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Kerry Stead
30-08-2004, 07:35 AM
My round 1 game ... I suppose I'll update with later rounds as they happen. Not sure what happened on most of the other boards though ... had to go straight to work after the game! :(

Event: NSW Championship
Site: ?
Date: 2004.08.29
Round: 1.3
White: Stead, Kerry
Black: Fuller, Max
Result: 1-0
ECO: A36
Annotator: Kerry Stead
PlyCount: 93

1. c4 g6 2. g3 Bg7 3. Bg2 c5 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. e4 e6 6. Nge2 Nge7 7. d3 d6 8. Be3
Nd4 9. Qd2 Nec6 10. O-O O-O 11. f4 f5 12. h3 {with dreams of an attack on the
kingside to counter the oncoming queenside attack from black} 12... Rb8 13.
Rac1 {I wasn't sure quite where this rook belonged, although I think c1 was
probably the right square.} 13... a6 14. g4 Bd7 15. Kh2 Qa5 16. Ng3 b5 17. b3 {
This was my defensive idea for the queenside - sit and hold and hope that
something would happen on the kingside.} 17... b4 {I don't think this is a bad
move as such, but it does clarify the situation on the queenside a bit sooner
than I think it needs to be. Now black is planning to eventually play a5-a4xb3
and attack the weaknesses on the queenside, however it does greatly reduce
white's defensive task on that side at the same time.} 18. Nd1 Qd8 19. Bxd4
Nxd4 20. Ne3 20... Qh4 $4 {A horrible blunder which loses almost immediately!}
21. exf5 21... exf5 $2 {Now black loses a piece at least!} 22. Bd5+ Be6 23. g5
$1 23... Bxd5 24. cxd5 Rfe8 (24... Be5 {was the only way I could see to try to
hold the position, although it is still hopeless.} 25. Ng2 Bxf4 26. Qxf4 (26.
Rxf4 26... Qxg5 {white is a piece up, but black has some play and a few pawns.}
) 26... Qxf4 27. Rxf4 {leaves white simply a piece up.}) 25. Ng2 {
Goodbye queen!} 25... Qxg3+ 26. Kxg3 Re2 (26... Ne2+ 27. Kf3 Nxc1 28. Rxc1 {
really isn't good enough either. White simply takes the e-file with his rook
and should have a comfortable win.}) 27. Qd1 27... Rbe8 {At this point I was a
little worried that I might just end up being squeezed by the rooks on the
e-file. I couldn't see any easy way to challenge the e-file without something
catastrophic happening, although of course I did think that the queen for
bishop advantage should eventually tell!} 28. Rf2 R2e7 29. Kh2 Ne2 30. Rc2 Nc3
31. Qf3 Nb5 32. Qg3 {This was my first idea ... with the queen on g3, put the
rooks on the first rank and play for Re1 to exchange ... although easier said
than done!} 32... Nd4 33. Rcd2 Kf7 34. Nh4 {This was my next (better) idea ...
getting rid of the knight from d4 and trying to challenge the file via e2.}
34... Re3 35. Qg2 Nb5 36. Rde2 Bc3 37. Nf3 {
I was in no hurry to swap rooks and thought control of d4 was more important.}
37... Bd4 38. Nxd4 Nxd4 39. Rxe3 39... Rxe3 {Now it was just a matter of
preventing the tricks, while trying to continue with the plan of swapping off.
I did also have the other idea of attacking on the kingside with and eventual
Qh4 - its something that is tough to stop.} 40. Qf1 {covering both d3 and f3.
I was looking to get the queen on f2 (to go to h4 and to move the rook from e3)
, but had to be careful about how it was done.} 40... Kg7 41. Kg2 41... h5 {
This was something that surprised me a little, but I suppose black has to do
something, otherwise he is simply sitting there waiting for the inevitable.}
42. gxh6+ Kxh6 43. Rd2 Kh5 44. Qf2 Re8 45. Qg3 Kh6 46. Kf1 46... Kg7 $2 {
the final blunder ...} 47. Rg2 1-0

Lucena
30-08-2004, 01:52 PM
Not sure what happened on most of the other boards though ... had to go straight to work after the game!

Zirdum-Xie 0-1
Canfell-Capilitan 0.5/0.5
Bird-Harp 0-1
Song-Ginat 0-1(I think)
Yu-Hu 1-0
Murray-Charles 0-1
Nanavati-Huddleston 1-0

I don't know anything about the other division.

