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Some interesting games from Spokane Chess Club history

2008 City Championship Tournament

    Dave Sprenkle prevailed in Game 1 using his favored Dutch Defense.

Stripes,J (1738) - Sprenkle,D (2257) [A80]

Spokane City Championship Spokane (1), 10.07.2008

1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 d5 4.Bxf6 exf6 5.e3 Be6 6.Bd3 Qd7 7.Qf3 Nc6 8.a3 Ne7 9.Nge2 Bf7 [ 9...c6 10.Nf4 Bf7 11.Nh5 0𢠢

12.Na4 g6 13.Nc5 Qd6 14.Ng3 Kb8 15.b4 Nc8 16.Rb1 Qc7 17.00 Nd6 18.Rb3 Ne4 19.Qe2 Ka8 20.Rfb1 Nxg3 21.hxg3 Rb8 22.Qe1

 Bxc5 23.bxc5 h5 24.Rb6 h4 25.gxh4 Rxh4 26.g3 Rh7 27.Qb4 Be6 28.Ba6 axb6 29.Bf1 b5 30.a4 Rbh8 31.axb5 Rh1+ 32.Kg2 Qh7

 Sorin-Rodriguez 1996 01] 10.Nc1 g6 11.Nb3 b6 12.Qe2 Bh6 13.Nb1 00 14.00 Rfe8 15.c4 f4 16.Nc3 fxe3 17.fxe3 dxc4

18.Bxc4 Bxe3+ 19.Kh1 Nf5 20.Bxf7+ Qxf7 21.Qc2 Nxd4 22.Nxd4 Bxd4 23.Nb5 Be5 24.Rf3 c5 25.Rd1 Rad8 26.Rdf1 Re7

27.Nc3 Qc4 28.b3 Qe6 29.h3 f5 30.Nd1 Bd4 31.Nf2 Qe2 32.Qc1 Re3 33.Rxe3 Bxe3 34.Re1 Bxc1 35.Rxe2 Rd2 36.Rxd2

Bxd2 37.Nd3 Kf7 38.Kg1 Ke6 39.Kf2 Kd5 40.Ke2 Bh6 01


  Sprenkle won a nice endgame to prevail in Game 2 against Stripes' French Defense.  Annotated by James Stripes.

Sprenkle,D (2257) - Stripes,J (1738) [C02]

Spokane City Championship Spokane (2), 12.07.2008


1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Nh6 Michael Adams calls this move dubious in his annotations in Informant 69: Adams-Lputian 1997 10.

John Watson recommends it in his book Dangerous Weapons: The French (2007). 6.dxc5 White's idea to lure Black's dark squared bishop to the

queenside made its first top level appearance in Sveshnikov-Bareez 1991 10 6...Bxc5 7.b4 Bb6 8.b5 Ne7 9.Bd3 Ng4 10.00 Ng6 11.Bxg6 fxg6

12.h3 Nh6 13.Bxh6 gxh6 14.Qd2 [ 14.Nbd2 Grischuk-Bareev 2001 01] 14...00 Black gets activity for the pawn [ 14...g5?] 15.Qxh6 Bd7

16.Nd4 [ 16.Ng5 Qe7 the mate threat is easily parried, and Black will gain a few tempi driving the knight and queen back]

16...Bxd4 Giving up the bishop pair to win back the pawn seemed like a reasonable idea against a player of Sprenkle's caliber

 17.cxd4 Bxb5 18.Rc1 Black's bad bishop (the French cleric) is outside the pawn chain but has few targets. 18...Qb6

19.Nc3 Bc4 [ 19...Bc6 renders the piece a tall pawn] 20.Qe3 Rf5 21.Rab1 Qa6 22.a4 Raf8 23.f3 R5f7 action is shifting to the

queenside 24.Nb5 Bxb5 25.axb5 Qb6 26.Rc5 a6 27.Qd3 Ra8 [ 27...a5!] 28.bxa6 Qxa6 29.Qxa6 bxa6 [ 29...Rxa6 30.Rcb5

 Ra2 31.Rxb7 Rd2 32.Rxf7 Kxf7 33.Rb7+ Kf8 34.Rxh7+-] 30.Rb6 Re7 [ 30...a5! 31.Rxe6 a4 32.Rec6 ( 32.Rc2 a3 33.Ra2 Rf4=

 ( 33...Rb7 34.Kf2) ) 32...a3 33.Rc8+ Rf8 34.Rxa8 Rxa8 35.Rc1 a2 36.Ra1 Kf7 37.h4=] 31.Ra5 Kf7 32.Raxa6 Rc8 Black's

practical chances seem better with two rooks.  33.Rc6 Rb8 34.Ra4 Rb2 35.Kh2 g5! prevent the king's penetration

 36.Rc8 Rd2 37.Kg3 Kg7 38.Rca8 Kf7 39.R8a7 h5 40.h4 gxh4+ 41.Kxh4 Rxg2 [ 41...Rxa7! 42.Rxa7+ Kg6 43.Ra4 Rxg2=;

41...Rxd4+ is an interesting tactic 42.Rxd4 Rxa7 43.Kxh5+-] 42.Rxe7+ Kxe7 43.Ra7+ Kf8 44.Kxh5 Rg1 [ 44...Rg7?? leads to

an elementary win for White 45.Rxg7 Kxg7 46.Kg5+-] 45.f4 Rg2 46.Rd7 Rg1 47.f5+- exf5 48.Rxd5 Ke7 49.Rd6 Rg4 50.d5 Rg1

 51.Rf6 Rd1 52.d6+ Kd7 53.Kg6 f4 54.Kf7 Re1 55.Rf5 f3 56.Kf6 f2 57.Rxf2 Re3 58.Kf5 Re1 59.Rf4 Re2 60.Ra4 Rf2+

61.Ke4 Re2+ 62.Kf5 Rf2+ 63.Rf4 Re2 64.Ra4 Rf2+ Black can claim a draw by repetition 65.Ke4 Re2+ 66.Kf5 Re1

 67.Ra7+ Kd8 68.Kf6 Rh1 69.Ke6 Rh6+ 70.Kd5 Rh1 71.Ra8+ [ 71.Ra8+ Kd7 72.e6#]  10


Sprenkle maintained his title by drawing the third game of the match, but he had to work to get there as this game went 3.5 hours.

