Tiger Cubs Games

A selection of recent games played by our juniors

		
[Event "Tiger Cubs 2 v Uni 3"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Widdop, Tim"]
[Black "Rutherford, Andrew"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D02"]
[WhiteElo "100"]
[BlackElo "670"]
[PlyCount "47"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bf4 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. h3 5... Bxf3 {B's usually better
than Ns and the pin is useful so generally better not to do these exchanges. 
 As it turns out in this specific position, one main way for Black to
challenge W's centre is to play e5 after being castled etc. Preparing this by
Bd6 and removing W's Nf3 to reduce cover of e5 is a ommon plan...but I'm
guessing this was't what was in mind here as it isn't followed up.} 6. Qxf3 e6
7. Nc3 Bb4 8. O-O-O {Not good as Black's next move breaks open King's pawn
protection. White is worried about Ne4 but Bd3 is a better defence.} 8... Bxc3
{although generally not a good idea to make unforced B for N exchanges, here
its OK because of reason above} 9. bxc3 O-O 10. h4 10... b5 {Interesting pawn
sac (was it meant!) as opens up lines for rooks to weakened King. Another
common way to attack such positions would be Na5 (later to c4) and c5 opening
the c file and allowing the Q to enter via b6 or a5.} 11. Bxb5 11... Rb8 {
consistent...} 12. Bxc6 {...but missing this was very careless!} 12... Rb6 13.
Ba4 13... Ra6 {forces B to go where it wants to anyway. Better to keep R on
open file, back it up with say Qb8 then if stick the N on e4 have strong
checkmate threats! Even better Qe7 threatens Qa3+ winning the Bishop and if
Bb3 to defend can push the a pawn to a5-a4 to attack. Qe7 also connects
Black's rooks allowing Ron f8 to also bear down b file or swing to a file
after pawn -a5-a4.} 14. Bb3 Qe7 15. a4 {Weakening. Impressive move if
defending against threat of 15....Ne4, 16...Rxa2 17. Bxa2 Qa3+ 18. K b1 Nxc3+
19. Ka1 Qxa2++ but this threat is not immediate. Better Bg5.} 15... Qa3+ {
Ne4 first mght be worth thinking about - stops the K running away} 16. Kd2 Ne4+
17. Ke1 Nxc3 18. Qg3 18... g6 {not good. Helps white open up h file for R
after h5 and weakens Black squares around King for white bishop. Right to be
watchful of White's attack and the immediate threat to win an exchange by Bh6
g6 Bxf8. But Black has time to make strong threats of his own, e.g. Qb4
threatening Ne4+ winning Q.} 19. h5 Nxd1 20. hxg6 20... fxg6 {usually better
to take towards the centre with hxg6 but not in this case as allows
unstoppable mates down h file after Qh4} 21. Qh4 21... Rf7 {
you don't think I would miss a simple checkmate on h7 do you??....} 22. Qd8+ {
Kg7 loses to Be5+. Qf8 is forced.} 22... Rf8 23. Qd7 23... Nc3 {
Rf7 loses a rook to Qc8+. Nc3 threatens Qc1 mate, but...} 24. Qxh7# {how forget
ful of Black! However, he was lost after 23 Qd7 e.g. 27...h5 28. Be5 Rf7 29.
Qc8+ Rf8 30. Qxa6 threatening Qxe8 and Qxg6 etc} 1-0

[Event "Tiger Cubs 1 v Uni 2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Taylor, Simon"]
[Black "Green, Andrew"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B22"]
[WhiteElo "1470"]
[BlackElo "1335"]
[Annotator "Authorised User"]
[PlyCount "92"]

1. e4 c5 2. c3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 4... Nf6 {2...Nf6 (when white can't
defend by Nc3) followed by 3. e5 Nd5 and b6/Bb7 or 2...d5 are other ways to
play this.} 5. Nc3 g6 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. Be2 Bg7 8. O-O O-O 9. Be3 9... Nc6 {
White has a strong looking centre which Black will have to challenge or he'll
soon be rolled over. White can choose to play Qd2, centralise rooks to d1 and
c1 then attack Black's King or Qd2 then double rooks on the c file and attack
down this and the centre with d5 at right time.} 10. Qd2 Rc8 11. Rac1 e6 12.
Rfd1 12... d5 {the centre is challenged! d5 without e6 was also OK.} 13. e5 Nd7
14. Bh6 {this just bad as the Q gets left overloaded defending it and d4.}
14... Bxf3 15. Bxf3 15... Nxd4 $1 16. Bxg7 Nxf3+ 17. gxf3 17... Kxg7 {
A pawn up with W's remaining Kingside pawns broken up means Black is clearly
winning. Just a matter of technique now - play sensible moves without taking
silly risks and the point is in the bag.} 18. f4 Qh4 19. Qe3 Rc4 20. Qg3 {
just loses another pawn, but White's position is very hard to defend} 20...
Rxf4 21. Qxh4 Rxh4 22. Re1 Nc5 23. Rcd1 (23. Nxd5 Nd3) 23... a6 24. a3 Rc8 25.
Re3 Na4 (25... d4 {is faster!}) 26. Nxa4 Rxa4 27. Re2 Rac4 28. Rde1 Rc1 29.
Rxc1 Rxc1+ 30. Kg2 b5 31. Kf3 a5 32. Rd2 b4 33. axb4 axb4 34. Rd4 Rc4 35. Rxc4
dxc4 36. Ke3 c3 37. bxc3 bxc3 38. Kd3 c2 39. Kxc2 Kh6 40. Kd3 Kg5 41. Ke4 h5
42. f4+ Kg4 43. Ke3 h4 44. Ke4 Kh3 45. Kf3 Kxh2 46. Kf2 46... h3 {after obtaini
ng a winning position with a nice tactic Nxd4, although missing one simple way
to win faste,r Black's play can't really be faulted as he won very smoothly in
a simple, risk free manner.} 0-1

[Event "Tiger Cubs 2 v Uni 3"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Sime, Euan"]
[Black "Stanger, Philip"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B02"]
[WhiteElo "775"]
[BlackElo "100"]
[PlyCount "50"]

1. e4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. exd5 c6 4. dxc6 4... Nxc6 {I don't like Black's pawn
sac. He's speeded up his development and puts some pressure on d4 square (if
later plays Bg4) but at the cost of a good central pawn.} 5. Nf3 Qb6 6. Bb5 a6
7. Bxc6+ Qxc6 8. Ne5 8... Qc5 {bad - black gains more time now when he plays
what he wants to play next anyway...} 9. d4 Qd6 10. Nc4 {white should not go
chaing the Q. He is not fully developed enough to trap it and the N was better
where it was on e5. Developing the rest of his pieces with 0-0 and playing
simply (remembering he's a pawn up) should be the plan.} 10... Qe6+ 11. Be3 $2
11... Qxc4 {
loose pieces drop off! White's winning position just turned to lost.} 12. Qd2
Be6 13. b3 {perhaps W wants to kick the Q so he can 0-0 but this weakens c3,
which Black can exploit by putting a R to c8} 13... Qc6 14. O-O-O {Supports c2
and threatens to win a piece by 15. d5 and attack Black's uncastled K so a
reasonable try in what is a lost position. However, inconsistent with W's last
move and his K is now on the draughty side.} 14... Ne4 15. Nxe4 Qxe4 16. f3 Qg6
17. d5 Bf5 18. c4 {This is a good be the start of a good try. W still has
chances since Black still not developed and hard to see how he will without
exposing his own K. So W should seek to flush him out by central attack.} 18...
b5 19. cxb5 {this loses the Q right away, but even if this wasn't the case its
bad on principle - W should keep his K sheltered and contnue to threaten to
bust Black's K cover by c5 threatening later d6.} 19... Rc8+ 20. Kb2 Rc2+ 21.
Ka3 {the K has no chance of surviving out in front of his pawns, but the
position is no hopeless anyway} 21... e6+ 22. Ka4 Rxd2 23. Bxd2 Bd3 24. b6 exd5
25. Be3 25... Qc6+ {The main learning point here is if a good pawn up, secure
your own position first by developing before attacking or embarking on
speculative Q hunts. Then sensible (not complacent!) play should give you good
chances to convert your extra material into a win.} 0-1

[Event "Tiger Cubs 2 v Uni 3"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Chalmers, Louis"]
[Black "Hoo Zhe Hui"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C50"]
[WhiteElo "950"]
[BlackElo "100"]
[Annotator "Authorised User"]
[PlyCount "27"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 3... Bc5 {
these sort of positions are often called "Italian games"} 4. d4 {
an interesting gambit line} 4... exd4 5. Ng5 5... Ne5 {When W gambits like in
this opening, his play is all about tactics. The old motto "loose pieces drop
off" says that any undefended piece, even though not immediately attacked, is
likely to be lost due to tactics like a fork. This often applies in "Italian"
games to Black's B on c5 - and ths is one such position. 7 Nxf7 Nxf7 8. Bxf7+
Kxf7 9. Qh5+ followed by Qc5 is a comon type of tactic which is good for White.
} 6. O-O 6... Nxc4 {loose pieces also dropped off when not defended when
straightforwardly attacked!} 7. Qd3 {W is a piece down so his only hope is to
get B's king in the open before he's developed. Black's plan should be simply
develop before exploiting extra piece.} (7. Nxf7 Kxf7 8. Qh5+ g6 9. Qxc5 {
leaves W with a small wiff of a chance against Black's exposed K}) 7... Nxb2 8.
Bxb2 Qxg5 9. Bxd4 Bxd4 10. Qxd4 d6 11. Nc3 {missing the threat} 11... Bh3 12.
Qa4+ c6 13. g3 Bxf1 14. Rxf1 {recording stopped here, but Black is a clear R
up so its fairly simple for him. White showed a bit of early season rust in
dropping the B on c4.} 0-1

[Event "Tiger Cbs 1 v Uni 2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Kirk, S."]
[Black "Hughes, Lloyd"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "1335"]
[BlackElo "1095"]
[Annotator "Authorised User"]
[PlyCount "87"]

