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Christopher G Ward vs David Fortune
"A Small Fortune" (game of the day Apr-20-2006)
Caribbean Open (1999), Port of Spain TRI, rd 1, Jan-12
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Reshevsky Variation (D36)  ·  1-0

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Apr-20-06  SJP: What's up with 38. Rxc7 Rd8, from Black's pov?
Apr-20-06  Drifter: <SJP: What's up with 38. Rxc7 Rd8, from Black's pov?> Its a nice little tactic - if black plays 38... Rxc7 then white plays 39 Nxd5 forking the black Rook and King winning the piece anyway plus another pawn.
Apr-20-06  Drifter: black played poorly i believe, but i think he was out classed by a much better player and just fell apart.
Apr-20-06  ianD: 37 b4 what a diaster
Apr-20-06  Tamerlan: I like this game!!!
Apr-20-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Too much of a difference in playing strength to make this a truly exciting game...

14.Bxa6! was a good move in response to 13...Ba6 though.

Apr-20-06  SJP: <Drifter> thanks
Apr-20-06  JohnBoy: Nothing really interesting in this game except for 15.Nxd5. The rest is just exploiting the pawn advantage.
Apr-20-06  United33: 37.Nc3 b4?? fatal blunder
Apr-20-06  Ezzy: C Ward (2505) - David Fortune [D36]
Caribbean Open Port of Spain TRI (1), 12.01.1999
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 <Chris’s favourite way of playing the Queens gambit declined> 4...exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.Qc2 Nbd7 7.e3 Be7 8.Bd3 h6 9.Bh4 b6 <Very rarely played in this position. 9...0–0 followed by 10...Re8 and 11...Ne4 is the normal plan>. 10.Nf3 a5 11.h3 Nh5 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.0–0–0 <Black is behind in development and white is ready for play in the center>. 13...Ba6?< Fails to a simple tactic>. 14.Bxa6 Rxa6 15.Nxd5 Qd6 16.Qe4+ Kf8 <16...Qe6 17 Nc7+ and 16...Kd8 17 Ne5 and whites knights are on a forking spree.> 17.Nc3 Nhf6 18.Qd3 Ra8 19.e4 Qe7?! <The queen is more active on e6 protecting the c6 square.> 20.e5 Nd5 21.Nxd5 cxd5 22.Kb1! <Ward's plan is simple. He takes total control of the 'c' file and infiltrates into whites position. This plan is made much easier because of black’s inactive rook on h8.> 22...g6 <Nothing else for black to do except try to activate is Kings rook>. 23.Rc1 Kg7 24.Rc6 Rhc8 25.Qc2 Qd8 26.Rc1 <A pawn up, total control of the 'c' file and the d5 pawn is doomed. Grandmasters would probably win this position 99 times out of a hundred>. 26...Rxc6 <Only move. Moving off the 'c' with 26...Rb8 allows 27 e6 and blacks position is resignable>. 27.Qxc6 Nf8 28.Qd6 Ne6 29.Qxd8 Rxd8 30.g3< Stopping any counterplay by 30,,,Nf4> 30...Rd7 31.Rc6 b5 32.Rb6 Nc7 33.Rb7 Black is totally tied up. 33...Kf8 34.Ng1 Ke7 35.Ne2 f6 36.exf6+ <36 Nf4 also looks quite powerful.> 36...Kxf6 37.Nc3 b4?? <37...Ke6 was the only fighting chance, but it seems lost for black anyway>. 38.Rxc7 Rd8 39.Ne2 Re8 40.Nf4 Kf5 41.Nxd5 Rd8 42.Ne3+ Ke4 43.d5 Rf8 44.Rc2 a4 45.Rd2 b3 46.axb3 axb3 47.d6 Ke5 48.d7 Rd8 49.Ng4+ 1–0

A relatively easy game for Chris Ward due to his opponents early loss of a central pawn and resulting in series of moves which disallowed black’s castling.

Chris ward is a countryman of mine, and he has not had a very successful last 3 years, as he has dropped from 2531 elo June2003 to 2467 elo April 2006. He had a good result recently though, when he finished just behind the leaders in the Reyjkavic open 2006. scoring the same points as Magnus Carlsen!

