Southwest Chess Club Games












(1) Rohland,M - Van Scyoc,D [A68]
MMCA Team, 17.06.1993

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.f4 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Nf3 a6 9.a4 exd5 10.cxd5 Re8 11.e5 dxe5 12.fxe5 Nfd7 13.Bg5 f6 14.exf6 Nxf6 15.0-0 Nbd7 16.d6 Qb6 17.Bc4+ Kh8 18.a5 Qa7 19.Nd5 Nxd5 20.Qxd5 b5 21.Rae1 Bb7 22.Rxe8+ Rxe8 23.Qf7 Rf8 24.Qxd7 bxc4 25.Be7 Rc8 26.Qh3 Qb8 27.d7 Rf8 28.Bxf8 Qxf8 29.Rd1 Bf6 30.Ne5 Kg7 31.Qe6 Bh4 32.Rf1 Qd8 33.Rf7+ Kh6 34.Rxh7+ Kxh7 35.Qxg6+ Kh8 36.Nf7# 1-0













(2) Bisguier,A - Berry,N [A90]
Bisguier Simul, Oct. 1998, Waukesha, 10.1998

1.c4 f5 2.d4 e6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 c6 5.Nh3 d6 6.Nc3 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.b3 Bd7 9.Bb2 Be8 10.Nf4 Bf7 11.e4 fxe4 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.Bxe4 Nd7 14.d5 e5 15.dxc6 Nc5 16.cxb7 Rb8 17.Bg2 exf4 18.Bd4 Bf6 19.b4 Bxd4 20.Qxd4 Nxb7 21.Qxa7 Bxc4 22.Rfc1 d5 23.a4 Nd6 24.b5 fxg3 25.hxg3 Qb6 26.Qxb6 Rxb6 27.Rd1 Ne4 28.Rd4 Nc3 29.Bf1 Bxf1 30.Kxf1 Rf3 31.Rf4 Rxf4 32.gxf4 Rf6 33.Ra3 d4 34.Ke1 h5 35.Kd2 Nb1+ 0-1













(3) Olk,B (1800) - Williams,B (2200) [C30]
UWM 2-22-98, 22.02.1998

1.e4 e5 2.f4 Bc5 3.Nf3 d6 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Bb5 Nge7 6.Na4 Bg4 7.Nxc5 dxc5 8.d3 0-0 9.h3 Bxf3 10.gxf3 Nd4 11.Bc4 Ng6 12.c3 Qh4+ 13.Kf1 b5 14.cxd4 bxc4 15.f5 cxd4 16.dxc4 Nf4 17.Bxf4 Qxf4 18.Qd3 g6 19.Re1 gxf5 20.exf5 f6 21.Ke2 Kh8 22.Kd1 Rab8 23.Re2 Rg8 24.h4 Rg3 25.Rf2 Rbg8 26.Rhh2 Rg1+ 27.Kc2 Re1 28.Re2 Rxe2+ 29.Rxe2 Qxh4 30.Kb3 Rg3 31.Kb4 Qh5 32.Rf2 Qf7 33.b3 c5+ 34.Ka3 Qb7 35.Kb2 h5 36.Kc2 Kg7 37.Kd2 Qd7 38.a3 Rg5 39.b4 cxb4 40.axb4 Qa4 41.b5 Rg1 42.Qc2 Qa3 43.Re2 d3 44.Re1 Rxe1 45.Qxd3 Rd1+ 0-1













(4) Rossi,Bill (2032) - Matthys,Don (1350) [C33]
Bad Bishop's Rebellion (1), 08.04.1999

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.d4 Bb4 6.Qd3 d6 7.Bxf4 0-0 8.Nge2 Bg4 9.0-0 Bxe2 10.Nxe2 d5 11.exd5 Nxd5 12.Bg3 Nce7 13.c3 Bd6 14.Bh4 Qd7 15.Rae1 Rae8 16.Qf3 c6 17.Bg3 Bxg3 18.Nxg3 Ng6 19.Rxe8 Rxe8 20.Nf5 Ngf4 21.Qg4 Ne6 22.Nxg7 Nf8 23.Qxd7 Nxd7 24.Nxe8 1-0













(5) Matthys,Don (1350) - Boelk,Dave (1075) [C55]
Bad Bishop's Rebellion (2), 15.04.1999

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bc5 5.0-0 0-0 6.d3 h6 7.a3 d6 8.Bd2 Bg4 9.Be3 Bxe3 10.fxe3 a6 11.Qd2 Na5 12.Ba2 Qd7 13.Nd5 Nxd5 14.Bxd5 Qb5 15.Nh4 Kh7 16.b4 c6 17.Bxf7 Rxf7 18.Rxf7 Be6 19.Re7 Nb3 20.cxb3 Bxb3 21.Nf5 Rg8 22.Qc3 Ba4 23.Nxd6 Qb6 24.Nc4 Qxe3+ 25.Nxe3 1-0













(6) Levy,Ben (1596) - Matthys,Don (1350) [C26]
Bad Bishop's Rebellion (3), 22.04.1999

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Ng5 0-0 6.d3 Be7 7.Be3 d6 8.Qd2 Ng4 9.h4 Nxe3 10.Qxe3 Nd4 11.0-0-0 c6 12.Kb1 b5 13.Bb3 a5 14.a3 b4 15.Ne2 Nxb3 16.cxb3 f6 17.Nf3 bxa3 18.bxa3 Be6 19.Nd2 d5 20.Kb2 d4 21.Qg3 a4 22.h5 h6 23.f4 axb3 24.Ra1 Qa5 25.Nb1 Rfb8 26.Rc1 Rb4 27.Rxc6 Bd7 28.Rc4 Rbb8 29.Qh4 Bb5 30.Rc1 Bxd3 31.Qe1 Qxe1 32.Rxe1 Bxe4 33.Ng3 Bxb1 34.Rexb1 exf4 35.Ne4 Rc8 36.Rc1 Rxc1 37.Kxc1 Bxa3+ 38.Kd2 Bb4+ 39.Kd3 Rxa1 40.Kc4 b2 41.Kxb4 b1Q+ 0-1













(7) Fogec,Tom (1679) - Matthys,Don (1350) [D53]
Bad Bishop's Rebellion (4), 29.04.1999

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 0-0 6.Qc2 Nc6 7.a3 Re8 8.Bd3 g6 9.Nf3 Ng4 10.Bxe7 Rxe7 11.cxd5 exd5 12.h3 Nf6 13.0-0 Be6 14.b4 h6 15.Ne2 Qd7 16.Bxg6 fxg6 17.Qxg6+ Rg7 18.Qxf6 Bxh3 19.Ng3 Rf8 20.Qh4 Be6 21.Nh5 Rg4 22.Nf6+ Rxf6 23.Qxf6 Rg7 24.g3 Ne7 25.Ne5 1-0













(8) Bisguier,GM (2390) - Becker,A (2039) [B21]
Bisguier Simultaneous 11-4-99, 04.11.1999

1.e4 c5 2.f4 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.c3 Nc6 6.e5 Nd5 7.d4 cxd4 8.cxd4 Qa5+ 9.Bd2 Qb6 10.Nc3 Ndb4 11.Be3 e6 12.Nf3 Be7 13.Qd2 Qa5 14.0-0 0-0 15.Bb3 d5 16.a3 Na6 17.Bc2 Qd8 18.Qd3 g6 19.Ne2 Nc7 20.Ng3 Bd7 21.Rac1 Na5 22.a4 b5 23.b3 bxa4 24.bxa4 Nc4 25.Nd2 Nxe3 26.Qxe3 Ne8 27.Nf3 Ng7 28.Rb1 Rc8 29.Rfc1 Qa5 30.Bd1 Rxc1 31.Rxc1 Rc8 32.Rxc8+ Bxc8 33.Qc1 Ba6 34.Qc6 Bd3 35.Qc8+ Bf8 36.Qb7 h5 37.h3 h4 38.Nh1 Nf5 39.Nf2 Be4 40.Ng5 Be7 41.Kh2 Qe1 42.Nfxe4 dxe4 43.Nxe4 Qxd1 44.Qc8+ Kg7 45.Nf6 Bxf6 46.exf6+ Kxf6 47.Qh8+ Ke7 48.d5 Ng3 49.Qxh4+ Kd6 50.Qxg3 Qxd5 51.f5+ Qe5 52.fxg6 Qxg3+ 53.Kxg3 fxg6 54.Kf4 Kd5 55.Ke3 e5 56.h4 e4 57.g4 Ke5 58.h5 gxh5 59.gxh5 Kf5 60.h6 Kg6 61.Kxe4 Kxh6 62.Kd5 1-0













(9) Williams,W - Wierzbicki,M [A34]
Boerner Festival Rome, 19.06.1999

1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bg2 Nc7 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.0-0 e5 8.d3 Be7 9.a3 0-0 10.b3 Be6 11.Rb1 f6 12.Bb2 Qd7 13.Qc2 Rac8 14.Rfc1 b6 15.Ba1 Nd4 16.Qd1 Bg4 17.Nd2 Ncb5 18.f3 Be6 19.Nxb5 Nxb5 20.Nc4 Rfd8 21.Qd2 Nd4 22.Rd1 b5 23.Na5 c4 24.bxc4 bxc4 25.e3 c3 26.Bxc3 Rxc3 27.exd4 Qxd4+ 28.Kf1 Bf5 29.Nb3 Qxd3+ 0-1













(10) Matthys,Don (1576) - Katka,Ron (997) [C41]
SWCC Championship (1), 17.06.1999

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 c6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.0-0 Bg4 6.d3 Nbd7 7.Re1 Nb6 8.Bb3 d5 9.exd5 Bb4 10.dxc6 bxc6 11.Rxe5+ Kf8 12.h3 Bh5 13.Bg5 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 Bd6 15.Bxf6 Qxf6 16.Rf5 Qg6 17.Rxf7+ Ke8 18.Qxc6+ Kd8 19.Nb5 Bh2+ 20.Kxh2 Qxc6 21.Nc3 g6 22.a4 Nd7 23.Re1 Kc7 24.Kg1 h5 25.Bd5 Qc5 26.Nb5+ Kb6 27.Rxd7 Rae8 28.Rb7+ Ka5 29.b4+ Qxb4 30.Rxa7+ Kb6 31.Rb7+ Kc5 32.Rc7+ Kxd5 33.c4+ Qxc4 34.dxc4# 1-0













(11) Presswood,Herman (1869) - Matthys,Don (1576) [C55]
SWCC Championship (2), 24.06.1999

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Nd5 Nxe4 6.Qe2 Nf6 7.c3 Nxd5 8.Bxd5 Be7 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.Qxe5 0-0 11.0-0 Bf6 12.Qg3 Re8 13.d4 c6 14.Bf3 d5 15.Bf4 Bh4 16.Bc7 Bxg3 17.Bxd8 Bxh2+ 18.Kxh2 Rxd8 19.Rae1 Kf8 20.Re5 Re8 21.Rfe1 Rxe5 22.Rxe5 g6 23.Kg3 f6 24.Re1 Bf5 25.Kf4 Re8 26.Rh1 Kg7 27.g4 g5+ 28.Kxf5 1-0













(12) Matthys,Don (1576) - Boelk,Dave (1048) [C64]
SWCC Tournament (3), 01.07.1999

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Bc5 4.Bb5 Nf6 5.a3 0-0 6.0-0 Nd4 7.Re1 Nxb5 8.Nxb5 c6 9.Nc3 Re8 10.b4 Bb6 11.d4 Ng4 12.h3 Nf6 13.Bg5 Bc7 14.dxe5 Bxe5 15.Nxe5 Rxe5 16.f4 Qb6+ 17.Kh1 Re8 18.Bxf6 gxf6 19.f5 Qf2 20.Qg4+ Kh8 21.Rf1 Qxc2 22.Rac1 Qd2 23.Rcd1 Qb2 24.Ne2 Qxa3 25.Rf3 Qxb4 26.Rg3 Qf8 27.Qh4 Qe7 28.Nf4 Qxe4 29.Qxf6# 1-0













(13) Becker,A (2165) - Presswood,H (1910) [A22]
SWCC-Action G/15 (3.4), 06.05.1999

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 Bc5 4.e3 d5 5.d4 exd4 6.exd4 Bb4 7.Bg2 Qe7+ 8.Nge2 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 c6 10.a4 Nbd7 11.Ba3 Qe6 12.cxd5 Nxd5 13.0-0 N7b6 14.Qd3 Bd7 15.c4 Nf6 16.d5 cxd5 17.cxd5 Nfxd5 18.Nd4 Qg6 19.Rfe1+ Kd8 20.Be4 Qh5 21.a5 Na4 22.Rac1 Rc8 23.Rxc8+ Kxc8 24.Qc4+ Nc7 25.Rc1 Qxa5 26.Bd6 b5 27.Qc2 Re8 28.Bxc7 1-0













(14) Bisguier,A (2401) - Presswood,H [C77]
Waukesha Simul 11-3-99, 03.11.1999

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Qe2 d6 6.c4 Be7 7.d4 exd4 8.Nxd4 Bd7 9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.Nc3 0-0 11.0-0 Re8 12.Qf3 Bg4 13.Qg3 Qd7 14.h3 c5 15.Nc2 Bh5 16.Ne3 Bg6 17.f3 Nh5 18.Qg4 Qxg4 19.hxg4 Ng3 20.Rd1 h5 21.Kf2 Bh4 22.Kg1 hxg4 23.Nxg4 f5 24.exf5 Nxf5 25.Nd5 Rac8 26.b3 Re2 27.Nf4 Rce8 28.Nxg6 Re1+ 29.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 30.Kh2 Bg3+ 31.Kh3 Rh1+ 32.Nh2 Bxh2 33.g4 Bg3+ 34.Kg2 Rh2+ 35.Kf1 Nd4 0-1













(15) Williams,W (2205) - Becker,A (2059) [B52]
Racine Team (2.2), 06.05.2000

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.a4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.0-0 Be7 7.e5 dxe5 8.Nxe5 Bxb5 9.axb5 0-0 10.d3 Nbd7 11.Qe2 Nxe5 12.Qxe5 Nd5 13.Bd2 Bf6 14.Qe4 Qd7 15.g3 Rfb8 16.Rfb1 Nb4 17.Rc1 Nd5 18.Qc4 b6 19.Rcb1 Nc7 20.Bf4 e5 21.Be3 Rd8 22.Ra4 a5 23.h4 Ne6 24.Ne4 Be7 25.Re1 Rac8 26.Ng5 Bxg5 27.Bxg5 Nxg5 28.hxg5 Qf5 29.Qg4 Qxg4 30.Rxg4 Rd5 31.Rge4 f6 32.Kg2 Rd4 33.gxf6 gxf6 34.b3 Rb4 35.f4 exf4 36.gxf4 Rxe4 37.Rxe4 Kf7 38.f5 Re8 39.Rh4 Kg7 40.Kf3 Re1 41.Rg4+ Kf8 42.Rh4 Re7 43.d4 cxd4 44.Rxd4 Re5 45.Rd7 Rxf5+ 46.Kg4 Rxb5 47.Rxh7 Rg5+ 48.Kf4 Rg7 49.Rh8+ Rg8 50.Rh7 Rg7 1/2-1/2













(16) Fons,RL (1448) - Southwell,R (1205) [C42]
Racine-Kenosha Open (2000) (5.2), 22.10.2000

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4 d6 4.0-0 c6 5.d4 Bg4 6.dxe5 Nxe4 7.exd6 Bxd6 8.Re1 0-0 9.Rxe4 Bxh2+ 10.Kxh2 Qxd1 11.Nc3 Qxc2 12.Rxg4 Qxf2 13.Ne4 Qb6 14.b3 Nd7 15.Bb2 Qc7+ 16.Kh1 g6 17.Neg5 h5 18.Re4 Nc5 19.Re5 Na6 20.Rae1 Rad8 21.Re7 Rd7 22.Bxf7+ Rxf7 23.Re8+ Rf8 24.Rxf8+ Kxf8 25.Ne6+ Kf7 26.Nxc7 Rxc7 27.Ng5+ Kf8 28.Ne6+ Kg8 29.Nxc7 Nxc7 30.Re7 Nb5 31.Rxb7 Kf8 32.a4 Nd6 33.Rxa7 Ne4 34.Kg1 Nd2 35.Ra6 c5 36.Rxg6 Nxb3 37.Ba3 Kf7 38.Rg5 c4 39.Rxh5 Nd2 40.Rc5 Nb1 41.Bb4 1-0













(17) Sagunsky,D (1556) - Becker,A (2156) [B50]
SWCC G/15 (2.1), 16.03.2000

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6 4.Bc4 e6 5.e5 Nd5 6.exd6 Bxd6 7.0-0 0-0 8.d3 Nc6 9.Nbd2 Rb8 10.a4 a6 11.Ne4 Be7 12.Re1 b5 13.axb5 axb5 14.Bb3 h6 15.h3 Qc7 16.Nh2 Rd8 17.Qh5 Nf4 18.Bxf4 Qxf4 19.Bc2 Rd5 20.Qf3 Qc7 21.Qe3 f5 22.Nd2 Bg5 23.f4 Bxf4 24.Qf3 Bxh2+ 25.Kh1 Qf4 26.Qxf4 Bxf4 27.Nf3 e5 28.Ra2 Bb7 29.Rea1 g5 30.c4 bxc4 31.dxc4 Rdd8 32.Bxf5 Nd4 33.Bd3 Nxf3 34.gxf3 Bxf3+ 35.Kg1 Be3+ 36.Kh2 Rxd3 37.Rf1 Rd2+ 38.Kg3 e4 39.Ra7 Rg2# 0-1













(18) Becker,A (2064) - Mertens,T (1996) [A22]
SWCC Round Robin, 06.04.2000

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 Bb4 4.Bg2 0-0 5.e4 d6 6.Nge2 Nc6 7.0-0 Be6 8.d3 Qd7 9.Nd5 Bxd5 10.cxd5 Ne7 11.h3 Bc5 12.Kh2 Ne8 13.g4 Ng6 14.f4 Nxf4 15.Nxf4 exf4 16.Bxf4 Bd4 17.Qe2 Be5 18.Kh1 Qe7 19.Be3 g6 20.d4 Bg7 21.Rf2 Nf6 22.Bg5 h6 23.Bh4 g5 24.Bg3 Rae8 25.Re1 Qd7 26.Qf1 Nxg4 27.hxg4 Qxg4 28.Bh2 Bxd4 29.Bf3 Qh4 30.Rfe2 g4 31.Bxg4 Re5 32.Bf5 Kh8 33.Rg2 Rfe8 34.Ree2 Qh5 35.Bg4 Qh4 36.Qxf7 R5e7 37.Qh5 Qf6 38.Bf5 Re5 39.Rg6 Rxf5 40.Qxh6# 1-0













(19) Fogec,T (1747) - Becker,Al (2059) [A47]
SWCC Paulsen Mem 2-24-00 Greendale (2.1), 24.02.2000

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 b6 4.Bd3 Bb7 5.Nbd2 d5 6.c3 Nbd7 7.0-0 Bd6 8.Qc2 0-0 9.e4 dxe4 10.Nxe4 Nxe4 11.Bxe4 Bxe4 12.Qxe4 Nf6 13.Qe2 c5 14.dxc5 Bxc5 15.Be3 Qc7 16.Bxc5 Qxc5 17.Rad1 Rfd8 18.Rxd8+ Rxd8 19.Rd1 Rd5 20.Rxd5 Qxd5 21.Qe5 Qd1+ 22.Qe1 Qa4 23.Qd2 g6 24.b3 Qe4 25.h3 Kg7 26.c4 Qb1+ 27.Kh2 Qa1 28.Qe2 Nd7 29.Qd2 Nc5 30.Qd4+ Qxd4 31.Nxd4 Kf8 32.Kg3 Ke8 33.Kf3 Kd7 34.Ke3 a6 35.b4 Nb7 36.f4 Nd6 37.c5 bxc5 38.bxc5 Nb5 39.a4 Nc7 40.g3 Nd5+ 41.Kd2 Kc7 1/2-1/2













(20) Becker,A (2105) - Madden,D (1247) [A07]
Greater Milw Open (1.3), 27.01.2001

1.g3 d5 2.Bg2 c6 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.b3 Nf6 5.Bb2 Nbd7 6.0-0 e6 7.d3 Be7 8.Nbd2 0-0 9.c4 Nb6 10.h3 Bh5 11.g4 Bg6 12.Ne5 Qb8 13.a4 Bd6 14.Ndf3 Qd8 15.a5 Nbd7 16.Nxg6 fxg6 17.a6 b5 18.cxb5 cxb5 19.Nd4 Re8 20.Nxb5 Qb8 21.Nxd6 Qxd6 22.e4 dxe4 23.dxe4 Qxd1 24.Rfxd1 e5 25.g5 Nc5 26.gxf6 Nxb3 27.Ra3 Nc5 28.fxg7 Kxg7 29.f4 Kf6 30.Rd5 Ne6 31.Bxe5+ Ke7 32.f5 gxf5 33.exf5 Nf8 34.Bf3 Rac8 35.Rb3 Rc1+ 36.Kf2 Rc2+ 37.Kg3 Nd7 38.Rb7 Rg8+ 39.Bg4 Rc3+ 40.Bxc3 1-0













(21) Becker,A (2105) - Wagner,J (1915) [A16]
Greater Milw Open (3.2), 27.01.2001

1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.cxd5 Nxd5 4.Bg2 Nb6 5.Nf3 g6 6.0-0 Bg7 7.d3 0-0 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.Be3 h6 10.Rc1 Be6 11.Qd2 Kh7 12.b3 Nd5 13.Nxd5 Bxd5 14.Rc5 e6 15.h4 Qd7 16.Rfc1 Rfc8 17.Bf4 b6 18.Rxc6 Bxc6 19.Rxc6 Qxc6 20.Ng5+ hxg5 21.Bxc6 gxf4 22.Bxa8 Rxa8 23.Qxf4 Kg8 24.Qxc7 Bd4 25.e3 Bf6 26.d4 b5 27.Qb7 Rd8 28.Qxb5 Kg7 29.Kg2 Rd5 30.Qa6 Rd7 31.b4 Be7 32.b5 Rc7 33.a4 Rc2 34.Qxa7 Bb4 35.e4 Be1 36.d5 exd5 37.exd5 Rd2 38.Qe3 1-0













(22) John L. Wagner (1915) - Gary Wright [C00]
Greater Open Milwaukee, 27.01.2001

1.e4 e6 2.c4 d5 3.cxd5 exd5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Nc3 Qd8 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.d4 Be7 8.Bc4 0-0 9.0-0 Nbd7 10.Bf4 Nb6 11.Bb3 Nh5 12.Be3 Bf5 13.Ne5 Bg6 14.a4 Nd7 15.Nxg6 hxg6 16.Qg4 Kh7 17.Ne4 f5 18.Ng5+ Kh8 19.Qh4 f4 20.Qh3 Bxg5 21.g4 fxe3 22.gxh5 exf2+ 23.Kh1 Bh4 24.hxg6 Qf6 25.Bf7 Qxd4 26.Qf5 Nf6 27.Ra3 Qe4+ 28.Qxe4 Nxe4 29.Rh3 Rxf7 30.Rxh4+ Kg8 31.gxf7+ Kxf7 32.Rxe4 1-0













(23) Mertins,T (2085) - Becker,A (2030) [C00]
SWCC G/30 RR 2-27-03, 27.02.2003

1.e4 e6 2.d4 a6 3.Nd2 b5 4.Bd3 Bb7 5.Ngf3 c5 6.c3 Nf6 7.Qe2 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Re1 d6 10.Nf1 Nc6 11.Ng3 Qc7 12.e5 Nd5 13.h4 cxd4 14.cxd4 dxe5 15.dxe5 Ncb4 16.Bb1 Rac8 17.Bg5 Qc4 18.Bxe7 Nxe7 19.Qxc4 Rxc4 20.a3 Nbd5 21.Ne4 Nf5 22.Bd3 Rc7 23.g3 Nb6 24.Rad1 Nc4 25.Bxc4 Rxc4 26.Nfd2 Rc2 27.b4 h6 28.Nc5 Bd5 29.Nxa6 Ra8 30.Nc5 Rxa3 31.Nde4 Raa2 32.Ra1 Nd4 33.Rxa2 Rxa2 34.Rd1 Nf3+ 35.Kg2 Nxe5 36.Kh3 f5 37.Nc3 Rxf2 38.Nxd5 exd5 39.Nd3 Re2 40.Nf4 Rb2 41.Rxd5 Ng4 42.Ng2 Rxb4 43.Nf4 Rb2 44.Ng2 g6 0-1













(24) Gorelick,I - Gelbart,S [B34]
SWCC-Team (UNR) , 15.11.2001

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Qd4 f6 7.Nc3 Qb6 8.Qd1 Nh6 9.Bc4 Ba6 10.Bb3 e6 11.Be3 Qc7 12.Qf3 f5 13.0-0-0 Bg7 14.Bf4 Qa5 15.Rd2 Nf7 16.exf5 Qxf5 17.g4 Ne5 18.gxf5 Nxf3 19.Rdd1 gxf5 20.h4 Bf6 21.Rh3 Nxh4 22.Rdh1 Ng6 23.Bd2 Nf8 24.Bh6 Ke7 25.Bxf8+ Raxf8 26.Rxh7+ Rxh7 27.Rxh7+ Rf7 28.Rh1 Rg7 29.Kd1 Bd4 30.Ke1 c5 31.Nd1 Bb7 32.Rh4 Rg4 33.Rh7+ Rg7 34.Rh4 Bc6 35.c3 Be5 36.Ne3 d5 37.Rh6 Bd7 38.Bd1 a5 0-1













(25) Shikhman,D (2000) - Becker,A (2020) [E12]
UWM Doc Holliday 12-07-02 (5.2), 07.12.2002

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 b6 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3 Be7 6.e3 0-0 7.Bd3 d5 8.cxd5 exd5 9.0-0 Nbd7 10.b4 Ne4 11.Bb2 f5 12.Ne5 Nxe5 13.dxe5 c5 14.bxc5 bxc5 15.f3 Ng5 16.Qe2 Rb8 17.Rfd1 Kh8 18.Rab1 Ne6 19.Bc4 Nc7 20.Ba1 Qd7 21.f4 Bc6 22.Rxb8 Rxb8 23.Qc2 Qe6 24.Ba2 c4 25.Ne2 Qg6 26.Bd4 Bxa3 27.Ng3 Bd7 28.Bb1 Rf8 29.Qc3 Be7 30.Qa5 Qc6 31.Nh5 Ne6 32.Ng3 Nxd4 33.exd4 Qb7 34.Qa2 Bd8 35.Qc2 Bb6 36.h3 Qa6 37.Ne2 Ba4 38.Qd2 Bxd1 39.Qxd1 Qa3 40.Qc2 Qe3+ 41.Kh1 Bxd4 42.e6 Bc5 43.Kh2 Qxe6 44.Ng3 g6 45.Qc3+ Qf6 46.Qa5 Qb6 47.Qe1 Be3 48.Nf1 Bxf4+ 49.g3 Bc7 50.Qe7 Qf2+ 0-1













(26) Sagunsky,D - Gabrilovich,I [C50]
SWCC, 2002

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d4 Bxd4 6.Nxd4 Nxd4 7.f4 Nc6 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.fxe5 Nxe5 10.Qd5+ Ke8 11.Qxe5+ Qe7 12.Qxe7+ Kxe7 13.Nc3 d6 14.Bg5 c6 15.Rae1 Be6 16.e5 dxe5 17.Rxe5 Rae8 18.Ne4 Rhf8 19.Re1 h6 20.Nxf6 Rxf6 21.Rxe6+ 1-0













(27) Becker,A (2060) - Betaneli,A (2273) [A34]
Action G/30 Milwaukee (2.1), 15.11.2003

