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Fairhurst Pawn 8/06/10

Board 1 Craig Blaxall vs Ben Lim was a Colle System, and Blaxall invited a wholesale exchange of pieces and Queens with 9.Ne5?! But Lim pushed for more with 11...Be2? and got into trouble after 12.Nxb7! sacrificing the Rook on f1 for the Bishop on d6 plus two pawns. After 25...axb5? sacrificing the Rook on b8 it was all over, as 28.Re1! forces the White c-pawn to the Queening square.

Board 2 Luke Li vs Paul Spiller was a Benoni Defence, and Black was on the defensive for most of the game, but White could not get through on the Kingside either. White had the advantage with the passed d5 pawn, and a half-open f-file. Black eventually lost on time.

Board 3 Hugh MacLeod vs Stan Yee was a Sicilian Defence which transposed into a Dragon Variation, and White advanced aggressively on the Kingside, whilst Black hit back on the Queenside. A pawn sacrifice opened files directly to the White King, and Yee returned to block the Kingside attack, before paying attention to his Queenside counter-attack. White's pieces were in a tangle, and an error in severe time pressure saw Yee cleverly trap the White Queen.

Allegro Rapid 27/04/10

Board 1 Ben Lim vs vs Stan Yee was a Benoni Defence, with an even game until Yee made the strategic mistake of 20...Kh8 instead of opening the centre with 20...cxb4 21.axb4 exf4 22.gxf4 and got crammed in. Pressure on the stray Black Knight on h5 told, and it finally fell.

Board 2 Craig Blaxall vs Peter Morten was a Colle System, with Black making the horrible mistake of recapturing on g6 with 14...fxg6 instead of 14...hxg6 and the e6 pawn fell, as did the c4 pawn, then the Knight on b6 was blundered.

Board 3 Jim Benson vs Luke Li was not recorded but Li won.

Board 4 Eric Wu vs Oliver Li was a Sicilian Defence Yugoslav Attack, a game that was just brilliant. A normal enough build up by White, then the thunderbolt 19.Rxh5! gxh5 20.g6! and there was no defence. This game is the game of the tournament, and features on "Games 2010". Wu is new to our Club, but I suspect he has played at a reasonable level before!

Board 1 Luke Li vs Craig Blaxall was a Grunfeld Defence, and Blaxall forgot about protecting his c7 pawn from the unusual position of the White Bishop on f4, so chomp. 12.Bd3 was too ambitious, trying to develop and engage the enemy at the same time. That left the Queen in a pin position after the exchange of Bishops, and encouraged 13...e5 and the return of a pawn. Later 20.Bh4? threw the Bishop and the game away after 20...g5! and the Bishop will be trapped.

Board 2 Stan Yee vs Eric Wu was a French Defence, and Wu lost his way in the opening. Yee saw his chances with 18.Ne5 to attack on the Kingside, but couldn't get through. Wu came back with 19...Nf4! and Yee got a bit worried and decided to exchange off two pairs of minor pieces to extinguish the counter attack. Wu went astray in sever time trouble, and thought he had left his Bishop on d6 free for the taking, but Yee saw that Black could actually force a draw after that. So, he looked at the clock and he had about 7 minutes and Wu had about 10 seconds, so ... 33.Bxh7! was a way to cover the possible check on e3 if White was to take the Bishop on d6 and move away from guarding that square. 33...Kxh7 34.Qxd6 Qf5 35.Rc7+ Kh8? (Ben Lim suggested the correct move 35...Kg8! and it looked like Black was winning, but after 36.Qf4 Qb1+ Qc1! and White holds the position with two connected passed pawns on the Kingside) 36.Qh6+ with Mate to follow.

Board 3 Jim Benson vs Ben Lim was not recorded but Lim won.

The Results
The loss by Yee to Lim left the tournament wide open (again), and the vultures gathered (again) ... 1st= Yee and Blaxall, 3rd Lim, and 4th-6th= were Peter Morten, Luke Li and Andrew Janisz.

Parkinson Cup 16/03/10

Round 5: Board 1 Ben Lim vs Stan Yee, Lim played the English Opening. After the opening complications the material was even, but Lim took and held the c file and applied pressure on the Black isolated Queens pawn. The b7 pawn eventually fell, but in return Yee got his pieces active. The two Bishops each endgame saw a blunder by Lim under severe time pressure, leaving his h3 pawn enprise with 42. g3?, but Yee missed it as he also was under time pressure. So, the draw went out the window. A blunder later by Yee this time with 47...g5+? threw away the Black g pawn for nothing, and with it went the game.

Board 2 Paul Spiller vs Andrew Janisz, Spiller played his favourite Bird's Opening, and got into a good position to attack. But the Knight sacrifice with 13. Nxc6? was unsound, followed by would you believe a Queen sacrifice with 14. Qh5?, also unsound. I think I was the only bystander who noticed this intriguing attack. But Spiller knew he had blundered, as he spent a long time on 17. Rxf7+, knowing that Janisz had the reply 17...d4! to block the White Bishop giving discovered check from b2 on his King on h8. The key is the d4 pawn is protected by the pawn on c5, and without that White would have won the house with a "windmill" on the Black King (17...Kg8? 18. Rg7+ Kh8 19. Rxe7+ Kg8? 20. Rg7+ Kh8 21. Rc7+ and White wins back the Queen and is a piece up). Spiller's reply was simply brilliant, with 18. exd4! Rxf7 19. d5+ winning back the Queen, but the loss of the Rook on f7 will be fatal. The resulting position saw Black a Rook for three pawns up, and Janisz cleverly and clinically cleaned up. This game has uncanny similarities to a game referred to in the "New Zealand Chess" magazine of October 2009 page 14, 1. b3 d5 2. Bb2 c5 3. e3 Nc6 4. Bb5 Nf6 5. Nf3 e6 6. 0-0 Be7 7. Bxc6+ bxc6 8. Ne5 Qc7 9. f4 0-0 10. Rf3 Nd7 11. Rh3 g6 12. Qh5!! Nf6 13. Ng4!!! gxh5 [14. Nxf6+ Bxf6 (or 14...Kh8 15. Rxh5 Kg7 16. Nxd5+ Kg6 17. Nxc7 Kxh5 18. Nxa8 Bd6 19. Nc3 and Black will eventually win back the piece but be three pawns down) 15. Rg3+ Bg7 16. Rxg7+ Kh8 17. Rxf7+ and White wins back the Queen and is a piece up]. But the White Knight on e5 was not sacrificed, and there was no chance of interpolating ...d4!

Board 3 Tony Booth vs Henry Jiang, Booth played a Closed Sicilian. Jiang blundered away his Knight with 18...Nh5? Later Booth had the illusion of winning a pawn with 21. Bxe6? but after 21...fxe6 22. Rxe6 Rde8!! the White Rook was pinned on the e file, rendering the double attack on the Black Queen on f6 and Black Bishop on c6 useless. Hence, White had to be contented with taking two pawns for the piece, and as he was already a piece up, that made him only two pawns up. After a long struggle Booth finally converted the win.

The Results
The loss by Yee left the tournament wide open, and the vultures gathered ... 1st= Yee, Janisz, Lim and Booth. 5th= were promising Junior Luke Li and Craig Blaxall.

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