Joe Turner 
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 b5 6. dxc6 bxc4 7. Na3
7. Qe2 Qd5 8.
7... Qd5 8. d3 Qxg2 9. Rf1 Bg4 10. f3 Bxa3 11. bxa3 Bf5 12. Qd2 Qxd2+ 13. Bxd2 cxd3 14. f4 e4 15. cxd3 exd3 16. Rf3

Gavin 
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bg5 f6 4. c3 fxg5 5. e3 g4 6. h3 gxf3 7. Qxf3 h5 8. Qxh5+ Rxh5 9. Bb5 e5 10. dxe5 Rxe5 11.

Alex 
1. d4 Nc6 2. Nf3 e5 3. dxe5 Bb4+ 4. c3 Bc5 5. Bg5 Nge7 6. e3 d6 7. exd6 cxd6 8. Bc4 f6 9. Bh4 g5 10. Bg3 h5 11. h4 g4 12. Bb5 gxf3 13. gxf3 Qa5 14. Bxc6+ Nxc6 15. Bxd6 Bxd6 16. Qxd6 Qb5 17. Qxf6 Qxb2 18. Qxh8+ Kd7 19. c4 Qc1+ 20. Ke2 Qxh1 21. Na3 Qxa1 22. Qxa1 Nb4 23. Qb1 a5 24. Qd1+ Kc7 25. Nb5+ Kb8 26. Qd6#

Ashley 
A poor move  a waste of time, and weakening the Kside.
3... Bf5
excellent reply.
The Bishop should have been left on the b1 h7 diagonal.
This Queen sorty on the Qside is not a good idea. Nbd2 was better.
Nbd2 is more logical.
Now Ashley threatens to take the f6 Knight and mate on h7.
11... h6?
11... Bf5 easily stops the mate with a good position.

Ashley 
Not a good opening move. Max probably confused this with the c6 Caro Kann defence.
2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3 d6 4. Bf4 Bg4 5. e3 Bxf3 6. Qxf3 g6
6... e5 looks better for Black.
7. Bb5
A strong move threatening Bxc6 and Qxc6 check.
7... Qd7?
This walks into a pin and allows d5.
7... d5 is probably Black's best.
An ingenious defence, Black pins the d5 pawn !
9. c4
e4 ! attacking the Queen was stronger.
9... Qc2
9... a6 counter attacking the Bishop was possible.
10. dxc6
Now White has a deadly discovered check threatened with pawn x b7
10... Qxb2?
Black should have played b6.

12. bxa8=Q Qxa1 13. Qfe4 e5 14. Qe8+ Kg7 15. Qd7+ Ne7 16. Qc2 exf4 17. exf4 Qd4 18. g3 h5 19. f5 Kg8 20. fxg6 f5 21. Qe6+ Kg7 22. Qf7+ Kh6 23. Qc1+ f4 24. Qcxf4+ Qxf4 25. gxf4 Nxg6 26. Rg1 h4 27. Qxg6#

Leo Holt Holmfirth High v North Halifax 
Bringing the Queen out like this is NOT RECOMMENDED.

puts the Queen en prise
White did not take the Queen. Unfortunately the rest of the game has been scored incorrectly, and I have not been able to make head nor tail of it. Zak played much better in the rest of the game, and won well.
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Holly Madeley Holmfirth High v North Halifax 

Now Holly plays a poor move
4. Ke2?
4. c3 blocking the check and not moving the King was the better reply.
a bad idea  throws away the exchange
6... Bxa3 7. Nxa3 d5 8. Ke1 Na6 9. Nf3 Nb4 10. h3 Nh6 11. h4 Na2 12. Rh3 Bd7 13. Ne5 Bxa4 14. Bd3 Nb4 15. Nb5 Nxd3+ 16. Qxd3 Ng4 17. b3 Bxb5 18. Qxb5+

Here Black CASTLED ILLEGALLY OUT OF CHECK
In order to put in the rest of the moves I have placed Black as playing c6 ( remember he didn't so the c6 pawn takes the Queen is not on)
18... c6 19. c3
38... Ra1#

Bradley Holmfirth High v North Halifax 
1. d4 e6 2. e3 Qh4 3. Nf3 Qg4 4. h3 Qg6 5. Bd3 Qxg2

?? This should lose the Queen.
6. Ke2?
Bradley should play ... 6.Rh2 ! this wins the Black Queen. Now unfortunately Bradley has made a mess of scoring the rest of the game, and so I am unable to put the moves in. He did win quickly though.
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Duncan Lomax Holmfirth High v North Halifax 
1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Nh3 Nc6 4. Bb5 Nf6 5. Ng5 Ng4?
puts his Knight en prise.
6. Bc4
White should play Qxg4.
6... Nh6 7. Na3 d6 8. Qf3 f6 9. Ne6 Bxe6 10. Bxe6 Qe7 11. Qh3 g5 12. Qh5+ Kd8 13. Qh3 g4
Now White could have played Bxg4, though Black has Qxe4+
loses his Queen, Qd5 had to be played.
White now drops his Bishop, Bxc4 was better.
16... Qxe6 17. b3 Qxe4+ 18. Kd1 Qxg2 19. Re1 Qxf2 20. Bd2 d5 21. Na5 Qxh2 22. Re6 Qh1+ 23. Be1 b6 24. Nb7+ Kc8 25. Re8+ Kxb7 26. Re6 Qf3+ 27. Kd2 Bb4+ 28. Kc1 Bxe1 29. Rxe1 g3 30. Kd2 Qf2+ 31. Kd3 Rhe8 32. Rf1 Re3+
32... Qe3# Joe missed this one move mate.

Max Palmer Holmfirth High v North Halifax 
1. d4 Nc6 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bf4 Bg4 4. e3 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 e5 6. Bg3 Nf6
6... exd4 is answered by.. 7. Bb5 threat Bxc6+. Black has to defend this, then White recaptures the d4 pawn.
This is not good as Black can play c6.
Here c6 was better.

