Blast from the Past: Young – Mansson, BPCF Open Championship Semi-Final Round

The last game from the section I need to cover is my Black loss against J.Young. In this game I played rather feebly and lost rather easily.

Young, J – Mansson, James C., BPCF Open Championship S??

1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 e6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Bd3 Be7

Black was followed the strategy recommended by Adorjan in “Black is OK!”. He observed that White was hoping that Black would capture on d4, so that he could easily develop the knight to c3. His idea was therefore to delay capturing on d4, which he believed would inconvenience White.

7.O-O O-O 8.c4

8.Be3 is the other move. White hopes to force …cxd4, but then his bishop may not be ideally placed on e3. 8…cxd4 ( 8…Nc6!? ) 9.cxd4 Nc6 10.Nc3 Qd6 is the most common response.


I don’t think this is the best square for the queen.

8…Qh5 looks more reasonable.

9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.Nc3 Nc6 11.Bg5 h6 12.Bh4 Be7

12…g5!? looks risky but may be worth a try. 13.Bg3 Nh5 picks up the bishop pair at the cost of weakeneing the kingside.

13.Qe2 Qa5 14.Ne4 Nd7 15.Bxe7 Nxe7 16.Rfd1 Qc7 17.Rd2 b6 18.Rad1

White has built up a very strong position.


Black should probably now develop his bishop with 18…Ba6 or 18…Bb7, although White still stands very well.

19.Bc2 Nc6 20.a3

20.Nd6 at once looks good.

20…Bb7 21.b4 Ne7

None of the alternative look attractive.

  • 21…Nde5 22.Nd6
  • 21…Nf6 22.Nd6

22.Nd6 Bxf3?

This just helps the White attack.

22…Nf6 was necessary.

23.Qxf3 Ne5 24.Qe4 N7g6 25.f4

White is just winning.


  • 25…Ng4 26.Qf3
  • 25…f5 26.Qe3

26.Nxf7 1-0

This is a neat blow, but the strength of White’s alternatives indicate how good
his position is:

  • 26.Qb7 Qb8 27.Be4
  • 26.Nb5 Qc8 27.Rxd7
  • 26.Nb7

After the move played, Black decided to resign at once as his position is hopeless: 26…Kxf7 27.Qxg6+ Kf8 28.Qxe6.

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