English Deaf Chess Association


ICSC World Individual Championship, 2008
Kreuzer,C - Svec,D [C10]
14th ICSC World Deaf Men CC (4), 23.07.2008

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2

The Tarrasch Variation of the French Defence.

3...dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Bd3 Ngf6 6.Nf3 Nxe4 7.Bxe4 Nf6

Up to this point, I had been following a game my opponent had played earlier in the tournament, but here he deviated with Nf6 instead of c5.

8.Bd3 c5 9.0-0 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Be7

The knight is immune due to the bishop check on b5 winning the queen.

11.c3 0-0 12.Bf4 a6 13.Bc2

Preparing to attack Black's kingside with Qd3.

13...Re8 14.Be5

Keeping Black pinned down and putting more pressure on the kingside.

14...Qd5 15.Re1 g6 16.Bb3

Switching the bishop to a better diagonal with gain of tempo, and putting the question to Black's queen.

16...Qd8 17.Qf3

Putting pressure on f6 and b7.


[Before playing Qf3, I had calculated the following variation up to 21...Rf8 and assessed it as winning for White. 17...Nd7 18.Nxe6 Nxe5 19.Nxd8 Nxf3+ 20.gxf3 Rxd8 21.Rxe7 Rf8 22.Bd5 Kg7 23.Rae1 Rb8 24.Rc7 b5 25.Ree7+-]


Forcing the Black queen to move again.

18...Qb6 19.g4 Ng7

Black has a horrible knight on g7, and his queenside bishop and rook are not yet developed, so I now tried to find a way to break through on the kingside.

20.Qf4 a5 21.a4

[After the game, Fritz found the following nice line 21.Bc7 Qa7 22.Nb5 Qc5 23.Nd6 Rf8 24.Ne4 Qa7 25.Bd6 b5 26.Bxe7 Qxe7 27.Nf6+ Kh8 28.Rd3 Ne8 29.Nxh7 Kxh7 30.Rh3+ Kg8 31.Qh6 f6 32.Qh8+ Kf7 33.Rh7+ Ng7 34.Qxg7+ Ke8 35.Qxe7#]

21...g5 22.Qe4 f6 23.Bc2

With minutes left on my clock, I offer a bishop sacrifice. If my opponent had taken it, I might not have found the best line, so luckily for me, he declined the sacrifice.


[23...fxe5 24.Qxh7+ Kf8 25.Rd3 Bf6 26.Rf3 Ke7 27.Rxf6 Kxf6 28.Qg6+ Ke7 29.Qxg7+ Kd8 30.Qf6+ Kc7 31.Nb5+ Kc6 32.Be4+ Kc5 33.Qxe5+ Kc4 34.b3+ Kxb3 35.Bc2+ Ka2 36.Ra1+ Kxa1 37.Qe1+ Kb2 38.Qb1# a rather nice king hunt, if a bit silly at the end]

24.gxf5 exf5

[Another Fritz line 24...Nxf5 25.Bc7 Qxc7 26.Nxe6 Bxe6 27.Qxe6+ Kh8 28.Rd7 Qc5 29.Bxf5 Rf8 30.Re5 Ra6 31.Qxe7 Qxe7 32.Rexe7+-]

25.Qd5+ Be6 26.Nxe6 Qxe6

[26...Nxe6 27.Bxf5 Bc5 28.Bd4+-]


Here, short of time, I bailed out into what I thought was a winning endgame. As the following variation shows, Qxb7 was much stronger. [27.Qxb7 threatening Bb3 27...Qg6 28.Bb3+ Kh8 29.Bxg7+ Qxg7 30.Rd7+-]

27...Qxd5 28.Rxd5 Kxg7 29.Rde5 Kf7

Luckily for me, my opponent blunders straightaway. This just loses. The variations given below are still winning for White, but I would have had to work a lot harder to get the full point. [29...Kf8 30.Rxf5+ Kg7 31.Rfe5 Kf8 32.Bxh7 (32.Rb5 Bf6 33.Rxe8+ Rxe8 34.Bxh7+-) 32...Bf6 33.Re6+-]

30.Bb3+ The bishop on e7 is lost.

