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Boniface Memorial Prizewinning Game.

Lewis Martin came 1st= in the recent Steve Boniface Memorial tournament. In the final round he faced arguably Bristol’s most attacking player, each knowing they needed a win to stand a chance of appearing in the prizelist. The game illustrates the need constantly to balance one’s attacking opportunities with defensive needs.

White: L. Martin (187 – Bristol Uni.). Black: A. Musson (179 – Bath).

Caro-Kann Defence – Exchange Variation. [B13]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Qc7 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Bg5 e6 8.Nbd2 Bd6 9.Bh4 Nge7 10.Bg3 f6 11.Qc2 0–0–0 White could now castle king-side and hope to throw everything against the Black king, but no doubt is fully aware of Black’s reputation as an all-out attacker, so chooses discretion over valour at this stage. 12.0–0–0 h5 13.Rhe1 Completing White’s development. 13…e5 threatening to break open the centre with …e4 14.dxe5 fxe5 15.Be2 Bf5 16.Qa4 The queen would come under fire after 16.Qb3 Na5 17.Qa4 Bd7 18.Bb5 Nec6 and there are chances for both sides, with an unclear outcome. 19.Bh4 Rdf8 20.Qc2 Bf5 21.Bd3 and the …e4 break wins a piece.  viz 21…e4 22.Nxe4 dxe4 23.Bxe4 Bg4. 16…d4 17.Nc4 dxc3 18.bxc3 Ng6 19.Ne3 White needs to create some threats of his own or his king’s position may collapse entirely. 19…Be6 20.Ng5 Nd4 White’s c-pawn is pinned and now threatened. 21.Rxd4 Fritz recommends 21.Bc4 Bxc4 22.Nxc4 Ba3+ 23.Nxa3 h4 winning the bishop. 21…Qxc3+ 22.Qc2 Ba3+ 23.Kb1 exd4 24.Nxe6 At this point White has 2 minor pieces for a rook and the game is slipping away from Black. 24…Qxc2+ 25.Nxc2 d3 26.Nxa3 dxe2 27.Nxd8 Re8 Black is now 2 pieces down and could reduce his arrears by taking the knight, but prefers to defend his advanced pawn as being his last chance. 28.Nf7 h4 29.Nd6+ 1–0 Resigned in view of 29…Kd7 30.Nxe8 hxg3 31.fxg3 Kxe8 32.Rxe2+ and White is a rook and pawn up.

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In last week’s position Andrew Greet could have won by playing 1.Rdxd7!! Rxd7 2.Rb8! and there is no defence to the threatened 3.Nf6+ forcing gxf6, followed by 4.Qg8 mate.

The danger here is in leaving a stalemate, so how can White win in 2?

White to mate in 2, avoiding stalemate.