Monday, 27 July 2009

Quick win for Smerdon

Here is a win by David Smerdon from this years ANU Open. Smerdon employed a tricky line against the Caro-Kan and although Adrian Chek avoided the obvious traps, he ended up in a passive position. Then a tactical oversight allowed Smerdon to gain a sizable advantage. I do have some sympathy for Adrian however, as he played this game immediately after holding Max Illingworth to a draw in a game that probably went for 100 moves.

Smerdon,D - Chek,A [B10]
ANU Open Canberra, 26.07.2009

1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Qf3 dxe4 [ 3...d4 4.Bc4 is something that Black needs to watch for.] 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Bc4 e6 6.Ne2 Nbd7 7.d4 Nxe4 8.Qxe4 Nf6 9.Qf3 Bd6 10.h3 Bd7 11.Bf4 Qc7 12.0-0-0 0-0-0 13.Bg5 Be7 14.Rhe1 Rhf8 15.Ng3 Nd5? (D)
16.Bxe7 Nxe7 17.Qa3 Nd5
[ 17...c5 18.Ne4 Kb8 19.Nxc5+-] 18.Qxa7 Nb6 19.Bb3 Qf4+ 20.Rd2 Kc7 21.Qa5 Bc8 [ 21...Ra8 at least avoids disaster on b6.] 22.Re4 Qd6 23.c4 c5 24.dxc5 Qxd2+ 25.Qxd2 Rxd2 26.cxb6+ 1-0

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