Report 19 September 2008

 

Allegro tournament

 

Results:

Nathan Shaw 2 Peter Ford 0

Greg Colwell 1 Josh Ford 1

Greg Colwell 2 Peter Ford 0

Mark Taylor 1 Nathan Shaw 1

 

Four sets of games were played tonight. The following report is supplied by Nathan:

 

Nathan v Peter 2-0
 
The first game Peter was white and I defended with a Sicilian. Peter castled kingside and I fianchettoed kingside. Peter had a knight sitting on g5 for a lot of the game, but was not able to get any troops around it to capitalise on the strong position. We decided afterwards that, had Peter supported the knight with an early pawn advance along the f file, he would have had a strong attack with few defensive weaknesses. With Peter's f pawn sitting on its heels, I was able to force an exchange of his strong white squared bishop on b3 for my bad knight, which in turn enabled the advance of my own f pawn. This led to a retreat of Peter's strong knight and a choice for him of losing a piece or seriously blowing his king's pawn cover. He chose the former and I was able to exchange down to a relatively easy endgame.
 
In the second game I played a slightly offbeat and very aggressive opening that rarely gets white an advantage in long time controls, but works well on the short ones. Peter made a few too many knight moves early on and allowed me at least 3 tempi development and a kingside pawn storm that proved decisive.
 
Mark v Nathan 1-1
 
In the first game I again played a Sicilian and, thinking I was in a strong position about to blow open Mark's kingside, Mark moved his knight (to my astonishment), leaving his queen en pris but threatening mate in one if I took it. This played havoc with my pawn structure, gave Mark a good attack. He declined the opportunity to snap up a couple of free pawns and instead went for the jugular. The critical point came with a position something like (black to move):
 
White: a2, b2, c3, d3, f2, g2, h2, Kg1, Re1, Ra1, Be3, Qc4, Ng5
Black: a7, c5, e5, e6, e7, g6, h7, Kf6, Ra8, Qd8, Rh8, Bg7, Ng4
 
After considerable thought I grabbed the extra piece with NxB, thinking play would continue 1.Qxe6+ KxN 2. fxN, which I thought would allow my king just enough time to get back to safety. I did not consider 2 RxN instead, which was the move played. From there Mark methodically and easily forced mate.
 
In the second game it was Mark's turn to play a Sicilian and we were pretty even about 15 moves or so moves in. After that, I played a move that won a pawn, but also threatened to win a piece. In reality it would have given me one or two more pawns only, but Mark let more than half his time wind down and resigned in a position that was certainly not totally lost in short time controls.

 

Allegro Trophy 2008: Current standings

All players to play 22 games

No.

NAME

POINTS

PLAYED

1

Andrew Robinson

8.5

10

2

Kieran Lyons

5.5

8

3

Nathan Shaw

5.5

8

4

Brian Willcock

4.5

10

5

Mark Taylor

4

12

6

Russell Lyons

3.5

6

7

Greg Colwell

3.5

6

8

Josh Ford

3

8

9

Tony Howes

2

2

10

Peter Ford

2

8

11

John Roper

0

0

12

Joseph Curtain

0

6

Allegro tournament 2008 results in detail

 

 

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