Allan Pleasants’ positional masterpiece

Allan Pleasants Dorset chess player

Here is Allan’s flawless game from Jersey Open, round 6, 5 April ’17. A great positional win for Allan as he smothered his opponent and did not give him a sniff of a chance.

Jersey Open – Round 6 – Allan Pleasants (1982) v CM Daniel Rosen (2047)

  1. d4 d6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. O-O O-O 6. c4 Nbd7 7. Nc3 c6 8. h3 Qc7 9. Be3 Nb6 10. b3 a5 11. Rc1 a4 12. Qd2 axb3 13. axb3 Bd7 14. Bh6 Ra6 15. Bxg7 Kxg7 16. e4 Ng8 17. Rcd1 Rfa8 18. c5 Nc8 19. b4 Be6 20. d5 Bd7 21. Qd4+ Nf6 22. Rfe1 Kg8

Allan has built up a fantastic position. Black’s queenside play is uncoordinated and irrelevant compared to what Allan is about to unleash on the kingside and in the centre!

  1. e5! Nxd5

The more obvious 23… dxe5 allows the clever 24. Nxe5 Nxd5 25. Bxd5 cxd5 26. Nxd5 Qd8 27. Nxd7 Qxd7 28. Nf6+ winning Black’s Queen on d7.

  1. Nxd5 cxd5 25. exd6 exd6 26. Qh4 dxc5 27. Ng5

27… h5 (forced to avoid mate) 28. Bxd5

Now, following Black’s departure from the Kingside area, his f7 square is so tender and vulnerable to a big strike and Allan does not miss this opportunity.

28… Nd6 29. Qf4 Be8 30. bxc5 Qxc5

Allan now finds the most clinical way to finish the game.

31.Rxe8+! Rxe8 32. Bxf7+ Kf8 33.Bxg6+ Ke7 34. Re1+ Kd7 35. Bxe8+ Nxe8 36. Qf7+ 1-0

An excellently played game by Allan and if he can win his game today v Glenn House (2211), he will be amongst the leaders and well placed to win a good prize.

Martin Simons


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