Barry Brian - G.M.Peake
Rapidplay09 (Old Bridge Hotel), 2009

[Geoff Peake] [A30]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Note that I only played 4 Rapidplay games in 2009. All the games are here.
2...g6 3.g3 I've seen Barry play the Closed variation against the Sicilian many times.
3...Bg7 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.d3
[5.c3 e5 6.O-O Nge7 7.d3 O-O is 61% Black]
5...d6 6.O-O Rb8 An active continuation threatening Q-side expansion.
7.a4 a6 8.Nc3 b5 9.axb5 axb5 10.Nd5 seems premature as the Knight can soon be driven away with e6.
10...h6 Taking away g5 from the Bishop and Knight, but probably not necessary,
11.c3 e6 12.Ne3 Qb6 Controlling d4.
13.Bd2 Nge7 Black retains options of d5, or f5 or e5.
14.Qc2 O-O 15.Ng4 Kh7 16.h4
[16.Qc1 h5 17.Nh6 b4= / +]
16...e5 17.Ne3 Be6 18.Kh2 d5 The most aggressive continuation.
19.exd5 Nxd5 20.Bh3 ?
[20.Nxd5 Bxd5 21.Be3 Rfd8 +0.00]
20...Bxh3 21.Kxh3
[21.Nxd5 Qd8 22.Kxh3 Qxd5]
21...Rfd8 22.Ng4 Qc7 23.Qc1 h5
[23...Qd7 ! was my original intention, but I misanalysed the line trying to play quickly.
24.Bxh6 can't be played because of
24...Nf6 ! 25.Nfh2 Nxg4 26.Nxg4 f5 27.Bg5 fxg4+ winning.]
24.Ne3 Nxe3 25.Bxe3 Rxd3 Picking up a pawn with advantage.
[26.Ng5+ Kg8 27.Bxc5 f6 28.Ne4 Qd7+ 29.Kh2 Qd5- / +]
26...Rd5 27.Nf3 Qd7+ 28.Kh2 f6 preparing e4, after first cutting off Ng5.
29.Qc2 Rd8 30.Ra6 e4 ? Time - Rapidplay blunder, blindspot completely forgetting about the Queen on c2.
[30...Ne7 ! Black has a strong position, and is a pawn up.]
31.Qxe4 Ne5 32.Nxe5 Rxe5 33.Qc2 Qd5 34.Rfa1 Qf3 35.Ra7 White fails to see the danger.
35...Red5 36.R7a5 ??
[36.Rg1 ! or f1 was forced.]
[36...Rd2 37.Bxd2 Qxf2+ 38.Kh1
(38.Kh3 Rxd2 39.Qxd2 Qxd2)
38...Rxd2 39.Qxd2 Qxd2 also wins]
37.Rxd1 Rxd1 38.g4
[38.Qxd1 is only defence]


R.J.Sutcliffe - G.M.Peake
Rapidplay 2009 (Old Bridge Hotel), 2009

[Geoff Peake] [A22]