Apr-20-06  Melkios: What about 34. e6 ... ?
Black lose Rook or 35. exd7 ... follow with 36. Nh4 ... 37. Ng6 and white has pawn passed on right side
Apr-20-06  DeepBlade: What an ''unfortunate loss''

Great annotations <Ezzy>!

Apr-20-06  chiguire: Even though black was outclassed I thought it was a fun game to watch.
Apr-20-06  ajile: The problem with 9...b6 is that it gives White a nice target on c6 on the c file that White will dominate. This positional line for White is very interesting with him exchanging his Q-bishop early before playing e3. The plan would be to 0-0 and then play a3 followed by b4 (if possible) and then dominate the c file with the possibility of planting a Knight at c5. If Black tries to keep the Knight out with b6 he incurs the earlier mentioned weakness at c6.
Apr-20-06  Ezzy: Thanks <DeepBlade>

I was reading a post of yours the other day which was quite funny :-)

<DeepBlade: I always confuse Andor Lilienthal with Otto Lilienthal. I saw Otto once on Discovery, but they didnt mention his chess career! Well, afterwards it appeared he wasnt the Lilienthal I thought.> :-)

I hope you didn't cancel any 'nights out' to stay in and watch it! :-)

Is it true that the aviator's last words were 'Sacrifices must be made!'

That should of been Andre Lilienthal's last words. :-)

Apr-20-06  Ezzy: <ajile> After what happened in this game, your post makes a lot of sense!
Apr-20-06
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  kevin86: Funny game:black coughs up a pawn and then a knight at the same square! The only fear I saw late was the white king being pinned to the last rank-black's rook was much too busy to employ any back rank threats,however.
Apr-20-06  Chess Classics: It was a good game by Christ, but Black's play was too weak to be of much interest to me.

Not a bad pun, though.

Regards,
CC

Apr-20-06  chessic eric: To my mind 10...a5 telegraphs 13...Ba6, and does two things. (1) it lets white plan for that move and (2) makes c6 even weaker without the light bishop to protect it. 10...c5 seems more natural (if we're including 9...b6 - which we probably shouldn't). But if 9...b6 is theoretically poor (and thereby somewhat understandable), for me 11...Nh5 was pratically poor, and black's worst move in the opening for that reason. It seems that this move accomplished only the poor placement of the knight and the exchange of dark-squared bishops, with the result that the black Queen vacated the bank rank (c8 specifically), setting up the tactics following ...Ba6? (which was clearly going to be played given 10...a5). Was white's Bh4 such a good piece that all these factors were worth its exchange? Of course a Bg3 is a different story, attacking c7/b8, and perhaps black feared the piece being moved to that square. But those dangers are only present if the bishop is actually on g3, and as the outcome of the game answers, fearing the potential of the h4 bishop to become a g3 bishop should not have led black to make poor moves to accomplish its exchange.
Apr-20-06  dakgootje: Black indeed played too weak to be really interesting, and of course he could've resigned much earlier...

ps: good pun

Apr-20-06  itz2000: 32..Nc7...

whata blunder!

Apr-20-06  jperr75108: pretty uninteresting... black just drops a pawn.
Apr-20-06  blingice: <jperr> I don't know if you looked at the game, but white wins a pawn using a good tactic, white wins a knight using a good tactic, and furthers his advantage by using his existing advantage to gain another pawn.
Apr-20-06  CapablancaFan: <chessic eric:> <To my mind 10...a5 telegraphs 13...Ba6> I agree. What do you think about 10...Bb7 preparing for a pawn c5 push? I'll admit I haven't had time to fully analyze this game to check if this line is sound. Let me know what you think.
Apr-20-06  jmuller: <chessic eric: 10...c5 seems more natural....>

Hey Eric!

Chernev writes: "[In the Queen's Pawn Opening] White gets opportunities to control and exert pressure on the c-file, and in particular on the c5-square. So powerful can it be as to cause, by itself, the collapse of Black's game.

"Against its dire effects there is only one antidote: the advance ...c5, which Black *must* get in, sooner or later. Without it, he may be choked to death; with it, he frees his position on the queenside, establishes a state of tension in the centre, and can put up a fight for possession of the c-file."

10...c5 *does* seem more natural! :-)

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