Robert Willmoth v Theo Slade

British Championship 2014, Rd.2

1.c4 c5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 e5 6.0-0 Nge7 7.a3 a5

Black is playing the Botvinnik System. This is not so effective against c4, it's better versus e4 setups as in the closed Sicilian. I've played lines like this, and Mate Csuri, Newquay's Hungarian top board plays it. 7...d6 8.b4 0-0 (8...cxb4 9.axb4 Nxb4 10.Ba3 gives white more than enough for the pawn.)

8.Ne1 d6 9.Nc2 Be6 10.Ne3

white's plan is widely known, and gives a simple advantage. Black's structure is weak (d5, b5, and f6)

10...0-0 11.Ned5 Rb8 12.Rb1 Qd7 13.d3 Bh3 14.Qa4

14.Bxh3 Qxh3 15.Bg5 f6 16.Bd2+/=


I think black misses a chance to equalise here with 14...Nxd5 15.Nxd5 Nd4

15.Kxg2 Rfd8?! 16.Bg5 Kf8

16...Nxd5 17.cxd5 ((17.Bxd8 Nxc3) 17...Ne7 18.Qxa5 f6 might be better than the game.

17.Nxe7 Nxe7 18.Bxe7+ Kxe7 19.Qxa5 Qc6+ 20.Nd5+ Kf8 21.Qc7 Qxc7 22.Nxc7 Rd7 23.Nb5 d5 24.cxd5 Rxd5 25.Rfc1 Rbd8


26.Nc7 R5d7 27.Rxc5 e4 28.dxe4 Rd2 29.e3 Bxb2 30.a4 Re2 31.Nd5 f5 32.Nf4 Red2 33.Ne6+


Robin Kneebone