White Wins with Black

I’m pleased to present two games from Chris White. First, his win against GM Alex Cherniaev from our London League match against Wood Green.

[Event “Richmond v Wood Green”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2018.11.??”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Cherniaev, Alexander”]
[Black “White, Chris”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “A43”]
[PlyCount “54”]
1. d4 c5 2. d5 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. e4 ({Avoiding} 4. Nc3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 f5 {which
is also chaotic}) 4… d6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nge2 Ne7 7. h4 {Quite dangerous} h6 8.
h5 g5 9. f4 {All quickly played by Cherniaev, and it forces black to make a
decision. I decided to allow fxg5 if it meant in return I could install a N on
the lovely e5 square.} exd5 10. cxd5 a6 $2 {Unfortunately too slow.} (10… Bg4
$1 {is a much better version of same idea} 11. fxg5 Nd7 12. gxh6 Bxh6 {black
is doing fine and has …Ne5 to look forward to}) 11. fxg5 Nd7 12. gxh6 Bxh6
13. Bxh6 Rxh6 14. Qd2 Rh8 15. Ng1 {Regrouping to challenge the imminent
arrival of the N on e5} Ne5 16. Nf3 N7g6 {This is the move I want to play but
of course going via g6 involves its own risks…} 17. hxg6 Rxh1 (17… Nxf3+
18. gxf3 Rxh1 19. O-O-O Kf8 $44 {says Stockfish}) 18. Nxe5 Qh4+ {objectively
not the best move but on the plus side it gives white plenty of ways to go
wrong…} 19. Qf2 dxe5 20. gxf7+ $2 ({a different mistake would be} 20. g7 Qg5
$17) 20… Kf8 21. g3 Qg5 22. Qxc5+ Kxf7 23. Qf2+ Kg7 24. Qf3 Rh2 25. Ne2 Bd7
26. Qb3 b5 27. a4 Rf8 {Here Cherniaev resigned. Threats include …Rh1 or …
Rxf1+ with .. .Qf6+ and Qf2+ to follow.} 0-1

Click here to play through the game online.

Another game with the same opening, played again in the London League, at the end of last season. Chris’s opponent here, Bill Phillips, started Pinner Junior Club shortly before we started Richmond Junior Club in 1975, and was very helpful in getting us established.

[Event “Richmond v Drunken Knights”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2018.06.11”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Phillips, William”]
[Black “White, Chris”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “A43”]
[PlyCount “40”]
1. d4 c5 2. d5 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Bd3 e6 6. Ne2 Ne7 7. Nbc3 O-O 8. O-O
exd5 9. cxd5 Nd7 10. f4 f5 11. Ng3 Nf6 12. Qc2 fxe4 (12… Ng4 $5 {is another
idea when if white removes his K from the dangerous diagonal} 13. Kh1 (13. h3
fxe4 14. Ngxe4 Bd4+ 15. Kh1 Nf5) {there is a surprise winning tactic} 13…
Nxd5 $3 14. Nxd5 Qh4 $19) 13. Ngxe4 Nxe4 14. Nxe4 Nf5 15. Ng5 Nd4 16. Qf2 Bf5
17. Bxf5 gxf5 18. Nf3 Re8 $1 $19 19. Be3 (19. Bd2 Re2 20. Qg3 Nxf3+ 21. Qxf3
Rxd2 $19) 19… Nxf3+ 20. Qxf3 Rxe3 {White resigned as recapturing allows …
Bd4} 0-1

You can play through this game here

If any other RTCC members have played any interesting games recently we’d be happy to present them here, with or without annotations.