Rhubarb
30-08-2004, 07:00 PM
Nice win Kezza.

After the game, Max insisted on dragging me to the bar (not too difficult at the best of times, plus I wasn't all that happy about not winning a better knight ending against Romeo).

Is Black still OK after 21...gxf5. If 22.g5 h6 and the queen escapes.

P.S. Neither of us thought you should have given up your dark-squared bishop on move 19.

Kerry Stead
31-08-2004, 05:58 AM
Nice win Kezza.

After the game, Max insisted on dragging me to the bar (not too difficult at the best of times, plus I wasn't all that happy about not winning a better knight ending against Romeo).

Is Black still OK after 21...gxf5. If 22.g5 h6 and the queen escapes.

P.S. Neither of us thought you should have given up your dark-squared bishop on move 19.

Thanks Greg.
I wasn't sure exactly what was going to happen with your game ... saw you were always better, but then I saw the knight endings ... I always find knight endings to be very tricky! There invariably seems to be some dodgy tactical way for the player with the material disadvantage to remain in the game.

I think gxf5 is OK for black, although I would be happy to play on in that position - figuring I can get my pieces to good squares on the kingside before black can get around to defending things properly. I think keeping the pawn on e6 is vital to the defense, so I think I'd be looking to play 22.gxf5 - open g-file, and I might get the d5 square if 22...exf5. I can always exchange one of the knights if 22...Nxf5 to try and force exf5.
I agree that Bxd4 looks bad from a positional sense, I just couldn't figure out a way to co-ordinate my pieces to do anything if I didn't exchange the bishop. The only plan I had in mind in that case was to play g5 and h4-h5xg6, although I wasn't convinced that that was actually better for me.

Sutek
31-08-2004, 08:35 AM
Nice win Kezza.

After the game, Max insisted on dragging me to the bar (not too difficult at the best of times, plus I wasn't all that happy about not winning a better knight ending against Romeo).

Is Black still OK after 21...gxf5. If 22.g5 h6 and the queen escapes.

P.S. Neither of us thought you should have given up your dark-squared bishop on move 19.

What happens after say 20...fxg4!? Then followed by 21...e5!?
Surely black is doing OK here?

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Regards
Sutek

Rhubarb
31-08-2004, 09:07 AM
What happens after say 20...fxg4!? Then followed by 21...e5!?
Surely black is doing OK here?

That's right, I'm not sure White can hold everything together after (say) 20...fxg4 21.hxg4 e5 22.f5 Qh4+ 23.Bh3 Bh6.

btw, for the benefit of newcomers or youngsters, it should be pointed out that Max Fuller is one of the absolute legends of Australian chess who has recently made a comeback after about 10 years. He was one of Australia's two dominant players of the seventies, and has played the likes of Petrosian and Smyslov.

arosar
31-08-2004, 09:30 AM
You've played the great M. Tal yourself, haven't you Gregsy?

AR

Rhubarb
31-08-2004, 10:01 AM
You've played the great M. Tal yourself, haven't you Gregsy?

AR
No, but I met him for about 20 seconds once.

PHAT
31-08-2004, 03:18 PM
No, but I met him for about 20 seconds once.

OTB I suspect. :owned:

Rhubarb
01-09-2004, 03:40 PM
OTB I suspect. :owned:

I was in Moscow in 1988 with a group of juniors including Lee Jones on a tour as part of the Bicentennial. We were staying at the Hotel Sport, which is well-connected to chess, and we literally bumped into the great Misha in the lobby one day. I got to shake hands with the famous three-fingered craw (not the craw, THE CRAW!!)

Alan Shore
01-09-2004, 05:12 PM
I was in Moscow in 1988 with a group of juniors including Lee Jones on a tour as part of the Bicentennial. We were staying at the Hotel Sport, which is well-connected to chess, and we literally bumped into the great Misha in the lobby one day. I got to shake hands with the famous three-fingered craw (not the craw, THE CRAW!!)

Like Sam from 'The Apprentice' about Donald Trump: 'He shook my hand! My sweaty hand!'

Nice 'Get Smart' reference too ;)

Lucena
01-09-2004, 11:18 PM
It is a well known, errrm, fact, that Ilya Ilic used to be Tal's second...

