and White should win - Alex shows good skill and adds to Gary's miserable event.
26...Rb8
27.b4
Rc8
28.Rxc6
Ne6
29.Nd5
Rd8
30.Ke4
g6
31.Rc8
Kf8
32.Rxd8+
Nxd8
33.Ke5
Nb7
34.a4
h5
35.a5
Ke8
36.a6
Nd8
37.Kd6
** 1-0**

### Lane, Gary W - Ang, Alphaeus Wei Ern George Trundle Masters 2018 2018

1.e4
d6
2.d4
Nf6
3.Nc3
g6
4.Be3
Bg7
5.Qd2
a6
(5...c6
6.Bh6
Bxh6
7.Qxh6
e5
8.O-O-O
Qe7
9.h3
b5
10.dxe5
dxe5
This is preferred to the a6 plans at the high level. ) 6.Bh6
O-O
7.O-O-O
(7.Bxg7
Kxg7
8.h4
h5
9.f3
b5
) 7...b5
8.f3
Nbd7
9.h4
c5
(9...e5
10.d5
b4
11.Nce2
a5
This is the way, in boots and all in the King hunt race ) 10.dxc5
Nxc5
11.h5
(11.Bxg7
Kxg7
12.h5
Nxh5
*(12...Qa5
13.Nge2
Bb7
14.hxg6
fxg6
15.Qh6+
Kf7
16.Nf4
Ncd7
17.Kb1
Rfc8
18.Nh3
Kg8
19.Ng5
Nf8
)* 13.g4
b4
14.Nd5
Nxe4
15.fxe4
Bxg4
16.Be2
) 11...Qa5
12.Kb1
b4
13.Nd5
Nxd5
14.Bxg7
Nc3+
15.bxc3
Be6
16.c4
Kxg7
17.hxg6
fxg6
18.Qh6+
Kf7
19.Qxh7+
Ke8
20.Qxg6+
Kd7
21.Qg5
Rg8
22.Qe3

Moves are clickable

Although 2 pawns up, the key point is White's King is exposed and very lonely. Black is winning (or 22.Qe5 Kc6 23.Qf4 Na4 24.Re1 Nc3+ 25.Kc1 Nxa2+ 26.Kd1 Nc3+ 27.Kd2 b3 28.Ke3 bxc2 ) 22...Na4 23.Re1 Nc3+ 24.Kc1 Qxa2 Wrong way, Black tries to cash in, see a check and play it is often the right way. (24...Nxa2+ 25.Kd1 b3 26.cxb3 Nc3+ 27.Kc2 Qa2+ 28.Kxc3 Rgb8 29.b4 Rxb4 30.Kxb4 Rb8+ 31.Kc3 Qb2+ 32.Kd3 Rb3# ) 25.g4 Rac8 26.e5 d5? Black has lost the thread and all his advantage, he continues downhill from here and loses. (26...Bxc4 27.Bxc4 Rxc4 28.exd6 Nd5 29.Qe6+ Kc6 30.dxe7+ Kc5 31.Rh2 b3 Black crashes through, Black's King is perfectly safe while White is getting mated.) ) 27.Rh7 Rge8 28.Qb6 Qa3+ 29.Kd2

29...Na4??
A terrible blunder, he had forgotten the point of the Rook on h7. (29...Rc6
30.Qd4
Kc8
31.c5
Qa5
White is better, but Black is still alive ) 30.Qd6#
** 1-0**

