Games
[Event "Ron Bruce Premier"] [Site "Paignton"] [Date "2013.09.04"] [Round "4"] [White "Berry, Stephen"] [Black "Arkell, Keith C"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A39"] [Annotator "Bill Frost"] [PlyCount "71"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "7"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceDate "2013.09.02"] {A39: Symmetrical English vs ...g6: 4 Bg2 Bg7 5 Nf3 Nf6 6 0-0 0-0 7 d4} 1. c4 c5 2. g3 Nc6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. Nf3 {Marin has this to say about this position: "There are some negative aspects to this move that immediately spring to mind. White does not threaten d2-d4, while the control over the d5- square is weakened, which seems to offer Black a wide choice of plans. On the other hand, maintaining symmetry is not possible, because 5....Nf6 is answered with 6.d4 allowing White to convert the advantage of the forst move into a space advantage in the centre."} Nf6 {Black ignores Marin's advise, but he has been down this road before with not unsatisfactory results.} 6. d4 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Nxd4 8. Qxd4 d6 9. O-O O-O 10. Qd3 {This is the main line of the so-called Closed Defence. White has the d5-square well under control and thanks to his advantage in space he is in a good position to reply to any Black moves.} Nd7 { Black will attempt a blockade on the dark squares ith moves such as ....a7, .. .Nc5 and ...Bd7, thus countering White's lines of attack against the queenside. } 11. b3 Nc5 12. Qd2 Rb8 13. Bb2 b6 ({In a game against Sasikaran at Hastings in 2002, Black continued} 13... a6 {and after a tussle the game proceeded to a draw following} 14. Nd5 Bxb2 15. Qxb2 b5 16. cxb5 axb5 17. Rac1 Bb7 18. Rfd1 Bxd5 19. Bxd5 Nd7 20. h4 Nf6 21. Bf3 Qd7 22. Rc6 Rfc8 23. Rdc1 Rxc6 24. Rxc6 b4 25. Qd4 Qd8 26. Ra6 h5 27. e3 Kf8 28. Kg2) 14. Rad1 $146 ({Again we can draw on Arkell's experience in this line. Romanov played} 14. Rfd1 {against him at Rijeka in 2010 and went on to win after} Bb7 15. Nd5 Bxb2 16. Qxb2 Bxd5 17. Rxd5 b5 18. Rad1 Qc7 19. cxb5 Rxb5 20. Qd2 Rfb8 21. h4 a5 22. h5 a4 23. hxg6 hxg6 24. Rd4 axb3 25. Rh4 Qa5 26. Qh6 Qc3 27. Rdd4 Qxd4 28. Qh7+ Kf8 {It would seem of very little difference which rook comes to the half-open d-file, but Berry's move does have the merit of allowing his other rook the option of using the e1 square to support his centre.}) 14... Bb7 15. e4 a6 16. Rfe1 Ba8 17. Qe2 Qd7 {Black looks to set up a minority attack on the queenside, but White's control of the centre gives him better chances.} 18. h4 h5 19. Nd5 Bxb2 20. Qxb2 Bxd5 21. exd5 ({The alternative} 21. Rxd5 {looks to be promising, with the central thrust e5 in mind.} Qc7 22. e5 dxe5 23. Rexe5 {and the white rooks hold a dominating position.}) 21... b5 22. cxb5 Rxb5 23. Re3 Re8 24. Rde1 {[%csl Re7][%cal Re3e7] White has transferred his pressure from the d to the e-file and hits the backward pawn on e7.} Rb7 {Black brings another defender to the e-pawn in order to release his queen for more active service.} 25. Qd2 Qb5 26. Bf1 Qb6 27. Bc4 {Now White has consolidated his d5-pawn he can turn to other matters.} f5 28. R3e2 {Making room for his queen to invade the kingside.} Kh7 (28... Kg7 {would not slow down White's offensive after} 29. Bd3 Qb4 30. Rxe7+ $1 Rexe7 31. Rxe7+ Kf8 32. Re2 Qxd2 33. Rxd2 {and White has won the e-pawn with good prospects for the endgame.}) 29. Bd3 Qd8 ({Exchanging off the remaining minor pieces with} 29... Nxd3 {would have given Black better chances. }) 30. Bxf5 $1 {This sacrifice opens up the Black king to a withering attack from the White heavy pieces.} gxf5 $4 {My silicon friend gives a mate in 10 after this capture, and suggests that} ({My silicon friend gives a mate in 10 after this capture, and suggests that} 30... e5 {would allow Black to remain a little longer in the game.}) 31. Re6 $1 {With this move Black adds to the magnitude of his sacrifices. This must succeed as Black's pieces are cut-off from coming to the defence of his king.} Nxe6 32. Rxe6 {OUCH!} Rh8 ({Trying to block the queen's diagonal only delays the king's demise.} 32... f4 33. Qxf4 Kg7 34. Qg5+ Kf8 35. Qf5+ Kg8 36. Rg6+ Kh8 37. Qxh5#) 33. Rh6+ Kg7 34. Qg5+ Kf7 ({There is no escape via the f8 square e.g.} 34... Kf8 35. Qxf5+ Kg7 (35... Ke8 36. Rxh8#) 36. Rg6+ Kh7 37. Qxh5#) 35. Qg6+ Kf8 36. Rxh8# {A well played attack by White.} 1-0