1. b4 {Unusual - not terrible but not that good. Sensibly occupy the centre
should be the response to such openings.} 1... c6 2. Bb2 d5 3. e3 Bf5 4. c4 e6
5. Nf3 5... Nf6 {obviously Bxb4 leaves g7 undefended} 6. c5 Nbd7 7. g3 7... b6
{Black needs to challenge W's pawn centre and this is one way to do it} 8. cxb6
{not good, d4 maintaiing pawn mass is better} 8... Qxb6 {Normally this would
be bad as leaves Black with a backward c pawn and isolated a pawn both of
which may be weaknesses long term. Better axb - avoids above weaknesses,
allows centre to be challenged with later c5, and gives R an open file.
However, here tactics against b4 and Bb2 mean it might work...but need to be
sure if making such long term positional compromises!} 9. a3 a5 10. Bd4 Qc7 11.
b5 11... Rb8 {OK. Also c5 (with later e5 as well possibly) gives Black a
dominating centre. W's pawn b5 is passed but at this stage of the game maybe
more of a weakness than a strength.} 12. Qc1 12... Rc8 {This is passive and
therefore probably not the best. Active moves to exploit Black's centre and
W's clumsily placed pieces/development problems are better e.g.} (12... Be4 13.
Qxc6 Qxc6 14. bxc6 Bxf3 15. cxd7+ Nxd7 16. Rg1 e5 17. Bc3) 13. Bxf6 Nxf6 14. a4
(14. Nd4 {is better}) 14... Bd6 15. bxc6 15... O-O {Qxc6 loses to Bb5 but
deflecting White's B first by Be4, Bxf3 allows safe capture on c6. Now Black
has to spend a few moves rounding up this pawn while he still can when he
could've been using these moves in the centre while W still undeveloped.} 16.
Bb5 Nd7 17. O-O Nb8 18. d4 {Nd4 better} 18... Nxc6 {
despite previous comments, Black is still better than W now.} 19. Nbd2 Nb4 20.
Qxc7 Rxc7 21. Nb3 21... Rfc8 $2 {the pawn had to be defended - a subtle way
would be Bc2 as after Nxa5 Ra8 N is trapped} 22. Nxa5 Rc2 23. Ne1 R2c3 24. Nb7
Be7 25. a5 {this pawn is going to be very hard to stop!} 25... R3c7 26. a6 Ra8
27. Ra4 27... Nxa6 {this loses, but it was a very difficult position} 28. Rxa6
Rxa6 29. Bxa6 Rc6 30. Be2 Bh3 31. Ng2 Rb6 32. Nc5 Rc6 33. Rc1 f6 34. Nf4 Bf5
35. g4 35... Bxc5 {loses another piece due to the pin} 36. gxf5 exf5 37. dxc5
Kf7 38. Nxd5 Ke6 39. Nf4+ Ke5 40. Bb5 Rc7 41. c6 g5 42. Nh5 f4 43. exf4+ gxf4
44. Rd1 {Its easy for White from here. Black's position had better long term
potential than W's for large parts of the game. However, although still solid
it became cramped and passive. Such positions are hard to play and find a plan
in and often gobble up time on your clock leading to mistakes later as in this
game. White played this game well, so no disgrace and some interesting points
in the game.} 1-0

[Event "Tiger Cubs 1 v Uni 2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rutherford, K."]
[Black "Rivett, A."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C45"]
[WhiteElo "1210"]
[BlackElo "100"]
[Annotator "Authorised User"]
[PlyCount "69"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 4... Nxd4 {this is not a good move.
White's Q gets a dominating central position. Normally bad for Q to be out
early as gets chased by opponents pieces as they develop - but not here as
main chaser already swapped off.} 5. Qxd4 d6 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. Bg5 Be6 8. O-O-O h6
9. Bh4 g5 10. Bg3 Bg7 11. Qb4 {
avoiding discovered attacks on Q which is sensible} 11... Nd7 12. Qxb7 {
this could be is a "poisoned pawn". Taking it opens up the b file for Black to
attack down.} 12... Bxc3 13. bxc3 Bxa2 14. c4 {traps the bishop and is a
reasonable move. There are some nice tactics after 14 Bb5 though e.g.} (14. Bb5
Rb8 15. Bxd7+ Kxd7 16. Rxd6+ Ke7 17. Rxd8 Rxb7 18. Rxh8 Rb1+ 19. Kd2 Rxh1 20.
Rc8 {and W should win}) 14... Rb8 15. Qxa7 {how much "poison" can W swallow!?}
15... Ra8 16. Qd4 16... O-O 17. Be2 {In this type of poition, with your own K
exposed, it is important to try to counter attack. White can try to exploit
Black's weakened pawn cover round his King by busting him open with h4 e.g.} (
17. h4 17... g4 {trying to keep lines closed} (17... Rb8 18. hxg5 Qxg5+) 18. e5
Nxe5 19. Bxe5 dxe5 20. Qxg4+ {
but ist not so clear if black plays 17...Rb8 and recaptures on g5 with Q!})
17... Nc5 18. e5 18... Qb8 19. exd6 Qb1+ 20. Kd2 Qb4+ 21. Kc1 {
Ke3 is risky but is the way to play for a win as Qb1 repeats} 21... Bxc4 22.
Bxc4 Ra4 23. Bxf7+ $1 {
nice finish! Needed cool calculation to see it rhought to the end.} 23... Rxf7
24. Qxb4 Rxb4 25. dxc7 Rxc7 26. Bxc7 {Black is a R down qith no counterplay
and only plays on hoping W makes a mistake in time trouble (down to a few
minutes)} 26... Ne4 27. Rd8+ Kf7 28. f3 28... Ra4 {threat Ra1} 29. Kb2 Nc5 30.
Rd5 Ne6 31. Bg3 Rb4+ 32. Ka3 Rb7 33. Rhd1 Nf8 34. Rf5+ Kg8 35. Rd8 {
white has played calmly and made the time control so Black called it a day} 1-0

[Event "Tiger Cubs 1 v Uni 2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rutherford, K."]
[Black "Rivett, A."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C45"]
[WhiteElo "1210"]
[BlackElo "100"]
[Annotator "Authorised User"]
[PlyCount "69"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 4... Nxd4 {this is not a good move.
White's Q gets a dominating central position. Normally bad for Q to be out
early as gets chased by opponents pieces as they develop - but not here as
main chaser already swapped off.} 5. Qxd4 d6 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. Bg5 Be6 8. O-O-O h6
9. Bh4 g5 10. Bg3 Bg7 11. Qb4 {
avoiding discovered attacks on Q which is sensible} 11... Nd7 12. Qxb7 {
this could be is a "poisoned pawn". Taking it opens up the b file for Black to
attack down.} 12... Bxc3 13. bxc3 {with both Ks in draughty locations, this
game could go either way and speed of attack is critical} 13... Bxa2 14. c4 {
traps the bishop and is a reasonable move. There are some nice tactics after
14 Bb5 though e.g.} (14. Bb5 Rb8 15. Bxd7+ Kxd7 16. Rxd6+ Ke7 17. Rxd8 Rxb7 18.
Rxh8 Rb1+ 19. Kd2 Rxh1 20. Rc8 {and W should win}) 14... Rb8 15. Qxa7 {
how much "poison" can W swallow!?} 15... Ra8 16. Qd4 O-O 17. Be2 {In this type
of position, with your own K exposed, it is important to try to counter attack.
White can try to exploit Black's weakened pawn cover round his King by busting
him open with h4 e.g.} (17. h4 17... g4 {trying to keep lines closed} (17...
Rb8 18. hxg5 Qxg5+) 18. e5 Nxe5 19. Bxe5 dxe5 20. Qxg4+ {
but itsnot so clear if black plays 17...Rb8 and recaptures on g5 with Q!})
17... Nc5 18. e5 Qb8 19. exd6 Qb1+ 20. Kd2 Qb4+ 21. Kc1 {Ke3 looks risky but
is OK and the only way to play for a win as Qb1 repeats. Kc1 is also risky
after Qa3+} 21... Bxc4 22. Bxc4 Ra4 23. Bxf7+ $1 {nice finish! Its not that
complicated but it needed a cool head to see it and to see it through to the
end when short of time and Black's pieces look so threatening around you K.}
23... Rxf7 24. Qxb4 Rxb4 25. dxc7 Rxc7 26. Bxc7 {Black is a R down with no
counterplay and only plays on hoping W makes a mistake in time trouble (down
to a couple of minutes)} 26... Ne4 27. Rd8+ Kf7 28. f3 28... Ra4 {threat Ra1}
29. Kb2 Nc5 30. Rd5 Ne6 31. Bg3 Rb4+ 32. Ka3 Rb7 33. Rhd1 Nf8 34. Rf5+ Kg8 35.
Rd8 {white has played calmly and made the time control so Black called it a day
} 1-0

[Event "ETC1 v Livingston"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Gordon, James"]
[Black "Rutherford, Kathleen"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B01"]
[WhiteElo "1475"]
[BlackElo "1210"]
[Annotator "Authorised User"]
[PlyCount "43"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. Be2 4... Nc6 {not good. usually play pawn
to c6, challenges d5 and leaves the Q a way back to safety along diag} 5. Nf3
Bf5 6. d3 6... e6 {e5 restraining d4 by white might be better} 7. Bd2 7... Bc5
{Black can see the discovered attack on the Q is dangerous and sets a wee trap
in trying to wrigle out of what is already a tight spot.} 8. a3 {White doesn't
fall for mistakenly playing the natural Nd5 which fails to Bxf2+ and Qxd5} (8.
Nd5) 8... Bd6 {so the trap didn't work and Black ends up wasting a move which
he can't afford in order to avoid b4 fork. Qb6 with a threat was a better way.}
9. Ne4 (9. b4 Qb6 10. Be3 Qa6 11. d4 b5 12. Nxb5 Qa4 13. c4 {
is a simple way for W to win a pawn and have a superb position}) 9... Qb6 10.
Nxd6+ cxd6 11. Bc3 11... f6 {Not bad, but Black may be better to play Nf6 as
Bxf6 gxf6 allows Black to attack down open gfile, or try Nge7 as Bxg7 allows
Rg8 and Rxg2} 12. Nh4 Nge7 13. O-O O-O-O 14. a4 14... Nb4 {
losing move, White simply deflects the Q from protecting the N} 15. a5 Qb5 16.
Nxf5 Nxf5 17. d4 Qd5 18. Bxb4 Nh4 19. Bf3 {
having seen off the one remaining threat Black had, its now easy for White}
19... Qg5 20. Bd2 Qg6 21. g3 21... Nf5 {block the Q's only escape route...} 22.
Bh5 1-0

