New Zealand Chess Magazine, July 2018

Ker, Anthony F - Steadman, Michael V R 41st Trusts Open A-Grade 2018

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.Bd3?! (5.e5 is the normal move here ) 5...Nb4! The database approves of this response. Black seems to be at least equal after only 5 moves.  6.O-O Nxd3 7.cxd3 Be7 8.Re1 O-O 9.Nb3 b6 10.Bg5 Bb7 11.e5 Nd7 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.Rc1 Rac8 14.Re2 c5 15.Rec2 Ba6 16.dxc5 bxc5 17.d4 c4

Moves are clickable

To my admittedly uneducated eye it looks like White is struggling somewhat simply because he is stuck passively trying to contain Black on Black's 'side' of the board, without any chance to get something going on White's side of the board. Additionally, endgames tend to favour Black because his pawn structure is more compact and the base of his pawn chain is not exposed as White's 'd' pawn is.  18.Nbd2 Rb8 19.b3 Nb6 20.bxc4 Bxc4 21.Nxc4 Nxc4 22.Nd2 Nxd2 23.Qxd2 Qb4 24.Qf4 Qa4 25.h4 h6 26.Kh2 Rb1


27.Qd2? White has two good moves (27.Rc8 Rxc1 28.Rxf8+ Kxf8 29.Qxc1 and Black can't grab material without allowing a perpetual ) (27.Rxb1 Qxc2 28.Rb3 Qxa2 29.Rg3 with rather scary compensation for the pawn ) 27...Rb4 Winning a 'clean pawn' as Mike would say. He demonstrates some nice technique from here. As is usually the case in rook endings, getting both King and Rook active is the key to success.  28.Rd1 Rxd4 29.Qxd4 Qxc2 30.Rd2 Qc7 31.f4 Rc8 32.f5 Qc3 33.fxe6 fxe6 34.Qxc3 Rxc3 35.Re2 Kf7 36.h5 Ke7 37.Rb2 Kd7 38.Rb7+ Rc7 39.Rb3 a5 40.Rb5 a4 41.Ra5 Rc4 42.Ra7+ Kc6 43.Ra6+ (43.Rxg7? Rh4+ 44.Kg3 Rxh5 ) 43...Kc5 44.Rxe6 Re4 45.Re7 d4 46.Rxg7 Rxe5 47.Rc7+ Kb4 48.Rd7 Kc3 49.Rc7+ Kd2 50.Rc4 d3 51.Rxa4 Ke1 0-1

Hart, Ralph - Dive, Russell J 41st Trusts Open A-Grade 2018

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Garry Kasparov seemed to make this appear as a forced win for White back in the 1980s  4...c6 5.Nc3 d5 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Qc2 O-O 8.e4 dxe4 9.Nxe4 Nbd7 10.Bd3 h6 11.Bf4 Nh5 12.Be3 Qc7 13.Qd2 f5 14.Ng3 Nhf6 15.O-O Bd6

Moves are clickable

16.b4! This is actually a pawn sacrifice, White gets a promising attack that eventually carries the day  16...f4 17.c5 fxe3 18.cxd6 exf2+ 19.Rxf2 Qxd6 20.Re1 Nd5 21.Ne5 Bb7 22.Bg6 N7f6


White now wins by single-mindedly targetting mate on h7  23.Bb1 Rac8 24.Qd3 Qc7 25.Ref1 c5 26.Nh5 cxd4 27.Qg6


27...Qxe5 (27...Kh8 is necessary to allow gxf6 defending h7 with the queen, otherwise White will take both knights on f6 and give mate. Then the computer has clever follow ups to justify a +4 score for White, but at least these follow ups are not as obvious as the move that now appears on theboard ) 28.Qxg7# 1-0

Gong, Daniel Hanwen - Hague, Ben 41st Trusts Open A-Grade 2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Bc4 Be7 5.O-O Nf6 6.d3 O-O

