Games
[Event "Teignmouth Summer"] [Site "Teignmouth"] [Date "2015.06.09"] [Round "2"] [White "Halmkin, Peter E"] [Black "Moorhouse, Anthony"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C55"] [Annotator "Bill Frost"] [PlyCount "35"] [EventDate "2015.05.26"] {C56: Two Knights: 4 d4 exd4 5 0-0 Nxe4} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 {The Scotch Opening has a long and illustrious history and is still played today in master tournaments. An innovation designed by Kasparov gave it new lease of life some fifteen years ago.} exd4 4. Bc4 (4. Nxd4 {is the main line but the text move carries its own drop of poison.}) 4... Nf6 5. e5 Qe7 {It is a dangerous practice to have the queen and king on the same file in an open game.} 6. O-O Nxe5 $2 {Black grabs a second pawn at time when development of his pieces was required.} (6... Ng4 {would have been better.}) 7. Nxe5 Qxe5 8. Re1 {Here we go! A series of poor moves culminates in a disastrous position for Black. Somehow he has to provide a shelter for his beleaguered queen.} Ne4 9. f3 Qc5 { The queen has been moved from the dangerous e-file and seemingly has been place in an active position. But all is not as good as it looks.} 10. Rxe4+ { The assault is launched. Now White has a piece for his two lost pawns and an irresistable attack on the black king stuck in the centre.} Be7 11. Bd3 (11. Qxd4 {gave White a quick win in a game Bichinov,K-Nazarov,N Saratov 2014, which continued} Qxd4+ 12. Rxd4 Bc5 13. Be3 O-O 14. Rd3 Bd6 15. Nc3) 11... O-O $6 {This was needed a few moves ago but now it only makes Black's bad game worse.} (11... d5 12. Re2 $18) 12. Qe2 ({Black's queen is needed to guard the bishop at e7, so} 12. b4 {would have taken advantage of her enforced duty} Qd6 ({if} 12... Qxb4 13. Ba3) 13. Qe2 Bf6 14. Qe1 {and because of his superior piece development and slight material advantage, White is winning.}) 12... Re8 $4 ({This spells out Black's doom.} 12... Bf6 {woud have been somewhat better, by removing the bishop from White's line of attack.} 13. Rf4 Qc6 $18) 13. b3 d5 14. Ba3 $1 Qb6 15. Rxe7 Rf8 {There is little that Black can do to stay in the game any longer.} 16. Re8 c5 17. Qe7 Qd6 ({If} 17... Rxe8 18. Qxe8#) 18. Rxf8# 1-0