[Event "Bath V Clifton Knockout Final 2012"]
[Site "Bath"]
[Date "2012.05.02"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Curtis, John E"]
[Black "Sherwin, James"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D30"]
[PlyCount "86"]
[EventDate "2012.05.02"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[SourceDate "2012.05.03"]
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 c6 3. c4 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nbd2 Nbd7 6. Bd3 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. b3
b6 9. Bb2 Bb7 10. Rc1 c5 11. Qe2 Re8 12. Rfd1 cxd4 13. exd4 g6 14. Ne5 Rc8 15.
Ndf3 Nxe5 16. dxe5 Nd7 17. cxd5 Rxc1 18. Rxc1 Bxd5 19. Bb5 Rf8 20. Nd2 Bg5 21.
Ba3 Nc5 22. Bxc5 bxc5 23. Rd1 Bxd2 24. Qxd2 Qb8 25. Qe2 Rd8 26. Bc4 Bxc4 27.
Rxd8+ Qxd8 28. bxc4 Qd4 29. g3 a5 30. Kg2 a4 31. Qc2 a3 32. Qe2 h5 33. h4 Qb2
34. Kf3 Kf8 35. Qd3 Kg7 36. Qe4 Qxa2 37. Qf4 Qb2 38. Kg2 Qb7+ 39. Kh2 a2 40.
Qc1 Qb1 41. Qf4 a1=Q 42. Qf6+ Kg8 43. Qd8+ Kh7 0-1
[Event "Bath V Clifton Knockout Final 2012"]
[Site "Bath"]
[Date "2012.05.02"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Buckley, David"]
[Black "Grossett, Duncan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E32"]
[PlyCount "43"]
[EventDate "2012.05.02"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[SourceDate "2012.05.03"]
1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 b6 5. e4 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 d6 7. Bd3 Nbd7 8.
f4 e5 9. Nf3 O-O 10. fxe5 dxe5 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bh4 Qe8 13. Bxf6 Nxf6 14. Nxe5
Qe6 15. O-O Bb7 16. Rae1 Ba6 17. Qe2 Rae8 18. Nf3 Qg4 19. e5 Bb7 20. Qc2 Nh5
21. Bf5 Qf4 22. g3 1-0
[Event "Bath V Clifton Knockout Final 2012"]
[Site "Bath"]
[Date "2012.05.02"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Collier, David"]
[Black "Jackson, James P"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D02"]
[PlyCount "52"]
[EventDate "2012.05.02"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[SourceDate "2012.05.03"]
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 c5 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. O-O Nf6 6. dxc5 Bxc5 7. Nbd2 O-O 8.
c4 Re8 9. a3 a5 10. Qc2 Qe7 11. e3 a4 12. b4 axb3 13. Nxb3 b6 14. cxd5 exd5 15.
Bb2 Ne4 16. Nxc5 bxc5 17. Nd2 Ba6 18. Rfe1 Rac8 19. Rad1 Nf6 20. Bxf6 Qxf6 21.
Bxd5 Ne5 22. Be4 c4 23. Bxh7+ Kh8 24. Bf5 c3 25. Be4 cxd2 26. Qxd2 Bd3 0-1
[Event "Bath V Clifton Knockout Final 2012"]
[Site "Bath"]
[Date "2012.05.02"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Edgell, Ben"]
[Black "Morris, Gareth"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A31"]
[Annotator "Tipper,Dave"]
[PlyCount "84"]
[EventDate "2012.05.02"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[SourceDate "2012.05.03"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nf3 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nc2 d5 6. cxd5 Qxd5 7. Bd2 Bc5 8.
Nc3 Qd8 9. Be3 Qe7 10. g3 Bd7 11. Bg2 Bc6 12. O-O Bxg2 13. Kxg2 O-O 14. Nd5
Nxd5 15. Qxd5 Bxe3 16. Nxe3 Nc6 17. Rfd1 Rad8 18. Qe4 Qe6 19. Qc4 Qxc4 20. Nxc4
b5 21. Na3 b4 22. Nc4 f6 23. e3 Kf7 24. Kf3 Ke6 25. Ke2 Rxd1 26. Rxd1 Rd8 27.
