(1) Milligan, Helen (2089) - Gong, Daniel (2128) [B41]
Jenkins NSCC (1.4), 26.08.2015

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3
"5.c4 is the best here according to Fischer." Ben Lim

Nf6 6.c4
The Sicilian Defence Kan Variation with c4. White looks to restrict Black on the d5 and b5 squares. "6.c4 is a little too late according to Fischer because of 6...Qa5+." Ben Lim

6...Qc7 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.Be3 Ne5 9.Qe2
"9.Rc1 immediately mobilizing heavy artillery is better." Ben Lim

Better was 9...Nxd3+ to release some of the pressure on b5.

10.0-0 Be7 11.h3 0-0 12.Rad1
"Why 12.Rad1 when Rac1, intending Rfd1 to follow is better development for the Rooks. Helen!!" Ben Lim

"Why 12...Nxd3 capturing a harmless Bishop when 12...Neg4 attacking the more dangerous Bishop is a better use of tempo. Daniel!!" Ben Lim

13.Qxd3 b6 14.b3 Bb7 15.Nde2 Nd7 16.Rfe1
A sign of lacking a plan. 16.Bd4 and then f4 is the normal follow up. Why else would the Knight vacate the d4 square? "16.f4! Play for immediate initiative, ala Fischer." Ben Lim

? The wrong strategy, and creating a chronic weakness on e6. "16...Rad8, intending ...Nc5 to follow is more to the point." Ben Lim

? The obvious 17.Nf4 is very strong.

17...Ne5 18.Qd4
? Putting the Queen in danger. Always look for patterns. Here there is the Knight fork on the King and Queen. "I felt at the time that 16...f5? was unjustified - and Fritzy agrees - I just played the very stupid Queen move that made it work! After that it's just lost, but I had to keep playing until the match result was certain (just in case of miracles!). Normally would have resigned much sooner, since I know young Daniel knows how to win these things!" Helen Milligan

! Spotting that 19.f3 is unplayable due to 19...Nxf3+! 20.gxf3 Qxf3 and the King is in deep trouble.

[19.f3 Nxf3+ 20.gxf3 Qxf3 21.Nd5 exd5 22.cxd5 Rxf5 ]

19...exd5 20.cxd5 Qc5
? Walking into danger after winning a piece. The discovered attack on the Queen can threaten to win back the piece. Look for patterns. The Black Knight and Black Bishop are in line. What's wrong with 20...Qd7 and calming things down? "If 20...Qd7, then 21.Ng3 holding the pawn on f5 with a cramping effect. And White is still threatening Qxb6. I think 20...Qc7 holds. Then 21.Rc1 simply 21...Qd8. White cannot take on b6 because the exchange of Queens is in Black's favour in the ending with a piece up. And the White pawn on d5 is hanging and should fall." Ben Lim


21...Qc8 22.f4 Nd7
Wrong square. Better was 22...Nf7 guarding the d6 pawn, so that after 23.Qxe7 Re8 24.Qxd6 is not possible. Black regains the piece on e3, as the f4 push left the Bishop unguarded.

?? The initiative has been handed back.

! A freebie move to release the pressure. Black may be a piece up, but he was in all sorts of trouble up until now.

24.Qe6+ Kh8 25.Re2 Re8
? Not sensing the danger. Better was 25...Nf6 to exchange the Queens off.

26.Qf7 Re7 27.Qh5 Qe8
Maybe 27...Bf6 28.Ne6 is better, but Black is a little blocked in.

? Exchanging Queens when a piece down can't be good. 28.Qxh4 Rxe3 seems forced.

28...Rexe8 29.Ne6

29...Rac8 30.Kh2
30.g3 may be an interesting way to create counter play, after 30...Bxg3? 31.Rg2 and chomping the g7 pawn.

30...b5 31.g3 Bd8 32.Bd4 Bf6 33.Bf2 g6 34.g4 gxf5 35.gxf5 Rc3 36.Red2 Rec8
? Going to the wrong open file. 36...Rg8 is better. Black needs to be very careful of his King and Rook being on the same diagonal. Remember, look for patterns.

The best chance for counter play, trying to open the long diagonal and fix her pawn structure.

37...Bxg5 38.fxg5 Rc2
Better is 38...Rf3, but anywhere other than staying on the long diagonal.

39.Kg1 Kg8 40.Bg3 Rxd2 41.Rxd2 Rc5 42.Bxd6 Rxd5 43.Rxd5 Bxd5 44.Kf2 Be4 45.f6 Nb6 46.Ke3 Bb1 47.Bc5 Nd5+ 48.Kd4 Nf4 49.h4 Ne6+ 50.Kd5 Nxc5 51.Kxc5 Bxa2 52.b4 Kf7 53.Kb6 Kg6 54.Kxa6 Bc4 55.Kb6 Kh5 56.f7 Bxf7 57.Kxb5 Kxh4 58.Kc5 Kxg5 59.b5 Bh5 0-1