### Polishchuk, Kirill - Lane, Gary W George Trundle Masters 2018 2018

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qe3 Nf6 5.e5 Ng4 6.Qe4 d5 7.exd6+ Be6 8.Ba6 Qxd6 9.Bxb7 Qb4+ 10.Qxb4 Nxb4 11.Bxa8 Nxc2+ 12.Ke2 Nxa1 13.h3 Bc4+ 14.Kf3 Ne5+ 15.Kg3 Bd6 16.f4 Nd3 17.Bc6+ Kd8 18.Nf3 Bxa2 19.Nc3 Bc4 20.Bb5 Bxb5 21.Nxb5 Nb3 22.Nxd6 cxd6 23.Be3 Kc7 24.Bxa7 Ra8 25.Bd4 Nxd4 26.Nxd4 Nxb2 27.Rc1+ Kd7 28.Nb5 Rb8 29.Nd4 Na4 (29...Rb4 30.Ne2 d5 This is easy, the pawn starts to roll... ) 30.Re1 Nc5 31.Nf5 Ne6 (31...g6 32.Nd4 d5 Again, the pawn starts to roll - no problems. ) 32.Rd1 Rb6 33.Ra1 Rb3+ 34.Kh2

Moves are clickable

34...Nxf4?
(34...g6
35.Ra7+
Nc7
36.Nh6
f5
37.g4
Rf3
38.gxf5
gxf5
39.Nxf5
Rxf4
40.Ne3
Rf7
41.Kg3
Ke6
Again, easy, time control reached, force the Knight to sac on the d pawn, win the h Pawn and finally the game. White could struggle but would lose. Gary makes a horrible mess of this and actually loses... ) 35.Ra7+
Ke6??
36.Nd4+
What a horrible way to lose, Gary lost a few hours of sleep, losing to one of Kirill's nonsense openings after he was completely winning **1-0**

### Wallis, Christopher - Gong, Daniel Hanwen George Trundle Masters 2018 2018

1.d4
Nf6
2.c4
g6
3.Nc3
Bg7
4.e4
d6
5.Nf3
O-O
6.Be2
e5
7.O-O
Na6
8.Be3
c6
9.d5
Ng4
10.Bg5
f6
11.Bc1
(11.Bd2
f5
12.Ne1
*(12.Ng5
Nf6
13.exf5
gxf5
14.f4
e4
15.Be3
c5
)* 12...Nf6
13.f3
f4
14.Nd3
c5
15.a3
Nh5
This is the kind of thing Daniel likes, just send the pieces and pawns over to the King ) 11...c5
12.a3
f5
13.Ng5
Nh6
14.b4
(14.exf5
gxf5
15.Qc2
Qf6
16.h4
Nc7
17.Bh5
b6
18.Re1
Ba6
19.b3
b5
20.Nxh7
Qxh4
21.Nxf8
Qxh5
22.Bxh6
Qxh6
23.cxb5
Bb7
24.Nd7
Rd8
25.Nxc5
dxc5
26.Qxf5
Long line, but White is better and no kingside attacks to worry about. The Nxh7 line is not even necessary if the final position is not to the liking. ) 14...f4
15.Ne6
Bxe6
16.dxe6
Nc7
17.Nb5
Nxe6
18.Nxd6
b6