Black blunders his Rook away.
11. Qxa8+ Qd8 12. Qd5 Qc8 13. h3 Qa6 14. Nc3 Nc4 15. Rfd1 Nxb2 16. Rd2 Nc4 17. Rdd1 Na3 18. Rac1 Be7 19. dxe5 dxe5 20. Qxe5
20. Qa8+ ! and White mates 20... Bd8 21. Qxd8#
21... Bd6 was better.
22. Nxf6 gxf6 23. Qxf6 Rg8 24. Be5 Qe2 25. Qd8#

James Mason Holmfirth High v North Halifax 
1. e3 d5 2. Nc3 Bf5 3. Nf3 e6 4. Bb5+ c6 5. Ba4 Bd6 6. h4 Nd7 7. Nd4 Ngf6 8. Nxf5 exf5 9. Rh3
10... Ne4 11. Rxf5 Nxc3 12. dxc3 Qxh4 is better for Black
Erin gives the King a "luft". It is amazing that she resolutely carries out the "Macey Nettleton" White system.. So far it has been super sense opening development.
I don't understand this move at all.
Now Erin should take the Rook.
15... g5 16. hxg5 hxg5 17. Rb4 Re5 18. Rxb7 Rf5 19. Ra4 Qf8 20. Rc7 Bxc7 21. Rd4 Qh6 22. Ba4 Bh2
Again a strange idea.
23. Bxc6 Rc8 24. Bb5 g4 25. b3 Qh4
Aah,that's better  threatens mate.
26... Qxf2# was the move Erin !!
27... Qxf2#
28. Ke2
Now Erin is told she only has a couple of moves to finish the game, otherwise it will be stopped, and her play goes downhill fast !
28... Qh2 29. Bxc8 Kg7 30. e4 Qxg2 31. exf5 Bxd4+ 32. Kd3 Qg3+ 33. Kxd4

Here Erin missed the mate in 2 moves, Qf2+ 34.Kd3 Ne5# and in fact touched the Knight on c3
. The game was stopped by the staff, and declared drawn.
1/21/2
Stewart V. Thompson 
1. Nf3
Reti's opening. A good developing move, and conrols e5
1... d5
A good reply.
2. c4
White wants to exchange Black's strong centre pawn for a side pawn. He will easily recover the pawn later.
2... dxc4
2... d4 gaining space has scored best for Black in this position
3. Na3
3. e3 was also possible 3... b5 4. a4 bxa4 (4... c6 5. b3 cxb3 6. axb5 cxb5 7. Bxb5+ Bd7 8. Qxb3 White is slightly better.) 5. Qxa4+ Bd7 6. Qxc4 White is slightly better.
3... Be6
a little greedy. The Bishop is misplaced here as it blocks the e7 pawn. Black has better moves.
3... c5 4. Nxc4 Nf6 5. g3 Nc6 6. Bg2 g6 7. b3 Bg7 8. Bb2
3... a6 4. Nxc4 b5 5. Ne3 Bb7 is an interesting way of playing it for Black.
4. Qa4+

? a poor move
4... c6!

an excellent reply. White cannot play Nxc4 because of b5
5. Nc2
White does not have a good move. I think that here Stewart touched the Knight, then realised he could not take the c4 pawn because of the pawn fork b5 move, so retreated it to c2. Black threatens pawn to b5 !
Bf5 attacking the Knight is better.
8... cxd3 ! gives Black the advantage 9. Qxd3 Nd7 10. Ne3 (10. e4? Nc5 11. Qd1 Bxe4) 10... Bb4+

This loses material. Black's Bishop is trapped on d5
9... cxd3! 10. Qxd3 Bc4 11. Qxd8+ Kxd8 12. Bxc4 bxc4 13. Ne5 Ke8 14. Nxc4 advantage White
For some reason Stewart decides not to take the g7 pawn.
11. Qxg7 Qf6 12. Qxf6 Nxf6 13. exd5 with a winning position for White.
11... Qe7
11... c5! 12. Qxb5+ Bc6 13. Qxc4 White is better, but at least Black has not lost a piece.
this loses the c4 pawn.
13... cxd5 is better
14. dxc4 bxc4 15. Bxc4
Here the Rook can be taken by the Bishop.
19. Bb2
Perhaps Stewart has taken pity on poor Alex ?
Perhaps not ! But actually Be5 ! was stronger here !
20... Nxa6 21. g3 Nd3 22. Bc3 Nac5 23. b4 Nb3 24. Rab1
Black has got his Knight trapped.
24... Nd2
Alex has lost another piece
25. Nxd2 Rc8 26. Ne4 f5 27. Nc5 Rd8 28. Nxe6
28. Rfd1 winning the Knight was much better.
28... Rd6 29. Nc5 Nxc5 30. bxc5 Rd3 31. Rb8+ Kh7 32. Be5 Rd5 33. Bd6 Rd3 34. Re1 g5 35. h3 Rxa3 36. Re6 Ra7 37. g4
37. Be5! wins immediately
37... f4 38. Re7+ Rxe7 39. Bxe7 f3 40. Rc8 Kg6 41. Rxc6+ Kh7 42. Rc8 Kg7 43. c6 Kh7 44. c7 Kg7 45. Ra8 Kg6 46. c8=Q h5 47. Qg8+ Kh6 48. Qh8+
Both players were now very short of time. Stewart misses A ONE MOVE MATE.
48. Ra6#
50. Qf6+ Kxg8 51. Qg6+ Kh8 52. Bf6#
51... Kd5 52. Re8 h4 53. Qe7 Kd4 54. Qd7+ Kc5 55. Rc8+ Kb4 56. Qb7+ Ka3 57. Ra8# 10
Bradley (2) 
[ 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3,A46]
1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. Bf4 Bd6 6. Bg5
Losing time, moving a piece twice. White should play e3 or BxB.
Now White threatens the strong move e4
Now Black attacks on the Kside
10. g4
This is a weakening move. White should just castle.
10... e5?