PHAT
02-09-2004, 05:37 AM
Nice 'Get Smart' reference too ;)

And Jim Cary used it in "Liar Liar"

PHAT
02-09-2004, 05:39 AM
It is a well known, errrm, fact, that Ilya Ilic used to be Tal's second...

Speaking of, errrm, fact, what was the outcome of the NSWCA Open fracas?

Lucena
02-09-2004, 10:16 PM
I am told Ilya was banned for two years. If this is incorrect I'm sure Bill will correct me.

Bill Gletsos
02-09-2004, 11:54 PM
I am told Ilya was banned for two years. If this is incorrect I'm sure Bill will correct me.
Correct and the decision was confirmed at tonights council meeting.

Kerry Stead
06-09-2004, 06:59 AM
Round 2 - got a bit lucky in the end. Michael just pushed too hard when he didn't have to ...

Event: NSW Championship
Site: ?
Date: 2004.09.05
Round: 2.2
White: Ginat, Michael
Black: Stead, Kerry
Result: 0-1
ECO: A57
Annotator: Kerry Stead
PlyCount: 80

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. b6 e6 6. Nc3 exd5 7. Nxd5 Nxd5 8.
Qxd5 Nc6 9. Nf3 Rb8 10. Ne5 Qf6 11. Nxc6 11... dxc6 {
Strange as it might seem, this is all theory, and stuff I had played before.}
12. Qe4+ Be7 13. g3 13... Rxb6 {Around this point I saw Bruce Murray looking
at the position. I have had this position against him in tournaments probably
2 or 3 times. After the game he told me he was looking at it from black's
perspective, and wondered how such an odd pawn structure came about ... and
then it dawned on him ... and he suggested I owed him something for the
training games!} 14. Bg2 O-O 15. O-O Bf5 (15... Be6 {
is suggested by Fedorowicz, following Lalic-Cramling.}) 16. Qf3 (16. Qa4 Rd8
17. Qa5 {is the line Fedorowicz thinks should give black problems here.}) 16...
Be6 17. Rd1 Qxf3 18. Bxf3 18... Bf6 {I didn't mind this position - yes I have
weak c pawns, but I have a lot of pressure on the queenside with the rook and
bishop pair. I was figuring that the game would probably drift towards a draw .
.. but you never know with chess!} 19. Be3 Rxb2 20. Bxc5 Rc8 21. a4 Bc4 22. e3
Rc2 23. Bd4 Bxd4 24. Rxd4 {This is a position I wasn't quite sure about. I
liked my c2 rook, however my white squared bishop is a bit awkward in this
position, and I couldn't see an easy was to play the position. I was
considering heading into a rook ending a pawn down to get the bishops off the
board, but thankfully thought the better of it.} 24... Kf8 25. Rb1 25... Rc7 {
Here I offered a draw, which was declined.} 26. Kg2 {This is a useful move for
white to play - it allows the b1 rook into the game (as it is no longer tied
to the back rank), and also gets the king that little bit closer to the centre,
if needed later on.} 26... Ke7 27. h4 27... f5 {Again, I wasn't quite sure
what to do here. I didn't particularly want to create weaknesses in my
position, but figured that this would be the best way to get the rook from d4.}
28. Rb8 Bf7 29. h5 c5 30. Rf4 {Not a move I was really expecting, but it seems
like a strong move - I don't think my queenside is as easy to defend as it
might look.} 30... Ra2 (30... g6 31. Rb6 (31. Rh8 Kf6) 31... a5 {
were two lines I didn't really like the look of.}) 31. Rxf5 Rxa4 32. Rh8 h6 33.
Rh7 {g7 is in fact a rather tough square to defend, and I need some tactics to
be able to keep the position under control.} 33... Ke6 34. g4 Be8 35. Rh8 Bc6
36. Bxc6 $2 (36. Kg3 {Looks like the only good move in this position.}) 36...
Rxg4+ $1 37. Kh3 Kxf5 38. Rf8+ 38... Ke6 $1 {Now with the bishop on, black has
won a pawn in the rook ending, and the c pawn is ominous to say the least.} (
38... Kg5 {was what I was originally looking at (prior to playing Rxg4), but I
realised the problem with it before I played the move.} 39. f4+ Kxh5 (39...
Rxf4 40. exf4+ Kxh5 41. Be8+ g6 42. Rf5#) 40. Bf3 {which wins for white}) 39.
Kxg4 Rxc6 40. Rg8 c4 0-1

Kerry Stead
18-09-2004, 06:54 PM
Round 3 game against George Xie ... was in the hunt for a while, but just lost control of the position when it became critical. It will be interesting to see how the clash between Greg and George goes this week - they are both in good form and are the obvious favourites for the top two places.

