A bit of a crazy last round ended the 4th Batavia tournament. The 12-move draw between Achim Illner and Keith Arkell wasn’t unexpected, but what about Robin van Kampen losing a piece and resigning at move 19 against Mark Hebden? On top of that, Manuel Bosboom, who wasn’t exactly having his best tournament ever, crushed Hugo ten Hertog in 22 moves!
With a GM norm and the tournament already in the pocket, Illner can hardly be blamed for choosing the Exchange Slav and exchanging everything against Arkell. Therefore, let’s quickly move on to some other games. For example, this walk-over:
Bosboom – Ten Hertog
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 b6 7. cxd5 exd5
Only if you have never seen games by Bosboom, this and the following move will come as a surprise!
8 … Bb7 9. g4 Bb4 10. Bd2 Rc8 11. g5 Bxc3 12. Bxc3 Ne4 13. Bd3 c5 14. Bxe4 dxe4
Wow! 15 … exf3 can now be answered by 16. Bxg7 Rg8 17. Qxh7.
15 … Bxd5?
Opening the d-file is far too dangerous. Safer was 15… O-O 16. Qxe4 and now for example 16 … b5!?.
16. O-O-O Bc6 17. Nh4
This is already over.
17 … Rg8 18. Nf5 Kf8 19. Rg4 Qc7 20. Nd6 f5 21. Rf4 g6 22. Qb3
Robin van Kampen suffered from chess blindness and played an inexplicable 19th move.
Van Kampen – Hebden
19. Ra7 cxb3 0-1
Richard Vedder quickly turned a nice position into a horrible one.
Vedder – Klein
With 22. f4 White keeps a small advantage.
22… Nxc4 23. Bxc4 Rd8!
White has to lose a pawn. In fact the immediate 23… Nxe5 was also possible.
24. Ba6 Nc5 25. Qe2 Rbd7 26. Qc4?! Rd5!
Now the bishop on a6 is trapped!
27. f4 Qa7 28. Re4 Bf8 29. Bxc5 Rxc5 0-1
The very last move of the tournament was a nice one. You don’t get to see an underpromotion every day.
Vandenbussche – Ernst
57… Rf1! 58. Rxf1 gxf1B! 0-1
This concludes the 4th Batavia Chess Tournament. See you next year!