1.c4 c5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Nc7 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.0-0 e5 8.b3 Be7 9.Bb2 f6 10.d3 Be6 11.Rc1 Qd7 12.Nd2 Rc8 13.Nc4 0-0 14.f4 exf4 15.Rxf4 f5 16.Rf1 Bg5 17.Rb1 Rcd8 18.Kh1 b5 19.Nd2 Nd5 20.Nxd5 Bxd5 21.Nf3 Be3 22.Bc1 Bd4 23.Bg5 Rde8 24.Rc1 Ne5 25.h3 h6 26.Bd2 Ng6 27.b4 Bxf3 28.Bxf3 Qd6 29.Qe1 Rc8 30.e3 Be5 31.bxc5 Qxd3 32.c6 Qd8 33.Bb4 Rf6 34.Rd1 Qc7 35.Rd7 Qb6 1/2-1/2













(28) Cooper,J (2208) - Becker,A (2070) [B23]
Southwest Chess Club G/2 (4.1), 18.12.2003

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 e6 4.Bb5+ Bd7 5.Bxd7+ Qxd7 6.Nh3 Nc6 7.0-0 Nge7 8.Ne2 g6 9.c3 Bg7 10.d3 0-0 11.Be3 f5 12.Rf3 h6 13.Nf2 Rac8 14.Rh3 b6 15.Kh1 d5 16.e5 d4 17.Bd2 b5 18.Qg1 Qd5 19.b3 c4 20.Qb1 Rfd8 21.Qb2 dxc3 22.Nxc3 Qc5 23.Be3 Qb4 24.Bd2 Qc5 25.Be3 Qb4 26.a3 Qxb3 27.Qxb3 cxb3 28.Nxb5 Nd5 29.Nd6 Rxd6 0-1













(29) Sagunsky,D (1700) - Becker,A (2060) [B50]
SWCC Action G/25 RR Hales Corners (2), 02.10.2003

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6 4.Be2 e6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Qc2 0-0 7.d4 Nc6 8.dxc5 dxc5 9.Rd1 Qc7 10.Na3 a6 11.Nc4 b5 12.Ne3 Bb7 13.Ne1 Ne5 14.f3 Rad8 15.Nd3 c4 16.Nxe5 Qxe5 17.Bd2 Nxe4 18.fxe4 Bxe4 19.Qc1 Bc5 20.Kh1 Rd7 21.Ng4 Bxg2+ 22.Kxg2 Qxe2+ 23.Kh3 Rxd2 24.Qxd2 Qf3+ 25.Kh4 Be7+ 26.Qg5 h5 27.Nh6+ Kh7 28.Qxe7 Qf4+ 29.Kh3 Qf3+ 30.Kh4 f6 31.Rg1 Qf4+ 32.Kh3 1-0













(30) Hayes,R (2100) - Becker,A (2060) [A15]
SWCC Teams Hales Corners (2.1), 30.10.2003

1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 e6 3.Bg2 c6 4.e4 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.exd5 cxd5 7.d4 Bb4+ 8.Bd2 Bxd2+ 9.Qxd2 0-0 10.Ne2 Nc6 11.0-0 Bg4 12.Nbc3 Re8 13.Nf4 Ne4 14.Nxe4 dxe4 15.Rfe1 Nxd4 16.Kh1 Nf3 17.Qxd8 Raxd8 18.Re3 Ng5 19.h3 Bf3 20.Rae1 Bxg2+ 21.Kxg2 f5 22.R1e2 Rd1 23.Nd3 Nf3 24.Ne1 Nd4 25.Kf1 Nxe2 26.Rxe2 Rc8 27.g4 g6 28.Kg2 Rcc1 29.Nc2 f4 30.Rxe4 Rxc2 31.Rxf4 Rdd2 32.Kg3 Rxb2 33.f3 g5 34.Rf5 Rg2# 0-1













(31) Hayes,R (2100) - Cooper,J (2220) [A25]
SWCC Teams Hales Corners (4.1), 16.10.2003

1.c4 Nc6 2.g3 e5 3.Bg2 d6 4.Nc3 Bd7 5.d3 Qc8 6.e4 Be7 7.Rb1 Nf6 8.b4 0-0 9.Nge2 Bd8 10.0-0 Bh3 11.d4 Ne7 12.Bg5 Ng6 13.Qd2 Nh5 14.Bxd8 Bxg2 15.Kxg2 Rxd8 16.Qg5 Nf6 17.f3 h6 18.Qe3 Nh7 19.d5 a5 20.a3 b6 21.c5 axb4 22.axb4 bxc5 23.bxc5 Ra3 24.Ra1 Qa6 25.Rxa3 Qxa3 26.c6 Nf6 27.Qc1 Qc5 28.Qb2 Ra8 29.Ra1 Rxa1 30.Qxa1 Kh7 31.Qc1 Ne7 32.h4 Nh5 33.Qd2 Qc4 34.Nd1 g6 35.Ne3 Qb5 36.Nc3 Qb4 37.Ned1 g5 38.hxg5 Ng6 39.gxh6 f6 40.Qb2 Qd4 0-1













(32) Gelbart,S (2350) - Cooper,J (2220) [B00]
SWCC Teams 10/9/03 Hales Corners, 09.10.2003

1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 d5 4.e5 f6 5.c3 Bd7 6.Bd3 Nge7 7.exf6 gxf6 8.Nh4 Bg7 9.Qh5+ Kf8 10.f4 Qe8 11.Qe2 Ng6 12.Nf3 Nce7 13.0-0 h5 14.Qc2 Nf5 15.Bxf5 exf5 16.Re1 Qf7 17.b3 Re8 18.Ba3+ Kg8 19.Rxe8+ Qxe8 20.Nbd2 Qe3+ 21.Kh1 Kh7 22.g3 h4 23.Re1 Qf2 24.Rf1 Qe2 25.Re1 Qf2 1/2-1/2













(33) Gelbart,S (2350) - Becker,A (2059) [B92]
SWCC Teams 9/18/03 Hales Corners (1), 24.09.2003

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Be3 Be6 9.f4 Qc7 10.a4 Nbd7 11.0-0 0-0 12.Kh1 Rac8 13.a5 Rfd8 14.f5 Bc4 15.g4 d5 16.exd5 Bxe2 17.Qxe2 Nc5 18.Rad1 Nxb3 19.Bb6 Qc4 20.Bxd8 Bxd8 21.Qxc4 Rxc4 22.cxb3 Rxg4 23.Na4 Bxa5 24.Rc1 h5 25.Rc4 e4 26.b4 b5 27.Rc8+ Kh7 28.bxa5 bxa4 29.d6 e3 30.Re8 Rd4 31.Rxe3 Rxd6 32.Re7 Rd5 33.Rxf7 Rxa5 34.Rg1 Rxf5 35.Rgxg7+ Kh6 36.Rh7+ Kg5 37.Rhg7+ Kh6 38.Rg3 h4 39.Ra3 Kg6 40.Ra7 a5 41.Rxa4 h3 42.Kg1 Rg5+ 43.Kf1 Rg2 44.Rf4 Ng4 45.Rxg4+ 1/2-1/2













(34) Roychoudhury,Souvik (1975) - Coons,James (1914) [D94]
SW Club Championship (4), 10.08.2006
[Coons,James]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Bd3 0-0 7.0-0 dxc4 8.Bxc4 Bg4 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 Nbd7 11.Rd1 e5 12.d5 e4 13.Nxe4 Nxe4 14.Qxe4 Nb6 15.Bb3 cxd5 16.Bxd5 Nxd5 17.Rxd5 Qb6 18.Qd3 Rfd8 19.e4 Bd4 20.Be3 Rxd5 21.exd5 Bxe3 22.fxe3 Qxb2 23.Rb1 Qxa2 24.Rxb7 Qa1+ 25.Rb1 Qe5 26.d6 Rd8 27.d7 Qc7 28.Rd1 a5 29.Qd4 Qc6 30.g4 Qf3 31.Rc1 Qg3+ 32.Kf1 Qxh3+ 33.Ke2 Qg2+ 34.Kd3 Qb7 35.Rc8 Rxc8 36.d8Q+ Rxd8 37.Qxd8+ Kg7 38.g5 Qb3+ 39.Ke2 Qb2+ 40.Kf3 a4 41.e4 a3 42.Qe7 a2 43.e5 Qb3+ 44.Ke2 Qe6 0-1













(35) Becker,A (2048) - Wright,G (1380) [C05]
SWCC Chp 6-19-03 (1.2), 19.06.2003

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Ne4 5.Ngf3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Bd3 f5 8.exf6 Qxf6 9.Nxe4 dxe4 10.Bxe4 cxd4 11.Bg5 1-0













(36) Burton,T (2004) - Granik,D (1817) [C40]
SWCC Chp 7-31-03 (6.2), 31.07.2003
[Fritz 7 (60s)]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.a3 [5.h3 d6 6.exf5 Bxf5 7.g4 Bg6 8.Bg2 Be7 9.0-0 Qd7 10.Nh2 0-0-0 11.a3 Kb8 12.b4 Nd4 ; 5.Be2 Bb4 6.Bd2 d6 7.exf5 Bxf5 8.0-0 Qd7 9.Qe1 0-0-0 10.Ne4 Bxd2 11.Nfxd2 d5 12.Ng3 Bg6 13.Nb3 h5 14.Bd1 h4 15.Ne2 h3 16.g3 Bh5 17.Nc3 Rde8 18.Qd2 Qf5 19.Bxh5 Qxh5 ; 5.Bg5 Bb4 (5...Be7 6.Be2 0-0 7.0-0 d6 8.Nh4 f4 9.Nf3 h6 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.Nd5 Bg4 12.c3 Be6 13.Nxf6+ Qxf6 14.d4 exd4 15.cxd4 Bg4 16.Qb3+ Kh8 17.Qxb7 Bxf3 18.Bxf3 Nxd4 19.Qxc7 Nxf3+ 20.gxf3 ) 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 0-0 8.exf5 d6 9.g4 Qe8 10.Be2 e4 11.Nh4 exd3 12.Qxd3 Qe4 13.f3 Qe7 14.Qe3 Qxe3 15.Bxe3 Ne5 16.Kd2 d5 17.Bd4 Nc4+ 18.Bxc4 dxc4 19.Bxf6 Rxf6 ; 5.exf5 Bb4 ] 5...d6 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Qe2 0-0 8.0-0-0 b5 [8...Rb8 9.h4 ] 9.Nxb5 a6 10.Nc3 Nd4 11.Nxd4 exd4 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.exd5 Bf6 14.g3 Rb8 15.Bg2 Bd7 [15...Qd7 16.h3 ] 16.Ba5 [16.Rde1 Qc8 ] 16...Rb5 17.Qd2 Qb8 18.b3 Qa7 19.Rde1 Rfb8 20.b4 [20.h4 Qc5 21.b4 R5b7 ] 20...Be8 [20...Rxa5 21.bxa5 Ba4 22.Re6 ] 21.Qf4 [21.h3 Rxa5 22.bxa5 Ba4 ] 21...Bg6 [21...Rxa5 22.bxa5 Qc5 23.Kd2 Qc3+ 24.Ke2 Qxc2+ 25.Kf1 Qxd3+ 26.Kg1 ] 22.Kd2 [22.h4 Rxa5 23.bxa5 Qc5 ] 22...h6 [22...Rxa5 23.bxa5 Qc5 24.Rc1 ] 23.h4 [23.Ke2 Re8+ 24.Kd1 Rf8 ] 23...Be5 [23...Rxa5 24.bxa5 Qc5 ] 24.Qf3 Re8 25.Qd1 [25.h5 Bh7 26.Qd1 ] 25...f4 [25...Qb7 ] 26.Qg4 Bf7 27.gxf4 Bf6 28.Rxe8+ Bxe8 29.Qc8 [29.Qc8 Rb8 30.Qxc7 ] 1-0













(37) Gelbart,S (2350) - Hayes,R (2100) [C41]
SWCC June 2004 Wisconsin, 17.06.2004
[Becker,Allen]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 4.e4 e5 5.h3 c6 6.a4 Be7 7.Be3 0-0 8.Nd2 Re8 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.Nc4 Bb4 11.Qd3 Qc7 12.0-0-0 Nc5 13.Qd6?? # 13...Qxd6?? [13...Nb3+ was the answer that both players missed! After this mutual blunder, the advantage gradually passes from Black to White.] 14.Nxd6 Rd8 15.f3 Rxd6 16.Rxd6 Nb3+ 17.cxb3 Bxd6 18.g4 Be6 19.Bc4 h6 20.Rd1 Bc7 21.Bxe6 fxe6 22.Bc5 Kf7 23.h4 a6 24.g5 hxg5 25.hxg5 Ne8 26.Rd7+ Kg6 27.Be7 b5 28.b4 Bb6 29.Kd2 Bd4 30.a5 Bf2 31.Ne2 Rc8 [better was 31...Ra7 ] 32.f4 c5 Kh5 may have offered better survival chances. 33.fxe5 cxb4 34.Nf4+ Kh7 35.Nxe6 b3 36.Bf6 Kg6 37.Nxg7 Rc2+ 38.Kd3 Be1 39.Ne6 Rxb2 40.Nf4# 1-0













(38) Wright,G - Resk,D [B18]
SWCC June 2004 Wisconsin, 06.2004

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.Nf3 Nd7 7.Bd3 Bxd3 8.Qxd3 e6 9.Bf4 Be7 10.0-0 Ngf6 11.c4 0-0 12.Rfe1 Re8 13.Ne5 Nf8 14.Qf3 Rc8 15.Rad1 h6 16.Nh5 N8h7 17.Bxh6 Nxh5 18.Qxf7+ Kh8 19.Ng6# 1-0













(39) Becker,A (2109) - Hayes,R (2105) [A22]
SWCC Autumn RR 9-9-04 (1), 09.09.2004

1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 e5 3.Bg2 d6 4.Nc3 c6 5.e4 Be6 6.d3 Be7 7.Nge2 Qd7 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.0-0 Na6 11.f4 exf4 12.Nxf4 Bg4 13.Qd2 Bd4+ 14.Kh1 Nc7 15.h3 h5 16.Nce2 Bxe2 17.Nxe2 Bf6 18.d4 Ne6 19.Rad1 Bg5 20.Qc3 0-0 21.d5 cxd5 22.cxd5 Nc5 23.h4 Bh6 24.Kh2 Qe7 25.Qf3 Rae8 26.Nc3 Qe5 27.Rde1 Nd7 28.Qd1 g6 29.Nb5 Nf6 30.Bf3 a6 31.Nc3 Nd7 32.Re2 Qe7 33.Ref2 Ne5 34.Bxh5 gxh5 35.Qxh5 Bg7 36.Rf5 Ng6 37.e5 Bxe5 38.Ne4 Bxg3+ 39.Nxg3 Qxh4+ 40.Qxh4 Nxh4 41.Rg5+ Ng6 42.Rf6 Kg7 43.Rxd6 Rc8 44.Nf5+ Kh7 45.Rg2 Rc7 46.Kg3 Re8 47.Kg4 Ne5+ 48.Kh3 Ng6 49.Kg4 Ne5+ 50.Kf4 Ng6+ 51.Kg5 Rc1 52.Rh2+ Kg8 53.Rg2 Rf1 54.Rf6 Re5 1-0













(40) Roychoudhuri,S (1850) - Becker,A (2070) [D00]
SWCC Santa Open 12-16-04 Salta (3.1), 16.12.2004

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.Bxf6 exf6 4.c4 dxc4 5.Qa4+ Nc6 6.e3 Be6 7.Bxc4 Bb4+ 8.Kd1 Bxc4 9.a3 b5 10.Qc2 Be7 11.b3 Bd5 12.Nf3 0-0 13.e4 Bxb3 14.Qxb3 Nxd4 15.Qd5 Nxf3 16.gxf3 Qb8 17.Ke2 Rd8 18.Qb3 c5 19.Nc3 a6 20.Nd5 Bd6 21.Rag1 Kf8 22.Qe3 b4 23.Rxg7 Kxg7 24.Rg1+ Kf8 25.Qh6+ Ke8 26.Qxf6 bxa3 27.Rg8+ Kd7 28.Qxf7+ Kc6 29.Rg7 Qb5+ 30.Ke3 a2 31.Nc3 a1Q 32.Nxb5 Qe1+ 33.Kd3 Qf1+ 34.Kc2 Qxf2+ 35.Kb1 Rab8 36.Qd5+ Kxb5 37.Qb3+ Ka5 38.Rb7 Rxb7 39.Qxb7 Qf1+ 40.Ka2 Qe2+ 41.Ka1 Be5+ 42.Kb1 Rd1# 0-1













(41) Becker,A (2111) - Vaja,A (1988) [A25]
Action Swiss 18, 6-26-04 Wisconsin (5.2), 26.06.2004

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 Bb4 4.Bg2 Bxc3 5.bxc3 f5 6.d3 Nf6 7.Nf3 d6 8.0-0 0-0 9.Rb1 Rb8 10.Ng5 Bd7 11.f4 h6 12.Nf3 e4 13.Nd4 Nxd4 14.cxd4 Qe7 15.e3 b6 16.Qc2 Rbe8 17.Re1 Bc6 18.d5 exd3 19.Qxd3 Bd7 20.Re2 Ne4 21.Bb2 Qf7 22.Rbe1 Re7 23.Bd4 Qg6 24.Bf3 Rfe8 25.Rg2 a5 26.Qe2 Nf6 27.Qb2 Ng4 28.Qd2 Nf6 29.Qb2 Ng4 30.Rge2 Bc8 31.Qc2 Nf6 32.Qd3 Ne4 33.Rg2 Kh7 34.h3 h5 35.Kh2 Qh6 36.Qe2 g6 37.Ba1 Bd7 38.Bd4 Bc8 39.Ba1 Kg8 40.Bd4 Bd7 41.Rh1 Kf7 42.Kg1 Rg8 43.g4 h4 44.Bb2 Ng3 45.Rxg3 hxg3 46.g5 Qh7 47.h4 Rge8 48.Bd4 Rg8 49.h5 Kf8 50.hxg6 Qxg6 51.Rh6 Qxh6 52.gxh6 Rh7 53.Bg7+ Kf7 54.Bh5+ Ke7 55.e4 Kd8 56.exf5 Bxf5 57.Bf3 Bg6 58.f5 Bf7 59.Kg2 Re8 60.Qd3 Bg8 61.Kxg3 Kc8 62.c5 dxc5 63.Qb5 Re3 64.Kf4 Ra3 65.Qc6 Rxa2 66.d6 1-0













(42) Becker,A (2050) - Vaja,A (2050) [C20]
SWCC Spring G/45 5-5-05 Hove (6), 05.05.2005

1.e4 e5 2.c4 Bc5 3.Nc3 d6 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 f5 6.d3 Nf6 7.Nge2 0-0 8.0-0 fxe4 9.dxe4 Ng4 10.Qd5+ Kh8 11.Nd1 Qe8 12.h3 Nd4 13.Nxd4 c6 14.Nxc6 bxc6 15.Qd3 Nf6 16.Be3 Qh5 17.Bxc5 dxc5 18.g4 Qf7 19.Ne3 Be6 20.Rad1 h5 21.f3 Rad8 22.Qe2 Rd4 23.b3 Rfd8 24.Nc2 g5 25.Nxd4 cxd4 26.h4 gxh4 27.f4 Bxg4 28.Bf3 Rg8 29.Kh1 Bxf3+ 30.Rxf3 Qg6 31.fxe5 Nxe4 32.Rdf1 Ng3+ 33.Rxg3 hxg3 34.Kg2 d3 35.Qe3 Qg5 36.Qxd3 Rd8 37.Qf5 Rd2+ 38.Kh3 Rh2# 0-1













(43) Becker,A (2030) - Vaja,A (2067) [C92]
SWCC RR 8-25-05 Hove, 25.08.2005
[Fritz 8 (200s)]

C92: Closed Ruy Lopez: 9...Be6, Karpov and Flohr-Zaitsev Variations 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.c3 Na5 11.Bc2 c5 12.Nbd2 Re8 13.Nf1 Qc7 14.Ng3 Bf8 [14...d5 15.exd5 Bxd5 16.Nxe5 Bd6 17.d4 Bxe5 18.dxe5 Rxe5 19.Rxe5 Qxe5 20.Be3 Bc6 21.b4 cxb4 22.cxb4 Nc4 23.Bd4 Qd5 24.f3 Qe6 25.Nf5 Nd6 26.Nxg7 Kxg7 27.Qd2 Nde8 28.Re1 Qd5 29.Be4 Psakhis,L-Malaniuk,V/Minsk 1987/URS-ch/1-0 (29)] 15.Bg5 [15.Nf5 Rac8 16.Qe2 Qd7 17.Bg5 Qe6 18.b4 cxb4 19.cxb4 Nc6 20.Bb3 d5 21.a3 Ne7 22.Nxe7+ Bxe7 23.exd5 Nxd5 24.Qxe5 Qxe5 25.Rxe5 Bxg5 26.Rxe8+ Rxe8 27.Nxg5 f5 28.Rc1 h6 29.Rc7 hxg5 Tereladze,S-Cheishvili,N/Batumi 2002/EXT 2003/1-0 (47)] 15...Nd7 16.d4 h6 17.Bd2N [17.Bc1 cxd4 18.cxd4 Rac8 19.Bd3 exd4 20.Nxd4 Ne5 21.Bb1 Ng6 22.f4 d5 23.e5 Qb6 24.Bxg6 Qxg6 25.Kh2 Bc5 26.f5 Qb6 27.Qg4 Kh8 28.f6 gxf6 29.Bxh6 Rg8 30.Qh5 Rg6 31.exf6 1-0 Hedke,F-Tammert,G/Dortmund 1982/EXT 2001 (31)] 17...exd4 18.cxd4 Nc4 19.Bc1 cxd4 20.b3 Nce5 21.Nxd4 Nc5 22.Bb2 Rad8 23.Rc1 [23.Qd2 b4= ] 23...Qb8 [23...b4!?= should be examined more closely] 24.f4+/= Ng6 25.Qg4 Qa8 e4 seems the pivot of the position [25...b4 26.Nh5+/= ] 26.Ndf5 [>=26.b4 Na4 27.Ba1+/= ] 26...Rxe4? [>=26...Nxe4!? might be a viable alternative 27.h4 Rc8+/= ] 27.Nh5 [>=27.Nxe4 Bxe4 28.Nxh6+ gxh6 29.f5+- ] 27...Rde8? [>=27...Rxe1+ 28.Rxe1 Re8+/- ] 28.Bxe4 [>=28.Nxh6+ makes it even easier for White 28...Kh7 29.Bxe4 Rxe4 30.Rxe4 Nxe4+- ] 28...Nxe4 [28...Rxe4 29.Nxh6+! Demolishes the pawn shield 29...Kh7 30.Rxe4 Bxe4 31.Nxf7 Qe8 32.Ng5+ Kg8+- ] 29.Nxh6+! Demolition of pawn structure [29.Bxg7?! Bxg7 30.Nhxg7 Rc8+- ] 29...Kh7 [29...gxh6 A pinning theme 30.Rxe4 ] 30.Nxf7 Qa7+ 31.Kh2 Nf2 [31...Bc6 is not much help 32.Nd8! the best thing is for White to hand back some material 32...Rxd8 33.f5+- ] 32.Qg3 [32.Nf6+ gxf6 33.Qh5+ Bh6 34.Qxh6+ Kg8 35.Qxg6+ Kf8 36.Qh6+ Kg8 37.Qh8+ Kxf7 38.Qxf6+ Kg8 39.Qg7# ] 32...Rxe1 33.Rxe1 Ne4 [33...Bc6 is still a small chance 34.Ng5+ Kg8+- ] 34.Rxe4! Annihilates a defender: e4 34...Bxe4 35.Ng5+ A double attack 35...Kg8 [35...Kh8 doesn't change anything anymore 36.Qg4 Bc2 37.Nf6 gxf6 38.Bxf6+ Qg7 39.Qh5+ Kg8 40.Bxg7 Bxg7 41.Qh7+ Kf8 42.Ne6+ Kf7 43.Nxg7+- ] 36.Nxe4 Qf7 37.Qg5 [37.Nhf6+ keeps an even firmer grip 37...gxf6 38.Nxf6+ Qxf6 39.Bxf6 Kf7+- ] 37...d5 [37...Be7 a fruitless try to alter the course of the game 38.Qg4 d5 39.Neg3+- ] 38.Neg3 White prepares f5 [>=38.Nhf6+ and White can already relax 38...gxf6 39.Nxf6+ Kg7 40.Nxd5+ Kg8 41.Nf6+ Kg7 42.f5+- ] 38...Ne7 [38...Be7 doesn't improve anything 39.Qg4 Kh7 40.Nf5+- ] 39.f5 [>=39.Nf6+ and White takes home the point 39...Qxf6 40.Bxf6+- ] 39...Kh7 40.f6 [>=40.Qh4 might be the shorter path 40...Kg8 41.f6+- ] 40...Ng6 [40...Ng8 there is nothing else anyway 41.Nxg7 Qg6 42.Qh4+ Nh6+- ] 41.Nxg7 [41.fxg7 Be7 42.Nf6+ Bxf6 43.Bxf6 Qc7 44.Qh5+ Kg8 45.Qxg6 Qf7 46.Qh6 Qe8 47.Qh8+ Kf7 48.Qxe8+ Kxe8 49.g8Q+ Kd7 50.Qd8+ Kc6 51.Qc8+ Kb6 52.b4 d4 53.Bxd4# ] 41...Bd6 42.Kh1 Kg8 43.N7f5 Bf4 44.Qh5 [44.Ne7+ Kf8 45.Nxg6+ Qxg6 46.Qxg6 Bd6 47.Bc1 Bf4 48.Qg7+ Ke8 49.Qe7# ] 44...Qc7 45.Qxg6+ Kf8 46.Qg7+ [46.Nh6 Qh7 47.Ba3+ b4 48.Bxb4+ Bd6 49.Bxd6+ Qe7 50.fxe7# ] 46...Qxg7 47.fxg7+ Kg8 [47...Kf7 cannot undo what has already been done 48.Nh5 Bg5 49.h4 Bxh4 50.Nh6+ Ke6 51.g8Q+ Kd6 52.Nf5+ Kd7 53.Qxd5+ Kc7 54.Be5+ Kb6 55.Qd6+ Kb7 56.Qc7+ Ka8 57.Qb8# ] 48.Nh5 [48.Ne7+ Kf7 49.Ngf5 d4 50.g8Q+ Kf6 51.Bxd4+ Be5 52.Qg6# ] 48...Bg5 [48...d4 doesn't change the outcome of the game 49.Nf6+ Kf7 50.Bxd4 Be5 51.g8Q+ Kxf6 52.Qg7+ Ke6 53.Qxe5+ Kd7 54.Qd6+ Kc8 55.Ne7+ Kb7 56.Qc6+ Kb8 57.Qc8# ] 49.g4 [49.Bf6 Bxf6 50.Nxf6+ Kf7 51.g8Q+ Kxf6 52.g4 d4 53.Qf8+ Ke6 54.Qd6+ Kf7 55.Qe7+ Kg6 56.Qg7# ] 49...Bd8 50.Nh6+ Kh7 51.g8Q+ [51.g8Q+ Kxh6 52.Qg7# ] 1-0













(44) Cardenas,D (1777) - Kamberi,S (2365) [C01]
Friday Night Action, Arizona Hove (2.1), 20.01.2006

1.c4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.cxd5 exd5 4.exd5 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nxd5 6.Bc4 Nb6 7.Bb3 Be7 8.d4 0-0 9.Nge2 Nc6 10.0-0 Bf6 11.d5 Ne7 12.Bf4 Bf5 13.Qd2 Nec8 14.Nd4 Bg6 15.Rfe1 Nd6 16.Rad1 Qd7 17.h3 Rfe8 18.a4 Rxe1+ 19.Rxe1 Nbc4 20.Bxc4 Nxc4 21.Qe2 Nb6 22.Ndb5 c6 23.Nc7 Rc8 24.d6 h6 25.a5 Na8 26.Na4 Rf8 27.Nc5 Qf5 28.Qe3 b6 29.Nxa8 Rxa8 30.d7 Rd8 31.axb6 axb6 32.Bc7 1-0













