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Justin Hadi annotates

Faulkes,Nick (2085) - Hadi,Justin (2015) [B00]

4NCL/Div3/OXF2-WR2 Daventry (11), 09.05.2009
[Hadi, Justin]

THE HIPPO TRILOGY. A long time ago in a galaxy far far away... 1.e4 [Hippo Wars part 1 1.b3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bb2 c5 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.d3 b6 6.e3 Bb7 7.Nd2 e6 8.Ne2 Be7 9.h3 Qc7 10.a3 0-0 11.c4? A mistake - 11.0-0 was better 11...Ne5! 12.Bxe5 Qxe5 13.0-0 Qc7 14.e4 Rad8 15.Qc2 Rd7 16.Rfd1 Rfd8 17.Nc3 a6 18.Nf1 h6 19.Rd2 dxe4 20.dxe4 Rxd2 21.Nxd2 Qd7 22.Rd1 Qd3 23.Qc1 Qd7 24.e5+/= Nh7 25.Nde4 Qc7 26.Rxd8+ Qxd8 27.Qd2 Qxd2 1/2 - 1/2 Hadi - Baptie Rd 9; 1.b3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bb2 c5 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.e3 Bf5 6.d3 e6 7.Nd2 Be7 8.Ne2 0-0 9.h3 h6 10.a3 Bh7 11.g4 Nd7 12.f4 Bh4+ 13.Kf1 Bf6 14.Bxf6 Qxf6 15.h4 Rad8 16.Ng3 Kh8 17.g5 Qc3 18.Ra2 Rg8 19.Ne2 Qa5 20.h5 Bf5 21.Ng3 Ne7 22.Qe2 Qc7 23.Nf3 Bg4 24.Bh3 Bxh3+ 25.Rxh3 d4 26.c4 dxc3 27.Nh2 f5 28.Nf3 Qb6 29.Nh4 Kh7 30.Ng6 Rge8 31.gxh6 gxh6 32.Qg2 Qxb3 33.Kg1 Qd1+ 34.Nf1 Qg4 35.Rg3 Qxh5 36.Nf8+ Rxf8 37.Rg7+ Kh8 38.Rxe7 Rg8 39.Ng3 Rxg3 40.Qxg3 Rg8 41.Qxg8+ Kxg8 42.Rxd7 Qd1+ 0-1, Hadi - Jaszkiwskyj, Peter Rd 10. The only question we as white can sensibly ask in this position is DUDE, WHERE'S MY HIPPO?] 1...b6 2.d4 Bb7 3.Bd3 e6 4.Nf3 d6 [Not playing 4...c5 as this would lead to a Sicilian type position and opening of lines after 5.Nc3 and Black is way behind in development. 4...c5 5.Nc3+/-] 5.c4 Seizing queenside space. White wants to play a King's indian type game with extra power on the Q-side as black's pawns on b6 and d6 aid the c5 break. 5...Ne7 Fritz evaluates the position as +1 for White here, but matters aren't so simple as White needs a plan to proceed without drifting along to a level position. [5...c5!? Gaining Q-side space useful in the lines where White castles Q-side. This would certainly help black in the lines where White ends up better after 0-0-0.] 6.Nc3 g6 7.d5 Fundamentally altering the pawn structure and playing a King's Indian game. 7...e5 I played this move quite quickly but Black should think very carefully before fixing the pawn structure like this. To be considered was 7...Bg7 whereafter 8.fxe6 fxe6 Black can use both the open f-file and the e5 square for his pieces. [7...Bg7 8.dxe6 (8.Be3 Na6! (8...0-0 9.dxe6 fxe6 10.Ng5 Qd7+/= 11.Qg4 Bc8 12.Qh4 h6 13.Nf3 h5 14.0-0-0+/= Black's position, although ok, is easier for a computer to play than a human. Particularly the h5 pawn sticks out as a lever for the attack on his king.) 9.dxe6 fxe6 10.Ng5 Qd7 11.Qg4 (11.Qf3 Nf5! 12.0-0 (12.Nxe6 Bxc3+! 13.bxc3 Nxe3 14.Qf6 Nxg2+=/+ 15.Kf1 Qe7 16.Qxh8+ Kd7 17.Qd4 c5 18.Qg7 Qxg7 19.Nxg7 Nf4 20.Be2 Ke7 21.f3 Rg8-+ Mr Fritz says hello!) 12...Nxe3 13.fxe3 h6 14.Nh3 (14.Nf7? 0-0!