Event: NSW Championship
Site: ?
Date: 2004.09.12
Round: 3.1
White: Stead, Kerry
Black: Xie, George
Result: 0-1
ECO: A40
Annotator: Kerry Stead
PlyCount: 60

1. d4 e6 2. g3 {I didn't particularly like the idea of playing a French
against George, so chose something solid but quiet.} 2... Nf6 3. Bg2 c5 4. c3
cxd4 5. cxd4 Qa5+ 6. Bd2 Qb6 7. Bc3 {Not the ideal position for the bishop,
obviously, but it is the piece that one would most like to exchange off as
white.} 7... Nc6 8. e3 d5 9. Ne2 Bd6 10. Nd2 Bd7 11. O-O 11... O-O {up until no
w, I'd say everything was pretty straightforward - we've both brought our
pieces out to reasonable positions, and there's no glaring weaknesses in
either position ... now was the time for a plan ...} 12. Nc1 {
heading for c5 via d3 (the other knight can support it from b3).} 12... Rfc8
13. Nd3 13... Nb4 {This was one move I wasn't expecting. In some ways it seems
to go against what black should be trying to do (keep white's poor bishop on
the board), but at the same time, it gets black's bishops much more scope, and
allows the c file to be used by the rooks.} 14. Bxb4 Bxb4 15. a3 $5 {I'm not co
nvinced this is the best move, but at the same time I don't think its too bad.}
(15. Nxb4 {is the computer preference, although I don't particularly like the
resulting position.} 15... Qxb4 16. b3) 15... Bd6 {The dilemma here for white
is what to do about the impending Bb5? I considered a few options, and in
hindsight, perhaps my first thought was better than what I eventually played.}
16. a4 $6 {it was only after playing a3 that I really looked at my position
and discovered the difficulties with it - if I was going to play a4 anyway, I
may as well have played it with the bishop on b4 rather than on d6!} (16. b4 $5
{is the move I had been looking at, with the following line in mind:} 16... Rc3
(16... Bb5 17. Nb3 17... Rc3 {transposes}) 17. Nb3 Bb5 (17... Ba4 18. Ndc5 Bxc5
19. dxc5 Qa6 20. Rb1 {is another line - again black is a little better, but
the game is still far from over.}) 18. Nbc5 Bxc5 19. Nxc5 {an exchange sac was
my idea, with there being a good chance that the rook on c3 could get trapped}
19... Bxf1 20. Bxf1 Ne4 (20... Qc6 21. Qe1 Rc2 (21... Ne4 22. f3) 22. Bd3) 21.
Qe1 Rc2 22. Bd3 {and black has to give the exchange back}) 16... a5 17. Qb1 {
trying to untangle out of the mess my pieces are in} 17... Rc7 18. Qa2 $2 {
I got my move orders wrong!} (18. Rd1 {
looks much better - still better for black, but white is still in the game.})
18... Qa6 19. Ne5 {
not the move I wanted to play - remember I was trying to get that knight to c5!
} 19... Be8 20. Rfc1 $6 (20. Rfd1 {again would have been preferable - I think
I need to get the bishop on the f1-a6 diagonal before I can think of
exchanging rooks.}) 20... Rxc1+ 21. Rxc1 21... Qe2 $1 22. Ndf3 (22. b3 {
was another line I looked at playing, and I think it is a better one for white,
although the position remains difficult.}) 22... Ne4 23. Rf1 {At the time, we
both thought this was forced, but there looks like there is a Fritz defence
that might hold!} (23. Nd3 $1 {cutting off the retreat squares for the queen}
23... b5 (23... Qxd3 24. Bf1 $1 24... Nc3 25. bxc3 {
and white is looking good again!}) 24. Qb1 bxa4 (24... Bb4 25. Nfe5 Nxf2 (25...
Qh5 26. Nxb4 axb4 27. axb5 Bxb5 28. Bxe4 dxe4 29. Qxe4) 26. Nxf2 26... Qxe3 {
leaves white a piece ahead for a few pawns.}) 25. Re1 Nd2 26. Rxe2 Nxb1 27. Re1
Bb5 28. Bf1 {and the knight on b1 is trapped, although the double a pawns with
both black bishops on the board may still be difficult to keep under control.})
23... f6 {now white has to give material to try and save the position ...} 24.
Bh3 fxe5 25. Bxe6+ Kh8 26. Nxe5 Bxe5 27. dxe5 27... Bc6 {
now the game is well and truly over} 28. Bxd5 28... Nd2 $1 29. Ra1 Rf8 30. f4
Bxd5 0-1

