Team A - Team B [A48]
Consultation Game 01.09.2009

The teams were Richard Hall, Francesca Fozard and John Fozard vs Martin Sheard, John Stevens and Gerry Thickett. Both teams had one hour each for all their moves. Notes based on analysis by Rybka and after the game consultation.

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bg5 Ne4 4.Bh4 Bg7 5.Nbd2 Nxd2 6.Qxd2 c5!?
playing for an unbalanced position.

7.e3 0-0 8.Be2 b6
Black wants to maintain the tension.

9.c3 Bb7 10.d5
Maybe white should castle before pushing in the centre but white wanted to cramp black.

10...d6 11.e4 Nd7 12.Bg5 Nf6
Rybka gives this position as roughly equal as with all the previous moves.

13.Qe3 h6
[13...Qd7 is possibly better preparing e6 without being pinned 14.0-0 e6 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Bc4 exd5 17.Bxd5 Bxd5 18.exd5 Rfe8 19.Qd3 ]

[14.Bxf6!? exf6 Gives black the two bishops and an e4 pawn target.; 14.Bh4 Qd7 15.0-0 e6 Maybe slightly better for black.; 14.Bxh6? Ng4! ]

Trying to open up the e file. Safer is [14...Qd7 15.0-0 e6 16.dxe6 Qxe6 and black can pressure e4 with his pieces.]

This allows black to open the position against whites uncastled king, black is now better according to rybka. Critical was [15.dxe6 fxe6 16.Nd2 g5 17.Bg3 d5 18.h4 which is unclear.; 15.Bxd6 Qxd6 16.e5 Qxd5 17.exf6 Bxf6 18.Qxh6 is better for black.]

15...exd5 16.exd5
[16.cxd5 Re8 and the e4 or d5 pawn drops]

16...Re8 17.Qd2 Qe7
Preventing white from castling.

[18.Be3 Ng4 19.Bf4 Qf6 ]

18...Ne4 19.Qc2 Qf6!
Now after ..Nc3 Black wins the b2 pawn.

20.Bc1 Nc3 21.Be3 Nxe2 22.Qxe2 Qxb2 23.Qxb2 Bxb2 24.Rb1 Bc3+ 25.Nd2
[25.Kd1 ]

25...Ba6 26.Rc1 Ba5
[26...Bg7?! ]

A blunder losing 2 pieces and a pawn for a rook - now black is winning. [27.Ke2 b5 28.Kf3 Kg7 29.Ne4 Rad8 30.Bf4 ; 27.Kd1 ]

27...Rxe3 28.fxe3 Bxd2 29.Rc2 Bxe3+ 30.Kh1 b5 31.Rf6 Rd8 32.cxb5 Bd4 33.Rf3 Bxb5 34.a3 Re8 35.Rc1 Re3
[35...Re5! wins the d5 pawn but black wanted to swap rooks - time trouble was looming.]

36.Rxe3 Bxe3 37.Re1 Bf4
[37...Bg5! prevents Re7 and prepares Bf6, Be5 and when the c pawn advances.]

38.Re7 a6 39.Ra7
In the resulting time scramble White won on time in a lost position. Black was punished since he had not enough time to convert his material advantage. The remaining moves were not recorded. 1-0