Reflections 4 on SA Club Championships 2019 by Dr Lyndon Bouah

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We have arrived on the final day of the competition. It will be intense today because the top teams are all playing one another. Anything is still possible. The key to any event is not to get complacent. One can easily think now that we defeated the top seeds in the previous round that it would be plain sailing. This is not so because teams generally up their games against the top seeds or leaders. So, let’s get to round five and see what good positions or tactics await us.

  1. On the top board on stage Steinitz A played Steinitz B. In Cape Town in the same hall the B team beat the A team in a Rapid match in March 2019 at the Cape Town Classic. Would the same happen again? What did Andreas De Jager play here against Michael James?

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Andreas (white) found the beautiful Qh5+ winning the Bishop on c5. A great win by the young man!

(1) De Jager,A (1656) – James,M (1967) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (5.1), 29.09.2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be2 e6 7.0–0 Be7 8.Be3 a6 9.Kh1 0–0 10.f4 Qc7 11.Qe1 Bd7 12.f5 b5 13.a3 b4 14.axb4 Nxb4 15.fxe6 fxe6 16.Qd2 Rf7 17.Ncb5 Bxb5 18.Bxb5 d5 19.Qf2 e5 20.Ne6 Qxc2 21.Be2 d4 22.Bxd4 exd4 23.Nxd4 Qc5 24.e5 Qxe5 25.Bc4 Bc5 26.Bxf7+ Kxf7 27.Qf3 Re8 28.Nc6 Nxc6 29.Qxc6 Re6 30.Qb7+ Re7 31.Qb3+ Qe6 32.Qd3 Rd7

33.Qxh7 Rd5 34.Qh4 Rd2 35.Qh5+ Kg8 36.Qxc5 Qe2 37.Qc8+ Kf7 38.Qb7+ Kg8 39.Rae1 Qg4

40.Rxf6 1–0

  • In the game Justin Lynch (MRL B) versus Amini Daud (ACL) Lynch found an interesting move which secured him an advantage. What was it?

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Lynch (white) found Nxc6 netting a pawn. Black defended well to secure a draw though. Enjoy the technique

2) Lynch,J (1867) – Amini,D (2040) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (5.3), 29.09.2019

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Qc2 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Nbd2 Nbd7 6.e3 Bd6 7.Bd3 0–0 8.0–0 h6 9.Re1 e5 10.e4 dxe4 11.Nxe4 Nxe4 12.Bxe4 exd4 13.Nxd4 Nf6 14.Nf3 Nxe4 15.Qxe4 Qf6 16.Be3 Bf5 17.Qd4 Qxd4 18.Nxd4 Bd3 19.Rac1 Rfd8 20.Red1 Be4 21.f3 Bg6 22.a3 Be5 23.b4 a5 24.Rd2= axb4 25.axb4 Ra4 26.Nxc6 Rxd2 27.Ne7+ Kh7 28.Bxd2 Ra2 29.Bc3 Bf4 30.Ra1 Rc2 31.Nd5 Bd3

32.Nxf4 Rxc3 33.Nxd3 Rxd3 34.Ra7 Rd4 35.Rxb7 Rxc4 36.b5 Rb4 37.Kf2 Rb2+ 38.Kg3 Kg6 39.h4 h5 40.Rb6+ f6 41.Rb7 Kh6 42.b6 Kg6 43.Rb8 Kh7 44.b7 Rb4 45.Kf2 Rb2+ 46.Ke3 Rb3+ 47.Kd4 Rb4+ 48.Kc5 Rb1 49.Kd6 Rd1+ 50.Ke6 Rb1 51.g4 hxg4 52.fxg4 Kg6 53.h5+ Kh7 54.Kf7 Rb6 55.Ke7 Rb1 56.h6 gxh6 57.Kxf6 Rf1+ 58.Ke5 Re1+ 59.Kd4 Rb1 60.Kc3 Kg7 61.Kc2 ½–½

  • In the next position Dion Goredema is attacking the uncastled king of Olympiad player Robyn

Van Niekerk. Let’s look at the position (You do have some time I assume during this period?)

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White captured the offered queen on b6 to which Black responded with Rxf4. White however played Rb7+ carrying on with the attack. I am wondering and invite readers to comment should Black not have played axRb6 creating a wonderful imbalance in the game? Perhaps a friend of Robyn could help us in this position? The position I have in mind will look like this 🙁 Lockdown puzzle 1)

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The Black knight cannot be protected and the central pawns create a nice buffer!