Moves are clickable

Some interesting opening play now unfolds, but it has been seen before recently in this very magazine. So I have the luxury of simply copying my notes from Gao-Hague NZ Champs 2018 in the January issue verbatim for the next several moves. Copying BEGINs  7.Ng5! Playing this here is a rather neat transpositional trick, that has been played by So, Nakamura and others. It's much more common to play the move when Black has played ...d6 rather than ... O-O on their last move. Then it comes with tempo against f7 allowing time for f4 ahead of ...h6 (which is the goal - White wants to play f2-f4 over the top of the Knight on f3 but unfortunately the rules don't allow that in one move).  7...h6 8.f4! The trick is that White has time for this even in this move order  8...exf4 (8...hxg5? 9.fxg5 sees Black getting destroyed on the Kingside. The details are left as an exercise for the reader ) 9.Nf3 d6 10.Bxf4 We have transposed to, for example Kramnik-Leko Linares 2003 which reached the same position by a more conventional route after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Bc4 d6 5.d3 Be7 6.O-O Nf6 7.Ng5 O-O 8.f4 exf4 9.Bxf4 h6 10.Nf3  10...Be6 10...Bg4 This reasonable looking move is a near novelty. ......Be6 instead has been played literally hundreds of times. Copying ENDs Oh whoops, I need to wake up - this time Ben does play ...Be6 instead of ...Bg4  11.Nd5 Nb4 (11...Bxd5 is much more popular, but if I leave my computer to think for a while it prefers ...Nb4, which has been played a couple of times by Sveshnikov. I suspect Ben does his homework ) 12.Nxf6+ Bxf6 13.Bxe6 fxe6 14.c3 Nc6 15.Bg3 d5 16.Qb3 b6 17.e5 Bg5 18.Qa4 Rc8 19.Qg4 Rf5 20.d4 cxd4 21.cxd4


21...Qd7 (21...Nb4! Is very strong according to the computer - the knight is getting very mischievous and might be going to d3 or e3 (via c2) or even picking up a pawn on the weird route a2-c1-e2 ) 22.Nxg5 Rxg5 23.Qd1 Black might be slightly better with a better minor piece, but the position quickly burns out tonothing  23...Ne7 24.Bh4 Rf5 25.Bxe7 Rxf1+ 26.Qxf1 Qxe7 27.Rc1 Rxc1 28.Qxc1 Qb4 29.Qc8+ Kh7 30.Qc2+ Kg8 31.Qc8+ Kh7 32.Qc2+ Kg8 33.Qc8+ 1/2-1/2

Gibbons, Robert E - McLaren, Leonard J 41st Trusts Open A-Grade 2018

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 b6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Qb3 c5 6.a3 Ba5 7.Bd2 O-O 8.e3 Ba6 9.Be2 d5 10.cxd5 Bxe2 11.Nxe2 Bxd2+ 12.Nxd2 exd5 13.O-O c4 14.Qc2 Nc6 15.b3 b5 16.e4 dxe4 17.bxc4 Nxd4 18.Nxd4 Qxd4 19.cxb5 Rac8 20.Qa2 Rfd8 21.Nb3 Qa4 22.Rac1 Qxb5 23.Nd4 Qb6 24.Nf5

Moves are clickable

24...Rxc1 25.Rxc1 Qc5 0-1

Smith, Robert W - Wright, Caleb 41st Trusts Open A-Grade 2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.Bc4 e6 7.e5 d6 8.O-O Ne7

Moves are clickable

9.Nxd4?! This looks dubious but Bob makes it work (eventually)  9...cxd4 10.Ne4 dxe5 11.fxe5 Bxe5 12.d3 Qc7 (  The sacrifice has been seen before Pavlov (2220) - Martirosyan, Teteven 1991 12...Nf5 13.Bg5 Qc7 14.Nf6+ Kf8 15.Ng4 Ne3 16.Qf3 Nxf1 17.Rxf1 f5 18.Nxe5 Qxe5 19.Bf4 Qa5 20.Qg3 Kf7 21.Bc7 Qc5 22.Bd6 Qc6 23.Be5 Rg8


