Graeme Oswald - Gary Cornwall

This game was played for Tynemouth A against Leam Lane Aces (Board 2). We really needed a win to keep us in contention for winning Division 1 but with both Paul Dargan and Clive Waters missing it certainly wasn't going to be easy.

Expecting to play Graeme Oswald (212), I looked up his games online and saw that he played d4, e4 and c4 which wasn't a lot to go on! Graeme opened with e4 and I decided to return to my old love, the Caro-Kann which I have played for years until more recently I moved to the Petroff.

Towards the end of the game I saw that the team only needed another draw to win the match so opted to offer this rather than risk losing.

Gary Cornwall

[Event "Northumberland Chess League 2019-2020, Leam Lane Aces vs Tynemouth A"] [Date "1920.02.11"] [White "Graeme Oswald"] [Black "Gary Cornwall"] [ECO "B17"] [Result "1/2-1/2"]
  1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Ng5 Ngf6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Qe2 Nb6 8. Bd3 c5 9. dxc5 Bxc5 10. N1f3 h6 11. Nxf7 {suprising} Kxf7 12. Ne5+ Ke7 {why not Kg8?} 13. Ng6+ Kf7 14. Nxh8+ Qxh8 15. Bd2 Qe8 { worried about his King side attack. If he castles long then I an play Qa6 } 16. f4 Qa4 17. g4 Bd7 18. g5 hxg5 19. fxg5 Qh4+ 20. Kd1 Ng4 21. Rf1+ Kg8 22. c3 Nf2+ 23. Kc2 Nxd3 24. Qxd3 Rf8 25. Rxf8+ Bxf8 26. g6 Bc6 {threatens Be4} 27. Re1 Qa4+ 28. Kb1 Bd5 29. Qh3 Qxa2+ 30. Kc1 Qa1+ 31. Kc2 Qa4+ {draw offered and agreed as this was all was needed by Tynemouth. (Bb3 possible as white cannot recapture due to Qa4 mate)} 1/2-1/2

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