Kevin Goater’s fantastic performance in Bucharest includes beating Russian GM

Kevin Goater’s fantastic performance in Bucharest includes beating Russian GM

23 Nov: Dorset player Kevin Goater is achieving fantastic results in the World Seniors as reported by Allan Pleasants immediately below:-

Kevin Goater is playing in the World Seniors in the Romanian capital of Bucharest. Kevin started the 11 
round competition that has 20 grandmasters and many other titled players in it in fine style by beating 
the number 9 seed Russian GM Semen Dvoirys (2490) with the black pieces. With one round to go Kevin has 
won 3, drawn 4 and lost 3. against strong opponents and so far gained some 35 rating points. 
Hopefully Kevin can get a result in his last game today, have a safe journey home and provide an 
annotation of his game against the GM.

Here is a link to Kevin’s World Seniors performance provided by Martin Simons

And Martin has also added this commentary and position from Kevin’s’ memorable win v Semen Dvoirys

[Date “2019.11.12”]
[Round “1.17”]
[White “Dvoirys, Semen I”]
[Black “Goater, Kevin P”]
[Result “0-1”]

The full game is given below and this is the critical position after Kevin’s 27… Nc6. The GM’s next move 28.Rdf1?? is a complete blunder (as it loses the Bishop on b4). He clearly missed Kevin’s less obvious but excellent 28… R2e3!, perhaps only expecting the more natural 28…. R8e3 when even here the game is still about equal which is a clear demonstration how well Kevin was playing against such a strong opponent.

It just shows that if you hang on in there and be alert to opportunities, as Kevin is brilliant at, you can frustrate even the best players!

A fantastic result for Kevin and his other results are not bad either drawing against four FMs and one CM. Following on from Allan’s excellent research and comments, Kevin drew his last game today against a strong player coming a very creditable 57th out of 138.

Kevin Goater game 231119

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Nxf6+ exf6 6. Bc4 Bd6 7. Ne2 Qc7
8. Ng3 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. Qh5 g6 11. Qh4 Be6 12. Ne4 Nd7 13. Nxd6 Qxd6 14. Bb3
Bxb3 15. axb3 Re6 16. Bf4 Qe7 17. Qg3 a6 18. c4 Re4 19. Rad1 Re8 20. Bd6 Qe6
21. Bb4 b5 22. Qc3 c5 23. dxc5 bxc4 24. f3 Re2 25. bxc4 Ne5 26. b3 Qf5 27. Rf2
Nc6 28. Rdf1 R2e3 29. Qd2 Rd3 30. Re1 Red8 0-1


Finally, here is a link to the game in ChessBase should you wish to play it through on your computer or mobile:

(photo is of Kevin, not in Bucharest, but much closer to home playing in the Dorchester Jamboree!)