Reflections 5 on the SA Club Championship 2019 by Dr Lyndon Bouah

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We have now reached the final round on the final day of the competition. There were many permutations. If Steinitz A should lose to ACL then MRL A could be in the running. Would the tie break be needed? As captain I needed to tell my team that we just needed a 2.5/4 to secure the match and the tournament. A draw would also secure the title as MRL had a loss while we had no losses. So the stage was set in the final round. I shall first look at the other games before coming to the top of the table clash!

  1. A player that impressed me was Michael Cuthbert. I don’t know the player but he seemed to hold his own against known players! Check out this game.

(1) Cuthbert,M (1683) – Tom,T (1510) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (6.10), 29.09.2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Bg5 Be7 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Nc3 Nbd7 7.e3 0–0 8.Bd3 Re8 9.0–0 Nf8 10.h3 Ng6 11.Qc2 c6 12.a3 Bf8 13.b4 a6 14.Rfb1 Qd6 15.Bxf6 Qxf6 16.a4 Bxh3 17.e4 dxe4 18.Nxe4 Qf4 19.Neg5 Bd7 20.Bc4 Be6 21.Nxe6 fxe6 22.Qb3 Qg4 23.Ne5 Nxe5 24.dxe5 b5 25.axb5 cxb5

26.Bf1 g6 27.g3 Qd4 28.Bh3 Qxe5 29.Re1 Qd4 30.Bxe6+ Kg7 31.Rad1 Qxb4 32.Rd7+ Kh6

33.Qe3+ 1–0

  • White has just played Be2 to stop the pawn from promoting. What should Molefe as Black play here against Nkosana?

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NxBe2 forces King xNe2 and after that the Nh5 is picked up with Bxg4 as it is check!!

(2) Nkosana,L (1485) – Molefe,G (1511) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (6.9), 29.09.2019

1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Nf3 c5 5.c3 Qb6 6.Na3 c4 7.b4 Be7 8.Be2 0–0 9.Bg5 Bxb4 10.Rb1 Bxc3+ 11.Kf1 Qd8 12.Ne5 Nbd7 13.Nb5 Nxe5 14.Nxc3 Ng6 15.e4 h6 16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.exd5 exd5 18.Bf3 Be6 19.Rxb7 a6 20.Qd2 Kg7 21.h4 Rb8 22.Rxb8 Qxb8 23.g3 Qb7 24.Kg2 Rd8 25.Ne2 Qc7

26.g4 Rh8 27.Ng3 Nf4+ 28.Kf1 c3 29.Qc2 Qc4+ 30.Be2 Qxd4 31.Bxa6 Qd2 32.Nh5+ Kf8 33.Qxd2 cxd2 34.Be2 Nxe2 35.Kxe2 Bxg4+ 36.Kxd2 Bxh5 37.a4 Ke7 38.Kc3 Ra8 39.Kd4 Rd8 40.Ra1 Kd6 41.a5 Be2 42.Ke3 Bc4 43.Kf4 d4 44.Kf5 Kc5 45.Kxf6 Rd6+ 46.Ke5 d3 0–1

  • In the game Elliot vs. Siyo the two players agreed to a draw. As Lockdown puzzle 3 I, challenge readers to write to me to tell me if Black can win this position?

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(3) Elliott,M (1714) – Siyo,S [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (6.9), 29.09.2019

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bd3 h6 7.Ne6 Qa5+ 8.Bd2 Qb6 9.Nxf8 Nxf8

10.Bc3 Nd5 11.Ne2 Bg4 12.Qd2 Bxe2 13.Bxe2 Nd7 14.0–0 Nxc3 15.Qxc3 e6 16.a4 0–0 17.a5 Qc7

18.Rfd1 Rfd8 19.b4 Rac8 20.Qb3 Nf6 21.c4 Qf4 22.g3 Qg5 23.Rd3 Rd7 24.Rad1 Rcd8 25.Bf3 Ng4

26.Bg2 a6 27.d5 Qf5 28.Rf3 Qh5 29.h3 Nf6 30.g4 Qg5 31.Rdd3 cxd5 32.cxd5 Rxd5 33.Rxd5 Nxd5