Stripes,J (1738) - Sprenkle,D (2257) [A80]

Spokane City Championship Spokane (3), 12.07.2008

 1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 d5 4.e3 e6 5.Bd3 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.00 Be7 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.Na4 Be7 10.c4 00 11.Rc1 Ne4

12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.Qb3 Na5 14.Qb5 Nxc4 15.Bxc4 dxc4 16.Rfd1 Qe8 17.Qxe8 Rxe8 18.Nd4 Bd7 19.Nc3 e5 20.Ndb5

Nxc3 21.Nxc3 Bc6 22.Nd5 Rac8 23.Kf1 Kf7 24.f3 Ke6 25.Nb4 b5 26.Rd2 a5 27.Nxc6 Rxc6 28.Rcd1 c3 29.bxc3 Rxc3

30.Rd6+ Kf7 31.R6d5 Rxe3 32.Rxb5 a4 33.Ra5 a3 34.Re1 Rc3 35.Kf2 Kf6 36.Re3 Rc2+ 37.Re2 綎



2007 --15th Dave Collyer Memorial  

Co-champion John Donaldson shared this game from the third round of the Collyer Memorial.

John Donaldson  - Paul Bartron  Catalan E08
Collyer Memorial (3)
Spokane 2007
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 e6 4.0-0 Be7 5.d4 0-0 6.c4 c6 7.Qc2 b6 8.b3 Bb7

9.Rd1 Nbd7 10.Nc3 Rc8 11.e4 dxe4

This is the natural looking continuation and the most commonly played move here, but White probably has two better choices:
(a) 12.Ng5! was the favorite of the late Alex Wojtkiewicz, who used it to win two miniatures after 12... c5 13.dxc5 Bxc5 14.Bxe4! Qc7 15.Bxh7+ Kh8 16.Be4 and now:
(a1) 16...Ne5 17.Bf4 Nxe4 18.Ncxe4 f5 19.Qe2 Kg8 20.Nxc5 1-0 Wojtkiewicz-Becerra, Marshall Masters, New York 2003.
(a2) 16...Nxe4  17.Ncxe4 f5 18.Qe2 g6 19.Bb2+ Kg8 20.Nd6 e5 21.Nxb7 1-0 Wojtkiewicz-Ziatdinov, Philadelphia 1998.
Black's best is likely 12...h6 but after 13.Ngxe4 Nxe4 14.Nxe4 Nf6 15.c5 Nd5 16.a3 a5 17.Bf1 Qc7 18.Bd2 Rfd8 19.b4 axb4 20.Bxb4 Ra8 21.cxb6 Qxb6 22.Bxe7 Nxe7 23.Nc5 White had a big advantage in Beliavsky-Mitkov, Panormo 2001 ( via many transpositions).
If 12.Ng5! is not to your test another good move is 12.Ne5, played many times with success by Dmitry Gurevich and Alexander Veingold.
This move is necessary to free Black's position. Instead 12...Nxe4 13.Qxe4 Qc7 14.Bf4 Bd6 15.Bxd6 Qxd6 is strongly met by 16.c5! White stops ...c5 permanently, grabs space, gains control of d6 and shuts in the Bishop on b7. Black's access to d5 doesn't provide enough compensation. Note 16...bxc5 17.dxc5 Nxc5?? fails to 18.Qb4 Qe7 19.Rac1.
13.Nxf6+ Bxf6 14.Ng5 Bxg5 15.Bxb7 Rc7 16.dxc5
16.Be4 is also possible but doesn't promise any advantage against best play.
16... Bf6?!
16...Bxc1 17.Raxc1 Rxb7  18.c6 Rc7 19.Rxd7 Rxd7 20.cxd7 Qxd7 21.Rd1 Qe7 22.Qd3 g6 23.Qd6 Re8 24.Qd7 Kf8 25.Qa4 a5 26.Rd7 Qc5 27.Qb5 Qxb5 28.cxb5 Rc8 29.Rb7 a4 30.bxa4 Rc4 31.Rxb6 Rxa4 32.Ra6 1-0 Yusupov-Beitar, Thessaloniki (ol) 1988  is the game that sold me on 12.Nxe4 and 16.dxc5 but as GM Mihai Marin points out in his excellent CD for ChessBase on the Catalan Black should play 17...bxc5! 18.Bg2 Qe7 19.Rd2 Nf6 as in Cvitan-Borgo,  Porto San Giorgio 1997 when White has next to nothing.
The question that White has to decide is what ending offers the most prospects: with Queen's, Rook and Bishop or Rook and Pawn? I probably did not make the right decision.
An important alternative here is 17.Bb2 Bxb2 18.Qxb2 Rxb7 19.c6 Rc7 20.cxd7 Qe7 21.Rd2 Rd8 22.Rad1 Rcxd7 with a Queen ending soon to arise.
17...Rxb7 18.c6 Rc7 19.cxd7 Rxd7 20.Be3
 20.Ba3 was played in Adamski-Petersen, Copenhagen 1995, but I thought the Bishop should face Black's queenside pawns. 
20...Rxd1+ 21.Rxd1 Qc7 22.Qe4 was only slightly better for White in Minero Pineda-Juan Jimenez, San Jose  2001, yes this is our Juan!
21.c5 bxc5 22.Bxc5 Rxd1+ 23.Qxd1 Re8
I felt that after 24.Bxa7 Qa5 25.Be3 Qxa2 26.b4 Rd8 27.Qf1 Bd4 Black would have adequate counterplay. For example 28.Bxd4 Rxd4 29.b5 Rd2 30.b6 Rxf2 31.Qxf2 Qxb1+ 32.Kg2 Qb5 and it is not clear how White can make progress.
24...Qxd1+ 25.Rxd1 Be7 26.Bxe7?!
Maybe 26.Bxa7! Bxb4 27.a4 was a more challenging continuation. If 27... Ra8 then 28.Rd7 Kf8 29.Kf1 Ke8 30.Rb7 and The White King comes to the queenside.
 26...Rxe7 27.b5 e5?
This and Black's following moves are an ill-advised attempt to go for active counterplay and things rapidly go downhill from here. It was better to be patient and bring the King to b7 to free the Rook. After 27...Rc7 28.Rd6 Kf8 29.a4 Ke7 30.Ra6 Kd7 31.Kf1 Kc8 32.Ke2 Kb7 Black can resist though after 33.Rd6.White is still better.
Ruling out any breakout attempts with ...a6. White plans to bring his King to the queenside. The rest is pretty straightforward,
28... f5 29.Kf1 Kg7 30.Ke2 Kh6 31.a4 Kh5 32.h3 Kg5 33.a5 Rb7 34.b6 axb6 35.axb6 f4 36.Kf3 Kf5 37.g4+ Kg5 38.Ke4 Kh4 39.Kxe5 Kxh3 40.Kxf4 Rf7+ 41.Kg5 Rxf2 42.Rd3+ Kg2 43.Rb3 Rf8 44.b7 Rb8 45.Kh6 1-0




2006 -- 14th Dave Collyer Memorial

Some of the most interesting games from this year's event.