This aggressive move is a mistake
10... Bd7 and castle Qside was an interesting plan.
This should lose a piece.
12. Qb5+

double attack King and Bishop, but Black can defend against this. Knight takes Knight first was stronger.
12. Nxe5! Qxe5 13. Qb5+ This time Black must lose his Bishop.
12... c6?
This loses the Bishop. Black should have retreated the Knight to defend the Bishop and block the check.
12... Nc6 13.
This wins a pawn but exposes the Queen, and gives Black a later chance of Rb8 with an attack down the b file.
14...
gets the King safe and defends the Queen Rook in one move.
15. h3?
15. Nxe5 Qxe5 16. Qxc6 is best.
15... Bf5
Black could have broken up White's Kside with BxN
16. Qc7
attacks the Knight on e5
16... Rfc8?
This should lose the Knight
16... Nc4
17. Qb7?
White could have taken the Knight.
17. Qxe5! Qxe5 18. Nxe5 White would have been 2 Knights up.
Despite being a piece down, Black's pieces have sprung to life. White should be trying to get his King safe by castling.
19. Rb1?

? Now Black misses his chance of glory. He could have obtained a winning position.
19... Rxc2
19... Nxf3+ Now Black wins a Knight and a Rook ! 20. Bxf3 Qxc3+ 21. Kf1 (21. Kd1 Rxb1#) 21... Rxb1+ 22. Kg2 Rxh1 23. Kxh1 Bxh3 with a winning advantage.
20. Nd4?
This gives up a Knight for free, but the position has become difficult for White .
20... Rxc3 21. Nxf5 Qxf5 22. Rb8?

A mistake  Now Black has mate in 3 moves
22.
22... Nd7?
Black does not see the mate and this blocks the Queen's defence of the Rook.
22... Rc1+ 23. Kd2 Qc2+ 24. Ke3 Qc3#
Bradley wants to put his King on f2, but surely it was safer to castle.
This gives up the Knight on d7

! a good try by Zakk, as he is threatening a draw by perpetual check
28. Rc7?
threatens mate, but allows Black a draw.
Zakk misses the draw and gets mated.
29... Qc1+ 30. Kf2 Qe3+ 31. Kg3 Qe5+ 32. Kf2 Qe3+ 33. Kf1 Qc1+ 34. Kf2 Qe3+ White cannot excape the checks, and the game is drawn by perpetual check.
Black resigns. It's mate next move.
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Erin Holland Holmfirth High Tournament (2) 
2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 is the best White line against this defence (which is called the Scandinavian or Centre Counter.
2... Be6
de or c6 are normal here.
A mistake as Black has the pawn fork pawn to d4 winning a piece.
The pawn fork is still on.
7... d4 is still best.
loses the Bishop
9. Rc1
9. Bxh6
10... Bxe3 11. Qxe3 d4 with Black advantage.
11. Bxh6
! White finally sees it !
11... Nb4 12. axb4 axb4 13. Na4?
loses the Knight
Why not take the Rook ?
14... c5 15. Bg5 Nh7 16. Nh3 f6 17. Bh6 Qa8!

! Holly threatens mate !
18. exd5
Black has a one move mate !
18... Qxd5
18... Ra1# was the move Holly!
19. c4 Qd6 20. Re1 Ng5 21. Nxg5 fxg5 22. Qxg5
22. Qxe6+ would win a piece.
22... Bf7
Already both girls are getting into time trouble, and the mistakes increase.
23. Rxe7 Ra7? 24. Rxa7 Qe6 25. d4 cxd4 26. g3 Qd6 27. Ra8? Rxa8 28. Bd3 b5 29. cxb5 Qd5 30. Re1

Here Holly can force mate in 7 moves.
30... Qxg5
30... Ra1+! 31. Kc2 (31. Kxa1 Qa2#) 31... Qb3+ 32. Kd2 Qxb2+ 33. Bc2 Qc3+ 34. Ke2 Bc4+ 35. Kf2 Qxe1+ 36. Kg2 Qf1#
31. Bxg5 b3 32. h4 Ra7 33. Kc1 Rc7+ 34. Kd2 Be6? 35. Bxg6
35. Rxe6
35... Rg7? 36. Rxe6 Rxg6? 37. Kd3?
37. Rxg6+ Kf7 38. Rc6 Kg7 39. b6 Kf7 40. b7 Kg7 41. b8=Q Kf7 42. Qb7+ Ke8 43. Rc8#
37... Rxe6 38. Kxd4 Rb6 39. f4 Rxb5 40. Bd8 Rb8 41. Bf6 Rd8+? 42. Bxd8 Kf8 43. f5
Black lost on time.
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Leeds Bd 1 Leeds Grammar v Holmfirth High 
[ QUEEN'S gambit SEMISLAV defence ,D43]
The Queen's gambit
2... c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 e6 5. Nf3 Bb4
better is Nbd7
5... dxc4 6. e4 b5 7. e5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Nxg5 hxg5 10. Bxg5 Nbd7 11. g3 Rg8 12. h4 Rxg5 13. hxg5 Nd5 14. g6 fxg6 15. Qg4 Qe7 16. Bg2 Kd8 17. Qxg6 Qb4 18. Qc2 Qa5 19.
5... h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. e3 Nd7 8. Qc2 g6 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Bd3 Bg7 11.

! is the very good Cambridge Springs defence. Black threatens Ne4 and Bb4
)
6... exd5 7. e3 Be7 8. Bd3
5... Be7 6. e3
Black gives up his dark squared Bishop, but doubles White's pawns. However the doubled pawns are not a weakness here, as White can undouble them by playing Pxd5. Now Black is left with a "BAD Bishop" on c8  one that is hemmed in by its own pawns. White also gains the b file for his Rooks. Better for Black is Qa5 or Nbd7.
6... Qa5 7. Bxf6 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 Qxc3+ 9. Nd2 gxf6 10. cxd5 exd5 11. Rb1 Nd7 12. Be2 Nf8 13.
6... Nbd7 7. Qc2 Qa5 8. Nd2 Ne4 9. Ndxe4 dxe4 10. Bh4 f5 11. Be2
Here Nbd7 or Qa5 better.
7... Nbd7 8. Qb3 (8. Rc1
7... Qa5 8. Qb3 Ne4 9. Rc1 Nxg5 10. Nxg5 dxc4 11. Bxc4 Qxg5 12.