[Event "ETC2 v Deans WK"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Peoples, Sharon"]
[Black "Chalmers, Louis"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C02"]
[WhiteElo "1410"]
[BlackElo "950"]
[PlyCount "53"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 3... Nc6 {Black needs to challenge White's pawn centre
and the natural way to do this play c5. With the N now stopping this, we get
the classic situation of W having an unchallenged centre which cramps Black's
pieces allowing White to smoothly build up an unstoppable attack.} 4. Nf3 f5 5.
Be2 Bd7 6. O-O Qe7 7. b3 O-O-O 8. Ba3 {White takes time to swap his poor B for
Black's good one. Blacks remaining Bishop is blocked by his own pawns, whilst
White's has freedom.} 8... Qe8 9. Bxf8 Qxf8 10. c4 dxc4 11. bxc4 11... Nb4 {
Already Black finds it hard to find a good move. Not sure of the thinking
behind this one. Better to develop another piece with say Nh6, but already
things are looking goodforWhite!} 12. a3 Nc6 13. Nc3 13... a6 {A weakening
unnecessary move. Nb5 was not really a threat. Black really has to get his
pieces out.} 14. Qc1 14... Qe7 {the Rh8 and Ng8 are doing nothing in this game.
} 15. Rb1 15... g5 {Black's only chance of counterattack so worth a try.} 16.
Qb2 16... Na5 {
probably the best way to defend as b6 is met by c5 bashing things open} 17. Nd2
{White calmly comes round to exchange the defender} 17... g4 {Be8 attacking d4
and also allowing the Q to defend from the side after c6 looks better} 18. Nb3
Nc6 19. Nc5 19... Re8 {trying to give the K somewhere to run. Things were also
bad after b6 Nxa6 followed by Nxc7 and Qb6.} 20. Qxb7+ Kd8 21. Nxa6 {Qa8+ Bc8 Q
xc6 was a simple way to win a piece and keep up the pressure. White is playing
for mate though.} 21... Qxa3 22. Qxc7+ Ke7 23. d5 23... Nxe5 {
there's no real defence. every move has simple strong replies from White} 24.
Qxe5 Nh6 25. dxe6 Bc8 26. Nd5+ Kd8 27. Qc7# 1-0

[Event "ETC2 v Deans WK"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Clarke, Michael"]
[Black "Taylor, Dave"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C42"]
[WhiteElo "895"]
[BlackElo "1295"]
[Annotator "Authorised User"]
[PlyCount "78"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 3... d6 {3...Nxe4 can lead to the beginners quick
loss after 4. Qe2 Nf6 5. Nc6+ winning the Q} 4. Nf3 4... Bg4 {I don't really
know this opening, but surely Black has to retake the pawn now with Nxe4} 5.
Nc3 d5 6. exd5 6... Bb4 {Black has nothing for the sacrificed pawns, although
he can get one of them back fairly simply, this just looks good for white} 7.
Bb5+ Nbd7 8. Bxd7+ Qxd7 9. O-O O-O 10. Re1 Rad8 11. Ne5 {
a neat way to simplify when material up} 11... Bxd1 12. Nxd7 Rxd7 13. Rxd1 Re8
14. b3 14... Bxc3 {Black doubles the pawns while he still can, but it is not
enough compensation for the pawn down which he'll be} 15. dxc3 Rxd5 16. Bf4 Re2
17. Rdc1 {c4 looks the best way to hold onto 1 pawn, after Rxd1+ Rxd1, B can't
play Rxc2 due to Rd8+, so W has time to defend it} 17... Rf5 18. Re1 {
oops, after the exchanges Re8+ isn't as good as good as Rd8+ due to Nxe8!}
18... Rxe1+ 19. Rxe1 19... Rxf4 {shame, White has blundered away a very good
position and now plays on in hope rather than expectation} 20. Re7 {f3 would've
kept things trickier for a while for Black, now he can swap off the rooks
right away due to the bank rank threat} 20... Re4 21. Rxe4 Nxe4 22. c4 c5 23.
f3 Nc3 24. a3 f5 25. Kf2 Kf7 26. Ke3 Ke6 27. Kf4 (27. Kd3 Nb1 28. a4 g5 29. c3
Ke5 30. Kc2 Na3+ 31. Kb2 Nxc4+ 32. bxc4 Kf4 33. Kc2 33... Ke3 {shows how Black
can use his extra material as a diversion to allow his K to penerate and win
the pawn ending. Apart from using it to win other material directly, one
important plus about having extra material is it gives you the option to
return it, or some of it, to simplify into a winning position for you. This is
especially true in endings.}) 27... Kf6 28. g4 g5+ 29. Ke3 Nd1+ 30. Ke2 Nc3+
31. Kd3 Nd1 32. Kd2 {Ke2 hoping for repetition was worth atry, as Black seems
reluctant to get his N trapped after Nb1, even though if W goes after it Black
wins in a similar way to that shown earlier} 32... Nf2 33. Ke2 Nh3 34. gxf5
Kxf5 35. b4 35... b6 {good move - makes sure no breakthroughs for W on Qside}
36. c3 Kf4 37. a4 37... Ng1+ {now its easy} 38. Kf2 Nxf3 39. a5 Nxh2 0-1

[Event "ETC1 v Livingston"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Wright, Andy"]
[Black "Clarke, Grant"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C65"]
[WhiteElo "1520"]
[BlackElo "1240"]
[PlyCount "47"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O {its not really a pawn sac as after e.g.
Nxe4, Re1 d5 d3 W gets the pawn back and has played developing moves whilst
Black hasn't} 4... Bc5 5. Re1 d6 6. c3 a6 7. Ba4 O-O 8. h3 b5 9. Bb3 Bb7 10. d4
Bb6 11. Bg5 {this pin is hard to break, however whilst not being that familiar
with this opening I think Black looks OK and he finds what looks like the
natural plan of Na5 and c5} 11... h6 12. Bh4 Qe7 13. Qd3 13... Rad8 {good to pu
t a rook on same file as opponent's Q, but this R might be better on c8 as the
c file can be opened after c5} 14. Nbd2 Na5 15. Bc2 c5 16. b3 16... Bc6 {
not sure of plan behind this, Rc8 is probably still the best} 17. Nf1 17... Qe6
{oh dear, Black has just commited suicide with his last 2 moves} 18. d5 18...
Bxd5 {as becomes clear, moving the Q and allowig dxc6 was a better way to lose
the piece as it keeps a pawn on e4 shutting out W's attack on h7.} 19. exd5 Qe7
20. Bxf6 20... e4 {
as often happens, once they start to go wrong things fall apart very quickly}
21. Bxe7 exd3 22. Bxd3 Rfe8 23. Bxd8 Bxd8 24. Rxe8# {it was well gone by now
anyway. Black had a reasonable position but a couple of aimless moves with the
B & Q cost the game and suggest a difficulty finding a plan. Its not always
true but when in doubt, challenging W's centre with a pawn break and
challenging files subsequently opened with your rooks often is a good default
plan. c5 and Rc8 would've fitted this in this game.} 1-0

[Event "ETC2 V Deans WK"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rutherford, Andew"]
[Black "Matthews, Colin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B50"]
[WhiteElo "670"]
[BlackElo "1155"]
[PlyCount "92"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Nc3 e6 4. Bb5+ Bd7 5. Bxd7+ Qxd7 6. O-O Nc6 7. d3 {
this is OK, but W usually plays d4 to get rid of Black's pawn on c5 and take
more central postings for his own pieces. d3 is most often played when W has
fianchettoed his B to g2 and plans to open the centre later, supported by his
B, by such as f4 and e5 or f5 at the right times as the start of an attack on
Black's 0-0'd King.} 7... a6 8. Be3 8... d5 {there's an old saying that if
Black can safely play d5 in a sicilian then he's winning! Bit of an
exaggeration but with some sense to it as it means that he has successfully
got in a challenge to white's remaining central pawn on e4. Another idea for
Black in this position is b5 and maybe later b4 with lots of Qside space.
However, personally I think this central break is premature whilst his K is
uncastled and his Kside pieces undeveloped. White should play exd5, stick his
R on e1 and try to catch the B King in the centre before he can slip away. For
example, this foils Black's imediate attempted fork d4 as Bxd4 is check.} 9. e5
9... d4 {ouch! W really should've seen this coming} 10. Bxd4 cxd4 11. Ne4 11...
Be7 {Now Black just wants to develop and exploit his extra piece. White's only
chance is to disrupt Black's development/King safety.} 12. Qe2 {
Qd2 would've offered some tactics after..} 12... Nh6 {Nf6+ gxf6 exf6 and Qxh6
should not be good enough but at least stops Black fom castling safely onKside}
13. a3 O-O 14. b4 Qc7 15. g3 Ng4 16. c4 dxc3 17. Rac1 Ngxe5 18. Rxc3 Nxf3+ 19.
Qxf3 Qe5 20. Re1 20... Kh8 {unnecessary. f5 just wins a piece as Nf6+ (with
discovered attack on the Q) just Qxf6} 21. Rc4 21... f5 {the pin versus the R
on e1 esures this still wins a piece (previously it also won a piece by
deflecting the defender of the R on c3)} 22. Qe3 fxe4 23. Rxe4 Qb2 24. Re2 Qxa3
25. Rxe6 Qxb4 26. Re4 Qc5 27. Qxc5 {Rxe7 was worth a try but Black would've
had to be daft to play Nxe7 allowing Qxc5. Qxe3 R(7)xe3 would've won back one
of the pieces for White. Qxe7 would've been fine for Black though.} 27... Bxc5
28. h4 28... h6 {with the last faint hope of a bank ranker now gone, its
completely hopeless now for White} 29. Re5 {and this didn't help!} 29... Nxe5
30. Rxe5 Bxf2+ 31. Kg2 Rad8 32. Re2 Bc5 33. Rd2 Rd7 34. g4 Bd4 35. g5 Rdf7 36.
gxh6 gxh6 37. Re2 Rf2+ 38. Rxf2 Rxf2+ 39. Kg3 h5 40. Kh3 b5 41. Kg3 b4 42. Kh3
b3 43. Kg3 b2 44. Kh3 b1=Q 45. Kg3 Qd1 46. Kh3 Qf3# 0-1