Black resigned 1-0

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ICSC World Junior, Round 11
Martin,L (ENG) – Ovcharov,T (UKR)

1. e4 d5

Scandinavian Defence

2. exd5 Nf6 3. Nf3 Qxd5 4. Nc3 Qd6

The queen is probably on the wrong square, it is open to potential attacks on the queen
via Nb5 also eyeing the c7 square. Qd8 or Qa5 are ideal

5. d4

A strong central position for white already after 5 moves

5….. Bg4 6. Be2 e6 7. O-O Be7 8. Nb5 Qd8 9. c4 c6 10. Nc3 O-O 11. h3 Bh5 12. Bf4 Bd6 13. Qd2

13. Ne5 would command the centre and hard for black to break through.

13….Qc7 14. Bxd6 Qxd6 15. Rad1 Rd8 16. Qe3 Nbd7 17. Rfe1 Re8 18. g4 Bg6 19. Ne5 Rad8 20. g5

Forces the knight to be on a weak square

20…. Nh5 21. Ne4 Qc7 22. Nxg6 hxg6 23. c5

Making a very strong home for the knight on the d6 square

23… Nf4 24. Nd6 Nxe2+

The stronger black knight was going to contribute more to the game than the bishop. So I was happy to exchange them off due to a dominant knight on d6

25. Rxe2 Re7 26. b4

26. Qa3 was better, piling the pressure on black's queenside

26…. Nb8

Nb6 would mean Nd5 is strong. 27. cxb6 is responded by 27...Qxd6, and my advantage has gone.

27. Qg3 a5 28. bxa5

Opening the b-file, which brings my rooks into play, with the b7-pawn a target.

28… Qxa5 29. Rb2 Qa4 30. Rdd2

30. Qb3 was better as if: 30... Qxb3, 31. Rxb3 b5 32. Ra3 and the open a-file welcomes the white rook. Black's rooks are useless with no ambition. If the black queen retreats, it is on an awful square, for example: 30 ..Qa6 it is not doing a great deal. Surely 31. Qb4, with the follow up of 32. Rb3, 33. Ra3 will prove too much for black?

30…. b5 31. cxb6 Red7 32. Ne4 Rxd4 33. Qc7

Chris Kreuzer suggested 33.Qh4 instead of the (still very strong) 33.Qc7. The idea was right, but it was the wrong square. 33.Qf4! was the move (still keeping an eye on b8)

33… Na6 34. Qxd8+

A very strong move, where the two white rooks will be stronger than the black queen and not much can be said about the knight on a6 as its only aim is to prevent the strong b-pawn to promote as a

34… Rxd8 35. Rxd8+ Kh7 36. Nd6

Unfortunately, the wrong move. It does threaten Nxf7 with the surely unstoppable Rh8++, but it opens up the kingside for the black queen to roam. There were several other possible moves, but due to not much time left on the clock I had to move quick. (36. Rbd2 Qxe4 37.R2d4 The rook is planning to go on h4 which would win the game. Qxd4 38. Rxd4 The knight must go and the position is won.) (36. Ng3 Qf4 37. Rb1 Preventing Qc1+, grabbing the rook on b2. Qxg5 38. Ra8 Nc5 39. Ra5 The knight is under threat and the b-pawn must be able to promote, or white is a rook up, as black loses the queen, and the a-pawn is free to move.)

36…..Qf4 37. h4 Qg4+

I did not see the perpetual check which enabled black to salvage a draw from a lost position.

38. Kf1

The king cannot go on the h-file, as 38...Qxh4+ followed by Qxg5+, capturing the rook on d8


Draw agreed 1/2-1/2

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ICSC World Deaf Team Championship 2006

Chris Krezuer(England) 148 ECF v. Andrei Reutov (Ukraine) ELO 2291 (Round 1)
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8.
Na3 Be7 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Nd5 b5 11. Qd2 f5 12. Nxe7 Nxe7 13. O-O-O fxe4 14.
Nxb5 axb5 15. Bxb5+ Bd7 16. Qxd6 Bxb5 17. Qxe5 Bd3 18. Qxh8+ Kd7 19. Qxd8+ 1-0

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Brent Rapidplay 2005 - Analysis by Chris Kreuzer

