Lance Truong – Ryan Carey
Victorian Junior Championships, 1998

1.e4 eS 2.NfJ Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3
4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5? (5 … Na5!)
6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Ke8 8.Bxd5+-
4 … Bb4 S.O-O 0-0 6.d3 Qe7? 7.h3?! d6
8.Bg5 h6 9.Bxf6?!
It would have been better to play 9.BM
to keep Black in a pin. Then White can
play Nd5 next move and open up
Black’s king.
9 … Qxf6 10.NdS Qd8
Now you can see why 6 … Qe7 was a bad
move. It wasted time developing the
Queen when other pieces should have
been developed first. Now Black’s
Queen is chased right back home!
1l.c3 BcS 12.d4 Bb6 13.a4 exd4
Black shouldn’t take this pawn because
it leaves White with 2 pawns in the
centre and Black with none.
14.cxd4 Be6 lS.Nxb6 axb6 16.Bxe6
That series of exchanges has given
Black another pawn in the centre, a
half-open file for his rook and much
more freedom with his remaining few
pieces. If you have a space advantage
(ie. more control of the centre) then you
shouldn’t exchange, it is better to keep
your opponent cramped up and not
17.Rel Qd718.Qd2 d5!

Truong - Carey

Striking back in the centre. White’s
space advantage has dissapated because
he spent too much time exchanging and
not enough attacking.
19.eS Rf7
Preparing to double rooks on the halfopen

20.b3 Ne7 21.Rac1 c6 22.Qb4 Qc7 9. Gayanie Basnayake
23.Re3 NfS 24.Rec3 10. Thilini Basnayake
White also has his rooks in the best 11. Vincent Lau
attacking position, a half-open file.
24 … Raf8 2S.Ral Ne7 26.a5
A good move. Even though it gets rid of
Black’s doubled pawns it opens up lines
for White’s attack.
26 … bxa5 27.Qxa5 Qxa5 28.Rxa5 Rf4
Activating the rook. It is always important
to have ALL your pieces attacking,
especially in the ending where there are
only a few pieces left on the board and
every advantage ( or mistake) is magnified.
29.Ra7 NfS 30.Rxb7 Nxd4 31.Nxd4
Rxd4 32.Rxc6 Rd1+ 33.Kh2 d4 ..
Black could have taken the pawn on ‘f2’
34.Rxe6 d3 3S.Rd7 Rfl?
It would be much better to keep his
passed pawn protected and take the
pawn with the rook from is.
Now hoping to create thfeats of his own
with his passed b-pawn.
36 … Rlxf2 37.Rxd3 Re2 38.Rb3 Rffl
Once you control an open file it should
always be your aim to dominate the 7th
rank (or 2nd). This keeps the King
confined to the back rank and also attacks
the pawns where they are at their
39.bS Rxg2+ 40.Khl Rgfl 41.Rbl
Blocking the intended checkmate.
41 … Kf7
The right idea, activating his King.
42.Ra6 RxeS 43.b6 Ree2 44.b7 Rh2+
4S.Kgl Rhg2+
Seeing that White’s pawn can’t be
stopped Black sensibly chooses to give
perpetual check and a draw is agreed.

Dima Onufreichuk -Dominic Deacon
Victorian Junior Championships, ยท1998

1.e4 e5 2.NfJ Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d3 Nf6
5.Nc3 d6 6.Na4 Bb6 7.Nxb6 axb6 8.a3
8 … Be6 would be better with the idea of
playing for … d5 eventually. Moving the
knight to the edge of the board just
wastes time.
9.Ba2 Bg4 10.h3 Bh5 11.0-0 0-0
12.Kh2 Nc6 13.g4 Nxg4+?? 14.hxg4
Bxg4 15.Rgl Bxf3 16.Qxf3 Nd4
17.Qg3 g6 18.Bg5 Qd7 19.Bf6

Dima Onufreichuk - Dominic Deacon

19 … Ne2 20.Qh4 Nxgl 21.Rxg1 1-0
With the threat of 22.Rxg6 followed by
Qh8++ as well as 22.Qh6.