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12th Dave Collyer Memorial

1st Round Games

Mathews (1679) vs. Donaldson (2513)

1. d4  Nf6   2. Nf3 g6  3. Bf4 Bg7  4. e3 0-0  5. Be2 d6  6. Nbd2 Nbd7  7. h3 b6  8. c3 Bb7  9. 0-0  e6  10. Re1 Qe7  11. Bh2 e5 de  13. Qc2 e4  14. Nd4 Ne5  15. Nc4 Nfd7  16. Nxe5 Nxe5  17. Bxe5 Bxe5  18. Rad1 c5 19. Nb5 a6  20. Na3 b5   21. Nb1 f5  22. Nd2 f4  23. Nxe4 fe  24. Bf3 ef+  25. Qxf2 c4  26. Qe2 Bc7  27. Nd2 Qc5+ 28. Kh1 Qd6  29. Qe6+ Qxe6 30. Rxe6 Bxf3  31. Nxf3 Rad8  32. Nd4 Rf2  33. Rb1 Rd6  34. Re8+ Kf7  35. Rbe1 Rd7  36. R/8e2 Rxe2  37. Rxed Bb6  38. Nf3 Kf6  39. g3 h5  40. Kg2 Rd1  41. Rd2 Rxd2  42. Nxd2 Be3  43. Ne4+ Ke5  44. Kf3 Bc1  45. b3 cb  46. ab a5  47. Nf2 Kd5  48. Nd3 Bd2  49. Ke2 Bxc3   50. Nf4+ Ke4  51. Nxg6 a4  52. ba ba  53. Nf4 a3  54. Nd3 a2  55. Nc5+ Kd5  56. Nb3 Kc4  0-1


Bartron vs. McBroom [B12]

[Fritz 8 (60s)]

B12: Caro-Kann: Advance Variation 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nc3 e6 5.g4 Bg6 6.Nge2 c5 7.h4 h6 8.Nf4 62 games 8...Bh7 9.Bb5+ 11 games 9...Nc6 10.Be3 17 games 10...cxd4 11.Qxd4 4 games [11.Bxd4 Qc7 (11...a6 12.Ba4 Nge7 13.Nfe2 b5 14.Bb3 Ng6 15.f4 Nxh4 16.Rf1 Qc7 17.Qd2 Rc8 18.0𢠢 Nxd4 19.Nxd4 Bb4 20.Nde2 00 21.f5 Qxe5 22.Nd4 Bc5 23.Qf2 Qf6 24.Rh1 Nf3 25.Qxf3 Bxd4 26.Rd3 Efstathopoulos,P-Bensenousi,I/Kallithea Chalkidiki GRE 2003/The Week in Chess 454/01 (31)) 12.Qd2 a6 13.Ncxd5 exd5 14.Nxd5 Qb8 15.Bb6 Bb4 16.Bxc6+ bxc6 17.Qxb4 cxd5 18.0𢠢 Ne7 19.Qa4+ Kf8 20.Bc5 Qb7 21.Rh3 Kg8 22.Bxe7 Qxe7 23.Qc6 Re8 24.Qxd5 h5 25.Qd6 Qe6 Rausch,S-Pezerovic,E/Germany 1992/GER-chT2/01 (49)] 11...a6N [11...Nge7 12.Nh5 (12.0𢠢 a6 13.Ba4 (13.Bxc6+ Nxc6 14.Qd2 Qa5 15.g5 Bf5 16.g6 fxg6 17.Rhg1 0𢠢 18.Bd4 Nxd4 19.Qxd4 Bc5 20.Qa4 Qxa4 21.Nxa4 Bxf2 22.Rgf1 Bxh4 23.Kb1 Be7 24.Rg1 g5 25.Nh5 g6 26.Ng3 Kc7 27.Nc3 h5 Roskar,R-Ivacic,V/Bled 1992/CBM 29/01 (41)) 13...b5 14.Nxb5 axb5 15.Bxb5 Qc7 16.Qc5 Rc8 17.Nd3 Bxd3 18.Rxd3 Ng6 19.Qd4 Ngxe5 20.Rc3 Nc4 21.Rd1 Qb7 22.a4 Qxb5 23.axb5 Nxd4 24.Bxd4 Bb4 25.Rb3 Bd6 26.b6 Rb8 Kaiser,J-Lachmann,U/Berlin 2001/EXT 2002/01 (31)) 12...a6 13.Bxc6+ Nxc6 14.Qf4 Qc7 15.0𢠢 0𢠢 16.Rhe1 Bg6 17.Bd4 b5 18.Rd2 Be7 19.Qg3 Nxd4 20.Rxd4 b4 21.Re3 Bc5 22.Qf4 a5 23.Nb5 Qc6 24.a4 Bxd4 25.Nxd4 Qxa4 26.Qf3 Straub,P-Valenti,G/Milan 2002/CBM 88 ext/01 (30); 11...Nge7!? 12.Qd2 a6 13.Bxc6+ Nxc6礭 12.Bxc6+= bxc6 13.Qa4 Qc7 14.Nfxd5 exd5 [Fritz 8: 14...exd5 15.Nxd5 Qb7 16.0𢠢 Be7 (Fritz 8: 1) 16...Be7 17.Nb6 Rd8 18.h5 g5 19.Rhe1 Kf8 20.f4 gxf4 21.Qxf4 Kg7 22.Qf3 0.12/14 ; Fritz 8: 2) 16...Rd8 17.Nb6 Be7 18.h5 g5 19.Rhe1 Kf8 20.f4 gxf4 21.Qxf4 Kg7 22.Qf3 0.12/14 ; Fritz 8: 3) 16...Rc8 17.Nb6 Rc7 18.Rhe1 Qb8 19.h5 a5 20.f4 Ne7 21.Nc4 Nc8 22.Qxa5 0.06/13 ; Fritz 8: 1) 16...Be7 17.Nb6 Rd8 18.h5 g5 19.Rhe1 Kf8 20.f4 gxf4 21.Qxf4 Kg7 22.Qf3 0.12/14 ; Fritz 8: 2) 16...Rd8 17.Nb6 Be7 18.h5 g5 19.Rhe1 Kf8 20.f4 gxf4 21.Qxf4 Kg7 22.Qf3 0.12/14 ; Fritz 8: 3) 16...Rc8 17.Nb6 Rc7 18.Rhe1 Qb8 19.h5 a5 20.f4 Ne7 21.Nc4 Nc8 22.Qxa5 0.06/13 ) 17.Nb6 Rd8 18.h5 f6 19.Rxd8+ Bxd8 20.Nc4 Bc7 21.Nd6+ Bxd6 22.exd6 Qd7 -0.25/16 ] 15.Nxd5 Qb7 16.0𢠢 Be4?? there were better ways to keep up the pressure [16...Rc8 and Black can hope to live 17.Nb6 Rc7=] 17.Qxe4+- [17.Qxe4 cxd5 18.Rxd5+- (18.Qxd5?! Qxd5 19.Rxd5 Ne7) ]  10


 Younker (1591)  vs. Koons (2221)

1. d4 d6  2. f4 g6  3. Nf3 Bg7  4. e3 Nd7  5.Bd3 e5  6. fe de  7. 0-0 Qe7  8. Bc4 Ngf6  9. c3 0-0  10. Qc2 b6  11. Nbd2 Bb7  12. a4 a6  13. b4 Ng4  14. Nb3 Kh8  15. h3 Ngf6  16. Nbd2 Rad8  17. b5 ab  18. ab Ra8  19. Rxa8 Bxa8 20. Qb3 Ne8  21. Ba3 Nd6  22. Bd5 e4  23. Bxd6 cxd6  24. Nxe4 h6  25. Re1 f5  26. Nf2 Nf6  27. Bxa8 Rxa8  28. Nd3 g5  29. Nb4 Ne4 30. Nd5 Qf7  31. c4 g4  32. Nh2 gh  33. Nf4 hg  34. Nf3 Bf6  35. Qc2 Rc8 36. d5 Kh7  37. Nd2 Nxd2  38. Qxf5+ Kg7  39. Nh5+ Qxh5 40. Qxh5 Rxc4  41. Qe2 Rc2  42.Qxg2+ Bg5  43. R.e2 Rc1+  44.Kf2 Nc4  45. Qe4 Ne5  46. Rc2 Ng4+  47. Ke2 Rxc2  48. Qxc2 Bxe3 49. Qc7+ Kg6  50. Qxd6+ Kf5  51. Qe6+ Kg5  52.d6 Bf4  53. d7 Bc7  54. Qg8+ Kf4  55.Qf7+ Ke5  56. Qh5+ Kf4  57. Qh4 Ke4 58. Qxg4 1-0