Kerry Stead
25-10-2004, 06:17 PM
Long overdue, but I've finally gotten around to annotating my games from the NSW Championship. On 3/8, and looks like I'll finish with a final round bye for 4/9. Hardly what I'd call a good score, but I suppose I only have myself to blame - I threw away so many good positions!

Event: NSW Championship
Site: ?
Date: 2004.09.19
Round: 4.3
White: Yu, Ronald
Black: Stead, Kerry
Result: 1-0
ECO: B25
Annotator: Kerry Stead
PlyCount: 125

1. Nf3 c5 2. e4 {This was a bit of a surprise ... not something I was expecting from Ronald.} 2... Nc6 3. Nc3 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 d6 6. d3 e5 7. Bg5 Nge7 8. Qd2 h6 9. Be3 Be6 10. O-O Qd7 11. a3 11... Nd4 {I was reasonably pleased with my position around this point in the game - my main concern was what to do with my king - castle or leave it in the centre ...} 12. b4 Bh3 13. Bxd4 Bxg2 14. Kxg2 cxd4 15. Ne2 f5 16. c3 fxe4 17. dxe4 17... dxc3 $6 (17... Qc6) 18. Nxc3 O-O 19. Nd5 Nxd5 20. Qxd5+ Qf7 21. Rfd1 Rad8 22. Rac1 Rd7 23. b5 Qxd5 24. Rxd5 Kf7 25. Rc4 Ke6 26. Ra4 b6 27. Rc4 Rdf7 28. Rd3 Bf6 29. Nd2 Bg5 30. f3 Bxd2 31. Rxd2 31... Rd7 {Here I offered a draw ... which Ronald turned down.} 32. Rc6 Ke7 33. Kf2 Ke6 34. Ke3 g5 35. a4 Rg8 36. Rdc2 Rf8 37. Rc8 Rff7 38. Rh8 Rh7 39. Rcc8 Kf6 40. Rcf8+ Kg6 41. Rxh7 Kxh7 42. f4 Kg7 43. Rf5 gxf4+ 44. gxf4 Re7 45. Kd3 exf4
46. Rxf4 Rc7 47. Rf2 Rc5 48. Ke3 Rc3+ 49. Kd4 Rc5 50. Rg2+ $6 (50. Rf5 {as happened in 2 moves time was much better}) 50... Kf7 51. Rf2+ 51... Kg7 $2 {I had just assumed Ronald would repeat moves ... but I was wrong!} (51... Ke6 {is probably good enough to draw, but the game is still tough.}) (51... Ke7 {might also be good enough to hold ... at least the king is able to cover the dpawn, unlike the game.}) 52. Rf5 $3 {now white wins} 52... Rc2 (52... Rxf5 53. exf5 Kf6 54. Kd5 Kxf5 55. Kxd6 Kg4 56. Kc7 Kh3 57. Kb7 Kxh2 58. Kxa7 h5 59. a5 bxa5 (59... h4 60. axb6 h3 61. b7 Kg2 62. b8=Q h2 63. Qxh2+ {wins}) 60. b6 h4 61. b7 h3 62. b8=Q+ {is winning}) 53. Kd5 Rxh2 54. Kxd6 Ra2 55. e5 Rxa4 56. e6 Rd4+ 57. Kc7 Re4 58. Kd7 Rd4+ 59. Ke8 Re4 60. e7 Re1 61. Rf7+ Kg8 62. Rf8+ Kg7 63. Kd7 1-0

Kerry Stead
25-10-2004, 06:27 PM
Round Five was a bit of an up and down game ... one minute I was better, then worse, then better again ... unfortunately the final swing had me worse, and losing shortly afterwards!