White finishes this off very nicely  24.Qh4 h5 25.Re1 b5 26.Qf6+ Ke8 27.Bd6 Qxd6 28.Bxb5+ Bd7 29.Rxe6+ Qxe6 30.Qxe6+ Kf8 31.Bxd7 1-0 ) 13.Bb5+ Bd7 14.Bxd7+ Qxd7 15.Qf3 Nd5 16.Bh6 f6 17.Rae1


Black's centre looks strong, and his King should be okay on the Queenside. Verdict: White is struggling to prove compensation  17...O-O-O 18.c4 Ne3 19.Rf2 Qc7 20.Qh3 Nf5 21.b4 Rhe8 22.Bd2 h5 23.g3 Kb8 24.a4 Qe7 25.a5 Rf8 26.Nc5 Rde8 27.Qg2 Qc7 28.a6 b6 29.Nb3


29...Nxg3? Losing patience, a shame because the policy of focusing everything on the centre despite the opposite side Kings had been working pretty well.  30.hxg3 Bxg3 31.Ref1 Bxf2+ 32.Rxf2 e5


33.b5 (33.Nxd4! exd4?? 34.Bf4 ) 33...f5 34.Bb4 Rf6 35.c5! Finally getting in an effective break  35...Kc8? A sudden collapse (35...e4! countering in kind and the board is on fire but Black is holding his own ) 36.cxb6 Qxb6 37.Qa8+ Kd7 38.Qd5+ Kc8 39.Rc2+ Kb8 40.Ba5 Rd8 41.Qxe5+ Qd6


42.Bc7+ 1-0

Hart, Ralph - Smith, Robert W 41st Trusts Open A-Grade 2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 a6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 g6 5.f4 Bg7 6.Nf3 d6 7.O-O e6 8.d3 Nge7 9.Be3 Nd4 10.Qd2 O-O 11.Rae1 Rb8 12.g4 d5 13.Bf2 b5 14.e5 b4 15.Ne2 Nxe2+ 16.Rxe2 d4 17.Ng5 Bb7 18.Ne4 Qc7 19.Nf6+ Kh8 20.Bg3 Bxg2 21.Rxg2 Qc6 22.Bh4 Nd5

Moves are clickable

23.Rf3? (23.Rg3! This way there is no en-prise rook on f3 after the Knight on d5 moves ) 23...Bxf6 24.exf6 Ne3 25.Rgg3 c4 26.Rxe3 c3 27.Qg2 Qxg2+ 28.Kxg2 dxe3 29.b3 a5 30.Rxe3 Ra8 31.Re4 Rfb8 32.Bg3 a4 33.f5 axb3 34.axb3 exf5 35.gxf5 gxf5 36.Re7 Rf8 37.Bf4 Ra2 38.Bh6


38...Rxc2+ 39.Kh3 Rd8 40.Rxf7 Rxd3+ 41.Kh4 Rxh2+ 42.Kg5 Rd8 43.Rc7 f4 44.f7 Rxh6 45.Kxh6 Rd6+ 46.Kg5 Kg7 47.Kxf4 Rf6+ 48.Ke5 Rxf7 49.Rc4 Rb7


White has done well to make a game of it, but two good extra passed pawns and no more complexity signals the end  50.Kd6 h5 51.Kc6 Rb8 52.Kc7 Rh8 53.Rxb4 h4 54.Rg4+ Kf6 55.b4 h3 56.Rg1 h2 57.Rh1 Kf5 58.b5 Kg4 0-1