Terry Fortier (1283) vs. Jim Skovron (1817)

1.Nf3 d5  2.d4 c6  3.Bf4 Nf6  4.e3 Bg4  5.Nbd2 e6  6.Bd3 Bd6  7.Bxd6 Qxd6  8.h3 Bh5  9.c3 Nbd7  10.Qc2 Bxf3  11. Nxf3 e5 Nxe5 13.Nxe5 Qxe5  14. 0-0 0-0-0  15.b4 g5 16.a4 h5  17.Rfe1 Ne4  18.c4 f5 Rxd5  20.Bc4 Rd2  21.Qb3 Nxf2  22.e4 f4  23.Rac1 Qd4  24.Kf1 Nxh3  25.Qxh3+ g4  25.Qh4 g3 27.Be6+ Kb8 28.Qxf4+ Ka8  29.Qxg3 Rf8+ 30.Bf5 Rd3  31.Qf2 Qxb4  32.Qc5 a5  33.Qxb4 axb4  34. Rc4 Rb3  35.Kg1 Re8  36.e5 Re7  37.Bg6 Ka7  38.Bxh5 Kd6  39.e6 Kb6 40.Rd4 Kc7  41.Bg4 c5  42.Rd7+  1-0


2nd Round Games

Benson vs. Raptis [C11]

[Fritz 8 (60s)]

C11: French: Classical System: 4 e5 and 4 Bg5 dxe4 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Ne2 396 games 7...Be7 49 games 8.c3 00 71 games 9.Be3 [9.a3 a5 10.g3 cxd4 11.cxd4 f6 12.Bh3 fxe5 13.dxe5 Qb6 14.Nc3 Ndxe5 15.fxe5 Nxe5 16.Bg2 Bd7 17.Rf1 Nc4 18.Rb1 Bf6 19.Qd3 Rac8 20.Ng5 Bxg5 21.Bxg5 Rxf1+ 22.Bxf1 Rf8 23.Qe2 Rf5 Bologan,V-Gurevich,M/Cap d'Agde 2002/CBM 92 no vc/01 (26)] 9...f6 12 games 10.Ng3 3 games [10.a3 a5 11.h4 b5 12.Rh3 b4 13.axb4 cxb4 14.g4 bxc3 15.bxc3 fxe5 16.fxe5 Nb6 17.Nf4 a4 18.Ng5 Bxg5 19.hxg5 g6 20.Qc2 Qe7 21.Kd2 Na5 22.Nh5 Nbc4+ 23.Bxc4 Nxc4+ 24.Kd3 gxh5 McKeown,P-Gunter,D/Birmingham 2002/EXT 2003/01 (30)] 10...cxd4N [10...fxe5 11.fxe5 cxd4 12.cxd4 Qb6 13.Rb1 Ndxe5 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.a3 Bd7 16.Qh5 Ng6 17.Bd3 Be8 18.Qh3 Rc8 19.Nh5 Bd7 20.Nxg7 Bf6 21.Nh5 Bxd4 22.Nf4 Bxe3 23.Nxg6 Bf2+ 24.Ke2 hxg6 25.Qh6 Hack,R-Dembling,A/San Francisco 2001/EXT 2002/01 (50)] 11.cxd4 [11.Nxd4 Nxd4 (11...fxe5? doesn't lead to the expected results 12.Nxe6 Qa5 13.Nxf8 Kxf8 14.fxe5+-) 12.Bxd4 fxe5 13.fxe5 Bh4砞 11...Qb6 [Fritz 8: 11...Qb6 12.Qb3 Bb4+ 13.Kf2 fxe5 14.dxe5 Nc5 15.Qd1 Rxf4 16.a3 Nxe5 -0.66/13 ] 12.Kf2 [12.Qb3 Bb4+ 13.Kd1 a5砞 12...fxe5 [Fritz 8: 12...g5 13.exf6 Bxf6 14.Ne2 gxf4 15.Nxf4 Qxb2+ 16.Kg1 Nc5 17.Rb1 Qc3 18.Nd3 Ne4 19.Rc1 -1.09/13 ] 13.fxe5 Qxb2+ 14.Be2 Qb6 15.Re1 [15.Rb1!? and White can hope to survive 15...Qd8 16.Rf1砞 15...Ndxe5+ 16.dxe5 d4 17.Bxd4 Nxd4 18.Rb1?? but even a better move would not have saved the game [18.Kf1+] 18...Nxf3+ 19.Rxb6 Bc5+ [19...Bc5+ 20.Qd4 Bxd4+ 21.Kf1 Nxh2#]  01


 Skovron (1817) vs. Kirlin (1379)

1.d4 Nf6  2.Nc3 e5  3.e3 e4  4.Bc4 d5  5.Bb3 Be7  6.Bd2 0-0  7.Qe2 Bf5  8.0-0-0 Bb4  9.h3 c5  10.dc Bxc5  11.g4 Bg6  12.f4 exf3  13.Nxf3 d4  14.ed Bxd4  15.Nxd4 Qxd4  16.Bg5 Qb6  17. Nd5 Nxd5  18.Rxd5 Nc6  19.Re1 Nd4  20.Rxd4 Qxd4  21.h4 h6  22.Be7 Qf4+  23.Kb1 Rfe8  24.h5 Bh7  25.a3 Kh8  26. Rf1??  Rxe7  0-1


 3rd Round games

Paul Bartron vs. John Donaldson
(by John Donaldson)

The following game, played in round three, was my most interesting of this year's David Collyer Memorial. Black emerges from the opening with a clear advantage but encounters stiff resistance that is only broken after a bitter battle.. Time pressure (TC was G/2 hours) contributes to quite a few ups and downs at the end as both players were low on time.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Qd4 Nf6 7.e5 Nd5 8.Bd2

I think White has to try  8.e6 f6 (or 8..Nf6) or 8.c4 Qb6. In both cases Black doesn'r have any problems. My personal score in this variation (5.Nxc6) is 9.5 from 10 including a win over a GM and IM..

8...Bg7 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Nxd5 cxd5 11.Be2

11.Qxd5 Rb8 12.Ba5 Bb7 13.Qd2 Qc8 gives Black interesting play for the pawn. White might need to go in for this because after the text he has trouble maintaining his pawn on e5.

11...d6 12.f4 dxe5 13.fxe5 f6 14.0-0

I'm sure Paul didn't want to have to sacrifice the pawn,  but alternatives were not attractive: (A) 14.exf6 Bxf6 15.Qb4 Qc7 16.c3 Rb8 is very unpleasant for White.; (B)14.Bf4 Bf5 15.0-0-0 (15.c3 e6 16.0-0 fxe5 17.Bxe5 Bxe5 18.Qxe5 Qb6+ picks up a pawn) 15...Rc8 with a strong attack brewing.

 14...fxe5 15.Rxf8+ Kxf8

15...Bxf8 16.Qxe5 Bg7 was also good.

16.Qh4 Kg8

16...Qb6+ was probably more accurate in view of: 17.Kh1 Qxb2 18.Rf1+ Kg8 19.Qxe7 Bf5 The text isn't bad either.

17.Kh1 Bf5 18.c4 d4 19.Bg5 Qd7

19...Qb8 20.b3 d3 was more to the point.

20.Bf3 Rc8 21.b3 d3 22.Rd1 h5

22...h6 23.Bxh6 Bxh6 24.Qxh6 e4 25.Bg4 Rf8 is the easiest way to ensure the Black center pawns get rolling.

23.Be4 Rf8 24.Bxe7


24... g5!

White slips out of his troubles after 24...Rf7 25.Bc5 The text ensures that Black is able to get in ...e5-e4 which is the critical idea in this position.

25.Bxg5 Bxe4 26.Qxe4 Qf5 27.Qd5+

27.Qxf5 Rxf5 28.Be3 e4 29.Kg1 Kh7 30.c5 Bh6 31.Bxh6 Kxh6 and there is no defense to e4-e3.

27...Rf7 28.h4 e4 29.Qxf5 Rxf5 30.Be3 Bf6?

This is a very serious mistake. Instead the thematic 30...Kh7 31.Kg1 (31.b4 Bh6 32.Bxa7 d2) 31...Bh6 would have quickly freed the pawns to advance.


Though low on time Paul doesn't fall  for 31.g3? Rf3 32.Bf4 e3 winning.

31...Bxh4 32.Kg1 Be7

Now after  32...Bg5 33.Bxg5 Rxg5 34.Kf2 White blockades.