Kreuzer,C - Lord,P [B02]
Brent Rapidplay (7), 11.06.2005
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nxd5 4.Bc4 Nb6 5.Bb3 c5 6.d3 Nc6 7.Nge2 Bf5 8.Be3
e6 9.0-0 a6 10.Ng3 Bg6 11.f4 Nd4 12.Bxd4 cxd4 13.Nce4 Nd5

Here I noticed that 14.Ba4+ might be nice, if it wasn't for

14.f5 exf5 15.Nxf5 Bxf5 16.Rxf5 Ne3 17.Bxf7+

Here I played the obvious check. There was a much stronger move...

[ 17.Qh5 g6

When thinking about move 17, I looked at this position and thought about
18.Re5+, but couldn't find anything more. I should have remembered what I
had seen at move 13...

18.Ba4+ b5 ( 18...Ke7 19.Re5#) 19.Rxb5

A wonderful move!! Both White's rook and queen are en prise, but it is mate
in a few moves if either is taken. Black loses his queen with best play.

19...axb5 ( 19...gxh5 20.Re5#) 20.Qxb5+ Ke7 21.Qe5#]

[Of course, if I had played 17.Qh5, then the
following lovely combination would never have been found...]

17...Ke7 18.Qf3 [ 18.Re5+ Kxf7 19.Qf3+ Kg8 20.Rf1 Qc7 a)20...Nxf1 21.Ng5 Qd7
( a)21...Qf6 22.Qd5+ Qf7 23.Qxf7#) 22.Re7 Bxe7 23.Qf7#; b)20...Qd7 21.Rg5
Qe6 ( b)21...Nd5 22.Rxd5+-; b)21...Nxf1 22.Nf6+ Kf7 23.Nxd7++-) 22.Nf6+ Kf7
23.Qxb7+ Be7 24.Nh5+ Nxf1 25.Qf3+ Bf6 26.Rxg7+ Kf8 27.Qxa8+ Qe8 28.Qxe8+
Kxe8 29.Nxf6+ Kf8 30.Rxh7+-; 21.Rg5 g6~~] 18...Nxf5 19.Ng5 [ 19.Qxf5 Qd7
20.Qf2 Kd8 21.Ng5 Bd6 22.Re1+/-] 19...Nd6 20.Qd5 [ 20.Re1+ Kd7 21.Qg4+ Kc6
22.Bd5+ Kxd5 ( 22...Kb5 23.a4+ Ka5 24.b4+ Kxb4 25.Qxd4+ Ka5 26.Qc3+ Kb6
27.Ne6 Qc8 28.Qd4+ Ka5 29.Nc5 Qxc5 ( 29...Kb6 30.Nd7+ Kc7 31.Qb6+ Kxd7
32.Be6+ Ke7 33.Bxc8+ Kf6 34.Qf2+ Kg6 35.Re6+ Kg5 36.Qg3+ Kh5 37.Re5+ Nf5
38.Rxf5+ Kh6 39.Qg5#) 30.Qxc5+ Nb5 31.Qc4+-) 23.Qf3+ Kc5 24.Ne6+ Kb6 25.Nxd8 Rxd8+/=] 20...Kd7 21.Re1 Be7 22.Be6+ Kc7 23.Bg4 Bxg5 and Black won 0-1

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Here's a couple of games played by the England Deaf team in the World Team Championship in Vilnius over the summer of 2002.

There is also a game from London Deaf Chess Club's participation in the Europa Cup over Easter 2003.

More recently, to start things off here, there is a game from the Guy-Gardner II match.