(3) Goredema,D (1807) – Van Niekerk,R (1606) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (5.3), 29.09.2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.0–0 Bg7 6.c3 d5 7.e5 Qc7 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 Bg4 10.Nc3 f6 11.Bf4 fxe5 12.dxe5 Bxf3 13.Qxf3 e6 14.Rac1 Ne7 15.Nb5 Qb6 16.Nd6+ Kd7 17.Rc3 Rhf8 18.Rb3 Bxe5 19.Rxb6 Rxf4 20.Rb7+ Kxd6 21.Qa3+ c5 22.b4 Rxb4 23.Rxb4 cxb4 24.Qxb4+ Kd7 25.Qb7+ 1–0

4. Remo Andrews was white against Dr. Shabir Bhawoodien. The next position is rich in tactics.

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The diagonal h1-a8 is of course the important one. White has just played Qg5 threatening the Rd8. Black responded with Rxc3. My question to the reader: is pawn to f6 possible? I shall leave that as a lockdown puzzle number 2!

(4) Andrews,R – Bhawoodien,S (2020) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (5.4), 29.09.2019

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d3 fxe4 5.dxe4 Nf6 6.Bd3 Bc5 7.h3 0–0 8.0–0 d6 9.Nc3 a6 10.Qe2 Nh5 11.Kh2 Nf4 12.Bxf4 Rxf4 13.Nd5 Rf8 14.c3 Ne7 15.Ne3 Ng6 16.g3 Qf6 17.Ng1 Bd7 18.Kg2 c6 19.Rad1 b5 20.b4 Bb6 21.Bc2 Kh8 22.Bb3 a5 23.Qd2 a4 24.Bc2 Rad8 25.Bd3 d5 26.exd5 cxd5

27.Bxg6 Qxg6 28.Qc2 Qf7 29.Ng4 Qe6 30.Rde1 e4 31.Qd2 Bc6 32.Kh2 Rf7 33.f4 Bb7 34.Ne5 Rc7

35.Rxe4 d4 36.f5 Qd5 37.Qg5 Rxc3 38.Rf2 Qxe4 39.Ngf3 Rxf3 40.Nf7+ Kg8 41.Nh6+ Kf8 0–1

  • Aliquid Novus Observatory (Latin for out of Observatory there is always something new!). Taurique Jenkins (white) brings strong acting flair to the fore in the following game! He loves to attack and I enjoyed the game for the fighting spirit exhibited! Check the opening!

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(5) Jenkins,T (1590) – Flores Bartoli,A (1634) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (5.4), 29.09.2019

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 Qf6 5.Qb3 Bc5 6.Nf3 Ne7 7.0–0 0–0 8.Bg5 Qb6 9.Qxc3 Nbc6 10.a3 Ng6 11.Nbd2 Bd4 12.Nxd4 Qxd4 13.Qc2 Nce5 14.Be3 Qd6 15.Bc5 Qf6 16.Bxf8 Nxf8 17.Ba2 b6 18.Nc4 Nxc4 19.Qxc4 Ne6 20.Qd5 c6 21.Qd2 Ba6 22.Rfe1 Nc5 23.e5 Qe7 24.Re3 Rf8 25.b4 Ne6 26.Rd1 Bc8 27.Rg3 c5 28.Qh6 cxb4 29.Bxe6 fxe6 30.axb4 Qf7 31.Qe3 Bb7 32.h3 Bc6 33.Ra1 Qf5 34.Rg4 a5 35.bxa5 bxa5 36.Rxa5 Qb1+ 37.Kh2 Qf5 38.Ra2 Bd5 39.Rd2 Bc6 40.Rg5 Qf7 41.Rg4 Qf5 42.Qg5 Qf7 43.f3 Bd5 44.Rdd4 g6 45.h4 Qf5 46.Qxf5 Rxf5 47.f4 Bc6 48.Rg3 Rf8

49.h5 Kg7 50.Kh3 Rb8 51.hxg6 hxg6 52.Rd6 Rb4 53.f5 exf5 54.Rdxg6+ Kf7 55.Rf6+ Ke7 56.Rg7+ Ke8 57.Rxf5 Rb3+ 58.g3 Re3 59.Kh4 Re1 60.Kg5 Be4 61.Rf4 Bc6 62.Kf6 Kd8 63.g4 Bd5 64.g5 Be6 65.g6 Rg1 66.Rh7 Rg3 67.g7 Rg2 68.Rh6 Rg1 69.Rg6 Re1 70.g8Q+ Bxg8 71.Rxg8+ Kc7 72.Rg7 Kc6 73.Rd4 1–0

  • In the next position SA Closed bronze medallist De Abreu had a number of choices. What did he chose to play against Litha Hempe from UCT

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After calmly ensuring that the Na6 does not play any decisive role he conjured up an attack on the third rank. However just when the crowds thought e would fulfil his ambition he chose 38. Qd1!