This is the wrong square for the Rook which needs to remain on the d-file. Instead 33.c5 is right trying to advance White's passed pawn.


Missing 33...Rxf1+ 34.Kxf1 Bxb4 35.Bxa7 Bd2 winning immediately.

34.a3 Bg5

Finally Black gets on track!

35.Bxg5 Rxg5 36.Rd1

The rook has to return in view of 36.Kf2 Rf5+ 37.Ke1 (37.Kg1 d2) 37...d2+.


 Black must prevent Kg1-f2-e3.

 37.Rd2 Re5?

 Yes 37...e3 won immediately. I saw that the text, played with the idea of bringing Black's King to the center, was winning, but didn't bother to look for what was right under my nose. 

 38.Kf1 Kf7 39.Ke1 Ke6 40.Rd1 Rg5 41.Kd2 Ke5 42.Kc3 Rxg2 43.Rc1 h4 44.b5 Rc2+ 0-1


4th Round

Sprenkle,D (2330) vs. Collyer,C (2160) [A33]
[notes by Curt Collyer]

1.c4 Nf6 In our last game, I played the Classical Dutch against Sprenkle's English and was left searching for "compensation" for my suspect opening choice (which I never quite found, and lost!).  Thus I decided to play something reasonable for this encounter. 2.Nc3 c5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 e6 6.g3 Bc5 7.Nb3 Bb4 8.Bg2 00 9.00 a6 10.Ne4 Asking my bishop what it's doing on b4, which is a good question with or without the knight on c3. 10...Nxe4 11.Bxe4 Be7 I decided to slide into a Hedgehog formation, which I really know nothing about except that you're supposed to place all your pawns on the third rank and then claim your position is dynamic.  I figured I could pull that off. 12.Be3 d6 (!) 13.Qc2 g6 (!) 14.Rfd1 Qc7 15.Rac1 Rd8 16.Qc3 Rb8 17.Bh6 f6! I once saw a video of a Kramnik-Speelman rapid game where Speelman played a somewhat unorthodox opening and later pawn f6 in the middlegame which temporarily buried his dark square bishop.  In a post game interview he said he felt a "moral obligation" to play the move as it seemed his most reasonable choice even though it looked ugly.  Here, too, I think it is perfectly okay, and certainly better than 17...Bf8 18.Bxf8 Rxf8 when Black has to worry about his weakened dark squares. 18.h4 Sprenkle feels that a direct kingside assault is in order, but my Hedgehog pawns are not obligated to remain stationary targets. 18...Kf7 19.Kg2 Ne5 20.Bf4 Bd7 21.h5 f5! 22.Bb1 Bc6+ 23.f3 g5!? 24.Bxe5 dxe5 25.e4 f4 26.g4 At this point, I felt that if Slava were playing Black, he would find a way to win.  But alas, I am not quite so clever a player as Slava, and Sprenkle holds the draw fairly comfortably. 26...Ba4 27.Bc2 Bxb3 28.axb3 a5 Somewhat comical.  The threat is to trap White's queen. 29.Qe1 Bb4 30.Qe2 Qc5 31.Rd3 h6 32.Rcd1 Ke7 33.Kf1 Qb6 34.Rxd8 Rxd8 35.Rxd8 Kxd8 36.Qd3+ Kc7 37.Bd1 Bc5 I had hoped to stir up some threats to White's king along the dark squares, but Sprenkle quickly evacuates his king to the queenside before this can happen. 38.Ke2 Bd4 39.Qd2 Qc5 40.Kd3 Be3 41.Qe2 Qd4+ 42.Kc2 Kd6 43.Qd3 Qxd3+ 44.Kxd3 Bd4 45.Kc2 Kc5 46.Be2 b6 47.Bd1 Bg1 48.Kd3 Be3 49.Be2 綎


Donaldson vs. Raptis

1.Nf3 f5  2.g3 Nf6  3.Bg2 g6  4.d4 Bg7  5.c4 0-0  6.Nc3 d6  7.d5 Nbd7  8.Nd4 Ne5  9.b3 Bd7  10.0-0 c6  11.e3 Qc8  12.Bb2 c5  13.Nde2 a6  14.a4 Rab8  15.Qc2 Ne8  16.h3 b5  17.f4 N/5f7  18.ab ab  19.Nxb5 Bxb5  20.Bxg7 Kxg7  21.cxb5 Rxb5  22.Nd4 Rb4  23.Ne6+ Kg8  24.e4 fe  25.Bxe4 Qb7  26.Bxg6 Nf6  27.Bxh7+  1-0


McNall vs. Herbers

1. e4 g6  2.d4 Bg7  3.Nc3 d6  4.Be3 Nf6  5.f3 c6  6.a4 0-0  7.Qd2 Qa5  8.Ra3 e5  9.g4 ed  10.Bxd4 Re8  11.Be2 d5  12.g5 Nh5  13.Bxg7 Nxg7  14.ed Bf5  15.h4 Na6  16.Ne4 Nb4  17.Nf6+ Kh8  18.Kf1 Red8  19.Rb3 c5  20.f4 Bxc2  21.h5 gh  22.Rbh3 Rd6  23.Bxh5 Rxf6  24.gxf6 Nxh5  25.Rxh5 Qa6+  26.Ne2 Qxf6  27.Qc3 Qxc3  28.bxc3 Na6  29.f5 Kg7  30.Kf2 Kf6  31.Ng3 Ke5  32.Rxh7 Kxd5  33.Rxf7 Kc4  34.Ne2 Bxa4  35.Rh4+ Kb5  36.Rxb7+ Kc6  37.Rg7 Bc3  38.f6 Rf8  39.f7 Bb3  40.Rh6+ Kb7  41.Rf6 Nc7  42.Nf4 1-0


Julian vs. Copeland

1.d4 Nf6  2.c4 c5  3.d5 e6  4.Nc3 ed d6  6.e4 g6  7.f4 Bg7  8.Bb5+ Nfd7  9.a4 0-0  10.Nf3 Na6  11.0-0 Nc7  12.Rd3 Re8  13.Re1 a6  14.Be3 b6  15.Bf2 Nf6  16.h3 Rb8  17.Bg3 Bb7  18.Bc4 Qc8  19.Qd3 Bh6  20.f5 Bf8  21.e5 Nh5  22.fg hg  23.e6 Qd8  24.Bh4 Be7  25.ef+ Kxf7  26.Rxe7+ Rxe7  27.Ne5+ dxe5  28.d6+ Ne6  29.Bxe7 Qd7  30.Rf1+ Kg7  31.Qe2 e4  32.Qg4 Bc8  33.Qxe4 Nd4  34.Qe5+  1-0


5th Round 

Collyer,C (2160) vs. Julian,J (1914) [A67]

Dave Collyer Memorial (5), 22.02.2004

[notes by Curt Collyer]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 Bg7 8.Bb5+ Nfd7 [8...Nbd7 9.e5 dxe5 10.fxe5 Nh5 11.e6 Qh4+ is a complicated line that may or may not be sound for Black.  The text is less risky but also more passive.] 9.a4 00 10.Nf3 Na6 11.00 Nb4 12.Re1 a6 13.Bf1 This has all been played before, but is by no means a forced sequence.  For example, Black could have developed his queen's knight to c7, or White could have played 12.Be3 and then retreated his king's bishop to c4 instead of f1.   13...Re8 14.Be3 This move is of course playable, but it is probably more prudent for White to play 14.h3, as now Black is allowed to trade off his rather useless queen's bishop thus easing his development.  Julian quickly played 14...Nf6 (attacking the e-pawn) 15.Bf2 Bg4! 16.Rc1 Nd7 17.h3 Bxf3 18.Qxf3 Qc7 and a fairly balanced position was reached.  At this point I decided to play some "useful moves" and wait and see what Black was up to. 19.Red1 Rab8 20.Kh1 Qc8? This is a very odd-looking move which, while considering what I would play in Black's position, I had stumbled upon myself.  Although now I can't really recall what merits I saw in this move...perhaps something about not losing a tempo to Nxb5 or pawn d6.  Anyway, its main fault is that the it weakens the d6 square, and this provides White with a tactical opportunity. 21.e5! Simply making room for the knight to come to e4. 21...dxe5 22.Ne4 Here Black would normally play f5 but this is impossible due to the unusual placement of his queen. 22...Bf8 [This allows the positionally crushing 23.f5. 22...exf4 23.Nd6 Qd8 24.Nxe8 is a more fighting try though Black really doesn't have enough for the exchange.  ] 23.f5! b6 24.Bc4 Qd8? This loses immediately. [I had anticipated 24...b5 when after 25.axb5 axb5 26.Be2!? Black's c-pawn has been weakened and White's bishop brought to a useful diagonal.  After 26...c4 27.Ng5 f6 White has  28.Nxh7!? when after 28...Kxh7 29.fxg6+ Kxg6 (29...Kg8 30.Qh5 Bg7 31.Qh7+ Kf8 32.Be3 and White wins.) 30.Qh5+ and White has a very strong attack.] 25.d6! The f7 square is indefensible. 25...g5 26.Qh5 10


