Hedgehog System 

Simon Skinner

Wakefield v Holme Valley Exam Bd 2
Wakefield, 2004

1. c4 e6

A sound defence, but Black can get into passive positions if he is not careful.

2. Nf3

Actually 2. Nc3 is quite playable, though likely transposition into a QG

2... b6

Now 3. d4 Nf6 would be a Queen's Indian, but I am not interested.

3. g3

There are other ways to play it instead of this e.g. e3 + b3 as in Van't Kruijs opening / Larsen's opening..

3... Bb7 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. O-O

This position is 60% White in 3766 games !!

5... c5

The second most popular move. Be7 is most popular.

6. Nc3 d5

Rarely played 37 times out of 4959 games.This is a Tarrasch set up,but Nc6 and Be7 instead of fianchetto is better in that case.

7. cxd5

This is all standard stuff against the Tarrasch type pawn structure. 64% White ! White fixes the Black pawn structure.

7... exd5

No he should play a Semi-Tarrasch Nxd5, but it's only 40% Black.

8. d4

! Excellent move. This has scored 92% White !! Black will get an isolated Q-pawn or hanging pawns. He's already "drafty"

8... c4

Same idea as in Tarrasch Swedish variation. Black hopes for a6, b5 with play on the Q-side with his pawn majority.

9. Ne5!

Believe it or not Black is probably already lost !

+1.64 on my computer 15 deep! White threatens Qa4+ + Bg5 and d5 pawn goes.

9... Be7

Believe it or not my computer gives this as the best defence after looking 15 deep !

9... Qc7 10. Bg5 Nbd7 11. Qa4 Be7 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. Nxd5 etc Black is busted.

10. Nxc4

This was the other threat with Ne5 ! That's why Black was busted.

10... Ne4

Black now tries desperately to get some play.

11. Nxe4 dxe4

Peake to move

12. f3

PAWN STRUCTURE+CENTRE This removes the e5 pawn, preventing O-O and f5 central play by Black. He will have NO CENTRE.

12... Bf6

Black tries to engender threats.

12... exf3 13. Bxf3 Bxf3 14. Rxf3 White has killed Black's QB play on the a8-h1 diagonal, owns the f-file and 2 mobile pawns versus none in the centre.

13. e3

The pawn was going there any way, Now White can recapture with the Queen on f3 after exf3 BxB BxB.

13... Qc7

hits the Knight

14. Nd2

Well b3 looked good, but Black has b5 15. Nd2 Qc3 ! I wanted to regroup the Knight to the K-side any way, for a K-side attack

14... Ba6

Black is being annoying, but it's a minor inconvenience. He should just take the f-pawn.

14... exf3 15. Bxf3 Bxf3 16. Nxf3 White's extra pawn+ centre pawns give him a strong position.

15. Rf2

Peake to move

Of course to stay on the f-file. 15...Bxd4 and 16...e3 does not work. And now Black CAN'T take the f pawn (Qxf3!)

15... O-O

15... Bxd4 does not work 16. Qa4+ Nc6 (16... Qd7 17. Qxd4 is easy.) 17. Nxe4 leaves both Bishops en prise.

16. fxe4

Nxe4 was possible, but I love the PAWNS in the CENTRE, (and the open f file). Black will be unable to prevent the pawns advance.

16... Bg5

Another cheap threat - but it just loses time.

17. Nf3

Of course. I get the Knight where I want it to go with gain of tempo.

17... Be7 18. Bd2

I take time out for a simple developing move. Now Rc1 will bring the final piece into play with gain of tempo,kicking the Q.

18... Nd7 19. Rc1

Now it's tricky problem for the Queen as Qd6 runs into e5, if Qb8 then Qa4 and e5

19... Qb7 20. e5

Setting up a skewer on the long white diagonal.

20... Rac8

What else ? this is the only move - it's lost.

21. Ng5

I had seen this continuation several moves before. Black is in big trouble.

21... Rxc1 22. Bxc1

The Queen is needed on the white diagonals.

22... Qb8

Here comes the hammer blow

c8 is better but here comes a hammer blow.

23. Nxf7

This was the position that I had seen... and hey I can see mates here man !

23... Bb7

Now there's an absolute killer

23... Rxf7 24. Bd5 is no joke for Black.

23... Bc4 ! is the best move 24. Nh6+ ! he he 24... gxh6 (24... Kh8 25. Nf5 and Qg4.) 25. Qg4+ Bg5 (25... Kh8 26. Qxd7 Rxf2 27. Kxf2 Qf8+ 28. Kg1 a6 29. d5 The pawns are the rump card.+6.0 on Fritz !) 26. Qxd7 Rxf2 27. Kxf2 Bxa2 28. e6 Qf8+ 29. Ke1 Be7 30. Bd2 Black will be unable to contain the central pawns.

24. Qb3

1-0 I was disappointed that he resigned as..

24... Bxg2 25. Nh6+ Kh8 26. Qg8+ Rxg8 27. Nf7+ is an old favourite smothered checkmate ! # Another Peake Classic !

1-0 [Geoff Peake]