(45) Grochowski,A - Levy,B [D20]
SWCC April Showers (1), 21.04.2005

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 b5 4.a4 Bd7 5.axb5 Bxb5 6.Nf3 e6 7.Qc2 Bb4+ 8.Bd2 Bxd2+ 9.Nbxd2 c6 10.Bxc4 a6 11.Bxb5 cxb5 12.0-0 Ne7 13.Rac1 0-0 14.Ng5 Ng6 15.Ndf3 f6 16.Nxe6 Qd6 17.Nxf8 Nxf8 18.Qe4 Ra7 19.Rc8 b4 20.Rfc1 Re7 21.Qd3 a5 22.Qc4+ Re6 23.Re8 Kf7 24.Rxe6 Nxe6 25.e4 Kg6 26.e5 Qe7 27.exf6 gxf6 28.Re1 Qd8 29.Rxe6 Nd7 30.Rd6 Qe8 31.Qd3+ Kg7 32.Qb5 Qe4 33.Qxd7+ Kg6 34.h3 Qb1+ 35.Kh2 Qxb2 36.Qg4+ 1-0













(46) Paitrick,D (2100) - Vaja,A (2000) [C68]
SWCC Summer RR Hove, 01.09.2005

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 Bg4 6.h3 h5 7.d3 Qf6 8.Be3 Bd6 9.Nbd2 Ne7 10.Re1 Ng6 This looks risky, as now the Knight blocks the Queen's path to h6, and therefore loses a piece. Probably 12. ...Bd7 is best. 11.hxg4 hxg4 12.Ng5 Nf4 #Here is where the game's fortunes turn. With Qxg4, White would be up a piece, instead of down a piece! 13.Bxf4 Qxf4 14.g3 Qxg5 15.Kg2 0-0-0 16.Nc4 Bc5 17.Qd2 Rh2+ 18.Kxh2 Qh5+ 19.Kg2 Qh3+ 1-0













(47) Resk,D (1371) - Grochowski,A (1386) [A08]
SWCC Summer RR Hove (5.1)

1.Nf3 d5 2.d3 Nf6 3.Nbd2 c5 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.0-0 e6 8.e4 Be7 9.exd5 exd5 10.Re1 0-0 11.Nb3 Re8 12.Bf4 Qd7 13.c3 Bd6 14.Rxe8+ Rxe8 15.Bxd6 Qxd6 16.d4 c4 17.Nbd2 b5 18.a4 b4 19.Nf1 a5 20.g4 Bg6 21.Ne3 Ne4 22.Rc1 h6 23.Nh4 Bh7 24.Nhf5 Bxf5 25.Nxf5 Qf4 26.Bxe4 Rxe4 27.Ng3 Re8 28.Rc2 Kh8 29.Re2 Rxe2 30.Nxe2 Qf3 31.Qf1 Qd3 32.Nf4 Qf3 33.Ne2 1/2-1/2













(48) Betaneli,A (2300) - Wijetunge,I (1800) [B01]
Joliet, IL G/30 6-24-06 (3), 24.06.2006
[Becker,Allen]

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 a6 6.g3 b5 7.Bg2 Bb7 8.0-0 e6 9.Bf4 Qb6 10.a4 Bd6 11.Bxd6 cxd6 12.axb5 axb5 13.Rxa8 Bxa8 14.Qe2 Bc6 15.Ng5 b4 16.Nce4 Nxe4 17.Nxe4 Bxe4 18.Qxe4 d5 19.Qd3 Nc6 20.Ra1 0-0 21.Ra6 Qc7 22.Bf1 Rc8 23.b3 Nb8 24.Ra2 Qb6 25.Qb5 Qxd4 26.Ra8 Qe5 27.Qxb4 Qc7 28.c4 dxc4 29.Bxc4 Rd8 30.Ra1 Nc6 31.Qc5 Rc8 32.Bb5 g6 33.Rc1 *













(49) Wijetunge,I (1800) - Cardenas,D (1900) [A46]
Escanaba, MI 8-20-06 (1), 20.08.2006
[Becker,Allen]

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bg5 Nf6 4.e3 h6 5.Bh4 b6 6.Bd3 Bb7 7.Nbd2 Be7 8.c3 Nbd7 9.Qe2 Ne4 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.0-0 0-0 12.Ne5 Nxe5 13.dxe5 Nxd2 14.Qxd2 f6 15.exf6 Rxf6 16.Rae1 Rd8 17.Qc2 e5 18.c4 e4 19.Be2 d4 20.exd4 Rxd4 21.Qb3 Rd2 22.c5+ Qe6 23.Bc4 Bd5 24.Bxd5 Rxd5 25.cxb6 axb6 26.Qc4 Rc5 27.Qxe4 Qxa2 28.Ra1 Qe6 29.Ra8+ Kf7 30.Qh7 Re5 31.Rg8 Rg6 32.Rd8 Rxg2+ 33.Kxg2 Qg4+ 34.Kh1 Qf3+ 35.Kg1 Rg5# 0-1













(50) IM Jesse Kraai (2497) - Paul Fricano (1927) [A04]
NM Open, Open Section (3), 29.10.2005
[RM/JNB]

RM: Black never gets his forces coordinated. 1.Nf3 f5 2.d3 Nf6 3.e4 JB: Have to admit up front that I'm not very familiar with this opening, but (almost) everything has been played before. This follows Lisicin-Mikenas in the 1934 USSRChampionship! 3...d6 [JB: The previously mentioned game continued 3...fxe4 4.dxe4 Nxe4 5.Bd3 d5 6.Bxe4 dxe4 7.Qxd8+ Kxd8 8.Ng5 Ke8 9.Bf4 Bf5 10.Nc3 e5 11.Bxe5 Nd7 12.Bd4 Bb4 13.0-0-0 with advantage to White.] 4.e5 dxe5 5.Nxe5 Nbd7 6.Bf4 Nxe5 7.Bxe5 Qd5?! [RM: 7...Nd7 is a better way to contest the e5 square.; JB: Since the Queen will eventually be poked back, preferable is 7...e6 .] 8.d4 c6 9.Nc3 Qf7 [JB: Admittedly novel play, but the queen seems misplaced here. After 9...Qa5 at least Black would be threatening ...Ne4 or ...e6 followed by ...Bb4.] 10.Bd3 Be6 11.0-0 g5?! [RM: 11...0-0-0 is better than self-pinning the Knight.] 12.Re1 0-0-0? [RM: >=12...Bg7+- is needed to escape the pin. Black could play ...Nh5 next, challenging the Be5.] 13.Qe2 RM: Black does not have a good answer to the annoying threat of Bxf6. 13...Bd7 [JB: No doubt Black wanted to play 13...Rg8 here, but the misplaced e6 bishop would have been unprotected after 14.Bxf6 .] 14.d5! RM: Clearing the diagonal for the Q to visit a7. 14...cxd5 15.Qe3 JB: No need to get the pawn back quickly - White has played simple developing moves and owing to Black's "creative" play, White has reached an overwhelming position. The refusal by Black to develop his dark square Bishop has caused his rooks to be disconnected and makes long-term defense impossible. 15...Ng4 RM: Black does not have anything better. If the Be5 lives, Qxa7 is too strong. The game is simply lost. 16.Qc5+ Bc6 17.Bxh8 e5 18.Qxa7 Bd6 19.h3 Rxh8 20.hxg4 e4 21.Bb5 Bb8 22.Qd4 Re8 23.Nxd5 [JB: The computer prefers the safer 23.Rad1 for White, but this position is relatively easily won with any reasonable continuation.] 23...Rd8 [JB: While Black could win a piece with 23...Bxb5 White' ability to bring in a rook quickly with 24.Re3 (to be followed by another rook) means the end is in sight no matter what.] 24.Nb6+ Kc7 25.Na8+ Kc8 26.Qc3 Qd5 1-0













(51) Grochowski,R - Fricano,P [C63]
SWCC 2006, 05.2006
[Becker,Allen]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d3 fxe4 5.dxe4 Nf6 6.Bg5 [6.0-0 is often played here, and after 6...d6 then either Qd3 or Nc3.] 6...Bc5 7.0-0 d6 8.Nbd2 Nc3 is more aggressive, threatening Nd5 8...0-0 9.Bc4+ Kh8 Around here, Fritz (on quick-think mode) begins to change from "white slightly better" to "equal", recommending c3 instead of a3. 10.a3 Bg4 11.h3 Bh5 12.c3 Qe8 13.Qe2 and now Fritz is evaluating that Black has the slightly better position 13...Nd8 14.Bh4 Ne6 15.Bxe6 Qxe6 16.Rfe1 Ng8 17.Ng5 Fritz thinks this is a mistake, recommending instead Bg5 with the idea of Be3 and easing the pressure on f2. In that case, Black has the slightly better position. [17.b4 looks reasonable, with 17...Bb6 18.a4 a5 19.b5 when Black can play h6 and g5 to begin attacking on the Kingside. (19.g4?! After Bf7 followed by ...h5, White's Kingside has been weakened.) ] 17...Qh6 Now Black has a winning position, says Fritz. 18.g4 Be8 19.Ngf3 Ndf3 is slightly better than Ngf3 19...g5 Unfortunately, White's weak pawns start to fall (probably the result of 18.g4?!). 20.Bg3 Qxh3 21.Nf1 Qxg4 22.Kg2 Bd7 23.Ne3 Qxe4 24.Rh1 Bxe3 25.Rxh7+ Qxh7 26.Bxe5+ dxe5 0-1













(52) Becker,A (2045) - Bachler,K (2200) [A24]
Hales Corners 8-18-01 (4.1), 18.08.2001

1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 0-0 6.Nge2 e5 7.0-0 Nbd7 8.d3 c6 9.h3 Re8 10.Be3 a6 11.Qd2 b5 12.b3 Bb7 13.Rad1 d5 14.exd5 cxd5 15.Bg5 Qb8 16.Nxd5 Nxd5 17.cxd5 Nb6 18.Nc3 b4 19.Ne4 Nxd5 20.Rc1 a5 21.Rc2 Ra7 22.Rfc1 Ba8 23.h4 f5 24.Nc5 Rf7 25.Ne6 Nc3 26.Nxg7 Rxg7 27.Bh6 Bxg2 28.Kxg2 Rd7 29.h5 Qd6 30.hxg6 hxg6 31.Qg5 Kf7 32.Qh4 Rh8 33.Qc4+ Kf6 34.Qh4+ Ke6 35.Qc4+ Qd5+ 36.Qxd5+ Kxd5 37.Bd2 Rc8 38.a3 Ke6 39.axb4 axb4 40.Ra1 Rxd3 41.Ra6+ Rd6 42.Rxd6+ Kxd6 43.Rc1 Kd5 44.Ra1 Rc6 45.Kf3 Kd4 46.Ra8 Kd3 47.Bh6 Kc2 48.Rb8 Kxb3 49.Bg7 e4+ 50.Ke3 Rc4 51.Rb7 Kc2 52.Rd7 b3 53.Rb7 b2 54.Rxb2+ Kxb2 55.Kd2 Kb3 56.Bxc3 Rxc3 57.Ke2 Rf3 0-1













(53) Gelbart,S (2350) - Cooper,J (2210) [B00]
SWCC Team (UNR game) Milwaukee, WI, 01.11.2001

1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 d5 4.e5 Nce7 5.Bd3 h5 6.0-0 g6 7.Bg5 Bh6 8.Qc1 Bxg5 9.Qxg5 Nc6 10.Qd2 Bd7 11.b4 Nh6 12.c4 dxc4 13.Bxc4 b5 14.Bd3 Ne7 15.Nc3 a6 16.Be4 c6 17.a4 Nd5 18.axb5 axb5 19.Bxd5 exd5 20.Qb2 Rxa1 21.Rxa1 0-0 22.Qd2 Kg7 23.Ra7 Be6 24.Ng5 Re8 25.Qf4 Nf5 26.Ne2 Qb8 27.Ra3 h4 28.g4 hxg3 29.hxg3 Rh8 30.g4 Rh4 31.Rh3 Rxh3 32.Nxh3 Nh6 33.Qf6+ Kg8 34.f3 Qf8 35.Nef4 # 35...Bxg4 36.fxg4 Nxg4 # 37.Qxc6 Qxb4 38.Qc8+ Kg7 39.Qc5 Qe1+ 40.Kg2 Qe4+ 1/2-1/2













(54) Becker,A (2043) - Olk,B (1800) [A26]
MMCA Invitational G/30 Milwaukee, WI (1), 10.11.2001
[Fritz 6 (210s)]

A26: English Opening vs King's Indian with ...Nc6 and d3 1.c4 d6 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 e5 4.Bg2 g6 5.e4 Nc6 6.Nge2 Nd4 7.0-0 Bg7 8.d3 0-0 9.h3 [9.Nxd4 exd4 10.Ne2 c5 11.b4 cxb4 12.a3 bxa3 13.Rxa3 Bg4 14.f3 Bd7 15.Bb2 b5 16.cxb5 Bxb5 17.Qa1 Nd7 18.Bxd4 Bxd4+ 19.Qxd4 Nc5 20.Nc3 Bxd3 21.Rfa1 Bc2 22.Nd5 Nb3 23.Rxb3 Bxb3 24.Nf6+ Kh8 25.Nd7+ Kg8 26.Nf6+ Kh8 1/2-1/2 Bischoff,K-Uhlmann,W/Munich 1996/EXT 99 (26)] 9...a6N Covers b5 [9...Be6 10.Be3 Ne8 11.Kh2 c6 12.Qd2 Qd7 13.f4 f5 14.Rae1 Nc7 15.b3 Rad8 16.Bg1 Kh8 17.Rd1 b5 18.cxb5 Ncxb5 19.Nxb5 cxb5 20.Nxd4 exd4 21.Qb2 Kg8 22.Bxd4 Bxd4 23.Qxd4 Rc8 24.Rc1 Njirjak,J-Kerek,K/Szombathely 1993/TD/1-0 (47); 9...Nd7 10.Nxd4 exd4 11.Ne2 a5 12.b3 c6 13.Rb1 Rb8 14.Bb2 c5 15.Bc1 b5 16.Bd2 Ne5 17.Qc2 Bd7 18.f4 Nc6 19.a3 Qc8 20.g4 Qa6 21.cxb5 Rxb5 22.f5 Rfb8 23.Nf4 a4 24.b4 cxb4 25.axb4 Ne5 26.Nd5 1/2-1/2 Temirbaev,S-Gurieli,N/Luzern 1997/CBM 62 (26); 9...c6 10.f4 Ne8 11.g4 exf4 12.Nxf4 Nc7 13.Be3 Nce6 1/2-1/2 Dimovski,N-Gavric,M/Pula 1990/TD (13)] 10.a4 Rb8 11.Be3 [11.f4 Nxe2+ 12.Nxe2 Nd7= ] 11...Ne8 12.f4 Bd7 [12...Be6 13.a5= ] 13.Kh2 [13.a5 Be6= ] 13...b5 [>=13...f5= ] 14.Bxd4?? there were better ways to keep up the pressure [>=14.cxb5 and White is still in the game 14...axb5 15.a5+/= ] 14...exd4-/+ 15.cxb5 [>=15.Nxb5!? axb5 16.cxb5-/+ ] 15...dxc3-+ 16.bxc3 axb5 17.a5 [17.axb5 Bxb5 18.Ra7 c5-+ ] 17...c6 18.d4 [18.Qb3 Ra8 19.Qb4 Ra6-+ ] 18...Ra8 19.a6 Qb6 20.e5 [20.Qd2 Rxa6 21.Rxa6 Qxa6-+ ] 20...Rxa6 21.Rb1 [21.Rxa6 Qxa6 22.Re1 Be6-+ ] 21...Bf5 22.Rb2 d5 [22...Be6 and Black can already relax 23.Re1-+ ] 23.g4 Be4 [23...Bc8!? seems even better 24.f5-+ ] 24.Bxe4 dxe4 25.Ng3 White prepares f5 25...Nc7 [25...e3 keeps an even firmer grip 26.Qe2-+ ] 26.Nxe4 Nd5 27.Qd2 Rfa8 [27...Ra3 28.f5 f6 29.e6-+ ] 28.f5 [28.c4 Nc7-+ ] 28...Qc7 29.Kg2 [29.g5 Bxe5+ 30.dxe5 Qxe5+ 31.Ng3 Qxc3 32.Qxc3 Nxc3-+ ] 29...Ra1 [29...Ra3 30.f6 Bf8 31.Rfb1-+ ] 30.Rf3 [30.Rxa1 Rxa1 31.Ra2 Rxa2 32.Qxa2 gxf5 33.gxf5 Bxe5 34.dxe5 Qxe5 35.Qa8+ Kg7 36.f6+ Nxf6 37.Nxf6 Qxf6-+ (37...Kxf6?! 38.Qxc6+ Kg5 39.Qd7-+ ) ] 30...Nb6 [30...R8a4 31.Nd6-+ ] 31.Qf2 Nc4 [31...Qd8 32.fxg6 fxg6 33.g5-+ ] 32.Re2 Rb1 [32...Qd7 33.fxg6 hxg6 34.e6 fxe6 35.Nf6+ Bxf6 36.Rxf6 Qd5+ 37.Kg3 Qd6+ 38.Kg2-/+ ] 33.fxg6 hxg6 [>=33...fxg6 34.e6 Qe7-/+ ] 34.Ng5= White intends e6 34...c5? [34...Bh6 35.Nxf7 Bf8+/- ] 35.Qh4+- Qc6 [35...Qb7 36.Qh7+ Kf8+- ] 36.e6?? throws away the game [>=36.Qh7+ might be the shorter path 36...Kf8 37.e6+- ] 36...Nd6?? instead of simply winning the game [>=36...Ne3+! would have made live much easier for Black 37.Kh2 Qd6+ 38.Qg3 Nf1+ 39.Rxf1 Qxg3+ (39...Rxf1 40.Qxd6 Bf8 41.exf7+ Rxf7 42.Qd5+- ) 40.Kxg3 Rxf1-+ ] 37.e7 f6 [37...Rg1+ a fruitless try to alter the course of the game 38.Kxg1 Bh6 39.Qxh6 Ra1+ 40.Kg2 Rg1+ 41.Kxg1 Qxf3 42.Qf8# ] 38.Qh7# 1-0













(55) Becker,A (2043) - Van Dyke,P (2022) [A21]
MMCA Invitational G/30 Milwaukee, WI (4), 10.11.2001
[Fritz 6 (255s)]

A21: English Opening: 1...e5 2 Nc3 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4 3.g3 Bxc3 4.bxc3 Nf6 5.Bg2 d5N [5...0-0!?= 6.d3 (6.d4 d6 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.0-0 Re8 9.Qc2 Qe7 10.e3 e4 11.Nd2 Bf5 12.c5 dxc5 13.Ba3 Nd7 14.Nb3 Qe6 15.Nxc5 Nxc5 16.Bxc5 b6 17.Bb4 Rad8 18.Qb3 Qh6 19.c4 Bh3 20.Bc3 Bxg2 Uhlmann,W-Gavrikov,V/Debrecen 1988/CBM 09/0-1 (43); 6.Rb1 c6 7.d3 Re8 8.e4 d5 9.cxd5 cxd5 10.exd5 e4 11.dxe4 Nxe4 12.Bxe4 Rxe4+ 13.Kf1 Be6 14.d6 Bxa2 15.Rxb7 Re6 16.d7 Re5 17.Nf3 Re7 18.Kg2 Rxd7 19.Rxd7 Nxd7 20.Re1 Nc5 Labok,B-Oratovsky,M/Ramat Aviv 2000/CBM 77/1/2-1/2 (37)) 6...d6 (6...h6 7.Rb1 c6 8.e4 d5 9.cxd5 cxd5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Ne2 Nc6 12.0-0 Nb6 13.Be3 Bf5 14.Be4 Bxe4 15.dxe4 Qc8 16.Bxb6 axb6 17.Rxb6 Rxa2 18.Nc1 Ra1 19.Qc2 Nd4 20.Qd3 Ra3 21.Ne2 Gorbatow,A-Maljutin,E/Moscow 1992/CBM 29 ext/1/2-1/2 (32)) 7.Bg5 (7.Nh3 Nc6 8.e4 Ne8 9.0-0 f5 10.exf5 Bxf5 11.f4 exf4 12.Rxf4 Qe7 13.Bd5+ Be6 14.Rxf8+ Kxf8 15.Bg5 Nf6 16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.Nf4 Bf7 18.Bxf7 Kxf7 19.Qh5+ Kg7 20.Nd5 Qe5 21.Qg4+ Kh8 22.Rf1 Rg8 23.Qf3 Rg7 24.d4 Qe6 25.Nxf6 Ne7 26.Ne8 Rg6 27.Nxc7 Qxc4 28.Ne8 Ng8 29.Qf4 Qe2 30.Nxd6 Rf6 31.Nf5 Qxa2 32.Qe5 Qe6 33.Qxe6 Rxe6 34.d5 Re5 35.c4 b6 36.d6 Re8 37.Ra1 Rf8 38.Ne7 Rd8 39.Rxa7 Rxd6 40.Ra8 Rd1+ 41.Kg2 Kg7 42.Nxg8 1-0 Uhlmann,W-Kohlweyer,B/Frankfurt 1990/CBM 20/[Ribli] (42)) 7...Nbd7 8.Nf3 h6 9.Bxf6 Nxf6 10.0-0 Re8 11.Nd2 c6 12.Ne4 Nxe4 13.Bxe4 Bh3 14.Bg2 Bxg2 15.Kxg2 Qd7 16.Qb3 h5 17.Rab1 b6 18.f3 d5 19.cxd5 cxd5 20.e4 Zapletal,M-Berezjuk,S/Olomouc 1995/EXT 98/0-1 (51)] 6.cxd5+/= Nxd5 7.Ba3 Traps the king in the center 7...c6 Controls d5 [7...a6 8.Rb1+/= ] 8.Nf3 Qc7 9.0-0 [9.Ng5+/= ] 9...Be6 # [9...Bg4 10.Qa4 Bxf3 11.Bxf3+/= ] 10.Qc2 [10.Ng5 Bf5 (10...Bg4 11.Ne4 Be6 12.Rb1 b6 13.Bd6 Qd7 14.Bxe5 ) 11.e4 h6 12.Nxf7 Qxf7 13.exf5 Na6+- ] 10...f6 Secures g5 [10...Nd7 11.Ng5+/= ] 11.d4 Nd7 12.Nd2 [12.dxe5 Nxe5 13.Nd4 Qd7+/= ] 12...N5b6 [12...Qa5 13.Bb2+/= ] 13.f4 exf4 # 14.Rxf4 [14.Qe4 Kf7 15.Rxf4 Nf8+/- ] 14...0-0-0+/= 15.e4 g5 [15...h5 16.d5 g5 17.dxe6 gxf4 18.exd7+ Qxd7 19.Nf1+/= ] 16.Rf2 h5 17.Be7 Attacks the backward pawn on f6 17...Rde8 18.Bxf6 The passed pawn on e4 quickly leads to threats 18...Nxf6 19.Rxf6 h4 # 20.e5 [20.Qd3 g4+/- ] 20...hxg3+/= 21.hxg3 Nd5 # 22.Rxe6 [>=22.Rf3!? and White can hope to live 22...g4 23.Rf2+/= ] 22...Rxe6=/+ 23.Qf5 Qd7 [23...Rhe8 24.Ne4 Ne3 25.Qxg5 Nxg2 26.Kxg2= ] 24.Bh3 Rxh3 25.Qxh3 Nxc3 # 26.Nb3 [26.Nf3 Re8 27.Qxd7+ Kxd7 28.Nxg5 Ne2+ 29.Kg2 Nxd4= ] 26...Ne2+ # [>=26...b6= ] 27.Kh1?? White lets it slip away [>=27.Kg2 this is the best way to fight back 27...b6 28.Qf5= ] 27...g4!-+ puts the final touch 28.Qh5 [28.Qxg4 A deflection 28...Rh6+ Discovered attack] 28...Re7 [>=28...Nxg3+ it becomes clear that Black will call all the shots 29.Kg1 Nxh5-+ ] 29.Qh8+ [29.e6 no good, but what else? 29...Qxe6 30.Kh2-+ ] 29...Kc7 [29...Kc7 30.Re1 Rh7+ 31.Qxh7 Qxh7+ 32.Kg2 Nf4+ 33.Kg1 Qc2 34.Nd2 Qxd2 35.gxf4 g3 36.d5 Qf2+ 37.Kh1 Qh2# ] 0-1













(56) Mertins,T (2040) - Becker,A (2043) [E44]
MMCA Invitational G/30 Milwaukee, WI (5), 10.11.2001
[Becker,Allen]

1.d4 This game was played against Tom Mertins, a solid expert, rated about 2040. We were using a time delay clock, with Game/30 set for 25 minutes with a 5-second per move delay. I had just lost 2 games a row in this tournament, and felt grimly determined to come out with a fresh attitude and lots of fight! My changed frame of mind worked effectively! 1...Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Nge2 Bb7 6.a3 Be7 7.f3 d5 8.Ng3 c5 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Bb5+ Nbd7 11.0-0 0-0 12.Bd2 g6 13.Qe1 a6 14.Bd3 Re8 15.Qf2 Rc8 16.Rae1 Bf8 17.Bb1 Bg7 18.h3 b5 19.dxc5 Nxc5 20.Rd1 Nb3 21.Ba2 Nxd2 22.Qxd2 Qe7 23.Rfe1 Rcd8 24.Qf2 This game was Game/30 Sudden Death. At this point My opponent had 9 minutes left for the whole game, and I had 10 minutes. 24...Bh6 25.f4 Bg7 26.Rd2 Ne4 27.Ngxe4 dxe4 28.Nd5 Bxd5 29.Bxd5 Rd6 30.Red1 Red8 31.Bb3 Rxd2 32.Rxd2 Rxd2 33.Qxd2 h5 34.Kf2 Bf6 35.g3 Kg7 After this move, I had a bit over 5 minutes on the clock to my opponent's 3 minutes. 36.Bd1 Qe6 37.g4 hxg4 38.hxg4 Qa2 39.f5 Bxb2 I remember playing this move with a sense of triumph and acoustic punctuation! 40.g5 gxf5 41.Bh5 f4 42.exf4 Bd4+ 43.Ke2 Qc4+ 44.Kd1 Bc3 Here, I had 2:54 left, while my opponent was now under one minute. 45.Qe2 Qb3+ 46.Qc2 Qd5+ 47.Kc1 Qd4 48.f5 Qg1+ 49.Bd1 Qxg5+ 50.Kb1 At this point, scorekeeping went by the wayside. I did note the final position: White: Kg6, Bd5, Pf5; and Black: Kf2, Qe7, Bf4, Ps f6, b2. 0-1













(57) Becker,A (2043) - Gelbart,S (2344) [A36]
SWCC Team (UNR game) Milwaukee, WI (2.1), 25.10.2001
[Fritz 6 (240s)]