Drake vs. Barton

[Annotator "Fritz 7 (63s)"]

[PlyCount "53"]

{B23: Closed Sicilian: Lines without g3}

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. f4 Nc6 4. Nf3 g6 5. Be2 Bg7 6. O-O Bd7 7. d3 a6 {Secures b5} 8. a4 Nf6 9. h3 {Consolidates

g4} O-O 10. Be3 Na5 (10... Nh5 11. Kh2 $11) 11. d4 cxd4 12. Bxd4 Nc6 13. Be3 Qc7 (13... Qa5 14. Nd5 Nxd5 15. exd5 $14 (15. Qxd5 $143 Qxd5 16. exd5 Nb4 $17)) 14.g4 (14. a5 Rac8 $14 (14... Nxa5 $2 15. e5 e6 16. exf6 Bxf6 17. Bd4 Bxd4+ 18.Nxd4 $18)) 14... e6 {Covers d5} 15. Qd2 Rfd8 (15... Ne8 16. e5 $11) 16. Rfd1 Bf8 (16... Be8 17. g5 Nh5 18. Kh2 $14) 17. Qe1 Nb4 18. Bd3 (18. Qf2 d5 (18... Nxc2 {is no good because of} 19. Bb6 Qb8 20. Bxd8 Qxd8 21. Rac1 $18)

19. Ne5 Rac8 $16) 18... d5 19. e5 {This push gains space} Ne4 20. Bxe4 dxe4 21. Nxe4 {I think at this point he realized he was in trouble} Nd5 $4 (21... Nxc2 $142 {saving the game} 22. Nf6+ Kg7 $14) 22. Rxd5 $18 exd5 23. Nf6+ Kg7 $2 (23... Kh8 24. Qh4 h5 25. gxh5 $18 (25. Nxd7 $6 {is not possible} Rxd7 26. gxh5 Be7 $16)) 24. Qh4 (24. e6 $142 Be7 25. Nxd7 fxe6 26. Bd4+ Kf7 27. Nc5 Bxc5 28. Ng5+

Ke8 29. Qxe6+ Qe7 30. Bxc5 Qxe6 31. Nxe6 $18) 24... Bc5 $4 {terrible, but the game is lost in any case} (24... h5 $142 25. Nxd5 Qc4 $18 (25... Qxc2 26. e6 Kh7 27. Ng5+ Kg8 28. Nf6+ Kg7 29. Bd4 (29. exd7 $6 {is impossible} Qxb2 30. Rd1 Qb3 $18) 29... Qg2+ 30. Kxg2 Bc6+ 31. Nd5+ f6  32.Ne4 Be7 33. Nexf6 Rab8 34. Ne4+ Kg8 35. Qxe7 Rd7 36. exd7 Bxd5 37. Qg7#)) 25. Qxh7+ Kf8 26. Qg8+ Ke7 27. Nxd5+ (27. Nxd5+ Ke6 28. Nxc7+ Ke7 29. Bxc5#) 1-0


Herbers vs. Kalina

1. c4 e5  2.Nc3 f5  3.g3 Nf6  4.Bg2 Bc5  5.e3 Nc6  6.Nge2 e4  7.d3 ed  8.Qxd3 d6  9.0-0 Ne5  10.Qc2 Qe7  11.b4 Bxb4  12.Qa4+  1-0


Tangborn vs. Nowak

1.d4 Nf6  2.Nf3 c6  3.Bf4 d6  4.Nc3 Bg4  5.e4 d5  6.e5 Ne4  7.Ne2 c5  8.h3 Bc8  9.g3 e6  10.Bg2 Bd7  11.0-0 cd  12.Nfxd4 Nc5  13.c4 Bc6  14.b4 Ba4  15.Qb1 Na6 ed  17.e6 Bxb4  18.ef  1-0


Raptis vs. Koons

1.d4 d5  2.Nf3 Bg4  3.Ne5 Bf5  4.c4 f6  5.Nf3 e6  6.Nc3 c6  7.Qb3 Qd7 8.g3 Na6  9.a3 Ne7  10.Bg2 Nc8  11.0-0 Nd6  12.Nd2 Be7  13.e4 de  14.Ndxe4 0-0  15.Be3 Nxe4  16.Nxe4 Rad8  17.Rad1 Qc8  18.Nc3 Kh8  19.Qa4 Rd7  20.b4 Rfd8  21.b5 cb  22.Nxb5 b6  23.f4 Bg4  24.Rc1 e5  25.fe fe  26.c5 bc  27.dc Rd3  28.Bf2 Nxc5 29.Qxa7 R8d7  30.Rxc5  1-0


Beyenal vs. Varner

1.d4 Nf6  2.c4 g6  3.Nc3 Bg7  4.e4 d6 5.Bg5 0-0  6.Qd2 c5  7.d5 a6  8.f3 Nbd7  9.g4 Ne5  10.Be2 Bd7  11.h4 h5  12.Bh6 b5  13.Bxg7 Kxg7 Nxh5  15.cb ab  16.f4 Ng3  17.Rh2 Nxe2  18.Ncxe2 Nc4  19.Qc3+ f6  20.Nf3 Qa5  21.b3 Qxc3+  22.Nxc3 Ne3  23.Kd2 Ng4  24.Rg2 b4  25.Nd1 f5  26.e5 de  27.fe e6 Bxe6  29.Ng5 Rfd8+ 30.Kc2 Rxd1  31.Nxe6+ Kh6  32.Rxd1 Ne3+  33.Ke2 Nxg2  34.Nxc5 Nxh4  35.e6 Kg7  36.Rh1 Rxa2+  37.Ke3 g5  38.Rd1 Rf6  39.Rd7 f4+ 40. Ke4 Re2+  41.Kd5 Re5+  42.Kc6 Nf5  43.Rf7+ Kg6  44.Rf8 Nd4+  45.Kd6 Rxc5  46.e7 Rc6+  47.Kd5 Re6  48.Rg8+ Kf7  49.e8(Q)+ Rxe8  50.Rxg5 Rd8+  51.Kc4 Kf6  52.Rg2 Kf5  53.Kxb4 f3  54.Rf2 Kf4  55.Kc3 Ke3  56. Rf1 Ke2  57 Rh1 f2  58.Rh7 f1(Q)  59.Re7+ Kd1  60.Kb4 Qb5+  0-1


Other games

Julian (1853) vs. Benjamin (2072)

National Open, 2003 Rd. 5

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nf3 0-0 6. 0-0 dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8.a4 Nbd7 9. Rd1 c5 10. Na3 cxd4 11. Nxc4 Bc5 12. Nxd4 Qe7 13. Nb3 Ng4 14.Nxc5 Qxc5 15. Ne3 Qxc2 16. Nxc2 Nc5 17. h3 Nf6 18. Be3 Ncd7 19. a5 Ne5 20.Na3 Nc6 21. Nc4 Nd5 22. Bc5 Rd8 23. e4 Nf6 24. Rxd8+ Nxd8 25. Nb6 Nd7 26.Rd1 1-0

Kowalske (2084) vs. Julian (1853)

National Open, 2003 Rd. 3

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 d6 4. Qe2 g5 5. Qb5+ c6 6. Qxg5 Qxg5 7. Nxg5 Bh6 8. Nf3 f5 9. Nc3 Ne7 10. d3 Rf8 11. Bd2 Na6 12. 0-0-0 Be6 13. Nd4 Bg8 14. Be2 fxe4 15. Nxe4 0-0-0 16. Bg4+ Kb8 17. Ne6 Bxe6 18. Bxe6 Nc7 19. Bh3 Nf5 20. Bxf5 Rxf5 21. g4 Rff8 22. g5 Bg7 23. Rdf1 d5 24. Nf6 Bxf6 25. gxf6.   1/2-1/2

Datta,D (1989) vs. Cambareri,M (1750) [A18]