Ang, Alphaeus Wei Ern - Gong, Daniel Hanwen 41st Trusts Open A-Grade 2018

1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 O-O 6.h3 e5 7.d5 Nbd7 8.Be3 a5 9.Bd3 Nc5 10.Bc2 Nh5 11.g3 Bd7 12.Qe2 (  Scekic (2430) - Tratar (2420), Ljubljana 1998 was hugely entertaining 12.Na4 Bxa4 13.Bxa4 Nxe4 14.Bc2 Nc5 15.Qd2 Qe8 16.O-O-O Nf6 17.Bxc5 dxc5 18.Rde1 Nd7 19.Ba4 f6 20.Qe3 Rf7 21.h4 Qf8 22.Qe2 Nb6 23.Bc2 Re7 24.h5 f5 25.g4 e4 26.g5 Ree8 27.Nh4 Qd6 28.Bd1 a4 29.a3 Nd7 30.Qd2 Ne5 31.Be2 Red8 32.Ng2 Nc6 33.Qf4 Nd4 34.Bd1 Qxf4+ 35.Nxf4 Rd6 36.f3 Be5 37.Nh3 Rb6 38.fxe4 f4 39.Nf2 Nb3+ 40.Bxb3 Rxb3 41.Ng4 Bxb2+ 42.Kc2 Rg3 43.Nh6+ Kg7 44.Kxb2 Rxg5 45.hxg6 hxg6 46.e5 Ra6 47.e6 Rb6+ 48.Kc1 Rg2 49.e7 Rbb2 50.Re6 Rbc2+ 51.Kd1 Rcd2+ 52.Ke1 Ra2

Moves are clickable

53.Rxg6+ Rxg6 54.e8=Q Ra1+ 55.Kf2 Rxh1 56.Qg8+ Kxh6 57.Qh8+ Kg5 58.Qxh1 Rb6 59.Qh8 ) 12...Qc8 13.Ng1 Qe8 14.O-O-O b6 15.g4 Nf4 I think I am learning something by annotating these games. Black plays b6 to make Be3xc5 undesirable because it opens a file towards the King. Conversely...  16.Bxf4? ...tends to be a positional blunder in the Kings Indian because it liberates a monster on g7  16...exf4 17.Qf3 b5 18.Qxf4 bxc4 19.Nge2 Ba4 20.Bxa4 Nxa4 21.Rd2 Rb8 22.e5 Nxc3 23.Nxc3 Bxe5 24.Qf3 a4 25.Re1


25...Bxc3! The monster gives its life, but Black gains decisive material  26.Rxe8 Bxd2+ 27.Kxd2 Rfxe8 28.Kc2 Rb5 Two rooks tend to be better than a Queen particularly if the Queen doesn't have many checks and the Rooks can pick off weak pawns which can't be defended twice.  29.h4 Reb8 30.Qf6 Rxd5 31.f4 Rdb5 32.f5 Rxb2+ 33.Kc3 Rg2 34.h5 Rg3+ 35.Kc2 a3 36.Kc1 Rg1+ 37.Kd2


Black gets there first  37...c3+ 38.Ke2 Re8+ 39.Kf2 Rxg4 40.fxg6 fxg6 41.hxg6 Rxg6 42.Qxc3 c5 43.Qxa3 Rf6+ 44.Kg2 Re5 45.Qb3+ Kg7 46.Qb7+ Kh6 47.a4 Rg5+ 48.Kh2 Rfg6 49.a5 Rh5# 0-1

Ker, Anthony F - Marko, Helmut S 41st Trusts Open A-Grade 2018

1.e4 c5 2.c3 e6 3.d4 d5 4.Nd2 Nc6 5.Ngf3 Nf6 6.Bd3 dxe4 7.Nxe4 cxd4 8.Nxf6+ gxf6 ( obviously if 8...Qxf6?? 9.Bg5 ) 9.cxd4 Qa5+ 10.Bd2 Bb4 11.a3 Bxd2+ 12.Qxd2

Moves are clickable

12...Qd5 (12...Qxd2+ might be a little boring, but it seems sensible in this situation ) 13.Rc1 Bd7 14.Qf4 Ke7 15.O-O Qd6 16.Qh4 h6 17.Rfe1