34.b5 Qc1+ 35.Kh2 Qc7+ 36.Kg1 Qxa5 37.bxa6 bxa6 38.Qb7 Qa1+ 39.Bf1 Nf6 40.Qxa6 Qb2

41.Qb5 Qxb5 42.Bxb5 Kf8 43.Rd3 Rxd3 44.Bxd3 Ke7 45.Kg2 Kd6 46.Kf3 g5 47.Ba6 Ke5 48.Bb5 Nd5 49.Be8 f6 50.Bd7 Nf4 51.Kg3 Ke4 52.Bc6+ Kd3 53.Bb5+ Kd2 54.h4 Ne2+ 55.Kh3 Ke1 56.hxg5 hxg5 57.Kg2 e5 58.Ba6 Nf4+ 59.Kg3 Nd5 60.Kf3 Nb4 61.Bb5 Nc2 62.Ba6 e4+ 63.Kxe4 Kxf2 64.Kf5 Kg3 65.Bc8 Ne3+ 66.Kxf6 Kf4 67.Ke7 Nxg4 68.Kd6 Nf6 69.Kc5 Ng8 70.Kd4 Ne7 71.Bh3 ½–½

  • In the game of the young warriors both players were attacking furiously. What did Kedama play here as White against Mcinnes?

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Kedama chose Rxf7+ to open the Black King. He also noted that the black Rg4 was undefended in all variations! Well spotted by the young Crossroads man

(4) Kedama,S (1506) – Mcinnes,A (1709) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (6.9), 29.09.2019

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nf3 e6 7.Bg5 Be7 8.Bd3 0–0 9.0–0 a6 10.Qd2 dxc4 11.Bxc4 b5 12.Bb3 Bb7 13.Qf4 h6 14.Bxh6 gxh6 15.Qxh6 Nxd4 16.Qg5+ Kh8 17.Qh4+ Nh7 18.Qxd4+ Bf6 19.Qf4 Rg8 20.Rad1 Qe7 21.Rfe1 Rg7 22.Bd5 Rag8 23.g3 Rg4 24.Qc1 Qd7

25.Bxb7 Qxb7 26.Qe3 b4 27.Na4 Ng5 28.Nxg5 R8xg5 29.b3 Kg7 30.f4 Rh5 31.Re2 Rh3 32.Qe4 Qb5 33.Red2 Qh5 34.Rc1 e5 35.Rc5 Qh6 36.Rd7 exf4 37.Rxf7+ Kxf7 38.Rc7+ Kg8 39.Qe8+ Qf8 40.Qe6+ Kh8 41.Qxg4 Rh6 42.Qxf4 Rg6 43.Rb7 Rg8 44.Rb8 Qg7 45.Rxg8+ Kxg8 46.Qc4+ Kh7

47.Qe4+ Kh6 48.Qxb4 Bd4+ 49.Kg2 Qf6 50.Qd2+ Kg7 51.Qf4 Qc6+ 52.Kh3 Bf6 53.Qc4 Qe8

54.Qg4+ Kf8 55.Nc5 Qb5 56.Qc8+ Ke7 57.Qb7+ Qxb7 58.Nxb7 Bd4 59.Na5 Kf6 60.Kg4 Be5

61.Nc4 Bc7 62.h4 Kg6 63.b4 Bd8 64.a4 Kf6 65.h5 Kg7 66.Kf5 Kh6 67.g4 Bc7 68.b5 axb5 69.axb5 Bb8 70.b6 Kh7 71.b7 Bc7 72.Na5 Bxa5 73.b8Q Bc3 74.Qc7+ Bg7 75.g5 Kh8 76.Kg6 Bh6 77.Qh7# 1–0

5. What did Hastie decide to play here? Mohammed is a seasoned campaigner.

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Hastie decided to follow the well-known principle of two weaknesses. He opened up the King side with pawn to g4. He felt that objectively he had the queenside under control. He then pushed to open up the Kingside. This is how one should play. Probe for weakness and when 6 pieces are on the queenside open up the King side! Enjoy the game!