Event: NSW Championship
Site: Unkown
Date: 2004.09.20
Round: 5.4
White: Stead, Kerry
Black: Murray, Bruce
Result: 0-1
ECO: A00
Annotator: Kerry Stead
PlyCount: 112

1. g3 Nf6 2. Bg2 g6 3. d4 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Ne2 O-O 6. O-O e5 7. c3 c6 8. h3 Nbd7 9. Be3 Re8 10. Nd2 Qc7 11. f4 b6 12. g4 {White has what looks like a strong position after a relatively tame looking opening. I figured if I was going to be aggressive, I might as well go all-out with it!} 12... Ba6 13. dxe5 dxe5 14. f5 Red8 15. Qe1 Nc5 16. Bxc5 bxc5 17. c4 {This is where I came up with my first plan - to restrict the scope of black's bishops. I figured that if I could close the position, my space advantage and knight pair would leave me with a much better position.} 17... Qa5 18. Nc3 Qb4 19. Rb1 {defending both the b and c pawns} 19... Rd4 20. a3 Qb8 21. g5 Nh5 22. f6 Bf8 23. b3 {part 1 of the plan is complete - black's bishops are out of the game. Next was finding a way to improve my pieces.} 23... Qd8 24. Nf3 Rd3 25. Ne2 Qc7 26. Nc1 Rdd8 27. Qc3 Re8 28. Nd3 {Not only are my pieces now on better squares, but black's pieces are now becoming tied down to the e pawn.} 28... Bd6 29. Nh2 {my follow-up idea was to get the knight to g4, not only hitting e5, but also heading to h6. If the knight was captured, I figured the open h file would lead to an easy win with a quick switch of the heavy pieces to the h file.} 29... Bc8 30. Ng4 $6 {I think this move was a bit rushed - there is no need to play it right away. Better would be doubling rooks on the d file first I think.} 30... Bd7 31. Rbd1 (31. Rfd1 {may have been better}) 31... Rad8 32. Qe1 {heading for h4} 32... Qb8 33. b4 (33. Nh6+ Kf8 34. Qe3 Bc8 35. Nxc5 Qb6 36. b4 {looks far more promising}) (33. Rf3 {is another reasonable option}) 33... cxb4 34. c5 (34. Nh6+ {again is to be preferred}) 34... Bf8 35. axb4 Bxg4 36. hxg4 Nf4 37. Nxf4 Rxd1 38. Qxd1 exf4 39. Qd7 $2 {holding the b pawn needs to be a priority} (39. Qd2) (39. Qd4) 39... Rd8 40. Qxc6 Qxb4 41. Qa6 {Now my position goes downhill very rapidly} (41. Kh1 {would keep things tough at least}) 41... Qxc5+ 42. Kh1 Qxg5 43. Bh3 Qh4 44. Rf3 Rd1+ 45. Kh2 Rd2+ 46. Kh1 Qe1+ 47. Qf1 Qxe4 48. Bg2 Qc2 49. Kh2 a5 50. Kh3 g5 51. Qh1 Qg6 52. Kh2 Bd6 53. Qc1 Rc2 54. Qd1 Bf8 55. Qd8 Qe4 56. Kh3 Qe2 0-1

Kerry Stead
25-10-2004, 06:32 PM
Event: NSW Championship
Site: Unkown
Date: 2004.10.10
Round: 6.6
White: Bird, Andrew
Black: Stead, Kerry
Result: 1-0
ECO: C41
Annotator: Kerry Stead
PlyCount: 109

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 2... d6 {thought I'd try the Philidor's} 3. d4 Nd7 4. Bc4 c6 5. Nc3 Be7 6. dxe5 dxe5 7. Ng5 Bxg5 8. Qh5 Qf6 9. Qxg5 h6 10. Qxf6 {Here Andrew offered me a draw, which I refused - I simply thought it was too early in the game.} 10... Ngxf6 11. a4 Nc5 12. f3 Be6 13. Be2 g5 14. Be3 Ncd7 15. a5 Kd8 16. g4 Kc7 17. h4 gxh4 18. Rxh4 h5 19. g5 Ne8 20. f4 f6 21. f5 fxg5 22. Rxh5 Rxh5 23. Bxh5 Bc4 24. Bxg5 Nef6 25. Be2 Bxe2 26. Kxe2 {Although now a pawn down, I though that with active pieces, the ending should be drawable.} 26... Rg8 27. Rg1 b5 28. axb6+ axb6 29. Be3 Rxg1 30. Bxg1 b5 31. Kf3 Kd6 32. Nd1 Nc5 33. Bxc5+ Kxc5 34. Ke3 Ng4+ 35. Kd3 Kb4 36. Nc3 Kc5 37. Ke2 Kd4 38. Kf3 Nf6 39. Ne2+ Kc4 40. b3+ Kb4 41. Ke3 41... Ka3 {this king manouvre is a bit risky, but I thought it was fine at the time, and still think it is OK for black.} 42. Ng3 Kb2 43. Kd3 Kc1 44. b4 Kd1 45. c4 Ke1 46. cxb5 cxb5 47. Ne2 Kf2 48. Nc3 Kf3 49. Nxb5 Nxe4 50. Nc3 50... Nd6 $4 {the losing move} (50... Nf6 {holds the position together and the game should be drawn} 51. b5 Kf4 52. b6 Nd7 53. b7 (53. f6 Nxb6 54. f7 Nd7) (53. Na4 Nxb6) 53... Nc5+ 54. Kc4 Nxb7) 51. f6 {Now white has a vital extra tempo which is good enough to win with} 51... Kf4 52. Ne4 Nf7 53. b5 Kf5 54. b6 Nd8 55. b7 1-0