Board 2, Round 2

Carpenter,R (1826) - Collyer,C (2183) [D15]

Dave Collyer Memorial 2006 (2), 25.02.2006

[Annotations by Curt Collyer]

1.d4 d5

2.Nf3 c6

3.c4 Nf6

4.Nc3 a6

5.cxd5 cxd5 I think this game was played only a few days after Ivanchuk-Topalov, Morelia 2006, so naturally I was feeling quite confident.

6.g3 Probably the first sign of something; I'm not sure what, but as Black I know I like it.  


7.Bg2 e6 [7...Bf5 would also make sense of course.]

8.0-0 Bd6 I recall at this point thinking to myself, "If he plays 9.Bg5 it will be a fight; if he plays 9.b3 then I will win."  It is strange, but this was somehow the critical moment of the game, although it is based on nothing objective.

9.b3 0-0

10.Bb2 b5 Besides the Topalov game, Serper-Nakamura, US Championship 2005, was now also swimming in the river of my thoughts.

11.Rc1 Qb6

12.e3 Bd7

13.Ne5 Rfd8

14.Ne2 Be8 Of course they are many candidates, but generally speaking Be8 might be my favorite possible move on the chessboard.  Of course it is even more enjoyable to play when over 85% of your pawns are on light squares.

15.Nf4 Rac8

16.Nh5? Like a gust of wind, I did not see this coming.  The first variation is simple enough: 16...Nxh5 17.Qxh5 f6 -+.  However the second variation required some calculation...


17.Nxc6 Nxg3!

18.Nxd8 Rxc1 In his delightful book, "15 Games and Their Stories", Botvinnik writes about a tournament game that occurred relatively late in his career.  As the pieces were exchanged and the game drifted toward a draw, The Patriarch set one final and subtle trap.  As his opponent extended his hand to make the move, one of Botvinnik's friends, who was standing behind him said out loud, "Oh, you are a clever one aren't you." His opponent then retreated his hand, made a different move and went on to draw the game.  Botvinnik indicates that because of this incident, he never spoke to his "friend" again.  After spending some time on my 16th move, my opponent and I now began to play rather quickly.  In fact, Carpenter had already recorded the move 19.Qxc1 on his scoresheet (anticipating 19...Nxf1 by black, regaining the exchange).  However at this moment, a certain spectator who will remain unnamed, murmured "Oh. Pretty."  Apparently this was enough to convince Carpenter to reevaluate the position, notice the black knight could also move to e2, and cross out 19.Qxc1 on his scoresheet.  However since this game did not end in a draw, I will be more forgiving than Mikhail Moiseyevich.   

19.Bxc1 Nxf1

20.Nxf7 Bxh2+

21.Kxf1 Bxf7 Before playing 16...Nxh5, I needed to make sure my bishop was not getting trapped after 22.f4.  Thankfully, Black can always play a quick h5-h4 if necessary.

22.Qc2 Qc7 With a passed h-pawn, I assumed the bishop ending would be technically winning.

23.Qc5 Bd6

24.Qxc7 Bxc7

25.Bd2 For some reason I had been so certain White would play 25.e4, my clock ran for about five minutes before I even realized 25.Bd2 had already been played.   


26.Ke2 Bd6

27.e4 Not very well-timed as now Black can practically calculate a forced win.  27.f3 and 28.e4 was a better try, just sitting tight and making Black do the work. 27...Bxe4

28.Bxe4 dxe4

29.Ke3 Kf7

30.Kxe4 h5

31.f4 h4

32.Kf3 Kg6

33.Kg4 h3! The idea is to trade the h-pawn for the f-pawn while penetrating with the king; then things will be decided quickly.

34.Kxh3 Kf5

35.Kg2 [35.Kg3 g5!]


36.Bb4 Ke4

37.Bc3 g6

38.Kh3 Be3

39.Kg4 Bxd4

40.Bb4 Bf6





Board 2 Round 3

Steve Merwin (2090) vs Elston Cloy (1903)

c3 scillian /,Advanced French Qb6 main line

Annotations by Elston Cloy


1.e4 c5 2.c3 e6 3.d4 d5 4.e5 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6.

6.Be2 cxd 7.cxd Nh6 .8.Nc3 Nf5 9.Na4 Qa5+10. Bd2 Bb4 11.Bc3 b5 12.a3 Bxc3 13.Nxc3 b4 14.axb4

(In an earlier game Merwin had played Nb5!? and I responded bd7 g4!  And lost in 36 moves.}


14.--- Qxb4 15.Qa4!?

{I had taken a whole 44 seconds to get to this point. He had used 54 min} The main line continues with 15. Bb5 bd7 16.Bxc6 Bxc6 Qd2 Bb5 =


15. --- Bd7 {{ not Qxb2 Qxc6 Bd7 Qxc8 ke7 q x a7  +-}


16.Qxb4 nxb4 17.kd2 h5!?

Novelty. Previous games featured Nc6-Ke7 and 0-0.  {Nc6 is 9-3-1; I found that 0-0 is 1-1-3 and Ke7 is 3-6-4,}. I like my knight on f5 and there it shall stay.

18. Nb5 Bxb5?!

forced. { if rc8 then rhc1 += , if 0-0 then rxa7 black does not have enough compensation for the material.


19.Bxb5+ Ke7 20.Ra4 a5!!