Moves are clickable

19.Qd5?
(19.Nb5
Nf7
20.Rb1
Nd4
21.bxc5
bxc5
22.Nxd4
cxd4
23.a4
Position is equal, now White goes downhill. ) 19...Qe7
20.bxc5
bxc5?
(20...Rad8
21.Rb1
Nf7
22.cxb6
Rxd6
23.Qa5
axb6
24.Rxb6
Nd4
White is a cold piece down and losing, the pawns will drop. ) 21.Rb1?
White had to get the piece out. (21.Nb5
Rad8
22.Qc6
Nd4
23.Nxd4
exd4
24.Rb1
*(24.Bd3?
Ng4
25.Qa4
Nxh2
26.Kxh2
Qh4+
27.Kg1
f3
28.gxf3
Rxf3
)* 24...d3
25.Bf3
d2
26.Bb2
Bxb2
27.Rxb2
Nf7
28.Rd1
Ne5
Black is better, but White is in the game ) 21...Rfd8
22.Rd1
Nf7?
(22...Bf8
23.Qc6
Nd4
24.Rxd4
cxd4
25.c5
Rab8
This will win much quicker than the game. ) 23.Bg4
Neg5
24.h4
Qxd6
25.hxg5
Qxd5
26.Rxd5
(26.exd5
Nxg5
27.Rb7
h5
28.Be2
Rdb8
29.Rc7
Rc8
30.d6
Bf6
A pawn down, but the d pawn makes life difficult for Black ) 26...Nxg5
27.f3
h5
28.Bd7
Rab8
29.Rb2
Nf7
30.Rbd2!?
Giving away the b file is not a good plan, things start going wrong for White now.
30...Rb1
31.Rd1
Kf8
32.Ba4
Rxd5
33.cxd5
Ke7
34.Bc2
Rb8
35.a4
Kd7
36.Rd3
Bf8
37.Rc3
Bd6
38.Ba3
c4
39.a5
Bxa3
40.Rxa3
Nd6
41.Ra2
g5
42.Kf2
g4
43.g3
Rf8
44.Bd1
fxg3+
45.Kxg3
Rf4
46.Rh2
gxf3
47.Bxf3
h4+
48.Rxh4
Rxh4
49.Kxh4
c3
50.Bd1
Nc4
51.Kg3
Na3
52.Kf2
c2
53.Bxc2
Nxc2
54.Ke2
Nd4+
55.Kd3
Nb3
** 0-1**

### Sareen, Vishal - Gong, Daniel Hanwen George Trundle Masters 2018 2018

1.d4
Nf6
2.c4
d6
3.Nc3
g6
4.e4
Bg7
5.f3
O-O
6.Nge2
Not the most popular move, but is hot move with all the top players.
6...c5
7.d5
Nbd7
8.Ng3
Rb8
(8...Ne5
9.Be2
h5
10.f4
Neg4
11.h3
Nh6
12.O-O
e6
13.dxe6
fxe6
14.Be3
Nf7
15.Qd2
Bd7
16.Bd3
Bc6
This is how to play this kind of line, the Queenside play is too slow and not very successful at the top level. ) 9.Be2
a6
10.a4
Ne8
11.f4
e6
12.O-O
exd5
13.cxd5
Nc7
14.Be3
b5
15.Qd2
So we are basically in a full blown Benoni. The rule with this opening is Black must play actively at every opportunity. Trying to defend e5 is not possible, you must point White's eyes to the queenside.
15...Re8
(15...bxa4
16.Rxa4
Nb5
17.Ra2
Nb6
18.Bd3
Re8
This gives Black a lot more breathing room than the immediate Re8. ) 16.e5
dxe5
17.f5
b4
(17...bxa4
18.d6
Nb5
19.Nce4
Rf8
20.Bh6
*(20.Nxc5
Nd4
21.Nxa4
Nb3
)* 20...f6
21.Rxa4
Nd4
Again Black is well in the game. Daniel does not appreciate the dynamics of the opening and his position goes bad fast. ) 18.Nce4
Nb6
19.d6
Ncd5
20.Bh6?
(20.Bg5
f6
21.a5
fxg5
22.axb6
Nf4
23.fxg6
hxg6
24.Bxa6
Qxb6
25.Bc4+
The pawn deficit means nothing, it's the pawn on d6 that is key. Daniel gets a chance to recover. ) 20...Nf4
21.Bxg7
Kxg7
22.f6+
Kg8

