Reflections 1 on the South African Club Champs 2019 by Dr Lyndon Bouah

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An event that I only missed on one occasion is the SA Club Championship. It offers opportunities to every club to enter a team and compete in big Swiss against the rest of the country. The last event was held in Cape Town in October. My club Steinitz won the event. I, however, enjoyed many of the games. Please enjoy with me some of the tactical and positional gems from this event!

In game 1. Craig Willenberg (Steinitz) vs. Sachin Hastie (Grassy Park) how did Willenberg proceed in this position?

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The outside passed pawn is the key! Willenberg played f5 to forcibly create pressure! Black had played well, and the Steinitz player had to pull out all the stops! The technique was good to see here!

(1) Willenberg, C (2060) – Hastie, S (1778) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (1.2), 27.09.2019

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d4 Nxe4 5.Qe2 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.0–0 Nd4 9.Nxd4 Qxd4 10.Rd1 Bg4 11.Rxd4 Bxe2 12.Nc3 Bh5 13.Bg5 Bc5 14.Rd2 h6 15.Bh4 Be7 16.Bxe7 Kxe7 17.f3 Rad8 18.Rad1 Bg6 19.Kf2 Rxd2+ 20.Rxd2 Rd8 21.Ke3 Rxd2 22.Kxd2 Ke6 23.f4 h5 24.Nd1 c5 25.Ne3 Be4 26.c3 b6 27.Ke2 a5 28.Kf2 g6 29.Kg3 b5 30.Kh4 Bd3 31.Kg5 Be4 32.g4 hxg4 33.Nxg4 Bb1 34.a3 Be4 35.h4 Bf3 36.Nf6 b4 37.Ne8 Kd7 38.Ng7 bxc3 39.bxc3 Bd5 40.Kf6 Kc6

41.f5 Kb5 42.fxg6 fxg6 43.e6 Ka4 44.Kxg6 Kxa3 45.e7 Bc6 46.h5 Kb2 47.h6 a4 48.h7 Be4+ 49.Nf5

a3 50.e8Q 1–0

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Brother Kenny Willenberg was not to be outdone. What did White play in the above position?

Kenny decisively opened up the position with Bxg6 so that after fg6 he responded f5 thus putting the knight in an absolute pin! This is something that Kenny does well. There is no point in having a good position. At some stage you also need to cash in!

(2) Willenberg, K (1906) – Wright, A [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (1.2), 27.09.2019

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Qe2 Nb6 8.Bb3 a5 9.c3 h6

10.Ne4 Nxe4 11.Qxe4 a4 12.Bc2 Qd5 13.Qe2 Be7 14.Nf3 0–0 15.0–0 Nd7 16.h3 Nf6 17.Bf4 Nh5

18.Bh2 Nf6 19.Rfe1 Re8 20.Bd3 Qh5 21.Rad1 Bd7 22.Qd2 Qd5 23.Bb1 c5 24.Qc2 Qf5 25.Qc1 Qd5 26.c4 Qc6 27.Ne5 Qc8 28.Nxd7 Nxd7 29.Qc2 Nf8 30.d5 exd5 31.cxd5 Qd7 32.Be5 Ng6 33.d6 Bd8 34.f4 Rc8 35.Qc4 b5 36.Qd5 Nf8 37.g4 Bb6 38.Bf5 Ne6 39.Kh2 g6 40.Bxg6 fxg6 41.f5 g5 42.Bc3 Qxd6+ 43.Qxd6 Bc7 44.fxe6 Red8 45.Qxc7 1–0

  • How did Reuben Salimu (ACL) gain an advantage in the following position against Saunders (Mitchells Plain)?

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The Bishop on e6 is seeing a potential attack and he thus played d5 captures e4 and after white responded fe, pawn to c3+ wins the exchange and the game!