(5) Hastie,S (1642) – Mohamed,A (1414) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (6.8), 29.09.2019

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.d4 Bg7 5.0–0 0–0 6.c4 c6 7.cxd5 cxd5 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.b3 a6 10.Bb2 b5

11.Ne5 Bb7 12.Nd3 e6 13.Nc5 Ra7 14.Rc1 Ba8 15.e3 Nd7 16.Qd2 Qb6 17.Ne2 b4 18.h4 h5

19.Bh3 Rc8 20.Nf4 Rcc7 21.Nfd3 a5 22.g4 hxg4 23.Bxg4 Nf6 24.Bf3 Re7 25.Nf4 Bh6 26.Kg2 Bxf4

27.exf4 Re8 28.h5 gxh5 29.f5 Kh7 30.Rh1 Rg8+ 31.Kf1 Rg7 32.Bxh5 Kg8 33.Qh6 Nxh5 34.Rxh5

f6 35.Qh8+ Kf7 36.fxe6+ 1–0

  • White (Jenkins) has been attacking furiously and in the next position it is Black to move. How did Black (Devon Felix) turn the tables?

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As the Rc8 is under attack it makes sense to seize the seventh rank and also threaten mate with Rc2! This forces White to defend f2 which allows the Bishop to be captured.

(6) Jenkins,T (1590) – Felix,D (1597) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (6.8), 29.09.2019

1.e4 d6 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 4.Nf3 h6 5.d4 e5 6.dxe5 dxe5 7.0–0 c6 8.a3 Qc7 9.h3 Be7 10.Be3

0–0 11.Qe2 b6 12.Rad1 Bc5 13.Bc1 a5 14.Rfe1 b5 15.Bb3 Ba6 16.Nb1 a4 17.Ba2 Rfd8 18.c3 Qb6 19.Qc2 Bb7 20.c4 Rdc8 21.Nc3 Rab8 22.Nh4 Bf8 23.Nf5 Nc5 24.Be3 Qa6 25.Qe2 Ne6 26.cxb5 cxb5 27.Nd5 Bxd5 28.exd5 Nf4 29.Bxf4 exf4 30.d6 Qa7 31.Ne7+ Bxe7 32.Qxe7 Rb7 33.Bxf7+ Kh8 34.Qe6 Rc2 35.Re2 Rxe2 36.Qxe2 Rxf7 37.Qxb5 Rd7 38.Qf5 Qb7 39.Rc1 Qa6 40.Rc7 Qxd6 0–1

7. Black is threatening to march with his King. White responded with Ra2. Is this a good move?

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No! Because after the exchanges on a2 the black e4 pawn marches to queen!

8. What did Paul K as White play here against Justin Lynch?

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Paul K with his sharp eye for tactics found Bc4 and after Qd6 the Nf5 is pinned and is ripe for picking!

(8) Khuphwathea,P (1829) – Lynch,J (1867) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (6.4), 29.09.2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 d5 4.e5 d4 5.Bc4 Nc6 6.0–0 Nge7 7.Qe2 Nf5 8.Bd3 Be7 9.Na3 a6 10.b3 0–0

11.Qe4 h5 12.h3 Qd5 13.Qf4 f6 14.exf6 Bxf6 15.Bc4 Qd6 16.Qxf5 b5 17.Qxh5 dxc3 18.dxc3 bxc4

19.Nxc4 Qd5 20.Ng5 Bxg5 21.Bxg5 1–0

  • The game between Jamie Geduld and Luan De Jager was a good exhibition! The players played some interesting lines.

(9) Geduld,J (1660) – De Jager,L (1877) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (6.3), 29.09.2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7

10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 0–0 12.Be2 Bg5 13.0–0 Be6 14.Nc2 Ne7 15.Ncb4 Nxd5 16.exd5 Bd7 17.Kh1 f5

18.c4 Qb6 19.Qb3 Kh8 20.Nc2 Rab8 21.Rab1 Rfc8 22.Na3 Qa5 23.Qg3 Bf4 24.Qf3 b4 25.Nc2 Qxa2 26.g3 Bh6 27.Qd3 Qa5 28.f4 Re8 29.Ne3 exf4 30.gxf4 Re4 31.Ng2 Qc5 32.Qf3 Rbe8 33.Bd3 R4e7 34.Qh3 b3 35.Ra1 a5 36.Rac1 Qd4 37.Rc3 a4 38.Bxf5 Bxf5 39.Qxf5 g6 40.Qd3 Qxd3 41.Rxd3 Re2 42.c5 Rxb2 43.cxd6 a3 44.d7 Rd8 0–1

10. What did Andreas De Jager play here against the dangerous Charlton Maravanyika

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The position arose from an interesting Scotch game. White played ed6 and then black resigned!