Rc1 Rc8 28. b3 Na5 29. Kd3 f5 30. e4 g6 31. f4 Nxc4 32. bxc4 Rd8+ 33. Ke3 Rd4
34. exf5+ gxf5 35. c5 Re4+ 36. Kf3 Kd7 37. c6+ Kc7 38. Rc5 exf4 39. Rxf5 Re3+
40. Kxf4 Ra3 41. Ke4 Rxa2 42. Kd5 $2 (42. Rf7+ Kxc6 43. Rxh7 b3 44. Kd3 Rg2 $17
) (42. Kd3 Rxh2 43. Kc4 Kxc6 44. Kxb4 $15) 42... Ra5+ 0-1
[Event "Bath V Clifton Knockout Final 2012"]
[Site "Bath"]
[Date "2012.05.02"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Doklestic, Igor"]
[Black "Musson, Adam"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B25"]
[Annotator "Tipper,Dave"]
[PlyCount "92"]
[EventDate "2012.05.02"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[SourceDate "2012.05.03"]
{Summary After a fairly tame opening Black obtains an advantage with a K-side
attack but gets distracted and switches to the Q-side instead of following
through with the attack. This poor decision gives White some strong
counterplay that almost loses the game. Later white makes some mistakes which
throw away the advantage and failing to spot the perpetual ends up in a mating
net} 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. d3 a6 6. Nge2 e6 7. a4 Nge7 8.
O-O O-O 9. Bg5 h6 10. Be3 Nd4 11. Qd2 Kh7 12. Nd1 d5 13. Nf4 dxe4 14. dxe4 e5 (
14... Nec6 {leads to a different type of fairly equal position where both
sides would manouvre their knights and improve the position of their pieces.
On balance, in the game I decided to give away the d5 square as this allowed
me to create a position where I had a mobile e + f pawn phalanx which I
thought should give better practical chances to win since the white d-pawn
would be firmly blockaded and a mobile e+f pawn is quite a potent attacking
force}) 15. Nd5 Be6 16. N1c3 Bxd5 17. Nxd5 Nxd5 18. exd5 f5 19. Rad1 Qd6 {This
is the position I was aiming for from the 13th move where I felt the mobile
e+f pawn phalanx should generate some good attacking potential} 20. c3 Nb3 21.
Qd3 f4 22. Bd2 Rac8 23. c4 Nd4 24. f3 {Something has gone wrong for white if
he needs to play this shutting in his Bishop but it is this move that
contributes to me almost throwing the game away later. If white voluntarily
shuts the bishop in on the K-side then I felt that I should keep an eye open
on the queenside where I could play with an effective piece up. I had expected
Be4 where I was going to play Rf6, Rcf8, Kh8 and then look at moves like f3
and Qd7-h3} Rce8 {I played this with the idea of sacrificing the e-pawn and
opening the kingside dark squares for an attack} ({I spent most of my time
looking at the position after} 24... Nf5 25. g4 e4 26. fxe4 Bd4+ 27. Kh1 Ne3
28. Bxe3 fxe3 29. Rf3 Rxf3 30. Bxf3 Qf4 31. Rf1 Be5 32. Qe2 Rf8 {and felt
white was holding and safe and I wouldn't be able to win}) 25. g4 {shutting
the bishop in further and reinforcing my belief that a switch to the Q-side
may be in order} Qd7 {played with the idea of e4 and Qxg4} 26. b4 Qxa4 $2 {A
mistake that I made based on the earlier moves of closing in the Bishop on the
K side. I felt that a switch to the Q-side would leave me a piece up in that
area of the board and so should give me some advantage however I completely
underestimated the strength of white's counterplay and in particular the move
Rb6. I should have stuck to my plan of sacrificing a pawn on e4 to gain a
strong attack on dark squares. Ironically, if white had defended the a-pawn as
I expected him to do then I would have continued with my plan and hence played
a much better game. The move b4 coupled with the voluntary incarceration of
the white squared bishop distracted me and almost cost me the game} (26... e4 {
looks winning} 27. fxe4 Qxg4 28. h3 Qh5 29. Rf3 (29. Bxf4 $2 Ne2+ $19) 29...