National K-8 Championship 2003 

1.c4 The English 1...Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 d5 4.e5 Nfd7 5.d4 dxc4 6.Bxc4 c5 7.Bb5 a6 8.Bxd7+ Nxd7 9.Nf3 cxd4 10.Qxd4 Bc5 11.Qe4 [11.Qg4 Might have been better] 11...0-0 12.0-0 f5 ?! A dubious move 13.Qc4 [13.exf6 ! This allows e5 to become open for an outpost square to the knight and the "d" pawn becomes isolated] 13...Qe7 14.Bg5 Qf7 15.Rad1 b5 16.Qe2 Bb7 17.Bf4 Rac8 18.Rd3 b4 19.Na4 Ba7 [19...Bc6 This wins material after 20.Nxc5 Nxc5 21.Rd6 Bb5] 20.Qd1 ! the only move to save the exchange 20...Bc6 21.Rd2 Nc5 22.Nxc5 Bxc5 23.Nd4 Ba8 [If 23...Bb7 is played, it will become a target after the knight moves, via Rd7] 24.f3 Kh8 Rg8 and g5 are to follow 25.Kh1 Rg8 26.Nb3 Bb6 27.Rd7 Qe8 [Not 27...Qg6 because it blocks the "G" pawn] 28.Rd6 Bc7 29.Rd4 g5 30.Bc1 Bxe5 31.Rxb4 Qh5 32.h3 g4 33.Bf4 Bxf4 34.Rxf4 e5 35.Rb4 gxh3 [Perhaps 35...gxf3 would have been better] 36.Re1 hxg2+ 37.Kg1 Bxf3 And black soon won 38.Qb1 Be4 39.Rbxe4 fxe4 40.Nd2 Qh1+ 41.Kf2 Rcf8+ 42.Ke2 Qh5+ 43.Ke3 Rf3+ 44.Nxf3 Qxf3+ 45.Kd2 Qd3+ 46.Qxd3 exd3 47.Rg1 e4 48.b4 h5 49.a4 h4 50.b5 h3 51.a5 h2 52.b6 hxg1Q 53.b7 Qf2+ 54.Kc3 Qc2+ 55.Kb4 Rb8 56.Ka3 Qb1 57.Ka4 Rxb7 58.Ka3 Qa1# 0-1

Cambareri, M (1750) vs. Weyland, P (1714) [C14]

2003 Winter Championship.  Round 4.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.f4 00 8.Nf3 c5 9.Nb5 Nc6 10.dxc5 Qxc5 11.Qd2 Nb6 12.Nbd4 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 Bd7 14.Bd3 Rac8 15.c3 Nc4 16.Qc2 h6 17.h4 f6 18.g4 fxe5 19.g5 exd4 20.gxh6 gxh6 21.Bxc4 Qe7 22.0𢠢 Qf6 23.Rhg1+ Kh8 24.Rxd4 Qxd4 25.cxd4 Rxc4 26.Rg6 Rxc2+ 27.Kxc2 Kh7 28.h5 Rxf4 29.Kc3 Rf3+ 30.Kb4 b6 31.Rg2 a5# 0

Copeland,D (1575) - Omeish,Y (1634) [B07]

2003 Winter Championship (Round 4)

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bc4 Bg7 5.Nge2 c6 6.Bb3 00 7.00 e5 8.f4 b5 9.dxe5 Qb6+ 10.Kh1 dxe5 11.f5 Ng4 12.Qe1 b4 13.Qg3 bxc3 14.Qxg4 c5 15.Nxc3 Nc6 16.Qg5 Qa6 17.Rf2 Nd4 18.Bd5 Nxc2 19.Bxa8 Nxa1 20.Nd5 f6 21.Qg3 Qc4? 22.Ne7+! Kh8 23.Nxg6+!! hxg6 24.Qh4+ Kg8 25.Bd5+ Qxd5 26.exd5 Bxf5 27.Qc4 Re8 28.d6+ Kf8 29.Qxc5 Rc8 30.d7+ Rxc5 31.d8Q+ Kf7 32.Be3 Rc8 33.Qd5+ Be6 34.Qb7+ Kg8 35.h3 Nc2 36.Bxa7 f5 37.Rd2 e4 38.Qe7 Nd4 39.Bxd4 Rc1+ 40.Kh2 Bxd4 41.Qxe6+ Kh7 42.Rxd4 Kh6 43.Rd6 Kg5 44.Qxg6+ Kf4 45.Qh6+ 10

Bodie, B (1721) vs. Comer, B (1737)

Dave Collyer Memorial 2002.  Round 5.  King's Indian Defense

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Bf4 d6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.e4 Nc6 7.h3 Bxf3 8.gxf3 e5 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.Bg5 
Qxd1+ 11.Rxd1 Nd4 12.Bg2 h6 13.Bh4 c6 14.f4 Nh5 15.fxe5 Bxe5 16.00 00 17.f4? Bg7 [17...Nxf4!
18.Rxf4 Bxf4 19.Rxd4 Be3+ 20.Bf2 Bxd4 21.Bxd4 Rfd8礭 18.e5? Nf5 19.Bf2 Rfd8? Black throws away
his advantage. [19...Nxf4 20.Rd7 Bxe5 21.Rxb7 Rfb8 22.Bxc6 Rxb7 23.Bxb7 Rb8 24.Be4 Rxb2 25.Bxf5
Bxc3 26.Bd7 f5+] 20.Rxd8+ Rxd8 21.Bxa7 Rd2 22.Na4 Nh4 I guess these guys have never heard that
"knights on the rim are dim"! 23.Rf2 Bodie's position is once again becoming unstable so he seeks refuge in a simplified endgame. 23...Rxf2 24.Kxf2 Nxg2 25.Kxg2 Nxf4+ 26.Kf3 Nxh3 27.Bb8 Ng5+ 28.Kg4 Ne6 29.Nc3 Kf8 30.a4 Ke8 31.b4 White naturally tries to obtain counterplay with his queenside pawn majority. 31...Kd7 Comer seems reluctant to advance his kingside passers which is probably a mistake. Black should start advancing the h-pawn. He could also consider playing f6 to free his bishop. 32.Ne4 Bf8 33.b5 cxb5 34.cxb5 Nc5 35.Nxc5+ With this exchange, Bodie is able to hold the draw. Though the struggle would be more complicated, Black would keep more winning chances with the knights on the board. 35...Bxc5 36.a5 Bb4 [36...h5+ 37.Kg5 Be7+ 38.Kf4 Ke6 39.a6 bxa6 40..bxa6 g5+ 41.Ke4 Bc5 42.a7 Bxa7 43.Bxa7 f5+ 44.exf6 Kxf6=] 37.a6 bxa6 38.bxa6 Kc8 39.Bd6 Be1 40.Bf8 Bd2 [40...h5+ 41.Kg5 h4 42.Kg4 g5 43.Bc5=] 41.Bc5 Kc7 42.Kf3 Kc6 43.Ke4 h5 44.e6 fxe6 45.Ke5 h4 46.Kxe6 h3 47.Bg1 Be3 [47...Bc3 48.a7 Kb7 49.Kd5 (49.Kf7?? g5 50.Kg6 g4 51.Bh2 Be1 52.a8Q+ Kxa8 53.Kh5 g3+) 49...Ba5 (49...Be1 50.Ke4 Bf2 51.a8Q+ Kxa8 52.Bh2=) 50.Ke4 Bb6 51.Bh2 Bxa7 52.Kf3=] 48.Bh2 g5 49.Kf5 Kb6 [49...Bf4 50.Bg1 Be3 51.Bh2=] 50.Kg4 Kxa6 51.Kxh3 Kb6 綎

Barton, P (2107) vs. Collyer, C (2127)

Washington Open (3)