A36: Symmetrical English vs ...g6: 4 Bg2 Bg7 1.c4 c5 2.e4 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Ne2 e6 6.Nbc3 Nge7 7.0-0 0-0 8.d3 b6 9.Be3 Nd4 [9...Bb7 10.d4 (10.Qd2 Ne5 11.h3 d5 12.exd5 exd5 13.f4 d4 14.Bxb7 Rb8 15.Be4 dxc3 16.Nxc3 f5 17.Bd5+ Nxd5 18.Nxd5 Nc6 19.Rae1 Re8 20.Kg2 Ne7 21.Nc3 Qd6 22.Rd1 Red8 23.Kh2 Rb7 24.Ne2 Rbd7 25.Nc1 Nc6 26.a3 Re8 27.Bf2 Nd4 28.Bxd4 Qxd4 29.Rf2 Rde7 30.Kg2 Re3 31.b4 Qd6 32.b5 Qe7 33.a4 g5 34.fxg5 Qxg5 35.Rf3 f4 36.Rdf1 fxg3 37.Rxe3 Qxe3 38.Qxe3 Rxe3 39.Rf3 Re1 40.Rf1 Rxf1 41.Kxf1 h5 42.Ne2 h4 43.Nf4 Kf7 44.Ke2 Be5 Kucherova,L-Kuznetsova,T/Toljatti 2000/EXT 2001/1-0 (61)) 10...d6 11.f4 cxd4 12.Nxd4 Nxd4 13.Bxd4 Bxd4+ 14.Qxd4 Qc7 15.Nb5 Qc5 16.Rad1 Nc6 17.Qf2 e5 18.Nxd6 Qxf2+ 19.Rxf2 Ba6 20.fxe5 Nxe5 21.b3 Rad8 22.Rd5 f6 23.Bh3 Kg7 24.Kg2 Rb8 25.Rfd2 Rh8 26.c5 Bb7 27.Nxb7 Rxb7 28.Rxe5 fxe5 29.c6 Rbb8 30.Rd7+ Kf6 31.Rxa7 h5 32.c7 Rbc8 33.Rb7 Ke7 1-0 Genba,V-Granovski,A/Moscow 1996/EXT 99 (33)] 10.f4N [10.e5 Rb8 11.Bxd4 (11.f4 d6 12.Nxd4 cxd4 13.Bxd4 Nf5 14.Bf2 dxe5 15.fxe5 Bxe5 16.Re1 Bd4 17.Qd2 Bb7 18.Rad1 Bxg2 19.Kxg2 Rb7 20.Bxd4 Nxd4 21.Ne4 Rd7 22.Rf1 f5 23.Ng5 Qa8+ 24.Nf3 f4 25.g4 h5 Parr,F-Wade,R/Oxford 1967/EXT 99/1/2-1/2 (43)) 11...cxd4 12.Nb5 a6 13.Nbxd4 Bxe5 14.Qd2 Qc7 15.Rac1 Bg7 16.b4 d6 17.Nb3 Bb7 18.d4 Bxg2 19.Kxg2 Qb7+ 20.Kg1 d5 21.c5 bxc5 22.Nxc5 Qxb4 23.Qg5 Qb2 24.Nf4 Nf5 25.Nd7 Nxd4 26.Kg2 h6 27.Qg4 Nf5 28.Kg1 h5 29.Qd1 Qxa2 30.Nxf8 Rxf8 31.Qd3 Qa4 32.Rb1 Nd4 33.Rfc1 Nb5 34.Rc6 Qa3 35.Qxa3 Nxa3 36.Rb3 Nc4 37.Rxa6 Rd8 38.Rb7 Nd6 39.Rba7 Bd4 40.Ra8 Rxa8 41.Rxa8+ Kg7 42.Kf1 Ne4 43.f3 Nd2+ 44.Ke2 Nc4 Polovnikova,E-Iljushkin,E/Nizhnij Novgorod 1999/EXT 2001/1/2-1/2 (68); 10.Qd2 Bb7 11.Bh6 Nxe2+ 12.Nxe2 d5 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.Rad1 Qc7 15.b3 Rad8 16.Qb2+ d4 17.Nf4 Nc6 18.Qc1 Qe7 19.Rde1 Ne5 20.Qd1 Bc6 21.Nh3 h5 22.Nf4 b5 23.h3 bxc4 24.bxc4 Rb8 Apstrom,Y-Groh,J/Cattolica 1992/EXT 98/0-1 (43)] 10...Bb7 # [10...d6 11.Nxd4 cxd4 12.e5 dxc3 13.Bxa8 cxb2 14.Rb1= ] 11.Qd2 [11.Bxd4!? cxd4 12.Nb5+/= ] 11...d6 12.Rf2 [12.Bf2 Nxe2+ 13.Nxe2 f5= ] 12...Qd7 [12...Nec6 13.Rff1=/+ ] 13.Raf1 [13.Bxd4 cxd4 14.Nb5 e5= ] 13...Rad8 [13...Nec6 14.a3=/+ ] 14.Bh3 [14.Bxd4 cxd4 15.Nb1 f5= ] 14...f5=/+ 15.Bxd4 cxd4 16.Nb5 Nc6 [16...d5 17.e5 dxc4 18.dxc4= ] 17.g4 [17.exf5 gxf5 18.Bg2 d5= ] 17...a6 [17...fxe4 18.dxe4 d5 19.cxd5 exd5 20.e5 Nxe5 21.fxe5 Rxf2 22.Rxf2 Qxb5 23.Nxd4=/+ (23.Qxd4? Qe8-+ ) ] 18.Na3 Qe7 [18...fxg4 19.Bxg4 Kh8 20.b4=/+ ] 19.g5 White gets more space [19.gxf5 Qh4 20.Bg2 gxf5= ] 19...a5 [19...Qd7 20.exf5 gxf5 21.Bg2= ] 20.Nc2 Ba6 [20...Qd7 21.exf5 gxf5 22.Bg2= ] 21.b3 [21.exf5 gxf5 22.Bg2 d5= ] 21...b5 [21...d5 22.exd5 exd5 23.Bg2 dxc4 24.dxc4= (24.Bxc6?? White should leave the knight well alone 24...cxd3 25.Nb4 dxe2 (25...Qxb4?! 26.Nc1-+ ; 25...axb4?! 26.Nc1-+ ) 26.Nxa6 exf1R+ 27.Kxf1 Rc8-+ ) ] 22.exf5= # 22...exf5 [>=22...gxf5 would allow Black to play on 23.Re1 Qd7= ] 23.Bg2+/- bxc4 24.bxc4 [24.dxc4 Bb7+- ] 24...Nb4 # 25.Ncxd4 [25.Nexd4!? d5 26.Re1+- ] 25...d5+/= # 26.cxd5 [26.a3 dxc4 27.dxc4 Nc2 28.Qxc2 Bxd4 29.Nxd4 Rxd4+/= ] 26...Nxd3= 27.Ne6 [>=27.Qxa5!? and White can hope to live 27...Nxf2 28.Qxa6 Bxd4 29.Nxd4= ] 27...Nxf2-/+ 28.Nxd8 Ne4 29.Bxe4 Qxe4 [Less advisable is 29...fxe4 30.Ne6 Rb8 31.Rd1 Qa7+ 32.N2d4+/= ] 30.Ne6 Qxe2 [30...Bxe2?! 31.Re1 Rd8 32.Nxg7 Rxd5 33.Qxe2 Qxe2 34.Rxe2 Kxg7 35.Kf2= ] 31.Qxe2 Bxe2 32.Re1 [32.Rc1 Re8-+ ] 32...Bc4-+ # 33.Nxf8 Bxf8 [33...Kxf8?! 34.d6 Bd4+ 35.Kg2 Bd5+ 36.Kg3=/+ ] 34.Rd1 Bd6 [Worse is 34...Bxa2 35.d6 Be6 36.d7 Bxd7 37.Rxd7 Bc5+ 38.Kg2+/= ] 35.Kg2? # [35.Kf2 h6-+ ] 35...Kf7 [>=35...Bxa2 keeps an even firmer grip 36.Ra1 Bxd5+ 37.Kg3-+ ] 36.Kg3 Bxa2 [36...Bb4!? 37.Ra1-+ ] 37.Ra1-/+ Bxd5 38.Rxa5 Be4 39.Ra7+ Be7 40.h3 Ke6 # 1/2-1/2













(58) Becker,A (2000) - Mertins,T (2090) [A26]
SWCC Quad 2-14-02 Milwaukee, WI, 14.02.2002
[Fritz 6 (220s)]

1.c4 A26: English Opening vs King's Indian with ...Nc6 and d3 1...g6 2.Nc3 Bg7 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 0-0 5.e4 d6 6.Nge2 e5 7.d3 Nc6 8.0-0 Be6 9.h3 Qd7 10.Kh2 Ne8 11.Be3 f5 12.Qd2 Nf6 13.Nd5 Rae8 14.f4 Nh5N [14...b6 15.Rac1 Kh8 16.b4 Ne7 17.b5 fxe4 18.dxe4 exf4 19.Nexf4 Nexd5 20.cxd5 Bg8 21.Bd4 Re7 22.Rf2 Qxb5 23.Rcf1 Qe8 24.Qb2 Nd7 25.Ne6 Bxe6 26.Bxg7+ Rxg7 27.dxe6 Rxf2 28.exd7 Rxg2+ 29.Kxg2 Ubach Miralda,M-Torrecillas Martinez,A/ESP 1999/EXT 2000/1-0 (42); 14...fxe4 15.dxe4 exf4 16.Nexf4= ] 15.Rae1 [15.exf5 gxf5 (15...Rxf5 16.g4 exf4 17.Nexf4 Nxf4 18.gxf5 (18.Rxf4?! Rxf4 19.Nxf4 Be5= ; 18.Bxf4?! Rf7= ) 18...Bxd5 19.cxd5 (19.Bxf4?! Bxg2 20.Kxg2 Nd4+/= ) 19...Nxg2 20.dxc6 Qxc6 21.Qxg2 (21.Bxa7?! Nh4= ) 21...Qxg2+ 22.Kxg2 Rxe3 23.Rae1 Rxd3 24.f6 Rd2+ 25.Kg3= ) 16.fxe5 dxe5+/= ] 15...fxe4= 16.dxe4 exf4 17.gxf4 b6 Prevents intrusion on c5 18.b3 a5 19.a3 Controls b4 19...Rf7 20.Rf2 Ref8 21.Ref1 Qd8 22.b4 axb4 23.axb4 Qh4? [>=23...Bc8= and Black hangs on] 24.f5!+- Clearance to allow e3-g5 24...Be5+ [24...Rxf5 25.exf5 ] 25.Kg1 Ng3? [25...Bxd5 26.fxg6 hxg6 27.cxd5 Nd8+/- ] 26.fxe6 Nxe2+ [26...Rxf2 is not much help 27.Rxf2 Nxe4 28.Rxf8+ Kxf8 29.Qd3 Qe1+ 30.Bf1+- ] 27.Qxe2 Qg3 [27...Rxf2 is one last hope 28.Rxf2 Ra8+- ] 28.exf7+ Rxf7 The mate threat is Qh2 29.Bf4 [29.Rxf7 Qh2+ A classical mating theme] 29...Rxf4 30.Rxf4 Nd4 [30...Bxf4 does not win a prize 31.Rxf4 Kg7 32.Qd2+- ] 31.Rf8+ [31.Ne7+ Kg7 32.Rf7+ Kh8 33.Rf8+ Kg7 34.R1f7+ Kh6 35.Ng8+ Kg5 36.Qd2+ Qf4 37.Rxf4 Ne2+ 38.Qxe2 Bd4+ 39.Kf1 Be5 40.h4# ] 31...Kg7 Threatening mate: Nxe2 32.R1f7+ Kh6 33.Qe3+ [33.Qe3+ Qxe3+ 34.Nxe3+- ; >=33.Qd2+!? makes it even easier for White 33...g5 34.Rg8 Ne6+- ] 1-0













(59) Gao,B (1141) - Becker,A (2000) [B92]
Waukesha Memorial 2-2-02 Milwaukee, WI (4.3), 02.02.2002

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nf3 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Bg5 Nbd7 10.Nh4 h6 11.Bxf6 Nxf6 12.Nf5 Bxf5 13.exf5 d5 14.Re1 Re8 15.Bf1 Bc5 16.Qf3 e4 17.Qg3 d4 18.Ne2 Qd7 19.Rad1 Rad8 20.Qh3 Qc7 21.Ng3 Qb6 22.Nh5 Nxh5 23.Qxh5 d3 24.cxd3 Bxf2+ 25.Kh1 Bxe1 26.Rxe1 Qf2 27.Qd1 exd3 28.Rxe8+ Rxe8 0-1













(60) Becker,A - Mertins,T [A22]
SWCC G/15 Milwaukee, WI, 21.02.2002
[Fritz 6 (20s)]

1.c4 A22: English Opening: 1...e5 2 Nc3 Nf6 1...e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 Bb4 4.Bg2 c6 5.e4 0-0 6.Nge2 d6 [6...d5 7.cxd5 cxd5 8.exd5 Bf5 9.d4 e4 10.Bg5 Nbd7 11.Qb3 Qb6 12.0-0 h6 13.Bf4 Rfe8 14.Na4 Qa5 15.a3 Bf8 16.Nec3 g5 17.Be3 Rac8 18.Rfc1 Ng4 19.Qxb7 Rb8 20.Qc6 Rec8 21.b4 Kortschnoj,V-Taimanov,M/Leningrad 1973/IZT/1-0 (53)] 7.0-0 Be6 8.b3N Controls c4 [8.d3 h6 9.Qb3 Na6 10.a3 Bxc3 11.Qxc3 Re8 12.h3 d5 13.b4 dxe4 14.dxe4 Qd7 15.Kh2 Rad8 16.Be3 Qd3 17.Qxd3 Rxd3 18.Rfc1 b6 19.Nc3 Nc7 20.Bf1 Rd7 21.c5 bxc5 22.Bxc5 a6 Khazagerova,I-Sychyova,O/St Petersburg 2000/CBM 75 ext/0-1 (58)] 8...Qc8 [8...d5 9.exd5 cxd5 10.a3 Bxc3 11.Nxc3= ] 9.a3 Bc5 10.d4 Bb6 11.Bg5 Bh3 [11...Nbd7 12.f4 Bg4 13.Qd2= ] 12.Ra2 [12.Bxf6!? gxf6 13.Qd2+/- ] 12...Bxg2+/= 13.Kxg2 Nbd7 14.b4 [14.d5 Qc7+/= ] 14...a5= 15.c5 White gets more space [15.Rd2 axb4 16.axb4 h6 17.Bxf6 Nxf6= ] 15...axb4 [15...exd4 16.Bxf6 Nxf6 (16...gxf6 17.cxb6 dxc3 18.bxa5+/- ) 17.Qxd4 axb4 18.cxb6 bxc3 19.Nxc3 Rd8=/+ ] 16.axb4 [16.Bxf6!? Nxf6 17.axb4 Rxa2 18.Nxa2=/+ ] 16...Rxa2=/+ 17.Nxa2 Nxe4 18.Be7 Re8 19.cxd6 Bd8 20.Qc2 Bxe7 21.dxe7 Nd6 22.dxe5 [22.Rd1 e4-/+ (22...Rxe7?! 23.dxe5 Nb5 24.f4= ) ] 22...Nxe5 23.Rd1 Nec4 24.Nd4 c5 [24...Qd7 25.b5 c5 26.Nf3 Qxe7 27.Nc3-/+ ] 25.Nf3 cxb4 26.Nxb4 b5 [26...Rxe7 27.Ng5 g6 28.Nd5-/+ ] 27.Re1 [>=27.Ng5!? must be considered 27...f5 28.Nd5= ] 27...Qc5 [27...Qb7 28.Qe2-/+ ] 28.Qb1 Nd2?? a weak move, ruining a winning position [>=28...Nc8-/+ ] 29.Nxd2+- Qd4 [29...Nf5 does not help much 30.Ne4 Qd4 31.Ng5+- ] 30.Nf3 Qg4 [30...Qc5 cannot change what is in store for ? 31.Re5 Qc7 32.Ng5+- ] 31.h3 [31.Rd1 might be the shorter path 31...Nb7 32.Nc6 b4+- ] 31...Qc4 [31...Qf5 doesn't change the outcome of the game 32.Qxf5 Nxf5 33.Nc6+- ] 32.Nd3 [>=32.Ng5 seems even better 32...g6 33.Rd1 Rxe7 34.Rxd6 Qc7+- ] 32...Qc7 33.Nf4 [>=33.Qb4!? makes it even easier for White 33...Qc6+- ] 33...Rxe7 34.Rxe7 Qxe7 35.h4 [>=35.Qb4!? and White can already relax 35...Qd7+- ] 35...g6 36.Qe1 [36.Nd4 Qe5 37.Qb4 h6+- ] 36...Qxe1 37.Nxe1 [37.Nxe1 b4 38.Ned3+- ] 1-0













(61) Becker,A (2035) - Mertins,T (2120) [A36]
SWCC RR Milwaukee, WI, 21.03.2002

1.e4 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Ne2 d6 6.0-0 e6 7.Nbc3 Nge7 8.d3 0-0 9.Be3 Nd4 10.f4 Nec6 11.Rb1 Bd7 12.a3 Rb8 13.g4 Nxe2+ 14.Nxe2 Nd4 15.Ng3 Bc6 16.f5 Be5 17.Kh1 Qh4 18.Bf4 Bxf4 19.Rxf4 exf5 20.exf5 Bxg2+ 21.Kxg2 Rbe8 22.b4 b6 23.Rb2 Re3 24.fxg6 hxg6 25.Rbf2 Ne6 26.Re4 Rxe4 27.Nxe4 f5 28.Nxd6 fxg4 29.Rxf8+ Kxf8 30.Qf1+ Ke7 31.Nc8+ Ke8 32.Nxa7 Qh3+ 33.Kg1 Qe3+ 34.Kh1 Nf4 35.bxc5 bxc5 36.Nb5 g3 37.hxg3 Qxg3 38.Nc7+ Kd7 39.Nd5 Qh4+ 40.Kg1 1/2-1/2













(62) Cooper,J (2200) - Williams,B (2200) [B20]
Badger Open 9-7-98, 07.09.1998
[Becker,Allen]

1.e4 c5 2.Na3 Nc6 3.c4 Nf6 4.d3 e6 5.g3 d5 6.Bg2 dxe4 7.dxe4 Qxd1+ 8.Kxd1 Bd7 9.f4 e5 10.h3 0-0-0 11.Ke2 Bd6 12.Kf2 Nb4 13.Ne2 Bc6 14.Nc3 exf4 15.gxf4 Nd3+ 16.Kf3 Nxe4 17.Nxe4 f5 18.Nb5 fxe4+ 19.Kg3 Rhf8 20.Nxa7+ Kc7 21.Nxc6 bxc6 22.Rf1 g5 23.Bxe4 Nxc1 24.Raxc1 Bxf4+ 25.Rxf4 gxf4+ 26.Kf3 Rd2 27.Bxh7 Rxb2 28.Rc2 Rb1 29.Rh2 Re1 30.h4 Re3+ 31.Kf2 Ra3 32.Bb1 Rb8 33.Bc2 Rxa2 34.Ke1 Re8+ [34...Rbb2 35.Kd1 Ra1+ 36.Kd2 Rxc2+ 37.Kxc2 Ra2+ ] 35.Kd1 f3 36.h5 Re2 0-1













(63) Becker,A (2040) - Williams,W (2215) [A11]
UWM Spring (4.2), 02.04.2000
[Fritz 6 (132s)]

1.c4 A11: English Opening: 1...c6 1...Nf6 2.g3 c6 3.Nf3 d5 4.b3 g6 5.Bb2 Bg7 6.Bg2 0-0 7.0-0 Nbd7 8.d3 Re8 9.Nbd2 e5 10.e4 d4 [10...dxe4 11.dxe4 Qc7 12.Qc2 b6 13.Bc3 a5 14.a3 c5 15.Qb2 Nh5 16.Ne1 Nb8 17.Nc2 Nc6 18.Ne3 Nd4 19.Bxd4 cxd4 20.Nd5 Qd8 21.b4 Nf6 22.c5 bxc5 23.bxc5 Be6 24.Nc4 Nxd5 25.exd5 Rotstein,A-Skembris,S/Bratto 1999/EXT 2000/0-1 (53)] 11.h3N Consolidates g4 [11.b4 c5 12.a3 Qe7 13.Rb1 cxb4 14.axb4 Qxb4 15.Bxd4 Qd6 16.Bc3 Qxd3 17.Bb4 Nb8 18.Rb3 Qd8 19.Qa1 Nc6 20.Bc3 Nd7 21.Rb5 a6 22.Rd5 Qc7 23.c5 Ne7 24.Rc1 Nxd5 25.exd5 Nxc5 26.Ba5 b6 27.Ne4 bxa5 28.Rxc5 Qd8 29.Nfd2 f5 30.Nc3 e4 31.Qa2 0-1 Ciglic,B-Vospernik,A/SLO 1996/EXT 97 (31); 11.a4 a5=/+ ] 11...Nc5 [11...a5 12.Qc2= ] 12.Qe2=/+ a5 [12...b6 13.Ba3=/+ ] 13.Nh2 [13.Rab1 b6=/+ ] 13...Nh5 [13...b6 14.Nhf3=/+ ] 14.Ba3 Bf8 15.Bc1 b5 Black prepares the advance a4 [15...Nf6 16.Bb2=/+ ] 16.Ndf3 [16.Ng4 Qe7= ] 16...Ba6 [16...b4 17.Ng4 Qc7 18.Bd2=/+ ] 17.Nh4 [17.Ng4 Qc7= ] 17...a4 # [17...Nf6 18.N4f3=/+ ] 18.Rb1 [18.b4!? Nd7 19.c5= ] 18...axb3=/+ 19.axb3 bxc4 [19...Nf6 20.N4f3=/+ ] 20.bxc4 Na4 [20...Nf6 21.N4f3=/+ ] 21.Qf3 Nc3 A beautiful square! 22.Rb3 Nf4 [22...Nf6=/+ ] 23.Kh1 [23.gxf4 Qxh4 24.fxe5 Rxe5= ] 23...h5 [>=23...Nfe2!? 24.Bd2 Re6=/+ ] 24.gxf4= [Less advisable is 24.Bxf4 exf4 25.Ra1 Be7-/+ ] 24...Qxh4 25.fxe5 Bg7 [25...Rxe5 26.Be3 c5 27.Bd2= ] 26.Rb6 [26.Qf4 Qxf4 27.Bxf4 Bc8+/= (27...Bxe5 28.Bxe5 Rxe5 29.Nf3+- ) ] 26...c5 [26...Bxe5 27.Rxc6 Rec8 28.Rxc8+ Bxc8 29.c5-+ ] 27.Bf4= # 27...Bxe5?? # [27...Bc8 28.Qg3 Qxg3 29.fxg3 Bxe5 30.Bxe5 Rxe5 31.Nf3= ] 28.Bg3?? gives the opponent new chances [>=28.Bxe5 a pity that White didn't try this 28...Rxe5 29.Ra1+- ] 28...Qd8=/+ 29.Rc6 White is in command 29...Na4 [29...Qe7 30.Bxe5 Qxe5 31.Qg3= ] 30.Bxe5 Rxe5 31.Qg3 Qe8 [31...Re7 32.Rd6 Qc7 33.e5= ] 32.Rd6 Bb7 [32...Re6 33.Rxe6 Qxe6 34.f4+/= ] 33.f4 Re6 34.Rxe6 fxe6 [34...Qxe6!? 35.f5 Qe8+/- ] 35.Nf3+- Nc3 36.Ne5 [36.Qg5+- ] 36...Kh7 [36...Ra3 37.Qg5 Kh7+- ] 37.h4 [37.f5!? exf5 38.exf5 Bxg2+ 39.Qxg2 Ra7 40.fxg6+ Kh6 41.Qd2+ Kg7+- ] 37...Qg8 [>=37...Ra2+/- ] 38.Qg5 Qg7 39.Bh3 # [>=39.Bf3+- ] 39...Ra2?? an oversight. But Black was lost anyway. [>=39...Bxe4+ 40.dxe4 Nxe4+- ] 40.Rg1 # [40.f5 Rh2+ 41.Kxh2 Qxe5+ 42.Kh1 exf5 43.Bxf5 gxf5 44.Qxh5+ Kg7 45.Rg1+ (45.Qxf5?! is a useless try 45...Qxf5 46.Rxf5 Nxe4+/- ) 45...Kf8 46.Qh6+ Ke8 47.Rg8+ Kd7 48.Rg7+ Qxg7 49.Qxg7+ Kc8 50.Qf8+ Kc7 51.Qxc5+ Bc6 52.Qxf5 Nxe4 53.dxe4+- ] 40...Rf2?? overlooking an easy win [>=40...Bxe4+ was possible 41.Bg2 Bf5=/+ ] 41.Nxg6 [41.Qxg6+?! Qxg6 42.Rxg6 Bc8+- ; 41.Bxe6?? White will not be able to digest the pawn 41...Nxe4 42.Qxh5+ gxh5 43.Bf5+ Kh8 44.dxe4 Qf6 45.Ng6+ Kh7-+ ] 41...Nxe4 # [41...Rh2+ cannot change what is in store for ? 42.Kxh2 Bxe4 43.Qxh5+ Qh6 44.Nf8+ Kh8 45.Qxh6+ Bh7 46.Qxh7# ] 42.Nf8+!! Clearance to allow h5-f7 42...Qxf8 43.Qg6+ [43.Qg6+ Kh8 44.Qxh5+ Qh6 45.Qxh6# ] 1-0













(64) Becker,A (2020) - Williams,W (2200) [A22]
Milwaukee Open Milwaukee (4), 1999
[Fritz 5.32 (500s)]

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 Bb4 4.Bg2 0-0 5.e4 Nc6 [5...a5 6.Nge2 d6 7.0-0 Nc6 8.h3 Bc5 9.Kh2 Nd4 10.Nxd4 Bxd4 11.Ne2 Bb6 12.f4 exf4 13.Nxf4 Re8 14.d3 c6 15.Rb1 Be6 16.b3 Bd4 17.Ne2 Bg4 18.hxg4 Nxg4+ 19.Kh1 Nf2+ 20.Rxf2 Bxf2 21.Bf3 Qb6 22.Kg2 Be3 23.Bb2 Qc5 24.Qc2 Re6 25.Rh1 Rh6 26.Rxh6 Bxh6 27.d4 Qb6 28.Ba3 Qc7 29.Nc3 b5 30.cxb5 cxb5 31.Qd3 b4 32.Nd5 Qd8 33.Bb2 Rc8 34.Be2 Qe8 35.Nb6 Rd8 36.d5 Bg5 37.Bd4 Qe7 38.Nc4 Qd7 39.Bb6 Rb8 40.Bxa5 Qa7 41.e5 Rb5 42.Qf5 h6 43.e6 Qe7 44.Bd3 fxe6 45.Qh7+ Kf8 46.Bg6 1-0 Arnason,J-Onischuk,A/Moscow olm 1994/EXP 44 (46); 5...d6 6.Nge2 Nc6 7.0-0 (7.a3 Bxc3 8.Nxc3 Bg4 9.f3 Be6 10.d3 Nd7 11.0-0 Kh8 12.f4 exf4 13.Bxf4 Nde5 14.Ne2 Ng6 15.Be3 Qd7 16.Nf4 Bg4 17.Qd2 Rae8 18.b3 Nxf4 19.Rxf4 Ne5 20.Bd4 b6 21.Bb2 f6 22.Raf1 a5 23.Qc2 Qe6 24.R4f2 Qd7 25.d4 Nf7 26.h4 Bh3 27.Rf4 Re7 28.Kh2 Bg4 29.Qf2 Rfe8 30.Qc2 Kg8 31.R4f2 - Titscher,L-Huth,V/OLO-B 1995/GER 11 (31)) 7...Bc5 8.d3 Nd4 9.h3 Nd7 10.Nxd4 Bxd4 11.Ne2 Bb6 12.Kh2 a5 13.f4 exf4 14.Bxf4 Nc5 15.d4 Ne6 16.Be3 Re8 17.Qd2 c5 18.d5 Nf8 19.Nf4 Nd7 20.Nh5 Sokolovs,A-Gausel,E/Gausdal TM 1996/EXP 51/ - (50)] 6.Nge2 Re8N [6...a6 7.0-0 Bc5 (7...d6 8.h3 Be6 9.d3 h6 10.f4 exf4 11.gxf4 Kh7 12.Kh2 Rg8 13.f5 Bd7 14.Ng3 Bxc3 15.bxc3 Ne7 16.Nh5 Nc6 17.Rg1 Qe7 18.Bf4 g5 19.fxg6+ fxg6 20.Nxf6+ Qxf6 21.Qd2 g5 22.Be3 Thrower,C-Benaissa,I/WchJW-U12 Szeged 1994/TD 94\01/ - (54)) 8.a3 d6 9.b4 Ba7 10.h3 Nd4 11.d3 c6 12.Nxd4 Bxd4 13.Bb2 b5 14.Qe2 Be6 15.Rfc1 bxc4 16.dxc4 Nd7 17.Nd1 c5 18.Rab1 Rc8 19.Bf1 f5 20.Bxd4 cxd4 21.exf5 Bxf5 22.Rb2 e4 23.Bg2 Qg5 24.Qd2 Qf6 25.Qe1 d5 26.Re2 Ne5 27.Nb2 Bxh3 28.Qf1 Nf3+ 29.Kh1 Bg4 0-1 Pacovsky,J-Stripunsky,A/Pardubice op 1993/TD 93\07 (29)] 7.0-0 a5 8.d3 d6 9.h3 Ne7 10.Be3 Bc5 11.Qd2 Ng6 12.Kh2 c6 Secures b5+d5 13.d4 exd4 14.Nxd4 a4 15.Nc2 Qb6 16.Rab1 Ne5 17.b3 Controls c4 17...axb3 18.axb3 Prevents intrusion on c4 18...Bxe3 19.Nxe3 [19.Qxe3?? Nfg4+ 20.hxg4 Nxg4+ 21.Kg1 Nxe3 22.Nxe3 Qb4-+ ] 19...Qc5+/- [19...Rd8!?+/= ] 20.f3= [>=20.b4!? Qa7 21.Qxd6+/- ] 20...Be6 21.Ne2 Ra3+/= [21...Ng6 22.Nd4+/= ] 22.Nc2= [22.Nd4 Ng6+/= ] 22...Ra2 23.Nc3 Raa8 24.Nd4 Bd7 25.Nce2 [25.Rfd1 Red8+/= ] 25...Ra6 26.Rfc1 1/2-1/2