-+) 14...Nc5-/+ It's amazing to see how often Black ends up better in many of these lines ) 11...Bxc3+ 12.bxc3 e5 13.Qh4 0-0-0 14.Rd1 Rdf8+/= Black is fine.) 8...fxe6 9.Ng5 Qd7= eg 10.c5 h6 11.cxd6 cxd6 12.Nf3 Na6= Although very difficult to play. The reason why 7...e5 was played.] 8.Bg5?! The first error. The Bishop on g5 will become a target and will be pushed back after ...h6. [8.h4 h6 (8...Nd7 9.h5 Bg7 10.Bc2) 9.h5 g5 10.Be3 Bg7 11.a3 (11.Qc2 Nd7 12.0-0-0+/- Looks like a good try.) 11...Nd7 12.b4 0-0 13.0-0 f5 14.c5 (14.Nxg5 hxg5 15.Bxg5 Bf6= But very complicated. Could be a good winning try for White.) 14...Nf6+/= Black is OK.] 8...Bg7 stopping the threat of 9.Bf6 9.Qd2 h6 10.Bh4? 10.Be3 was necessary. The bishop risks becoming trapped here. After 10.Be3 Nd7 White is still +1 according to Mr Fritz. Black cannot castle kingside and ...f5 risks opening the game up in White's favour. If White castles kingside ...g5 and ...Ng6 is a potential plan for Black. Castling queenside gives white a safe space advantage [10.Be3 Nd7 11.Bc2 a6 12.0-0-0 is an interesting line, respecting Black's Q-side play and the idea may be White's best chance in these variations.] 10...Nd7 Completing the final Hippo piece placement and also offering a draw as it was the last day. I didn't expect my opponent to accept due to the rating difference and the apparent massive advantage on the board. Mr Fritz only gives +0.6 for White here. " I FIND YOUR LACK OF FAITH DISTURBING" - DARTH HIPPO 11.Bc2 a6 RETURN OF THE HIPPO! Completing the "pure hippo" setup. "A HIPPO USES THE FORCE FOR KNOWLEDGE AND DEFENCE, NEVER ATTACK" - YODA HIPPO 12.Rc1 White is playing as if this was a King's indian and I was certainly concerned about the coming c5 break after he played 13.a3 12...Bc8 Taking some time to redevelop the Bishop as it is utterly useless on the long diagonal. 13.a3 Showing White's hand. A plan for White in this position is now Na2-b4-c6. 13...Nf8 Black is a bit stuck for plans here, but he has a solid position and has time to redevelop some pieces. The idea of this move is to move towards the king-side with a later Nh7 while maintaing a solid setup and keeping White guessing. For example after 14.Ba4+ Nd7!? is possible although I would probably have played 14...Bd7 with similar ideas to the game. "THE DARK SIDE CLOUDS EVERYTHING. IMPOSSIBLE TO SEE THE FUTURE IS" - YODA HIPPO [An alternative line is 13...f5 14.exf5 g5 15.Bg3 0-0 16.h3 Nxf5+/=] 14.b4 [14.0-0 g5 15.Bg3 Nh7 16.b4 a) 16.h4 Ng6 17.Ba4+ Bd7 18.Bxd7+ Qxd7 19.a4 Qg4 20.Qd1 Bf6 21.h5!? (21.hxg5 Nxg5 22.Nxg5 Qxd1 23.Nxd1 hxg5= 24.Rc2 Nf4 25.Rd2 Rh7) 21...Qxh5 22.a5 0-0 23.Ra1 Be7=; b) 16.h3 Ng6 17.Ba4+ Bd7 18.Qe2 h5 19.Bxd7+ Qxd7 20.b4 g4 (20...h4 21.Bh2 g4) 21.hxg4 hxg4 22.Ne1 Ng5=; 16...Ng6 17.Ba4+ (17.c5 transposes to the game.) 17...Bd7 18.Bxd7+ (18.c5 b5 (18...h5) 19.Bb3 h5 20.h3 g4 is similar to the game 21.hxg4 hxg4 22.Ne1 Nf6 23.Rd1 Bh6 24.Qe2 Nh5=) 18...Qxd7 19.c5 h5 20.h4 Qg4 21.cxd6 cxd6 22.Na4 gxh4 23.Nxb6 Rd8 24.Nh2 Qg5 25.f4 exf4 26.Be1 h3 27.Nf3 Qg4=/+ and Black's unclear play has brought dividends.] 