At first I believed I was in big trouble, but I realized his king is very vulnerable as well.

Merwin commeted after the game that he had thought that move was not going to work. But I played it anyway.

21.Rc1 {if 21. rha1 rhc8 22.Bd3 Nc6 Bxf5 23.exf5 =}

Ra7 22.Rc5 Rb8 {I offered a draw. Merwin really was pushing for a win. I figured he would say no anyway. {Time check: Merwin 1hr 38 min; Cloy 41 min}

23.Kc3 f6 24.Be2 Rba8 25.exf6 gxf6 26.Nd2 Kd6 27.Nb3 Nc6 28.Bb5 Ne7

{28.nfxd4 29.Rxd4! nxd4 30.kxd4 e5+ kd3 a4 rc6+    +=}

29.Bxc6 Nxc6

{Steve offered me a draw.  I declined, not in view of his time trouble, but black is better.


{Steve should play f4! and white has resources to fight for a draw.  Black should play h5 after f4 and rg8 ,}


e5 31.g3 Rc8 32.Kd2 Rac7

33.Nxa5 ??  Should play dxe5 first(!!) with a hard rook end game ahead.}


Nxd4 34.Rb6+ Ke7 35.Rb7 Rxb7 36.Nb7 Rc2+ 37. Ke3  Rxb2 38.Nc5 Re2+ 39.Kd3 RXf2 40.Ra7+ Kd6 41. Na4 Rxh2

42. Ra6 Nc6 0-1


John Donaldson- Ed Daroza
English Double Fianchetto A30
David Collyer Memorial Spokane (5) 2006

Annotations by John Donaldson

Before this game I was half a point ahead of my opponent and Elston Cloy who was having a tremendous event. In the end Elston won his last game to finish with 4 1/2 with a performance rating of over 2350 for his last three games. Well done Elston.

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 b6 3.g3 Bb7 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6

The Double Fianchetto variation enjoys an excellent reputation and has been played by all 3 K's - Kasparov, Karpov and Kramnik.

6.00 Bg7 7.d4 cxd4 8.Qxd4

8.Nxd4 Bxg2 9.Kxg2 is not considered dangerous. White needs to keep the pieces on the board to try to exploit his space advantage.


8...Nc6 picks up a tempo, but it's a bad one. The Knight belongs on ...d7.

9.Be3 00 10.Qh4 Nbd7 11.Rac1 a6 12.Rfd1 Re8

This move not only intends to meet Bh6 with ...Bh8, but the Rook also gives the e-pawn valuable protection.  12...Rc8 13.b3 Rc7 is another idea dispensing with ...Re8 in preparation for ...Qb8 and a quick ...b5.

13.b3 Rc8 14.Bh3

White has tried several ideas including 14.Ne1; 14.Bh6; 14.g4 The later is probably the most dangerous, planning g4-g5 to drive Black's Knight from the center. It is important that White take active steps as Black is coming quickly with ...Rc7, ...Qa8 and ...b5. The problem with 14.g4, is while it is positionally motivated, it allows  14...h6 15.Bxh6 Bxh6 16.Qxh6 Nxg4 and while White is active, Black's structure is very solid.The idea behind 14.Bh3 is multifold.  It pins the Knight on d7 and in some lines Bxd7 is a consideration. Also White can now move the Knight on f3 without allowing ...Bxg2. Of course the main thing it does is prepare g3-g4.


This move is often played in this line but usually only after Bh6 and ...Bh8 have been inserted and Black wants to stop Ng5. Trading on f3 gives White doubled pawns but these are more than offset by the powerful Bishop that will reemerge on g2. White will eventually play f4 opening the diagonal and drving a Black Knight from e5. Several other Black moves lead to trouble.

(A) 14...Qc7 15.Bh6 Bxh6 16.Qxh6 Bxf3 17.exf3 Qb7 18.Rd4 Rc5 19.Bxd7 Qxd7 20.Rh4 Rh5 21.Rxh5 Nxh5 22.Nd5 b5 23.Re1 bxc4 24.bxc4 e6 25.Qxh5 exd5 26.Rxe8+ Qxe8 27.Qxd5 with a clear advantage in Fancsy-Dudas, Budapest 1994.

(B) 14...Rb8 15.Nd5 h5 16.Ng5 Ba8 17.Bd4 b5 18.e4 bxc4 19.bxc4 e5 20.Be3 Nxd5 21.cxd5 Bf6 22.g4! 10 Delchev-Kutuzovic, Nova Gorica 1997.

(C) White will meet 14...Rc7 with 15.g4.

(D)  14...b5 looks nice and active but after  15.cxb5 axb5 16.Nxb5 Rxc1 17.Rxc1 Bxf3 18.exf3 Ne5 19.Bg2 Qa5 20.a4 White was just a pawn up in Wojtkiewicz-Gallagher,
Chicago 1989.

(E) 14...h5!? restraining g4 may be Black's best.

15.exf3 Ne5

15...Rc7 16.g4 b5 17.g5, Vandevoort-Genov, Charleroi 2003, leaves Black in a very difficult position.

16.Bg2 Qc7 17.g4

The idea is g5 and Nd5.


This covers d5 but weakens the d-pawn.


18.g5 Nfd7 19.Ne4 is very nice but Black can defend, at least for the moment, with  19...Bf8; 18.Bg5 Nfd7 19.Ne4 Bf8 is the same thing.


18...Bh8 19.Bg5 Nfd7 20.Ne4 is White's idea when ...Bf8 is not possible.

19.Qxh6 Qe7

Black anticipates g4-g5 and Nc3-e4-f6+.


White brings the Queen back into play before playing g4-g5. 

20...Rb8 21.g5 Nh5

Forced. After 21...Nfd7 22.f4 the Knight is trapped.

22.f4 Nd7 23.Qd2

23.Bf3 Ng7 24.Ne4 Nf5 gives Black time to defend d6 and avoid Bxh5.

23...Nc5 24.Bf3

Now Black must choose between losing the d6 pawn and allowing Bxh5 shattering his kingside.

24.Qxd6? Qxd6 25.Rxd6 Nxf4 allows Black to trade pawns.


24..Red8 25.b4 Nb7 26.Bxh5 gxh5 27.Ne4 would be crushing with Nf6+ and Qd3 coming.