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.e3 Nc6
[3...d5 is not recommended now - it gives White too active a position.
4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bc4 with pressure is 60% White.]
[3...Bb4 is often played,
4.Nge2 O-O 5.a3 Bxc3 6.Nxc3 is not really my style.
6...c6 7.Be2 d5 8.cxd5 cxd5 9.d4 e4 10.O-O Nc6 11.Qb3 Na5 12.Qa2 Be6 13.Bd2 Nc4 14.Be1 Rc8 15.b3 Nd6 16.Bd2 Nf5 17.Rfc1 Nh4 18.Na4 Rxc1+ 19.Rxc1 Nd7 20.Bf1 Bh3 21.Kh1 Re8 22.gxh3 Qf6 23.Bb4 a5 24.Bxa5 b6 25.Bb4 Nc5 26.Nxc5 bxc5 27.Rxc5 Qf3+ 28.Kg1 Qf5 29.Qe2 h5 30.Rc6 g6 31.Bc5 Kh7 32.a4 Qd7 33.Rd6 Qc7 34.Bg2 Qb8 35.b4 1-0, Schlosser Philipp (GER) 2560 - Landenbergue Claude (SUI) 2385, Budapest (Hungary) 1990]
4.a3 Now Bb4 is prevented, and d5 still looks dubious, so..
4...g6 !? Interestingly Anand chose this move against Rivas (see below). This has scored 63% for Black.
5.b4 Bg7 6.Bb2 O-O This position has only scored 19% for White.
7.Be2 Rivas played 7.d3
[7.Qc2 d6 8.Be2
(8.d3 Re8 9.Nf3 Bf5 10.Be2 e4 11.dxe4 Nxe4 12.Nxe4 Bxe4 13.Qd2 Ne5 14.Nxe5 dxe5 15.Qxd8 Raxd8 16.f3 Bc2 17.Rc1 Bb3 18.Rc3 Ba4 19.Rd3 Rxd3 20.Bxd3 Rd8 21.Be2 b6 22.Bc3 h5 23.Kf2 e4 24.Bxg7 Kxg7 25.fxe4 Kf6 26.Rc1 Rd2 27.Kf3 Bc2 28.h4 Ke5 29.Bf1 c5 30.bxc5 bxc5 31.g4 Bd1+ 32.Kg3 Bxg4 33.Rb1 Rd1 34.Rxd1 Bxd1 35.Bd3 Ba4 36.Kf3 Bc6 37.Bc2 f5 38.Bb1 Bxe4+ 39.Bxe4 fxe4+ 40.Kg3 Kf5 41.Kh3 g5 42.Kg3 gxh4+ 43.Kxh4 0-1, Sustach Marcos Antonio (BOL) 2219 - Ganguly Surya Shekhar (IND) 2556, Bled (Slovenia) 2002)
8...Bf5 9.d3 a5 10.b5 Ne7 11.Nf3 c6 12.e4 Bg4 13.a4 Bxf3 14.Bxf3 Ne8 15.O-O f5 16.Qb3 Kh8 17.Rad1 f4 18.Rd2 c5 19.Qd1 h5 20.g3 Ng8 21.Nd5 Nef6 22.gxf4 Nxd5 23.exd5 Rxf4 24.Kh1 Qf6 25.Be4 Bh6 26.f3 Qf7 27.Rg2 Rf6 28.Qe1 Ne7 29.Bc1 Bxc1 30.Qxc1 b6 31.Qh6+ Qh7 32.Qg5 Kg7 33.Rg3 Qh6 34.Qh4 Kf7 35.Rfg1 Rg8 36.Qh3 g5 37.Qd7 Rf4 38.Qe6+ Qxe6 39.dxe6+ Kf6 40.h3 Rg7 41.Kh2 h4 42.Rg4 Rxg4 43.fxg4 Kxe6 44.Rf1 Rf7 45.Bf3 Rf4 46.Kg2 d5 47.Rc1 dxc4 48.dxc4 Ng6 49.Bd5+ Kd6 50.Bc6 Rd4 51.Rc3 Nf4+ 52.Kf2 e4 53.Kf1 Ke5 54.Ke1 Rd3 55.Rxd3 exd3 0-1, Babos Laszlo (HUN) 1836 - Pinter Gabor (HUN) 2195, Kobanya (Hungary) 1996]
[7.Nf3 e4 8.Ng5 h6 is embarrassing for White.]
[7.d3 d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Nge2 Nb6 10.g3 Bf5 11.e4 Bg4 12.Bg2 a5 13.f3 axb4 14.fxg4 bxc3 15.Nxc3 Qd7 16.O-O Rad8 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.exd5 Ne7 19.Re1 Nxd5 20.Bxe5 Nc3 0-1, Rivas Pastor Manuel (ESP) 2530 - Anand Viswanathan (IND) 2725, Madrid (Spain) 1993]
Variation from: Eng e5+f5 - , 6/ 9/1996 2.Nc3 f5
7...d5 It seems logical to open the position up.
8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Qc2 Be6 Here Re8 is possibly better.
[9...Bf5 10.d3 looked unclear.
(10.e4 ?! Nd4 11.Qb1 Nxc3 12.Bxc3 Be6)]
10.Nf3 This is a Flohr Taimanov Sicilian with colours reversed, a complex position.
10...h6 as Ng5 is annoying.
11.O-O f5 enables e4, and a possible K-side attack.
12.Na4 a typical Sicilian manoeuvre, heading for c5.
[12.b5 Na5 is unclear.]
12...e4 13.Ne1
[13.Bxg7 ?! exf3 14.Bxf8 fxe2 15.Rfe1 Qxf8 16.Nc5 Nd8 17.Rxe2 a5= / +]
13...Bxb2 14.Qxb2 Qf6 15.Rc1
[15.Qxf6 ! is best.
15...Nxf6 16.Nc5 Nd8 17.Nxe6
(17.Nc2 Bd5)
17...Nxe6 18.Bc4 Kf7 19.Nc2 Ke7 =+]
15...Ne5 16.f4 !
[16.Nc5 ?? Nf3+ wins the Queen.]
[16...exf3 17.Nxf3 Nxf3+ 18.gxf3 frees White's game.]
17.Qxf6 Rxf6 18.Nc5 Nxc5 19.Rxc5 c6 20.Nc2 a6 21.Nd4 Bf7 22.Rfc1 Rd6 White has the c-file, but he can't do much with it.
23.g3 White fears Nxf4 and Rxd4. White is running out of ideas, but Black has a plan.
23...Kg7 24.Kf2 Kf6 25.R5c2 Nc7 ! Black will regroup to b5.
[26.Nxc6 fails to 26...bxc6 27.Rxc6 Ne8]
[26.a4 Ne6 27.Nxe6 Bxe6 28.Rb2 Rad8= / +]
26...Bxc4 27.Rxc4 Nb5 $17 The Knight can't be taken without loss of material.
[28.Nxb5 axb5 The a pawn or d pawn must go.]
28...Nxd4 29.exd4
[29.Rxd4 ! exchanging off a pair of Rooks was better.]
29...h5 cunning...
30.Ke3 rushing over to defend the weak d pawn, but White had to block the h pawn
[30.h4 ! was the best chance.]
30...h4 ! Now White will have weak pawns on g3/h2 , d4 and b4(a4) to worry about.
31.Rg1 hxg3 32.hxg3 Rh8 Opening up a second front.
33.a5 ? White does not have a good continuation.
33...Rh2 34.Rc2 White cannot undertake anything.
[34.g4 Rh3+ 35.Ke2 Rd3]
34...Rd5 35.Rc4 Ke6 36.Rc2 Rb5 The ending is difficult for White. Both his Rooks are passive, he has weak pawns, and Black has King entry via d5. White is stymied, if he plays Rb2, then White marches the King to d5 etc. If the King Rook moves then Rg2 picks up the g3 pawn. I did not score the rest of this rapidplay game, but Black ended up with K, R plus f5 pawn and c6 pawn against White's K + R. Black eventually queened the c pawn and won.