14...Nh7 With apologies to Alex Bourke I will now rename this knight Swamp Knight. Watch as it traverses from b8 to h7 and finally helps to mate the White King. 15.c5 I had realised that my queen was covering both d6 and b6 and c6 was not a threat so felt slightly better about allowing this queenside attack 15...g5 Striking back on the k-side. The plan was Ng6 and something like g5-g4 followed by Ng5. I thought Black would be able to make something of the space on the K-side, possibly by damaging White's k-side pawn structure, while White struggles to create play on the Q-side. The hippo is very solid! 16.Bg3 Ng6 17.0-0?? Fritz thinks this is the best move after even a minute's thought, but the White king quickly comes under a strong attack starting from the trapped bishop on g3. 17...h5! 18.h3 [Black is also better after 18.h4 gxh4 19.Bh2 Nf6 eg 20.Nd1 h3 21.cxd6 cxd6 22.Ne3 h4 23.gxh3 Bxh3 24.Rfd1 Bh6] 18...g4 19.hxg4 hxg4 The h-file is open, helping the final attack on the White King. 20.Nh2 [Fritz intially thinks this is still +1 for white, but the evalation drops to = after 20.Ne1 Nf6 21.Rb1 (21.Rd1 Bh6; 21.Qe2 Bh6 22.Rb1 Nh5 23.Nd3 Bf4-/+) 21...Bh6 22.Qe2 Bf4] S 20...Nf6 The idea was to get the knights on f4 and h4 as in the game Kempinski - McShane where the knights dominate the k-side. Black also threatens Bh6 winning the exchange. 21.Qe2 [21.Nd1 Bh6 22.Ne3 Bg5 23.Bd3 Bd7 24.Rc3 Nf4 25.cxd6 cxd6 26.Bxf4 exf4 27.Nf5 Bxf5 28.exf5 Kf8=] 21...Bh6 22.Rce1 Bf4 The bishop is well placed on f4 without threatening anything directly 23.Qd3 [23.Rd1 Nh5 24.Rd3 Qg5 25.Rb1 Qh6!!-+ Thanks to Yaoyao Zhu for this move. 26.Nxg4 Bxg4 27.Qxg4] S 23...Nh5 24.Bd1 [24.Rb1 Qg5 25.Rfe1 Nxg3 26.fxg3 Rxh2! 27.Kxh2 Qh4+ 28.Kg1 Bxg3 29.Ne2 Bf2+ 30.Kf1 g3!-/+] 24...Qg5 THE HIPPO STRIKES BACK! 25.cxd6 cxd6 26.Bxf4 I was surprised at this move, but White is completely lost by this stage. [26.Na4 Rb8 27.b5 Nxg3 28.fxg3 Rxh2!!-+; 26.Ba4+ b5 27.Bxb5+ axb5 28.Nxb5 Qd8-+] 26...Ngxf4 Much better than 26...SNhxf4 which allows 27.Qg3 defending the K-side although Black is still better. The swamp knight has other plans involving eating the White king. It's HIPPOGEDDON!! 27.Qe3 Qh4! "YAHOO! YOU'RE ALL CLEAR KID, NOW LET'S BLOW THIS THING AND GO HOME." - HIPPO SOLO I realised that Qh4 was possible which would be an improved version of g3 and White's most obvious move lost beautifully. [At this stage I was trying to calculate 27...g3 and didn't think I could make it work after 27...g3 28.Nf3 (28.fxg3 Nxg3 29.Rxf4 (29.a4; 29.Rf2 Nh3+ 30.gxh3 Ne2+! 31.Kf1 Qxe3-+) 29...Qxf4 30.Qxf4 exf4 31.Ne2 Nxe2+ 32.Bxe2 Ke7-+) 28...gxf2+ 29.Rxf2 (29.Kxf2) 29...Nh3+ 30.Kh2 thinking there was no discovered attack on the h-file, but 30...Qg3+ 31.Kh1 Nxf2+ 32.Kg1 Nf4 and mate in 8!] 28.g3 [28.a4 Nxg2! 29.Kxg2 S 29...Nf4+ 30.Kg1 Qxh2#] 28...Qxh2+!! 29.Kxh2 S 29...Nxg3+! The Swamp Knight sacrifices itself for mate! 30.Kg1 [30.Kxg3 Rh3# White's K is GONE WITH THE HIPPO.] 30...Rh1# 0-1

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