(966) Farrell,Keith (1276) - Saint,Graham [C02]
NSW Open 2010 (1), 12.06.2010

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3?! not a popular choice - and what follows shows why - it makes it easier for blacki to equalise 4...cxd4?! [4...Nc6 5.c3 Qb6 6.Bd3] 5.Nxd4 Bc5 6.c3 and white has a hole at d4 6...Qb6 7.Nd2?! Bd7?! [7...Bxd4 8.cxd4 (8.Qa4+ Nc6 (8...Bd7 9.Qxd4 although this was the variation I thought more likely, the knight move was btter but it left me little - so I thought, Graham thought regarded it as messy for black) 9.cxd4 Bd7) 8...Qxd4 9.Nf3 Qxd1+ 10.Kxd1] 8.N2b3!? [8.N2f3 Graham had thought this more likely, though I would have been weak alomg the f2 diagonal for so vcery long] 8...Bxd4 9.Qxd4 Nc6 10.Qxb6 axb6 11.Bf4?! [11.f4 Nge7 12.Be3] 11...Ra4 12.Be3 Nxe5 13.Bxb6 although a doubled flank pawn pales against 2 connected in the middle 13...Re4+ 14.Kd2! Nf6 15.Nc5 Rf4 16.Nxb7 Ne4+ 17.Kc2?! [17.Ke1 was better] 17...Nxf2 18.Rg1 [18.Be3 Rf6 19.Rg1] 18...0-0? 19.Bd4 [19.Be3 Rf5 20.Nd6 Rf6 21.Bd4 Neg4 22.Bxf6] 19...Nc6 20.Be3 Rf6 21.Nc5 Bc8 22.a4 Ng4 23.Bd2 e5 24.a5 [24.h3 Nh2? (24...Bf5+ 25.Kd1 (25.Bd3 e4 26.Bxe4 dxe4 27.hxg4 Bxg4 28.b4) ) 25.Bb5 Bf5+ 26.Kd1 Na7 27.Rh1] 24...Bf5+ 25.Kc1 Diagram

25...e4 26.h3 e3 27.hxg4 exd2+ 28.Kxd2 Bxg4 Diagram

29.Bb5 d4 30.a6? [30.Rgf1 dxc3+ 31.Kxc3 Rd6 32.a6] 30...dxc3+ [30...Na7] 31.Kxc3 Na7 32.Bd3 Rc8 Diagram

33.Kb4?? [and a 'natural' move as well 33.b4 ] 33...Rb6+ the move I missed [33...Rb8+ 34.Nb7 although this was poor, it'was' 2what I thought I'd do] 34.Ka5 Rxb2 35.Nb7?? Rc3! 36.Rge1?? missing the threat entirely, I thought I was posing a rather unsubtle mate-threat 36...Nc6+ 37.Ka4 Rb4# 0-1

(967) Howells,Colin (1011) - Farrell,Keith (1276) [D13]
NSW Open 2010 (2), 12.06.2010

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bf5 6.Bf4 Nc6 7.e3 a6 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 e6 10.0-0 Be7 11.Rfe1 0-0 12.Na4 Ne4 13.Rac1 Rc8 14.a3 Na5 15.Nd2 Rxc1 16.Rxc1 Nxd2 17.Qxd2 Nb3 18.Qc3 Nxc1 19.Qxc1 Qc8 20.Bc7 Bd6 21.Nb6 Qxc7 22.Qxc7 Bxc7 23.Nd7 Rc8 24.Nc5 Bd6 25.Nxb7 Rc1# 0-1

(968) Wan,Dennis (1581) - Farrell,Keith (1276) [D11]
NSW Open 2010 (3), 13.06.2010

1.d4 d5 Diagram

Qeen's pawn opening - rather than pushing the pawn in front of the king - notice any difference ? 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Bf5 5.Bg2 h6 6.0-0 Nbd7 7.Nc3 e6 8.Qb3 Qb6 9.Re1 Be7 10.h3 Rc8 11.c5 Qc7 12.Bf4 Qd8 13.Qxb7 a5 14.Ne5 Nxe5 15.Bxe5 0-0 16.Qb3 Re8 17.Qd1 Ne4 18.g4 Bg6 19.Nxe4 Bxe4 20.Bxe4 dxe4 Diagram

both pawn structures are messy - white is weak around the king 21.e3 Bh4 22.Qc2 f5 Diagram

trying to 'open' white's king - though opening himself in the process 23.Kh2 preparing to place his rook on g1 which has a potential threat sgsindt g7 - with help from the well-placed bishop on e5 23...Kh7 24.Rg1 Rg8 25.Rac1 Qe7 Diagram

both completely developed 26.f3 note the h7-c2 diagonal - black's king and white's queen are on it 26...Bg5 threatening a fork on e3 27.fxe4 Bxe3 28.Rg3 f4!? 29.Bxf4 Bxd4? [29...Bxf4 30.Rd1 Rgf8 31.Rdd3 Rcd8 32.d5 exd5 33.exd5 Bxg3+ 34.Rxg3+ g6 35.Qg2 Rxd5] 30.Bd6 Qg5 31.e5+ tying his own bishop in 31...Kh8 32.Qd3 Rcd8 [32...Qxc1 33.Qxd4 Rgd8 34.Rg1 Qg5] 33.Re1 Bxc5 [33...Bf2 would have been better] 34.Rd1 Bxd6 [34...Rgf8 35.Rf3 (35.a3 Rf2+ 36.Rg2 Qf4+ 37.Qg3 Rxg2+ 38.Kxg2 Qe4+ 39.Qf3) ] 35.exd6 Qf4 36.Qd2 Qe5 37.Qd4 Qd5 black offered the draw 1/2-1/2

(969) Christian,Kashish (829) - Farrell,Keith (1276) [C45]
NSW Open 2010 (5), 13.06.2010

Kashish was a little over 10 years old and a few months before was the Australian girls-under-ten champ - lightning, rapidplay, problem solving AND the main event 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Bd3 0-0 8.Nd2 Re8 9.0-0 d6 10.Nf3 Bg4 11.h3 Bh5 12.Re1 h6 13.Bh4 Nh7 14.Bg3 Diagram

can black take advantage of the pinned knight on f3 ??? 14...Ng5 15.Re3 Nxf3+ 16.gxf3 Bf6 [16...Bg5 17.Re1 Qf6 18.e5 dxe5 19.Kg2 c5] 17.c3 Bg5 18.Re1 Qf6 19.Be2 Rad8 20.Qd4 Qxd4 Diagram

and black offered a draw 1/2-1/2