Giddins on Hastings 2010

(1) Howell,David (2616) - Gormally,Daniel (2480) [B90]
Hastings Masters Hastings/UK (8.2), 04.01.2011

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3 g6 7.g4 Bg7 8.Bg2 0-0 9.0-0 Nfd7 10.a4 Nc6 11.Nde2 Rb8 12.Bg5 h6 13.Be3 b5 14.Rb1 b4 15.Nd5 e6 16.Ndf4 b3 17.Nd3 bxc2 18.Qxc2 Bb7 19.b4 Nce5 20.Nxe5 Nxe5 21.Qb3 Rc8 22.Rbc1 Rxc1 23.Rxc1 Qa8 24.f4 Bxe4 25.Bxe4 Qxe4 26.fxe5 Qf3 27.exd6 Qxe2 28.Bf2 Rd8 29.Rd1 Bc3 30.b5 axb5 31.axb5 Qf3 32.Qc2 Be5 33.Rd3 Qb7 34.Qc5 Bf4 35.b6 Ra8 36.Qd4 Bg5 37.d7 Bd8 38.Kh2 Ra5 39.Qe3 Ra2 40.Rd2 Ra1 41.Kg3 Qh1 42.Qf3 Rg1+ 43.Bxg1 Qxg1+ 44.Qg2 Qxb6 45.Qf2 Qc6 46.Qf3 Qc7+ 47.Kg2 Kg7 48.Qa8 Bh4 49.Qa1+ Kh7 50.Qf1 Kg7 51.Qd3 Qc6+ 52.Qf3 Qc7 53.Qd3 Qc6+ 54.Kh2 Bd8 55.Qd4+ Kh7 56.Qd6 Qf3 57.Qg3 Qc6 58.h4 Qc1 59.Rf2 Kg8 60.Qb8 Qc7+ 61.Qxc7 Bxc7+ 62.Kg2 Kf8 63.Rc2 Bd8 64.Ra2 Ke7 65.Ra7 Kd6 66.h5 gxh5 67.gxh5 f5 68.Kf3 Bg5 69.Ke2 Bd8 70.Kd3 Bg5 71.Kc4 Bd8 72.Kb5 Bg5 73.Kc4 Bd8 74.Kb5 Bg5 75.Kc4 1/2-1/2

(2) Zhou,Yang Fan (2348) - Spence,David (2244) [C06]
Hastings Masters Hastings/UK (8.14), 04.01.2011

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ngf3 g6 This fianchetto looks very strange in the French, but is a respectable idea in this variation. Black aims to blunt the white bishop on d3. 8.0-0 Bg7 9.Re1 cxd4 10.cxd4 0-0 11.Nb3 Nb6? [But this is the start of a treatment that is too passive. In this line, Black needs to break with 11...f6 in order to activate his pieces and create pressure on White's centre.] 12.h4 Bd7 13.Bg5 Qc7 14.Rc1 Rae8 15.h5 Qb8 16.Qd2 Bc8 17.Nc5 Black has been reduced to complete passivity, and it is only a matter of time before White infiltrates decisively on the kingside dark squares. 17...Qc7 18.Bf6 Bxf6 19.exf6 Qd8 20.Qf4 Nd7 21.Nxd7 Bxd7 22.Ne5 Nxe5 23.dxe5 Kh8 24.Qh6 1-0

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