[Event "ETC2 v Deans WK"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Lange, Olav"]
[Black "Sime, Euan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D02"]
[WhiteElo "1230"]
[BlackElo "775"]
[PlyCount "65"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bf4 Bf5 4. e3 Nf6 5. c4 dxc4 6. Bxc4 6... e6 {these posi
tions can be tricky for Black when W plays against b7 and c6 and Black's
Bishop can't defend (White can look at combinations of Bb5, Qb3, Qa4)} 7. O-O
7... b5 {This s bad apart from losing a pawn it weakens further the weakpoints
already highlighted - especially c6!} 8. Bxb5 Be4 9. Nbd2 Qd5 10. a4 Bd6 11.
Rc1 {wins a piece simply} 11... Qh5 12. Bxc6+ {
Nxe4 first would make Bxc6+ even more killing} 12... Bxc6 13. Rxc6 Bxf4 14.
exf4 Nd5 15. Re1 O-O 16. Re5 Qg4 17. g3 {careless} 17... Nxf4 {
Re4 would almost justify letting the Nxf4} 18. Qf1 Rfe8 19. Rxc7 Rec8 20. Rec5
e5 21. Nxe5 Nh3+ 22. Kh1 Qe6 23. Qc1 23... Nxf2+ {
Black had to exchange or move his R on c8 (e.g. to f8) before it was lost} 24.
Kg1 Nh3+ 25. Kg2 25... g5 {should've taken the seconf chance to play Rxc7,
rather than just leave a R en prise} 26. Rxc8+ Rxc8 27. Rxc8+ Kg7 28. Ndf3 {
now its easy} 28... g4 29. Rc3 gxf3+ 30. Rxf3 h5 31. Rxf7+ Kg8 32. Qc5 a6 33.
Qf8# {Unfortunately, against a good player like this, Black was already lost
after 7...b5 which lost a pawn and ultimately the N on c6 with no compensation.
} 1-0

[Event "ETC1 v Livingston"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Walker, G."]
[Black "Hughes, Lloyd"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A11"]
[WhiteElo "1255"]
[BlackElo "1095"]
[PlyCount "83"]

1. Nf3 c6 2. c4 d5 3. e3 Bf5 4. d4 e6 5. Nc3 Nd7 6. cxd5 cxd5 7. Qb3 Qc7 8. Nb5
{premature and therefore a waste of valuable time} 8... Qb6 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10.
Qxd3 Ngf6 11. O-O a6 12. Nc3 Bd6 13. Qe2 {this seems to also waste tme. It
doesn't really free the bishop to move by protecting b2 as Bd2 blocks the Q's
cover of b2. The pawn b2 is probably poisoed anyway after qxb2 Rfb1 and Rxb7}
13... O-O 14. a3 Rfc8 15. Na4 {again this N move seems misguided as there is
no real threat and the N was better placed where it was rather than "on the
rim"} 15... Qb3 16. Qd1 Qxd1 17. Rxd1 b5 18. Nc3 {back he comes, again!} 18...
b4 {not bad, but might be better to prepare to double rooks first by Rc7 or
Ra7. White has a difficult position to find a constructive plan in.} 19. Ne2
19... Rc2 {looks natural and strong, but bxa3 and Rab8 looks even stronger.
Black's rooks have strong files and threaten to penetrate and white is on the
back foot. It turns out to be hard to maintain the R penetration on c2} 20. Rd2
Rac8 21. Ne1 Rxd2 22. Bxd2 22... Ne4 {Black had to play bxa3 first. Now this
slip up in a good position will cost him a pawn and perhaps even more
importantly the initiative.} 23. Bxb4 Rb8 24. f3 Bxb4 25. axb4 Nd2 26. Rxa6 {
its now very hard for B, 2 pawns down and with a weak bank rank hampering his
efforts to recoverthem} 26... Rxb4 27. Ra8+ 27... Nf8 {
Rb8 should lose too, but keeps B in the game longer} 28. Nd3 Nc4 29. Nc5 {
have I read the recording wrong - or did W just miss Nxb4} 29... g6 30. Nd7
Rxb2 31. Rxf8+ Kg7 32. Kf2 Rb3 33. Rc8 33... Rxe3 {it had to be Nx} 34. Rxc4
Rxe2+ 35. Kxe2 dxc4 36. Kd2 Kh6 37. Ne5 f6 38. Nxc4 Kg5 39. Ke3 Kf5 40. Nd6+
Kg5 41. Ne4+ Kf5 42. g4# {This week, like last week, Lloyd got the better
position out of the opening as Black against a much higher rated player, only
to make unforced errors from which there was no return. I'm not sure if clock
pressure was to blame but if so, then it has to be recognised and addressed.
No point getting good positions just to blow them. Maybe note down the time
taken every 5 moves and see where you're spending the time - are you spending
it in the best way overall? Or maybe its tiredness - it is hard to concentrate
on every move against opponents who are too good to beat themselves by silly
blunders! Gets easier with experience.} 1-0

[Event "ETC1 V Livingston"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "MacDonald, F."]
[Black "Anderson, Keith"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C68"]
[WhiteElo "1680"]
[BlackElo "1475"]
[Annotator "Authorised User"]
[PlyCount "20"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. O-O {obviously Nxe5 is met by Qd4
} 5... Bd6 6. d4 6... f6 {this isn't as bad as it looks at first sight} 7. dxe5
fxe5 8. Nxe5 {its the old "loose pieces" theme after Bxe5 Qh5+ then Qxe5. But
Black can try Nf6 first, threate both N on e5 and pawn on e4, though its hard
to see Black ever having time to play Nxe4 without it getting pinned and lost.}
8... Be6 {now Qh5+ g6 the usual xg6 doesn't work beause of Bf7} (8... Nf6) 9.
Nf3 Qe7 10. e5 10... Bc5 {unfortunately the pressure of defending this bad
position affected Keith's recording as it is impossible to make sense of the
moves written! Some must be wrong/missing. White went on to convert his good
position fairly smoothly.} 1-0

1-0

[Event "ETC1 V Livingston"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Clarke, David"]
[Black "Ferguson, Don"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C62"]
[WhiteElo "975"]
[BlackElo "1085"]
[Annotator "Authorised User"]
[PlyCount "138"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. Bxc6+ bxc6 5. d3 Rb8 6. O-O c5 7. Nc3 c6 8.
Re1 h6 9. Be3 {this is a brave sac (if it was meant!) which should work out OK
for white in the long run given Black's poor development} 9... Rxb2 10. Qc1 Rb8
11. Qa3 a6 12. Rab1 Rxb1 13. Rxb1 Nf6 14. Qa4 Qc7 15. Bd2 Be7 16. Nd1 16... Bg4
{completing development with 0-0 was better. Black always has to worry about
his backrank until he does.} 17. Nh4 17... Bxd1 {
leaves a big hole at f5 for White's N. Again 0-0 was better when Black is OK.}
18. Rxd1 Nd7 19. Nf5 Bf6 20. Qxa6 {having recovered the pawn, White is now
doing well. Black's pawns are a real hinderance to his bishop. However, Ba5
was even stronger.} 20... O-O 21. Ba5 Nb8 22. Bxc7 Nxa6 23. Bxd6 {now White sho
uld be winning comfortably - a good pawn up with Black's remaining Q side
pawns in a mess...but there are still some dangers...} 23... Re8 24. a3 {
still OK for now...} 24... Re6 {
but now there's only 1 way to avoid losing a piece...f4} 25. Rb1 (25. f4 g6 26.
Nxh6+ Kg7 27. Ng4 Rxd6 28. fxe5) 25... g6 26. Nxh6+ Kg7 27. Bxe5 {
Rb7 was a better way to snaffle pawns for the piece} 27... Bxe5 {now Black is
fine if he can get some pawns off W - Wdoes have 3 pawns for the piece. maybe
Rb6 is better than Ng4 for W now.} 28. Ng4 Bd4 29. Rb7 29... c4 {good move by
Black, which turns things his way. He swaps a pawn getting rid of a weak one
of his and opens diagonal for his B preventing White's R going to useful
squares like b6 and a7 to chase the N.} 30. Rd7 c5 31. Rb7 cxd3 32. cxd3 c4 33.
Rd7 Rb6 34. Ne3 Bxe3 35. fxe3 cxd3 (35... c3 36. Rd8 36... Rc6 {
was the way to win quickly}) 36. Rxd3 Nc5 37. Rd2 Nxe4 38. Rd1 Rb3 39. Ra1 Rxe3
40. a4 Nc5 41. a5 Na6 42. Kf2 Re5 43. Kf3 g5 44. Ra4 Kg6 45. h3 Kh5 46. g3 f5
47. h4 gxh4 48. Rxh4+ {if W can swap the Kside pawns off, Black will have a
hard job winning with R+N v R} 48... Kg5 49. Ra4 Nc5 50. Ra3 (50. g4) 50... Re6
51. Rc3 Ne4 52. Ra3 Ra6 53. Kg2 Nd2 54. Rd3 Nc4 55. Rf3 Rxa5 56. Rf4 Ne3+ 57.
Kh3 57... Ra1 {threat Rh1} 58. Kh2 Nf1+ 59. Kg2 Ne3+ 60. Kh2 Nd5 61. Rd4 Ra2+
62. Kh3 Nf6 63. Rc4 63... Ne4 {
Ng4 would have set the unstoppable threat of Rh2++} 64. Rc8 Ra3 65. Rg8+ Kf6
66. Kh4 Kf7 67. Rh8 Rxg3 68. Rh7+ Kg6 69. Rh8 69... Kg7 {Unfortunately
recording runs out here. White can try Re8 threatening Rxe4. later White
missed a similar idea with a temporary R sac allowing W to capture Black's R
and get a drawn K+N v K ending. As it turned out though, some moves later W
made a nice R sac to stalemate himself and get a draw. A good tussle which
swung back and forth.} 1/2-1/2