(6) De Abreu,R (2127) Randburg Hempe,L (1739) UCT [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (5.5), 29.09.2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nf3 e6 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 a5 6.Bg2 0–0 7.0–0 Bxd2 8.Nbxd2 d6 9.e4 e5 10.d5 Nb4 11.a3 Nd3 12.Qc2 Nc5 13.b4 Na6 14.Rab1 axb4 15.axb4 b6 16.Rfc1 Qe7 17.Ne1 Bg4 18.Nd3 Be2 19.Nf3 Bxd3 20.Qxd3 Ra7 21.Qe3 Rfa8 22.Nh4 g6 23.Bf3 Nd7 24.Bd1 Nab8 25.Nf3 Ra3 26.Rc3 Ra1 27.Rcc1 R1a3 28.Rc3 Ra1 29.Rcb3 Kg7 30.h4 h5 31.Qc1 R1a2 32.Ng5 Na6 33.Ra1 Nab8 34.Rab1 Na6 35.Rf3 Nf6 36.Bb3 Re2 37.Bc2 Ng4 38.Qd1 1–0

  • The following game I had to look at the notation sheet twice! What was the worst move that Black could play here?

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Black played Rb8 and resigned immediately.

(7) Matsaung,T (1686) – Metcalfe,A (1845) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (5.5), 29.09.2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3 e5 6.Nb5 d5 7.exd5 a6 8.dxc6 Qxd1+ 9.Kxd1 axb5

10.Bxb5 Rb8 1–0

8. What did Snyckers play here against Green to finish the game?

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He went for Nd5 as the fork on c7 cannot be stopped!

(8) Snyckers,F (1754) – Green,G (1662) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (5.5), 29.09.2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Be2 0–0 7.0–0 c6 8.Qc2 Qc7 9.h3 Re8 10.Be3 e5 11.d5 Nh5 12.dxc6 bxc6 13.Rfd1 Nf8 14.Rac1 Ne6 15.Bf1 Nef4 16.b4 f5 17.c5 dxc5 18.Bxc5 Qf7 19.Ng5 Qf6 20.h4 h6 21.Bc4+ Ne6 22.Nxe6 Bxe6 23.Rd6 Qf7 24.Bxe6 Rxe6 25.Rcd1 Bf8

26.Rd7 Qf6 27.Bxf8 Kxf8 28.Qd2 f4 29.b5 cxb5 30.Nd5 Qxh4 31.Nc7 Rae8 32.Nxe6+ Rxe6 33.Qd5 Qf6 34.Qc5+ Re7 35.Rxe7 Qxe7 36.Qc8+ 1–0

9. What should Balmakhun (UCT) play here against Hangelbroek?

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White went for b4 winning a piece! The Bishop is deflected and after Bc7 the Nb6 is captured.

(9) Balmakhun,Y (1647) – Hangelbroek,P [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (5.5), 29.09.2019

1.c4 c6 2.g3 e6 3.Bg2 d5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.0–0 Nbd7 6.d3 Bc5 7.a3 a5 8.Nc3 e5 9.cxd5 cxd5 10.d4 exd4 11.Nxd4 Nb6 12.Bf4 0–0 13.Ndb5 Be6 14.b4 axb4 15.axb4 Bxb4 16.Bc7 Qc8 17.Bxb6 Rxa1 18.Qxa1 Qc6 19.Bd4 Qc4 20.e3 Ne4 21.Nxe4 dxe4 22.Nc3 f5 23.Qb2 Rc8 24.Ne2 g5 25.Rc1 Qb5

26.Rxc8+ Bxc8 27.Bc3 Be6 28.Bxb4 Bc4 29.Nd4 Qd7 30.Qc3 b5 31.Bf1 f4 32.Bxc4+ bxc4

33.Qxc4+ Kg7 34.Qc7 1–0

  1. Andrew Mcinnes has impressed me with his tactical acumen. He loves to attack and he comes up with some interesting attacking ideas. Enjoy the following game against Paul Khuphwathea from Steinitz.