Dave Toulson - G.M.Peake
Rapidplay 2009 HV v West Bretton (West Bretton Institute), 2009

[Geoff Peake] [B26]

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 g6 3.d3 Another Closed Sicilian - Oh Goody !
3...Bg7 4.Be3 d6 5.g3 Nc6 6.Bg2 Rb8 7.Qd2 b5 8.Nf3 Nd4 66% Black 9.Rb1 Presumably defending b2 so the QKnight can move.
9...Bh3 ?! Showy, but not best.
10.O-O ?
[10.Bxd4 ! cxd4 11.Bxh3 dxc3 12.bxc3 Qc7 13.Nd4 a6 14.O-O+ / =]
10...Nxf3+ 11.Bxf3 Bxf1 12.Rxf1 e6
[12...b4 ! 13.Nd1 Qc7- / +]
13.e5 Ne7 ? Defending c6 from a check, but careless even for Rapidplay.
[13...Bxe5 ! 14.Bc6+ Kf8 15.Bxb5
(15.Nxb5 ?? Ne7)
15...Qa5 16.a4 a6 17.d4 cxd4 18.Bxd4 Kg7 19.Bxe5+ dxe5 20.Bd3 Rxb2 wins]
14.exd6 Qxd6 15.Ne4 Qc7 16.Bxc5 Nc8 17.Qb4 a5 18.Nd6+ Kd8 ?
[18...Kd7 ! wins quickly
19.Qf4 Nxd6]
19.Qf4 Qxc5 ?
[19...Rf8 !]
20.Nxf7+ Ke7 21.Qxb8 ??
[21.Nxh8 ! Nd6 22.Qh4+ !! with advantage.]
21...Kxf7 22.Qf4+ Bf6 23.c3 e5 24.Qe4 Nd6 25.Qd5+ Qxd5 26.Bxd5+ Kg7 27.f3 Rd8 28.Be4 ? loses quickly.
28...Nxe4 29.dxe4 Rd2 30.Rb1 Bg5 Dave said it was only at this stage that he realised he was a piece down ! Rapidplay does strange things !
31.a3 Kf7 32.b3 Rc2 33.c4 bxc4 34.bxc4 Rc1+ 35.Rxc1 Bxc1 36.a4 Ke6 and Black won


