DEVON 2 v DORSET 2

12/03/2008

Following is a selection of games played in the match between Devon and Dorset 2 on 20th October 2007.

(1) Pittman,F (142) - Brooks,P (146) [D00]
Devon 2 v Dorset 2, 20.10.2007
[Bob Jones]



1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bxf6 exf6 6.e3 c6 7.Qd2 Nd7 8.h4
The players seem ready to castle on opposite wings, and White gets his attack in first.

8...h5 9.Bd3 f5 10.0-0-0 b5
Black is certain not to get left behind.

11.Ng5 0-0 12.f3 Nb6 13.g4
White is prepared to give up a pawn in an attempt to open lines to the Black King.

13...fxg4 14.fxg4 Bxg4 15.Be2 Bxe2 16.Nxe2 Nc4 17.Qd3 Qa5 18.Kb1 Qb4 19.b3 Rab8 20.Ka1 Na3 21.Nf4 Qd6 22.Nxh5 Bh8 23.Rdg1 Rbe8 24.Kb2 Nc4+
[ The obvious move would be to protect the knight with 24...b4 but Black gives up the piece in exchange for an opening up of the position.]

25.bxc4 bxc4 26.Qc3 c5 27.Rg2 cxd4 28.Qa5 Rb8+ 29.Kc1 dxe3
In exchange for his piece deficit, Black now has open lines for his pieces and a menacing pawn centre

30.c3 Qb6 31.Qxb6 Rxb6 32.Rb2
Black may be winning, but he now had only a few seconds on his clock to reach move 40, so his moves had to be almost instantaneous.

32...Bxc3 33.Rxb6 axb6
The Black pawns are ready for a decisive cavalry charge.

34.Nf4 d4 35.Ne2 Bd2+ 36.Kd1 d3 37.Nc1 Ra8 38.Rh2 Bxc1 39.Kxc1 d2+ 40.Kd1 Rxa2 0-1