Giddins on Hastings 2010

(1) Howell,David (2616) - Edouard,Romain (2620) [A62]
Hastings Masters Hastings/UK (6.1), 02.01.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Bg2 Bg7 8.Nf3 0-0 9.0-0 Nbd7 10.a4 b6 11.h3 Qe7 12.Re1 Ne4 13.Nxe4 Qxe4 14.Bf4 Qe7 15.e4 Ne5 16.Nxe5 Bxe5 17.Qd2 Re8 18.Ra3 Bd7 19.b4?! This leads to a weakening of the kingside structure. 19...Bxf4 20.gxf4 Qf6 21.Rb1 cxb4 22.Rxb4 Rac8 Black already has a firm initiative, and with time-trouble already approaching, David collapses rather quickly. 23.a5 b5 24.a6 Rc4 25.Rxc4 bxc4 26.Kh2 Bb5 27.Ra5? c3 28.Qe3 c2 29.Rxb5? Qa1 0-1

(2) Hebden,Mark (2556) - Shyam,Sundar M (2414) [D00]
Hastings Masters Hastings/UK (6.3), 02.01.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.Qd2 Ne4 6.Nxe4 dxe4 7.Ne5 0-0 8.0-0-0 Qd5 9.b3 Nc6 10.Nxc6 Qxc6 11.e3 Bg4 12.Be2 Bxe2 13.Qxe2 b5 14.f3 f5 15.Bg5 a5 16.Bxe7 Rfe8 17.Bc5 exf3 18.gxf3 Bh6 19.Rd3 Mark's favourite "Barry System" had not yielded a very impressive position, and now the Indian IM struck with the combination 19...Rxe3! 20.Rxe3 Re8 and White is already pretty much busted. Hebden tried 21.Re1 Rxe3 22.Qxe3 Bxe3+ 23.Rxe3 but could not hold the ending. 23...g5 24.Kb2 h5 25.h3 f4 26.Re5 Qxf3 27.Rxg5+ Kf7 28.h4 b4 29.Rf5+ Kg6 30.Rg5+ Kf6 31.Ba7 Qc3+ 32.Kb1 Qe1+ 33.Kb2 Qxh4 34.Rxa5 f3 35.Ra6+ Kf7 36.Bc5 f2 37.Ra8 Qh3 0-1

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