[Event "ETC1 v Musselburgh2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Harris, Jim"]
[Black "Hughes, Lloyd"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A40"]
[WhiteElo "1095"]
[BlackElo "1095"]
[Annotator "Authorised User"]
[PlyCount "116"]

1. d4 1... c6 {
getting lots of practice at similar positions - will get a White soon!} 2. e3 {
very unambitious unless followed up by f4 for a stonewall setup} 2... d5 3. Bd3
Nf6 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. Nbd2 e6 6. O-O Bd6 7. h3 Bh5 8. Re1 {this makes sense if Ws
plan is to play e4, after say c3 first, but as he doesn't it seems another
aimless move} 8... Qc7 9. Be2 {you can tell I'm not very impressed by W's
opening play - B-d3-e2 is another move wasted} 9... Nbd7 10. c4 O-O 11. c5 Be7
12. b4 12... e5 {good - now Black is fully developed he should waste no time
in challenging the centre} 13. dxe5 Nxe5 14. Nxe5 14... Qxe5 {the side with
the poorer development usually suffers when lines open up - and here that's
White} 15. Rb1 Bg6 16. Bb2 16... Qg5 {this allows W to play the move he wants
to anyway - Nf3 - with gain of time, making up a little of the ground W wasted
earlier} 17. Nf3 17... Qf5 {
its pretty level - Qd4 is a natural move for W which solves his problems} 18.
Nh4 {a blunder} 18... Qxb1 19. Qxb1 Bxb1 20. Rxb1 20... Ne4 {g6 would've been
more prudent, forcing the Nh4 to go back to go forward. However, Ne4 is OK.}
21. Nf5 Bf6 22. Bxf6 Nxf6 23. f4 {an unnecessary weakening move} 23... Rfe8 24.
Kf2 Ne4+ 25. Ke1 25... Nc3 {this approach of swapping off some pieces when
well ahead is sound and should be comfortably good enough to win} 26. Rb3 Nxe2
27. Kxe2 Rad8 28. Nd6 {this N is irritating here, hence why earlier g6 so much
better. But it should just be irritating and not good enough to salvage things
for W.} 28... Re7 29. a4 29... d4 {This is also fine, but given W is doing
nothing much to worry about, there is time to play some preparatory moes like
g6, Kg7 to improve the position before this break or b6} (29... g6) 30. Nf5
30... Re6 {
Re8 was necessary as after White's next the d4 pawn is lost due to the pin} 31.
Rd3 g6 32. Nxd4 32... Re4 {its actually quite difficult for Black to win now
if W basically sits tight and says come and get me. There are no useful pawn
breaks on the Qside and the central pawn advantage has gone.} 33. Kf3 Rde8 34.
g4 {this plan looks flawed given previous comments - all W will succeed in
doing is opening files for B's Rs.} 34... Kg7 35. g5 h6 36. gxh6+ {
this is a mistake as now the B King can penetrate} 36... Kxh6 37. Ke2 {oops}
37... Rxf4 38. Nf3 38... Rxb4 {now Black is winning clearly} 39. h4 Rxa4 40.
Ng5 40... Rxh4 {Re7 would've held everything and given W no hopes. If W can
get all the pawns off its going to be a draw.} 41. Nxf7+ Kh5 42. Rd7 Rhe4 43.
Rd3 43... Rc4 {oops back!} 44. Nd6 44... Rxc5 {when you know you've made a
blunder its hard to recover and remain objective. Simply Re4 allowing W to win
an exchange leaves Black pawns up in a simpler postion.} 45. Nxe8 Kg5 46. Nd6
Rc2+ 47. Kf3 b6 48. Ne4+ {Nc8 looks more hopeful} 48... Kf5 49. Ng3+ Kg5 50. e4
50... Kf6 {sensibly keeping an eye on the e pawn - there is time to play a5
etc but when short of time can't work out and no need to gamble} 51. Rd6+ Kg5
52. e5 {
Fritz thinks he can draw this after Ne2 - but I'd rather be Black still!} 52...
Rc3+ {good move - keeps the King shut out unless..} 53. Ke4 Rxg3 54. e6 Kf6 55.
Rxc6 Rg2 56. Kd5 Rd2+ 57. Ke4 Re2+ 58. Kd5 58... Rd2+ {mssing the fairly
straightforward Re5+ winning W's last pawn. Probably stil not fully recovered
in the mind from previosu blunder and also feeling some clock pressure.}
1/2-1/2

[Event "ETC1 v Musselurgh2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rutherford, Kathleen"]
[Black "Hardman, Raymond"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B02"]
[WhiteElo "1210"]
[BlackElo "1120"]
[Annotator "Authorised User"]
[PlyCount "42"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nxd5 4. Bc4 Nxc3 5. bxc3 e6 6. Nf3 Be7 7. d4 O-O 8.
Ne5 {A very aggressive way to play encouraged by the relative lack of
protection around Black's King. However, Black has not made any mistakes so
White's attack should not work as long as Black continues to avoid mistakes.}
8... Nd7 9. Bf4 Nxe5 10. Bxe5 b6 11. Bd3 {This wastes a move by moving the
same piece twice which further reduces prospects of successful attack. It had
pressure on e6 from c4 and can always be swung here later if has a specific
threat. Better here would be say Qf3 forcing Black to play Rb8 which doesn't
improve his position meanwhile White Q got to more flexible location. You
should think along these principles as well as considering tactics, which
actually show Qf3 to be very strong here.} (11. Qf3 Rb8 12. Qg3 Bf6 13. Bxc7)
11... g6 12. Qg4 Bf6 13. h4 {in last week's game for Kathleen this common
attacking approach was a winning plan (though she chose another winning plan).
here it is much more risky as Black' sKing is better sheltered than other game
whilst W's is still open.} 13... Bxe5 14. dxe5 Bb7 15. h5 15... Qd5 {Black has 
got the good position he deserves as he has played simply and made no mistakes
whilst White has weakeed her position by throwing everythng into an attack
which looks tempting but shouldn't really work withthe pieces swapped and W's
K weakness.} 16. f3 Qxe5+ 17. Kd2 Rad8 18. hxg6 fxg6 19. Rae1 ({
I thought at the time the following would win} 19. Rxh7 {
but in fact it loses after} 19... Rxd3+ 20. cxd3 20... Kxh7 {so well done
Kathleen for not playing! (though she says she never thought about it anyway!)}
) 19... Qf4+ 20. Qxf4 Rxf4 21. Rxe6 21... Rf7 {Black's draw offer was accepted,
which is the right decision here on general grounds as Black's position is
better due to better pawn structure and pressure of B on f3 and g2. For
example Black could've pressed weak pawns immediately with...} (21... Bd5 22.
Re7 Rf7 23. Rxf7 Bxf7 24. a3 c5 25. Ke3) 1/2-1/2


[Event "ETC1 v Musselburgh2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Loudon, Jim"]
[Black "Green, Andrew"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A35"]
[WhiteElo "1380"]
[BlackElo "1335"]
[PlyCount "112"]

1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. e4 d6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. d3 e5 6. Be2 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. Bd2
Bg4 9. Nd5 Bxf3 10. Nxe7+ Qxe7 11. Bxf3 11... Nd4 {Whilst the position remains
so blocked up, this is one of those unsual positions where n's are better than
Bishops. Long term, if he plays it right, W shoud be able to open things up
for his Bishops and have an advantage.} 12. Be3 Rab8 13. Bxd4 {Now it will be
very difficult for W to unblock the position so at a very general level Black
could  already be considered better due to the N being better in blocked
positions than a Bishop. However, I think its very much a question of personal
style/preference rather than anything concrete in this position.} 13... cxd4
14. a4 a5 15. Qb3 Nd7 16. Qd1 Nc5 17. b3 {
W has to tie down pieces to protect this measly pawn from now on.} 17... f5 {
This opens space for W's Bishop, so positioally is a big compromise from Black,
done for the sake of tactics.} 18. exf5 Rxf5 19. Bd5+ Kh8 20. f3 Rbf8 21. Qc2
Qg5 22. Rae1 R5f6 23. Kh1 Rg6 24. Re2 24... Qd8 {After a bit of manoeuvering B
is alert enough to realise that the K-side tactics aren't going to work and
switches plans.} 25. Ref2 Rgf6 26. Rb1 Qb6 27. Rb2 Qb4 28. Qd2 {What a horrile
game to play as White. His most ambitou move so far is to offer a Q exchange!}
28... Qc3 29. Be4 Rf4 30. Qxc3 {If White sat & shuffled about, it would be
hard for Black to do anything to breakthrough. Now Whites thinks the pawn c3
will be a weakness for Black.} 30... dxc3 31. Rbc2 {
Did W only now realize that Rb1 failed to Nxe4 and Rxe4?} 31... Nxb3 32. Rxc3
32... Nc5 {
Kg1 to break the pin is OK for W - he can easily re-coup the pawn after Nxa4}
33. Bd5 Rd4 34. Kg1 Rxd3 35. Rxd3 35... Nxd3 {
Black has won a paw but the win is still not straightforward.} 36. Rd2 Nc5 37.
Rb2 Rb8 38. Bc6 b6 39. Bb5 {
secures both pawns for now, but at the cost of making the B like a third pawn}
39... Kg8 40. Rd2 Rd8 41. Kf2 Kf7 42. Ke3 Ke6 43. f4 {allows Black's R in. How
would Black make progress if W just played his R between d1/d2/d5? ne approac
would be N-b3-d4 as a swap on b5 would give B a passed pawn on a or d files.}
43... exf4+ 44. Kxf4 Rf8+ 45. Ke3 Rf5 46. Rb2 Re5+ 47. Kf3 Nd3 48. Rd2 Nb4 49.
Re2 {This swap greatly simplifies things for Black} 49... Rxe2 50. Kxe2 Ke5 51.
Kd2 Kd4 52. g4 g5 53. h3 h6 54. Ke2 Na2 55. Bd7 Kxc4 56. Be6+ 56... d5 {
Nice controlled play fro Black, taking advantage of W's series of small
mistakes to reach a winning advantage.} 0-1