See previous comment. Now Anthony has been allowed a dream c3 Sicilian position  17...b6 18.d5 Qxd5 19.Be4 Qb5 20.Bxc6 Bxc6 21.Nd4 Game over  21...Qxb2 22.Nxc6+ Kf8 23.Rb1 Qxa3 24.Qxf6 Rh7 25.Rxe6 Rc8 26.Rbe1 1-0

Garbett, Paul A - Goodhue, Nathan 41st Trusts Open A-Grade 2018

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.Bc4 e6 5.e5 d5 6.exd6 Qxd6 7.Nf3 b5 8.Ne4 Qe7 9.Bd3 Nf6 10.O-O Nxe4 11.Bxe4 Bb7 12.Re1 O-O 13.c3 Nd7 14.Bg5 f6 15.Bf4 Nb6 16.Qb3 Qd7 17.Rad1 Rfe8 18.Bc1 a5 19.Nd2 a4 20.Qc2 Nc4 21.Nxc4 bxc4 22.Qe2 Ba6 23.Qf3 Rac8 24.h4 f5 25.Bc2 Bb5 26.h5 Qe7 27.Qg3 Kf7 28.Bf4 Bf6 29.b3 axb3 30.axb3 Ra8

Moves are clickable

There follows an interesting little dance, which is a prelude to White cementing a complete grip  31.Bd6 Bh4 32.Qe5 Bf6 33.hxg6+ hxg6 34.Qh2 Qd8 35.Qh7+ Bg7 36.Be5 Rg8 37.bxc4 Bxc4 38.Rb1 Ba6 39.f4


See previous comment, White's grip translates to falling pawns during the transition to the ending  39...Qf8 40.Re3 Rh8 41.Qxg7+ Qxg7 42.Bxg7 Kxg7 43.Rxe6 One pawn  43...Rhc8 44.Rb6 Bb5 45.Rb7+ Kh6 46.Bxf5 Two  46...Rg8 47.g4 Rg7 48.g5+ Kh7 49.Bxg6+ Three, that should be enough. A nice game by Paul.  49...Kh8 50.Rxg7 Kxg7 51.f5 Ra1+ 52.Kg2 Rc1 53.Re7+ Kf8 54.f6 c5 55.Rh7 Bc6+ 56.Kf2 1-0

Hague, Ben - Smith, Robert W 41st Trusts Open A-Grade 2018

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Bd3 Na6 7.O-O c5 8.d5 Rb8 9.f5!? This sideline looks a little weird, but it is very direct and it scores well in the database  9...Bd7 10.fxg6 hxg6 11.Qe1 Nb4 12.Qh4 c4 13.Ng5

Moves are clickable

13...Re8 ( The computer holds the balance by refining this idea with 13...Qb6+ 14.Kh1 Rfc8 providing flight for the King *and* defending c4 ) 14.Bxc4 Nxc2 15.e5 Nxa1 (  Trying to defend in a straightforward manner doesn't help either, eg 15...dxe5 16.d6 e6 17.Rxf6 Qxf6 18.Nce4 Qd8 19.Qh7+ Kf8 20.Nxf7 Kxf7 21.Bh6 Rg8 22.Rf1+ Ke8 23.Qxg6# ) 16.exf6 exf6 17.Qh7+ Kf8 18.Nge4 (  The computer improves with the even more devastating 18.Ne6+!! eg  18...fxe6 19.Bh6 Bxh6 20.Qxh6+ Kf7 21.Qh7+ Kf8 22.Qxg6 and the end is nigh ) 18...g5


Trying to keep the Bishop out of h6 (18...Bf5 is most resilient  19.Bh6 Bxh6 20.Qxh6+ Ke7 21.Rxf5 gxf5 22.Qxf6+ and the attack continues and ultimately prevails, if White is calm. It is striking how easily the blows rain down, White's pieces just cooperate well and the defenders are all exchanged off ) 19.Nxf6 Bxf6 20.Bxg5! The final touch  20...Re1 (20...Bxg5 21.Qxf7# ) 21.Bh6+ Ke7 22.Rxe1+ Be6 23.Rxe6+ 1-0