25.b4 Nb7 26.Ne4 Red8 is good but doesn't win anything.

25...Qxd6 26.Rxd6 Nf5 27.Rd2 Red8 28.Rcd1Rxd2 29.Rxd2 a5

To stop b3-b4 which would have been very strong.


White offers Black a choice - trade or retreat. It's usually easiest to win when there is no imbalance in the position - trading Bishop for Knight would leave each side with the same pieces.

30...Ne7 31.Kf1

White's plan is to centralize his King and then prepare a2-a3 and b3-b4 driving back Black's only active piece.

31...Kf8 32.Ke2 Ke8 33.Nb5 Ng8

33...Rd8?? 34.Nc7+

34.Ke3 h5

Transferring the weakness from h7 to f7.

35.Bh3 Rd8 36.Rxd8+ Kxd8 37.Nd6 f5

Now g6 is permanently weak.

38.Nf7+ Kc7 39.Bg2 Ne7 40.Kd4 Kd7 41.Kc3

The final preparation for a2-a3 and b3-b4.

41...Kc7 42.a3 Nc8 43.Ne5 Ne7 44.b4 axb4+ 45.axb4 Na6 46.Nd3 Kd6 47.Kd4 Nb8 48.c5+ bxc5+ 49.bxc5+ Kd7 50.Ke5

The end, White's King is heading for g6.

50...Nbc6+ 51.Bxc6+ Nxc6+ 52.Kf6 Nd4 53.Kxg6 h4 54.Kf7 10


Round 5 Board 2 
Elston Cloy (1903) vs Geoff Gale (2079)
Nimzo-Indian Rubinstein Variation.
1.d4 nf6
2.c4 e6
3. nc3 Bb4  {Geoff and I have played many times. and the games tend to end up very orignal so I thought it would keep it in " book"
4e3 b6
5.nf3!? Bb7 {nf3 is very comittal. I should play Bd3 first, giving the 
option of putting the Knight on e2}
6.Bd3 0-0
7 0-0 c5
8.Qe2 Bxc3 {more common is d5,  but Bxc3 is very practical if you抮e looking for a straight-forward plan}
9.bxc3 Nc6?? {a serious blunder he should play Be4 or even ne4. Be4 Trades off a pair of bishops and tries to prepare a attack on the weak pawns}
10. e4!! Ne8
11.e5 d6 !? {I felt at the time Geoff had to play f6 or f5; it looked 
ugly but playable.}
12.Qe4 g6
13.Bg5 Qd7 {not Qc7  as I can take on d6 with tempo and my bishops will be very powerful indeed}
14.Qh4 {if Qg4!? then h5 Qg3 dxe5Nxe5 Nxe5 dxe5 ~ }    { playing this line {Qh4}  meant I would be sacing two pawns. That抯 the whole idea -- to blow open the board for my B's.
14. ---  dxe5    {h5!? is playable then Rad1 with +=}
15.d5! exd    {I kept noticing that Donaldson kept watching our game. I guess he thought he should of played something sharper too; or just was enjoying the show.}
16.cxd5 Qxd5
17.Bc4 Qd7
18.Rad1Qc7  {As Carl Haessler would say.. I抳e G.A.Y G.O.   ED. {{got all your guys out!!}}
19.Bh6!? { Rfe1!?}  Na5.
20.Bxf8 Nxc4
21.Bh6 N4d6!?  (I had previously thought he would play Bxf3! and that I would be in for a long ending += for white
22.Nxe5! Nf5
23. Qf4 Nxh6
24.Rd7! Qb8.
25.Rxf7!!   {after this move I had caught up to Geoff抯 time and passed him.  I used over 41 minutes to calculate. I also thought that Qxh6 Qxe5 Rxb7 was "good enuff" but he can be very annoying with Nd6 and so forth ...  and i did not want to have to grind this one out} ..
25. Qxe5!    {other variations are not so good, but very complex. There are:  A. Bd5  B. Nf5 . C. Nd6!  .D.Qxe5!
A. Bd5 then 27.Rd7! be6 Rfd1! Nf5 G4 and the tactics are all good for white.
B. Nf5  27 Rf8+ kg7 G4 Nd6 Nd7 and white wins..
C Nd6. 27 Rd7! nhf5 28. g4 Bc8 29 Rd8+ kg7 Gxf5   Nxf5 Rfd1also appears to look well for white but also playable for black.
26.Rf8+ Kg7
27. Qxe5 + Kxf8
28. Qh8 Ng8
29. Qxh7 Be4.
30.f3 Bd3   I was burning up alot of time.  I had thought this would be easier to play but his minors are like super defenders.
31.Re1 Ngf6
32.Qb7 Rd8
33.Qxa7 Nd5   I felt better after I had gotten the second pawn. {see Nakamura抯 game for another illustration.}
34. Qa3 nef6.
35. Qc1 c4
36 Qh6  Kg8 .. due to time its unable to be followed.
White won on the 54 or so move with much effort.
With the win I took clear second.  I look forward to next year!





2006 Spokane Winter Championship games

 Rd. 1

 Kirlin (1274) vs Countryman (1652)

1. c4 Nf6  2. Nc3 g6  3 g3 Bg7  4. Bg2 o-o  5 e3 d6   6.Nge2 Nbd7   7 o-o e5  8 d4 Nh6    9. d5 f5  10.e4 f4   11.Kh1 f3 12. Bxf3 Rxf3   13.Ng1 Rf7  14.Nh3 h6  15. f4 exf4  16. gxf4 Qh4 17. Qf3 Ne5 19. resigns 0-1

 Rd. 2

 Countryman (1652) vs Julian (1996)

 1. e4 e6  2.d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6  4. Bg5 Be7  5. e5 Nfd7  6. Bxe7 Qxe7  7. f4 a6  8. Nf3 c5   9. Qd2 Nc6 10. dxc5 Qxc5 11.o-o-o Nb6 12. g4 Nd7 13. Be2 o-o-o 14. Nd4 Kb8 15. Nb3 Qb4 16. a3 Qe7 17. Qe3 Nc8 18. Nc5 d4 19. Nxd5+ Rxd7 20. Qd3 Rhd8 21. Ne4 f6 22. exf6 gxf6 23. Rhe1 Nb6 24. Bf3 Nd5 25. f5 Ne5 26. Qb3 Ne3 27. fxe6 Nxf3 28. Rxe3 dxe3 29. Rxd7 Qxd7 30. exd7 e2 31. Qxf3 e1 (Q) 32. Qd1 Qxe4+  33. b3 Qc6 34. Qf1 Rxd7 35. Qf4+ Qd6 36. resigns 0-1