Guy-Gardner II,
London, 2003
David Guy – Phillip Gardner, Game 1
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Nc6 8.Qd2 h6 9.Bh4? Nxe4 10.Bxd8 Nxd2 11.Bb6 Nxf1 12.Rxf1 Be7 13.0-0-0 0-0 14.Ne4 d5 15.Ng3 Bd7 16. Nb3 Rc8 17.a3 Nb8 18.f5 Ba4 19. Kb1 Rc6 20.Bd4 Rfc8 21.Rd2 Bxb3 22.cxb3 Nd7 23.Re2 Bf6 24.fxe6 fxe6 25. Bxf6 Nxf6 26.Rfe1 Kf7 27.Nf1 Ne4 28.Ne3 Ke7 29.Nc2 Rf8 30. Nd4 Rc7 31.h3 e5 32.Nc2 Ke6 33.Nb4! Rf2 34. Nxd5 Kxd5 35.Rxe4 Rcc2 36. Rxe5+ Kc6 37.Re6+ Kc7 38. Re7 Kb6 39. Rxg7 Rxb2+ 40.Ka1 Ra2+ Draw agreed

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Europa Cup, Kiev, Ukraine, 2003
Stamenov (Sofia, Bulgaria) vs. Alasdair MacLeod (London) (7th round)
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.h3 Ne8 10.Bd3 f5! 11.Bg5 h6 12.Bd2 f4 13.Kh2 g5 14.g3 g4! 15.hxg4 Bxg4 16.Kg2 Ng6 17.Be2 Qf6 18.Rh1 Rd8 19.Rc1 Rd7 20.Na4 Rdf7 21.Rc3 Qe7 22.b4 Nf6 23.Qc2? Nxe4! 24.Nh4 Nxh4 25.Rxh4 f3+!? 26. Kg1 fxe2 27.Qxe4 Bf3 28.Qb1 h5 29.Rxf3 Rxf3 30.Rxh5 Kf7 31. Bg5 Qd7 32.Qe4 Ke8 33.Nc3 Rxc3 34.Qxe2 Rcf3 35.Be3 0-1

10….f5! A thematic move for black in the King’s Indian.
12. …f4 The same goes for this move which restricts white’s bishop on d2 and starting plans for a kingside attack. No way would I allow fxe4 which lets white have a knight on the e4 square which from past experience is VERY annoying!
14..g4! The key move. It brings my bishop into play.
16….Ng6 Another important move where it looks after the dangerous f4 and h4 squares.
22. …Nf6 My plan of tripling up the ‘f’ file is working so far…..
23. Qc2? Overlooking……..
23….Nxe4! Winning a pawn – if the knight is taken then Bf5 wins the queen!
25. …f3!? Here I faced a difficult decision – should I play this or take on c3? I had very little time left so had to make the most practical moves from here thereon. I wanted to keep my strong white squared bishop.
35. Be3 Here the rest of the game was blitzed out which I won around 30 moves later. Whilst blitzing out the moves I noticed that my opponent missed a perpetual check…phew! At the end I was threatening mate in one with just a few seconds left on the clock!
Alasdair - I felt that this was my best game in
Kiev – a fantastic opening and a nicely played attack on the kingside and being able to handle severe pressure under time trouble. Memories of my win against Lithuania in Vilnius 2002 came flooding back!

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World Deaf Team Championship,Vilnius, Lithuania, 2002
Wolfgang Kossler (Germany) vs. Alasdair MacLeod (England
) (1st round)
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 0-0 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. 0-0-0 Nxd4 10. Bxd4 Be6 11. Kb1 Qc7 12. g4 Rfc8 13. h4 Qa5 14. a3 Rab8 15. h5 b5 16. hxg6 hxg6 17. Nd5 Qxd2 18. Nxf6?! Bxf6 19. Rxd2 Bxd4 20. Rxd4 Kg7! 21. Rd2 Rh8 22. Rdh2 Rxh2 23. Rxh2 Kf6! 24. Kc1 Ke5 25. Kd2 Kf4 26. Rf2 b4 27. a4 a5 28. Bb5 Rc8 29.Kd3 Rc5 30.c4? bxc3 31. bxc3 Kg3 32. Rf1 Kg2 33. Kd4 Rxb5! 34. axb5 Kxf1 35. b6 Bc8 36. Kc4 Ke2 37. f4 Ke3 38. f5 Kxe4 39. fxg6 fxg6 40. Kb5 Bb7 0-1