Hart, Ralph - McLaren, Leonard J 41st Trusts Open A-Grade 2018

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Ba6 5.Qc2 d5 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Bg5 Be7 8.Nbd2 O-O 9.Rc1 Nbd7 10.Qa4 Bb7 11.e3 c5 12.Ba6 Bxa6 13.Qxa6 c4 14.O-O h6 15.Bh4 Qc8 16.Qxc8 Rfxc8 17.Ne5 g5 18.Bg3 Nxe5 19.Bxe5 Nd7 20.e4 Nxe5 21.dxe5 c3 22.bxc3 dxe4 23.Nxe4 Bxa3 24.Rb1 Kg7 25.Rb3 Be7 26.h4 Rc4 27.f3 a5 28.hxg5 hxg5 29.Nd6 Rc6 30.Rd1 a4 31.Ra3 Kf8 32.g3 b5 33.Rd5 Rb8 34.Ra2 Rxc3 35.Nxb5 Rc5 36.Rxc5 Bxc5+ 37.Kg2 Rxb5 38.Rxa4 Rb4 39.Ra8+ Ke7 40.Rg8 Be3 41.Ra8 Rc4 42.Kh3 Rc5 43.Kg4 Rxe5 44.Ra6 f5+ 45.Kh5 Re6 46.Ra5 Kf6 47.g4 fxg4 48.fxg4 Kg7

Moves are clickable

49.Ra6! Nice try  49...Bb6 ( Not 49...Rxa6?? stalemate ) 50.Ra8 Be3 51.Ra6 Kf6 52.Ra5 Re5 53.Ra6+ Ke7 54.Rc6 Bf4 55.Ra6 Re2 56.Rb6 Re6 57.Rb5 Kd6 58.Rb6+ Kd5 59.Rb5+ Ke4


60.Rb6 Re8?? (60...Re5! Ironically since the previous diagram Leonard has improved his King position and so now he can firmly lose control of h6 and g6 forever and put the stalemate trick behind him ) 61.Re6+ Rxe6 1/2-1/2

Ang, Alphaeus Wei Ern - Fulo, Nunilon III 41st Trusts Open A-Grade 2018

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 Nc6 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 b6 7.e4 Ba6 8.Bd3 Na5 9.Qe2 Nb3 10.Rb1 Nxc1 11.Rxc1 Nh5 12.g3 Qg5 13.f4 Qa5 14.Nh3 g6 15.O-O O-O-O 16.c5 Bxd3 17.Qxd3 Nf6 18.e5 Nd5 19.c4 Ne7 20.Ng5 Rdf8 21.Ne4

Moves are clickable

A very nice Samisch Nimzo Indian position for White  21...f5? 22.Nf6? (22.exf6 Ng8 23.Qf3 and the possibility of mate on a8 gives White time to either support the pawn on f6 or get a winning lead in the race to open lines against the enemy king. In the game Black finally gets some air, and holds his own in the race ) 22...Ng8 23.Nxg8 Rfxg8 24.Rb1 g5 25.fxg5 Rxg5 26.Qf3 c6 27.cxb6 axb6 28.Rb4 Kc7 29.Rfb1 Rb8 30.c5 b5 31.a4 Rg4 32.axb5 Rxb5 33.Rxb5 cxb5


Black is better because he has an immediate threat, a more active rook, a passed pawn, a more secure main pawn chain, and a less exposed King  34.d5 Looking to break up Black's pawns too ( Or 34.Qd3 Holding d4 and threatening b5  34...Re4 menacing the White king  35.Qxb5 Qxb5 36.Rxb5 Rxd4 leads to a winning rook and pawn ending for Black ) 34...Re4 35.dxe6 Re1+ 36.Rxe1 Qxe1+ 37.Kg2 Qd2+ 38.Kg1 dxe6 39.Qa3 Kc6 40.Qa6+ Kxc5 41.Qc8+ Kd4 42.Qxe6 Qe1+ 43.Kg2 Qxe5 44.Qb6+ Qc5 45.Qf6+ Kc4 46.Kh3 b4 47.Qf7+ Kc3 48.Qxh7