 Rd. 4

 Griffin (1560) vs Bodie (1695)

 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4 e6  4.e3 c5  5. c3 Nc6  6. Be2 cpxp  7.exd Be7 8. b1N-d2 a6  9. o-o b5 10. Ne5 NxN 11. BxN Bd7 12. f4 Qb6 13. g4 Nxp 14. BxN f6 15. Nf3 pxB 16. Nxp g5 17. Bh5+ Kd8 18. pxp Rg8 19. Nf7+ Kc7 20. h4 e5 21. Qe2 e4 22. Rf4 Be6 23. aR-f1 aR-f8 24. Qh2 Kb7 25. Kh1 Qc7  26. Ne5 RxR 27. RxR b4 28. Qc2 Rc8 29. Bb3 Ka7 30. Be2 pxp 31. pxp Qxp 32. QxQ RxQ 33. Kg2 Rc2  34. Kf2 Ba3 35. Rf6 Bc8 36. Rf7+ Ka8 37. Rxp Bc1 38. g6 Bf5 39. Rh8+ Kb7 40. g7 e6 41. Kg3 RxB 42. Rb8+ KxR 43. g8 (Q) Bc8 44. Qxp Bb7 45. Nc6 Kc7 46. Qc4 Re1 47. Na5 Kb8 48. NxB e2 49. Kf2 Bd2 50. Nc5 51. Qb3+ Kc8 52. Qb7+ Kd8 53. Qd7++ 1-0



2005 -- Second Aunties Open

Rd. 1

Kalina (2019) vs Attwood (1656)

1. d4 g6 2. Nf3 Bg7 3. e4 d6 4. Bc4 c6 5. a4 Qc7 6. c3 e5 7. Ng5 Nh6 8. Be3 o-o 9. f3 Nd7 10. Qd2 Bb6 11. Bb3 ed 12. cd d5 13. a5 Nc4 14. BxN dxN 15. Nh3 BxN 16. gxB g5 17. Bxg Qd6 18. Nc3 Rae8 19. o-o-o Re6 20. e5 Qb4 21. Rhg1 Nf5 22. Qf4 Ne7 23. Ne4 Ng6 24. Nf6+ Kh8 25. Qg4 c3 26. Rg2 Qxa 27. bxc Qxc+ 28. Rc2 Qa1+ 29. Kd2 Qa5+ 30. Kc1 Qa1+ 31. Kd2 Qa5+ draw -

Rd. 2

 Julian (1973) vs Brendemihl (1710)

 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 dxc4 4. e4 b5 5. a4 b5 6. Ne2 Nf6 7. Ng3 e6 8. Bxc4 Ba6 9. Bxa6 Nxa6 10. Nf3 c5 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. Qd3 Nc7 14. o-o cxd4 15. Rac1 Bd6 16. e5 Bxe5 17. Ne4 Qf5  18. Nxe5 Qxe5 19. f4 Qa5 20. Rc5 Qb6 21. a5 Qb8 22. f5 Nd5 23. fxe6 fxe6 24. Rc8+ Qxc8 25. Nd6+ Kd8 26. Nxc8 Rxc8 27. Qxd4 Rc7 28. Qe5 Re8 29. h3 g5 30. Qd4 Rd7 31. Rc1 b3 32. Qd3 Nf4 33. Qxb3 Rd2 34. Rd1 Rxd1+ 35. Qxd1+ Ke7 36. Kh2 Rb8 37. Qd4 black resigns 1-0

 Rd. 3

 Griffin (1474) vs Havrilla (1913)

 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bf4 Bg4 4. e3 Nf6 5. h3 Bh5 6. Be2 e6 7. o-o Bd6 8. Ne5 BxB 9. QxB BxN  10. pxN Nd7 11. f4 c6 12. Nd2 Qb6 13. b3 g5 14. Kh2 h5 15. c4 o-o-o 16. pxp cpxp 17. Nf3 g4 18. Ng5 hR-f8 19. fR-e1 f6 20. Nh7 Rh8 21. Nxp NxN 22. pxN pxp 23. pxp Rh6 24. Qb2 Rf8 25. Qe5 hRxp 26. aRc1+  Kd7 27. Qxp Rf5 28. Qh7+ f8R-f7 29. Qh8+ Rf8 30. Qc3 Qd8 31. Rg1 f5 R-f7 32. Qc5 Rh7 33. Rg3 f8R-h8 34. Qxp Rxp+ 35. RxR RxR 36. KxR Qh8+ 37. Kg2 Qb2+ 38. Kf3 QxR 39. Qxp+ Ke8 40. Qb5+ Kf8 41. Qd8+ Kf7 42. Qd7+ Kf6 43. Qa4 Qf1+  draw -

 Rd. 4

 Julian (1973) vs Herbers (1936)

 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. cxd5 cxd4 5. Qxd4 Nc6 6. Qd1 exd5 7. Qxd5 Bd7 8. Qd3 Bc5 9. Nf3 Nce7 10. d3 Nb4 11. Qb1 o-o 12. a3 Nbd5 13. Nxd5 Nxd5 14. Bd3 Bg4 15. Ne5 Bh5 16. Bxh7+ Kh8 17. g4 Qg5 18. Qf5 fe 19. Qxg5 fxg5 20. Bg6 Rae8 21. Bxe8 Bxe8 22. b4 Bd6 23. Bb2 Nf6 24. h3 Ne4 25. o-o Bxe5 26. Bxe5 Nd2 27. f4 Nxf1 28. Rxf1 Bb5 29. Rc1 Bc8 30. f5 Re8 31. Bd4 a6 32. Kf2 Ka8 33. Kg3 Kf7 34. h4 gxh 35. Kxh4 Rh8+ 36. Kg5 Rh3 37. a4 black resigns 1-0