(3) Saunders, M (1459) – Salimu,R (1864) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (1), 27.09.2019

1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 c5 3.c3 Nc6 4.Nf3 Qb6 5.Qb3 c4 6.Qxb6 axb6 7.Na3 e5 8.Nxe5 Bxa3 9.bxa3 Rxa3

10.Kd2 Nf6 11.f3 Nh5 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.Bc7 b5 14.Bd6 Ra4 15.e4 Be6 16.g3 Kd7 17.Bc5 Rha8

18.a3 Nf6 19.Bg2 Ne8 20.Ra2 Nc7 21.Rha1 Na6 22.Bb4 Nxb4 23.cxb4 dxe4 24.fxe4 c3+ 25.Kxc3 Bxa2 26.Rxa2 Rxa3+ 27.Rxa3 Rxa3+ 28.Kb2 Rd3 29.Bh3+ Kd6 0–1

  • In the next position Dr Bhawoodien (Manyanani ( Black)) is playing UCT student Litha Hempe ( White). How did Black take advantage of his actively placed pieces?

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All the trumps in the position are with Black. Black now played Qh1+ which forces Nf1 otherwise the Ra1 is lost. But after Nf1 Bh4 + forces Kd2 after which the Rf2 pins the queen!

(4) Hempe, L (1739) – Bhawoodien,S (2020) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (1.4), 27.09.2019

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.0–0 d6 6.c3 Bb6 7.a4 h6 8.Nbd2 0–0 9.h3 a6 10.Re1 Re8

11.Nf1 d5 12.exd5 Nxd5 13.d4 e4 14.N3d2 f5 15.Ne3 Nce7 16.a5 Ba7 17.Qh5 c6 18.Bb3 Be6

19.Ndf1 Bf7 20.Qd1 Bb8 21.Nxd5 cxd5 22.f3 Bh5 23.g4 Bf7 24.gxf5 Nxf5 25.fxe4 Qh4 26.Be3 Nxe3 27.Rxe3 Bf4 28.Re1 Qxh3 29.Bxd5 Bxd5 30.exd5 Rxe1 31.Qxe1 Qg4+ 32.Kh1 Qh5+ 33.Kg1 Qg5+ 34.Kf2 Qxd5 35.Qe2 Rf8 36.Ke1 Bg5 37.Ne3 Qh1+ 38.Nf1 Bh4+ 39.Kd2 Rf2 0–1

  • Stephen Gallied from Manyanani loves his chess and plays regularly for his club. What move did he play here and what did Black reply?

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Gallied essayed Bc6 which is truly an inspired move. Black needed to be extra careful and had to play Qe5 but Gallied was able to hold the draw!

(5) Gallied,S – Bhili,T (1479) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (1.4), 27.09.2019

1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Nd2 h6 5.Bd3 Bd6 6.Bg3 Bxg3 7.hxg3 Nbd7 8.g4 Rg8 9.f4 Nf8

10.Be2 Qd6 11.c3 Bd7 12.Qc2 0–0–0 13.0–0–0 Bc6 14.Bf3 Bb5 15.g5 hxg5 16.fxg5 N6d7 17.a4 Ba6

18.b4 Bc4 19.Nxc4 dxc4 20.Qa2 Qa6 21.Be2 Qc6 22.Bxc4 Nb6 23.Bb3 Qxc3+ 24.Kb1 Qxb4

25.Ne2 Nd5 26.Rd3 Ng6 27.Ka1 Rh8 28.Rb1 Qa5 29.Qb2 Nb6 30.Nc3 Qxg5 31.Nb5 Rh2 32.a5 Kb8 33.d5 c6 34.axb6 cxb5 35.bxa7+ Kxa7 36.Bc4 Qe5 37.Rd4 Qxe3 38.Bxb5 Rxd5 39.Rxd5 exd5 40.Bc6 Qe5 41.Qxe5 Nxe5 42.Rxb7+ Ka6 43.Bxd5 g6 44.Re7 Rh5 45.Bxf7 Nxf7 46.Rxf7 Rg5 ½–½

  • in the next position Lewis has had his opponent against the ropes for most of the game. He allows one chance. What should Black play after the move Rd1 by White?

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Tom played Rxe3+ winning the Bishop as the white queen is overloaded!

