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Ni Hua vs David Howell
London Chess Classic (2009), London ENG, rd 7, Dec-15
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  0-1


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  whiteshark: nice zugzwang
Dec-15-09  Pencho: I guess white can still move his bishop from c2 to d1, however there's nothing white can do to prevent black's king coming to c3, then to c1, which would win it for black.
Dec-15-09  Ezzy: Ni Hua (2665) - D Howell (2597) [C77]
(7), 15.12.2009 London Chess Classic.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 b5 6.Bb3 Be7 7.00 00 8.a4 Bb7 9.Nc3 b4 10.Nd5 Na5 11.Ba2 Nxd5 12.exd5 b3 13.cxb3< Black can't defend his 'e' pawn because 14 b4 traps the knight]> 13...Bxd5 14.Nxe5 Rb8 15.Nc4 Nc6 16.Bd2?! <Giving up any chance to play d4. Now black controls the 'd4' square and keeps white tied down with no space. 16 Ne3 17 d4 is probably better. >16...Be6 <Novelty I think. 16...Nd4 has been played before.> 17.Rc1 Re8 18.Re1 Bc5 19.Ne3< [19.Na5 Nxa5 20.Rxc5 Nxb3 21.Bxb3 Bxb3 22.Rxe8+ Qxe8 Might have been an easier position to play for white.] >19...Ba7 20.Bc3 Nd4 21.Qh5 h6 22.Nc4 Qg5 23.Qxg5 <Forcing the exchange of queens as the white queen has no squares to safely go. [23.Qd1?? Bh3 24.g3 Qd5 winning] >23...hxg5 24.Nd2 Bf5 <Threatening 25...Ne2+ >25.Bxd4?! <[25.Ne4 d5 26.Ng3 Rxe1+ 27.Rxe1 Be6 28.Ne2 Nxb3 29.d4 c5 30.Bxb3 Rxb3 31.dxc5 Bxc5 Although black's bishops are strong, white should still make a game of it.] >25...Bxd4 26.Ne4 Bxb2< [26...d5 27.Nxg5 Bxb2 28.Rcd1 Rxe1+ 29.Rxe1 Black's bishops dominate the board, and whites bishop on a2 is in a sorry state.] >27.Rb1 Ba3 <Whites bishop is in such a mess >28.f3 <Probably not the best move but white is being dominated whatever he plays. [28.Nxg5 Bxd3 29.b4 Bg6 30.Rxe8+ Rxe8 31.Rd1 Bxb4 And black's 2 wonderful bishops and 2 connected passed pawns will keep white suffering.] >28...d5 29.g4 <[29.Nf2 Bb4 30.Rxe8+ Rxe8 31.Kf1 Is still a mess for white, but better than the game move.]> 29...dxe4 30.gxf5 exd3 31.Rxe8+ Rxe8< Threatening 32...d2 >32.Rd1 Re2 33.Bb1 d2 34.Bc2< [34.Kf1 Rxh2 35.Kg1 Bd6 36.Bd3 a5 And white is so tied down that black has the luxury to march his king up the board.] >34...Bc5+ 35.Kh1 a5 36.Rf1 Kf8 37.Bd1 Re1 38.Kg2 Ke7 39.Bc2 Kf6 40.h3 Ke5 01

A dominating game by young Master Howell. A perfect example of dominating the game with your 2 bishops.

In comparison whites bishop was shut out of play for all the game. It was all about black having control of the d4 square, and with whites weak pawn on d3 the white bishop never got any breathing space and spent it's life in jail.

16 Bd2?! probably (?) gave up the chance to play d4 and Howell completely dominated the game. Wonderful play by Howell and what a great tournament for him. Undefeated with +1 score against this field is no mean feat. Congratulations to him!!

Dec-17-09  Troller: I think Ni Hua's real trouble began when he traded off his dark-squared at move 25. He was getting into early time trouble and towards the control he made some quite bad moves (e.g. should have gone for 39.Kf1 Rxh2 40.Kg1 instead) when almost out of time. Howell played a neat game, though; White never seemed to really get anything, and Ba2 was a constant problem, even if the position was most likely still close to equal at move 24. An impressive last game in an impressive tournament by Howell, undefeated with a +1 score in this field was a kind of breakthrough for the young Englishman.
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  Ladolcevita: <Troller>
Howell is partly Chinese~~Albeit he does grow up in a sheer English world.
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  beenthere240: It's a very funny end position. Black can take as long as he wants creeping up with his king on c1, when white has to part with his bishop.
Dec-21-09  Ulhumbrus: 29...dxe4 relinquishes the bishop pair in return for a pawn on the third rank which becomes soon a pawn on the second rank and wins the game.
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  Fusilli: <Troller: I think Ni Hua's real trouble began when he traded off his dark-squared at move 25.> Indeed. Larry Christiansen on Chess FM's "Game of the Day" called 25.Bxd4 a "horrible move".
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