 Rd. 5

 Brendemihl (1710) vs Chow (1443)

 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. Bc4 o-o 8. f3 Nc6 9. Qd2 Bd7 10. o-o-o Rb8 11. Kb1 b5 12. Nxb5 Ne5 13. Qe2 Qa5 14. Na3 Qc3 15. Bb3 Qa5 16. Bd4 Be6 17. Bc3 Qc7 18. Bxe5 dxe5 19. Bxe6 pxB 20. b3 Rfc8 21. c4 a5 22. Rd2 Bh6 23. Rb2 Nd7 24. Nb5 Rxb5 white resigns 0-1

 Julian (1973) vs Bartron (2138)

 1. d4 f5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 b6 4. Bg5 Bb7 5. Bxf6 exf6 6. e3 g6 7. Nf3 Bb4 8. Rc1 Qe7 9. a3 Bxc3 10. Rxc3 d6 11. Be2 Nd7 12. o-o Kf7 13. c5 dxc5 14. b4 Kg7 15. Qc1 Bd5 16. bxc5 bxc5 17. dxc5   -

2005 Collyer Memorial

    IM John Donaldson, the winner of the 13th Collyer Memorial, annotated this game for us.  (Your editor apologizes for losing this one and not having it up here immediately.)

This year's David Collyer Memorial may well be remembered for the emergence of several young talents, chief among them 11-year-old Michael Lee of Bellevue. Currently rated around 2000, but improving at a very rapid clip, Michael made a strong impression in Spokane. He won his first three games, drew with IM Eric Tangborn in round four and was playing for first place in the last round. The following game does not show him at his best, but is a good illustration of how easy it is to get into a difficult position in the Exchange Variation of the Queen's Gambit when light-squared Bishops have been exchanged.

Michael Lee - John Donaldson

Queen's Gambit Declined Exchange Variation D35

David Collyer Memorial, 2005

1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.cxd5

3.d4 Nf6 4.cxd5 is a more accurate sequence but of course there is always 3..c6 when 4.e4 or 4.e3 are the main choices but not the Exchange Variation.

 3...exd5 4.d4 c6

4...Nf6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 c6 7.Qc2 Nbd7 8.Bd3 is the setup White is aiming for with possible plans of playing for b4-b5, f3 and e4 or Ne5 and f4.


The Exchange Variation is not particularly effective here as White is forced to make this move giving Black time to solve the problem of his Bishop on c8. GM Igor Novikov must have won at least twenty games on the Black side of this variation, usually without breaking a sweat. Note 5.Bf4 is comfortably met by 5...Bd6

5...Nf6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.e3

White can try to avoid the exchange of Bishops with 7.Qc2 but Black can insist with 7...g6 then 8.e3 Bf5 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 Nbd7 11.Bh6 Ng4 12.Bf4 0-0 13.0-0 Re8 leads to a classic example of how Black should play in this variation. Note how Petrosian places his Knight on the ideal square d6 and patiently clamps down on breaks with b4 or e4 before advancing slowly but inexorably on the Kingside. 14.h3 Ngf6 15.Ne5 Nb6 16.Bg5 Ne4 17.Bxe7 Qxe7 18.Qc2 Nd6 19.Na4 Nbc4 20.Nxc4 Nxc4 21.Nc5 Nd6 22.Rac1 Qg5 23.Qd1 h5 24.Kh1 Re7 25.Nd3 Ne4 26.Nc5 Nd6 27.Nd3 Qf5 28.Ne5 f6 29.Nf3 Rg7 30.Nh2 Re8 31.Kg1 Ne4 32.Qf3 Qe6 33.Rfd1 g5 34.Qxh5 f5 35.Re1 g4 36.hxg4 fxg4 37.f3 gxf3 38.Nxf3 Rh7 39.Qe5 Qc8 40.Qf4 Rf8 41.Qe5 Rf5 0-1 Bobotsov-Petrosian, Lugano 1968.

 7...Bf5 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 Nbd7 10.0-0 0-0 11.Rab1 a5 12.Qc2

Michael wants to play b2-b4 but sees an immediate a3 might be met by ..a4. I am not certain this needs to be avoided. The real problem for White is that with the light-squared Bishops traded the c4 square is very weak. Black has an easy and effective plan with ...b5 and Nb6-c4.

12.a3 Ne4 (12...Re8 13.b4 axb4 14.axb4 b5 15.Ne5 Nxe5 16.dxe5 Nd7 17.Bxe7 Qxe7 18.f4 Ra3 19.Rfd1 Rea8 20.Qd4 Nf8 21.Rdc1 Ne6 22.Qd2 Qa7 and Black is much better, Larsen-Geller, Linares 1983)  13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.b4 b5 15.Rfc1 axb4 16.axb4 Nd6 17.Rb3 Nb6 18.Ne5 Rfc8 19.Nd3 Nbc4 20.Nc5 Re8 21.h3 g6 22.Rc1 Ra7 23.Qd1 h5 24.Kh1 Qg5 25.Rbb1 Rae7 26.Ra1 Nf5 27.Ra2 Ncxe3 28.fxe3 Rxe3 29.Rf2 Qh4 30.Qd2 Nxd4 31.Rcf1 Nf5 32.Rxf5 gxf5 33.Nd1 Re1 34.Kg1 R8e2 35.Qc3 Rxd1 0-1 Nikolic-Kramnik, Monte Carlo 1998.

12.Rfc1 Ne4 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.Qc2 f5 15.a3 Rf6 16.b4 b5 17.Ne2 axb4 18.axb4 g5 19.Qb2 Re8 20.Ne5 draw, Donaldson-V. Georgiev,Lindsborg 2004.Here 20...Nxe5 21.dxe5 Qxe5 22.Qxe5 Rxe5 23.Nd4 was White's idea. This game reminded me once again that White's prospects in this line are not particularly promising. There is a real worry that White will drift into a position where he has no active play.