G.M.Peake - Jonathan Morton
Rapidplay HV v Netherton A (West Bretton Institute), 2009

[Geoff Peake] [A29]

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 Be7 ?! passive
5.Bg2 O-O 6.O-O 66% White
6...Re8 Here d6 or d5 normal
7.d4 exd4 8.Nxd4 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 c6 Presumably an attempt to lessen the pressure of the White g2 Bishop on b7.
[9...d6 is normal]
[10.e4 d6
(10...Qb6 11.Qxb6 axb6 12.e5 Ng4 13.Re1 Bc5 14.Ne4 Rxe5 15.Bf4 Re6 16.h3 Nf6 17.Nxc5 bxc5 18.a3 d5 19.Red1 d4 20.Rab1 Ne4 21.Bc7 Nf6 22.b4 Rxa3 23.bxc5 d3 24.Bf1 Re8 25.Rxd3 Rxd3 26.Bxd3 Bxh3 27.Rxb7 Ng4 28.Rb8 Rxb8 29.Bxb8 Nf6 30.Be5 Ne8 31.f3 Bd7 32.Kf2 f6 33.Bb8 Kf7 34.Ke3 g6 35.Kd4 Ke6 36.g4 Ng7 37.Kc3 f5 38.g5 Kf7 39.f4 Ne6 40.Kb4 Nd8 41.Ka5 Ke6 42.Be2 Be8 43.Kb6 Kd7 44.Bf3 Kc8 45.Bc7 Bf7 46.Bxd8 Kxd8 47.Kxc6 Bxc4 48.Bd5 Bxd5+ 49.Kxd5 Kc8 50.Kd6 Kd8 51.c6 Kc8 52.c7 1-0, Rakhinshteyn Fima (CAN) 2086 - Bellomo Joe, Toronto (Canada) 1995)
11.h3 Be6 12.Rd1 Qa5 13.Ne2 Rad8 14.Be3 d5 15.cxd5 cxd5 16.exd5 Nxd5 17.Qxa7 Qxa7 18.Bxa7 Rd7 19.Nd4 Red8 20.Nxe6 fxe6 21.Bxd5 Rxd5 22.Rxd5 Rxd5 23.Be3 Bf6 24.Rb1 Kf7 25.Kg2 Bd4 26.Rd1 Bxb2 27.Rb1 Bc3 28.Rxb7+ Kf6 29.Ra7 Ra5 30.Rxa5 Bxa5 31.Kf3 g6 32.Ke4 Kf7 33.g4 Bb4 34.a4 Ba5 35.Bc5 Kg7 36.Ke5 Kf7 37.Kd6 Kf6 38.f4 Bd2 39.Bd4+ Kf7 40.Be5 h6 41.Kc6 Ke7 42.Kb5 Kd7 43.a5 Bxa5 44.Kxa5 Kc6 45.h4 h5 46.gxh5 gxh5 47.Bf6 Kd5 48.Kb5 Ke4 49.Bg5 Kd5 50.Kb6 e5 51.fxe5 Kxe5 52.Kc7 Ke6 53.Kd8 Kf7 54.Kd7 Kg6 55.Ke6 Kh7 56.Kf6 Kh8 57.Kg6 Kg8 58.Bf6 Kf8 59.Kxh5 Kf7 60.Kg5 Kg8 61.Kg6 Kf8 62.h5 1-0, Adema R - Piersma J, Alkmaar (Netherlands) 1985]
10...b6 11.Rad1 Bb7
[11...Bc5 12.Qd3 Ba6 13.e4+ / =]
12.e4 Grabbing hold of d5 and threatening e5.
12...Rc8 ? not much point to this move.
13.e5 ! Nh5 14.Qxd7 Nxf4 15.gxf4 ?
[15.Qxb7 of course is better. The pressure to play quickly in Rapidplay does funny things.]
15...Rc7 16.Qf5 Qc8 17.Qxc8 Bxc8 18.Ne4 Be6 19.b3 Rd8 20.Rxd8+ Bxd8 21.Nd6 Be7 22.f5 Bc8 23.Be4 c5 24.Rd1 Rd7 25.Rd3 Bxd6 26.exd6
[26.Bc6 Rc7 27.Rxd6 is also strong]
26...Kf8 ? loses immediately
[26...Rd8 !]
27.Bc6 Rd8 28.d7 Ba6 29.Re3 Black resigns


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