? This is the start of Black's problems.
It weakens the Kside and is unnecessary. It is made worse by the fact that Black does not have a dark squared Bishop and so is very weak on the dark squares.
8... Nbd7 9. Bd3 h6 10. Bh4 dxc4 11. Bxc4 b5 12. Bd3 a6 13.

This does not solve Black's problem of the pin on his f6 Knight.
Black is unable to move his Queen, and the usual h6 move to break the pin would lose a pawn.
10... dxc4 11. Bxc4 b5 12. Bd3 a6 13.
10... Kg7 11.
11. Qb3
Here c5 seems more logical.
11... Re8?
Again does not help Black's f6 Knight.
11... dxc4 12. Bxc4 Nxc4 13. Qxc4 Qd5! freeing the f6 Knight.
12. Ne5
Now Black is in a difficult position as White is threatening Ng4.
12... Bd7?
a mistake, Black should play dxc4
12... dxc4 13. Bxc4 Nxc4 (13... Nbd7 14. Nxd7 Bxd7 15. Bxf6 Qxf6 16. Qxb7 White is better.) 14. Qxc4 In this position Black is suffering on the dark squares round his King because of the g6 move. White is threatening Ng4 14... h6 (14... Kg7 15. Ng4 wins) (14... h5 15. Qe2 Kg7 16. Qf3 White has a good advantage.) 15. Bxh6 Ne4 16. Bf4 White has a good advantage.
lets Black off the hook to a certain extent.
14. Bxc4! dxc4 15. Qxb7 Black is unable to defend against White's threats (Bxf6 followed by taking the Bishop on d7)
15... b5 !? 16. cxb6 axb6 17. Bxf6 (17. Qxb6 Qxb6 18. Rxb6 Ne4 19. Bf4 Nxc3) 17... Qxf6 18. Qxb6 White has a good advantage.
16... Rb8 17. Qxb8 Qxb8 18. Rxb8 Rxb8 19. Bb3 White has a good advantage.

? This loses a piece and decides the game.
18... Ne4 19. Rxd7 Nxg5 better, but White has a good advantage.
19. Bxf6+ Kxf6 20. Rxd7 Rb2 21. Rc1 Rab8 22. g3 Rd2 23. Bb3 a5 24. Ra7 Rb5 25. c4 Rb4 26. Rxa5 Rb8 27. Ra6 Rc8 28. Ba4 Rb8 29. Rb6 Ra8 30. Bb3 g5
30... Rc8
31. Rxc6 h5 32. Rb1 Rg8 33. Bd1 h4
33... Rxa2
34... Rxa2
35. Rc7 Kh8 36. Rxf7 Rxa2 37. Rbb7 h3
37... Rga8
38. Rh7# 10
A.Hickmann Leeds Grammar v Holmfirth High 
[ 1.d4,A40]
A poor move. Joe is probably confusing this with the Caro Kann defence. 1...c6 and 2...d5
This loses a pawn.
3. dxe5 fxe5 4. Bxe5 Nc6 5. Bf4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Bb4 7. e3
Unprotected piece.  This should lose a piece.
9. a3

? White now had the Queen check winning the Knight
9... Ba5?
Again allowing the Queen check.
9... Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 d5 11. h3 Bf5
10. Bg3?
White still had the Queen check.
10. Qd5+ Kh8 11. Qxh5 Qf6 12. b4
10... d6?
You guessed it, the Queen check was still on.
10... Nxg3 11. Nxg3 Bxc3+ 12. bxc3 d5
11. Nd4?
11... Nxd4 12. exd4 Re8+ 13. Be2 Nxg3

This opens the Rook file, and now Black's h7 looks very vulnerable.
It was best to leave this until White castled, then the Rook file would not be a problem.
Better was hitting the pinned Bishop by...
14... Bxc3+ 15. bxc3 Bg4 16. f3 Bf5 with a good game.
15. Qd3

Now White attacks the vulnerable h7 square.
15... cxd4?
Black should remove the Knight by playing ..
16.
White wants to free his Bishop from the pin by the Rook so it can join in the attack.
16. Qxh7+ Kf8 17. Qg6 Be6 18. Rh8+ Bg8
16... Qf6?
This allows the Queen entry at h7
16... h6 seems to be Black's only move. 17. Nb5 (17. Qxd4 Bxc3 18. Bc4+ Be6 19. Qxc3 Qc8) 17... Qf6 18. Qf3 Qg5+ 19. Kb1 Be6 Black is still alive.
16... dxc3 17. Qxh7+ Kf8 18. Qh8+ Kf7 19. Bh5+ Ke6 20. Qxg7 cxb2+ 21. Kb1 mate is inevitable.
18... Be6 19. Ne4 Qg6 20. Nxd6+ Kf6 21. Nxe8+ Rxe8 22. Qh4+ White has a good attack.
19. Nd5+
Black is lost.
19... Ke6 20. Nxf6+ Kxf6 21. Rxd4 Bf5 22. Qh4+ Ke5 23. Qf4+ Kf6 24. g4 Kg6 25. Qxf5# 10
Zakk Appleyard (3) 
Centre Counter or Scandinavian defence.
2. Nc3
2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 is White's best continuation.
2... dxe4
2... d4 is Black's best move here.

This is a poor move that weakens the Kside
3... c6 4. d4 would now transpose into the Caro Kann defence.
4. Nc5
Not the best square as Black could play e5 now.
4... g6
4... e5 attacking the Knight is the best move here.
5. Bc4
White latches onto the dangerous diagonal c4 to g8, especially attacking Black's weak point at f7.
5... h5?
Another weak move that wastes time and weakens the Kside.
5... Qd4 with a double attack on the Bishop and Knight is answered by Bxg8.
Black wastes even more time.
7. d4

White has a tremendous advantage in development
7... Bg4
At last Black plays a developing move.
8. Ng5
Zakk offers his Queen !!
8... Bxd1??
Ashley grabs it but walks into a one move mate !
9. Bf7#

He who grabs Queen without checking sometimes gets mated !
Joe Turner (3) 
Centre Counter or Scandinavian defence.
2. Nc3
2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 is White's best continuation.
2... c6
2... d4 is a good move for Black.
3. Bd3
This an awkward move tha blocks in the d pawn and causes White development problems.
3. d4 would transpose into the Caro Kann defence.
3... e6
Erin prefers a solid centre, but this blocks in the QBishop.
3... d4 gaining space and attacking the Knight is a good move.
cxd5 instead is more logical as this allows the QBishop out.
White has to move the Bishop again in order to move his d pawn so that his QBishop can be developed.