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White is attacking furiously and needs to reinforce his attack. Which pieces are not playing in the game! Mcinnes decides that the Be3 and Nf2 need to get into the action… He now played…..:

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Tremendous complications may follow now! What should Black do? Black decides that it is not worth it to open the diagonal since White intends going pawn to f5 if the knight is captured. Black decides to play safely with Rf8. So what to do now?

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Mcinnes now goes for……..

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Qxh6+ Truly a wonderful game. Bravo young man! Enjoy the game!

(10) Mcinnes,A (1709) – Khuphwathea,P (1829) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (5.6), 29.09.2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be2 e6 6.0–0 Nge7 7.d3 0–0 8.Bd2 a6 9.Qe1 d5 10.Rb1 b5

11.g4 b4 12.Nd1 f5 13.gxf5 dxe4 14.dxe4 exf5 15.Bc4+ Kh8 16.e5 Nd4 17.c3 Nxf3+ 18.Rxf3 Bb7

19.Rh3 Qd7 20.Qh4 h6 21.Qg5 Kh7 22.Nf2 Nc6 23.Rd1 Rad8 24.Be3 Qc7 25.Rxd8 Rxd8 26.Ne4 Rf8 27.Qxh6+ Bxh6 28.Ng5+ Kg7 29.Ne6+ Kf7 30.Nxc7+ Ke7 31.Rxh6 Kd7 32.Rh7+ Kc8 33.Bxc5 Rd8 34.Bd6 a5 35.Ne6 1–0

  1. While the game above was happening on the board next to him Ashley Schuller (Steinitz) who celebrates his fiftieth birthday this month played an interesting game as well. (He did not want to be outdone by Mcinnes. What did Schuller play here against Mats Elliot from UCT

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Schuller went for Nf6+ giving Black an extra knight in an equal position.

The two warriors have now made a number of moves. The tension can be cut with a knife. What move did White now play?

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Pawn to f5 regains the piece and ensures a strong game. Enjoy the tactics and positional play from Schuller.

(11) Schuller,A (1926) – Elliott,M (1714) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (5.6), 29.09.2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 d5 4.Nbd2 Nc6 5.g3 Nf6 6.Bg2 Be7 7.0–0 0–0 8.Re1 b5 9.e5 Nd7 10.Qe2 c4 11.Nf1 a5 12.h4 Ba6 13.d4 c3 14.b3 a4 15.Bg5 b4 16.Qe3 Bxg5 17.hxg5 Qb6 18.N3h2 Ne7 19.Ng4 Ng6 20.Nfh2 Ra7 21.Bf1 Bxf1 22.Kxf1 Rfa8 23.Rac1 axb3 24.axb3 Ra2 25.Nf6+ gxf6 26.gxf6 Kf8 27.Qh6+ Ke8 28.Nf3 Ndf8 29.Qg7 R8a7 30.Kg2 Rd7 31.Qh6 Kd8 32.Red1 Kc8 33.Ng5 Qd8 34.f4 Kb8 35.Nf3 Rda7 36.g4 R7a3 37.Kg3 Qd7 38.Ne1 Qa7 39.f5 exf5 40.gxf5 Ra1 41.fxg6 Nxg6 42.Qxh7 Rxc1 43.Qg8+ Kb7 44.Qxf7+ Kb6 45.Qxa7+ Rxa7 46.Rxc1 Kc6 47.Nd3 Rb7 48.Kg4 Nf8

49.Kf5 1–0

12. What Did Jegels (Cape Town) play in the following position against Gordon (Mitchells Plain)?

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Qxf7+ forces the recapture on f7 which then opens the file so that Bb6+ picks up the queen.

  1. What should Black not play in the following position?

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Black played Kh8?? This allowed Qxf7!

(13) Felix,E (1731) – Boyisi,A (1712) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (5.8), 29.09.2019

1.d4 e6 2.Bf4 d5 3.Nc3 Bd6 4.Bg3 f5 5.e3 Nf6 6.Nf3 c6 7.Be5 0–0 8.h4 Ne4 9.Ne2 Nd7 10.Bxd6 Nxd6 11.Nf4 Qe7 12.h5 Ne4 13.a3 Qf6 14.h6 g6 15.Nd3 Nd6 16.Nde5 Nf7 17.Nxf7 Rxf7 18.c4 f4 19.Qc2 fxe3 20.fxe3 e5 21.0–0–0 e4 22.Nd2 Qf2 23.Qb3 Nf6 24.cxd5 cxd5 25.Bb5 Bg4 26.Rhf1 Rc8+ 27.Kb1 Bxd1 28.Rxd1 Qxg2 29.Nc4 dxc4 30.Bxc4 Rxc4 31.Qxc4 Qg4 32.Rf1 Kh8 33.Qxf7 1–0

  1. Should white exchange queens in the next position?

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No! He should win the piece on c6!

