Thursday, July 29, 2010

2010 Lidums Checkmate

The 2010 Lidums Checkmate Open in South Australia was recently won by both GMs Smerdon and Johansen with 5.5 points each. It was a small event but quite strong at the top.

You can download the games here. Note that if you've got a Chessbase program, converting that .TXT file into PGN should be fairly simple. Here's a couple of games that I liked.

The first involves some nice piece play by both sides. It's a draw, but there's a nice tactical finish.

2010 Lidums Checkmate Open
Morris, James
Smerdon, David

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 dxc4 5. Bg2 Be7 6. Na3 c5 7. Nxc4 Nc6 8. Nfe5 Nxd4 9. e3 Nf5 10. Qa4+ Nd7 11. O-O O-O 12. Rd1 Nb6 13. Rxd8 Nxa4 14. Rd3 Rd8 15. b3 Rxd3 16. Nxd3 Nb6 17. Ba3 Nd7 18. Na5 Rb8 19. Rc1 Bd8 20. Nc4 b6 21. Nce5 Ne7 22. b4 Nxe5 23. Nxe5 Bc7 24. Nd3 Ba6 25. bxc5 Bxd3 1/2-1/2

The next game, however, must have been a real shock to the vanquished.

2010 Lidums Checkmate Open
Wallis, Christopher
Srdic, Goran

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Ne7 7. Qg4 O-O 8. Bd3 Qa5 9. Bd2 Nbc6 10. Nf3 f5 11. exf6 Rxf6 12. Qh5 Nf5 13. g4 c4 14. gxf5 cxd3 15. Rg1 Qc7 16. Bh6 Rf7 17. Rxg7+ 1-0 And that's why they say, always check and recheck every capture, yours and your opponent's!

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