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    Sarker - Cotton draw

    Sam won a pawn in the opening but Shouvojit played well to get compensation with the help of some minor positional errors and was able to reach a very drawn looking OCB ending. Sam did very well to create winning chances that may or may not have been enough (perhaps even with best play it was just holdable) but at a certain point missed the best line and Shouvojit blocked the extra pawn, after which the game was totally drawn.

    Bonham 1-0 Cohen

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    Next week Little - Sarker, and I will probably run some kind of allegro.

    Round 6 will be played on the 24th.
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    Little 1 - 0 Sarker. It looked like being a long struggle and then Ian got a quickly winning attack after a positional error.

    Provisional draw for round 6 Monday 24th July

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    No Name                 Total  Result   Name                  Total
    
     1 Sam Cotton (6)       [3.5]     :     Kevin Bonham (1)      [5]  
     2 Scott Cohen (4)      [3.5]     :     Chris Shepherd (9)    [3]  
     3 Michael Midson (8)   [3]       :     Ian Little (5)        [3]  
     4 Tan Thanh Nguyen (2) [3]       :     Shouvojit Sarker (16) [2.5]
     5 Alex Nagy (7)        [2.5]     :     Mark Zeeman (14)      [2]  
     6 James Jennings (10)  [1+p]     :     William Rumley (11)   [1+p]  
     7 Joshua Perrin (13)   [1+p]     :     Adam Rutledge (15)    [1+p]  
     8 Les Hay (12)         [0]      0:0    BYE
    Note that the bottom three boards have changed from the provisional draw I had tonight at the club because when I got home I noticed it was wrong. Time to switch from SP to Vega for the rest of the tournament now.
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    What's happened to a lot of the players who used to post their games here? This thread was quite a good training area, with people like Dr Dowden and rr contributing their knowledge.
    “The best part of adopting conservatism after years of leftism, by the way, is how much easier life becomes. If you’re a conservative, facts are generally all you need to establish a case or mount an argument. If you’re a leftist, however, you always have to find a way around the facts, which is why combative lefties always sound like lawyers knowingly representing a guilty client.”—Tim Blair

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    What's happened to a lot of the players who used to post their games here? This thread was quite a good training area, with people like Dr Dowden and rr contributing their knowledge.
    We have quite a bit of turnover in membership from time to time, but also, people get busy!

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    Board 7 Perrin - Rutledge is postponed.

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    Code:
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     1 Sam Cotton (6)       [3.5]    0:1    Kevin Bonham (1)      [5]  
     2 Scott Cohen (4)      [3.5]    1:0    Chris Shepherd (9)    [3]  
     3 Michael Midson (8)   [3]      1:0    Ian Little (5)        [3]  
     4 Tan Thanh Nguyen (2) [3]      0:1    Shouvojit Sarker (16) [2.5]
     5 Alex Nagy (7)        [2.5]    0:1    Mark Zeeman (14)      [2]  
     6 James Jennings (10)  [1+p]    -:+    William Rumley (11)   [1+p]  
     7 Joshua Perrin (13)   [1+p]    P:P    Adam Rutledge (15)    [1+p]  
     8 Les Hay (12)         [0]      0:0    BYE
    Provisional pairing for round 7 on July 31

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     1 Kevin Bonham (1)      [6]       :     Michael Midson (8)   [4]  
     2 Shouvojit Sarker (16) [3.5]     :     Scott Cohen (4)      [4.5]
     3 William Rumley (11)   [2+1p]    :     Sam Cotton (6)       [3.5]
     4 Ian Little (5)        [3]       :     Tan Thanh Nguyen (2) [3]  
     5 James Jennings (10)   [1+1p]    :     Chris Shepherd (9)   [3]  
     6 Mark Zeeman (14)      [3]       :     Adam Rutledge (15)   [1+2p]  
     7 Alex Nagy (7)         [2.5]     :     Joshua Perrin (13)   [1+2p]
     8 Les Hay (12)          [0]      0:0    BYE
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    15.fxg3 is very anti-positional, and I can't see any compensating reasons for it. Any reason for the time-losing 15... Qg5 instead of say 15...Be6 to complete development and connect Rs?
    34. Qd2 d3 35. Kf2 offers White slim swindling chances, while the P endgame a P down offered none, as usual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    15.fxg3 is very anti-positional, and I can't see any compensating reasons for it. Any reason for the time-losing 15... Qg5 instead of say 15...Be6 to complete development and connect Rs?
    fxg3 does get the half-open file. I thought hxg3 was better though I don't think black has too many problems there either. As for ...Qg5 the time lost in the game was only lost in the process of white isolating his pawn, which was worth it. Apart from that I was struggling to find any active ideas in the position so I thought I would make white make a decision, and also give myself the option of supporting ...f5 if necessary. As usual I was judging my position as possibly worse than it actually was. I thought 16.Qf2 would be white's best reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    15.fxg3 is very anti-positional, and I can't see any compensating reasons for it. Any reason for the time-losing 15... Qg5 instead of say 15...Be6 to complete development and connect Rs?
    34. Qd2 d3 35. Kf2 offers White slim swindling chances, while the P endgame a P down offered none, as usual.

    15. fxg3 was a significant error. I thought that I might get some activity with the open f file but I didn't have any concrete plans, and I promptly forgot about it next move. I also felt a bit scared of leaving my h file open with my king castled there. I was getting low on time and feeling a bit deflated by my position when I swapped queens, I should have left them on the board.

    I spent a while considering castling queenside on move 10, but I thought black's pawns would probably be quicker than mine, and Kevin mentioned afterward that he was hoping I would castle queenside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samc View Post
    I spent a while considering castling queenside on move 10, but I thought black's pawns would probably be quicker than mine, and Kevin mentioned afterward that he was hoping I would castle queenside.
    Yes I am usually happy if my opponent 0-0-0s when neither side has moved any kingside pawns. In this case I don't know about black being actually better but if I have equality and an active game on move 10 of the exchange QGD then I cannot complain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    fxg3 does get the half-open file.
    But then a R should have been left on that file, so 13.Rae1 would fit better with that strategy. But I doubt that Black has much to fear because the f7 spot is very well defended.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    I thought hxg3 was better though I don't think black has too many problems there either.
    I agree. If White went for the minority attack, Black could have played ...h5-h4, which is what I presume White was worried about ("leaving my h file open with my king castled there"), with some justification.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    As for ...Qg5 the time lost in the game was only lost in the process of white isolating his pawn, which was worth it.
    I'm not sure that White has any better plan than e4, otherwise he is restricted by the Pe3. If so, then a B on e6 would be well placed to meet that.

    Your move 10... h6 has been played quite a lot, although not as much as 10...Nf8.

    Quote Originally Posted by samc View Post
    I spent a while considering castling queenside on move 10, but I thought black's pawns would probably be quicker than mine, and Kevin mentioned afterward that he was hoping I would castle queenside.
    You both seem to be right. White normally castles short and tries for play in the centre with f3 and e4. So the fxg3 deprived White of his normal plan.

    There is an old thread on this variation: QGD Exchange Variation.
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