Saturday, 22 November 2014

Match against Maldon

The A team drew their match against Maldon B - with draws on all four boards. The result keeps Colchester A at the top of Division 2 having played 4 matches (three wins and a draw). Maldon B came top of Division 2 last season.

Date: Nov-2014
NECL Division 2
1 b Dave Pearse (156) ½ ½ Ian Gooding (185) w
2 w Tom Winter (146) ½ ½ Mike Wagstaff (147) b
3 b Keith Cook (139) ½ ½ Svein Kjenner (e139) w
4 w Doug Mothershaw (114) ½ ½ Clive Bellinger (139) b
(avg=138) 2 2 (avg=152)


The D team were due to have a match against Braintree C but this has been postponed to later in the season.

Below is another Smith-Morra Gambit from Martin's games at the Paignton Congress in September.

Smith-Morra at Paignton
[Event "Paignton"] [Site "Paignton"] [Date "2014.09.02"] [Round "?"] [White "Harris, M."] [Black "Robson, C."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B21"] [Annotator "Harris, M"] [PlyCount "57"] 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 {I thought I'd include this game to complete the comment I made in one of my other games about people shunning dynamic play in the Morra. This lady decided to accept the gambit but she didn't really know what to do after that and was basically lost after move 6. Which I suppose is why people do prefer the quieter lines.} d6 5. Nf3 a6 6. Bc4 Nf6 {e6 was better.} 7. e5 $1 b5 (7... dxe5 $2 8. Bxf7+ $3 Kxf7 9. Qxd8) 8. Bxf7+ Kxf7 9. exf6 Be6 $2 {A horrible blunder. Which often happens when you are on the back foot, as my opponent obviously was here.} (9... Qd7 10. Qd5+ Qe6+ {was an adequate defence against losing the rook if that was what my opponent was concerned about, but then Qd5+ was unnecessary and I would have played 10. Ng5 anyway and I still held the upper hand.}) 10. Ng5+ Ke8 (10... Kxf6 11. h4 h5 12. Nd5+ Bxd5 13. Qxd5 g6 14. Qe6+ Kg7 15. Qf7+ Kh6 16. Ne6+ g5 17. hxg5# {I didn't work all this out over the board but it was obvious that if Black's king went into the open it would be checkmated somehow.}) 11. Nxe6 Qd7 12. Nxg7+ Bxg7 13. Qh5+ Kd8 14. fxg7 Qe6+ 15. Be3 Re8 16. O-O Nd7 17. Rfe1 Qg8 18. Qd5 Qxd5 {Nd5 was better but I thought after the forced exchange of queens that Black would resign due to lack of counterplay. I was wrong but Black was still very much a lost cause.} 19. Nxd5 Rg8 20. Bh6 Ne5 21. Nxe7 Kxe7 22. f4 Ke6 23. fxe5 dxe5 24. Rac1 Rad8 25. Rc6+ Kf5 26. Rf1+ Ke4 27. Rf8 Rd1+ 28. Kf2 Rd2+ 29. Bxd2 {Anyone for the Morra?} 1-0

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