John Rogers vs John White, 1975

John Rogers takes on John White in the 1975 Club Championship match. A Changing of the Guard?
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[pgn]
[White “Rogers, John”]
[Black “White, John”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “200”]
[BlackElo “148”]
[WhiteTitle “”]
[BlackTitle “”]

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1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. Nf3 Nc6

{[pgndiagram]So far, so English – this is the English system, Four Knights variation. A fairly standard opening which everyone should know the basics of.}

4.d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Nxd4 6. Qxd4 c6

{[pgndiagram] A flurry of exchanges sees White bring his Queen out early on.}

7.Bg5 Be7 8. e4 O-O 9. e5 Ne8 10. Be3 Nc7 11. Bd3 Ne6

{[pgndiagram] Both players continue their development. Notably Black castles early, while White advances his e-pawn twice.}

12. Qe4 g6 13. O-O-O Nc5 14. Qd4 Ne6 15. Qg4 Qa5 16. f4 Nc5 17. Bxc5 Bxc5 18. Ne4?

{[pgndiagram] Overlooking the weakness of his Queen, White plays Knight to e4.}

18… f5! 19. exf6 d5!!

{[pgndiagram] White’s Knight is now lost!}

20. Qh4 dxe4 21. Bxe4 Qxa2 22. Rhe1 Qa1+

{[pgndiagram]White is now in real trouble! Black can check at will and take material!!}

23. Kc2 Qa4+ 24. Kb1 Qxc4 25. Rc1 Qb4 26. Re2 Bd4 27. f5 Rxf6

{[pgndiagram]It doesn’t look good for the reigning Club Champ at this point. Is there a counter-attack to be had? Black’s King is also exposed.}

28. fxg6 Rxg6 29. Bxg6 hxg6 30. g4 Bg7! 31. h3?

{[pgndiagram]The Queen has to go, surely??}

31… Bf5+! 32. gxf5 Qxh4

{[pgndiagram]Spaghetti all over the board at this point, Black has clear advantage with White’s Queen off the board!}

33. fxg6 Rf8 34. Rce1 Qg5 35. Re7 Qxg6+

{[pgndiagram]White’s cannons look ineffective as Black checks while taking material.}

36. Ka1 Qg2 37. Rxb7 Rf5 38. Rb4 Ra5+

{[pgndiagram]The end appears nigh…}

39. Kb1 Rc5 40. Re8+ Kf7 41. Rd8 Qc2+

{[pgndiagram]White resigns and a new Club Champion is crowned. Result: 0-1}

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Thanks to Mike Mackenzie for the moves and analysis. Full version below.

Full version:

[pgn navigation_board=below animation_speed=0 show_move_arrow=false]1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Nxd4 6.Qxd4 c6 7.Bg5 Be7 8.e4 O-O 9.e5 Ne8 10.Be3 Nc7 11.Bd3 Ne6 12.Qe4 g6 13.O-O-O Nc5 14.Qd4 Ne6 15.Qg4 Qa5 16.f4 Nc5 17.Bxc5 Bxc5 18.Ne4 f5 19.exf6 d5 20.Qh4 dxe4 21.Bxe4 Qxa2 22.Rhe1 Qa1+ 23.Kc2 Qa4+ 24.Kb1 Qxc4 25.Rc1 Qb4 26.Re2 Bd4 27.f5 Rxf6 28.fxg6 Rxg6 29.Bxg6 hxg6 30.g4 Bg7 31.h3 Bf5+ 32.gxf5 Qxh4 33.fxg6 Rf8 34.Rce1 Qg5 35.Re7 Qxg6+ 36.Ka1 Qg2 37.Rxb7 Rf5 38.Rb4 Ra5+ 39.Kb1 Rc5 40.Re8+ Kf7 41.Rd8 Qc2+*[/pgn]