(14) Hastie,S (1642) – Parenzee,E [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (5.8), 29.09.2019

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d6 3.d4 Bf5 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.c4 Qd7 6.Nc3 g6 7.0–0 Bh3 8.e4 0–0–0 9.Be3 Kb8 10.Qa4 Bxg2 11.Kxg2 a6 12.b4 h5 13.b5 axb5 14.Nxb5 Qg4 15.h3 Qxe4 16.Nc3 Qf5 17.Rab1 Qa5 18.Qxc6 b6 19.Nd5 Nxd5 20.cxd5 Bh6 21.Bxh6 Rxh6 22.Rfe1 Qxa2 23.Ra1 1–0

  1. Andre Rhoda made a comeback after more than two decades of being absent from tournament play. What did he find here as White?

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Rhoda found Rxd7 forcing Bxd7 and then annexing the Ne4!

(15) Rhode,A – Jacobs,A [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (5.8), 29.09.2019

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d6 3.Nc3 h6 4.h3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Be3 e5 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.Qd3 Be7 9.0–0–0 Bb4

10.Nxe5 Bxc3 11.Qxc3 Nxe4 12.Qc4 Qe7 13.Rxd7 Bxd7 14.Qxe4 f6 15.Qg6+ Kd8 16.Nf7+ Kc7

17.Qg3+ Kc8 18.Nxh8 Bf5 19.Ng6 Qb4 20.Bd2 Qa4 21.Ne7+ 1–0

  1. Salem the top board of CPUT is a fierce attacker. What did he play in the following position against Kedama from Crossroads?

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Salem spotted Bxh7+ winning at once as the black king is running out of squares!

(16) Salem,A (1569) – Kedama,S (1506) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (5.9), 29.09.2019

1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.h3 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 Nf6 6.d4 e6 7.e5 Nfd7 8.Nd1 c5 9.c3 Nc6 10.Bd3 Be7 11.0–0 0–0 12.Qg4 Re8 13.Bh6 Bf8 14.Bg5 Be7 15.Bh6 Bf8 16.Be3 Rc8 17.a3 a5 18.f4 cxd4 19.cxd4 f5 20.exf6 Qxf6 21.f5 e5 22.Bg5 Qd6 23.f6 Re6 24.Bxh7+ Kh8 25.Qh5 1–0

  1. Bruce Masama from CPUT has an eye for tactics. His last move was the quiet move pawn to g4 which lulled Black into capturing the pawn b4. What did Masama see after Rxb4 that Nkosana missed?

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Masama spotted that the back rank of Black is now weak and played pawn to e7 winning the Bishop!

(17) Masama,B (1617) – Nkosana,L [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (5.9), 29.09.2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c6 3.e3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 0–0 6.0–0 d6 7.c4 Nbd7 8.Nc3 e5 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.e4 Qc7 11.Bg5 Nc5 12.Bxf6 Bxf6 13.b4 Ne6 14.Ne2 Rd8 15.Qb3 Nd4 16.Nfxd4 exd4 17.Rad1 Be6 18.Nf4 Qe7 19.Nxe6 fxe6 20.f4 e5 21.c5+ Kg7 22.f5 g5 23.Qe6 Qxe6 24.fxe6 Re8 25.Bh3 Rf8

26.Bf5 Be7 27.a3 a5 28.Bg4 axb4 29.Rxf8 Rxf8 30.axb4 Ra8 31.Rf1 Bf6 32.Bh5 Ra4 33.g4 Rxb4

34.e7 Bxe7 35.Rf7+ Kh6 36.Rxe7 d3 37.Rd7 Rxe4 38.Rxd3 Rc4 39.Rb3 Rxc5 40.Rxb7 Rc1+

41.Kf2 Rc2+ 42.Ke3 Rxh2 43.Re7 Rh1 44.Re6+ Kg7 45.Rxc6 Rf1 46.Ke4 Re1+ 47.Kf5 h6 48.Rc7+ Kf8 49.Kg6 e4 50.Kxh6 e3 51.Rf7+ Kg8 52.Re7 1–0

  1. What did Hlakula play here against Roman? The knight on c4 had previously been pinned against the White Qe2. However White had since moved it.

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White played Nxd6 winning a piece as the Bb5 is under attack as well as the rook on e8!

Enjoy the week further my friends.

Regards Lyndon

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