M.Kouis v T.Seymor

From the 2012 High Wycombe Open, one of our newest members, Marios, takes us through a game against a recent opponent for Sheikh in the Thames Valley League in 2016. It can be a small circuit at the top!

[pgn]
[White “Kouis, Marios”]
[Black “Seymour, Timothy”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “tbc”]
[BlackElo “185”]
[WhiteTitle “”]
[BlackTitle “”]

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[pgn]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Qd2 a6 9.Qf2!?

{[pgndiagram] Asking Black a serious question over the d4 – c5 squares and creates the option to transfer the Queen to the Kingside via g3.}

9…b6

{[pgndiagram] a loss of tempo (Qa5 was correct)}

10.O-O-O c4 11.g4 b5

{[pgndiagram] It was possible to achieve this in one move}

12.f5 Qa5 13.fxe6 fxe6 14.Ng5 Bxg5 15.Bxg5 b4

{[pgndiagram] White has been consistent with his plan to stop the Black King from castling, while Black’s b6-c4-b5 is questionable. However, Black is threatening to seize the initiative on the Queenside despite his tempo loss. This thought process helped me find the following move.}

16.Nxd5!

{[pgndiagram] The consequences of this sacrifice can’t be calculated until the end but White’s compensation is obvious}

16…exd5 17.Bg2 Nf8 18.e6!

{[pgndiagram] Opens the e-file and stops Black from blockading on e6.}

18…Ra7 19.Qf5 Bxe6 20.Rhe1 Ne7 21.Rxe6 Nxe6 22.Qxe6 h6 23.Bf4 c3 24.Kb1

{[pgndiagram] White was obliged to calculate Qxa2 from move 17 onwards; this time I had to stop it!}

24…Rf8 25.Qe5 Rd7 26.Re1 Rf7

{[pgndiagram] I was satisfied with my play this far. White has improved his position and Black remains passive, but there is no forced way to win. So, I stopped calculating variations I closed my eyes and tried to visualise the ideal placement of my pieces. “My Queen is dominant on e5 and my Rook eyes the Black King from the e-file. I would like one Bishop on g5 to co-ordinate with the heavy pieces and maybe in a dream scenario the other Bishop can reach e6 otherwise, I would settle for the h3-c8 diagonal.” The next strong move felt natural.}

27.g5! hxg5 28.Bxg5 Kf8 29.Bh3 Rb7 30.Be6

{[pgndiagram] Who said dreams don’t come true?}

30…Rf2 31.Qg3

{[pgndiagram] The Rook has no squares left. White has achieved a winning advantage.}

31…Rf7 32.Bxf7 Kxf7 33.Qe5 Qd8 34.Qe6+ Kf8 35.Rf1+ Ke8 36.Qf7+ Kd7 37.Re1

{[pgndiagram]Some accurate manoeuvring forced the King to the wrong side of its pieces. The Knight is pinned to the Royalty and will drop next move. Black resigned. 1-0}
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Full version:

[pgn navigation_board=below animation_speed=0 show_move_arrow=false]1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Qd2 a6 9.Qf2 b6 10.O-O-O c4 11.g4 b5 12.f5 Qa5 13.fxe6 fxe6 14.Ng5 Bxg5 15.Bxg5 b4 16.Nxd5 exd5 17.Bg2 Nf8 18.e6 Ra7 19.Qf5 Bxe6 20.Rhe1 Ne7 21.Rxe6 Nxe6 22.Qxe6 h6 23.Bf4 c3 24.Kb1 Rf8 25.Qe5 Rd7 26.Re1 Rf7 27.g5 hxg5 28.Bxg5 Kf8 29.Bh3 Rb7 30.Be6 Rf2 31.Qg3 Rf7 32.Bxf7 Kxf7 33.Qe5 Qd8 34.Qe6+ Kf8 35.Rf1+ Ke8 36.Qf7+ Kd7 37.Re1* [/pgn]