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Cumbria Open - March 3rd 2015

 Note - Notes & Game supplied by Jason

 Round 1- Bye (0.5) because I couldn't play on the Friday.
 Round 2- Black vs Holden Davis (1.5) win from which Holden played a Smith Morra gambit (declined) and had a controlling position but blundered a bishop for rook exchange and his position fell apart as shortly afterwards I managed to win 2 strong knights for a rook.
 Round 3- White vs James Moreby (2) Draw against James in which he had a great chance to get the win on move 14 against me by winning either a bishop or rook. Later in the match I had mating threats myself and accepted a draw from what was a won position for me but I didn't realise at the time.
 Round 4- White vs Stephen Barnes (2.5) It was a normal looking game until I decided upon a kingside attack by sacking the g4 pawn because I felt black was underdeveloped on the queenside to defend it, and latter 2 other pawns (not part of the plan). Luckily I got 2 of the pawns back and Stephen was low on the clock. It ended with a queen and 3 pawns for me against Stephens queen and 4 pawns and I had perpetual threats.

Round 5-

[Event "Cumbria Open (5)"] [White "David Phillips"] [Black "Jason Maxwell"] [Site "Eamont Bridge Penrith"] [Result "0€“1"] [Date "2015.03.02"] [WhiteElo ""] [BlackElo ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.g3 b5 {Although not too unnatural of a move I think it caused me problems in that a was fearing e5 at a later point, especially when I developed my knight to f6.} 7.Bg2 Bb7 8.O-O Nf6 9.Qe2 d6 {I really should be looking to develop my knight to c6 here, there were a few opportunities to do this and although it looks unnatural, at least to me, a4 is a strong move in this position and forces the recapture} 10.a4 bxa4 11.Rxa4 Be7 12.Bg5 {Rc4 was stronger here, it makes me undevelope my queen again and threatens Na4 Nb6 in some lines} Nbd7 13.Nb3 Rb8 14.Na5 Nc5 15.Nxb7 Nxa4 {leaves me a slight advantage but would give him a pawn for the exchange down if played (16.Nxd6+ Bxd6 17.Nxa4 Qa5 18.Bxf6 gxf6 19.b3) and I would also have a somewhat open king.} 16.e5 {is unfortunately played by Dave, who said afterwards that his other 2 candidate moves were 16. Nxd6 and 16. Nxa4, both of which were better for white} Nxc3 17.bxc3 dxe5 18.Qxa6 O-O {in this position I now have a clear exchange up and his past pawns are doubled, and unlikely to cause problems to me. My pieces are coordinated in defense.} 19.c4 Rfc8 20.Bxf6 gxf6 21.c5 Bxc5 22.Nxc5 Qxc5 23.Bh3 Qxc2 24.Bg2 e4 25.Qa1 f5 {was getting worried over perpetual chances around here, I shouldn't have opened up my king pawns and just tried exchanging rooks on b1 at move 24.} 26.Qf6 Qb2 27.Qg5+ Qg7 28.Qf4 Rb2 29.h4 Rcb8 30.Kh2 Rb1 31.Bh3 R8b2 32.Rxb1 Rxb1 33.Qd6 h6 34.Qd2 Rb2 35.Qf4 Kh7 36.Kg2 Rb1 37.h5 Qg5 38.Qc7 Qxh5 39.Qc3 Qf3+ 40.Qxf3 exf3+ 41.Kxf3 Rb4 {now that queens are off I felt a lot easier about not getting a forced draw}42.Kg2 Kg6 43.Kf3 Kg5 44.Kg2 Rb3 45.f4+ Kf6

In the end of the other match James beat Roy so James and I shared first place. As James is from outside the county I got the trophy.