NethertonB v. Holme Valley scr Bd 4
?! Only played 8 times out of 99. This is premature, giving White a Q-side target with a4 hit. In any case the Bishop goes back to b3 in the main line. Bd7+Ng6 is best. AS IN STEWART'S BOOK LINE - but he's forgotten it ! The point is Black SHOULD BE CONSOLIDATING HIS e5 STRONGPOINT AND COMPLETING HIS DEVELOPMENT [Bd7 Ng6 Be7 etc] and he may then [with a solid centre] even be in a position to attack the King-side
6... Ng6 7. d4 Bd7 8. d5 Nb8 9. c4 Be7 10. Be3 (10. Nc3
6... Bd7 7. d4 Ng6 8. d5 Nb8 9. Bxd7+ Nxd7 10. c4 Be7 11. Nc3 h6 12. a3 Bg5 13. Nxg5 hxg5 14. g3 Qf6 15. b4 Nf4 16. Ra2 Qg6 17. f3 Nh3+ 18. Kh1 g4 19. fxg4 Nf6 20. Qf3 Nxg4 21. c5 Nf6 22. Rc2 Rh5 23. Be3 1/2-1/2, Van Der Wiel John T H 2544 - TkachievVladislav 2648 , Cannes 1999 Match
7. Bc2 Ng6 8. a4 Rb8 9. axb5 axb5 10. d4 exd4 11. Nxd4 Nxd4 12. cxd4 Be7 13. f4 Bf6 14. Nc3 c6 15. e5 dxe5 16. dxe5 Qb6+ 17. Kh1 Be7 18. Qh5 Qc5 19. Qe2
? This has only been played once by a patzer in a simul versus Alekhine. It's a bit pointless as White has the simple Bc2. But Stewart has a weird phobia about Bishops and hitting them with N-R4 etc. Now Black will have a problem after White's a4 as his Knight may be pinned against his Rook. In any case the Knight is not well placed and may be hit with b4.
? Another of Stewart's phobias - play Bishops to N5 !
8... Ng6 9. a4 c6 10. axb5 cxb5 11. d4 Be7 12. dxe5 Nxe5 13. Nxe5 dxe5 14. Qh5 Nc6 15. Rd1 Qc7 16. Na3 Bb7 17. Bb3
?! Black should repent, admit the error of his ways and retreat to d7. Now he does not have the Ng6 option so he is getting his knickers in a twist. Now both his Bishop and his Queen Knight are misplaced.
Stewart misplaces his pieces
Now Stewart realises he can no longer support his e5 strong point with Ng6, which is the usual plan. It's a cock up.
Black's pieces are in disarray. White now should follow up with a4 ! with a good position. But he misplays the position badly and the position changes considerably in just a few moves.
? Why oh Why ? This gives up his central advantage, frees up Black's position [especially the dark squared Bishop]. Play a4 first. The point is that White has a nasty combination here. But it relies on a4! first.
11. a4 ! Black's position is beginning to look loose and full of holes e.g. 11... Bf7 12. dxe5 fxe5 (12... dxe5 ? 13. axb5 ! with a winning position. 13... Qxd1 14. Rxd1 Nb3 (14... Bb3 15. Ne1 Bxc2 16. Nxc2 Nb3 17. Rxa6) 15. Rxa6) 13. axb5 axb5 14. Nxe5 ! This sack is the point of a4 and takes advantage of Black's poor Knight position. 14... dxe5 15. Qxd8+ Kxd8 16. b4 Nec6 17. Bd3 Bc4 18. Bxc4 bxc4 19. bxa5 Rxa5 +1.29 20. Bg5+ with White advantage.
? This weakens f4 square giving Black a good Knight outpost there. It also drives the light squared Bishop to a better square !Here a4! should be played.
It's too late - Now Black can cover the position.
White throws away the initiative
? Again this is an error.
? I am surprised that Stewart did not play Nb3 - a simple tactic surely ?
The Rook is misplaced on a3
Now White's Rook is harassed.
an excellent square
-0.55 Tiger 15.0
-0.26 Tiger 15.0
Grobbler makes two bad moves in a row
? This makes Nd3 a good move.
? Two bad moves in a row. Now Grobbler is in trouble.
-2.51 Tiger 15.0
29. Rb8 ! would cause Black more problems.
, ? But Grobbler was losing a second pawn.
Black has a won game
The position is clearly won for Black.
Now Stewart has reached the time control, so he has 20 minutes to complete the job. It should be easy but according to the computer he falters a little bit along the way, but computers are finicky.
Only one minute left on the clock, but Thomo the Combo has brought home the bacon !0-1 [Geoff Peake]
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