[Event "ETC2 v Lasswade2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Smith, Dominic"]
[Black "Devoy, David"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C55"]
[WhiteElo "725"]
[BlackElo "1050"]
[Annotator "Authorised User"]
[PlyCount "55"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Ng5 d5 6. Bb5 {exd5 looks better}
6... Bxc3 7. Bxc6+ bxc6 8. bxc3 Nxe4 9. Nxe4 9... dxe4 {An unusual position.
Black has an extra pawn, but has 2 sets of doubled pawns. Black is better
though, as his pieces have more freedom and after f5 Black can have a big
centre.} 10. Qh5 (10. Ba3 {stops Black from castling but after Qg5, White has
castling problems of his own!}) 10... Qf6 11. Rb1 11... O-O {
Now his K is relatively safe, Black has the better position.} 12. Rb4 Bf5 13.
O-O Rab8 14. Rxb8 Rxb8 15. Ba3 Rd8 16. g4 {Unless it wins material, this
cannot be a good move on principle as it weakens the White Kng cover when
there are still several dangerous Black pieces around. On the other hand, it
is hard to find constructive moves for W.} 16... Bg6 17. Qh3 Rxd2 18. Qe3 {
If W planned this way to get counterplay when he played 16 g4 then  am very
impressed!} 18... Rxc2 19. Qc5 Qd6 20. Qxa7 Qd8 21. Rb1 {I saw the Black
player visibly slump at this point! How could such a good position be lost!?
Well it isn't! There is a brilliant defence, which in the main line has a
beautiful checkmate!} 21... h5 {He didn't find it. To be fair it wasn't
obvious, but I'd like to think that over the board I might have foud it as it
is a series of "only" moves. But I confess Herr Fritz found it when keying tis
ame in!} (21... e3 22. Rb8 (22. fxe3 Rg2+ 23. Kxg2 Bxb1) 22... exf2+ 23. Kg2
Be4+ 24. Kg3 f1=N+ 25. Kh3 Rxh2#) 22. Rb8 Qxb8 23. Qxb8+ Kh7 24. Qxc7 Rxc3 25.
gxh5 Bxh5 26. Bf8 Bf3 27. h4 27... Bh5 {missing the defence after Rb1 was
understandable, but missing the defence here after setting it up so well is
unforgivable!. One can oly assume that Black had already resigned in his mind.}
(27... Rc1+ 28. Kh2 Rh1+ 29. Kg3 29... Rg1+ {draws!}) 28. Qxe5 1-0

[Event "ETC2vLasswade2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Akers, Tony"]
[Black "Hughes, Rhian"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D04"]
[WhiteElo "1290"]
[BlackElo "950"]
[Annotator "Authorised User"]
[PlyCount "110"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 Bf5 4. Bd3 Bxd3 5. Qxd3 5... Nc6 {Black is going to
have to play c5 or e5 at some point to challenge W's centre, so Nbd7 is
preferable.} 6. a3 e6 7. Nc3 Be7 8. e4 O-O 9. e5 Nd7 10. h4 {W reckons that
Black will need a few moves to untangle her pieces to get a pawn challenge
against the centre so theres time for an outright attack on the K side.} 10...
Rc8 {This justifies W's thinking. An immediate central challenge with f6
would've really put him to the test. W would no doubt castle Qside (after say
Bf4) and an interesting tussle of W's Kside attack versus B's central counter
attack would take place.} 11. Ng5 g6 12. Qg3 {Unless you have a forced mate, a
rule of thumb which usually works is that you can never afford to give up
central pawns to support an attack on a wing - the defender usually an uncoil
in the centre. Gien W's next move, if he was in adventurous mood, an immediate
Nxh7 looked more promising} (12. Nxh7 Kxh7 13. h5 13... Rh8 {should be good
enough to stop any threats down the h file and so win the game eventually.})
12... Nxd4 13. Nxh7 {this looks very dangerous - and it is if Black is
careless - so a cool head is required to defend} 13... Nf5 14. Qh2 Kxh7 15. Bg5
15... Rh8 {the key defensive move as it prevents many threats down the h-file.
This move, or a variation of it, is  often the winner against similar types of
attacks.} 16. Ne2 16... Kg7 {Black can safely simplify with Bxg5, hxg+ Kg7
when the White Rook must be exchanged. With B & R off te board, White's attack
is unlikely to succeed.} 17. Bxe7 Qxe7 18. g3 18... Nxe5 {Cool. Black realizes
that W has no real threats and so grabs another vital central pawn.} 19. O-O-O
19... g5 {Black is still clearly winning, but this loose move gives W a whiff
of hope. Black should not open up the King further like this. Whilst W's
attack has petered out, Black should be exploiting the extra material by
launching a counter attack by e.g. c5.} 20. h5 Rh7 21. g4 {White realizes he's
lost nless he can prise open Black's King, so dosn't mnd throwing another pawn
on the fire in order to try to open lines.} 21... Nxg4 22. Qg2 Ne5 23. Rdg1 f6
24. f4 {its starting to get uncomfortable again!} 24... Nf7 {
cool enough - there are enough defenders of g5} 25. Qf3 25... Rch8 {Puts Black
n full-scale defensive again. Only a few moes ago, Black had seen off W's
attack and was ready to launch her own. A couple off loose moves has given W
the initiative again - though it should still not be enough. Black needs to
defend and unwind all over again now.} 26. Ng3 {this is a weak way to play a
"last chance" attack - swapping things off, first the N then a R on the h-file
has to go. A better plan was fxg5 followed by Nf4 with at least a threat of
Ng6.} 26... Nxg3 27. Qxg3 Rxh5 28. Rxh5 Rxh5 29. Qf3 Kh6 30. Qd3 30... c5 {
told you c5 would come eventually! Now it is fairly straightforward for Black
as long as she's not complacent and avoids any slips.} 31. c3 a5 32. f5 Ne5 33.
Qf1 33... d4 {Rh1 hoping for Rxh5 and Qh3 mate was one last chance} 34. cxd4
cxd4 35. Rg2 d3 36. Rd2 Qd6 37. fxe6 37... Qxe6 {Qc6+ then Rh1 is quicker} 38.
Rf2 Ng4 39. Rd2 Qe3 40. Kd1 40... Qe4 {nicely spotted this time...} 41. Kc1 Rh1
42. Qxh1+ Qxh1+ 43. Rd1 Qg2 44. Rxd3 Qe2 45. Rb3 Ne3 46. Kb1 46... Qc2+ 47. Ka2
47... Qc4 {
anything sensible wins now, but the quickest mate was after Nc4-d2 then Qb1}
48. a4 Qxa4+ 49. Ra3 Qc4+ 50. Kb1 Qc2+ 51. Ka2 Nc4 52. Rb3 a4 53. Rxb7 a3 54.
Rb4 axb2 55. Rxc4 b1=Q+ 0-1

[Event "ETC2 v Lasswade2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Clarke, David"]
[Black "Campbell, Ian"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B23"]
[WhiteElo "975"]
[BlackElo "1390"]
[PlyCount "53"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nc6 4. Bxc6+ bxc6 5. d3 Nf6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Nge2 Be7 8.
Bxf6 Bxf6 9. d4 cxd4 10. Nxd4 c5 11. Ndb5 Be7 12. O-O a6 13. Na3 O-O 14. Re1
Qb6 15. Nc4 Qc7 16. Qf3 Bb7 17. Rad1 Rfd8 18. Qg3 Rd7 19. e5 d5 20. Nd2 Rad8
21. Nf3 d4 22. Ne4 Bxe4 23. Rxe4 d3 24. cxd3 Rxd3 25. Rc1 Rd1+ 26. Re1 Rxc1 27.
Rxc1 {recording too hard to follow - next move looks like Rd1+ which means
something has gone wrong somewhere!} 0-1

[Event "ETC2 v Lasswade2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Clarke, Michael"]
[Black "Glazier, Mark"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B51"]
[WhiteElo "895"]
[BlackElo "1190"]
[PlyCount "50"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. O-O Bd7 5. d3 {This is very unambitious and
is only usually played in a sicillian in combination with g3 and Bg2 to
support a delayed central push, usually supported by f4.} 5... h6 6. Nc3 e6 7.
d4 {Better late than never doesn't usually work out in chess! W has just
wasted a move Arguably Black did too with h6, but it was less of a waste than
White's!} 7... cxd4 8. Nxd4 Qc7 9. Bf4 9... e5 {Oh dearie me.} 10. Bxc6 bxc6
11. Bxe5 dxe5 12. Nf3 {White has nothing for the blundered piece and this
should be easy for Black - develop safely and use the extra piece.} 12... Nf6
13. Re1 Bc5 14. Na4 Bb6 15. Nxb6 15... axb6 {It is hopeless anyway, but White
using several moves to swap off pieces can only help Black.} 16. Qd3 O-O 17.
Qc3 Rfe8 18. Nh4 Rad8 19. Nf5 Be6 20. Qg3 Bxf5 21. exf5 Rd2 22. Rac1 Qd7 23.
Qf3 e4 24. Qe3 Ng4 25. Qf4 25... Nxf2 {White decides he's suffered enough.} 0-1