(65) Munoz,D (1803) - Grochowski,R (1638) [B60]
SWCC 5-13-2006 (2.3), 13.05.2006
[Fritz 9 (60s)]

B60: Sicilian: Richter-Rauzer: Unusual Black 6th moves and 6...Bd7 without 7 Qd2 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Bg5 a6 7.Be2 e5 [7...Bd7 8.f4 e6 9.Bf3 Be7 10.Nb3 Rc8 11.0-0 b5 12.Qe2 b4 13.Nd1 a5 14.a4 0-0 15.Kh1 Qc7 16.c4 Ne8 17.Bxe7 Nxe7 18.Ne3 Ng6 19.g3 Nf6 20.Nd2 Bc6 21.b3 Nd7 22.Ng4 Hector,J (2535)-Conquest,S (2495)/Espergarde 1992/CBM 033/0-1 (70)] 8.Nb3N Black is behind in developement [8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.0-0 Be7 10.h3 0-0 11.b4 Rb8 12.a3 h6 13.Be3 a5 14.b5 cxb5 15.Nxb5 Nxe4 16.Bd3 Ba6 17.Bxe4 Bxb5 18.Re1 f5 19.Bd5+ Kh8 20.Ba7 Rc8 21.Be6 Rc3 22.Qd2 Qc7 Vela,C-Ordaz Z,D/Merida 1994/EXT 2005/0-1; 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Nf5 Bxf5 10.exf5 Ne7 11.g4 d5 12.f3 b5 13.b4 Rb8 14.a4 d4 15.Nxb5 axb5 16.Bxb5+ Rxb5 17.axb5 Nd5 18.Qd3 Bxb4+ 19.Kf2 0-0 20.Ra6 Nf4 21.Qe4 Bc5 22.Kg3 d3 Sierra Barea,A-Esquerdo Fortea,A/Castellon 2004/CBM 098 ext/0-1 (39); 8.Bxf6 Qxf6 9.Nd5 Qd8+/- ] 8...Be7+/= Black has a cramped position 9.Qd2 White has a very active position 9...Be6 10.f3 Controls g4 [10.0-0!?+/= is worthy of consideration] 10...h6= Black threatens to win material: h6xg5 11.Be3 Rc8 [11...d5 12.exd5 Nxd5 13.Nxd5 Qxd5 14.Qxd5 Bxd5 15.c3= ] 12.0-0 [12.Nd5 Nh5+/= ] 12...Na5 [12...d5 13.exd5 Nxd5 14.Nxd5 Qxd5 15.Qxd5 Bxd5 16.Rad1= ] 13.Nxa5 Qxa5 14.Bd3 [14.Rad1 Qb4 15.Qc1 0-0+/= ] 14...0-0 Black castles and improves king safety [14...Bd8 15.a3= ] 15.Kh1 [15.Nd5 Qd8 16.c4 Nh5+/- ] 15...Rfd8 16.Qf2 Rc6 17.g4 [>=17.Qe1!?+/= must definitely be considered] 17...d5 18.exd5 Nxd5 19.Nxd5 Bxd5 20.b3 Secures c4 [20.c4 Be6 (20...Rxc4 21.Bb6 Qb4 22.Bxd8 Bxd8 23.Bxc4 Bxc4 24.Rfc1+/- ) 21.Be4 Bxc4 22.Bxc6 Bxf1 (22...bxc6 23.Bb6 Qb5 24.Bxd8 Bxd8 25.b3+/= ) 23.Rxf1 bxc6= ] 20...Qc7 [>=20...b5!?-/+ ] 21.c4=/+ Bxf3+ 22.Qxf3 Rxd3 23.Qxf7+ Kh8 24.Qe8+ Kh7 25.Rf7 Qd6 [25...Qd6 26.Qxe7 Qxe7 27.Rxe7 Rxe3 28.Rxb7 Re2= ; 25...Re6!? should not be overlooked 26.Raf1 Qc6+ 27.Qxc6 bxc6=/+ ] *













(66) Grochowski,R - Fricano,P [C63]
SWCC 2006, 05.2006
[Becker,Allen]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d3 fxe4 5.dxe4 Nf6 6.Bg5 [6.0-0 is often played here, and after 6...d6 then either Qd3 or Nc3.] 6...Bc5 7.0-0 d6 8.Nbd2 Nc3 is more aggressive, threatening Nd5 8...0-0 9.Bc4+ Kh8 Around here, Fritz (on quick-think mode) begins to change from "white slightly better" to "equal", recommending c3 instead of a3. 10.a3 Bg4 11.h3 Bh5 12.c3 Qe8 13.Qe2 and now Fritz is evaluating that Black has the slightly better position 13...Nd8 14.Bh4 Ne6 15.Bxe6 Qxe6 16.Rfe1 Ng8 17.Ng5 Fritz thinks this is a mistake, recommending instead Bg5 with the idea of Be3 and easing the pressure on f2. In that case, Black has the slightly better position. [17.b4 looks reasonable, with 17...Bb6 18.a4 a5 19.b5 when Black can play h6 and g5 to begin attacking on the Kingside. (19.g4?! After Bf7 followed by ...h5, White's Kingside has been weakened.) ] 17...Qh6 Now Black has a winning position, says Fritz. 18.g4 Be8 19.Ngf3 Ndf3 is slightly better than Ngf3 19...g5 Unfortunately, White's weak pawns start to fall (probably the result of 18.g4?!). 20.Bg3 Qxh3 21.Nf1 Qxg4 22.Kg2 Bd7 23.Ne3 Qxe4 24.Rh1 Bxe3 25.Rxh7+ Qxh7 26.Bxe5+ dxe5 0-1













(67) Paul Fricano (1927) - Richard Sherman (1803) [C55]
Rd 2
[RM+Fritz 9 (120s)]

White's speculative sacrifice pays off in the endgame. 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4 Nc6 4.Nf3 Nxe4?! The N is vulnerable to tactical shots here, and after White's next, it can't easily return to f6. [4...exd4 is perfectly playable.] 5.dxe5 Qe7 [5...Bb4+? loses to 6.c3 Bc5 7.Qd5 .] 6.Qd5?! Now Black recovers. [6.0-0! increases White's developmental edge. If Black takes the e-pawn, he only opens the e-file for White's Rook.] 6...Nf6 7.Qxf7+ Qxf7 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.exf6 gxf6 10.Bf4 d6 11.Nbd2 Bf5 12.0-0-0 Rg8 13.Nh4 Bd7 14.Nc4 Ne7 15.Bxd6!? cxd6 [The intermezzo 15...Bh6+! clears f8 for Black's King.] 16.Nxd6+ Kg7 17.Nxb7 Bc6 18.Nd8 Since the N can be trapped here, White might consider [18.Nd6 .] 18...Kh6? [18...Bd5! forces a liquidation that solves Black's development problems. 19.Nf5+ Kg6 20.Nxe7+ Bxe7 21.Rxd5 Rgxd8-/+ ] 19.Nxc6 Nxc6 20.Rhe1 Bc5 21.Re6 Rac8 [21...Bxf2? just walks into an Rxf6+ fork.] 22.Rxf6+ Kg7 23.Rf5 Be7 24.Rd7 Rgf8 25.g4 Kh8 26.Rxf8+ Rxf8 27.Nf5 Bg5+ 28.Kd1 Rd8? White's pawns look scarier with every exchange. [28...Ne5 is a serious alternative, winning the g-pawn, undermining the Nf5, and preparing the Rook's entry on the f-file.] 29.Rxd8+ Bxd8 30.Kd2 Ne5 31.h3 Kg8 32.b3 Kf7 33.Ke3 Kf6 34.Ke4+/- Nc6 35.c3 Bb6 36.f4 Bf2 37.Nd6 Be1 38.Nb5 a6 [38...Ke7 39.Nc7+/- ] 39.Nd4 [39.Nc7! keeps this strong N on the board and prepares the King's entry to d5.] 39...Ne7 Black's choices are unenviable. [>=39...Nxd4 40.cxd4 Bb4 is about t he best Black can hope for; at least White can't easily make a passed pawn on the Queenside.] 40.c4 Ba5 41.a3 Bc7 42.b4 h6 43.a4 Ng6 44.g5+ hxg5 45.fxg5+ Kf7 46.b5 axb5 47.axb5 Bb6 48.Nc6 [>=48.Nf3 threatens the immediate advance of the h-pawn, and if 48...Bf2 49.Nd4 gets the Queenside pawns rolling.] 48...Ke6 49.Nd4+ Kd6 50.Nb3 Once this N is capable of supporting some pawn advance, Black collapses. 50...Nh4 1-0













(68) Montgomery,J (1900) - Wenz,W (1695) [B03]
National Open 1995, 1995

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.f4 dxe5 6.fxe5 Nc6 7.c5 Qxd4 8.cxb6 Qh4+ 9.Kd2 Bg4 10.Qa4 0-0-0+ 11.Kc3 Qe1+ 12.Kb3 Bd1+ 0-1













(69) Becker,A (2069) - Williams,B (2205) [A22]
Action Swiss (G/30) (3.1), 17.06.2000
[Crafty 17.05 (100s)]

1.c4 A22: English Opening: 1...e5 2 Nc3 Nf6 1...e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 Bb4 4.Bg2 0-0 5.e4 Nc6 6.Nge2 d6 7.0-0 Bxc3 last book move 8.bxc3 Be6 9.d3 Consolidates c4 9...Nd7 10.h3 Secures g4 10...f5 11.exf5 Bxf5 12.Be3 Kh8 13.Rb1 Rb8 14.Rb2 Nc5 15.Rd2 Qd7 # 16.g4 Bg6 17.Ng3 Ne6 18.d4 Nf4 19.Bxf4 [19.c5!?-/+ ] 19...exf4 [19...Rxf4?! 20.Qa4 exd4 21.cxd4= ] 20.Ne4 Rbe8 [20...Na5 21.d5 Nxc4 22.Rd4 Bxe4 23.Rxe4-/+ ] 21.f3 [>=21.Ng5!?-/+ ] 21...Na5-+ 22.Qe2 Qa4 23.Rb2 # 23...Qxc4?? Black loses the upper hand [>=23...Qa3-+ and Black is on the road to success] 24.Qxc4= Nxc4 A comfortable square for the black knight 25.Rxb7 d5 26.Nc5 The knight dominates [Weaker is 26.Rxc7 Ne3 27.Nf2 Nxf1 28.Bxf1 a5-/+ ] 26...a5 # [26...Nd6 27.Rxa7 Nb5 28.Rb7+/= ] 27.h4 [27.Rxc7 Re3+/- ] 27...h6 [27...Nd6!? is worth looking at 28.Rxc7 Nb5= ] 28.Rxc7 Re2 29.Rf2 Rfe8 # [29...Re1+ 30.Kh2+/= ] 30.h5 [30.Rxe2 Rxe2 31.Bf1 Re3 32.Bxc4 dxc4+- ] 30...Bb1 # [30...Re1+ 31.Rf1 Bh7 32.Rf7+/= ] 31.a4 [31.Rxe2!? Rxe2 32.Rc8+ Kh7 33.Nd7+- ] 31...Re1++/- 32.Kh2 Rc1 33.Nd7 Kg8 # 34.g5 [>=34.Rc5+/- ] 34...hxg5=/+ [34...Rxc3? doesn't work because of 35.gxh6 Bf5 36.hxg7 Bxd7 37.Rxd7+- ] 35.h6 Re6 # [35...Rxc3?! 36.hxg7 Kxg7 37.Nb6+ Kh6 38.Nxd5+/= ; 35...gxh6 36.Nf6+ Kf8 37.Nxe8 Kxe8 38.Re2+ Kd8 39.Ree7+- ] 36.hxg7?? [>=36.Rc8+ would keep White alive 36...Kf7 37.Rf8+ Kg6 38.Rf1 Rxf1 39.Bxf1=/+ ] 36...Rh6+-+ 37.Bh3 Bf5 [>=37...g4 and Black has prevailed 38.fxg4 Be4 39.Nf6+ Rxf6-+ ] 38.Nf6+ Rxf6 39.Bxf5 Rxf5 40.Kh3 [40.Re2 doesn't get the bull off the ice 40...Ne3 (40...Rxc3?? a poisoned pawn 41.Re8+ Kh7 42.g8Q+ Kh6 43.Rh7# ) 41.Rb2 Rf7 42.Rxf7 Kxf7 43.Rb7+ Kg8-+ ] 40...Rf7 [40...Rf7 41.Rxf7 Kxf7-+ ; >=40...Ne3 seems even better 41.Rc8+ Kxg7 42.Kh2-+ ] 0-1













(70) Cooper,J (2210) - Williams,B (2200) [B20]
UWM Action 5-8-99, 08.05.1999

1.e4 c5 2.Na3 Nc6 3.c4 g6 4.d3 Bg7 5.Nc2 d6 6.Rb1 a5 7.a4 f5 8.f4 Nf6 9.Qe2 0-0 10.g3 fxe4 11.dxe4 e5 12.f5 gxf5 13.Bg5 fxe4 14.Bg2 Bf5 15.Ne3 Nd4 16.Qd1 Qd7 17.Bxf6 Bxf6 [17...Rxf6 18.Nd5 Raf8 19.Nxf6+ Rxf6 ] 18.Rc1 Bg6 19.b3 Bg5 20.Rc3 Qf7 21.Nh3 Bh6 22.Nd5 Nf3+ 23.Bxf3 exf3 24.0-0 e4 25.Kh1 Rae8 26.Re3 Bxe3 27.Nxe3 Qe6 28.Nf2 h5 29.Qd2 Kg7 30.Rg1 Qe5 31.g4 hxg4 32.Nfxg4 Qf4 [32...Qd4!? ] 33.Qf2 Rh8 34.Nd5 Qf7? [34...Qf5 35.Qg3 Rh5 36.Nge3 (36.Ngf6 Rxh2+ ) 36...Qf7 37.Nf4 Rh6 38.Ng4 Reh8 39.Nxh6 Rxh6 ] 35.Qb2+ Re5 36.Nxe5 dxe5 37.Qxe5+ Kh7 38.Rg3 Qf5 39.Qe7+ Kh6 40.Qh4+ Kg7 41.Qe7+ Kh6 42.Ne3 Qf7 43.Qe5 Rd8 44.Qg5+ Kh7 45.Qxd8 1-0













(71) Cooper,J (2200) - Williams,B (2200) [B20]
Badger Open 9-7-98, 07.09.1998
[Becker,Allen]

1.e4 c5 2.Na3 Nc6 3.c4 Nf6 4.d3 e6 5.g3 d5 6.Bg2 dxe4 7.dxe4 Qxd1+ 8.Kxd1 Bd7 9.f4 e5 10.h3 0-0-0 11.Ke2 Bd6 12.Kf2 Nb4 13.Ne2 Bc6 14.Nc3 exf4 15.gxf4 Nd3+ 16.Kf3 Nxe4 17.Nxe4 f5 18.Nb5 fxe4+ 19.Kg3 Rhf8 20.Nxa7+ Kc7 21.Nxc6 bxc6 22.Rf1 g5 23.Bxe4 Nxc1 24.Raxc1 Bxf4+ 25.Rxf4 gxf4+ 26.Kf3 Rd2 27.Bxh7 Rxb2 28.Rc2 Rb1 29.Rh2 Re1 30.h4 Re3+ 31.Kf2 Ra3 32.Bb1 Rb8 33.Bc2 Rxa2 34.Ke1 Re8+ [34...Rbb2 35.Kd1 Ra1+ 36.Kd2 Rxc2+ 37.Kxc2 Ra2+ ] 35.Kd1 f3 36.h5 Re2 0-1













(72) Becker,A (2045) - McCutchin,C (1985) [A25]
War of Roses (1) 6-19-99 Roses (1.3), 19.06.1999
[Fritz 5.00 (95s)]

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.e4 Nge7 6.Nge2 0-0 7.0-0 d6 8.d3 Be6 9.h3 Qd7 10.Kh2 a5N [10...f5 11.f4= ; 10...Rae8 11.f4 f5 12.Be3 Nd4 13.Qd2 Nec6 14.Rae1 Nxe2 15.Rxe2 Nd4 16.Ree1 Kh8 17.b3 c6 18.Ne2 Nxe2 19.Rxe2 b5 20.cxb5 cxb5 21.Qa5 Rf7 22.Rc2 fxe4 23.dxe4 Qb7 24.Rfc1 Rc8 25.Rxc8+ Harikrishna,P-Hera,I/Menorca 1996/1-0 (37)] 11.Be3 [11.f4 Rae8= ] 11...Nd4 A classical outpost [11...f5 12.Re1= ] 12.f4 h5+/= [12...f5 13.Nd5= ] 13.Qd2 [13.Nd5 Ndc6+/= ] 13...c5 [13...a4 14.fxe5 dxe5 15.Nd5+/= ] 14.Rf2 f5 15.Nd5 White can be proud of that piece 15...Bxd5+/- [15...Rae8 16.fxe5 dxe5 17.Raf1+/= ] 16.cxd5= [16.exd5!? Rfe8 17.Re1+/= ] 16...b5+/= [16...Nxe2 17.Rxe2 a4 18.Rf1= ] 17.fxe5 dxe5 18.Raf1 fxe4 19.Rxf8+ Rxf8 20.Rxf8+ Kxf8 21.dxe4 b4 Black wins space 22.Bxd4= [22.Qd3 Qd6+/= ] 22...cxd4 Black gains space [Instead of 22...exd4 23.Nf4+/- ] 23.Qc2= [23.a3 bxa3 24.bxa3 Qc7= ] 23...Qc8 24.Qb3 Qc5 25.h4 Nc8 26.Qf3+=/+ [26.Ng1 Nd6= ] 26...Ke7 27.g4 [27.Qd3 Nd6= ] 27...Qc2 28.Ng3 [28.gxh5 d3 (28...Qxb2? is no good because of 29.hxg6 Nd6 30.Qg4+- ) 29.Ng3 d2 30.hxg6 d1Q 31.Qf7+ Kd8 32.Qg8+ Kd7-+ ] 28...d3 A strong pawn [28...Qxb2 29.gxh5 Qc1 30.hxg6+/- ] 29.gxh5?-+ [>=29.Nf1 d2 30.Ne3 Qxb2 31.gxh5=/+ ] 29...d2 30.hxg6 Nd6??= not a good decision, because now the opponent is right back in the game [>=30...d1Q Black has a promising position 31.Qf7+ Kd8 32.Qg8+ Kd7-+ ] 31.Qg4 Qc8??+- there were better ways to keep up the pressure [>=31...d1Q was possible 32.Qe6+ Kd8 33.Qxd6+ Kc8 34.Qa6+ Kb8 35.Qb6+ Kc8 36.Qa6+ Kb8 37.Qb6+ Kc8 38.Qa6+= ] 32.Qg5+ Bf6 33.Qxd2 Bxh4 34.Qh6 Qg4 [34...Bxg3+ 35.Kxg3 Qf8+- ] 35.Qg7+ Kd8 36.Qxe5 Qxg6 [36...Bxg3+ does not solve anything 37.Qxg3 Qh5+ 38.Kg1 Qd1+ 39.Kf2 Qd4+ 40.Ke1 Nxe4 41.Qh4+ Qf6 42.Qxe4 Qxb2 43.Bf3+- ] 37.Qh8+ [37.Qh8+ Kd7 38.Qxh4+- ] 1-0













(73) Gelbart,S - Nekvasil,M [B85]
Illinois Chess Leagu, 1978

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e6 7.0-0 Qc7 8.Be3 Be7 9.f4 0-0 10.a4 Nc6 11.Kh1 Bd7 12.g4 Nxd4 13.Bxd4 Bc6 14.Bf3 b5 15.e5 Nxg4! 16.axb5 axb5 17.Rxa8 Rxa8 18.Nxb5 Bxb5 19.Rg1 Bc6 20.Rxg4 Ra1!! 21.Qxa1 Bxf3+ 22.Rg2 Qxc2 23.Qf1 Qe4 24.exd6 Bxd6 25.Be5 Bc5! 26.h3 Bxg2+?! 27.Qxg2 Qxg2+ 28.Kxg2 f6 29.Bc3 Kf7 30.Kf3 f5 1/2-1/2













(74) Becker,A (2086) - Resk,D (1260) [B13]
SWCC Chp 7-6-2000 (4.7), 06.07.2000
[Fritz 6 (30s)]

1.e4 B13: Caro-Kann: Exchange Variation and Panov-Botvinnik Attack 1...c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nf6 5.c3 Nbd7 last book move 6.Nf3 e6 Covers f5 7.Bf4 Be7 [7...Nh5 8.Bg5 Qc7 9.0-0= ] 8.h3 Controls g4 8...0-0 9.Nbd2 Re8 [9...b6 10.0-0= ] 10.0-0 Nf8 [10...b6 11.Ne5 Bb7 12.Re1= ] 11.Ne5 Bd6 12.Ndf3 Bxe5 [12...Qc7 13.Re1+/= ] 13.dxe5 N6d7 14.Re1 f6 Prevents intrusion on g5 15.Qc2 Nxe5 16.Nxe5 fxe5 17.Bxe5 b6 18.Re3 Bb7 [18...Qh4!?+/- ] 19.Rg3+- Do you see the mate threat? 19...Re7 20.Bf6 Rc8 [20...Qc7 21.Bxe7 Qxe7 22.Re1+- ] 21.Re1 Kh8 [21...Qc7 22.Bxe7 Qxe7 23.Qa4+- ] 22.Bxe7 [22.Rxg7 keeps an even firmer grip 22...Rxg7 23.Bxd8 Rxd8+- ] 22...Qxe7 23.Qe2 Re8 24.Qe5 Bc8 [24...Nd7 25.Qh5 Nf6 26.Qg5+- ] 25.Rge3 Qb7 26.Rf3 Qc6?? the final mistake, not that it matters anymore [26...Kg8+- ] 27.Rf7 [27.Rf7 Qxc3 28.bxc3 Bb7 29.Qxg7# ] 1-0













(75) Becker,A (2039) - Rossi,W (2037) [A29]
SWCC Team 11-18-99, 18.11.1999
[Fritz 5.32 (120s)]

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bg2 Nb6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 8.d3 0-0 9.Be3 f5 10.Qb3+N [10.Qc1 Bf6 11.a4 (11.Bc5 Re8 12.Rd1 Nd4 13.e3 Ne6 (13...Nxf3+ 14.Bxf3 c6 15.e4 Be6 1/2-1/2 Stanke,J-Fette,M/Hamburg-ch 1991/TD 91\04 (15)) 14.Ba3 c6 15.Qc2 Nc7 16.Rac1 Be6 17.e4 g6 18.b3 Qd7 19.Re1 f4 20.Rcd1 fxg3 21.hxg3 Bg4 22.Bb2 Qf7 23.Ne2 Rad8 24.Nh2 Be6 25.d4 Nd7 Muhtarov,L-Drei,A/Portoroz op 1995/EXP 46/1-0 (59)) 11...Nd4 12.Bxd4 exd4 13.Nb5 c6 14.Na3 a5 15.Qc5 Re8 16.Rfe1 Be6 17.Nc2 Nd7 18.Qd6 Ne5 19.Qc5 Nd7 20.Qd6 Ne5 21.Qc5 1/2-1/2 Schroeder,S-Degenhardt,J/OLWuert 1990/GER 01 (21); 10.b4 f4 11.Bc5 Kh8 12.Rb1 Bg4 13.Re1 Nd7 14.Ne4 1/2-1/2 Horvath,J-Fette,M/Budapest Autoteam 1991/EXP 26 (14)] 10...Kh8 11.Na4 Nxa4 12.Qxa4 Be6 13.Rac1 Bd5 14.Rfd1=/+ [14.Bc5 f4=/+ ] 14...Bf6+/= [14...a6!?=/+ is worthy of consideration] 15.Bc5 Rf7 16.e4 Be6 17.d4 exd4 [Inferior is 17...fxe4 18.dxe5 Qe8 19.Qxe4+/- ] 18.Nxd4= [18.e5 Nxe5 (18...Bxe5? 19.Nxe5 Nxe5 20.Bxd4+- (20.Rxd4?! Qe8= ; 20.Qxd4? Rd7 21.Qa4 Nd3-+ ) ) 19.Nxd4 Bc8+/= ] 18...Nxd4 19.Bxd4 Bxd4+/= [19...fxe4 20.Bxe4 Bxd4 21.Rxd4= ] 20.Rxd4 Qc8+/= [20...Qf6 21.exf5 Qxf5 22.Rd2+/= ] 21.e5 c6 Prevents intrusion on d5 22.Rcd1 Rd7 23.Qc2= [23.Rxd7 Bxd7 24.a3 Qc7+/= ] 23...Rxd4 24.Rxd4 Qe8 [24...Bxa2? fails to 25.b3+- ] 25.Qd3 g6 26.b3 Controls c4 26...Kg7 27.Rd6 a5 28.Qd2= [28.Qd4 Qe7+/= ] 28...Qf7+/= [28...a4 29.bxa4 Rxa4 30.Qb2= ] 29.Bf1 a4 30.Bc4 Re8+/- [30...Bxc4 31.Rd7 axb3 32.Rxf7+ Bxf7 33.axb3 Ra1+ 34.Kg2 Bxb3 35.Qb4 Bd5+ 36.Kh3+/- ] 31.Bxe6 [31.Qd4 axb3 32.Bxe6 b2 (32...Rxe6?? 33.Rd7+- (33.axb3?! is no comparison 33...Re7= ) ) 33.Bxf7 b1Q+ 34.Kg2 Kxf7 35.Rd7+ Kg8 36.Qc4+ Kh8+- ] 31...Rxe6 32.Qd4 Kf8 [32...Rxd6 33.exd6+ Qf6 34.Qb4 axb3 35.axb3+/= ] 33.Rd7 [33.bxa4 Kg8+/- ] 33...Re7 34.Rd8+ Re8 35.Qd6+ Qe7 36.Rxe8++/= [36.Rd7 Qxd6 37.exd6 axb3 38.axb3 h5= ] 36...Kxe8 37.Qb8+ Kf7 38.bxa4 Ke6+/- [38...Qd7 39.Qh8 Ke6 40.Qf6+ Kd5 41.f4+/= ] 39.f4 Qc5+ 40.Kg2 Qd5+ 41.Kh3 The mate threat is Qe8 41...Qd7 42.Qg8+ Qf7 43.Qxf7+-/+ [>=43.Qd8 Qd7 44.Qf6+ Kd5 45.Kh4+/- ] 43...Kxf7 44.Kg2= [44.a5 Ke6+/= ] 44...Ke6+/- [44...b6!?= should be investigated more closely] 45.Kf3+/= [45.a5 c5+/- ] 45...b6 46.Ke3 Kd5 47.Kd3 h6 48.h3 h5 [48...Kc5 49.Kc3 g5+/- ] 49.h4 Kc5 50.Kc3 Kd5 51.Kb4 c5+ 52.Kb5 [>=52.Kc3 and White has it in the bag 52...c4 53.a3+- ] 52...c4 53.e6! White should return some of the goodies he has collected 53...c3 [53...Kxe6 54.Kxc4 Kd6+- ] 54.e7 c2 55.e8Q Threatening mate: Qe5 55...c1Q 56.Qe5# 1-0













