Friday, 30 July 2010

Reasons Not To Be An Idiot

The last time I played Peter was in the last round of the British Under 16s in Douglas. It was a winner-takes-all fight that he triumphed in. This wasn't quite a case of revenge given how far he's come since then but, frankly, I was well up for bashing him.

Philip J. Makepeace (2074) - (2307) Peter Constantinou

1. e4 g6 2. d4 d6 3. Nc3 c6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. a4 Nf6 6. h3 O-O 7. Be3 Nbd7 8. a5 e5

Deviating from Adair - Constantinou, British Championship 2009, which concluded 8...Qc7 9. Bc4 Rb8 10. Ng5 b5 11. axb6 axb6 12. Bxf7+ Rxf7 13. Ne6 Qb7 14. Nd8 Qc7 15. Ne6 1/2-1/2

And rightly so! I'm no James Adair.

9. Bc4?

Losing a vital tempo. The e4 pawn will now be under siege.

9... exd4 10. Nxd4 Re8 11. Bd3 Nc5 12. f3 d5 13. Nde2 dxe4 14. fxe4 Nfxe4 15. Bxe4 Bxc3+ 16. Nxc3 Qh4+ 17. Bf2 Nxe4 18. Bxh4 Nxc3+

19. Kf2 Nxd1+ 20. Rhxd1 Bf5 21. a6!?

Peter criticised this move after the game as it gives him a target. But the
a7 pawn becomes one too.

21... b6 22. c3 Kg7 23. Rd6 Re6 24. Rad1 c5 25. Bd8!?
Rxd6 26. Rxd6 Be6 27. Ke3 Bc4 28. Ke4?!

The correct plan was to shore up
the kingside first. Despite being two pawns up, black's approach is not clear.

28... Bxa6 29. Ke5 Bf1 30. Rd2 Kg8 31. Be7 Kg7 32. Kd6 c4 33. Kd7 f5 34. Bd8 h6
35. Bc7 g5 36. Kc6 Bd3 37. g3 Re8 38. b3 Bf1 39. bxc4 Bxh3 40. Ra2!

The queenside falls. Black's kingside majority should still be decisive but
care is needed. He just needs to cool his boots for a while.

40... Re4 41.
Rxa7 Rxc4+ 42. Kd5 Bf1 43. Bxb6+ Kg6 44. Bd4 Rc8 45. Ra1 Bc4+ 46. Kd6 Kh5 47.
Be5 Re8 48. Rh1+ Kg6 49. Re1 Bd3 50. Kd7 Bb5+ 51. Kd6 Rc8 52. Re3 Kh5 53. Re1
Kg4 54. Rb1 Bd3 55. Rd1 Be4 56. Ke6 Re8+ 57. Kf6 Rc8 58. Rd7 h5 59. Rg7 Rc6+
60. Ke7 Ra6!

Probably the winning move - the threat of Bf4 was looming
large. Now white's king is cut off.

61. Kd7 Bd5 62. Kc8 h4 63. gxh4 Kxh4 64.
Rh7+ Kg4 65. Kd8 f4 66. Rc7 Rc6 67. Rd7 Bg2 68. Rd4 Kf5 69. Bg7 f3 70. Rd5+ Kf4
71. Rd4+ Kg3 72. Be5+ Kh3 73. Rd2 g4 74. Rd7 Bf1 75. Rh7+ Kg2 76. Rg7 Rc4 77. Bd4 Rxd4+

Poor deactivated gunny.

78. cxd4 g3


In Round 4 in 2007, I lasted 79 moves with the white pieces against GM Tony Kosten. Let it be said that in Round 4 in 2010, I lasted 78 moves with the white pieces against FM Peter Constantinou. Some things never change.


  1. You can get it to display more details if you want. If above the moves you enter

    [Event "British Championship"]
    [Site "Canterbury"]
    [Date "2010.07.29"]
    [Round "4"]
    [White "Makepeace, Phil"]
    [Black "Constantinou, Peter"]
    [Result "0-1"]

    this may have a beneficial effect.

  2. What's Frank Turner got to do with it. I presume you mean the singer? Something to do with the black king going south and your time running out!

  3. Hello Mr. Anonymous. The title of the post is a Frank Turner song and primarily refers to 9. Bc4.

    On the forum, I said he's making a second appearance on these pages: the round 1 report title is a reference to the song I Knew Prufrock Before He Was Famous. I plan to big up James Adair as much as possible over this fortnight by the way.


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