(15) Bartron,P (2107) - Collyer,C (2127) [C01] Washington Open (3), [Curt Collyer] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 The last time I played Bartron, he played the Tarrasch and beat me, though he did not have a good position out of the opening. Perhaps this explains his choice of the non-theoretical exchange variation. 3...exd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Bd6 6.Nf3 Nge7 7.00 Bg4 Black plays to unbalance the position by placing his pieces asymetrically to White's. 8.Bg5 f6 9.Bh4 Qd7 10.Nbd2 g5 1 21...Re4 22.b6 a6 23.c6! Hmm, I thought I was the one attacking. Well class, I think the lesson to be learned here is that exchange variations aren't boring! Just don't cross reference this with my last round game against Harley Greninger. (Collyer vs. Greninger WA Open 1.c4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 cd 4.d4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Bf4 e6 7.e3 Bd6 8.Bxd6 Qxd6 9.Bd3 00 10.00 a6 11.Rc1 b5 12.Nd2 e5 Nxe5 14.Be2 Bf5 15.Nf3 Rfd8 16.Nxe5 Qxe5 17.Qd4 Qxd4 draw.) 23...cxb6 24.cxb7+ Kxb7 25.Rxe4?? Correct is 25.Rc1, which is met by 25...Nh3+ 26.Kh1 Rc8 27.Rc3 Rxc3 28.Qxc3 Nxf2+ with a draw. 25...Nh3+! 26.Kh1 Qxe4 27.Qa4 [27.Qxe4 Nxf2+] 27...Nxf2+ 28.Kg1 Nd3 Threatening Qe3+. 29.Bxd3 Qxd3 30.Re1 g4 Knights are not often "trapped" on f3. Another surprise is that this isn't the last time in the game that the knight finds itself without squares! This is the point behind Bartron's combination. Being short of time, I wasn't opposed to the simplification as I felt that I would retain good chances in the knight endgame. 50...Kxc3 51.Ne4+ Kc2 52.Nxd2 Nxg2+ 53.Ke2 Nf4+ 54.Ke1 Nd3+ I didn't have much time to calculate numerous variations but did manage to strike upon an interesting idea. I decided to go for it. 55.Ke2 Ne5! A key move, taking away the c4 square from White's knight. 56.Ne4 a5 57.Nc5 Nf3 58.Kf2 [58.h3!? Ng1+ 59.Kf2 Nxh3+ 60.Kg3 could be tried.] 58...Nxh2 59.Kg3 Nf3 60.Kxg4 Ne5+ 61.Kf5 Nd7!! The point! White's knight cannot allow the pawn to advance. 62.Na4 Kb3 And for the second time this game, White's knight is trapped. 63.Ke6 Kxa4 01

Buck, S vs. Wynecoop, J

Eastern Washington Open 2001.  Round 1.  Board 6.

1.c4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 (Giving White the opportunity to fall into the classic trap ed 6.Nxd5?? Nxd5 7.Bxd8 Bb4+ winning a piece.) 5.e3 c6 6.Nf3 Be7 (6匭a5 would be the Cambridge Springs Defense when 7.Nd2 Bb4 8.Qc2 0-0 9.Be2 e5 10.0-0 ed 11.Nb3 Qb6 12.ed dc 13.Bxc4 Qc7 14.Nd2 Ng4 15.Nf3 h6 16.Bh4 Bd6 is unclear. The text move is more passive.) 7.Bd3 dc 8.Bxc4 (Now White should be guaranteed a slight advantage thanks to his more active pieces and two pawn center.) 8匩d5 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.0-0 0-0 11.Re1 Qb4!? (Simply 11匩xc3 then 12卌5 should be considered.) 12.Qb3 Qxb3 13.Bxb3 N7f6 14.e4! (White grabs control over d5, which is Black抯 only good central square.) 14匩f4 15.Rad1 b6 16.g3 Ng6 17.d5 (This thematic push is a bit premature. 17.e5 Nd5 18.Ne4 with the plan of pressuring the c-pawn should be considered.) 17卌d 18.ed ed?! (Black should play 18匓b7 which equalizes immediately.) 19.Nxd5 Bb7? (19匩xd5 20.Bxd5 Rb8 21.Ne5 Nxe5 22.Rxe5 Bb7 23.Re7 Bxd5 24.Rxd5 with a slight advantage to White though Black still has good drawing chances.) 20.Nxf6+ gxf6 (Now White抯 better pawn structure and centralized rooks give him a good advantage.) 21.Bd5 Bxd5 22.Rxd5 Rad8 23.Red1 Rxd5 24.Rxd5 Re8 25.Rd7 Re7 (25匯e2!? could also be tried.) 26.Rxe7 Nxe7 27.Nd4 a6 28.Kg2 Kg7 29.Kf3 Kg6? (Black should get his king into play with 29協5 and 30匥f6 simultaneously keeping White抯 king out, though he would still have the static weakness of the doubled pawns.) 30.Ke4 h6 (With Black抯 king out of play, White advantage becomes decisive.) 31.h4 Kh5 32.Nf5 Nc6 33.f3 Kg6 34.Nd6 Ne5 35.f4! Nc6 36.f5+ Kg7 37.Ne8+ (It抯 all over.) 37匥f8 38.Nxf6 Kg7 39.Nd7 b5 40.Nc5 a5 41.Nb7 h5 42.Nd6 b4 43.Ne8+ Kh6 44.Kd5 Ne7+ 45.Ke5 Ng8 46.Nd6 Kg7 47.Nb7 a4 48.Nc5 a3 ba 50.Ne4 Ne7 51.f6+ 1-0 (High quality endgame play displayed by Buck.)

Cambareri vs. Brown

2002 National Elementary Championship

1.c4 The English. 1...Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.g3 d5 4.d4 Transposing into the Catalan. 4...Bb4 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 The knight is pinned so the d5 pawn isn't won. 7.Bg2 0-0 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Bxd5 Rd8 10.e4 [If 10.Bg2 , then 10...Rxd4] 10...c6 11.e5 Qe7 12.Bg2 c5 If White's d pawn is captured and his e pawn will also soon fall. The d pawn is pinned to the queen. 13.d5 Qxe5+ 14.Nge2 Nd7 15.0-0 Nf6 Here Black has an advantage in space and time. White's passed pawn is isolated. 16.a3 Ba5 17.Qa4 Bb6 18.Rad1 Bf5 19.Rfe1 Qd6 Getting out of the line of the rook but 19...Qe8 would have been better because it can't be attacked by Nb5. [19...Qe8] 20.Qf4 Bh7 Tucking the bishop away. 21.Qxd6 Rxd6 22.Nb5 Rd7 23.Bh3 Rxd5 24.Rxd5 Nxd5 25.Bg2 Rd8 If the knight had moved Bxb7 would be strong. 26.Nxa7 Bd3 [If 26...Bxa7 27.Rd1 pins the knight.] 27.Bxd5 Rxd5 28.Nc8 Bd8 The threat was Ne7+ followed by Nxd5. Black now has two bishops vs two knights. 29.Nf4 Rd4 30.Nxd3 Rxd3 31.Ne7+ Kf8 32.Nf5 Bf6 33.Rc1 b6 34.b4 Bb2 35.Rc4 Bxa3 36.bxc5 Bxc5 37.Ra4 Rd8 Protecting against checkmate. 38.Ne3 g5? Giving White the f5 outpost square was not good. 39.g4 Kg7 40.Nf5+ Kg6 41.Ra2 Rb8 Getting behind the passed pawn. If Black hadn't given up the f5 outpost, he is winning easily with an outside passed pawn and better placed rook and minor piece. The knight on f5 makes a win much more difficult as long as White keeps both pieces on the board. 42.Rc2 Ra8 43.Kg2 h5 44.h3 Ra4 45.f3 Ra1 46.Kg3 Rg1+ 47.Kh2 hxg4 48.hxg4 Rd1 49.Kg3 Rd7 50.Rh2 Bf8 Guarding against Rh6+. 51.Rh8 Rd8 52.Rh1 Rb8 Getting behind the passed pawn again. 53.Rb1 Bg7 [53...b5 >pushing the passer might have been better] 54.Rb5 Threatens 55. Nxg7,Kxg7; 56.Rxg5+. [54.Ne7+ doesn't work after 54...Kf6 55.Nd5+ Ke6 56.Nxb6 (Or if 56.Rxb6+ Kxd5! 56...Bd4 57.Re1+ Be5+! 58.Kf2 Rxb6] 57.Rxb8 Be5+ 58.Kf2 Bxb8) 56...Bd4 57.Re1+ Be5+! 58.Kf2 Rxb6] 54...Bf8 55.Nd4 Bc5 56.Nb3 Rc8 57.Nxc5 bxc5 White should not have traded his knight. 58.Rb3 Kf6 59.f4 c4 60.Rb6+ Ke7 Temporarily sacrificing the g pawn. 61.fxg5 c3 62.Rb1 c2 63.Rc1 Ke6 64.Kf3 Ke5 65.Ke3 Rc7! Gaining theopposition. 66.Kd3 Kf4 67.g6 fxg6 68.Kd2 g5 [68...Kxg4 leaves White with too many checks.] 69.Rf1+ Kxg4 70.Kc1 Rc3 71.Rg1+ Rg3 72.Rf1 Rg2 73.Re1 Kf3 74.Rf1+ Kg3 75.Rh1 g4 76.Re1 Kh2 Black would play...Rg1 or reach a Winning >Lucena position. 0-1

Elston Cloy (1731) vs. IM John Donaldson (2496)