This strengthens Black's centre and gives up a good Bishop.
a rather pointless move

Black has the advantage with a better centre and better development
This is a mistake as it loses the exchange and a pawn.
14. Nxc6
14. Nxe4 dxe4 15. Nxc6 winning the exchange.
14... Qh4
attacks White's weak point on f2.
15. Nxb8?

A bad move as Erin can force mate !!
15... Rxb8
Erin misses her chance.
15... Qxf2+ 16. Kh1 Qg3 (16... Ng3+ 17. Kh2 Ne2+ 18. Kh1 Qg3 is another way of getting checkmate.) 17. Kg1 Qh2#
16. Nxe4
Joe escapes !
16... dxe4 17. c3 Rb5 18. Qg4 Qf6 19. Rxe4 Bb7 20. Re3?

a mistake as Black has Rg5 now !
20... e5
20... Rg5 21. Qe2 Rxg2+ 22. Kf1 Bh2 with an attack.
21. dxe5
21. c4 driving the Rook back is best.
21... Bxe5 22. Qd7 Rd5 23. Qxb7??

This allows a checkmate !
23... Qd6
Erin misses the checkmate !

Again White allows a checkmate !
25... Bh2+

Yet again White allows a checkmate !
27. Ke2! is best and White escapes being checkmated !
27... Qd3#

Erin finally spots one !
Bradley (3) 
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 c6 3. Bf4 f5 4. g3 Nf6 5. Bg2 e6

Black is playing the Dutch "Stonewall " defence.

Both players have made good opening moves, well done!
8. e3
This is not really necessary, and blocks off the retreat of White Q Bishop if Black play h6 and g5
9... g5 10. Ng6 gxf4 11. Nxf8 is unclear.

? This walks into a Knight fork.
11... Nd2 12. Qe2 Nxf1 13. Bxf1
13. Rxf1
suicidal pawn move
14... Qh4
14... fxe4!
15. Nxd7
15. Ng6 ! is best, forking Max right back !!
15... Rfd8
15... Bxf4 threatening mate is surely better.

Now White is slightly better, but he throws away a piece.

?? Max throws away his Queen. But Bradley does not see it !
19. Bg2
19. Nxg4!
19... Qh5 20. d5 cxd5 21. Qf3 Qxf3 22. Bxf3 Rac8 23. Bh5 Bxe5 24. Bxe5 Rxc2 25. Re1 Nb4 26. Bc3 Nxa2 27. Re3 Nxc3 28. Rxc3 Rxb2

and Black won
Alex 2006 
1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 Bg4 3. f3 Bf5 4. e4 dxe4 5. fxe4 Bxe4
? throws a piece away
? loses a Knight
?? unnecessary
8... Nd6 defends f7 and attacks the Bishop
9... Nd6 saves the Knight
10. Qxe4 e6 11. Nf3 Bd6 12. Bf4 Bb4+ 13. c3 Nc6
loses the Bishop
loses the Knight
16. axb4 Re8 17. Qxh7 Rf8 18. Qxg7 Qe7 19. Bg5 Qxb4+ 20. Nd2 Qxb2 21. Rb1 Qa3 22. Bb5 c6 23. Nc4
! Now Black is in big trouble.
23... Qa4
23... Qc3+ 24. Bd2 and Black's Rook and Queen are both en prise.
24. Bxa4 Re8 25. Bf4 a6 26. Nd6+
26. Qe5! Re7 27. Qh8+ Kd7 28. Rxb7#
27. Rxb7 a5 28. Bg5+ f6 29. Qd7#
32. Qxf7#
Holly Madeley 
2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 is best for White.
Here e5 or exd5 are better.

Now Holly allows a one move checkmate.
5. Nb5??
5. Qxd8+ Kxd8 and White has no problems.
5... Qxd1#

Checkmate
Max Palmer 
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4 c6 4. e3 e6
blocks in the QBishop.
4... Bg4 looks better.
5. Bd3 Bd6 6. Bxd6 Qxd6 7. c3
Both sides have played well in the opening.
9. b3
This is too slow.
9. Nbd2 looks best.
10... e5 attacking in the centre looks a good idea.
a rather pointless weakening of the Kside, Nc3 better
12... a5
12... e5 13. dxe5 Nxe5 and Black has good play for her pieces.
This gets rid of White's well placed KBishop
14. Bxa6 Rxa6 15. Rc1 b5 16. Rc2 Qb8
16... Rc6 challenging on the c file was a good move.
This loses the b5 pawn.
18. Rfc1

A crucial point in the game. Now Erin goes astray.
18. Rxc8+ Qxc8 19. Qxb5 nets a pawn for White.
18... Rac6??
This loses a whole Rook.
18... Rxc2 19. Rxc2 Qb7 Black is fine.
19. Rxc6 Rxc6 20. Rxc6 Qb7 21. Rc1 Nb6?
loses the b5 pawn, now Erin plays weakly for the rest of the game.
22. Qxb5 e5 23. Nxe5 Qe7? 24. Qxb6 Ne4 25. Nxe4 dxe4 26. Qc6
26. Rc8+ Kh7 27. Qb8 g6 28. Rh8+ Kg7 29. Ng4 and Qg8 mate.
Suicide
28. axb3 a4 29. Qe8+ Kh7 30. Rc8 a3 31. Qh8#

Checkmate
Ashley 2006 
[ QUEEN'S PAWN GAME,D03]
1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 d5 3. Nf3 e6 4. e3 Bd6 5. c3 Nc6 6. Bd3

? a poor idea. White should carry on with his development with Nbd2.
7... h6 8. Bf4 g5 9. Bxd6 Qxd6 10. Nf3 Ne4
10... g4!? 11. Nfd2 e5 was an interesting idea.
10... e5 11. dxe5 Nxe5 was a possible line for Black.
11. Qc2
11.
11... e5?!
a move too late.This loses a pawn.
11... f5 was better.
12. Nxe5?!
12. Bxe4 nets a pawn. 12... dxe4 13. Qxe4
12... Nxe5 13. dxe5 Qxe5 14. Nd2 Bf5 15. f3