Material is nominally level, but in Queen endings an advanced passed pawn is a huge advantage  48...b3 49.Qh8+ Kc2 50.Qe8 b2 51.Qe2+ Kb3 52.Qd3+ Ka2 53.Qa6+ Qa3 54.Qc4+ Ka1 55.Qd4 Qf3 56.Qa7+ Kb1 57.Qg1+ Kc2 58.Qc5+ Kd1 59.Qd4+ Kc1 60.Qg1+ Kc2 61.Qc5+ Kb3 62.Qb6+ Ka2 63.Qa7+ Qa3 64.Qf7+ Ka1 65.Qf6 Qd3 66.Kg2 Kb1 67.Kh3


67...Qf1+ 68.Kh4 Qc4+ 69.Kh3 Ka2 And finally White can neither check nor pin the advanced pawn  70.Qxf5 b1=Q 71.Qa5+ Kb2 72.Qb6+ Kc2 73.Qf2+ Kc3 74.Qe3+ Qbd3 75.Qe5+ Kd2 76.Qb2+ Qcc2 77.Qb4+ Ke2 78.Qg4+ Kf2 79.Qf4+ Kg1 80.Qa4 Qf1+ 81.Kg4 Qxa4+ 82.Kh5 Qf5+ 83.Kh6 Qad7 84.g4 Qdh7# 0-1

Ker, Anthony F - Gong, Daniel Hanwen 41st Trusts Open A-Grade 2018

1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bf5 6.Be2 e6 7.O-O Nf6 8.Na3 cxd4 9.Nb5 Rc8 10.Nbxd4

Moves are clickable

10...Bg4? After this Anthony gets a chance to continually annoy his opponent with threats, exactly the sort of thing he's looking for with his c3 Sicilian. The computer recommends rushing to catch up with development with 10...Be7 (  In the only game I have with this position Black played 10...Bc5 Milner Barry-Fazekas Bath 1963, 1/2-1/2 in 30 ) 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Be3 Bc5 13.Qxd5 cxd5 14.Ba6 Rc7 15.Bf4 Re7


A very unhappy rook, White is not to be denied, he is going to collect the exchange  16.Ne5 Nh5 (  Anthony shared some of his tactical ideas with me on the ride to the airport 16...O-O 17.b4 Bd6 (17...Bb6 18.Nxg4 Nxg4 19.Bd6 A winning skewer ) 18.Ng6!!


A very unusual fork ) 17.Bd2 Nf6 18.Bg5 h5 19.Bxf6 gxf6 20.Bb5+ Kf8 21.Nd7+ Rxd7 22.Bxd7 Rg8 23.Kh1 h4 24.h3 Be2 25.Rfe1 Bd3 26.Red1 Be4 27.f3 Bf5 28.Bb5 Ke7 29.Bd3 Bxd3 30.Rxd3 a5 31.Re1 Rd8 32.f4 Bf2 33.Red1 f5 34.b4 Rb8 35.a3 Kd6 36.Rf3 Bg3 37.Kg1 Kc6 38.Kf1 Kb5 39.Ke2 Rc8 40.bxa5 Ra8 41.Rb1+ Kxa5 42.Kd3 Rc8 43.Rff1 f6 44.Rb7 Rc6 45.Rb4 e5 46.fxe5 Bxe5 47.c4 dxc4+ 48.Rxc4 Rd6+ 49.Ke2 Rb6 50.Rd1 Rb2+ 51.Rd2 Rb3 52.Rd5+ Ka6 53.Ra4+ Kb6 54.Rb4+ Kc6


55.Rxe5 A nice liquidation to finishh  55...Rxb4 56.Re6+ Kd5 57.axb4 Kxe6 58.Kf3 Kd5 1-0