  1. What move did Maxwell Solomon find here against Gordon Lawrence. In 2017 Lawrence became the SA over 65 champion and in 2019 Solomon became over fifty champion.

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Solomon found Bd1 to which Lawrence couldn’t find a defence! The Black queen was lost!

(11) Solomon,M (2043) – Lawrence,G (1899) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (6.2), 29.09.2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Nc3 d5 5.Bg5 0–0 6.e3 Ne4 7.Bxe7 Qxe7 8.Rc1 Nxc3 9.Rxc3 c6 10.Bd3 Nd7 11.0–0 dxc4 12.Bxc4 e5 13.Bb3 exd4 14.exd4 Nb6 15.Re1 Qf6 16.Ne5 Nd5 17.Rf3 Qh4 18.Qd2 Be6 19.Bc2 g6 20.Re4 Qh5 21.Bd1 Bf5 22.Rg3 Qxd1+ 23.Qxd1 Bxe4 24.h4 Ne7 25.Nd7 Nf5 26.Nf6+ Kg7 27.Nxe4 Nxg3 28.Nxg3 Rad8 29.h5 Rd5 30.Qg4 Rfd8 31.Qh4 h6 32.hxg6 fxg6 33.Qe7+ Kh8 34.Ne4 Rxd4 35.Nf6 Rd1+ 36.Kh2 R1d7 37.Nxd7 1–0

  1. So the scene was set now for the top of the table clash. The first game to finish was the one on board one. Amini Daud simply outplayed James who had a bad run of form. Interestingly after this event he wrote his exams and then proceeded to defeat GM Solomon at the Sa Closed.! In the next position black has just played h5. White stops the h pawn from moving and then cleans up the game.

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(12) Amini,D (2040) – James,M (1967) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (6.1),

29.09.2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.g3 e6 7.Bg2 Qc7 8.Ndb5 Qd8 9.Bf4

e5 10.Bg5 a6 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Na3 Be6 13.Nd5 h5 14.h4 f5 15.exf5 Bxf5 16.Nc4 Nd4

17.Nce3 Be6 18.c3 Nc6 19.Bf3 Rc8 20.Bxh5 Bh6 21.Bg4 Bxe3 22.Nxe3 Qd7 23.Bxe6 fxe6

24.Qg4 Kd8 25.0–0–0 Kc7 26.Rd2 d5 27.Re1 Rcf8 28.Nc4 Rf5 29.Ne3 Rf7 30.c4 d4 31.Qe4 Rhf8 32.Ng4 Rf5 33.Rh1 Qe8 34.a3 Rg8 35.Nh6 Rgf8 36.Nxf5 exf5 37.Qd5 Qh5 38.c5 Rd8 39.Qb3 e4 40.Qd1 Qf7 41.Kb1 d3 42.h5 Ne5 43.Qa4 Nf3 44.Rdd1 d2 45.Qa5+ Kc8 46.c6 Rd5 47.Qc3 Rd3 48.cxb7+ Kxb7 49.Qb4+ Kc8 50.h6 1–0

  1. The second game to finish on that day was the one between Goredema and Kenny Willenberg. The game swung from one player to another and then Kenny found something interesting. Let us get to the action:

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Black has just played Ng6 attacking the Rh4 and the Qe2 with his rook. What should White play?

After a short think Kenny Willenberg played the fantastic move….

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I was sitting next to the board and I couldn’t hide my excitement. So, if the white knight is captured on h6 then Kenny replies Qg4 pinning the Knight.