?? Now Bradley has a strong move !!
15... Nxd2?
Bradley misses his chance.
15... Ng3 ! is a surprising killer! 16. hxg3 (16. Kf2 Nxh1+ 17. Rxh1 Bxd3) 16... Qxe3+ 17. Kd1 Bxd3

Now Rfe8 attacking the weak backward e pawn looks best.
17... f5
17... Rfe8 ! attacking the backward e pawn looks best. 18. Kf2 Re6 19. Rae1 Rae8
18. g3?
castles is simpler.
18... Rad8
Why the d file ? attacking down the e file is better.
18... Rae8! 19. Kf2 Rf7 20. Rhe1 Rfe7
19. f4
again OO is better.

? Instead recapturing with the d pawn is more logical.
21.
Now Black's pawns are compromised and cannot advance without sacrifice. Rc8 is better.
24... Rc8!? 25. Rd2 cxb4 26. cxb4 Rc4
Now the King will get trapped on the h file with a White Rook on the g file  Kf7 is better.
Advancing this pawn achieves nothing  and, in fact, puts it in danger of being lost.
27... Rxg2+ 28. Kxg2 Kg7 29. Kg3 Kf6
28. Kf2 h4? 29. Rdg1 Rxg2+ 30. Rxg2 h3?
30... Kh7 31. a5 b6 32. axb6 axb6
31. Rg6

This move gives White options of Rh6+, wiining the h pawn, and also Rd6 to d7.
31... Kh7?!
31... Rf8!? 32. Rh6+ Kg7 33. Rd6 Rg8
32. Rg5
This forces a Rook swap and gives White an advantage.
32. Rd6 ! wins pawns straight away. Black has too many weak pawns. 32... Rf7 33. Kg3 Rg7+ 34. Kxh3
It is pointless moving the Qside pawns.
33... Kg6! best 34. Kg3 Kxg5 35. Kxh3 But the ending is won for White.

The ending is won for White
36. Kg4
36. Kf4 ! is strongest as White can get after the weak d5 pawn. 36... Kf7 37. Ke5 Kg6 38. Kxd5 Kxg5 39. Ke5 Kg4 (39... Kh4 40. Kf4 Kh5 41. Kg3 White wins) 40. Kxe4
36... Kg7 37. Kxh3 Kg6 38. Kh4?
Here Kg4 is better.
38. Kg4 Kf7 39. h4 wins easily.

? A mistake by Ashley  Now Bradley misses a win !
39. g6 was the way to win for White. 39... Kxg6 40. Kg4 Kf6 41. Kf4 Ke6 42. h4 White wins because of the remoter pawn. 42... Kf6 43. h5 Ke6 44. h6 Kf6 45. h7 Kg7 46. Ke5 Kxh7 47. Kxd5 White wins.
39... Kg6??
39... d4! was Bradley's chance for glory 40. exd4 (40. g6 dxe3 41. Kg3 Kxg6 42. Kg2 Kg5 43. Kf1 (43. Kg3 e2 44. Kf2 Kh4 45. Kxe2 Kxh3 46. Ke3 Kg3 47. Kxe4 Kf2 48. Kd5 Ke3 49. Kc5 Kd3 Black wins.) 43... Kh4 44. Ke2 Kxh3 45. Kxe3 Kg3 46. Kxe4 Kf2 47. Kd4 Ke2 White cannot save his c3 pawn.) 40... e3 41. Kg3 Ke4 42. Kg2 (42. g6 Kd3 43. g7 e2 44. Kf2 Kd2 45. Kf3 e1=Q 46. g8=Q Qe3+ 47. Kg2 Kxc3) 42... Kd3 43. Kf1 Kd2 wins
Bradley's only chance, but it's a move too late.
41. exd4 e3 42. Kf3 Kxg5 43. Kxe3 Kh4 44. d5 Kxh3 45. d6 Kg2 46. d7 Kf1 47. d8=Q Ke1 48. Qd2+ Kf1 49. Qf2#

Checkmate  A good and instructive game of chess.
Ashley 
1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bg5 h6? 4. Bxf6 gxf6 5. e3 Nc6 6. Bb5
6. d5 wins 6... Nb4 7. Ne5 fxe5 (7... e6 8. Qh5+ Ke7 9. d6+ Kxd6 (9... cxd6 10. Qf7#) 10. Nf7+) 8. Qh5#
6... a6 7. Bxc6 bxc6 8. Ne5 fxe5?
8... h5
9. Qh5#

Weakness of e8 h5 diagonal !
Bradley 
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bf4 Bf5 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nf6 6. Bd3 Bd6 7.
weakens the Kside for no good reason.

Erin goes wrong
11... Bxf4?
11... Bxd3 12. Qxd3 Bxf4 advantage Black.
12. gxf5 exf5 13. Ne5 Qg5+ 14. Kf1?
14. Kh1

? a mistake, allowing Black to get mate threats.
15... Nxd4
15... Bh2! ! threatens mate and is very difficult to defend against.
16. Nxf8

Now Erin could get a winning position.
16... Rxf8
16... Bh2 threatening mate would win !
? blunders a piece away.
17... Bh2

Bh2 again would win for Black !
loses the Queen.

Now Bradley has mate in 2.
20. Qh5
and White won {He has Qh8 mate but he did not play that.
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Max Palmer 
1. d4 b5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. e3 f5 4. Bxb5 Nb4 5. Bd2 a5 6. c3 Nd3+ 7. Bxd3 Ba6 8. Bxf5 e6 9. Bc2 Nf6
Now White played the illegal move castles. You are not allowed to move your King over an attacked square when castling. The rest of the game cannot be entered as illegal moves are not accepted.
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Zakk Appleyard 
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Bc5 4. Bc4 d6 5. Nd5 Nf6 6. Qe2 Be6 7. Qd3
Instead White should carry on with his development with d3.
8.
8... b6?
8... Bxf2+ 9. Ke2 Na5 10. Qa4+ c6 Black is better.

