Bowers, Francis - Browning, Dennis
Div. 2 P'boro B vs. Rookswood



Annotator was unusually present at postlude analysis. Visiting Rookswood captain Francis Bowers, while at Peterborough Chess Club, continued the chess tradition of occasional analysis of club games asking tutor Fred and occasionally his opponent tutor Dennis Browning, regular winner of internal competitions, to annotate games. The games were distributed to club members by email. Tutor James Conlon extended the tradition to beginner level games in the hope that immediate feedback would give learners the chess knowledge and experience that would come only after many games actually played. This game is the first league game to be displayed to all members. Rather than use email to send games to members, tutor James, as current website manager, has decided to post the games on the club website. Eventually these games may be posted on the LMS results website, where there is provision for PGN files. James happened to be present at the postlude analysis but did not take part in the process.
If you are reading this with an interactive board alongside, you may like to know that this was created by James using SCID software, with the JavaScript reading each position from FEN notation.

1.e4 1. ... c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 One usually reaches the Dragon via the move order

3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6
[ 4. ... g6!? Giri ]
5.Nc3 g6?! A dubious move order.
[ 5. ... e5 Sveshnikov ]
6.Be3 White selects well-trodden paths. But the way to grab the advantage was the bold 6. ... Bg7 7.f3
[ 7.Bc4 is more precise ]
7. ... d6?! It is not clear whether the d-pawn should stay on d7 or be ready for d7-d7. Black should simply have castled. 8.Qd2 Nxd4? In the postlude analysis the annotator simply did not understand this less than thematic move. Black should transpose to the main line with 9.Bxd4 Be6 By analogy, a move employed by GM Luke McShane in the first London Chess Classic. 10.Bb5+! The annotator likes this move.
[ 10.O-O-O is also strong ]
10. ... Bd7? A valuable loss of a tempo, Black must be prepared to go all in and even be prepared to castle manually starting with 11.Bxd7+ Qxd7 The opening skirmish is nearly over and White clearly has the advantage. His King is safer and he is ready to launch a Kingside assault starting with either 12.g4! or 12.0-0-0. 12.Nd5? Invites exchanges which eases the tension. I readily chide students of chess where they move the same piece more than once in the opening phase ...unless and, to eschew exchanges, ...unless. 12. ... e5? Strategically a horrible move. Black is left with a vulnerable backward d6-pawn and, he has a horrible Bishop on g7, hemmed in by his own pawns. 13.Bc3
[ 13.Be3 was also good, keeping control of the c1-h6 diagonal ]
13. ... Nxd5? 14.Qxd5 O-O 15.O-O-O Rfd8 16.Rd3
[ I think a better plan is 16.Kb1 Rac8 17.Qb3 with ideas of Rd5, Rhd1, a3 (luft) and Bb4 increasing the pressure on d6. ]
16. ... Rac8 17.Rhd1
[ 17.Qb3 see previous note ]
17. ... Qe7 18.Bb4? Round about here White begins to lose the thread. The engines suggest the plausible line:
[ 18.a3 (luft) 18. ... Bf8 19.Kb1 Rc6 20.Bb4 Qc7 21.c3 with a4 to follow. ]
18. ... Qg5+? 19.Kb1?
[ Chess blindness! 19.R3d2 Bh6 20.Kb1 Qh4 21.Re2 +/= ]
19. ... Qxg2 Thank you. 20.R3d2?
[ 20.c3? ]
20. ... Qg5? A nervous response. Simply 21.Bxd6 In some lines threatening 22.Be7. 21. ... Bf6? Now it is Black who is losing the plot!
[ 21. ... Rd7 22.c4 Rcd8 23.Qb5 Qe3 with even chances ]
22.Qxb7 Rc4? Black thought this was an interesting try but it should have proved to be the losing move. 23.Qxa7+- Rd4? 24.Rxd4 exd4 25.Qa3? Whatever happened to calculation? 25. ... Qb5
[ 25. ... d3 as pointed out by annotator in the postlude analysis, opening up the a1-h8 diagonal, was the best try ]
26.Rd3 26. ... Rc8 27.Bg3 Kg7 28.Qb3 Qc5 29.f4? A blunder, as conceded by White after the game. Simply
[ 29.a4! (luft) 29. ... h5 30.f4 31.e5 ]
29. ... Qc6 30.a4
[ 30.Rd1 Qxe4 31.Qd3 was the last try for an advantage. Move made is quiet. ]
30. ... Qxe4= Draw agreed.

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