12...Ne8 This is an alternative way to get the Knight to d6, perhaps without having to exchange as many pieces as after ..Ne4. 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.a3 Nd6 15.Na4 Ne4 16.Rbc1 Rfe8 17.Nc5 Ndxc5 18.dxc5 a4 19.Nd2 Ng5 20.Qc3 Qe6 21.Qb4 Re7 22.h4 Ne4 23.Nxe4 Qxe4 was a little better for Black but eventually drawn in M.Shahade-Donaldson,Bermuda 1995

13.a3 Nb6

13...Ne4 looks more to the point: 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.b4 Nd6 16.b5 Nc4 17.bxc6 bxc6 18.Rb7 Reb8 19.Rxb8+ Rxb8 20.Ra1 Rb2 21.Qf5 g6 22.Qf4 Rb3 23.Nb1 Nf8 24.h4 Ne6 25.Qh6 Rd3 26.Nc3 Rxc3 27.Rb1 Qf8 0-1 Figler-Novikov, Virginia Beach 2001.


14.Nd2 Nfd7 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.Na4 Nxa4 17.Qxa4 Qd6 with a slight edge for Black in Ivkov-Polgar,Zsu, Vienna 1993 is probably how White should play this position, refraining from playing for b4-b5, at least for awhile.

14...Nc4 15.Qb3 b5 16.Ra1 Ne4 17.Bxe7 Qxe7 18.Rfe1


I spent 25 minutes calculating 18...axb4 19.axb4 Rxa1 20.Rxa1 Nxf2 21.Kxf2 Qxe3+22.Kg3  (22.Kf1 Qxf3+ 23.gxf3 Nd2+ 24.Kf2 Nxb3 25.Rd1 f5 26.Ne2 Kf7) 22... Nd2 23.Qa3 Qxc3? 24.Re1! but missed the deadly quiet move 23...f6! with the idea 24.Rc1 Ne4+ 25.Kh3 Qh6+)  The text is not bad. The pressure on the a-file and Knight on c4 makes White position miserable to play.


 19.Na2 Rea8 20.Rec1 Qf6


Aiming at the f2 square

 21.Rc2 g5

Making luft and preparing g5-g4 to attack f2.

22.Rd1 axb4 23.axb4 Ra3 24.Qb1 Kg7

Black slowly improves his position and prepares a thematic combination. Note the immediate  24...R8a4 25.Ne1 Rxa2 fails to 26.Rxa2 Nc3 27.Rxa4 Nxb1 28.Ra8+ hence the text avoiding the check.

 25.Ne1 R8a4

 Black improves the placement of the Rooks for maximum pressure.

26.Rd3 Qf5

 As Michael pointed out after the game the immediate 26...Rxd3 27.Nxd3 Na3 won on the spot. Unfortunately for White this brief reprieve still doesn't allow him to save his position.

 27.Rd1  27...Nxf2!

Black is finally able to cash in his chips.

 28.Rxf2 Qxb1 29.Rxb1 Rxa2 30.Rb3 Rxf2 31.Kxf2 Ra2+ 32.Kg3

Or 32.Kg1 Nd2 33.Rd3 Rb2.

 32...Nd2 33.Rd3 Ne4+ 34.Kf3 h5 0-1

I would not be shocked  to see Michael become a Master before his 12th birthday.

This year's Collyer, honoring the memories of David Collyer and Gary Younker,  was once again organized on a high level by Kevin Korsmo. I encourage you to make the trip over the mountains next February to a friendly and well-run event.



2004 Inland Empire Open

Round 1

Brendemihl (1532) vs. Gribsby (1902)

1. e4 e5  2. Nf3 Nc6  3. d4  cxd4  4. Nxd4 Nf6  5. Nc3 e5 6. Nb3 Bb4  7. Bg5 Qb6 
8. Bd3 d6  9. Bxf6  10. 0-0 Bxc3  11. bxc3 Be6 12. Kh1 0-0-0  13. Qf3 Rhg8 14. h3 Rg6  15. Rfd1 d5  16. Rd2 d4  17. Bf1 dxc3  18. Qxc3 f5 19. Rad1 Rxd2 20. Rxd2 fxe4  21. Bc4 Qb4  22. Bxe6+ Rxe6  23. Qe3 Rg6  24. Re2 f5 25.  c3 c4  26. f3 exf3 27. Qxf3 Kc7  28. Rf2 Rf3 29. Qg3 Qe6  -


Round 4

Merwin (2102) vs. Salisbury (1714)

e4 c5  2. c3 Nf6  3. e5 Nd5  4. d4 cxd  5. Qxd4 e6  6. Nf3 Nc6  7. Qe4 d6 (f5 is quite playable and seems to give white more problems  8. Bb5 Bd7  9. c4 Nb6 (Nc7 is
also good)  10. exd Bxd6  11. 0-0 a6  12. Rd1 Qc7

(At the 2001 National Open, Round 1, Merwin-GM Ashley, after a long think black varied with Qe7.  After 13. Be3 [Bg5 f6 and then Be3 is also playable] Bc5  14. Bxc5 Qxc5  15. Bxc6 Bxc6  16. Qe5  Black, not wanting to exchange queens and give
white an easy draw Qc4?! 17. Then after 17. Qxg7 Bxf3  18. gxf3 Rf8  19. Nd2 Qf4  20. Ne4 Qxf3  White could have won easily with 21. Nd6+ but instead chose the incorrect Nf6+).

13. Nc3 0-0 (Ne5 is probably best, but kudos to my opponent for continuing to find book moves)  14. Be3 Nc8  15. c5 axb5  16. Nxb5 Bxh2+  17. Nh2 Qa5  18. a4
Rd8? (My opponents first foray into new territory losses instantly, since he has taken away his queen抯 only good escape square.  However Bg8 runs into 19. Ng4! When the complications following the reply f5 favor white).  19. Bd2 Qa6  20. Nc7 Qa7  21. Nxa8 Qxa8  22. Nf3 N8e7  23. Bg5 f6?  24. Rxd7 Black resigns 1-0


Round 5

Weyland (1692) vs. Gribsby (1961)

d4 Nf6  2. c4 g6  3. Nc3 d5  4. cxd Nxd  5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7  7. Qb3 0-0  8. cxd Nxd  9. Rd1 Qa5  10. Bc4 Nc6  11. Ne2 cxd  12. Nxd4 e5  13. NxN bxc6 
14. 0-0 Ba6  15. BxR QxB  16. Ra7 Rb5  17. Qc2 Rb7  18. Rfd1 Rfb8  19. Rd8+ Bf8  20. Rxb8 -