Now White has a strong move
10. d3?
10. Nxb6! cxb6 11. Bxe6 fxe6 12. Qxe6+ Qe7 13. Qxg4 and White is much better.
10... b5?

?This does not work. Now White has a strong move
11. Bg5
11. Nxc7+ Qxc7 12. Bxe6 fxe6 13. Qxe6+ Qe7 14. Qxg4 is winning for White.
11... f6?

? Now White has another strong move
11... bxc4! 12. Qb7 Bxd5 13. Bxd8 Ra7 14. Qxa7 Nxa7 15. exd5 Kxd8 =
12. Bd2?
12. Nxf6+! Nxf6 13. Bxe6 is winning for White.
12... bxc4 13. Qb7 Nd4 14. c3?
14. Nxc7+! ! is good for White.
14... Nxf3+
14... Ne2+ 15. Kh1 Ra7 16. Qc6+ Bd7 17. Nxc7+ Rxc7 18. Qd5 Nxf2+ 19. Rxf2 Bxf2 is winning for Black
15... Ra7! is much stronger. 16. Qc6+ Bd7
16. Qc6+
16. Nxc7+!
16... Bd7 17. Qxa6 c6 18. Nb4 Qb6?
18... Nh6 19. Qxc4 Nf7 advantage Black
19. Qa4?
Now White is lost.
19. fxg4!
19... Nxf2 20. Be1 Nxd3+ 21. Kg2 Nxe1+ 22. Kg3

Now Black has mate in 6! White should have taken the Knight.
22... Nd3
22... Bf2+ still wins. 23. Rxf2 Qe3 threat Qf4# 24. Rf1 Qf4+ 25. Kf2 Qd2+ 26. Kg3 Qg2+ 27. Kh4 Qh3#
23... Bf2+ wins again. 24. Kg2 Nf4+ 25. Kh1 Qe3 wins
? loses the Rook.
25... Qc5?
25... Bxd6 wins easily.

? a blunder.

Black has a forced win
28... Rd8?
Now Black is lost !
28... Be1+! 29. Rxe1 (29. Kg2 Qf2+ 30. Kh1 Qf1#) 29... Qxd6 wins for Black.

Here White lost on time  He has a won position. If now Kf8 then 31. Qc7 wins.
Holly Madeley 
2... Nc6
3. Bd2 d6 4. e3 dxe5 5. Bc3 Qxd1+ 6. Kxd1 Bg4+ 7. Be2 h5 8. Bxe5 Nd7 9. Nf3 f6
11. hxg4 e4 12. Nfd2 Ngf6 13. Rxh5? Nxh5 14. gxh5 g6 15. Nxe4 gxh5 16. Ng3 h4 17. Ne4

Black can force checkmate
22... Bd6
22... Rh1+ 23. Nxh1 gxh1=Q+ and mates.
23. Kd2

Again, Black can force checkmate
23... Bxg3+
23... Bb4+ 24. Kc1 Rh1+ 25. Nxh1 gxh1=Q+ and mates.
24. Kc3 Bxf2 25. b3 Bxe3 26. a4 Rh1 27. Kb2 Rd2 28. b4 b5 29. axb5 Rxe2 30. Bxe2 Rxa1
30... Bd4+ 31. c3 Bxc3+ 32. Kxc3 Rxa1
31. Kxa1 Bd4+ 32. c3 g1=Q+ 33. Kb2 Qf2 34. bxc6 Qxe2+ 35. Kb3

Black can force checkmate
35... Qe6+
35... Qd3 36. Ka4 Qxc3 37. Ka5 Qc4 38. c7 Bc3 39. Ka4 Qxb4#
36. Ka4

Black can force checkmate.
36... Bxc3

?? STALEMATE !
Ashley 2006 
1. d4 d5 2. e3 Nf6 3. Bd3 Nc6 4. c3
4. Nf3 controlling e5 would be the best move.
4... Bg4
4... e5 would be the best move.
5... e5 would be good for Black
White weakens his pawns, but gains the g file and control of e4.
8...
11. f3 kicking out the Knight with White advantage.
13. Kg2 Nf7 14. Qc2 advantage White
14. Bxh7+ Kxh7 15. Qh5+ Kg8 16. Qxh3 +=
15. dxe5 fxe5 16. Qf1 e4 17. Bb5 Nxf4 18. exf4 Bxf4 19. Bxf4 Rxf4 20. Nd2 Raf8 unclear
15... g6?
15... e4 is best 16. Bf1 Ng5 17. fxg5 Bxg3 18. fxg3 fxg5 advantage Black
16. f5
16. Bf5! is strongest. 16... Nxf2+ 17. Kg1 Qf7 18. Kxf2 White is a piece up.
16... Nxf2+
16... e4 gives Black the advantage.

? A blunder,e4! is better.
17... e4 18. Be2 Bxg3 19. Qxg3 Qxf5 advantage Black
18. fxg6+ hxg6 19. Bxg6+ Ke7 20. Qf5?
20. Bf5! is best. 20... Qe8 21. Rg7+ Kd8 (21... Rf7 22. Rg4 White is a piece up.) 22. Rd7+ Qxd7 23. Bxd7 Kxd7 24. Qf5+ White is winning

? This blunders away a Rook
21. Qxd7+ Kxd7 22. Bf5+ Ke7 23. Rg7+ is winning.
21... Bxg3
White has thrown away his advantage, and Black is winning.
22. Qxd7+ Kxd7 23. Bf5+ Kd6 24. b3 Rh8+ 25. Kg2 Rag8
This sacks the Knight, but Black is still better.
26. Ba3+ Nb4 27. Bxb4+ Kc6 28. Kf3 Rh5
28... Rh2 is strongest.
29. Bd3
29. Be6 Rg7 30. c4 dxc4 31. bxc4 Rh1 32. a4 Bd6 33. Bd5+ Kd7 34. c5 Rg3+ 35. Ke2 Rh2+ 36. Kf1 is unclear.
29... Rh3 30. Na3? Bd6+ 31. Ke2 Rg2+
31... Rh2+ 32. Kf1 Rh1+ 33. Kf2 Rxa1 wins.
32... Rb2 33. Bb5+ Kb6 34. Bc5+ Bxc5 35. dxc5+ Kxc5 36. Kg1 Rxc3 Black is winning.
34. Bxd6 is better.