Nxf3+ 30. Qxf3 Qe5 $17) 27. bxc5 {The game is probably objectively level now
but I continue to make matters worse by persisting on the Q-side in my belief
that I could win a pawn, defend and play a safe ending - wrong!} Rc8 (27... e4
{needs to be played although the circumstances aren't as good as they were})
28. Rb1 Rf7 29. Rfc1 Rxc5 $2 ({even now} 29... e4 {is the way forward} 30. fxe4
f3 31. Bf1 Qd7 32. h3 Qc7 33. Kh1 (33. d6 Qxc5 34. Kh1 Qxd6 35. c5 Qg3 36. Be1
Qf4 37. Bd2 Qe5 38. Bc3 Rd8 39. c6 bxc6 $17) 33... Ne2 34. Bxe2 Qg3 35. Bf1 Be5
$19 {Why oh why am I making these mistakes?? I had a plan to play e4 which I
prepared and then do not play the move simply because I thought winning a pawn
and the ending was safer and less volatile. I always prefer a small persistent
long term edge where opponents feel pressurized over a volatile advantage that
may appear much larger but can easily vanish or reverse on one move. This is
something I need to work on as sometimes you just have to dive in, calculate
and trust you haven't missed anything too earth shattering}) 30. h4 Qd7 $2 {I
should have played b5 here and then the game is objectively level but next
comes the move I underestimated} 31. Rb6 Rf6 32. Rcb1 Rc7 33. h5 Qf7 34. Ba5
Rd7 35. Bh3 Rxb6 36. Rxb6 Qe7 {As a result of my less than incisive play white
is now probably up by about a pawn due to his positional pressure here - maybe
a bit more} 37. Qxg6+ {From here on both players had less than 5 mins each and
so time pressure now plays its part} (37. hxg6+ Kg8 38. g5 Qxg5+ 39. Kf1 Re7
40. d6 Qh4 41. dxe7 Qxh3+ 42. Ke1 Qh4+ 43. Kd1 Qxe7 {white is up a bit more
than a pawn although converting would be difficult and there are many pitfalls
and it is difficult to play for white e.g. after a move such as} 44. Qb1 {with
the idea of creating a passed c-pawn to generate winning chances the tables
are reversed after} Qa3 {where black is close to winning} 45. Rxb7 Bf8 46. Qe4
Qxa5 47. Qd5+ Qxd5 48. cxd5 $17) (37. Rxg6 Nxf3+ 38. Qxf3 Qc5+ 39. Kh2 Qxa5 40.
Qd3 {white is again better by a bit less than a pawn}) 37... Kg8 38. g5 Nxf3+
39. Kh1 $2 {a bad practical choice as it confines the King to a corner where
the knight can take away its flight squares if an attack ever appears. Kf1
would be better on general grounds as the King can run away to the Q-side if
necessary. After Kf1 white should win. One example line may go} (39. Kf1 Nxg5
40. d6 Qf7 41. Qxf7+ Rxf7 42. d7 Rf8 43. Bb4 Rd8 44. Be7 $18 {and its curtains
for black}) 39... Nxg5 40. Bb4 ({white misses his winning chance here with} 40.
d6 Qd8 41. Rxb7 Qxa5 42. Be6+ Nxe6 43. Qxe6+ Kh7 44. Qg6+ Kg8 45. Rxd7 Qe1+ 46.
Kg2 Qe2+ 47. Kh3 Qf3+ 48. Kh4 Qf2+ 49. Kg4 Qg2+ 50. Kf5 Qh3+ 51. Qg4 Qd3+ 52.
