SOMERSET V HAMPSHIRE AND GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Somerset recently had victories over both Hampshire and Gloucestershire. Jack Rudd's report can be found on News/WECU and following our annotated games from both events.
(1) Winch,Colin E - Young,Jonathan [B00]
1.f4 Nc6 2.e4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5? This allows White to build a huge French-style centre, with the added advantage that Black's usual pawn breaks are stymied. [4...d5!+/= ]
5.c3 d5 6.e5 Nd7 7.d4 Be7 8.Bd3 Nf8 [8...0-0? 9.h4! f6 (9...h6 10.Bc2 with Qd3 to come.; 9...f5 10.g4 fxg4 11.Ng5 ) 10.Ng5 fxg5 11.Bxh7+ Kxh7 12.hxg5+ Kg8 (12...Kg6 13.Qh5+ Kf5 14.Qh3+ Ke4 (14...Kg6 15.Qh7+ ) 15.Qe3+ Kf5 16.Qd3+ Kg4 17.Qh3# ) 13.Rh8+ Kxh8 (13...Kf7 14.Qh5+ g6 15.Qh7+ Ke8 16.Qxg6# ) 14.Qh5+ Kg8 15.g6+- ]
9.0-0 Ng6 10.Qc2 Nb8 11.b4 White, naturally enough, wants to stop the thematic ...c5 pawn break. Developing the bishop to e3 might have been a more natural way of doing this, though.
11...a5 12.b5 Nd7 13.a4 Nb6 14.Kh1 [14.Ba3 , swapping off White's bad bishop, was also worthy of consideration.]
14...Bd7 15.f5?! Possibly premature; it might have been better to prepare this with g4, thus allowing a pawn recapture on the f5 square.
15...exf5 16.Bxf5 Bxf5 17.Qxf5 0-0 18.Ng5 Qd7 19.Qf3 Bxg5 20.Bxg5 h6?! This later proves to be weakening. Black can let the bishop sit on g5; it is doing little there.
21.Be3 Nc4 22.Nd2 Nxe3 23.Qxe3 Rad8 24.Rad1 Qe6?! Black is putting his pieces on the wrong squares here. This one should be occupied by the knight, allowing it to defend g7 and menace d4.
25.Qg3 b6 26.h4 Ne7 27.Rf3? [27.Rf6! doubles up the rooks with gain of tempo, and after 27...Qd7 28.Rdf1 seems to force a weakening of the kingside with 28...g6 (28...Ng6? 29.e6 ; 28...Qc8 29.Nb3 and the knight trundles over to e3 while black can do nothing.) ]
27...Nf5 28.Qg4 Ne7 29.Qg3 Nf5 30.Qf4 Ne7 31.Rdf1 Ng6 32.Qg3 Rd7? Falling for a simple tactic. If Black avoids it, white retains an advantage, but it may still be holdable.
33.h5 Nh8 34.Rf6 Qe7 35.Rxh6 Qa3 36.Rc6 Qb2 37.h6 g6 [37...Ng6 38.Rxg6 fxg6 39.Rxf8+ Kxf8 40.h7 ]
38.Qf4 f5 [38...Kh7 39.e6 Rd6 (39...Re7 40.Qf6 ) 40.Rxd6 cxd6 41.Qf6 Rg8 42.exf7 ]
39.exf6 Rh7 40.Qe3 Nf7 41.Rxc7 Rxh6+ 42.Kg1 Kh7 [42...Rh7 is the last try for Black to struggle on, although White's two-pawn advantage should still make it easy enough.; 42...Rh4 (or h5) 43.Rxf7! ]
43.Nf3 Rh5 44.Ne5 Kg8 45.Nxf7 Rxf7 46.Rxf7 1-0