5…..g6 Essaying my favourite Dragon
13….Qa5 It may seem strange to move the Queen to c7 then to a5 within a couple of moves but it is correct because my f8 rook is now on c8 so white’s knight cannot go to e7 via d5 yet. If 11….Qa5 then 12. Nd5! Then Nxe7 wins. If 14. Nd5 then 14. ….Qxd2 15. Nxe7+ Kf8 16. Rxd2 Kxe7 wins for black.
14. a3 Correct! Not 14. h5? Because of the danger of 14….Rxc3! 15. Qxc3 Qxa2 16. Kc1 Bxg4! If 17. fxg4 then Nxe4 wins.
18. Nxf6?! I think this was my opponent’s first mistake. Better is Rxd2 first. Up to here I was well prepared as I had only used 5 mins on the clock whereas my opponent used 45 mins.
20. Rxd4 At this point I sank into a 30 min think. I knew I had a slight advantage due to his h1 rook & bishop not moving yet. I pondered over moves like a5, Rc5, Kg7,g5. I didn’t like g5 because of holes on f5 & h5 squares. I plumped for 20…Kg7! as I had a two-fold plan in mind……..
21.….Rh8 Part 1 of my plan.
22. Rdh2 Forced. He cannot allow my rook to land on h1 when after Bc4 his bishop is trapped!
23. Kf6! Part 2 of my plan. Bring my king down to f4!
26. Rf2 Now black is definitely better. But what to do next? I had to get my rook into play.
27. a4 axb4?! doesn’t help white.
29…..Rc5 A good move. I had always considered d5 over past few moves but decided to wait.
30. c4? The decisive mistake. But white doesn’t have many choices here! Around here we both were down to our last 5 mins on the clock so the rest of the game was blitzed out.
33….Rxb5! This wins the game for me.
40….Bb7 Time control has been reached. My opponent only had to look at the position for a few seconds before resigning.
Alasdair - A pleasing game for me and ensured a very creditable 2-2 draw against Germany

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Alasdair MacLeod (
England) vs. R. Undraitis (Lithuania) (5th round)
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Bg7 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. f3 0-0 8. Qd2 d6 9. Bc4 Nd7!? 10. h4 Na5 11. Bb3 Ne5 12. 0-0-0 Nec4 13. Bxc4 Nxc4 14. Qd3 Nxe3 15. Qxe3 h5 16. g4! Qa5 17. Nb3 Qb6 18. Qd3 hxg4 19. h5! Bh6+ 20. Kb1 g5 21. fxg4 Bxg4 22. Rdg1 Be6 23. Nd5! Qd8 24. Nd4 Bc8 25. Nf5 Bxf5 26. exf5 Bg7? 27. Rxg5 Kh8 28. Rxg7! Kxg7 29. f6+!! exf6 30. Rg1+ Kh8 31. Qe3 Kh7 32. Qe4+ Kh8 33. Qf4 Kh7 34. Qf5 1-0

9. Bc4 This opening started off as an Accerelated Dragon but has transposed into the mainline Dragon, Yugoslav Attack . I had prepared Bc4 as white. It felt strange facing my favourite Dragon!
9…..Nd7!? This is a rare reply. More common is Bd7. The text move is certainly playable.
12. ….Nec4 This is the point of black’s play. He gets the bishop pair but there is a drawback: white is better developed.
16. g4! A pawn sacrifice to open up the kingside.
18. Qd3 I thought that exchanging queens would be better for black so I wanted to transfer my queen to the promising b1-h7 diagonal.
19. h5! The whole point of playing 16. g4.
20. …g5 Necessary but blocks in his bishop.
22…..Be6 I may be a pawn down but look at where my pieces are aiming at!
23…Qd8 He cannot take my knight as it would activate my queen along the b1-h7 diagonal.
25. Nf5 Round about here I only had 5 mins for the last 15 moves till time control. Whoops.
26..Bg7? Cracking under the pressure. Not easy for black though e.g. f6? Allows Nf4! then Ne6 or Ng6.
28….Kxg7 I was now down to my approx. last 2 mins on the clock but fortunately I saw the win quickly.
29. f6+!! A fantastic move to see in severe time trouble. It is too easy to rush into Rg1+ or h6+ though they may still be good but not as good as f6+. I visualised my Queen landing on f5 and a later Nxf6 to force mate on h7.
Alasdair - A very satisfying game to win which “equalised” for England
as we were 2-1 down at the time.

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