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European Club Cup
Parker vs. Rasmusen

This is the board one encounter in Barbican 4NCL's best win yet in the European Club Cup (4-2 v the Danish Club Aarhus)

White: Jonathan Parker (GM, 2541)
Black: K Rasmusen (IM, 2437)

Notes based on comments by Jonathan Parker (and checked by Peter Taylor). Special thanks to Natasha Regan for sending the material from a far away internet caf in Rethymnon.

1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 e3 a6 5 Bd3 Bg4 6 Qb3 Bxf3 7 gxf3 (7.Qxb7 is dangerous e.g, 7...Bxg2 8 Rg1 dxc4 9 Bxc4 Bd5 10 Bxd5 Nxd5 11 Qxa8 Qc7 trapping the queen. White has some improvements on this line, but Jonathan noted that ...Bxf3 was played instantly and chose to be pragmatic) 7Qc7 8 Nc3 dxc4 9 Bxc4 e6 10 Bd2 Be7 11 Rc1 (this game should be of particular interest to those many of us who would have been wondering automatically where to castle as White in this sort of position) 0-0 12 Ne4 Nbd7 13 Qc2 e5?! (Given that Black has no light squared bishop, and that White`s bishop is already pointing at f7, this move seems too risky. Black should be playing for ...c5 instead.)

14 Nxf6+ Nxf6 15. Bc3 Bd6 (15...exd4 16 Bxd4 Rad8 is better.) 16 Qf5 Nd7 17 Rd1 (Increasing the pressure down the d file and introducing the threat on dxe5 followed by a rook capture) 17...b5 18 Bb3 (Parker was tempted by 18 dxe5 Nxe5 19 Rxd6 Qxd6 20 Bxe5 Qb4+ 21 Bc3 Qxc4 22 Qf6 gxf6 23 Rg1+ Kh8 24 Bxf6 mate - but just in time he spotted the brilliant defence 22...Qg4!. Well done, says Jonathan Rogers, who surely speaks for many 2300s when he says that he doubts that he would have seen the possibility of 22 Qf6 in the first place) 18...Rae8 (or 18...b4 19. dxe5 is very strong) 19 Rg1 b4 (19..g6 20. Rxg6+! hxg6 21. Qxg6+ Kh8 22 Qh6+ Kg8 23 Ke2 with a mating attack. Or 19... exd4 20. Rxd4 is crushing)

20 dxe5 (20 Qg5 g6 21 Qh6 Kh8! holds) 20... Nxe5 21 Bxe5 Bxe5 (21...Rxe5 22 Qf6 wins a piece.) 22 Rd7 Qb8 23 Rg5! (23 Rxf7 was also possible but Black plays on after Kh8. Instructively, Jonathan is still looking for the very best moves, and this one threatens 24 Bxf7+ Kh8 25 Qxh7! mating) 23...Bf4 (If 23...Kh8 24 Rh5 g6 25 Qxg6! wins neatly. Similarly 23g6 24 Rxg6+ hxg6 25 Qxg6+ followed by Bxf7 and a swift mate. However in meeting the threat of Bxf7+ and Qxh7+, the Black bishop has abandoned g7) 24 Bxf7+ (24 Rxg7+ also leads to mate: 24Kxg7 25 Rxf7+ Rxf7 26 Qxf7+ Kh8 27 Qf6 mate or 26 Kh6 27 Qf6+ Kh5 28 Bf7 mate) 24 Kh8 25 Rxg7! Kxg7 26 Bxe8+ Kg8 27 Qxh7 mate

Jonathan Rogers
President of Barbican 4NCL Chess Club

Barbican 4NCL's participation in this competition is supported by the Friends of Chess.

Division 1

Pride and Prejudice
Barbican 4NCL 1
White Rose 1
Guildford-A&DC 1
Cambridge Univ. 1
The ADs
Barbican 4NCL 2
Oxford 1
Pandora's Box Grantham
S. Wales Dragons
Guildford-A&DC 2
Poisoned Pawns 1
Jutes of Kent

Division 2

Sambuca Sharks
Warwickshire Select 1
e2e4.org.uk 1
Barbican 4NCL Youth
AMCA Dragons
Kings Head
Poisoned Pawns 2
Anglian Avengers
Wessex 1
Celtic Tigers 1
Bristol 1
White Rose 2
Brown Jack
Guildford-A&DC 3
FCA Solutions 1

Division 3

Rhyfelwyr Essyllwg
Sambuca Black Sheep
Cambridge Univ. 2
Wessex 2
Warwickshire Select 2
KJCA Kings
FCA Solutions 2
The Full Ponty
Sussex Smart Ctls.
e2e4.org.uk 2
Nottinghamshire 1
Nottinghamshire 2
Oxford 2
AMCA Rhinos
Braille Chess Assoc.
AMCA Hippos
Glos. Gambits
Bristol 2
KJCA Knights
Guernsey Mates
Bristol 3
e2e4.org.uk 3
Beauty and the Beasts
Celtic Tigers 2
Oxford 3
Guildford-A&DC 4
AMCA Cheetahs