(76) Gelbart,S - Schiller,E [C00]
Illinois Chess Leagu, 1983

1.e4 e6 2.d4 a6 3.Nf3 b5 4.Bd3 Bb7 5.0-0 c5 6.c3 Nf6 7.Re1 Qb6 8.a3 d6 9.b4 Nbd7 10.Nbd2 Rc8 11.e5 Nd5 12.Ne4 cxd4 13.cxd4 Qc7 14.Bb2 N7b6 15.Rc1 Qb8 16.Qd2 Be7 17.exd6 Bxd6 18.Qg5 Kf8 19.Nc5 Bf4 20.Qh4 Bxc1 21.Bxc1 Nf6 22.Ne5 Bd5 23.Bg5 Rxc5 24.Bxf6 Rc7 25.Bd8 h6 26.Bxc7 Qxc7 27.Qf4 Kg8 28.Rc1 Qe7 29.Nxf7! Nc4 30.Bg6 Qf8 31.Qg3 Qxf7 32.Bxf7+ Kxf7 33.Qc7+ Kf6 34.Rc3 Rf8 35.Rg3 Rf7 36.Qd8+ Re7 37.Rxg7 Kxg7 38.Qxe7+ Kg6 39.Qa7 1-0













(77) Hayes,Ray (2100) - Valentine,J (1899)
Savannah Georgia Open, 13.12.1998

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 c6 4.d4 exd4 5.Qxd4 d5 6.Bg2 Bb4 7.cxd5 Bxc3+ 8.Qxc3 cxd5 9.Nf3 h6 10.0-0 Nc6 11.Be3 0-0 12.Nd4 Bd7 13.Nxc6 Bxc6 14.Bd4 Re8 15.e3 Rc8 16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.Qd4 a6 18.Rfd1 Qe7 19.Qf4 Qe5 20.Qxh6 Qxb2 21.Bh3 Rcd8 [21...Rc7 22.Bf5 ] 22.Bf5 Qe5 [22...Rd7 23.Bh7+ Kh8 24.Rd4 Qxa1+ 25.Bb1+ Kg8 26.Rg4# ] 23.Bh7+ Kh8 24.Bg6+ 1-0













(78) Becker,A (2195) - Arne,M (2400)
Palo Alto FIDE #5 (8-29-92) Palo Alto, 1992

1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.b3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 c5 7.d3 Nc6 8.Nbd2 d4 9.a3 a5 10.Qc2 e5 11.h3 h6 12.e4 Be6 13.Kh2 Nh7 14.Ng1 g5 15.f4 f6 16.Ndf3 Kg7 17.Bd2 Bd6 18.Ne2 Qe7 19.Rf2 h5 20.Raf1 h4 21.f5 hxg3+ 22.Nxg3 Bf7 23.Nxg5 Nxg5 24.Bxg5 Rh8 25.Qe2 a4 26.bxa4 Rxa4 27.Bc1 Kf8 28.Bf3 Qe8 29.Rg2 Ke7 30.Qd2 Ra6 31.Qb2 Qa8 32.Qe2 Qe8 33.Qb2 Qa8 34.Qe2 1/2-1/2













(79) Wenz,W (1921) - Baldwin,J (1876) [B08]
Las Vegas (NO) Las Vegas (6), 29.03.1998

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.Nc3 0-0 6.0-0 Nxe4 7.Bxf7+ Rxf7 8.Nxe4 Bg4 9.Neg5 Bxf3 10.Nxf7 Bxd1 11.Nxd8 Bxc2 12.Ne6 Nd7 13.Nxg7 Kxg7 14.Bg5 c6 15.Bxe7 d5 16.Rfe1 Nf6 17.Bxf6+ Kxf6 18.Re3 Bf5 19.Rae1 Rf8 20.Re8 Rf7 21.Ra8 a6 22.Ree8 Bd7 23.Rf8 Ke7 24.Rxf7+ Kxf7 25.Rb8 b5 26.b4 h5 27.Ra8 Ke6 28.f3 Kd6 29.Rxa6 Kc7 30.Ra7+ Kd6 31.Kf2 Bf5 32.h4 Ke6 33.Ke3 Bc2 34.Kf4 Bd3 35.a3 Bf5 36.Kg5 1-0













(80) Pinto,M (2210) - Becker,A (2195)
Palo Alto FIDE #5 (8-30-92) Palo Alto, 1992

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 e6 4.Nf3 Nge7 5.d3 g6 6.g4 d5 7.e5 h5 8.g5 Bd7 9.Bh3 Nd4 10.Bd2 Nec6 11.0-0 Be7 12.Ne2 Rc8 13.c3 Nxf3+ 14.Rxf3 b5 15.b3 a5 16.Bg2 Qb6 17.Kh1 d4 18.c4 bxc4 19.bxc4 Rb8 20.Ng3 0-0 21.Ne4 a4 22.Rh3 Qb2 23.Bf3 Nb4 24.Bxh5 Bc6 25.Be2 Kg7 26.Kg1 Bxe4 27.dxe4 d3 28.Bf3 Qd4+ 29.Kg2 Rh8 30.Rxh8 Rxh8 31.Bxb4 cxb4 32.Rc1 Bc5 33.Qd2 b3 34.axb3 axb3 35.Kg3 Ra8 36.Rc3 Qg1+ 37.Qg2 Qe1+ 0-1













(81) Machaj,B (1997) - Becker,A (2059) [B23]
Racine Team (4.1), 07.05.2000
[Fritz 6 (35s)]

1.e4 B23: Closed Sicilian: Lines without g3 1...c5 2.Nc3 a6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 g6 5.d3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nd4 7.Qd2 e6 8.Nge2 Ne7 9.f4N [9.Nd1 Nxe2 10.Qxe2 d6 11.Qd2 0-0 12.Bh6 f5 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.0-0 e5 15.f4 Nc6 16.exf5 Bxf5 17.Ne3 Be6 18.Nd5 Rf7 19.c3 Rb8 20.Rac1 b5 21.b3 Qd7 22.fxe5 dxe5 23.Rxf7+ Bxf7 Baltac,C-Roitiburd,T/Eforie Nord 1998/EXT 2000/1-0 (50)] 9...0-0 10.0-0 d6 11.Nd1 Rb8 12.c3 Nxe2+ 13.Qxe2 Bd7 14.h4 [14.Re1 Bb5= ] 14...f5=/+ 15.Nf2 Qc7 16.Rad1 [16.h5 Bc6=/+ ] 16...b5 17.h5 b4 Black gets more space [17...gxh5 18.Qxh5 b4 19.d4 bxc3 20.bxc3 cxd4 21.cxd4=/+ ] 18.d4 [18.hxg6 Nxg6 19.cxb4 Rxb4= ] 18...bxc3 19.bxc3 cxd4 20.Bxd4 [20.cxd4 Bb5 21.Nd3 Nc6-/+ ] 20...Bb5 21.Nd3 Bxd4+ [21...e5!? 22.fxe5 dxe5-/+ ] 22.cxd4=/+ Qc3 [22...Qc4 23.d5=/+ ] 23.Qe3 [23.exf5 Nxf5 24.hxg6 Qxd4+ 25.Rf2 hxg6 26.Qxe6+ Kg7-/+ ] 23...fxe4 24.Qxe4 [24.Bxe4 gxh5 25.Rd2 h4=/+ ] 24...Bc4 [24...Rf6 25.Rb1 Nf5 26.Kh2-/+ ] 25.hxg6=/+ hxg6 26.g4 [26.Rf2 Nf5=/+ ] 26...Bd5 [26...Qc2 27.Qe3 Qxa2 28.f5-/+ ] 27.Qe2? [>=27.Qe3!? looks like a viable alternative 27...Bxa2 28.f5 gxf5 29.Qg5+ Kf7 30.Qh5+ Kg7 31.Qg5+ Kf7 32.Qh5+ Kf6 33.Qh4+ Kf7 34.Qh5+= ] 27...Qxd4+-/+ 28.Kh2 [28.Rf2 Qf6-/+ ] 28...Qf6 [28...Kg7 29.Qf2 Qa4 30.Qa7-+ ] 29.g5 [29.Kg1 Kg7-/+ ] 29...Qh8+ [29...Qf5 30.Bh3 Qf7 31.Nb4 Rxb4 32.Rxd5-/+ ] 30.Kg1 Qd4+ 31.Kh2 [31.Nf2 Qc4 32.Nd3 Bxg2 33.Kxg2 Nf5-+ ] 31...Rf7 Threatening mate... how? 32.Rf2 Rh7+ [32...Bxg2 33.Kxg2 Nd5 34.Re1-/+ ] 33.Kg1-/+ Bc4 [>=33...Kg7!? 34.Nb4 Qxb4 35.Bxd5 Nxd5 (35...exd5 36.Qxe7+ Kg8 37.Qe6+ Kf8 38.Qxg6+/- ) 36.Qxe6 Nc7 37.Qf6+ Kg8 38.Qxg6+ Rg7 39.Qxd6 Qe4-+ ] 34.Qc2=/+ Bxd3 35.Rxd3 Qb6 36.Rb3 Qd8 [36...Qa7 37.Qe2 Kf7 38.Bh3 Rxb3 39.Bxe6+ Kf8 40.axb3= ] 37.Qc4 Rf7 [37...Rxb3 38.Qxe6+ Rf7 39.axb3= ] 38.Qxe6 Rxb3 39.Qxb3 [39.axb3 Kg7= ] 39...Kf8 [39...Qc7 40.Bh3 Kf8 41.Be6= ] 40.Bf1 [40.Qb2 Ke8+/= ] 40...Qc8= 41.Qf3 [41.Qb6 Qg4+ 42.Bg2 Qd1+ (42...Rxf4?? the pawn is something Black will choke on 43.Qd4 Nd5 44.Qxd5 Rxf2 45.Qxd6+ (45.Kxf2?! Qf4+ 46.Ke2 Qe5+ 47.Qxe5 dxe5+- ) 45...Kf7 46.Qd5+ Ke7 47.Kxf2+- ) 43.Bf1 Qg4+ 44.Bg2 Qd1+ (44...Rxf4 once again taking the pawn will bring Black grief 45.Qd4 (45.Qxd6?! is much weaker 45...Rxf2 46.Kxf2 Qxg5= ) 45...Nd5 46.Qxd5 Rxf2 47.Qxd6+ (47.Kxf2?! Qf4+ 48.Ke2 Qe5+ 49.Qxe5 dxe5+- ) 47...Kg7 48.Qe5+ (48.Kxf2 Qxg5 49.Qxa6 Qc5+ 50.Ke2 Qe5+ 51.Kd2 Qb2+ 52.Kd3 Qxg2= ) 48...Kf8 49.Kxf2+- ) 45.Bf1 Qg4+= ] 41...d5 [41...Qc5 42.Bxa6 Nd5 43.Qh3=/+ ] 42.Bh3 [42.Qe3 Qg4+ 43.Bg2 Kg8= ] 42...Qc1+ 43.Kg2 Qc4 [43...Nf5 44.Qd3 Nh4+ 45.Kh2= ] 44.Be6 Rh7?? there were better ways to keep up the pressure [>=44...Nf5 the only rescuing move 45.Qa3+ Re7 46.Bxf5 gxf5= ] 45.f5+- gxf5 46.g6 Rg7 [46...Nxg6 Theme: Deflection from f5 47.Qxf5+ Theme: Double Attack] 47.Bxf5 The mate threat is Bc8 47...Ke8 48.Bd3?? White is ruining his position [48.Rc2 Nxg6 49.Rxc4 Ne5+ 50.Rg4 Nxf3 51.Kxf3+- (51.Rxg7?! Nh4+ 52.Kf2 Nxf5+- ) ] 48...Qd4 [48...Nxg6 49.Bxc4 Nh4+ 50.Kh3 Nxf3 51.Bxd5= ] 49.Re2 [49.Qf6 Qxd3 50.Qf8+ Kd7 51.Qxg7 Qe4+ 52.Kh2 Qh4+ 53.Kg1 Qg4+ 54.Rg2 Qd1+ 55.Kf2 Qd2+ 56.Kf3 Qd3+ 57.Kg4 Qe4+ 58.Kh3 Qf3+ 59.Rg3 Qf1+ 60.Kh2 Qf2+ 61.Rg2 Qf4+ 62.Kg1 Qc1+ 63.Kf2 Qd2+ 64.Kg3 Qe3+ 65.Kh4 Qf4+ 66.Rg4 Qf2+ 67.Kg5 Qf5+ 68.Kh4 Qf2+ 69.Kh5 Qf5+ 70.Kh4 Qf2+= ] 49...Kd8?? [49...Kd7 50.Qg3= ] 50.Qg3 [>=50.Qf8+ and White has reached his goal 50...Kd7 51.Rxe7+ Rxe7 52.Bf5+ Kd6 53.Qd8+ Ke5 54.Qh8+ (54.Qxe7+?! succumbs to 54...Kxf5 55.g7 Qb2+ 56.Kf3 Qc3+ 57.Ke2 Qc4+ 58.Kd1 Qd3+ 59.Kc1 Qc3+ 60.Kb1 Qd3+ 61.Kb2 Qd4+ 62.Kb3 Qc4+ 63.Ka3 Qd3+ 64.Kb4 Qc4+ 65.Ka3 Qd3+ 66.Ka4 Qc4+ 67.Ka3= ) 54...Kxf5 55.Qxd4 Kxg6 56.Qxd5+- ] 50...Kd7 [50...Qf6 51.Rf2 Qe6 52.Qg5+/- ] 51.Rc2 [51.Bxa6 Qf6 52.Bd3 Rg8+- ] 51...Qb6 [>=51...Ke6!?= and Black could well hope to play on] 52.Qh3++- Kd8 [>=52...Qe6 53.Rc7+! taking over the initiative 53...Kd6 54.Qg3+ Qe5 55.Rd7+ Ke6 56.Qg4+ Kf6+- ] 53.Qh8+?? White loses the upper hand [>=53.Rc8+! White has a promising position 53...Nxc8 54.Qh8+ Kc7 55.Qxg7+ Kb8 56.Qe5+ Qc7 57.Qxd5+- ] 53...Rg8= 54.Qe5 [>=54.Qc3!?= is worthy of consideration] 54...Rxg6+-/+ 55.Kh2?? another step towards the grave [>=55.Kf3 Rf6+ 56.Kg2-/+ ] 55...Qg1+ 56.Kh3 Rh6+ [56...Rh6+ 57.Qh5 Rxh5# ] 0-1













(82) Demler,J (1450) - Becker,A (2050) [E14]
SWCC 4-15-99 (2), 15.04.1999
[Fritz 5.32 (43s)]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.e3 Bb7 5.Be2 Be7 [5...Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Nc3 1/2-1/2 Varga,P-Dobos,J/Budapest FS11 IM-B 1995/EXP 50 (8)] 6.Nc3N [6.a3 0-0 7.Nc3 c5 8.dxc5 bxc5 9.b3 d5 10.Bb2 Nc6 11.Qc2 d4 12.Rd1 e5 13.Nd5 Nxd5 14.cxd5 Qxd5 15.Bc4 Qd6 16.0-0 Rad8 17.Rfe1 Na5 18.exd4 exd4 19.Ne5 Nxc4 20.bxc4 Qc7 Kafumbwe,W-Karkanage,I/Luzern olm 1982/BIG 80/0-1 (35); 6.0-0 d6 7.b3 Nbd7 8.Bb2 0-0 9.Nc3 c5 10.Qc2 a6 11.Rad1 Qc7 12.a4 Rac8 13.d5 exd5 14.cxd5 Rfe8 15.Bd3 Bf8 16.Ne4 Nxe4 17.Bxe4 g6 18.Qc3 f6 19.Ng5 Ne5 20.f4 Ng4 21.Ne6 Rxe6 22.dxe6 Bxe4 23.h3 Nh6 24.Qxf6 Bg7 25.Qxg7+ Qxg7 26.Bxg7 Kxg7 27.Rxd6 0-1 Proschinger,T-Doroscenko,M/WchJM-U14 Duisburg 1992/TD 92\06 (27)] 6...0-0 7.0-0 d5 8.b3 Nbd7 9.Bb2 c5 10.Re1 a6 Covers b5 11.Bd3 Ne4+/= [11...dxc4 12.bxc4 Bd6 13.Qe2= ] 12.Qc2 f5 13.Nd2 [13.Rac1 Bd6+/= ] 13...Bd6 14.f3??-+ allows the opponent back into the game [>=14.h3= was much better] 14...Bxh2+! a forceful and devastating end 15.Kf1 Ng3+ 16.Kf2 Qh4 17.Nf1 [17.dxc5 Nxc5 18.cxd5 Nge4+ 19.Ke2 Qf2+ 20.Kd1 Nxd2-+ ] 17...Nf6 The mate threat is Ng4 18.Nxh2 Qxh2 19.Ne2 [19.Rec1 Nfe4+ 20.Bxe4 fxe4-+ (20...dxe4?! 21.f4-+ ) ] 19...Nge4+ [19...dxc4 20.Rg1 cxd3 21.Qxd3 Bxf3 22.Nxg3 Ne4+ 23.Kf1 Nxg3+ 24.Kf2 Qh4 25.gxf3 Ne4+ 26.Ke2 Qf2+ 27.Kd1 Qxb2-+ ] 20.Bxe4 fxe4 Threatening mate... how?. Black gets strong initiative 21.Rh1 [21.Nf4 exf3 22.Rh1 Ng4+ 23.Kxf3 dxc4+ 24.Kxg4 Rxf4+ 25.exf4 h5+ 26.Kg5 Qg3+ 27.Kxh5 Kf7 28.Qh7 Bxg2 29.Raf1 Bxf1 30.Rxf1 Rh8 31.Qxh8 g6+ 32.Kh6 Qh4# ] 21...Ng4+ 22.Ke1 Qxh1+ 23.Kd2 Qxg2 24.fxg4 Black creates threats along the open f-file 24...Rf2 Threatening mate: Rxe2 [24...Qxg4?! 25.Rg1 Qf5 26.dxc5-+ ] 25.Re1 e5 [25...Rd8 keeps an even firmer grip 26.Kc1-+ ] 26.dxc5 d4! decapitation 27.cxb6 [27.exd4 a last effort to resist the inevitable 27...exd4 28.Bxd4-+ ] 27...d3 The mate threat is Rxe2 28.Qc3 [28.Qd1 the only chance to get some counterplay 28...dxe2 29.Qc1 Rd8+ 30.Kc2-+ ] 28...Rxe2+ 29.Rxe2 Qxe2+ 30.Kc1 Qxe3+-+ [30...Rf8 31.Kb1 Rf1+ 32.Bc1 d2 33.b4 dxc1B 34.Qxc1 Rf2 35.Qc3 Qxa2+ 36.Kc1 Rf1+ 37.Qe1 Rxe1# ] 31.Qd2 Qg1+ 32.Qd1 d2+! a check from hell 33.Kc2 Qxd1+ 34.Kxd1 e3 Do you see the mate threat? 35.Bc3 Bf3+ [35...Bf3+ 36.Kc2 d1Q+ 37.Kb2 Rd8-+ ; 35...Rd8 36.Kc2 d1Q+ 37.Kb2 Rd2+ 38.Ka3 Qc1+ 39.Kb4 a5+ 40.Kb5 Qxc3 41.a3 Qxb3+ 42.Kxa5 Qxa3+ 43.Kb5 Rb2# ] 0-1













(83) Fons,B (1414) - Becker,A (2050) [A00]
SWCC (1.3), 20.05.1999
[Fritz 5.00 (20s)]

1.b4 e6 2.a3 Nf6 3.Bb2 d5 4.Nf3 [4.e3 a5 (4...c5 5.bxc5 Bxc5 6.d4 Bd6 7.c4 b6 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Nd2 0-0 10.Ngf3 Bb7 11.Bd3 Nd7 12.0-0 N7f6 13.Rc1 Ng4 14.Qe2 Qe7 15.h3 Ngf6 16.Nc4 Bc7 17.a4 Rfc8 18.Ra1 Ne8 19.Rfb1 Qf6 20.Ncd2 Nd6 21.Rc1 Nb4 22.Bb1 Ba6 23.Qd1 Bd3 24.Ba3 Bxb1 25.Raxb1 Nd5 26.Qf1 Qg6 27.Rb2 Ne4 28.Qd3 Bh2+ 29.Kxh2 Rxc1 30.Qxe4 f5 31.Qd3 Rc3 32.Qb5 Rxa3 33.Qc6 Rf8 34.Ne5 Qe8 35.Qc5 Rxa4 36.Nd7 Nc3 37.Qc6 Rf7 38.Nf6+ gxf6 39.Qxe8+ Kg7 40.Rb3 1-0 Donnert,F-Kolbe,J/Guben 1996 (40)) 5.b5 c5 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.c4 Nb6 8.cxd5 exd5 9.a4 Bd6 10.Qc2 Qe7 11.Bd3 Bg4 12.h3 Be6 13.Be2 0-0 14.Ng5 g6 15.d3 Nfd7 16.h4 f6 17.Nxe6 Qxe6 18.h5 g5 Donguines,F-Nadera,B/Genting zt 1995/EXP 47/1-0 (46)] 4...c5 5.bxc5 Bxc5 6.e3 Nc6N [6...0-0 7.c4 b6 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Be2 Ba6 10.d3 Bxe3 11.fxe3 Nxe3 12.Qd2 Nxg2+ 13.Kf2 Nh4 14.Rg1 Nf5 15.Nc3 Nc6 16.Ne4 f6 17.Qc3 Rc8 18.Nxf6+ Kh8 19.Nxh7 Ncd4 20.Qxd4 Nxd4 21.Nxf8 Rausis,I-Schubert,G/Baden Baden op 1993/TD 93\06/1/2-1/2 (44)] 7.Be2 0-0 8.0-0 Bd7 9.Bxf6=/+ [9.c4 Bd6= ] 9...Qxf6 Black gets strong initiative [Not 9...gxf6 10.d4 Bd6 11.Nbd2+/= ] 10.d4 Bd6 11.Nc3 Rac8 12.Nb5=/+ [12.Qd3 b6= ] 12...Bb8 13.Rb1 a6 14.Nc3 b5 15.Bd3-/+ [15.Qd2!?=/+ might be a viable alternative] 15...Nxd4 16.exd4 Rxc3 17.h4 [17.Rb3!? Rfc8 18.Re1-+ ] 17...Re8 [17...Rxa3 18.Ra1 Rxa1 19.Qxa1-+ ] 18.Bxh7+?? simply worsens the situation [>=18.Rb3 Rec8 19.Qd2 Rxb3 20.cxb3-+ ] 18...Kxh7 19.Ng5+ Kg8 20.Qh5 Qg6 21.Qe2 [21.Qxg6 is not the saving move 21...fxg6 22.Nf3 Rec8-+ ] 21...e5 [21...Rxc2 keeps an even firmer grip 22.Qd1-+ ] 22.Rfe1 [22.dxe5 does not win a prize 22...Rxe5 23.Qd1 Rxc2-+ ] 22...f6 Black terminates the opponent with strong threats 23.Nf3 [23.dxe5 doesn't get the bull off the ice 23...fxg5 24.Qd2 Rxc2 25.Qxd5+ Be6-+ ] 23...Bg4 24.g3 [24.Kh1 Qh5 25.Rb3 Bxf3 26.gxf3 Qxh4+ 27.Kg2 e4-+ ] 24...Rxf3 [24...Bxf3 and Black can already relax 25.Qd2 Rxc2 26.Qb4-+ ] 25.Qd2 e4 26.Kg2 [26.c3 Bxg3 27.fxg3 Rxg3+ 28.Kf2 Bh3 29.Qg5 Rxg5 30.hxg5 e3+ 31.Rxe3 Qc2+ 32.Re2 Rxe2+ 33.Kg3 Re3+ 34.Kf4 Qe4# ] 26...Bh3+ 27.Kxh3 Rxg3+! puts the final touch 28.fxg3 [28.Kh2 does not solve anything 28...Rg1+ 29.Qf4 Qg2# ] 28...Qxg3# 0-1













(84) Fons,R (1401) - Becker,A (2050) [A52]
SWCC Budapest (UNR) 9-9-99 Budapest, 09.09.1999
[Fritz 5.00 (30s)]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Bf4N [4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bd2 Bc5 6.e3 0-0 (6...a5 7.Bc3 Qe7 8.Bd4 (8.Qd5 Bb4 9.a3 Bxc3+ 10.Nxc3 Ngxe5 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.c5 c6 13.Qd4 0-0 14.Be2 f5 15.0-0 Kh8 16.Rad1 Rf6 17.Na4 Rh6 18.Nb6 Rb8 19.Rfe1 Kg8 20.f4 Nf7 21.Bc4 Kf8 22.Nxc8 Rxc8 Kadimova,I-Koglin,A/Wch-stud Sofia 1994/TD 94\01/1-0 (35)) 8...Ngxe5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.Nc3 Bb4 11.Be2 d6 12.0-0 Bxc3 13.Bxc3 0-0 14.Qd2 a4 15.b4 axb3 16.axb3 Rxa1 17.Rxa1 b6 18.e4 Bb7 19.f3 Ra8 20.Rxa8+ Bxa8 21.b4 Moskalenko,V-Budnikov,A/Beijing op 1991/EXP 22/1/2-1/2 (33); 6...Qe7 7.Nc3 Ncxe5 8.Nxe5 Nxe5 9.Nd5 Qd8 10.Bc3 d6 11.b4 Bb6 12.Bxe5 dxe5 13.c5 c6 14.Nxb6 Qxd1+ 15.Kxd1 axb6 16.cxb6 Be6 17.a3 Ke7 18.Kc1 c5 19.bxc5 Rhc8 20.Bd3 Rxc5+ 21.Kd2 Martin,A-Mueller,A/NRW-I 1990/BIG 90/1/2-1/2 (48)) 7.Be2 Re8 8.0-0 Ngxe5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.Nc3 a5 11.Kh1 f5 12.f4 Nf7 13.Bd3 d6 14.Qf3 Bd7 15.Rae1 c6 16.e4 Qf6 17.Re2 Nh6 18.h3 Re7 Reinartz,G-Telljohann,S/NRW-II 1990/BIG 90/0-1 (63)] 4...Nc6 5.Nf3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Bc5 Threatening mate: Bxf2 7.e3 Prevents intrusion on d4 7...0-0 8.a3 Consolidates b4 8...a5 9.Nc3 Re8 e5 draws heavy fire 10.Ne4 Bf8 11.Bc3 d6 Secures c5 12.h3 [12.e6 f5 13.Neg5 h6= (13...Bxe6? is no good because of 14.Nxe6 Rxe6 15.Qd5+- ) ] 12...Ngxe5 13.Nxe5 Nxe5 14.Ng3 g6 Covers f5+h5 15.Bd3 [15.Be2 a4= ] 15...Qh4 16.Bxe5 Rxe5 17.Qf3 Bg7 18.0-0-0=/+ [18.0-0 a4= ] 18...Ra6= [18...Rb8 19.Kb1=/+ ] 19.Ne4=/+ [19.Ne2 Bf5 20.Nd4 Bxd3 21.Rxd3 d5=/+ ] 19...Rb6= [19...Rc6 20.Kb1=/+ ] 20.Rd2=/+ [20.Nc3 Re8 21.Na4 Rc6=/+ ] 20...Be6 21.g3 Qe7 22.Qg2-/+ [22.Nc3 Rc6=/+ ] 22...d5 23.f4?-+ [>=23.Nc3 dxc4 24.Be2-/+ ] 23...Rxe4 [23...dxe4!? might be the shorter path 24.fxe5 exd3 25.Rxd3 Bxe5 26.Rd2-+ ] 24.Bxe4 dxe4 25.Qxe4 Rxb2??=/+ weakening the position [25...Bxb2+ 26.Rxb2 Qxa3-+ ] 26.Rxb2 Qxa3 27.Rhh2 Qa1+ [27...Bd7 28.Rhd2 Bxb2+ 29.Rxb2 Qc3+ 30.Rc2 Qa1+ 31.Kd2=/+ ] 28.Qb1 [28.Rb1 Qc3+ 29.Kd1 Bf5 30.Qe8+ Bf8= ] 28...Qa3= [28...Bxb2+ 29.Rxb2 Qa3 30.Qe4-/+ ] 29.Qc2-/+ [>=29.Qe4!?= is a viable option] 0-1