Kerry Stead
25-10-2004, 06:38 PM
Round 7 ... the game I REALLY threw away! :doh:

Event: NSW Championship
Site: Unkown
Date: 2004.10.17
Round: 7.8
White: Stead, Kerry
Black: Nanavati, Minir
Result: 0-1
ECO: D10
Annotator: Kerry Stead
PlyCount: 124

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 e6 5. f3 $5 {something different - not sure if its any good theoretically though.} 5... Be7 6. Qd2 {a little reminiscent of Ilija Ilic} 6... Qa5 7. Bxf6 Bxf6 8. e4 dxe4 9. fxe4 Bg5 (9... e5 {looks like a better move}) 10. Qf2 Nd7 11. Nf3 Bh6 12. Bd3 a6 (12... e5 {again, this move really has to be played soon otherwise white will simply have an easy game}) 13. O-O O-O 14. a3 b5 15. b4 Qd8 16. c5 Qe7 17. e5 {now the game is positionally over - black's c8 bishop is buried, the d7 knight has no good squares, and the h6 bishop can do very little, while a white knight will jump into d6, the bishop on d3 is ideal and white has a large space advantage ... if only I could convert these positions!} 17... Rd8
18. Ne4 Nf8 19. Nd6 Bd7 20. Ne1 Be8 21. Nc2 Ra7 22. Be4 Rc7 23. Rad1 Ng6 24. g3 Qf8 25. Rd3 Ne7 26. Rf3 Nd5 27. g4 Qe7 28. h4 g6 29. g5 Bg7 30. Qd2 Qd7 31. h5 31... Ne7 {up until this point, everything has been progressing smoothly, and the game should be over very quickly, however I got a bit too excited by the pin on the 7th rank and sacrificed when it was not needed!} 32. Rxf7 $4 (32. h6 Bh8 33. Nxf7 Bxf7 34. Rxf7 {is strong}) (32. Ne3 $1 {simple, but effective} 32... gxh5 (32... Nf5 33. Ng4 Nh4 (33... Qe7 34. Nf6+ Bxf6 35. gxf6 Qf8 36. Rh3 ) 34. Nf6+ Bxf6 35. gxf6 {and black can't prevent Qh6-g7}) 33. Qh2 Nd5 34. Nxd5 cxd5 35. Bb1 {is much better for white}) 32... Bxf7 33. Rxf7 Rf8 34. Qf2 { I think at this stage I'd realised how easy my win should have been, and that I'd thrown it away, and rather than focussing on moves that would make things difficult for black, I just played the most obvious moves (which aren't that good).} (34. hxg6 hxg6 35. Bxg6 Nxg6 36. Rxd7 Rxd7 37. Qg2 {is a line Fritz likes, and with the g7 bishop out of the game I'd have to agree!}) (34. Qf4 Qd8 35. h6 Nd5 36. Rxf8+ Bxf8 37. Qg4 {is still playable, although black is better}) 34... Qd8 35. Ne3 Nd5 36. Rxf8+ Bxf8 37. Qg3 gxh5 38. Ng2 Rg7 39. Qh3 Qe7 40. Qxh5 Rxg5 41. Bxh7+ Kg7 42. Qh2 Rxg2+ 43. Qxg2+ 43... Kxh7 {and the game is over for all intents and purposes} 44. Qh3+ Bh6 45. Ne4 Qg7+ 46. Kh1 Qg6 47. Qh4 Kg7 48. Ng3 Qg5 49. Qh3 Nf4 50. Qh2 Qg4 51. Qf2 Bg5 52. Ne4 Qh3+ 53. Kg1 Qf5 54. Nxg5 Qxg5+ 55. Kf1 Qg4 56. Qe3 Qh3+ 57. Qxh3 Nxh3 58. Ke2 Nf4+ 59. Ke3 Nd5+ 60. Kf3 Kg6 61. Kg4 Ne3+ 62. Kf4 Nc2 0-1

