Thursday, August 7, 2014

Martin Simons vs Elwin in Caro-Kann

When I posted a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit on August 1st, Neil Graham wrote:
Good Morning
I see that you have included the Martin Simons - Richard Pert game today.  All except one of Martin's White games in the British Championship started with some variant of the BDGs -  all the games are on the British Championship website...

Since Martin Simons is a good player who handled the BDG well, I decided to post more of his games from the championship. The game vs Pert was his only BDG loss. Here vs Adrian Elwin we begin with a Caro-Kann Defence after 1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 dxe4. Rather than play the routine and good recapture 4.Nxe4, Martin Simons chooses the Von Hennig move 4.Bc4. Then 4...Nf6 5.f3 transposes the opening into a BDG O'Kelly which could also have been reached via 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 c6 5.Bc4.

The game below features Black returning the gambit pawn with 5...e3. As a result, the opening in such positions is even or favors White. Later this middlegame clearly favors White up to move 18, but then it drifters toward equality. Black missed a win when both players messed up move 43. In the end we have a hard fought draw.

Simons (2087) - Elwin (1974), 101st ch-GBR 2014 Aberystwyth WLS (3.29), 21.07.2014 begins 1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 dxe4 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.f3 e3 [Another idea is 5...Bf5 6.g4 Bg6 7.g5] 6.Bxe3 e6 7.Nge2 Bd6 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.0-0 Qc7 10.Bf4 Nb6 11.Bb3 Nbd5 12.Bxd6 Qxd6 13.Ne4 Qe7 14.c4 Nb6 15.Qg5!? [Or 15.Nxf6+ Qxf6 16.Ng3 0-0 17.Ne4+/-] 15...Nxe4 16.Qxe7+ Kxe7 17.fxe4 Rd8 18.c5 [18.e5+/=; 18.Rf3+/=] 18...Nd7 19.Rf3 b6! 20.cxb6 axb6 21.Raf1 Rf8 22.Nc3 Ra5 23.Bc4 Ba6 24.Bxa6 Rxa6 25.b4 f6 26.Rc1 Ra7 27.Rf2 Rfa8 28.Rfc2 Ra3 29.Rb1 e5 30.d5 cxd5 [30...c5!?] 31.Nxd5+ Kd8 32.Rd1 Rxa2 33.Rxa2 Rxa2 34.Nxb6 Ra7 35.Kf2 Rb7 36.Rxd7+ Rxd7 37.Nxd7 Kxd7 38.Ke3 h5 39.h3? [39.Kd3 Kd6 40.Kc4 g6 41.g3 f5 42.exf5 gxf5 43.b5 e4 44.Kd4 Kc7 45.h3 Kb6 46.g4 fxg4 47.hxg4 hxg4 48.Kxe4 Kxb5 49.Kf4 Kc4 50.Kxg4= and only the two kings are left.] 39...h4 [39...Kc6 40.Kd3 Kb5 41.Kc3 h4-+] 40.Kf3 Kc6 41.Kg4 Kb5 42.Kxh4 Kxb4 43.Kh5? [43.Kg4 g6 44.h4 Kc5 45.Kf3 Kd6 46.g4 Ke7 47.h5 Kf7 48.Ke3 Kg7 49.hxg6 Kxg6 50.Kf3 Kg5 51.Kg3=] 43...Kc4 [Here 43...f5! 44.exf5 e4-+ wins for Black.] 44.Kg6 Kd4 45.Kxg7 Kxe4 46.h4 Kf4 47.h5 e4 48.h6 e3 49.h7 e2 50.h8Q e1Q 51.Qh6+ Kg3 52.Qh3+ Kf4 53.Qf3+ Kg5 54.Qxf6+ Kg4 55.Qf3+ Kg5 56.Qd5+ Kg4 57.Qf3+ 1/2-1/2

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