Shixuan Xue v Theo Slade
World Under 16 Olympiad (Chongqing)
In July 2013 Theo Slade (Bude) went to Chongqing in China to represent England at the World Under 16 Olympiad. Here is one of his games from that event.
I'm quite comfortable in the MacCutcheon Variation as I understand the structures that emerge from this opening
My opponent was using a lot of time on these opening moves and her last proves that she is inexperienced in this line. 7.bxc3 is the main move and 7...Ne4 8.Qg4 g6 9.Bd3 Nxd2 10.Kxd2 is what usually follows.
My last highlights the weakness on c3. Usually White has a well-placed King on d2 to accommodate for that.
I spent about twenty minutes on this move and I'm not sure it is best.
The awkwardness of this retreat shows the lack of harmony among the White pieces.
Although this manoeuvre wasn't completely necessary, it does add one more defender to the Kingside which is useful in some lines.
My counterplay doesn't seem like much but the coming shot finishes my opponent off.
White's counterplay looks to have made progress but in reality nothing has been achieved.
This move underlines the weaknesses of the White Kingside at the critical moment. Now White will fall victim to many tactics.
34...Rh8 with a forced mate in 7, my silicon friend tells me!
As you can probably tell, I am very particular in the way I finish off games and I always like to find the fastest mate or the most aesthetically pleasing. I hope you enjoyed my game and my conversion of Queenside pressure.
Notes by Theo Slade