(1) Hinks-Edwards,Thomas (2366) - Rudd,Jack (2281) [B07]
4NCL/D1/RIC-BRI1 West Bromwich ENG (2.3), 19.09.2004
[Rudd Jack]

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6!?

The Czech Pirc, a good opening to play against unprepared opponents.

4.f4 Qa5 5.e5

5.Bd3 e5 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.fxe5 Nfd7 9.e6 fxe6 is the critical line.

5...Ne4 6.Qf3 d5 7.Bd3 Na6 8.Nge2

8.Bxe4?! dxe4 9.Qxe4 g6 intending ....Bf5 and ...Nb4.

8...Nb4 9.0-0

 9.Bxe4?? dxe4 10.Qxe4 f5 11.exf6 Bf5 wins the rook in the corner.

9...Nxd3 10.cxd3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 g6 12.g4?

 This is premature before Black has castled. White would do better to develop and see what Black does, although even then, Black has a comfortable position.

12...h5 13.h3 Bd7 14.Bd2 0-0-0

Leaving White's kingside advances firing at nothing.

15.a4 hxg4 16.hxg4 Rh4

Forcing a complete opening of the kingside.

17.f5 gxf5 18.gxf5 Bh6 19.Qg3 Rh8! 20.Bxh6

20.Qxh4 Be3+

20...R4xh6 21.Rae1 Qd8

 Pushing White's pieces into a horrible pin on the g-file.


22.Kf2 Rh2+ 23.Kg1 Rxe2!

22...Rg8 23.Ng3 Rh4 24.Re3 Rhg4 25.Rff3

Transferring defensive duties to the rooks with the aim of possibly freeing the queen.


 Bringing the bishop around to d1 with the decisive effect.

26.e6 fxe6 27.fxe6 Bxa4 28.Re5

28.Qa2 Bd1 29.Qxa7 Bxf3 And White soon runs out of checks.

28...cxd4 29.cxd4 Bd1 30.Rfe3 Qf8 31.Rxd5

31.Qf2 Rf4 32.Qe1 Bf3 wins - the threat of Rxg3+ is a killer.

31...Qf4 0-1