2002 Dave Collyer Memorial.  Round 2. 

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 ed d6 6.Nc3 a6 7.a4 g6 8.e4 Bg7 9.Bd3 (The move 9.h3 would be more prudent because it wouldn抰 allow Black the chance to trade off his lousy light squared bishop.) 9匓g4! (This is Black抯 problem piece in the Benoni because it normally doesn抰 have a good square to go to. Donaldson jumps at the chance to trade it off.) 10.Qb3?! (Now 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Qxf3 is fine for Black as he will follow up by posting a knight on e5 with good central dark square control. This queen sortie simply sharpens the position unfavorably for White. He should probably just develop with something like 10.Bf4.) 10匓xf3 11.Qxb7? (11.gxf3 is would be better. Now White falls behind in development.) 11 Bxg2 12.Rg1 Nbd7 13.Rxg2 0-0 14.Kf1 (White抯 biggest problem is where to put his king. Cloy decides that queenside castling is out of the question because of the half-open b-file. 14匭a5! (Donaldson prepares to trap White抯 queen with 15匯fb8 16.Qc6 Ne5! 17.Qxd6 Ne8 18.Qe7 Bf6) 15.Qb3 Qb4 16.Qd1 c4 17.Bc2 Nc5 18.a5 Rab8 19.f3 Nfd7 (True to his style, Donaldson makes simple but powerful moves. All of Black抯 pieces are going to their most active squares.) 20.Ra3 Ne5 21.f4 Ned3 22.Na2 Qb5 23.Bxd3 Nxd3 24.Nc3 Bxc3! (Donaldson weakens White抯 pawn center by removing its last defender.) 25.Rxc3 f5 (White抯 position is collapsing so Cloy decides to try his luck in complications.) 26.Qh5!? Rb7 27.Be3 fe? (Donaldson fails to accurately calculate the potential of Cloy抯 kingside threats and soon pays the price. 28.Rxg6+!! (As John commented after the game, 揟hat抯 what I get for reading the paper when I should be concentrating!) 28卙xg6 (28匥h8 29.Bd4+) 29.Qxg6 Rg7 30.Qe6+ Kh7 31.Qh3+ Kg6 32.Qe6+ Rf6 33.f5+! (The point of Cloy抯 combination.) 33 Kh7 34.Qxf6 Qxb2 (Other moves put Black in danger of losing. For example 34匭xd5? 35.Bd4! Ne5 36.Rh3+ Kg8 37.Qd8+ Kf7 38.Qc7+ Kg8 39.Qc8+ Kf7 40.Rh8 Rg1+ 41.Ke2 Rg2+ 42.Ke3 Ng4+ 43.Kf4! or 34匭e8? 35.Qh6+ Kg8 36.Bd4!) 35.Qh6+ Kg8 36.Qe6+ Draw.

Collyer, C (2127) vs. Campbell, M (2048)

Washington Open.  Round 2.

(13) Collyer,C (2127) - Campbell,M (2048) [A25] Washington Open (2), [Curt Collyer] 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Nd5 Nxd5 Bc5 is a better move. 6.cxd5 Ne7 now Black has two displaced pieces. 7.Nf3! Bd6 [7...e4 8.Ng5 f5 9.00 Nxd5 (9...h6 10.Qa4! Nxd5 11.Nxe4) 10.d32; 7...d6?? 8.Qa4+] 8.d4 [8.e4! c6 9.d4! cxd5 10.dxe5 Bb4+ 11.Bd2 Bxd2+ 12.Nxd2 d6 13.exd6 Qxd6 14.00 Be6 15.exd5 Nxd5 16.Ne42] 8...Ng6 [8...e4 9.Nd2 f5 10.Qb3] 9.e4 Bb4+ 10.Bd2 Q! e7 11.00 Bxd2 12.Qxd2 Whi 35.f6+ Kg6 36.Qg4+ Kh6 37.Qg7+ Kh5 38.Rf5+ 10.

Collyer, D (2048) vs Budinsky, A (2255) [A41]

National Open Las Vegas.  Round 2.  3/14/86.

1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c3 Bg7 4.Bg5 Nd7 5.Nbd2 Ngf6 6.e3 h6 7.Bh4 0–0 8.Bd3Qe8 9.0–0 e5 10.Qc2 Nh5 11.e4 Nf4 12.dxe5 dxe5 13.Rfd1 Nxd3 14.Qxd3 Nc5 15.Qd5 Ne6 16.Nf1 Nf4 17.Qc5 Qe6 18.Ne3 Qb6 19.Qa3 Be6 20.Be7 Rfe8 21.Rd2 Qc6 22Qb4 a5 23.Qc5 Qxe4 24.Qxc7 Rac8 25.Qd6 Nh3+ 26.Kf1 Bc4+ 27.Nxc4 Qxc4+ 28.Qd3 Qxd3+ 29.Rxd3 Nxf2 30.Rd7 Ng4 31.Rxb7 e4 32.Nd2 e3 33.Ne4 Rc4 34.Nd6 Rf4+35.Ke1 Nxh2 36.Nxe8 Rf1+ 37.Ke2 Rxa1 38.Nf6+ Bxf6 39.Bxf6 g5 40.c4 Rg1 41.Bc3 Rxg2+ 42.Kxe3 f5 43.c5 f4+ 44.Ke4 Re2+ 45.Kf5 f3 46.Kg6 Re6+ 47.Bf6 Rxf6+ 48.Kxf6 f2 –

Herbers, Pat (1995) vs. Weyland, Phil (1570)

Cambridge Springs Defense.  9/15/2001.  Round 3. Board 6.

1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 (White is forced out of the English Opening.) 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bg5 c6 6.e3 Qa5 7.Bh4?! (7.Nd2 is the normal move here, breaking the pin and controlling e4. White must also avoid 7.Bd3? dc 8.Bxc4 Ne4! or 8.Bxf6 cxd3 9.Bh4 b6 10.Qxd3 Ba6 when Black is winning.) 7匓b4 (More accurate may be 7匩e4 8.Qc2 Bb4 9.Rc1 Nb6!? ed 11.Bd3 Bf5 12.0-0 Bxc3 13.bxc3 Qa4 or 8.Qb3 g5! 9.Bg3 [9.Bxg5 Nxg5 10.Nxg5 dxc4 11.Bxc4 Qxg5] h5 10.h4 Nxg3 11.fxg3 g4 12.Ng1 Bh6 ed 14.e4 de 15.Bc4 0-0 both leading to a good position for Black.) 8.Qb3 Ne4 9.Rc1 Nb6 10.Nd2?! (10.Bd3 would seem more logical.) 10匩xd2 11.Kxd2 Na4? (Better would be to exchange off White抯 light square bishop and try to catch White抯 king in the center with 11卍c 12.Bxc4 Nxc4 13.Qxc4 0-0 14.a3 Bd6 followed by e5.) 12.a3 Nxc3 13.bxc3 (White could also try 13.axb4 Ne4+ 14.Kd1 Qb6 15.c5 Qc7 16.f3 Nf6 17.Bxf6 with the better bishop and lots of space on the queenside.) 13匓d6 14.c5 Bc7 15.Bg3 Bxg3 16.hxg3 b6 17.Bd3 (17.Qb4! should give White an advantage.) 17卋xc5 18.Bxh7 c4? (Better would be 18卌d 19.ed 20.c5 giving the queen bishop some freedom of movement. After 18卌4 it remains entombed for the rest of the game.) 19.Qd1 (White decides that there抯 no way Black will ever queen his now soon to be passed a-pawn, so he might as well go for the attack. A good practical decision.) 19匯b8 20.Bc2 Rxh1 21.Qxh1 Qxa3 22.Qh8+ Qf8 23.Qh4 Qe7 24.Qf4 Rb7 25.Rh1 Qf8 26.Rh7 f6 27.Qh4 Kd7 (Even though Black probably isn抰 lost, it抯 much easier to play the White side of this position.) 28.Qh5 Kc7 29.Rh8 Qe7 30.Re8 Qd7 31.Qh8 Kb8 32.Qf8 Rc7?? (White抯 pawn sac finally pays off. Applying constant pressure is one of the best strategies against lower rated players as usually their defensive skills cannot withstand a prolonged attack. 32協5 would have held the balance.) 33.Rd8! Qe7 34.Rxc8 Kb7 35.Rxc7+ Qxc7 36.Qb4+ Kc8 37.Ba4 a6 38.f4 g5 39.Qf8+ Qd8 40.Qxd8 Kxd8 41.Bxc6 Kc7 42.Ba4 Kd6 43.Kc2 a5 44.Kb2 gxf4 45.gxf4 resigns.