Ke6 Qxc4+ 53. Ke7 Qf7+ 54. Kd8 Qf6+ 55. Kc7 Kh7 56. Rxg7+ Qxg7+ 57. Qxg7+ Kxg7
58. d7 {The K makes a long run but its pretty unstoppable. I can understand
why someone would avoid trying to calculate this in time pressure though since
one mistake could be mate. That's too much to risk so..}) 40... Qf7 41. Bxd7 {
taking the material offered is tempting but with this all white's advantage
disappears} Qxd7 42. Qd3 {White misses his last chance to save the game. I
couldn't believe it. Now its an easy win for black} (42. Rxb7 Qxb7 43. Qe8+ Kh7
44. Qg6+ Kg8 45. Qe8+ $11 {is perpetual and a draw and what I expected}) 42...
e4 43. Qf1 Qg4 44. Qf2 ({I had expected} 44. Qg2 {where I had calculated the
following line winning the loose rook and the game} Qxh5+ 45. Qh2 Qd1+ 46. Qg1
Qxg1+ 47. Kxg1 Bd4+) 44... Qxh5+ ({more efficient would have been} 44... Nf3
45. Qf1 Qxh5+ {with Qh2 mate to follow}) 45. Kg2 (45. Qh2 Qd1+ 46. Qg1 Qxg1+
47. Kxg1 Bd4+ 48. Kf1 Bxb6 $19) 45... Qh3+ 46. Kg1 Nf3+ (46... Nf3+ {White is
losing his queen and is mated in 6 by} 47. Qxf3 Bd4+ 48. Qf2 Qg3+ 49. Kh1 Bxf2
50. Rg6+ Qxg6 51. Kh2 Qg3+ 52. Kh1 Qg1#) 0-1
[Event "Bath V Clifton Knockout Final 2012"]
[Site "Bath"]
[Date "2012.05.02"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Grotnes, Nils Ragnar"]
[Black "Waterfield, John"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[PlyCount "67"]
[EventDate "2012.05.02"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[SourceDate "2012.05.03"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. bxa6 g6 6. Nc3 Bxa6 7. f4 d6 8. Nh3
Nbd7 9. e4 Qa5 10. Bxa6 Qxa6 11. Nf2 Bg7 12. Qe2 Qxe2+ 13. Kxe2 Nb6 14. Kd3 O-O
15. a4 Ra5 16. Be3 Nfd7 17. Ra3 f5 18. Rb1 c4+ 19. Kc2 Rc8 20. Bd2 Nc5 21. Re1
fxe4 22. Nfxe4 Nd3 23. Re2 Nxd5 24. Nxd5 Rxd5 25. Nc3 Rd4 26. Rxe7 d5 27. Ne2
Bf8 28. Nxd4 Bxe7 29. Rxd3 cxd3+ 30. Kxd3 Rb8 31. Nc6 Rb7 32. b4 Kf7 33. b5 Bc5
34. Nd8+ 1-0
[Event "Bath V Clifton Knockout Final 2012"]
[Site "Bath"]
[Date "2012.05.02"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Johnson, Jody"]
[Black "Gregory, Andrew"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D00"]
[PlyCount "53"]
[EventDate "2012.05.02"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[SourceDate "2012.05.03"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 d5 3. e3 e6 4. Bd3 Be7 5. Nd2 Nbd7 6. f4 c5 7. c3 c4 8. Bc2 h6
9. Bh4 b5 10. Ngf3 Ng4 11. Bxe7 Qxe7 12. Qe2 f5 13. Ne5 Ngxe5 14. fxe5 a5 15.
O-O O-O 16. e4 fxe4 17. Nxe4 Ba6 18. Nd6 Rxf1+ 19. Rxf1 Rf8 20. Bg6 Rxf1+ 21.
Qxf1 Nf8 22. Qf7+ Qxf7 23. Bxf7+ Kh7 24. a3 g5 25. Be8 Ng6 26. g3 h5 27. Nf7
1-0
[Event "Bath V Clifton Knockout Final 2012"]
[Site "Bath"]
[Date "2012.05.02"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Stirling, Adam"]
[Black "Papier, Alan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B78"]
[PlyCount "56"]
[EventDate "2012.05.02"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[SourceDate "2012.05.03"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Bc4 O-O 8.
Bb3 d6 9. f3 Bd7 10. Qd2 Rc8 11. O-O-O a6 12. g4 b5 13. h4 h5 14. Nxc6 Rxc6 15.
Nd5 Nxd5 16. Bxd5 Rc8 17. gxh5 gxh5 18. Bh6 e6 19. Rdg1 Qf6 20. Bxg7 Qxg7 21.
Qh6 Qg6 22. Rxg6+ fxg6 23. Qxg6+ Kh8 24. Qxh5+ Kg7 25. Rg1+ Kf6 26. Qh6+ Ke7
27. Rg7+ Kd8 28. Qg5+ Kc7 1-0