Black decided to play it safe with Kh8 but resigned after White played….. Can you see it?

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Nxf7 + is decisive. If now Kg8 then White plays hg6 and if RxQe2 then Rh8 would be a unique mate! If anything captures on f7 then hg+ is again a monster move as White can follow up with Qh5 or simply capture whatever is on f7! A great combination from Kenny!

(13) Willenberg,K (1906) – Goredema,D (1807) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (6.1), 29.09.2019

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.h5 Bh7 8.Nf3 Nf6 9.Bd3 Bxd3

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26.Nxf7+ 1–0

This now meant that the score was one all with two games to go!

  1. Aguirre is White and has been attacking on the queenside. I was attacking on the Kingside and forced some concessions in the Black position. What did Black now play that forced the issue?

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Black found the interesting Bxd4 to which White responded with Bxd4. So what did Black now play?

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Black now played Qe1+ forcing the issue! White responded with Kg2 but resigned after QxBe2! That draw now ensured that Steinitz won the SA Club Championship for the ninth time in our clubs’ history!

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(14) Aguirre,B (2013) – Bouah,L (2057) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (6.1), 29.09.2019

1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 0–0 5.Nf3 d6 6.0–0 Nc6 7.Rb1 a5 8.a3 e5 9.d3 Nh5 10.Nd5 h6

11.b4 axb4 12.axb4 Ne7 13.Nxe7+ Qxe7 14.Nd2 f5 15.Bb2 Nf6 16.Ra1 Rxa1 17.Qxa1 g5 18.c5 f4

19.Qa7 d5 20.b5 Re8 21.c6 bxc6 22.Ba3 Qe6 23.Rc1 Bd7 24.Nb3 e4 25.bxc6 Bc8 26.dxe4 dxe4

27.Nd4 Qa2 28.Rd1 Nd5 29.Bc5 Qc4 30.e3 fxe3 31.Bf1 exf2+ 32.Kh1 Qc3 33.Be2 Bxd4 34.Bxd4 Qe1+ 35.Kg2 Qxe2 0–1

The last game to finish on table one was between Craig Willenberg and Reuben Salimu. The game ended in a draw which secured the match victory for Steinitz but it was a very exciting draw!

The game was indeed one for the crowds as both players gave it their all! White has just played Qd3 to which Black responded with pawn to f5.

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The board was on fire after the next few moves!

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Black calmly played pawn to e5 to keep the position closed!

In the next position Craig forced exchanges when he captured on e5 which secured him either a draw or a possible win and with that we secured overall victory!

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After some further adventures the players agreed to a draw!

(15) Willenberg,C (2001) – Salimu,R (1864) [A00]

2019 National Club Chess Championships Groote Schuur High School, 77 (6.1), 29.09.2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.0–0 Nc6 6.c3 Nf6 7.d4 cxd4 8.cxd4 d5 9.e5 Ne4 10.Ne1 h6 11.Nd3 e6 12.f3 Ng5 13.Be3 Be7 14.Nc3 Rc8 15.Qe1 Na5 16.h4 Nh7 17.Qg3 Kf8 18.Nf4 Nc4 19.Nh5 Rg8 20.Bc1 g5 21.f4 gxh4 22.Qd3 f5 23.exf6 Nxf6 24.f5 e5 25.Bxh6+ Kf7 26.Nxf6 Bxf6 27.dxe5 Nxe5 28.Qd1 Rg4 29.Nxd5 Rcg8 30.Kh1 Rh8 31.Bf4 h3 32.g3 Rd8 33.Bxe5 Qxd5+ 34.Qxd5+ Rxd5 35.Bxf6 Kxf6 36.Kh2 Rd3 37.Rg1 Rd2+ 38.Kxh3 Rg8 39.g4 Kg5 40.Raf1 Rh8+

41.Kg3  Rh4  42.Kf3  Rh3+  43.Ke4  Re2+  44.Kd4  Rd2+  45.Kc4  Rc2+  46.Kd4  Rd2+  ½–½

Thank you for spending some time looking at the various positions. Chess can be very exciting at all levels! May you enjoy the day further!

Regards

Lyndon Bouah

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