[Event "ETC1 v Musselburgh2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Hope, Iain"]
[Black "Clarke, Grant"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D11"]
[WhiteElo "1275"]
[BlackElo "1240"]
[PlyCount "121"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bg4 5. e3 e6 6. cxd5 cxd5 7. Be2 Bd6 8. O-O
O-O 9. Bd2 Nc6 10. a3 Rc8 11. Bd3 11... e5 {A perfectly reasonable approach.
Black gets an isolated and ultimately weak d pawn, but takes control of the
centre.} 12. dxe5 Nxe5 13. Be2 Re8 14. Nxe5 Bxe2 15. Qxe2 Bxe5 16. Rac1 16...
a6 {An immediate d4 would've eliminated Black's weak pawn and opened up
several tactical possibilities leaving Black with the beter of the opening.}
17. Qf3 Qd6 18. g3 18... h6 {
this move sems somewhat irrelevant to what's hapening now in the game.} 19. b4
19... Qd7 {somewhat passive. I prefer b5 then play for d4.} 20. a4 20... b6 {
deflecting/removing the Nc3 would appear to win the a pawn for black i.e. Bxc3
orNe4.} 21. b5 21... a5 {Bxc3 still seems to win a pawn on b5} 22. Ne2 Rc4 23.
Bc3 23... Rxa4 {
this is good, but the R is misplaced on e5 so Bx3 first is better.(Nxc3 Rec8)}
24. Bxe5 Rxe5 25. Nd4 Rc4 26. Qe2 26... Rxc1 {missing an easy win after Rxd4!}
27. Rxc1 Re8 28. Nc6 a4 29. Qc2 a3 30. Ra1 Ra8 31. Kg2 31... g5 {Unnecessarily
weakening his King. Qe6 threatening Qe4 getting the Qs off was better.} 32. Qb3
Qd6 33. Qc3 33... a2 {it can't be defended here} 34. Nb4 Ne4 35. Qd4 35... Ra4
{nice pin} 36. Rxa2 36... Rxa2 {Pity -  abit of cool alclation would've
confirmed that it was safe to take the N with Rxb4 as the K can slip out via
g6.} 37. Nxa2 37... f5 {Black's overstretched pawns and open King mean that
the winning chanes are all with White now.} 38. Nb4 Nf6 39. f3 h5 40. e4 fxe4
41. fxe4 Nxe4 42. Qxd5+ Qxd5 43. Nxd5 Nd6 44. Nxb6 Nxb5 45. h4 g4 46. Nd5 Kg7
47. Nf4 Kh6 48. Kf2 Nc3 49. Ke3 Nd1+ 50. Ke2 Nc3+ 51. Kf2 Nd1+ 52. Ke2 Nc3+ 53.
Kf2 Ne4+ 54. Kg2 Nc3 55. Kf2 Nb1 56. Ke2 Na3 57. Kf2 Nc4 58. Ke2 Ne5 59. Ke3
Nf3 60. Ke2 Ng1+ 61. Kf1 {White was much shorter on time than Black When he
got down to less than 2 mins White claimed a draw on the basis that Black
could not win. They played on a few more moves and got to ths position. White
adequately gve his defence t all Black's attepts to win (some of which lost)
and so a draw was correctly declared.} 1/2-1/2

		
		
[Event "Tiger Cubs 2 v Uni 3"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Widdop, Tim"]
[Black "Rutherford, Andrew"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D02"]
[WhiteElo "100"]
[BlackElo "670"]
[PlyCount "47"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bf4 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. h3 5... Bxf3 {B's usually better
than Ns and the pin is useful so generally better not to do these exchanges. 
 As it turns out in this specific position, one main way for Black to
challenge W's centre is to play e5 after being castled etc. Preparing this by
Bd6 and removing W's Nf3 to reduce cover of e5 is a ommon plan...but I'm
guessing this was't what was in mind here as it isn't followed up.} 6. Qxf3 e6
7. Nc3 Bb4 8. O-O-O {Not good as Black's next move breaks open King's pawn
protection. White is worried about Ne4 but Bd3 is a better defence.} 8... Bxc3
{although generally not a good idea to make unforced B for N exchanges, here
its OK because of reason above} 9. bxc3 O-O 10. h4 10... b5 {Interesting pawn
sac (was it meant!) as opens up lines for rooks to weakened King. Another
common way to attack such positions would be Na5 (later to c4) and c5 opening
the c file and allowing the Q to enter via b6 or a5.} 11. Bxb5 11... Rb8 {
consistent...} 12. Bxc6 {...but missing this was very careless!} 12... Rb6 13.
Ba4 13... Ra6 {forces B to go where it wants to anyway. Better to keep R on
open file, back it up with say Qb8 then if stick the N on e4 have strong
checkmate threats! Even better Qe7 threatens Qa3+ winning the Bishop and if
Bb3 to defend can push the a pawn to a5-a4 to attack. Qe7 also connects
Black's rooks allowing Ron f8 to also bear down b file or swing to a file
after pawn -a5-a4.} 14. Bb3 Qe7 15. a4 {Weakening. Impressive move if
defending against threat of 15....Ne4, 16...Rxa2 17. Bxa2 Qa3+ 18. K b1 Nxc3+
19. Ka1 Qxa2++ but this threat is not immediate. Better Bg5.} 15... Qa3+ {
Ne4 first mght be worth thinking about - stops the K running away} 16. Kd2 Ne4+
17. Ke1 Nxc3 18. Qg3 18... g6 {not good. Helps white open up h file for R
after h5 and weakens Black squares around King for white bishop. Right to be
watchful of White's attack and the immediate threat to win an exchange by Bh6
g6 Bxf8. But Black has time to make strong threats of his own, e.g. Qb4
threatening Ne4+ winning Q.} 19. h5 Nxd1 20. hxg6 20... fxg6 {usually better
to take towards the centre with hxg6 but not in this case as allows
unstoppable mates down h file after Qh4} 21. Qh4 21... Rf7 {
you don't think I would miss a simple checkmate on h7 do you??....} 22. Qd8+ {
Kg7 loses to Be5+. Qf8 is forced.} 22... Rf8 23. Qd7 23... Nc3 {
Rf7 loses a rook to Qc8+. Nc3 threatens Qc1 mate, but...} 24. Qxh7# {how forget
ful of Black! However, he was lost after 23 Qd7 e.g. 27...h5 28. Be5 Rf7 29.
Qc8+ Rf8 30. Qxa6 threatening Qxe8 and Qxg6 etc} 1-0


[Event "Tiger Cubs 1 v Uni 2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Taylor, Simon"]
[Black "Green, Andrew"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B22"]
[WhiteElo "1470"]
[BlackElo "1335"]
[PlyCount "92"]

1. e4 c5 2. c3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 Nf6 {2...Nf6 (when white can't defend by
Nc3) followed by 3. e5 Nd5 and b6/Bb7 or 2...d5 are other ways to play this.}
5. Nc3 g6 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. Be2 Bg7 8. O-O O-O 9. Be3 Nc6 {White has a strong
looking centre which Black will have to challenge or he'll soon be rolled over.
White can choose to play Qd2, centralise rooks to d1 and c1 then attack
Black's King or Qd2 then double rooks on the c file and attack down this and
the centre with d5 at right time.} 10. Qd2 Rc8 11. Rac1 e6 12. Rfd1 d5 {
the centre is challenged! d5 without e6 was also OK.} 13. e5 Nd7 14. Bh6 {
this just bad as the Q gets left overloaded defending it and d4.} 14... Bxf3
15. Bxf3 Nxd4 $1 16. Bxg7 Nxf3+ 17. gxf3 Kxg7 {A pawn up with W's remaining
Kingside pawns broken up means Black is clearly winning. Just a matter of
technique now - play sensible moves without taking silly risks and the point
is in the bag.} 18. f4 Qh4 19. Qe3 Rc4 20. Qg3 {just loses another pawn, but 
White's position is very hard to defend} 20...
Rxf4 21. Qxh4 Rxh4 22. Re1 Nc5 23. Rcd1 (23. Nxd5 Nd3) 23... a6 24. a3 Rc8 25.
Re3 Na4 (25... d4 {is faster!}) 26. Nxa4 Rxa4 27. Re2 Rac4 28. Rde1 Rc1 29.
Rxc1 Rxc1+ 30. Kg2 b5 31. Kf3 a5 32. Rd2 b4 33. axb4 axb4 34. Rd4 Rc4 35. Rxc4
dxc4 36. Ke3 c3 37. bxc3 bxc3 38. Kd3 c2 39. Kxc2 Kh6 40. Kd3 Kg5 41. Ke4 h5
42. f4+ Kg4 43. Ke3 h4 44. Ke4 Kh3 45. Kf3 Kxh2 46. Kf2 h3 {after obtaini ng a
winning position with a nice tactic Nxd4, although missing one simple way to
win faste,r Black's play can't really be faulted as he won very smoothly in a
simple, risk free manner.} 0-1


[Event "Tiger Cubs 2 v Uni 3"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Sime, Euan"]
[Black "Stanger, Philip"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B02"]
[WhiteElo "775"]
[BlackElo "100"]
[PlyCount "50"]

1. e4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. exd5 c6 4. dxc6 4... Nxc6 {I don't like Black's pawn
sac. He's speeded up his development and puts some pressure on d4 square (if
later plays Bg4) but at the cost of a good central pawn.} 5. Nf3 Qb6 6. Bb5 a6
7. Bxc6+ Qxc6 8. Ne5 8... Qc5 {bad - black gains more time now when he plays
what he wants to play next anyway...} 9. d4 Qd6 10. Nc4 {white should not go
chaing the Q. He is not fully developed enough to trap it and the N was better
where it was on e5. Developing the rest of his pieces with 0-0 and playing
simply (remembering he's a pawn up) should be the plan.} 10... Qe6+ 11. Be3 $2
11... Qxc4 {loose pieces drop off! White's winning position just turned to lost.} 
12. Qd2 Be6 13. b3 {perhaps W wants to kick the Q so he can 0-0 but this weakens c3,
which Black can exploit by putting a R to c8} 13... Qc6 14. O-O-O {Supports c2
and threatens to win a piece by 15. d5 and attack Black's uncastled K so a
reasonable try in what is a lost position. However, inconsistent with W's last
move and his K is now on the draughty side.} 14... Ne4 15. Nxe4 Qxe4 16. f3 Qg6
17. d5 Bf5 18. c4 {This is a good be the start of a good try. W still has
chances since Black still not developed and hard to see how he will without
exposing his own K. So W should seek to flush him out by central attack.} 18...
b5 19. cxb5 {this loses the Q right away, but even if this wasn't the case its
bad on principle - W should keep his K sheltered and contnue to threaten to
bust Black's K cover by c5 threatening later d6.} 19... Rc8+ 20. Kb2 Rc2+ 21.
Ka3 {the K has no chance of surviving out in front of his pawns, but the
position is no hopeless anyway} 21... e6+ 22. Ka4 Rxd2 23. Bxd2 Bd3 24. b6 exd5
25. Be3 25... Qc6+ {The main learning point here is if a good pawn up, secure
your own position first by developing before attacking or embarking on
speculative Q hunts. Then sensible (not complacent!) play should give you good
chances to convert your extra material into a win.} 0-1