(85) Sagunsky,D (1639) - Becker,A (2050) [B50]
Badger Open 9-5-99 (4.6), 05.09.1999

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6 4.Bc4 e6 5.d3 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Re1 Nc6 8.d4 d5 Tennant recommended ...Ne4! here. 9.exd5 exd5 10.Be2 Bf5 11.dxc5 Bxc5 12.Nbd2 Qb6 13.Rf1 Ne4 14.Qe1 Rfe8 White is absolutely cramped, and something is bound to give. 15.Nb3? It's not easy to see that the Bishop on e2 will be lacking protection in a few moves! 15...Bxf2+ 16.Rxf2 Nxf2 17.Nfd4 Nd3 18.Qf1 Nxc1 19.Rxc1 Bg6 The dust cl ears, and I'm up a pawn and an exchange. This reminded me of my material disadvantage in Round 1, so I knew I still had to be careful! 20.Kh1 Re7 21.Bf3 Be4 22.Nxc6 bxc6 23.Re1 Rae8 24.Nd4 Bxf3 25.Rxe7 Rxe7 [25...Bxg2+ ] 26.gxf3 Qxb2 I did check carefully that I wasn't going to get mated on g7 or the back rank while my Queen was missing! 27.Qg1 Qxc3 covers all threats, and creates one on f3. 28.Kg2 Qd2+ 0-1













(86) Schmitt,L (1449) - Becker,A (2050) [B52]
Badger Open 9-4-99 (1.4), 04.09.1999

1.e4 This was my most hideous game in the tournament. I apparently was suffering from a lack of sleep the previous night, caused by an allergy. I failed to wake up for this game, until I finally found a miracle save in the end. 1...c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.d3N You get the idea; I'm playing a very low-rated guy, who isn't going to challenge me in the opening (yet!). I'm beginning to get overconfident and lulled further asleep... [5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Nf6 7.Qe2 Nc6 8.Nf3 Qc7 9.Nc3 a6 10.0-0 e6 11.a4 Be7 12.Rd1 0-0 13.h3 Rfd8 14.Bg5 Rac8 15.Rac1 Qa5 16.Be3 d5 17.exd5 Nxd5 18.Nxd5 Rxd5 19.Rxd5 Qxd5 Schneider,J-Strebel,H/RH-ch Wallertheim 1994/GER 09/1/2-1/2 (79); 5.b3 Nf6 6.d3 (6.Qe2 g6 7.Bb2 Bg7 8.d4 cxd4 9.Nxd4 0-0 10.0-0 Nc6 11.c4 Qg4 12.f3 Qh5 13.Nxc6 bxc6 14.Nc3 Nd7 15.Rad1 Nc5 16.Qe3 a5 17.Ba3 Ne6 18.f4 c5 19.Kh1 Nd4 20.Bb2 1/2-1/2 Galego,L-Armas,J/Capablanca mem-B 1995/EXP 47 (20)) 6...g6 7.0-0 Bg7 8.Bb2 Nc6 9.Qe2 0-0 10.Nbd2 e5 11.Nc4 Nh5 12.Ne3 Ne7 13.Rab1 Nf4 14.Qd1 f5 15.g3 Nh3+ 16.Kg2 f4 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.exd5 Rf7 19.Ng1 Nxg1 Yandemirov,V-Tunik,G/Minsk 1995/EXP 46/0-1 (30); 5.c3 Nf6 6.d3 Nc6 7.Bg5 e6 8.Nbd2 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Re1 h6 11.Bh4 Rac8 12.Qe2 Rfd8 13.Rad1 b6 14.h3 Qb7 15.Bg3 Qa6 16.a3 d5 17.Ne5 Qb7 18.Ndf3 Nxe5 19.Bxe5 dxe4 Lopez Ramos,A-Nedobora,M/Candas op 1992/TD 92\09/0-1 (45); 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.0-0 g6 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bg7 9.Be3 Nf6 10.h3 0-0 11.f4 Rfd8 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.Qf3 d5 14.e5 d4 15.Rad1 Nd5 16.Nxd5 cxd5 17.Rxd4 Qb5 18.b3 Rac8 19.Qd1 Qa5 Nissen,J-Horata,H/VLNBaden 1992/GER 04/1-0 (40)] 5...g6 6.0-0 Bg7 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.Ng5 h6 9.Nh3 Nf6 10.f4=/+ [10.Nf4 0-0= (Fritz)] 10...0-0-0 11.a3 e6= [11...Ng4 12.Qd2=/+ ] 12.Rb1 d5+/= [12...Nh5 13.Ne2= ] 13.e5 Nh7 14.b4 cxb4 15.axb4 g5?!+/- [15...f6 16.exf6 Nxf6 17.b5+/= ] 16.b5 Ne7 17.d4 f6 18.Na4 [>=18.Ra1 b6+/- ] 18...b6 19.c3 gxf4 20.exf6 Nxf6 21.Nxf4 Rdf8+/- Entirely overlooking the pin by Ba3. I felt the move was a total waste of time, though there was a saving resource... [>=21...Ne4!?= is worthy of consideration (Fritz).] 22.Ba3 Nfg8+- [22...Ne4!? 23.Qg4 Bf6 24.Qxe6 Bg5 25.Qxd7+ Kxd7 26.Bxe7 Rxf4 27.Bxg5 hxg5 28.Rxf4 gxf4+/= ] 23.Qg4 Nf5? [>=23...Rh7 24.Qxe6 Bh8+- ] 24.Bxf8 Nf6 25.Qe2 [>=25.Bxg7 Nxg4 26.Bxh8 Qh7+- ] 25...Rxf8 26.Qxe6 Ne4 27.Qxd7+ Kxd7 28.Nh5 Ke7 I'm just hoping to survive until some endgame mischief arrives! [Fritz: 28...Bf6 doesn't save the game: 29.Rxf5 Bxd4+ 30.cxd4 Rxf5 31.Ng3 Nxg3 32.hxg3+- ] 29.Nxg7 [>=29.g4 Nxc3 30.Rbe1+ Ne4 31.Rxf5 Rxf5 32.gxf5 Bxd4+ 33.Kg2 Kd6+- ] 29...Nxg7 30.Rxf8 Kxf8 31.Rf1+ Ke7 32.Rf4 Nd6 33.Nb2 Nxb5 Well, I finally began to feel slightly alive. 34.Rf3 Nd6 35.Nd3 Ne6 36.Nb4 Ng5 37.Re3+ Kd7 [37...Nge4 38.Nxd5+ Ke6 39.Nf4+ Kf5 40.Nh5+- ] 38.Nxd5 Nc4 39.Nf6+ Kd6 40.Re8 a5 41.Kf1 a4 42.h4 Nf7 43.Ra8 Na5 This begins the creation of my miracle save, though I don't deserve it! 44.Ne4+ Kd5 45.Nd2 a3 46.Ke2??-+ This is the only move that keeps the white rook from swinging back to a1 in order to prevent a Black Queen from appearing! [>=46.Re8+- ] 46...a2 47.Rxa5+ bxa5 48.Nb3 Kc4 49.Na1 Kxc3 50.d5 Kb2 51.g4 Kxa1 52.g5 hxg5 53.h5 Kb1 0-1













(87) Tennant,S (2300) - Becker,A (2050) [E20]
UWM Spring (5.1), 02.04.2000
[Fritz 6 (60s)]

1.d4 E20: Nimzo-Indian: 4 g3 and 4 f3 1...Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 c5 5.d5 Nh5 6.g3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 f5 8.e4 0-0 [8...f4 9.dxe6 fxg3 10.Qd5 g2 11.Qxh5+ g6 12.Qe5 Qh4+ 13.Ke2 gxh1Q 14.Qxh8+ Ke7 15.Qg7+ Kxe6 16.Bh3+ Kd6 17.Qf8+ Kc7 18.Bf4+ Qxf4 19.Qxf4+ d6 20.Rd1 Nc6 21.Qxd6+ Kb6 22.Qg3 h5 23.Bxc8 Rxc8 24.Nh3 h4 25.Qf2 1-0 Ivanchuk,V-Csom,I/Yerevan 1989/CBM 14 (25)] 9.f4 Nf6 10.e5 Ne4 # 11.Ne2N [11.Bg2 Qa5 12.Bd2 exd5 13.cxd5 c4 14.d6 Na6 15.Qe2 b5 16.Bxe4 fxe4 17.Qxe4 Rb8 18.Nf3 Bb7 19.Qe2 Nc5 20.0-0 Rbe8 21.Nd4 a6 22.Qe3 Ne4 23.a4 Qb6 24.axb5 axb5 25.Rfb1 Nxd6 26.Nxb5 Qc6 0-1 Kraich,K-Stauch,F/Bayern 1997/EXT 99 (26)] 11...d6 12.Bg2 Qe7 # [12...dxe5 13.0-0 exf4 14.Bxf4=/+ ] 13.Qd3= dxe5 14.Bxe4 fxe4 15.Qxe4 exd5 1/2-1/2













(88) Fogec,T (1700) - Becker,A (2045) [E32]
SWCC G/15 3-18-99 (2), 18.03.1999
[Fritz 5.32 (140s)]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 b6 5.a3 [5.f3 c5 6.a3 Ba5 7.Bd2 0-0 8.e3 Nc6 9.dxc5 bxc5 10.Nh3 d5 11.Rd1 d4 12.exd4 Nxd4 13.Qb1 e5 14.Nf2 e4 15.Ncxe4 Nxe4 16.Nxe4 Qh4+ 17.Ng3 Re8+ 18.Kf2 Bf5 19.Bd3 Bxd2 20.Bxf5 Re2+ 21.Kf1 Be3 22.Rd3 Re8 23.Rxe3 R2xe3 24.Be4 Qf4 25.b4 Rc3 26.Qb2 Qe3 0-1 Araque,R-Hernandez,R/Bogota Lat Cup 1991/TD 91\09 (26)] 5...Bxc3+ 6.bxc3N [6.Qxc3 0-0= ] 6...Bb7 7.Bg5 d6 8.f3 Covers e4 8...Nbd7 9.e4 h6 10.Be3 0-0 11.Bd3 e5 12.d5= White gets more space [12.Ne2 c5+/= ] 12...Qe7 [12...Nc5 13.Rb1=/+ ] 13.Ne2 Nh5 14.Qd2 g5+/- [>=14...Nc5!? is an interesting idea 15.Rb1 f5 16.Bxc5 fxe4 17.Bxe4 dxc5= ] 15.Ng3+/= [15.h4 Nf4 16.hxg5 hxg5+/- ] 15...Nxg3 Traps the king in the center 16.hxg3 Kg7 17.f4 f6 18.f5 White wins space 18...Rh8 19.Rh5 Bc8 20.g4 Rb8 21.Rb1 Nf8 22.g3 Bd7 23.Rh1 Be8 [23...Be8 24.Bc2 Bf7= ] 0-1













(89) Rossi,W (2032) - Becker,A (2041) [A00]
SWCC Polish 6-3-99 (3.1), 03.06.1999
[Fritz 5.00 (240s)]

1.b4 e6 2.a3 Nf6 3.Bb2 d5 4.Nf3 c5 5.bxc5 Bxc5 6.e3 0-0 7.Be2N [7.c4 b6 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Be2 Ba6 10.d3 Bxe3 11.fxe3 Nxe3 12.Qd2 Nxg2+ 13.Kf2 Nh4 14.Rg1 Nf5 15.Nc3 Nc6 16.Ne4 f6 17.Qc3 Rc8 18.Nxf6+ Kh8 19.Nxh7 Ncd4 20.Qxd4 Nxd4 21.Nxf8 Nxe2 Rausis,I-Schubert,G/Baden Baden op 1993/TD 93\06/1/2-1/2 (44)] 7...Nc6 8.0-0 Bd7 9.Bxf6 Qxf6 [Less advisable is 9...gxf6 10.d4 Bd6 11.c4+/= ] 10.d4 Bd6 11.c4 Rac8 12.c5-/+ White wins space [>=12.cxd5!? should be investigated more closely 12...exd5 13.Qb3= ] 12...Bxc5 13.Nbd2 [13.Nc3 Bd6 14.Rb1 Nxd4 15.Qxd4 Qxd4 16.exd4 Rxc3 17.Rxb7 Rc7-+ ] 13...Bd6 14.Nb3 Qe7 15.a4 Nb4 16.Bd3 [16.Qb1 Nc2 17.Ra2 Na3-+ ] 16...Rc3 17.Bb1 f5 [17...Rfc8 18.Nbd2-+ ] 18.Nbd2 [18.Nc1 Rfc8 19.Nd3 b5-+ ] 18...Rfc8 19.Ne5 [19.Kh1 b6-+ ] 19...Bxe5 20.dxe5 Be8 21.Qe2 [21.Re1 Qc7-+ ] 21...Qc7 22.f4 Qc5 23.Re1 Nc2 [23...d4 24.exd4 Qxd4+ 25.Qf2 Qxf2+ 26.Kxf2-+ ] 24.Bxc2 Rxc2 25.Qd3 Qb4 [25...Rc3 26.Qd4-+ ] 26.Nf3 Qb2 27.Nh4 [27.Qf1!? R2c7 28.Nd4-/+ ] 27...Rc1 28.Raxc1 Rxc1 Threatening mate... how? 29.Qf1 Rxe1 Threatening mate: Qc1 30.Qxe1 Bxa4 [30...d4 31.Nf3 Bc6 32.Kf1-+ ] 31.Qa5 Qc1+ 32.Kf2 Qc2+ 33.Kg3 Be8-/+ [33...a6!? 34.Nf3 Be8 35.Qd8-+ ] 34.Qxa7 Qc8 35.Nf3 h6 36.Nd4 g5 37.Qb6 Kf7= [>=37...Bc6!?-/+ ] 38.h3=/+ [38.fxg5!? hxg5 39.Nxf5 exf5 40.Qf6+ Kg8 41.Qxg5+ Kh7 42.Qh4+ Kg6 43.Qf6+ Kh7 44.Qh4+ Kg7 45.Qf6+ Kg8 46.Qg5+ Kf8 47.Qh6+ Kf7 48.Qf6+ Kg8 49.Qg5+= ] 38...Qd7 [38...Bc6 39.Kf2=/+ ] 1/2-1/2













(90) Bruch,R (1900) - Becker,A (2039) [D00]
UWM_G60 11-6-99 (4.2), 06.11.1999
[Fritz 5.00 (210s)]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.Bxf6 exf6 4.Nf3 [4.c4 dxc4 5.e3 Be6 6.Ne2 Bd6 7.Nbc3 c6 8.g3 0-0 9.Nf4 Bxf4 10.gxf4 f5 11.h4 Nd7 12.h5 Nf6 13.Bh3 Qa5 14.Qc2 b5 15.Bg2 Rac8 16.Kf1 g6 17.h6 Rfd8 18.Rd1 b4 Stanojevic,B-Lukacs,P/Budapest FS08 GM 1994/EXP 43/0-1 (35)] 4...Bd6 [4...c6 5.e3 Bd6 6.c3 Bf5 7.Bd3 Bxd3 8.Qxd3 Nd7 9.Nbd2 0-0 10.h4 Re8 11.Kf1 Nf8 12.e4 Bf4 13.Re1 Bxd2 14.Nxd2 dxe4 15.Nxe4 Ne6 16.Qg3 Kh8 1/2-1/2 Kropp,V-Schneider,J/RH-ch Wallertheim 1994/GER 09 (16)] 5.e3 0-0N [5...Bg4 6.c4 c6 7.Nc3 dxc4 8.Bxc4 0-0 9.h3 Be6 10.Bxe6 fxe6 11.Qb3 Qe7 12.e4 Kh8 13.0-0-0 b5 14.e5 fxe5 15.dxe5 Bxe5 16.Nxe5 Qg5+ 17.Kb1 Qxe5 18.Rhe1 Qf5+ 19.Ka1 e5 20.Ne4 a5 21.f3 Na6 22.Rd6 Rac8 23.Qc3 Nb4 24.a3 Nd5 25.Qc5 Nf4 26.g4 Qf7 27.Ng5 Qb3 28.Re3 Qa4 29.b3 1-0 Zimber,A-Winkler,A/OLWuert 1991/GER 01 (29); 5...c6 6.c4= ] 6.c4 c6 7.cxd5 cxd5 8.Nc3 Be6 9.Bd3 Nc6 10.Rc1 Rc8 11.0-0= [11.Qb3 Qd7+/= ] 11...Qd7 12.Nh4 f5 13.f4 [13.Qh5 g6 14.Qh6 f4= ] 13...Rfe8 14.Rf3 [14.g4 Qe7 15.Nxf5 Bxf5 16.Nxd5 Qe6 17.Bxf5 Qxd5 18.Bxc8 Rxc8= ] 14...g6 15.Rg3 Kh8 16.Nf3 a6 Covers b5 17.h4=/+ [17.Ng5 b5= ] 17...Na5= [17...Nb4 18.Be2=/+ ] 18.h5 Nc4 [Weaker is 18...gxh5 19.Nh4 Be7 20.Qxh5 Bxh4 21.Qxh4+/- ] 19.Bxc4 Exerts pressure on the isolated pawn 19...Rxc4 [19...dxc4? 20.d5 Bc5 21.Ne5+- (21.dxe6?! Bxe3+ 22.Kh1 Qxd1+ 23.Rxd1 Bxf4 24.exf7 Bxg3 25.fxe8R+ Rxe8+- ) ] 20.Ng5 b5 [20...Rec8 21.Rh3 Kg8 22.Nxh7+- ] 21.hxg6=/+ [21.Rh3!? Kg8 22.Nxh7+/= (22.Nxe6 Qxe6 (22...Rxe6 23.Nxd5 Rxc1 24.Qxc1+/= ) 23.Ne2 Rxc1 24.Qxc1 Rc8=/+ ) ] 21...fxg6 22.Rh3 Re7 23.Kf2 Bg8 [23...b4 24.Ne2=/+ ] 24.b3=/+ [24.Nf3 b4 25.Ne2 Rxc1 26.Nxc1 Qb5= ] 24...Rc8 25.Nf3 [25.Ne2 Ree8= ] 25...Ree8= [25...Ba3 26.Rc2-/+ ] 26.Ne5 An ideal square for the white knight. 26...Bxe5+/= [26...Qe6!?=/+ is worth looking at] 27.fxe5= White gains space [27.dxe5 b4 28.Ne2 Be6+/= ] 27...Be6 The black bishop is safe in front of e5 28.Rh1 Rf8 29.g3 [29.Ne2 g5+/= ] 29...Qg7 30.Qd2 g5 Black intends f4 31.Ne2 Rxc1 32.Rxc1 Qh6 33.Kg2??-+ # [>=33.Kg1= and White has air to breath] 33...f4! Black has to consider giving back material 34.Rh1?? the position was bad, and this mistake simply hastens the end [>=34.exf4 Qh3+ 35.Kg1 gxf4 36.Nxf4 (36.gxf4?? Rg8+ 37.Ng3 Rxg3+ 38.Kf2 Rg2+ 39.Kf1 Qh1# ) 36...Qxg3+ 37.Ng2-/+ ] 34...f3+ 35.Kg1 [35.Kf2 doesn't change anything anymore 35...Qxh1 36.Qc2 fxe2+ 37.Kxe2 Bg4+ 38.Kd2 b4 39.Qxh7+ Kxh7 40.Kc2 Qd1+ 41.Kb2 Rf2# ] 35...f2+ 36.Kg2 Qxh1+-+ [36...Qxh1+ 37.Kxh1 f1Q+ 38.Ng1 Bf5 39.Qe2 Be4+ 40.Kh2 g4 41.Qxf1 Rxf1 42.Nf3 Bxf3 43.a3 Rh1# ; 36...f1Q+ 37.Rxf1 Qh3+ 38.Kg1 Rxf1# ] 0-1













(91) Crothers,J (1400) - Becker,A (2032) [B01]
SW Chess Theme (unrated) (1), 14.01.1999
[Fritz 5.00 (244s)]

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.dxc6 Nxc6 5.Be2 e5 6.d3 Bc5 7.Nf3 Qb6 8.0-0 e4 9.Ne1N [9.dxe4 Nxe4 10.Qe1 0-0 11.Nc3 Nxc3 12.Qxc3 Re8 13.Bd3 Bg4 14.Ng5 h6 15.Ne4 Bd4 16.c5 Qc7 17.Qb3 Be5 18.f4 Nd4 Schmidt Schaeffer,S-Heinzel,O/NRW-Baden 1991/GER 02/1/2-1/2 (47)] 9...0-0 10.Nc3 exd3 11.Nxd3 Bd4 12.Nb5 Bf5 13.Nxd4+/= [13.Bf4 Rac8 14.Nd6 Bxd3 15.Qxd3 Rcd8+/= ] 13...Nxd4 14.Be3 Rad8 15.Bxd4??-/+ letting the wind out of his own sails [>=15.Re1+/= is the best option White has] 15...Qxd4=/+ [>=15...Rxd4!? 16.Qb3 Qxb3 17.axb3 Bxd3-/+ (17...Rxd3 18.Bxd3 Bxd3 19.Rfd1+/- ) ] 16.Qb3-/+ [16.Nb4 Qe5 17.Nd3 Qe6=/+ ] 16...Rfe8= [16...Bxd3!? 17.Rfd1 Bxe2 18.Rxd4 Rxd4 19.Qxb7 Bxc4 20.Qxa7 Rd2=/+ ] 17.Bf3??-+ [>=17.Nc1= saving the game] 17...Qxd3 [>=17...Bxd3!? keeps an even firmer grip 18.Rfd1-+ ] 18.Qxd3 [18.Qxb7 Qxc4 19.Qxa7 Qb4-+ ] 18...Bxd3 19.Rfd1 Bxc4 20.Bxb7 Rxd1+ 21.Rxd1 Bxa2 22.Ra1 Rb8 23.Rxa2 Rxb7 24.h3 Kf8 25.Kf1 Ke7 26.Ke2 Kd6 27.Kd3 Nd5 28.Kc2 [28.Ke4-+ what else?] 28...Nb4+ [28...Nb4+ 29.Kb3 Nxa2+ 30.Kxa2 Ke5-+ ] 0-1













(92) Berry,N (1700) - Becker,A (2030) [B01]
Scandinavian Defense Theme Tourn. (UNR) (3.1), 28.01.1999
[Southwest Chess Club]

This was my first event in my new State of Wisconsin, an Unrated "Theme" tournament (featuring the required: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5). I've never played this in a serious game before, but I found the challenge interesting. I had prepared the gambit variation: 1.e4 d5 2. ed Nf6 3. c4 e6!?, but my opponent steered towards the main lines (quite unfamiliar to me!). 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Nxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Be2 e6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Nc3 0-0 9.h3N [9.Be3 Nbd7 10.a3 c6 11.b4 Qc7 12.Re1 Rad8 13.h3 Bh5 14.Qb3 Bd6 15.Rad1 Bf4 16. Bxf4 Qxf4 17.Nh2 Bg6 18.Bf3 a6 19.a4 Qc7 20.d5 cxd5 21.cxd5 exd5 22.Nxd5 Nxd5 23.Qxd5 Nf6 Teong-Erigayama, S/Manila olm 1992.] 9...Bh5 10.Be3 Nbd7 11.Re1 c6 12.Qb3 Qb6 Here I could see the coming variation, involving the loss of my a-pawn for a passed center pawn, and felt optimisic. 13.d5 # 13...Qxb3 14.axb3 cxd5 15.cxd5 exd5 16.Rxa7 Rxa7 17.Bxa7 b6 I thought I had the better position because of my passed pawn and possible play against the secluded bishop on a7. However, it turns out that white has plenty of counterplay with his knights, and the better game. 18.Nd4=/+ [White would gain the upper hand with 18.g4 Bg6 19.Bb5+/- With the threat of 20.g5.] 18...Bxe2 19.Rxe2 Bc5 20.Ndb5 d4 21.Na4 Nd5 22.Rd2 Nf4+/- Under increasing time pressure, I was glad to find this move, indirectly defending the d-pawn, and preparing the solid ...Ne6. However, my "advantage" is only an illusion. 23.Kf1+/= [23.Nxc5 bxc5 24.b4 cxb4 25.Bxd4 Rb8+/= ] 23...Ne6 # 24.g3 [More Fritz analysis: 24.Nxc5 bxc5 (24...Ndxc5 25.Nxd4 (25.Bxb6?! Nxb3 26.Rd3 Nc1= ) 25...Nxd4 26.Rxd4+- ) 25.b4 cxb4 26.Nxd4 Nf6+/= ] 24...g5 [24...Ra8 25.Nxc5 bxc5 26.b4 cxb4 27.Bxd4+/= ] 25.Nxc5 bxc5 Deeper in time trouble now, I actually felt good about my position. White's next move suddenly blasts me and my position into reality. 26.b4! Amazingly, prior to this move I had falsely thought my game was full of promise! 26...cxb4 27.Bxd4 Ndc5 28.Bxc5 Nxc5 29.Rd5 Ne6 30.Nd4 Nxd4 31.Rxd4 Rb8 32.Ke2 Okay, now I realize that my "good" game is simply evolving into a pawn-down struggle! 32...Kg7 33.Kd3 Kf6 34.Kc2 Ke5 35.Rc4 Kd5 [35...h6 36.Kb3+/= ] 36.Kb3 # 36...Re8 37.Rxb4 [White could see his fine game evaporate with the careless 37.Kxb4?! Rb8+ 38.Kc3 Rxb2 39.Rd4+ Kc5= ] 37...f6 38.g4 Re2 39.Rb5+ Ke6 40.Rf5 h5 41.Rf3 hxg4 42.hxg4 Re4 # 43.Re3 Kd5? [>=43...Rxe3+ 44.fxe3 f5 ] 44.Rxe4 Kxe4 45.Kc4 Kf3 46.Kd5 Kxg4 47.Ke4 [47.b4 is white's easiest win. 47...Kf3 48.b5 Kxf2+- ] 47...f5+ 48.Ke3 Kh3 # 49.b4 Kg2 50.b5 f4+ 51.Ke2= [>=51.Ke4 and white wins outright after 51...f3 52.b6 Kxf2 53.b7+- During the game I saw this line, but was only hoping to swindle a draw at best.] 51...g4 52.b6 f3+ 53.Ke1?? [We were approaching the second time control, and once again we were both under pressure. My task was easier, playing my only "hail Mary" offense, while white just had to be careful to hold the draw (no longer a win). With 53.Ke1? my opponent has granted me an interesting and instructive endgame win. >=53.Ke3 g3 54.fxg3= ] 53...g3 54.b7 gxf2+ 55.Kd2 f1Q 56.b8Q Qc4 [Time trouble prevents calculation (time control at move 60). I was trying to contain his queen, and preserve my win. 56...Qe2+ is better, and after 57.Kc3 Qe3+ 58.Kb2 Qd4+ 59.Kc2 Qe4+ 60.Kd2 Qd5+ 61.Kc1-/+ black is in command.] 57.Qe5 Qa2+ 58.Kd3 Qf2 59.Qg5+ Qg3 60.Qd5 Kg1 [60...Kf1 ] 61.Qd4+ f2+ 62.Ke2 Qg2 63.Kd2 Kh1 Fritz gives this "??" saying that black lets the win slip. However, it seems to still be there. [>=63...Qf3 64.Qg7+ Kf1-+ Fritz] 64.Qh4+ Qh2 65.Qe4+ Kg1 66.Qg4+ Qg2 67.Qd4 Here I became aware that the position could be in danger of "repetition". I had been asking about adjournment, as it was approaching midnight. My opponent consented, and after I played 67...Qg5+ # my opponent sealed his move (the best possible!). During the two week hiatus in play, I analyzed the main lines and got quite an education on proper play in this endgame. Here are the main variations, in order of increasingdifficulty for me to play against: A. 68.Kd3? Kg2 69.Qe4+ Kg3 70.Qh1 Qb5+ 71. Kd4 Qb4+ 72. Ke5 Qe1+ B. 68.Kc3? Kg2 69.Qe4+ Kh2 70.Qh7+ Kg1 71.Qa7 Kg2 72. Qb7+ Kg3 73. Qc7+ Kh3 74.Qh7+ Qh4 75.Qf5+ Kh2 C. 68.Kc2?! (our gametransposes into this line) Kg2 69.Qe4+ Kh2 70.Qh7+ Kg1 71.Qa7 (this keeps coming up, the idea of driving white's Queen farther from the action) Qe5 72.Kd3 Kg2 73.Qa2 Qf5+ 74. Ke3 Qf3+ 75.Kd1 f1(Q) D. 68.Kd1?! Kg2 69.Qe4+ Kg3 70.Qd3+ Kh2 71.Ke2 Qg2 72. Qh7+ Kg1 73.Qa7 Qe4+ 74.Kd2 Qe5 75.Kd3 Kg2 76.Qa2 Qg3+ 77.Ke4 Kh3 78. Qf7 Kh2 79.Qh5+ Kg1 80.Qc5 Kg2 81.Qc2 Qg6+ 82.Ke5 E. 68. Ke2!? (the best, but still losing, move) Qh5+ 69.Kd2 Qf3 70.Qg7+ Kf1 71. Qe5 Qg4 72.Qa1 Kg2 73. Qa8+ Kg1 74.Qa7 Qf4+ 75.Ke2 Qe5+ 75.Kf3 Qf6+ 76.Kg3 Qg6 77.Kf3 Qf7+ 78.Qf7 f1(Q)+-. Thus fully armed, I now proceeded to finish out the adjourned game: 68.Ke2 Qh5+ 69.Kd2 Qf3 70.Kc2 [70.Qg7+ Kh2 71.Qh6+ Qh3 72.Qf4+ Qg3-+ ] 70...Kg2 71.Qg7+ Qg3 72.Qb7+ Kg1 73.Qb6 Qg5 74.Qd4 Kg2 75.Qe4+ Kh2 76.Qd3 Qf6 [>=76...Qc5+ Black wins (Fritz). 77.Kb3 Qb6+ 78.Ka4 Qc7-+ ] 77.Qe2 [77.Qh7+ Kg3 78.Qg8+ Kf4 79.Qc4+ Kg5 80.Qf1-+ ] 77...Qf5+ 78.Kb2 Kg3 79.Qe3+ Kg4 [>=79...Kg2-+ (Fritz).] 80.Qe2+ Kg5 [>=80...Kh3-+ Fritz.] 81.Qe3+ Qf4 82.Qc5+ Kg6 83.Qc2+ Kg7 84.Ka3 f1Q 85.Qb1 Qa6+ [85...Qxb1?!= is impossible!] 0-1













