Peter Morton vs JS Murray, 2004

Hammersmith Chess Club’s former Chairman and honorary life member Peter Morton (1824) played in the Guernsey Open in 2004. Facing a much stronger player in JS Murray (2075), he secured a tremendous victory to take the U2000 grading prize.

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[White “Morton, Peter”]
[Black “Murray, JS”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “1824”]
[BlackElo “2075”]
[WhiteTitle “”]
[BlackTitle “”]

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1. e4 c5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Ne2 Nc6 5.O-O e6 6.c3 Nge7 7.Na3 O-O 8.Nc2 d5

{[pgndiagram]An unusual line of the Sicilian defence this. Going against opening convention, White plays his Knight to a3, then back to c2.}

9.exd5 exd5 10.d4 cxd4 11.Nexd4 Nf5

{[pgndiagram]A flurry of exchanges in the centre sees the E file open up. Play looks pretty even for Black and White at this point.}

12.Nxf5 Bxf5 13.Ne3 Qd7 14.Nxf5 Qxf5 15.Qxd5 Qc2

{[pgndiagram]A second series of exchanges sees White go a pawn up, while Black places his Queen in an advanced – but not threatening – position.}

16.Qd1 Qf5 17.Bxc6 bxc6 18.Be3 a5 19.Rc1 a4 20.Qc2 Qf3

{[pgndiagram]Play continues with two more pieces being swapped. Black’s pawn structure now looks unstable.}

21.Rfe1 h5 22.Bf4 Qd5 23.a3 Ra7 24.Rcd1 Qb5 25.Re4 Qf5

{[pgndiagram]White brings his Rooks to the open centre files looking to gain an advantage, while Black seeks to mount an attack on the Kingside by advancing his h-pawn.}

26.Qe2 Kh7 27.Bc1 Rb8 28.g4 hxg4 29.Qxg4

{[pgndiagram]White is finally able to force the Queen exchange, leaving him in a superior position to take advantage of the board.}

29…Qxg4+ 30.Rxg4 Re8 31.Kf1 Re6?

{[pgndiagram]Black plays Rook to e6. Seems to be a ponderous move in light of the position on the board. Also leaves the back rank open for White’s d-Rook to take advantage. A blunder at this stage in the game?}

32.Rh4+ Kg8 33.Rd8+

{[pgndiagram]Black resigns in the face of inevitable defeat. 1-0}

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[pgn navigation_board=below animation_speed=0 show_move_arrow=false]1.e4 c5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Ne2 Nc6 5.O-O e6 6.c3 Nge7 7.Na3 O-O 8.Nc2 d5 9.exd5 exd5 10.d4 cxd4 11.Nexd4 Nf5 12.Nxf5 Bxf5 13.Ne3 Qd7 14.Nxf5 Qxf5 15.Qxd5 Qc2 16.Qd1 Qf5 17.Bxc6 bxc6 18.Be3 a5 19.Rc1 a4 20.Qc2 Qf3 21.Rfe1 h5 22.Bf4 Qd5 23.a3 Ra7 24.Rcd1 Qb5 25.Re4 Qf5 26.Qe2 Kh7 27.Bc1 Rb8 28.g4 hxg4 29.Qxg4 Qxg4+ 30.Rxg4 Re8 31.Kf1 Re6? 32.Rh4+ Kg8 33.Rd8+*[/pgn]