Peter Hughes Champion 2019

Published on: 9th May 2019
By Douglas Vleeshhouwer

Steve Hodge has successfully defended his title and is again our Peter Hughes Champion.

He defeated Graham Chesters in the rapid play decider after the first game ended in a draw.

Here is the first game:

Steve Hodge - Graham Chesters [B16]

Peter Hughes final, 25.04.2019

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6 6.c3 Nd7 7.Nf3 Nb6 8.g3 Bg4 9.Bg2 h5 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Qxf3 Qd5 12.h4 0–0–0 13.0–0 Qxf3 14.Bxf3 e6 15.b3 Be7 16.a4 f5 17.Ba3 Bf6 18.Rac1 f4 19.Kh2 e5 20.a5 Nd5 21.dxe5 Bxe5 22.Rfe1 f6 23.c4 Nc7 24.Rcd1 Ne6 25.Rxd8+ Kxd8 26.Rd1+ Kc7 27.Bc1 fxg3+ 28.fxg3 Nd4 29.Be4 Ne2 [29...Nxb3] 30.Bf4 Nxf4 [30...Bxf4 31.gxf4 Nc3 32.Bc2 Nxd1 33.Bxd1 Kd6 34.b4 Ke6 35.b5 Kf5 36.bxc6 bxc6 37.Kg3 Rg8+ 38.Kh3 Kxf4 39.Bxh5 c5 40.Bf7 Rg3+ 41.Kh2 Ra3 42.h5 Kg5 43.Kg2] 31.gxf4 Bxf4+ 32.Kg2 Rg8+ 33.Kf3 Bd6 34.Bf5 c5 [34...Rg3+ 35.Ke2 a6 36.Rb1] 35.Kf2 Rg7 36.Rg1 Rxg1 37.Kxg1 Bg3 38.Bg6 Bxh4 39.Bxh5 Be1 40.a6 bxa6 41.Kf1 Bc3 [41...Bb4 42.Bg4 a5 43.Ke2 Kd6 44.Bf3 Ke5 45.Kd3 f5 46.Bd5 Ba3 47.Bf3 Bc1 48.Bc6 Bg5 49.Bb7 Kf4 50.Bc6 Bf6 51.Bd5 Bd4 52.Bc6 Kg3 53.Ke2 f4 54.Bd5] 42.Ke2 Kd6 43.Kd3 Bd4 44.Ke4 Kc6 45.Be8+ Kb6 46.Bd7 Ka5 47.Bc6 Kb4 48.Ba4 Be5 49.Kf5 Bb2 and a draw was agreed 10-15 moves later ½–½

Steve (with the black pieces) and Graham before the start of the game.

Below is the rapid game, with notes from Steve:

Graham Chesters - Steve Hodge [A80]

Peter Hughes Final Quickplay Replay, 08.05.2019


1.d4 f5 2.Bg5 [This moves looks strange but is regularly played against the Dutch at all levels.  The idea is to prevent black developing normally as Nf6 is met by Bxf6.  White aims for an early h4 and/or e4.]

2...g6 [the immediate 2...h6 is often played but black needs to know the theory as can come under a rapid King side attack.  I like the idea of the line 3.Bh4 g5 4.e4 Rh7 5.Qh5+ Rf7 which is apparently fine for black but I am not sure I would ever dare play it]

3.h4 [(this is an aggressive line which has been used by a number of top players particularly in quick play)]

3...Bg7 4.h5 [4.Nc3 is more usual, delaying h5, the idea of h4 is more to weaken g6 (after the likely h6) rather than to crash through on the king side in the opening although the latter has happened to me before]

4...h6 [certainly not 4...gxh5? when 5.e3 d6 6.Qxh5+ is much better for white]

5.Bf4 [(Bd2 or Bc1 may be better as this preserves the bishop and after g5 black has weak pawn on f5)]

5...g5 [(neutralising the impact of the h5 pawn but it does leave a weakness on f5 that will need to be watched)]

6.Be5 Nf6 7.e3 d6 8.Bxf6 Bxf6 9.c4 [(this natural looking move creates weaknesses for white on the black squares which can be exploited by the black bishop, c3 is more solid trying to deny the black bishop any activity)]

9...c5 10.Nc3 Nc6 11.dxc5 [11.d5 keeping the centre closed is an alternative although I like blacks position after Ne5 particularly with the strong black squared bishop]

11...Qa5 [black is slightly better here, whites kingside is undeveloped and black has pressure on the a1–h8 diagonal)]

12.Nge2 [(to protect c3, Qb3 is an alternative but black is still better)]

12...dxc5 [12...Qxc5 throws away any advantage after 13.Nd5]

13.Qd2 [(Qb3 is a better try)]

13...Be6 [(this immediately puts pressure on c4 and prepares Rd8 forcing the Queen to move again)]

14.Nc1 [although not very attractive 14.Nd5 is probably best, trying to escape at the cost of a pawn with 14...Qxd2+ 15.Kxd2 0–0–0 16.Nec3 Bxc3+ 17.Kxc3 Bxd5 18.cxd5 Rxd5 This was my plan but 14.... Bxb2 is probably even stronger]

14...Rd8 15.Nb3 [(this loses material, Qc2 provides more resiliance but black is much better in all lines)]

15...Rxd2 16.Nxa5 Rxb2 17.Nd1 Rb6 18.Nxc6 Bxa1 [(black has won the exchange and a pawn.  In GM chess they would say the rest is a matter of technique but for us particularly in a 30 min game anything is possible)]

19.Na5 Rb1 20.Kd2 [( a creative try, the rook on b1 looks poorly placed now but white is too undeveloped to take any advantage of  this)]

20...Kf7 21.Kc2 Rb6 22.Bd3 Rd8 23.Nb3 Bf6 24.Nxc5 Rb4 25.Nxe6 Kxe6 26.Nc3 Bxc3 27.Kxc3 Ra4 [the rest of the game was played in a bit of a time scramble but black is comfortably winning. I stopped recording here and the next few moves are from memory)]

28.Bb1 Rc8 29.Bd3 Rxa2 30.Rb1 b6 31.Rb5 Rc5 32.e4 f4 33.Rxc5 bxc5 34.g3 Rxf2 35.gxf4 gxf4 36.Bc2 Rxc2+ [the game continued for a few more moves as both sides were down to the last minute or so, fortunately it is now easy as either the f or a pawn will Queen.]




Douglas Vleeshhouwer: 9th May 2019 19:42:00