Joe blunders and gives Ashley a two move mate.
Both players are very short of time.
36. cxd5?
36... Rd3? 37. Nc4+? Kxb5 38. Bxd6 cxd6 39. Nxd6+ Kb6 40. Nc4+ Kb5 41. Nd6+ Kb4 42. Ke2 Rxd4 43. Nf5 Rxa2+ 44. Ke3 Rxd5 45. Ne7 Re5+ 46. Kd4

Joe overlooks a one move mate
46... Rxe7
46... Rd2#
47. Kd5

Joe has mate in 1
He did not play this move but eventually won the game.  the rest of the game was not scored.
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Erin Holland Holmfirth High Summer Chess Tournament (6) 
Rather slow, Nf3 and Bf4 or Bg5 first is better.
3... Na6
Bf5 or Nf6 better.
4. Nf3 g6 5. Bd3 f5 6.
Black has a "Stonewall"
8. Nbd2 b5 9. Nb3 Bd6 10. Na5?

? loses a Knight.
10... Qxa5 11. Qe2
Erin manages to open the h file, which wins the game for her.

threatens mate
15... Nxg4 is simplest.

a Knight sacrifice!
17... hxg5 18. hxg5 Nxg4 19. Rh3 Qb6 20. Qf3 Kg7 21. Qh1 e5
21... Rg8 22. Rh7+ Kf8 is best,and Black is safe.

It's now mate in 4 moves
22... Kf8 23. Be2 White has a good attack.
23. Rh8+ Kf7 24. Qh7+ Ke6 25. Rxe8+ Kd6 26. Qxg6+
26. Qe7# was checkmate.
26... Be6
26... Kc7 27. Re7+ Bd7 28. Rxd7+ Kxd7 29. Qf7+ Kd8 30. Qf8+ Kc7 (30... Kd7 31. Bxf5+ Kc7 32. Qe7#) 31. Qe7+ Kc8 32. Bxf5#

Checkmate
Bradley 2006 
?! the Englund gambit.
2. e3
2. dxe5 is best.
2... exd4 3. exd4 Nf6 4. Nf3 c6 5. Bd3 d5 6. b3?
a poor idea, castles is better.
8. Ne5 is a better move.
8... Qxe2+ 9. Bxe2 Nb4 10. Bd3
10. Na3 is a better move.
10... Nxd3+ 11. cxd3 Bb4+ 12. Bc3 Bxc3+ 13. Nxc3

At this stage Holly is better, but ...
14... Nd7 15. Rhe1 Nb6 16. a4 Nxa4?

? throws away a Knight.
16... Bg4

walks into a one move mate.
17... f6
18. Rxe8# 10
Max Palmer 2006 
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Bf5 3. e3 Nc6 4. c4 Qd6 5. cxd5 Qxd5 6. Nc3 Qe6?
walks into a pawn fork.
6... Qd6 looks better.
7. h3?
not necessary at this stage and misses the pawn fork d5 winning a piece.
7. d5
7... Nf6?
Black should move his Queen to avoid the pawn fork.
7... Qd6
8. b3

? White had d5 !
8. d5
8...
Black had Nb4 ! Actually here Black played his Rook and Bishop to the wrong squares for Queenside castling  Kb8 and Rook on c8.
8... Nb4 threatening Nc2 + is good.
9. d5
Remember the Black Rook was on c8 here.
9. Ng5
We have now got the pieces how they actually were in the game.
11... b5 was suggested by Stewart, and it is the best move. But White is still better. 12. Bb2 bxc4 13. bxc4 Be4 14. Ng5 Qf5 15. Qa4
12.
best move !
12... b5?
a move too late.
12... Be4
13. g4?
13. Nb4 is a strong move. 13... Rxd1 14. Bxe6 Rxf1+ 15. Kxf1 Bxe6 16. Nxc6+ White is a piece up.
14... Qg6 15. Nxe4 Qxe4 16. Qd3 Qxd3 17. Bxd3 Rxd5 18. Be4 Rc5 19. Ba3 b4 is Black's best.
15. Nxf7 Qxa1 16. Nxd8 Nxd8 17. Be2
17. Nb6 is best, with a discovered attack on the d8 Knight.
18. Nc3
18... Bxb4

Now Black is winning !
This loses a piece.
19... Qxd4 20. exd4 Nc6 Black is a piece up and winning.
20. Qxe4 Qxe2 21. Qxb4 Qf3 22. Qf4

In this very even position Black lost on time
Max Palmer 2006 
Taking the pawn is stronger.
3... e4!
4. c3
4. dxe5 dxe5 5. Qxd8+ Kxd8 6. Nxe5 with advantage.
4... Nc6
4... e4 is again best.
5. Nbd2
5. dxe5 Nxe5 6. Nxe5 dxe5 7. Qxd8+ Kxd8 8. Bc4 f5 is equal.
5... Bg4
5... cxd4 6. exd4 exd4 7. cxd4 d5 is equal.
6. Bb5
6. d5 is probably best.
6... a6 7. Bxc6+ bxc6 8. h3 Bf5 9. Nc4
9. dxe5 dxe5 10. Nxe5 wins a pawn.
9... d5?

gives up a pawn and gives White a Knight outpost.
9... e4 is strongest.
seems pointless

? This is a mistake as Black has f6.
13... Qf6
13... f6! would have given White problems.
14. Qf3
14. Qa4 would have been strong.
14... Bd7?
14... Qe6
blunders into mate.
15... Be6
16. Qxd7#

Checkmate
Erin Holland 2006 

Good move taking up a good diagonal
3. Bb5+?
pointless check as Black has c6 in reply.
3... c6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Qa5+

Now White must play Nc3 to save her Bishop
6. Nfd2? Qxa4 7.

Black has an excellent position, and is a piece up.
11. Nh4 Bc7 12. a3 Qd6 13. e4??
does not see the checkmate
13... Qh2#

Checkmate