(6) Lewis,M (1957) – Tom,T [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (1.5), 27.09.2019

1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 c6 3.e4 Bg4 4.Be2 Nd7 5.h3 Bh5 6.c4 e5 7.Be3 Be7 8.0–0 Ngf6 9.Nc3 0–0 10.Qc2 Qc7 11.Rfd1 Rac8 12.Rac1 Bg6 13.Nh4 exd4 14.Nxg6 hxg6 15.Bxd4 Ne5 16.f4 Ned7 17.Bf3 c5 18.Be3 Rfe8 19.g4 Nb6 20.b3 Bf8 21.Rd3 a6 22.a4 Rcd8 23.Rcd1 Nc8 24.Qd2 Na7 25.e5 Nh7

26.Nd5 Qb8 27.Nb6 Nc6 28.Bxc6 bxc6 29.a5 f6 30.exd6 Bxd6 31.Kg2 Be7 32.Nd7 Qc7 33.Nxc5 Rxd3 34.Nxd3 c5 35.Nxc5 Bxc5 36.Qd5+ Kh8 37.Qxc5 Qb7+ 38.Rd5 Qxb3 39.Kf2 Qc2+ 40.Rd2 Qe4 41.Qd4 Qh1 42.Kg3 Nf8 43.Rd1 Rxe3+ 44.Qxe3 Qxd1 45.c5 Qd5 46.f5 gxf5 47.gxf5 Qxf5 48.Qe7 Qe5+ 49.Qxe5 fxe5 50.Kf3 Ne6 51.Ke4 Nxc5+ 52.Kxe5 Nb3 53.Kd5 Kh7 54.Kc6 Nxa5+

55.Kb6 Nc4+ 56.Kxa6 Kh6 57.Kb5 Ne5 58.Kc5 g5 59.Kd4 Ng6 60.Ke4 Kh5 61.Kf3 Nh4+ 62.Kf2 Nf5 63.Kf3 Kh4 64.Kg2 Ng7 65.Kh2 Nh5 66.Kg1 Kxh3 67.Kh1 g4 68.Kg1 g3 69.Kh1 g2+ 70.Kg1 Ng7 0–1

  • The next game between Hommes and Makhupane was a very exciting one with many exciting and unique positions. The complications are enormous, and I leave it to you, the intrepid chess analyst to fathom the various permutations in this game. I shall look at different positions.

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Black has just played a6 to which white replies 27. Nxd6 which looks normal as the Queen on b6 is attacked. Black now conceives something special. Qxb1 28. Rxb1 Rxb1 29. Nxc8 so now we have the following position:

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Black now calmly played 29. Rxh3. To which white replied 30. Nxe7 black does not pause to capture and instead goes 30. Rg3+ 31. Kf2 now what should Black play now?

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Black essayed Rbg1! What a move! He is threatening mate in one! White is leading by two pieces!

And now the excitement starts! Black starts a series of checks and ends up with this position!

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Black now played Rxc2+ which forces Qc3! Enjoy the game!

(7) Hommes,W (1878) – Makhupane,P (1574) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (1.6), 27.09.2019

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 4.Be3 e5 5.Nf3 Be7 6.Bc4 c6 7.h3 h6 8.Qd2 Qc7 9.0–0 g5 10.g4 Nf8

11.Rfe1 Ng6 12.a3 Nf4 13.Bxf4 gxf4 14.b4 Rg8 15.Nh2 h5 16.f3 hxg4 17.Nxg4 Rh8 18.Kg2 Nh7

19.b5 Ng5 20.Rh1 Rh4 21.bxc6 bxc6 22.d5 c5 23.Bb5+ Kf8 24.Bc6 Rb8 25.Nb5 Qb6 26.Rab1 a6

27.Nxd6 Qxb1 28.Rxb1 Rxb1 29.Nxc8 Rxh3 30.Nxe7 Rg3+ 31.Kf2 Rbg1 32.Ke2 Nxf3 33.Qa5 Nd4+ 34.Kd2 R3g2+ 35.Kd3 Rd1+ 36.Kc4 Rxc2+ 37.Qc3 Rxc3+ 38.Kxc3 Kxe7 39.Nxe5 f3 40.Ng4 Ne2+ 41.Kc2 Rg1 42.Ne3 Nd4+ 43.Kd2 Nxc6 44.dxc6 Kd6 45.Nc4+ Kxc6 0–1

  • What did Snyckers (Randburg play against Jenkins (Observatory) here?

