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42 Qf2 Qh5

Now the dust had settled and I had calmed down somewhat, cool analysis shows that I am simply two pawns up, the f3-pawn is a monster and Black can win this position in several ways.  42 -Nexc4 43 Nxc4 Nxc4 44 Rxe8 Qxc3 45 Bc1 Bxe8 46 Qf1 Qd4+ 47 Ke1 Qe5+ 48 Kd1 Qxd5+ 49 Ke1 Qe5+ 50 Kd1 Qd4+ 51 Ke1 Qc3+ 52 Kf2 Qxc2+ 53 Kg3 Bxa4 54 Bf4 winning for Black.

43 Bxe5

43 Kc1 Bf5 (43 -Nexc4 44 Rxe8 Bxe8 45 Nxc4 Nxc4 46 Bd1; 43 -Naxc4 44 Nxc4 Nxc4 45 Rxe8 Bxe8 46 Qf1) 44 Rg1 Bxc2 45 Qxc2 f2 and White can call it a day.

43 -Rxe5

More active than 43 -dxe5 44 Be4.

44 Bd3

White had just about given up here. 44 Rxe5 dxe5 45 Be4 Bg4 is still good enough for Black to convert.

44 -Qg5

44 -Bf5 seems even better as 45 Rf1 Nb3 brings the knight into the game again.

45 Bf1 Qf4 46 Qd2

White hopes that an end-game with queens off may give him some respite.  The exchange of queens would be good, but why bother when Black can tie White up in knots.  46 Kc2 Bf5+ 47 Nd3 Qxc4 48 Rxe5 Qxa4+ 49 Kc1 Qa1+ 50 Kc2 dxe5.

46 -Qg3 47 Rxe5 Qxe5 48 Qe1 Qh2 49 Qd2 Qg1 50 Ke1 Bh3 51 Qf2 Qh1

And White is in complete zugzwang.  Moving the knight to d1 allows Nxc4 and then going to e3 with the knight allows the exchange and then the f1 bishop falls with check.  White resigned.

Opening references: A. 10 Ne2 0-0 11 d5 Ne7 12 0-0 Ne8 13 Ng3 f5 14 f4 fxe4 15 Nxe4 Nf5 16 Bd2 Nf6 17 Ng5 exf4 18 Rxf4 h6 19 Ne6 Bxe6 20 dxe6 Ne7 21 Rf3 d5 22 Qe2 Qd6 23 Raf1 Rad8 24 Rxf6 Rxf6 Sagalchik-Taylor Montreal 1995.

B. 11 -0-0 12 0-0 Ba6 13 Ng3 Bxc4 14 h3 Qd7 15 Bg5 Ne8 16 Nf5 f6 17 Be3 Kh8 18 f4 g6 19 Nh6 Ng7 20 fxe5 dxe5 21 Ng4 Qe7 22 Bh6 Rad8 23 Rf2 1/2-1/2 Ingachev-Kiselev Dagomys 2004.

BCA Members in Mainstream Events

So far our main BCA-sponsored activity in this area has been the 4NCL team.  This tends to exclude the average or weaker BCA member and allows players who already play frequently in mainstream congresses or at international level to have the majority of the subsidised places.

Weekend tournaments aim to cover the whole ability range.  I am interested in discovering what support there would be from associate members and interest from average BCA members in a scheme that would help them participate in weekend congresses with the kind of support enjoyed by the 4NCL team.

My idea involves choosing a congress and entering some BCA members who would report on the suitability of venue and organisation for BCA players and on their reception by other competitors.  It requires the active involvement of our associate members in providing the assistance that helps ease the difficulties of an unfamiliar setting, etc.  Over a number of seasons, it would be possible to explore several congresses, give the BCA publicity in a number of different localities, introduce players to another chess activity, and help compile a dossier on congress faults and merits for BCA players.

It is up to the AGM to vote the necessary funds to put this on a similar footing to our 4NCL entry.  I forecast an interesting debate.  But the whole debate would be pointless unless there are players interested in taking up this opportunity and associate members keen to help.  If you are one of them, please contact me as publicity officer by any means that suit you. Lengthy Braille letters, however, are not my favourite medium.

Bill Armstrong.



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