Gary Trudeau v Jonathan Young

Cornwall v Hampshire 2014/15 (Bd.11)

Match score 11-5.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3

Quiet reply to the Najdorf


But it's a Dragon

7.Be3 Bg7 8.Qd2

White has a form of the famous Yugoslav attack with a pawn on h3 instead of f3. Black has a6 instead of Nc6. Good for Gary, let's call it the Polperro Variation

8...Nc6 9.g4

May as well but tells black it's 0-0-0 soon


Better is 9...0-0 10.0-0-0 Bd7

10.Nb3 Qd8 11.g5

Heads towards a positional game

11...Nd7 12.0-0-0 Nb6 13.f4 Be6 14.Nd5

Forcing exchanges and a clear plus

14...Bxd5 15.exd5 Nb8 16.Bd4 Rg8 17.Bxg7 Rxg7 18.Qd4 Rg8 19.Na5

For a change a strong knight on the edge

19...Qc7 20.Rd3 N8d7 21.Rc3 Qb8 22.Bg2 Nc5 23.Re1 Kd7 24.Rce3

White has a massive local superiority on the kingside

24...Re8 25.h4 Qc7 26.Bh3+ Kd8 27.Rxe7

If 27.Qf6 black takes the d5 pawn instead of the queen 27...Nxd5

27...Qxe7 28.Rxe7 Rxe7 29.Qf6

Threatening lethal Qxd6

29...Nc8 30.Bxc8 Rxc8 31.Qxd6+ Rd7 32.Qf8+ Kc7 33.Qxc5+ Kd8 34.Qb6+ Rdc7 35.d6

A fine positional win from a show of strength in the opening.


Jeremy Menadue