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White played 11. Bxg6 fg 12. Qxg6+ Kf8 13. Rg1 Bf6 14. E4 Rxh2 15. E5 Bh8 16. Qg8+

(8) Snyckers,F (1754) – Jenkins,T (1590) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (1.7), 27.09.2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 Ne4 5.Qc2 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Be7 7.Nf3 b6 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.Bxh7 Bxf3

10.gxf3 g6 11.Bxg6 fxg6 12.Qxg6+ Kf8 13.Rg1 Bf6 14.e4 Rxh2 15.e5 Bh8 16.Qg8+ 1–0

  • What did Adil Mohammed play against Pieter Hangelbroek in this position? Hangelbroek represented South Africa at the Olympiads in 1966 (Cuba) and 1968 (Switzerland)

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Mohammed played the unique skewer Bc7!

(9) Mohamed,A (1414) – Hangelbroek,P [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (1.7), 27.09.2019

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Be2 Bg7 6.exd6 cxd6 7.0–0 0–0 8.Re1 a6 9.c4 Nf6 10.Nc3

b6 11.Bg5 h6 12.Bf4 Nbd7 13.Qd2 Kh7 14.Rac1 Nh5 15.Be3 e5 16.dxe5 dxe5 17.Qd6 Rb8

18.Red1 Re8 19.Qxb8 Nxb8 20.Rxd8 Rxd8 21.Bxb6 Rd6 22.Bc7 1–0

  1. Andrew Mcinnes (UCT) showed Cherwin Kleinsmidt (Blackjacks) some of his tactical acumen in the following game. What did he play in this position?

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Mcinnes essayed Rxg6 and after Qxg6 he followed up with Bf5!

(10) Mcinnes,A (1709) – Kleinsmidt,C (1887) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (1.8), 27.09.2019

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Qf6 6.c3 Nge7 7.Bc4 a6 8.0–0 Ne5 9.Bb3 d6

10.Nd2 0–0 11.h3 N5g6 12.Qf3 Qh4 13.g4 h5 14.Nf5 Nxf5 15.gxf5 Ne5 16.Qg2 Bxe3 17.fxe3 Kh7

18.Rf4 Qf6 19.Qe2 Qh6 20.Kh2 Bd7 21.Rh4 g6 22.Rg1 Be8 23.Nf3 f6 24.Nxe5 fxe5 25.fxg6+ Bxg6

26.Be6 Kh8 27.Rxg6 Qxg6 28.Bf5 Rxf5 29.exf5 1–0

  1. Mats Elliot from UCT showed great nerve and attacking skill in his game against Jamie Geduld (Blackjacks). How did he finish the game in this position?

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Elliot played the fantastic move Rxa3+ which settled the issue decisively!

(11) Geduld,J (1660) – Elliott,M (1714) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (1), 27.09.2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Nf6 8.f3 Be7 9.g4 b5 10.0–0–0 d6 11.h4 Ne5 12.h5 h6 13.a3 Bd7 14.g5 hxg5 15.Bxg5 Nxh5 16.Bxe7 Kxe7 17.Nf5+ Kf8 18.Nxd6 g6 19.f4 Nc6 20.Ndxb5 axb5 21.Nxb5 Qb6 22.Qd3 Ke7 23.Nd6 Qa5 24.Qf3 Qc5 25.e5 Nd4 26.Qd3 Ba4 27.Nc4 Rhd8 28.Qh3 Bxc2 29.Qh4+ Kf8 30.Rxd4 Qxd4 31.Kxc2 Qd1+ 32.Kc3 Qc1+ 33.Kb3 Rdb8+ 34.Ka2 Rxa3+ 0–1

  1. In the next game Megan Van Niekerk (MRL) is White against Seadimo Kedama (Crossroads). What did Black play in this position?