Julian,J (1830) - Downes,J (1700) [A50]

2003 Winter Championship (Round 4)

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 b6 3.Nc3 e6 4.a3 Bb7 5.f3 d5 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Nh3 a6 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.e4 Nxc3 10.bxc3 c5 11.Bc4 b5 12.Bb3 c4 13.Bc2 Qh4+ 14.Nf2 Rd8 15.Be3 Bc5? 16.dxc5 Nxc5 17.Bxc5!? Rxd1+ 18.Rxd1 Qg5 19.Bb6 00 20.00 h5 21.Rd7 Bc8 22.Rd6 Qe7 23.Rfd1 Qb7 24.e5 g6 25.Ne4 Kg7 26.Nf6 Rh8 27.Be4 Qb8 28.f4 h4 29.h3 Rf8 30.Kf2 Rh8 31.Be3 Rf8 32.Nd7 Bxd7 33.Rxd7 Rg8 34.Rb7 Qc8 35.Rdd7 Rf8 36.Rbc7 Qb8 37.Bc5 Rh8 38.Rxf7+ Kh6 39.Be3 10

Curt Collyer (2100) vs. Daniel Copeland (1450)

St. George抯 Solstice Scholastic.  12/18/2001. Round 3.

(annotations by Daniel Copeland) 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.0-0 0-0 5.d4 White transposes back into the major Queen pawn openings. 5.c4 would be an English, and 5. d3 followed by e4 would be the Kings Indian Attack. 5卍6 6.c4 Re8 6匯e8 is probably inaccurate because it is not needed to push e5 but might be needed to support pawn-f5 in the future. 7.Nc3 Nbd7 7卐5 would lose the pawn to de 9.Qxd8 Rxd8 10.Nxe5. 8.e4 e5 9.d5 After 9.d5 White announces that Black抯 rook is horribly misplaced. If 9.h3 then White would transpose back in the Classical Main Line of the Fianchetto King抯 Indian. Now White抯 strategic plan is to barrel down the queenside and go for the c5 break while Black抯 plan is to attack on the kingside. 9卆5 10.Qc2 Nc5 11.b3 Bg4 Instead of 11匓g4 perhaps 11匩h5 followed by f5 would be better. 12.Bb2 Nfd7 Here, 12匩h5 13.Ne1 f5 loses to 14.h3. 13.a3 f5 14.Ne1 The plan is that after b4, an eventual Nd3 will support the c5 break. 14.Nd2 would be met by 14匓h6. 14匯f8 It is obvious now that the rook on e8 was bad since Black had to waste a couple moves moving it back and forth. 15.f3 Bh5 16.b4 ab 17.ab Rxa1 18.Bxa1 Na6 Black抯 knight is misplaced now that his great outpost square has been taken away. 19.Nd3 fe 20.Nxe4 g5 Black is forced to weaken his kingside to save his bishop. 21.c5 White achieves his goal of a queenside breakthrough. 21卍c 22.bc Bg6 23.Qc4 Bf7 24.Rb1 White puts even more pressure on Black抯 queenside. 24卌6 Black attempts to complicate the situation while both players are in time trouble. 25.Rxb7 cd 26.Qxa6 Black loses a pawn. 26卍xe4 27.fe Qc8 28.Qb5 Be8 Black tries to hold on, but White has a crushing advantage. 29.Bh3 Qa8 30.Bb2 Now Black is losing more than a pawn. 30匩xc5 31.Qc4+ Bf7 32.Rxf7! Rxf7 33.Nxc5 Kf8 34.Ne6+ Ke8 34匥e7 35.Qc5+ wins for White. 35.Nc7+ Rxc7 36.Qxc7 Qxe4 37.Qd7+ Kf8 38.Ba3+ resigns 1-0

(5) Collyer, D (2048) vs Saints, K (2114) [D00]

National Open, Las Vegas.  3/15/86. Round 4.

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.Bxf6 gxf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Bd3 Bxd3 6.Qxd3 e5 7.Ne2 c6 8Qf5 Nd7 9.Nd2 Qe7 10.c3 0–0–0 11.Qc2 Kb8 12a4 Qe6 13.b4 h5 14.Nb3 Rg8 15.Rg1 Bd6 16.Nc5 Qe7 17Nxd7+ Qxd7 18.0–0–0 exd4 19.Nxd4 Bxh2 20.Rh1 Rxg2 21.Nf3 Bg3 22.Rd2 Bd6 23.Rxh5 a5 24.bxa5 Ba3+ 25.Kb1 Qg4 26.Rf5 Rh8 27.Ka2 Be7 28.Rf4 Qe6 29.Nd4 Qd6 –

Weyland,P (1715) - Downes,J (1700) [A85]

2003 Winter Championship (Round 5)

1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e6 4.Bf4 Be7 5.Nf3 d6 6.e3 00 7.Be2 Nbd7 8.00 b6 9.b4 Qe8 10.Qb3 Bd8 11.c5 bxc5 12.dxc5 d5 13.a4 Ne4 14.Nxd5! Qf7 15.Nc3 Bf6 16.Nxe4 fxe4 17.Ng5 Bxg5 18.Bxg5 Ne5 19.Bb5 c6 20.Be2 h6 21.Bf4 Ng6 22.Bd6 Rd8 23.Bc4 Nh4 24.Rad1 Kh7 25.Qc2 Qg6 26.Bg3 Rxd1 27.Rxd1 Nf5 28.Qxe4 Qe8 29.Be5 a6 30.g4 Qg6 31.Bd3 h5 32.f3 hxg4 33.fxg4 Bb7 34.Kh1 Nh4 35.Qf4 10

Copeland,D (1574) - Julian,J (1830) [B07]

2003 Winter Championship (Round 5)

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Bd3 e5 5.Nge2 Bg4 6.f3 Bh5 7.d5 cxd5 8.Nxd5 Nxd5 9.exd5 Be7 10.Be3 Nd7 11.00 00 12.g4 Bg6 13.Ng3 Bg5 14.Bf2 Qc7 15.Nf5 Nc5 16.h4 Nxd3 17.Qxd3 Bf4 18.h5 Bxf5 19.Qxf5 g6 20.Qd3 a6 21.Be1 Rac8 22.Rf2 Qb6! 23.c4 Be3 24.Qc2 Qd4 25.Qb3 Bxf2+ 26.Bxf2 Qxc4 27.Qxb7 Rb8 28.Qe7 Qxd5 29.h6 Qe6 30.Qa7 d5 31.Qc5 Rfc8 32.Qe3 d4 01

(1) Dean, R vs Collyer, D [C40]

Washington State Championship.  Round 2.  2/1973

[Comment by Mike Franett] 1.e4 David Collyer, then living in Wenatchee, was a last minute replacement for Viktor Pupols who was unable to take time off work. I'm not certain, but believe David, Eugene Warner (Kennewick) and Ray Fasano (Tonasket), and Dr. David Groenig (Spokane) are the only players from Eastern Washington to play in the State Championship. David lost in the first round against the eventual tournament winner Michael Franett, then beat Randy Dean before drawing against James McCormick, Michael Murray, James Blackwood, Walter Gentala and Johnny Walker. His 3.5-3.5 score placed him 5th in a field of eight players.- John Donaldson 1...e5 2.Nf3 f5 The Latvian Gambit. Some of the analysis of this opening is only slightly less complicated than the history of the Byzantine Empire. It has never been completely refuted and can be a valuable surprise weapon. 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.Nc4 fxe4 5.Nc3 Qg6 6.d3 Bb4 7dxe4 Qxe4+ 8.Ne3 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Nf6 10.Bd3 Qe5 11.0–0 0–0 12.Ba3? Better is 12. [12.Rb1 followed by Bb2 and c4.] 12...d6 13.c4 Na6 14.Nd5? Instead of this move containing the transparent trap 14...Nxd5 15.cxd5 Qxd5?? 16.Bxh7+, White should still play Rb1and Bb2, and is certainly no worse off. Now White's Kingside is fatally weakened. 14...Ng4 15.g3 Qh5 16.h4 Bd7 17.Qd2 Ne5 18.Be2 Nf3+ 19.Bxf3 Qxf3 20.Qc3 Bh3! As bad moves so often will, 12.Ba3 has come home to roost. After 21.Qxf3, White loses the exchange. 21.Ne3 Rae8 22.Bb2 Rf7 23.Qd2 Trying to defend against 23...Rxe3 but to no avail. 23...Rxe3 24.fxe3 Bxf1 It would be difficult to improve upon Collyer's conduct of the attack. Northwest Chess, March 1973, page 69. 0–1