Kerry Stead
25-10-2004, 06:42 PM
Event: NSW Championship
Site: Unkown
Date: 2004.10.24
Round: 8.7
White: Hu, Jason
Black: Stead, Kerry
Result: 0-1
ECO: A21
Annotator: Kerry Stead
PlyCount: 106

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 c6 3. Nf3 3... Qc7 {something to avoid theory - I was
orignally looking to get some kind of Philidor-like position, but that changed
fairly quickly.} 4. e3 f5 5. d4 e4 6. Nh4 g6 7. g4 (7. Nxf5 {is something Fritz is interested in} 7... gxf5 8. Qh5+ Kd8 9. Qxf5 9... Bb4 {with a small edge for black.}) 7... fxg4 8. Nxe4 d5 9. Nc3 Nf6 10. cxd5 Nxd5 11. Bd2 ({Of course not} 11. e4 11... Nxc3 12. bxc3 Qe7) 11... Bd6 12. Qc2 $6 {I think thisw move just hands the initiative completely to black.} 12... Nb4
13. Qb3 Qe7 14. Ng2 Be6 15. Qd1 Bf5 16. Rc1 16... h5 {I think black is
significantly better here, however the game is still far from over.} 17. a3
Nd3+ 18. Bxd3 Bxd3 19. Qb3 Rf8 20. Nd1 Be4 21. O-O 21... Nd7 $5 (21... Na6 { may be better, but I saw no future for the knight on a6.}) 22. Bb4 Bxb4 23. Qxb4 Qxb4 24. axb4 {I was reasonably happy with this position, as long as I could keep the knight on g2 out of the game.} 24... g5 25. Nc3 Nf6 26. b5 Kd7 27. bxc6+ bxc6 28. Ra1 Rfb8 29. Ra2 h4 30. Rfa1 Rb7 31. Ne1 Bg6 32. Na4 32... Kd6 {white is starting to build some initiative on the queenside, however the desertion of the ranks from the kingside was what I was looking for to launch an attack - after all I have a fair few pawns near the white king!} 33. Nc5 Rf7 34. Ned3 Bxd3 35. Nxd3 Ne4 36. Kg2 $6 {I can't see this being a good move - it simply encourages what I was going to do anyway!} 36... Raf8 37. Rxa7 Rxf2+ 38. Kg1 (38. Nxf2 Rxf2+ 39. Kh1 (39. Kg1 h3 40. Rf1 Rg2+ 41. Kh1 g3 42. Rff7 Rxh2+ 43. Kg1 Rg2+ 44. Kf1 44... Rxb2 {looks to be winning easily for black}) 39... Re2 (39... Nd2 40. b4 g3 41. hxg3 hxg3 42. R1a2 Kd5 43. R7a5+ Ke4 44. Re5+ Kf3 45. Rf5+ Kg4 46. Rxd2 Rxd2) 40. Rg7 Rxe3) 38... Rd2 39. Ne5 Rc2 40. Nf7+ $6 {I'm not convinced that this is the right move} (40. Rd7+ {looks move sensible, but it is still not very promising} 40... Ke6 41. Rc7 (41. Rg7 h3) 41... g3 42. Rxc6+ Rxc6 43. Nxc6 Rf2) 40... Ke6 41. Rf1 Rb8 42. b4 h3 43. d5+ Kxd5 44. Rd1+ (44. Nxg5 Rg2+ 45. Kh1 Nf2+ 46. Rxf2 Rxf2) 44... Ke6 45. Nd8+ $4 45... Kf6 (45... Rxd8 $3 {wins immediately!}) 46. Rf7+ Kg6 47. Re7 Rg2+ (47... Rxd8 {wins here as well}) 48. Kf1 Nd2+ 49. Rxd2 Rxd2 50. Nxc6 Rf8+ 51. Ke1 Rxh2 52. Re6+ Kh5 53. b5 g3 0-1