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I was walking past the game at this stage and looked with interest at the position. There was something here and I was pleasantly surprised when I saw Rh2+. The empty square is one of the most difficult things to guard against. A player will always look at the square if there is a piece or pawn on a square, but an empty square is more difficult.

Megan captured the Rh2 to which Black replied 26. Qh6+. A nice rook lift!

(12) Van Niekerk,M (1830) – Kedama,S (1620) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (1.9), 27.09.2019

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nbd2 Bf5 4.e3 e6 5.Be2 Bd6 6.b3 h6 7.0–0 Nbd7 8.Bb2 Ne4 9.c4 c6 10.c5 Bc7 11.b4 Qf6 12.Qc1 g5 13.Ne1 Nxd2 14.Qxd2 g4 15.Bd3 Qh4 16.g3 Qe7 17.Nc2 h5 18.b5 Bxd3 19.Qxd3 h4 20.bxc6 bxc6 21.Nb4 f5 22.Kg2 Kf7 23.Nxc6 Qf6 24.Bc3 hxg3 25.hxg3 Rh2+ 26.Kxh2 Qh6+ 0–1

13. What did Schnabel as Black play here against Siyo?

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Black played Qf4+ and followed up with Rc1. It was not easy thereafter and White still fought hard but good technique was shown.

(13) Siyo,S (1592) – Schnabel,J (1792) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (1.9), 27.09.2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nge2 e6 6.d3 Nge7 7.Be3 d6 8.0–0 0–0 9.d4 cxd4 10.Nxd4 a6 11.Qd2 Qc7 12.Rad1 Rd8 13.Nxc6 bxc6 14.Bf4 e5 15.Bh6 Rb8 16.b3 Be6 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Na4 d5 19.Nc5 Bc8 20.Rfe1 f6 21.b4 Qb6 22.a3 Bg4 23.Qe3 d4 24.Qd2 a5 25.f3 axb4 26.axb4 Bc8 27.c3 Ra8 28.Ra1 Rxa1 29.Rxa1 dxc3 30.Qxc3 Rd4 31.Rb1 g5 32.h3 Ng6 33.Kh2 Nf8 34.Bf1 Ne6 35.Nxe6+ Bxe6 36.b5 cxb5 37.Rxb5 Qa7 38.g4 Rd1 39.Kg2 Kg6 40.Ra5 Qb6 41.Rb5 Qa6 42.Qa5 Qd6 43.Rb6 Qd7 44.Qb4 Rd2+ 45.Kg3 Rc2 46.Rd6 Qa7 47.Qb6 Qa1 48.Bg2 Qe1+ 49.Kh2 Qf1 50.Qg1 Qxf3 51.Rxe6 Qf4+ 52.Kh1 Rc1 53.Qxc1 Qxc1+ 54.Kh2 Qf4+ 55.Kg1 h5 56.gxh5+ Kxh5 57.Re8 Kh4 58.Rc8 Qd2 59.Ra8 Qd3 60.Kh2 Qg3+ 61.Kg1 Qf4 62.Rc8 f5 63.exf5 Qxf5 64.Rc4+ Kh5 65.Re4 Kg6 66.Bh1 Qxh3 67.Bg2 Qg3 68.Re2 Kf5 69.Kh1 Qh4+ 70.Kg1 g4 71.Re4 Qg3 72.Re2 Qd3 73.Rf2+ Kg5 74.Bf1 Qe3 75.Kg2 Kh4 76.Rf8 Qe4+ 77.Kg1 Qd4+ 78.Kg2 Qd5+ 0–1

This was the end of the first day of competition. An exciting day with lots of good games. MRL A stayed on the top table with Steinitz closely following them. I hope you enjoyed seeing these exciting games! Enjoy the rest of the week.

Regards

Lyndon Bouah

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