Moves are clickable

23.Rxf4!
Back on track again, masters look for these type of Exchange sacrifices.
23...exf4
24.Qxf4
Re6
(24...Nd5
25.Qg5
Rxe4
26.Nxe4
Bf5
27.Ng3
Be6
28.Bxa6
Qxf6
29.Qxf6
Nxf6
White is still better, it's the a4 pawn that is the key now. ) 25.Rf1?
Not the best, White needs to get on with it. (25.Nf5
Rxe4
*(25...Nd5
26.Qh6
Qf8
27.Ne7+
Nxe7
28.Qxf8+
Kxf8
29.dxe7+
Ke8
30.Rd1
Bd7
31.Bg4
Rxe7
32.Nd6+
Kf8
33.fxe7+
Kxe7
34.Bxd7
Kxd7
)* 26.Ne7+
Kf8
27.Qxe4
Qxd6
28.Rd1
Qxf6
29.Rd8+
Kg7
30.Rg8+
Kh6
31.Rxg6+
fxg6
32.Ng8+
) 25...Qf8?
(25...Bb7
26.Ng5
Rxe2
27.Nxe2
Nd5
28.Qh4
h5
Note how in each of the lines, Black getting back into the game meant sacrificing the Exchange back. The White pieces were too dominant and Black had to reduce the pressure. ) 26.Nxc5
Nd5
27.Nxe6
Nxf4
28.Nxf8
Nxe2+
29.Nxe2
Kxf8
There was no salvation in this endgame, Black is just a cold pawn down in a worse position - Sareen calmly takes the point.
30.Rc1
Bd7
31.a5
Rd8
32.Ng3
Bb5
33.Ne4
Ke8
34.Rc7
Rd7
35.Rc8+
Rd8
36.Rxd8+
Kxd8
37.Nc5
h6
38.h4
h5
39.Kf2
Kc8
40.g3
Kd8
41.Ke3
Ke8
42.Kd4
Kd8
43.Kd5
Kc8
44.Ne4
Kd8
45.Ng5
Be8
46.Nf3
Bb5
47.Ne5
Ke8
48.b3
** 1-0**

### Polishchuk, Kirill - Wohl, Aleksandar H George Trundle Masters 2018 2018

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bc4 This is too slow and Black gets what he wants, Kirill needs to take advantage of Blacks time wasting (4.h4 h6 5.h5 g5 6.d4 exd4 7.Nxd4 Bg7 8.Be3 Now this is a better position for White to play. ) 4...Bg7 5.d3 h6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.h3 d6 8.a3 Nd7

Moves are clickable

This is not what you want against an experienced titled player, White has no play, his pieces are all on good squares, but he will start getting pushed back and lose - do not play like this. 9.O-O Nd4 10.Nb5 Nxb5 11.Bxb5 c6 12.Bc4 O-O 13.Nh2 Kh7 14.f4 exf4 15.Bxf4 Nb6 16.Rb1 d5 17.exd5 Nxd5

Compare this position to move 8, Black is in control.
18.Bd2
Be6
19.Qf3
Qh4
20.Ng4
f5
21.Nh2
b5
22.Bb3
Bxb2
A small combination wins a pawn, it happens against these guys...
23.Rxb2
Qd4+
24.Qf2
Qxb2
25.Re1
Qf6
26.Qc5
Bg8
27.Nf3
Rfe8
28.Rxe8
Rxe8
29.Kh1
g5
30.Nd4
f4
31.Nxc6
f3
32.Qxa7+
Kg6
33.Qf2
fxg2+
34.Qxg2
Qxc6
35.c4
Ne7
36.Qxc6+
Nxc6
37.cxb5
Bxb3
38.bxc6
Rook up should be enough to win **0-1**

