Theo Slade v Akshaya Kalaiyalahan
British Championship 2014, Rd.7
The two youngest players face each other! Both are experienced junior internationals. Kalaiyalahan is a strong contender for the British Women's Championship.
I play the c3 Sicilian when I want a simple, level, way of getting a sound position. Trouble is, I sometimes get bored before my opponent.
We have transposed to a Tarrasch French.
11.Bd3 is more common, I think
black could do with his knight back on f3
Black can weaken his white squares with 19.g3 now that the black white-squared bishop has gone. I think this would have been the logical end to his play.
White knows that the best he can hope for is a long battle to get half a point. He fights for, literally, hours.
Surely not the best 27.Kf2
37.a3 allows the W rook to defend a3 and g3 from b3 (after the h4 and b6 pawns go). But this may be too passive.
Rook endings are terribly difficult. From here I switched on the computer; it suggests Rg3. Trouble is, the trained chessplayer is told to "keep your rooks active".
Watching online, I thought "it's over". Computer agrees.
49.Kg1 Rc2 50.Ra4 h4 51.Rb4 h3 52.f4+ Kg4 53.Rb3 Rg2+ 54.Kh1 Rf2 55.Kg1 Rxf4 56.Rb2 Kg3 57.Rg2+ Kh4 58.Ra2 Rg4+ 59.Kh1 Re4 60.Kg1 Kg4 61.Rb2 f4 62.Ra2 f3 63.Ra8 Kg3 64.Rg8+ Rg4 65.Rh8 f2+ 66.Kf1 h2 67.Rh7 Rh4 68.Rg7+ Kf4 69.Rf7+ Ke5 70.Rxf2 h1Q+
After over six hours' play. Respect to both juniors!
Notes by Robin Kneebone