Mark Watkins v Colin Sellwood

Camborne Club Championship 2012/13, Rd.3

A fine combination by the 2012/13 Camborne club champion.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 d6 5.g3 0-0 6.Bg2 Nc6 7.0-0 a6 8.d5 Na5 9.Nd2 Ng4 10.Qc2 c5 11.Rb1 Bd7 12.b3 b5 13.h3 Nf6 14.Bb2 Rb8 15.Nce4 Nxe4 16.Nxe4 Bxb2 17.Rxb2 bxc4 18.bxc4 Rxb2 19.Qxb2 Nxc4 20.Qc3 Nb6 21.Qd2 Kg7 22.Rb1 f6 23.Nc3 Qc7 24.Qd3 Ra8 25.Kh2 Na4 26.Nxa4 Bxa4 27.Qe4 Be8 28.h4 a5 29.Bh3 c4 30.Rc1 Bb5 31.a4 Ba6 32.h5 Rb8 33.Qe3 Rb3??


34.h6++- Kf8?

The position is already lost, so this move should make no difference to the result.

34...Kf7 at least forces white to find the correct plan as follows: 35.Be6+ Ke8 36.Qxb3 cxb3 37.Rxc7 b2 38.Ra7 Kd8 39.Rxa6 b1Q 40.Rc6 Qb7 Black's king cannot move, his queen must protect c8 at all times and king's side pawn moves are pointless. White's plan is therefore to push his pawns forward on the king's side to create a winning pawn ending. 41.g4 Qb8 ( a) 41...g5 42.e3 Qb8 43.f4 Qb7 44.fxg5 fxg5 45.Kg3 Qb8 46.Kf3 Qb7 47.Rc1! Qa8 48.Ke4 Qa6 49.Rc8+ Qxc8 50.Bxc8 Kxc8 51.Kf5+- b) 41...f5 42.gxf5 gxf5 43.Kg3 Qb3+ 44.Kf4 Qb4+ 45.Kxf5 Qb1+ 46.e4+-) 42.f4 Qb7 43.e3 ( 43.e4? Qb2+ 44.Kg3 Qb3+ 45.Kh4 g5+ 46.fxg5 fxg5+ 47.Kxg5 Qe3+=) 43...Qb2+ 44.Kg3 Qb7 45.Kh4 Qb8 46.e4 Qb7 47.g5 fxg5+ ( 47...Qb8 48.f5 fxg5+ 49.Kxg5 gxf5 50.Kxf5 Qb7 51.Rc8+ Qxc8 52.Bxc8 Kxc8 53.Ke6 Kd8 54.Kf7+-) 48.Kxg5 Qb8 49.f5 gxf5 50.exf5 Qb7 51.Rc8+ Qxc8 52.Bxc8 Kxc8 53.f6+-

35.Qxb3 cxb3 36.Rxc7 b2 37.Ra7


Notes by Ian George