### Gong, Daniel Hanwen - Hague, Ben George Trundle Masters 2018 2018

1.e4
c5
2.Nf3
Nc6
3.Nc3
e5
4.Bc4
Be7
5.d3
Nf6
6.O-O
O-O
7.Ng5
h6
8.f4
Ed: The same idea as in Hague-Sareen in round 1, and the identical position to Gong-Hague in the Trustsreport
8...exf4
9.Nf3
d6
10.Bxf4
Be6
11.Nd5
Nb4
12.Nxb4
Ed: The first deviation from Gong-Hague at the Trusts
12...cxb4
13.Bxe6
fxe6
14.Qd2
Only one game in my database here and 14...e5 was played.
14...a5
(14...e5
15.Bg3
a5
16.Nh4
Nxe4??
*(16...Nh5
17.Rxf8+
Qxf8
18.Rf1
Qd8
19.Nf5
Nxg3
20.Nxg3
Qb6+
21.Kh1
Rf8
Position is dead even, White can't get to the d6 pawn. )* 17.Rxf8+
Kxf8
18.dxe4
Bxh4
19.Bxh4
Qxh4
20.Qd5
Re8
21.Rf1+
Ke7
22.Rf7+
Kd8
23.Qxd6+
1-0 Kovalev-Sveshnikov Latvia 2014 ) 15.Kh1
Rc8
16.e5
Nd5

Moves are clickable

17.Bxh6 This got Ben thinking, I think originally he thought it was not possible due to taking and playing Nf4, but White can just kick it with g3... 1 17...gxh6 18.Qxh6 Qe8 19.Ng5 Bxg5 20.Qxg5+ Kh7 21.Qh4+ (21.exd6 Qg6 22.Qh4+ Qh6 23.Qe4+ Kg7 24.Rae1 Rxf1+ 25.Rxf1 Rf8 26.Qe5+ Kg8 The position is equal - Black's King can't get safe ) 21...Kg7 22.Rxf8 Qxf8 23.Qg4+ Kh8 24.Qh3+ Kg7 25.Qxe6 Nf4 26.Qd7+ Kh8 27.Rf1 dxe5 28.g3 Rxc2 29.gxf4 Qh6 30.Qe8+

Again the position is equal and the active Black Rook ensures Ben stays in the game. I suspect Daniel thought he was winning and keeps trying. 30...Kh7 31.Qf7+ Kh8 32.Qe8+ Kh7 33.Qe7+ Kh8? (33...Qg7 34.Qxg7+ Kxg7 35.Rg1+ Kf6 36.fxe5+ Kxe5 37.Rg5+ Kf4 38.Rxa5 Rxb2 39.Rb5 Rxa2 40.Rxb4+ Kf3 41.Rb1 Rd2 The active Black King saves Black. ) 34.Qxe5+ Kh7 35.Qe4+ Kh8 36.Rf2

36...Qh3?? 37.Rg2 (37.Qd4+ Kh7 38.Rxc2 Qf3+ 39.Rg2 Qd1+ 40.Qg1 Game over ) 37...Rxg2 38.Qxg2 Qxd3 39.Qf2 Qd5+ 40.Kg1 Qxa2 41.Qd4+ Kh7 42.Qd7+ Kh6 43.Qd6+ Kg7 44.Qe5+ Kh7 45.Kg2 Qb3 46.Qc7+ Kh8 47.Qe5+ Kh7 48.f5 Qc2+ 49.Kg3 Qb3+ 50.Kf4 Qc4+ 51.Ke3 a4 52.f6 Kg6 53.Qe8+ (53.h4 Qc1+ 54.Kf2 Qc2+ 55.Ke3 Qc1+ Draw - White is mesmerised thinking it's still winning ) 53...Kxf6 54.Qxa4 Qc1+ 55.Ke4 Qxb2 56.Qa5 Qe2+ 57.Kd4 Qb2+ 58.Ke4 Qc2+ 59.Kd4 Qc3+ 60.Ke4 Qc4+ 61.Ke3 b3 62.Qd8+ Kg6 63.Qd6+ Kh5 64.Qe5+ Kg6 65.Qd6+ Kg7 66.Qe7+ Qf7 67.Qg5+ Kf8 68.Qc5+

68...Qe7+
69.Kd4
A horrendous blunder, Daniel had lost the thread - he was deceived into continuing to try and when the draw should have been accepted.
69...Qxc5+
Great fighting spirit by Ben, had his luck, but still a well-deserved win and his 2nd IM norm. 0-1 **0-1**