(93) Crothers,J - Becker,A (2030) [B01]
Scandinavian Defense Theme Tourn. (UNR) (1), 1999
[Fritz 5.00 (244s)]

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.dxc6 Nxc6 5.Be2 e5 6.d3 Bc5 7.Nf3 Qb6 8.0-0 e4 9.Ne1N [9.dxe4 Nxe4 10.Qe1 0-0 11.Nc3 Nxc3 12.Qxc3 Re8 13.Bd3 Bg4 14.Ng5 h6 15.Ne4 Bd4 16.c5 Qc7 17.Qb3 Be5 18.f4 Nd4 Schmidt Schaeffer,S-Heinzel,O/NRW-Baden 1991/GER 02/ - (47)] 9...0-0 10.Nc3 exd3 11.Nxd3 Bd4 12.Nb5 Bf5 13.Nxd4+/= [13.Bf4 Rac8 14.Nd6 Bxd3 15.Qxd3 Rcd8+/= ] 13...Nxd4 14.Be3 Rad8 15.Bxd4??-/+ letting the wind out of his own sails [>=15.Re1+/= is the best option White has] 15...Qxd4=/+ [>=15...Rxd4!? 16.Qb3 Qxb3 17.axb3 Bxd3-/+ (17...Rxd3 18.Bxd3 Bxd3 19.Rfd1+/- ) ] 16.Qb3-/+ [16.Nb4 Qe5 17.Nd3 Qe6=/+ ] 16...Rfe8= [16...Bxd3!? 17.Rfd1 Bxe2 18.Rxd4 Rxd4 19.Qxb7 Bxc4 20.Qxa7 Rd2=/+ ] 17.Bf3??-+ [>=17.Nc1= saving the game] 17...Qxd3 [>=17...Bxd3!? keeps an even firmer grip 18.Rfd1-+ ] 18.Qxd3 [18.Qxb7 Qxc4 19.Qxa7 Qb4-+ ] 18...Bxd3 19.Rfd1 Bxc4 20.Bxb7 Rxd1+ 21.Rxd1 Bxa2 22.Ra1 Rb8 23.Rxa2 Rxb7 24.h3 Kf8 25.Kf1 Ke7 26.Ke2 Kd6 27.Kd3 Nd5 28.Kc2 [28.Ke4-+ what else?] 28...Nb4+ [28...Nb4+ 29.Kb3 Nxa2+ 30.Kxa2 Ke5-+ ] 0-1













(94) IM Libni,GR (2475) - Becker,A (2030) [B22]
National Open (3-27-98) RD I, 1998
[Fritz 5.00 (381s)]

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 Nc6 6.Nf3 d6 7.Nc3 e6 8.exd6 Bxd6 9.Bd3 [9.Bc4 0-0 (9...Nb6 10.Bb3 a6 11.0-0 0-0 12.Re1 h6 13.a3 Qc7 14.Qd3 Bd7 15.Ne4 Rae8 16.Nxd6 Qxd6 17.Qe4 Nd5 18.Ne5 f5 19.Qd3 Praet,M-Antoniewski,R/EU-chJM U20 1996/1-0 (65)) 10.0-0 Nf6 11.Re1 a6 12.Bg5 Be7 13.Qd2 b5 14.Bd3 Bb7 15.Rad1 Nb4 16.Bb1 Nbd5 17.Qd3 g6 18.Bh6 Re8 Thorhallsson,T-Gislason,G/Kopavogur 1994/EXP 41/1-0 (51)] 9...0-0 10.0-0 Bd7N [10...b6 11.Re1 Ncb4 12.Bb1 Ba6 13.a3 Nxc3 14.bxc3 Nd5 15.c4 Nf6 16.Bg5 h6 17.Bh4 Rc8 18.d5 Bxc4 19.dxe6 fxe6 20.Ba2 Schmedders,H-Hoehn,J/Dortmund op-A 1992/TD 92\03/ - (58)] 11.Re1 Rc8 12.a3 Covers b4 12...Nf6 13.Bc2 h6 Prevents intrusion on g5 14.Qd3 Ne7 15.Ne5 Bc6 16.Bf4 White begins to deal mighty blows 16...Bd5??+- Black lets it slip away [>=16...Re8= and Black has air to breath] 17.Rad1??= gives the opponent new chances [>=17.Ng4! White missed this excellent chance 17...Ng6 18.Nxf6+ gxf6 19.Nxd5 exd5 20.Bxh6+- ] 17...a6??+- hands over the advantage to the opponent [>=17...Bc4! and Black can hope to survive 18.Nxc4 Bxf4= ] 18.Ng4! puts the final touch. The mate threat is Nxf6 [18.Nxd5 is the less attractive alternative 18...Nexd5 (18...exd5 19.Re2= ) 19.Bg3 Re8=/+ ] 18...Ng6 [18...Bxf4?? the bishop is taboo 19.Nxf6+ gxf6 20.Qh7# ] 19.Nxf6+ gxf6 20.Nxd5 exd5 21.Bxh6 Qc7 22.Bxf8 Kxf8 [22...Bxh2+ 23.Kh1 Qxc2 24.Bh6 Qxd3 25.Rxd3+- ] 23.Bb3 Bxh2+ 24.Kf1 Kg7? [24...Qd7 25.Bc2 Rc4+- ] 25.g3 Qd7 26.Qf3 [26.Qf3 Rd8 27.Rd3+- ] 1-0













(95) Demler,J (1416) - Becker,A (2020) [E12]
Milwaukee Open Milwaukee (3.3), 30.01.1999
[Fritz 5.32 (550s)]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.Bf4 Bb7 5.Nc3 Bb4 [5...d5 6.cxd5 exd5 7.e3 Bd6 8.Bg3 0-0 9.Bd3 c5 10.Nb5 Bxg3 11.hxg3 Nc6 12.Rc1 c4 13.Bb1 a6 14.Nc3 b5 15.Ne5 g6 16.Ng4 Nxg4 17.Qxg4 f5 18.Qf4 Qd7 19.Qh6 Rf7 20.Ne2 Nikcevic,N-Abramovic,B/JUG-ch Banja Vrucica 1991/EXT 91ch/0-1 (39); 5...h6 6.e3 Nh5 7.Bd3 Nxf4 8.exf4 Qf6 9.g3 Bb4 10.0-0 Bxc3 11.bxc3 g5 12.f5 Kf8 13.Ne5 exf5 14.f4 g4 15.Qc2 d6 16.Bxf5 dxe5 17.fxe5 Qc6 18.d5 Qxc4 19.Be6 Qc5+ 20.Qf2 Pint,P-Rezsek,G/Zalakaros op 1996/EXP 52/0-1 (53)] 6.a3N [6.Qb3 a5 (6...Bxc3+ 7.Qxc3 0-0 8.e3 d5 (8...Ne4 9.Qc2 f5 10.0-0-0 d6 11.h3 Nd7 12.Bd3 Qe8 13.Rdg1 c5 14.g4 e5 15.dxe5 dxe5 16.Bh2 Nc3 17.bxc3 Bxf3 18.Bxf5 g6 19.Bxd7 Qxd7 20.Bxe5 Bxh1 21.Rxh1 Qb7 22.Rd1 Rad8 23.f4 Hassenrueck,H-Buchholz,P/NRW-I 1989/BIG 80/1-0 (38)) 9.Rc1 Na6 10.Bd3 c5 11.0-0 Rc8 12.Rfd1 Nb4 13.Bb1 Ne4 14.Qa3 f5 15.dxc5 bxc5 16.Qxa7 Bc6 17.a3 Rf7 18.Qxf7+ Kxf7 19.Bxe4 fxe4 20.Ng5+ Kg8 21.axb4 e5 0-1 Melzer,O-Scherer,M/Endingen MB 1987/GER 04 (21)) 7.a3 Bxc3+ 8.Qxc3 a4 9.Nd2 0-0 10.f3 d5 11.Bg5 h6 12.Bh4 Nbd7 13.e3 Re8 14.Bd3 e5 15.0-0 exd4 16.exd4 dxc4 17.Nxc4 Qb8 18.Rfe1 Qa7 19.Kh1 Nd5 20.Qd2 Nf8 Jacob,V-Vatter,H/Waldshut BM 1991/GER 04/1-0 (34)] 6...Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 0-0 8.e3 Ne4 9.Qc2 d6 10.Bd3 f5 11.h4 Nd7 12.Ng5 Nxg5 13.Bxg5 Nf6 14.0-0 h6 15.Bxf6 Qxf6 [15...gxf6?! 16.d5 Qe8 17.dxe6 Qxe6 18.c5+/= ] 16.g3 g5 17.hxg5 Qxg5 18.e4-/+ [18.Rad1!?=/+ should be examined more closely] 18...f4 19.d5 f3=/+ [>=19...fxg3!? 20.fxg3 Qxg3+ 21.Qg2 Qxg2+ 22.Kxg2 Rxf1 23.Rxf1 Rf8-/+ ] 20.dxe6 Pushes the passed pawn 20...Qh5 The mate threat is Qh3 21.e5?? [>=21.Rfe1=/+ this is the best way to fight back] 21...Qh3! the decision [21...dxe5?! is a bad alternative 22.Rfe1-/+ ; 21...Qxe5?! is impossible 22.Rfe1 Qh5 23.e7= ] 22.Bh7+ Kh8 [22...Kh8 23.exd6 Qg2# ] 0-1













(96) Resk,D (1298) - Becker,A (2020) [B01]
Milwaukee Open (endgame anal) Milwaukee, 30.01.1999
[Fritz 5.32 (520s)]

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nxd5 4.Nxd5 Qxd5 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Be2 Nc6 [6...e6 7.0-0 c5 8.b3 Nc6 9.Bb2 Be7 10.d3 Bf5 11.Qd2 0-0 12.Qf4 Rad8 13.Rfe1 Qd6 14.Qxd6 Rxd6 15.Rac1 Rc8 16.h3 h6 17.a3 Nd4 18.Bd1 Bf6 19.Ba1 b5 20.Nxd4 cxd4 21.Bb2 Rdc6 22.Ra1 a5 23.a4 b4 24.g4 Bh7 25.f4 g5 26.fxg5 hxg5 27.Kg2 Rxc2+ 0-1 Celaya,J-Anguix Garrido,J/ESP-chT 1993/TD 93\10 (27)] 7.0-0 [7.d4 0-0-0 8.c3 e5 9.dxe5 Qxd1+ 10.Bxd1 Nxe5 11.0-0 Nxf3+ 12.Bxf3 Bxf3 13.gxf3 Bc5 14.Re1 Rhe8 15.Bf4 g5 16.Rxe8 Rxe8 17.Bg3 f5 18.f4 gxf4 19.Bh4 Rg8+ 20.Kf1 Rg4 21.Bf6 Rg6 Pokrzywinski,P-Wisnewski,C/JBL NW95/96 1995/0-1 (36)] 7...e6N [7...0-0-0 8.c3 e5 9.h3 Bh5 10.Ne1 Bxe2 11.Qxe2 f5 12.Nc2 Rd6 13.Ne3 Qe4 14.Qh5 g6 15.Qe2 Rd7 16.b4 Bg7 17.a4 Re8 18.a5 f4 19.f3 Qd3 20.Qxd3 Rxd3 21.Nc4 e4 22.fxe4 Cardona,A-Schnabel,A/Cattolica 1993/TD 93\07/0-1 (37); 7...e5 8.Nxe5 Bxe2 9.Qxe2 Nxe5 10.f4 0-0-0 11.Qxe5 Bc5+ 12.Kh1 Qxe5 13.fxe5 Bd4 14.Rxf7 Rhf8 15.Rf3 Rde8 16.d3 Rxf3 17.gxf3 Rxe5 18.Bf4 Re2 19.c3 Bb6 20.d4 Rxb2 21.Be5 g6 22.a4 Ivanovic,R-Rusch,B/VLSBaden 1993/GER 04/0-1 (37)] 8.c3 Be7 9.b4 a6 10.a4 0-0 11.h3 Bh5 12.Nh2 Bxe2 13.Qxe2 e5 14.d3 Rad8 15.Rd1 f5 16.Bb2 Bf6 17.Nf1 Rd7 18.Rd2 Bg5 19.Rdd1 g6 20.Bc1 Bxc1 21.Raxc1 Rfd8 22.Ne3 Qe6 23.f3 h5 24.Rc2 b5 25.a5 Ne7 26.c4 f4 27.Nf1 bxc4 28.d4 Rxd4 29.Rxd4 Rxd4 30.Nd2 Nf5 31.Ne4 Ng3 32.Nxg3 fxg3 33.Rc1 h4 34.Re1 Kf7 35.Qe3 Qf5 36.f4 Qxf4 37.Qxf4+??-+ lets it slip away [>=37.Rf1 and White wins 37...Qxf1+ 38.Kxf1+- ] 37...exf4 [37...Rxf4?! 38.Rxe5 Rf5 39.Re4-+ ] 38.Rc1 c3 39.Kf1 Rxb4 [>=39...Rd3 and Black can already relax 40.b5 axb5 41.a6-+ ] 40.Rxc3 Rb1+ 41.Ke2 Ra1 [41...Ke8 might be the shorter path 42.Rc2-+ ] 42.Kf3 [42.Rxc7+ Ke6 43.Rc6+ Kf5 44.Rxa6-+ ] 42...g5 [>=42...Rf1+!? seems even better 43.Kg4 f3 44.Rxc7+ Ke6 45.Rc2-+ ] 43.Rxc7+ Ke8 44.Rg7 [44.Kg4 is one last hope 44...Rxa5 45.Rc6-+ ] 44...Rxa5 [>=44...Rf1+ and Black can already relax 45.Ke4 f3 46.gxf3-+ ] 45.Ke4 [45.Kg4-+ the only chance to get some counterplay] 45...Rc5 [>=45...Ra4+!? makes it even easier for Black 46.Kf3 Ra3+ 47.Kg4-+ ] 46.Ra7 a5 [46...Rc1 keeps an even firmer grip 47.Ra8+ Kd7 48.Ra7+ Kc8 49.Rxa6-+ ] 47.Kf3 Kd8 48.Kg4 Kc8 49.Ra6 [49.Kf3 does not improve anything 49...Rd5-+ ] 49...Kb7 50.Rg6 [50.Re6 cannot change destiny 50...a4-+ ] 50...a4 [50...a4 51.Re6 a3-+ ] 0-1













(97) Becker,A (2110) - Becker,H (1860) [A12]
Soda Canyon July-Aug, 1994

1.c4 c6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 d5 4.b3 e6 5.Bg2 Bd6 6.Bb2 Nbd7 7.0-0 Qc7 8.Nc3 Ne5 9.d4 Nxf3+ 10.Bxf3 h5 11.e4 dxe4 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.Bxe4 h4 14.f4 hxg3 15.hxg3 Bd7 16.Kg2 0-0-0 17.Rh1 Rxh1 18.Qxh1 g5=/+ 19.c5 Bxf4 (Better is Be7; black has upper hand) 20.gxf4 Qxf4-/+ 21.Kg1 Qe3+ 22.Kf1[] e5=/+ 23.Re1 Bh3+ 24.Bg2 Qd3+ 25.Kf2 Qd2+?! (Bxg2) 26.Re2+/= Qf4+ 27.Kg1 Bxg2 28.Qxg2 exd4 29.Qh3+ (Re4!?) 29...g4-/+ 30.Qg2 (Qd3) 30...d3 (f5!?) 31.Rf2 Qb4-+ 32.Bc1 Qxc5?! (f5!) 33.Qxg4+~~ f5 34.Qf4 Rg8+ 35.Kf1 Rh8+/= 36.Be3 Rh1+ 37.Kg2 Qd5+ 38.Qf3 Qxf3+ 39.Kxf3+/- b6 40.Rd2 Rh3+ 41.Kf4 Kd7 42.Rxd3++- Ke6 43.Rd2 (Rd8!) 43...Rh4+ 44.Kg3 Rg4+ 45.Kf3 Rg7 46.Bf4+- Rd7 47.Rxd7 Kxd7 48.Bb8 a6 49.Kf4 Ke6 50.Ba7 b5 51.b4 Kf6 52.Bc5 Ke6 (Bb6!?) 53.Ke3 Kd5 54.a3+/= (better is Bf8) 1/2-1/2













(98) Cooper,J - Burke,M [B44]
Casual Game, 1992

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.c3 d5 6.Nd2 Nxd4 7.cxd4 dxe4 8.Nxe4 Nf6 9.Bd3 Nxe4 10.Bxe4 f5 11.Bd3 Bb4+ 0-1













(99) Becker,A (2039) - Burton,T (2000) [A26]
SWCC Team (unr game) (2.2), 14.10.1999
[Fritz 5.00 (180s)]

1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 0-0 5.e4 d6 6.Nge2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d3 Be6 9.h3 [9.Nd5 Qd7 10.f4 Ne8 11.Be3 Nd4 12.fxe5 dxe5 13.Nxd4 exd4 14.Bd2 c6 15.Nf4 Nf6 16.h3 Qd6 17.Qb3 Bc8 18.Bb4 c5 19.Bd2 Nd7 20.Qc2 Ne5 21.b4 cxb4 22.Nd5 a5 23.a3 b5 Miezis,N-Troyke,C/Dresden op 1996/EXP 53/1-0 (40)] 9...Ne7N [9...Qc8 10.Kh2 Nd7 11.Be3 f5 12.f4 Nf6 13.Nd5 Rf7 14.Qd2 Kh8 15.Rac1 fxe4 16.dxe4 Qd7 17.b4 exf4 18.gxf4 Nh5 19.b5 Ne7 20.Nd4 Ng8 21.Nxc7 Qxc7 22.Nxe6 Qe7 23.Nxg7 Nxg7 24.Bd4 Nf6 25.Rce1 Rc8 26.e5 dxe5 27.fxe5 Nfh5 28.Rxf7 Qxf7 29.e6 Qc7+ 30.Be5 Qxc4 31.Bxb7 Re8 32.Bc6 Rxe6 33.Qd8+ 1-0 Salanki,E-Nerlov,C/Copenhagen op 1988/TD 88\05 (33); 9...Nd7 10.Be3 f5 11.Nd5 Nb6 12.Rc1 Qd7 13.Kh2 Rae8 14.Qd2 Rf7 15.b3 Nd4 16.Nxd4 exd4 17.Bg5 c6 18.Nf4 fxe4 19.dxe4 Qc8 20.Rce1 Nd7 21.Nxe6 Rxe6 22.Bh6 Bxh6 23.Qxh6 Rfe7 24.Qd2 Egeli,P-Hoen,R/NOR-chT 1991/TD 91\06/0-1 (43); 9...Qd7 10.Kh2= ] 10.f4 c6 Consolidates b5+d5 11.Be3 Qc7 12.Rc1 Rad8 [12...Nd7 13.Qd2+/= ] 13.Kh2 [13.Nd5 cxd5 14.cxd5 Qd7 15.dxe6 fxe6 16.Bxa7 Ra8+/- ] 13...Qb8+/- [13...Bc8!?+/= ] 14.Qc2+/= [14.fxe5!? Nh5 15.exd6 Qxd6 16.Bxa7+/- ] 14...Ne8 15.b3 Nc7 [15...f5 16.d4= ] 16.d4 f6 [16...exd4 17.Bxd4 Bxd4 18.Nxd4+/= ] 17.d5 White gets more space 17...Bc8 18.fxe5 fxe5 [18...dxe5? 19.Bc5 Nexd5 20.exd5+- (20.Nxd5?! cxd5 21.Bxf8 Bxf8+- ) ] 19.Bg5 Rd7+/- [19...Rxf1 20.Rxf1 Re8 21.Qd2+/= ] 20.Qd2 Ne8 21.Rxf8+ Kxf8 22.Rf1+ Kg8 23.Nc1 [23.a3 Kh8+/- ] 23...Kh8 24.Nd3 Ng8 25.c5 Trying to unravel the pawn chain 25...h6 26.Be3 Qc7 [26...dxc5 27.dxc6 bxc6 28.Na4+/= ] 27.cxd6 Pushes the passed pawn [27.b4 Rf7+/= ] 27...Nxd6 28.Nc5= [28.a3 Rd8+/= ] 28...Re7?+- [>=28...Rd8= is a viable option] 29.Nd3??= there were better ways to keep up the pressure [>=29.Rd1+- White clearly has the better chances] 29...Rd7 30.h4= [30.a3 Rd8+/= ] 30...Re7+/= [30...Rf7 31.Rc1= (31.Bxa7 Rxf1 32.Bxf1 b6-/+ ) ] 31.Nf2 c5 32.Bh3 Kh7+/= [32...Bxh3 33.Nxh3 Rf7 34.Rxf7 Nxf7 35.Nb5+/= ] 33.Be6= A classical outpost [33.Bxc8 Qxc8 34.Rd1 Rf7= ] 33...Bxe6 34.dxe6 He broke from his leash 34...Rxe6 35.Qd5 Rf6 36.Rd1=/+ [36.Qxc5 Qxc5 37.Bxc5 b6= ] 36...Ne7= [36...Ne8 37.Qc4 (37.Qxc5? doesn't work 37...Rc6 38.Qxa7 Rxc3-+ ) 37...Rc6 38.Nd5=/+ ] 37.Qxc5 [37.Qxe5?? the pawn must be left alone, otherwise White will be punished 37...Rxf2+ 38.Bxf2 Bxe5-+ ] 37...Qxc5 38.Bxc5 Nec8 39.Kg2 b6 40.Ba3 Re6 41.Nd5 [41.g4 a6+/= ] 41...Nb5 42.Bb2 Ne7 43.Nxe7 Rxe7 44.Ng4= Attacking the isolated pawn on e5 [44.Rd8 Rc7+/= ] 44...h5 45.Ne3 Nd4 [45...Rc7 46.Rd2= ] 46.Nd5 Re6 [46...Rf7 47.Rf1 Rd7 48.g4= ] 47.Rf1 1/2-1/2













(100) Becker,A (2050) - Coons,J (1570) [B13]
SWCC 4-22-99 (3), 22.04.1999
[Fritz 5.32 (43s)]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Nf3 g6 7.0-0 Bg7 8.Re1 0-0 9.h3 a6N Prevents intrusion on b5 [9...Ne8 10.Bf4 Nd6 11.Qb3 e6 12.Qa3 Nf5 13.Nbd2 b6 14.Nf1 Bb7 15.Ne3 Nxe3 16.Rxe3 Na5 17.b3 Rc8 18.Rc1 Re8 19.Bb5 Bf8 20.Qb2 Bc6 21.Bf1 Bd6 22.Bxd6 Qxd6 23.Ne5 Re7 24.Rce1 Fehrig,A-Sack,B/BL2-N 8384 1984/BIG 80/1/2-1/2 (46)] 10.Nbd2 Qc7 11.Nf1 Re8 12.Bg5 b5 13.Qd2 Bb7 14.Bf4 Qb6 Black intends b4 15.g4 a5 Black prepares b4 16.Ng3 b4 Black gets more space 17.Kh2= [17.Ne5 Nxe5 18.Bxe5 h6+/= ] 17...Ba6 18.Re2 Nd7 19.Rae1 e6 Consolidates f5 20.h4=/+ [20.Bxa6 Qxa6 21.Re3 Rac8= ] 20...Bb5 21.h5 White gains space 21...Qa6 22.Bxb5 Qxb5 23.Bh6 bxc3 24.bxc3 Prevents intrusion on b4. 24...Bh8 25.hxg6 hxg6 Controls f5+h5. 26.Qg5 Bf6 27.Qf4 Qd3 28.Re3 Qc2 29.R1e2 Qb1+/= [29...Qa4 30.Ne1= ] 30.Bg5= [30.c4!? dxc4 31.d5= ] 30...Bg7 [30...Qb8 31.Re1=/+ ] 31.Qd6=/+ [31.c4 dxc4 32.d5 Nd8 33.Qxc4 Nb6+/= ] 31...Qb7 32.Nh4-/+ [>=32.Qf4!?=/+ must definitely be considered] 32...Bf8= [>=32...Nde5! 33.dxe5 Bf8-/+ ] 33.Qf4 White gets decisive kings attack 33...Qb8+/= [33...Rac8 34.Rf3 Nb6 35.Rb2= ] 34.Qf3= [34.Nxg6 fxg6 35.Rxe6 Qxf4 36.Bxf4 Rxe6 37.Rxe6=/+ ] 34...Qb1 35.Re1 Qxa2 36.Nxg6 fxg6 Secures f5+h5. 37.Rxe6 Rxe6??+/- Black has let it slip away [>=37...Nde5! would keep Black alive 38.R6xe5 Nxe5 39.dxe5 Re6-/+ ] 38.Rxe6 Ne7 [38...Bg7 39.Rxg6! a devastating blow (39.Rxc6?! Rf8 40.Bf4 g5+/= ) 39...Nde5 40.dxe5 Nxe5 41.Rxg7+ Kxg7 42.Bf6+ Kg8 43.Bxe5+- ] 39.Bxe7 Threatening mate... how? 39...Bxe7 [39...Bg7 is one last hope 40.Rxg6 Rf8+- ] 40.Rxg6+! leaving no more doubts 40...Kh8 41.Qf7 [41.Nf5 Qxf2+ 42.Qxf2 Ra6 43.Rxa6 Bg5 44.Ne7 Bxe7 45.Qf7 Nb6 46.Rxb6 Bd6+ 47.Rxd6 a4 48.Rh6# ] 41...Bf8 42.Rg8# 1-0













(101) Becker,A (2160) - Cusi,R (2470)
San Francisco 9-21-96 San Francisco (3), 1996

1.c4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.b3 Nf6 4.g3 Bg4 5.Bb2 Nbd7 6.Bg2 e6 7.0-0