[Event "Tiger Cubs 2 v Uni 3"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Chalmers, Louis"]
[Black "Hoo Zhe Hui"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C50"]
[WhiteElo "950"]
[BlackElo "100"]
[PlyCount "27"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 {
these sort of positions are often called "Italian games"} 4. d4 {
an interesting gambit line} 4... exd4 5. Ng5 Ne5 {When W gambits like in this
opening, his play is all about tactics. The old motto "loose pieces drop off"
says that any undefended piece, even though not immediately attacked, is
likely to be lost due to tactics like a fork. This often applies in "Italian"
games to Black's B on c5 - and ths is one such position. 7 Nxf7 Nxf7 8. Bxf7+
Kxf7 9. Qh5+ followed by Qc5 is a comon type of tactic which is good for White.
} 6. O-O Nxc4 {loose pieces also dropped off when not defended when
straightforwardly attacked!} 7. Qd3 {W is a piece down so his only hope is to
get B's king in the open before he's developed. Black's plan should be simply
develop before exploiting extra piece.} (7. Nxf7 Kxf7 8. Qh5+ g6 9. Qxc5 {
leaves W with a small wiff of a chance against Black's exposed K}) 7... Nxb2 8.
Bxb2 Qxg5 9. Bxd4 Bxd4 10. Qxd4 d6 11. Nc3 {missing the threat} 11... Bh3 12.
Qa4+ c6 13. g3 Bxf1 14. Rxf1 {recording stopped here, but Black is a clear R
up so its fairly simple for him. White showed a bit of early season rust in
dropping the B on c4.} 0-1


[Event "Tiger Cbs 1 v Uni 2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Kirk, S."]
[Black "Hughes, Lloyd"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "1335"]
[BlackElo "1095"]
[PlyCount "87"]

1. b4 {Unusual - not terrible but not that good. Sensibly occupy the centre
should be the response to such openings.} 1... c6 2. Bb2 d5 3. e3 Bf5 4. c4 e6
5. Nf3 Nf6 {obviously Bxb4 leaves g7 undefended} 6. c5 Nbd7 7. g3 b6 {
Black needs to challenge W's pawn centre and this is one way to do it} 8. cxb6
{not good, d4 maintaiing pawn mass is better} 8... Qxb6 {Normally this would
be bad as leaves Black with a backward c pawn and isolated a pawn both of
which may be weaknesses long term. Better axb - avoids above weaknesses,
allows centre to be challenged with later c5, and gives R an open file.
However, here tactics against b4 and Bb2 mean it might work...but need to be
sure if making such long term positional compromises!} 9. a3 a5 10. Bd4 Qc7 11.
b5 Rb8 {OK. Also c5 (with later e5 as well possibly) gives Black a dominating
centre. W's pawn b5 is passed but at this stage of the game maybe more of a
weakness than a strength.} 12. Qc1 Rc8 {This is passive and therefore probably
not the best. Active moves to exploit Black's centre and W's clumsily placed
pieces/development problems are better e.g.} (12... Be4 13. Qxc6 Qxc6 14. bxc6
Bxf3 15. cxd7+ Nxd7 16. Rg1 e5 17. Bc3) 13. Bxf6 Nxf6 14. a4 (14. Nd4 {
is better}) 14... Bd6 15. bxc6 O-O {Qxc6 loses to Bb5 but deflecting White's B
first by Be4, Bxf3 allows safe capture on c6. Now Black has to spend a few
moves rounding up this pawn while he still can when he could've been using
these moves in the centre while W still undeveloped.} 16. Bb5 Nd7 17. O-O Nb8
18. d4 {Nd4 better} 18... Nxc6 {despite previous comments, Black is still better 
than W now.} 19. Nbd2 Nb4 20.
Qxc7 Rxc7 21. Nb3 Rfc8 $2 {the pawn had to be defended - a subtle way would be
Bc2 as after Nxa5 Ra8 N is trapped} 22. Nxa5 Rc2 23. Ne1 R2c3 24. Nb7 Be7 25.
a5 {this pawn is going to be very hard to stop!} 25... R3c7 26. a6 Ra8 27. Ra4
Nxa6 {this loses, but it was a very difficult position} 28. Rxa6 Rxa6 29. Bxa6
Rc6 30. Be2 Bh3 31. Ng2 Rb6 32. Nc5 Rc6 33. Rc1 f6 34. Nf4 Bf5 35. g4 Bxc5 {
loses another piece due to the pin} 36. gxf5 exf5 37. dxc5 Kf7 38. Nxd5 Ke6 39.
Nf4+ Ke5 40. Bb5 Rc7 41. c6 g5 42. Nh5 f4 43. exf4+ gxf4 44. Rd1 {Its easy for
White from here. Black's position had better long term potential than W's for
large parts of the game. However, although still solid it became cramped and
passive. Such positions are hard to play and find a plan in and often gobble
up time on your clock leading to mistakes later as in this game. White played
this game well, so no disgrace and some interesting points in the game.} 1-0


[Event "Tiger Cubs 1 v Uni 2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rutherford, K."]
[Black "Rivett, A."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C45"]
[WhiteElo "1210"]
[BlackElo "100"]
[PlyCount "69"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nxd4 {this is not a good move. White's
Q gets a dominating central position. Normally bad for Q to be out early as
gets chased by opponents pieces as they develop - but not here as main chaser
already swapped off.} 5. Qxd4 d6 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. Bg5 Be6 8. O-O-O h6 9. Bh4 g5
10. Bg3 Bg7 11. Qb4 {avoiding discovered attacks on Q which is sensible} 11...
Nd7 12. Qxb7 {this could be is a "poisoned pawn". Taking it opens up the b
file for Black to attack down.} 12... Bxc3 13. bxc3 Bxa2 14. c4 {traps the bish
op and is a reasonable move. There are some nice tactics after 14 Bb5 though e.
g.} (14. Bb5 Rb8 15. Bxd7+ Kxd7 16. Rxd6+ Ke7 17. Rxd8 Rxb7 18. Rxh8 Rb1+ 19.
Kd2 Rxh1 20. Rc8 {and W should win}) 14... Rb8 15. Qxa7 {how much "poison" can 
W swallow!?} 15... Ra8 16. Qd4 O-O 17. Be2 {In this type
of poition, with your own K exposed, it is important to try to counter attack.
White can try to exploit Black's weakened pawn cover round his King by busting
him open with h4 e.g.} (17. h4 g4 {trying to keep lines closed} (17... Rb8 18.
hxg5 Qxg5+) 18. e5 Nxe5 19. Bxe5 dxe5 20. Qxg4+ {but ist not so clear if black 
plays 17...Rb8 and recaptures on g5 with Q!})
17... Nc5 18. e5 Qb8 19. exd6 Qb1+ 20. Kd2 Qb4+ 21. Kc1 {
Ke3 is risky but is the way to play for a win as Qb1 repeats} 21... Bxc4 22.
Bxc4 Ra4 23. Bxf7+ $1 {nice finish! Needed cool calculation to see it rhought 
to the end.} 23... Rxf7
24. Qxb4 Rxb4 25. dxc7 Rxc7 26. Bxc7 {Black is a R down qith no counterplay
and only plays on hoping W makes a mistake in time trouble (down to a few
minutes)} 26... Ne4 27. Rd8+ Kf7 28. f3 Ra4 {threat Ra1} 29. Kb2 Nc5 30. Rd5
Ne6 31. Bg3 Rb4+ 32. Ka3 Rb7 33. Rhd1 Nf8 34. Rf5+ Kg8 35. Rd8 {
white has played calmly and made the time control so Black called it a day} 1-0


[Event "Tiger Cubs 1 v Uni 2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rutherford, K."]
[Black "Rivett, A."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C45"]
[WhiteElo "1210"]
[BlackElo "100"]
[PlyCount "69"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nxd4 {this is not a good move. White's
Q gets a dominating central position. Normally bad for Q to be out early as
gets chased by opponents pieces as they develop - but not here as main chaser
already swapped off.} 5. Qxd4 d6 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. Bg5 Be6 8. O-O-O h6 9. Bh4 g5
10. Bg3 Bg7 11. Qb4 {avoiding discovered attacks on Q which is sensible} 11...
Nd7 12. Qxb7 {this could be is a "poisoned pawn". Taking it opens up the b
file for Black to attack down.} 12... Bxc3 13. bxc3 {with both Ks in draughty
locations, this game could go either way and speed of attack is critical} 13...
Bxa2 14. c4 {traps the bishop and is a reasonable move. There are some nice
tactics after 14 Bb5 though e.g.} (14. Bb5 Rb8 15. Bxd7+ Kxd7 16. Rxd6+ Ke7 17.
Rxd8 Rxb7 18. Rxh8 Rb1+ 19. Kd2 Rxh1 20. Rc8 {and W should win}) 14... Rb8 15.
Qxa7 {how much "poison" can W swallow!?} 15... Ra8 16. Qd4 O-O 17. Be2 {
In this type of position, with your own K exposed, it is important to try to
counter attack. White can try to exploit Black's weakened pawn cover round his
King by busting him open with h4 e.g.} (17. h4 g4 {trying to keep lines closed}
(17... Rb8 18. hxg5 Qxg5+) 18. e5 Nxe5 19. Bxe5 dxe5 20. Qxg4+ {but its not so 
clear if black plays 17...Rb8 and recaptures on g5 with Q!})
17... Nc5 18. e5 Qb8 19. exd6 Qb1+ 20. Kd2 Qb4+ 21. Kc1 {Ke3 looks risky but
is OK and the only way to play for a win as Qb1 repeats. Kc1 is also risky
after Qa3+} 21... Bxc4 22. Bxc4 Ra4 23. Bxf7+ $1 {nice finish! Its not that
complicated but it needed a cool head to see it and to see it through to the
end when short of time and Black's pieces look so threatening around you K.}
23... Rxf7 24. Qxb4 Rxb4 25. dxc7 Rxc7 26. Bxc7 {Black is a R down with no
counterplay and only plays on hoping W makes a mistake in time trouble (down
to a couple of minutes)} 26... Ne4 27. Rd8+ Kf7 28. f3 Ra4 {threat Ra1} 29. Kb2
Nc5 30. Rd5 Ne6 31. Bg3 Rb4+ 32. Ka3 Rb7 33. Rhd1 Nf8 34. Rf5+ Kg8 35. Rd8 {
white has played calmly and made the time control so Black called it a day} 1-0

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