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The following games from the Tim Just Winter Open were annotated for ICA by FM Albert Chow, ICA Tour Games Editor.
Brock,William (2106) - Moskwa,Robert (1928) [B06]
Illinois Class (4), 11.12.2011
White gets tricked out of his repertoire and finds himself in a dubious middlegame. Time for "Confuse a Cat"!
1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Be2 c5 5.dxc5 Qa5+ 6.Bd2 Qxc5 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.0–0
I don't think either player should get an award for "most precisely played opening," but we've reached a reasonable-looking Sicilian.
Premature? Better 8...0–0
9.Be3 Qa5 10.Nd4
Better 10.Nd2 Be6 (10...0–0?? 11.Nc4 Qd8 12.Nb6+-) 11.f4 0–0 12.Kh1 and White will play f4-f5 with tempo.
10...0–0 11.f4 Bd7 12.Nb3 Qc7
I thought the fact that d7 was occupied made this push stronger. Either 13.Bf3 or 13.a4 would be reasonable.
So much for that thesis.
Hart,Vince (2025) - Ulrich,Tommy (2188) [A13]
Illinois Class Championships (4), 11.12.2011
I really don't understand this game, so I hope the players and readers will forgive me for making sweeping assessments when I'm not sure that I'm right! But I have checked the six-piece positions on a tablebase, and was really taken by the beauty of some possible variations.
1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 e6 3.Bg2 d5 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.0–0 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Nb6 7.Na3 Qd5 8.b3 cxb3 9.axb3 Qd8 10.Bb2 Be7 11.Nb5 c6 12.Nxa7 Bd7 13.Ne5 0–0 14.Nxd7 Nbxd7 15.Bxc6?!
If Black were to recapture with 15...bxc6 then 16.Nxc6 hits a8, d8, and e7. 16...Rc8 would be answered by 17.Rfc1!