Peter Coleman's Games

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Peter has joined Barnet in 1997. He found out about Barnet Chess Club from our web site!. Peter is an excellent postal player as well as being a valuable member of our teams in the North Circular and Hertfordshire chess leagues.

[Event "?"]
[Site "ICCF EM/M/A015"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Champion,William"]
[Black "Coleman,Peter"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E24"]
[PlyCount "36"]
[EventDate "1997.??.??"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.Qd2?!

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({Usual is} 7.cxd5 exd5 8.dxc5 ({or} 8.Qd3) ({although}8.Qd2 {has been revived by British IM Malcom Pein.}))

7...O-O {7...Nc6 came into consideration here, I chose 7...O-O because it was less prone to transpose back into book and seemed to give the best chance of taking advantage of White's lack of development.]} (7...Nc6 8.cxd5 exd5 (8...Nxd5 9.e4 {looks risky.})

9.e3 {[seemed to be forcing White to play good moves.]}) (7...cxd4 8.cxd4 dxc4 {with similar ideas to the game was also playable.})


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{The main trouble with this move is that the Knight is peripheral over on h3 and it will require a further loss of time to bring it into the thick of the fight. It also opens tactical possibilities based on Bxh3 and Qh5+ in the future.]}

(8.cxd5 {[is probably best here. I had thought about the pawn gambit by]} 8...cxd4 9.dxe6 Bxe6 10.cxd4 Nc6 11.e3 {[but I could see no way forward so]}) (8.cxd5 exd5 9.e3 b6 {[probably has to be played with roughly equal chances]})

8...cxd4 9.cxd4 dxc4 {Black has won a pawn, but White now has a preponderance of pawns in the center and the pawn on c4 might be proven to be weak.}

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10.e3?! {After delaying this move with the apparent intention of playing e2-e4, White flinches. But it's not so simple to play e4.}(10.e4 Nc6 11.Bb2 Na5 12.Qb4 Qc7 13.Rc1 b5! 14.Qxb5?! Nxe4!
{so that Qe5 doesn't work} 15.fxe4 Rb8){However 10.e3 causes Black no difficulties at all}

10...Qc7! {A multi-purpose move, as it guards the c4 pawn, frees d8 for the rook and also prepares e5 as well as allowing a later c3. It's really the only move to prosecute the advantage.}

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11.a4?! {White is not alert to the possibilities at Black's disposal and routinely plays to prevent b5. Better was 11.Bb2 preventing e5 especially as b5 isn't even playable yet being answered by a4! Probably the idea was to get the Bishop to a3. But White just doesn't have time for this.} (11.Bb2 Rd8 12.Nf2 (12.a4 e5 13.Rc1 Bxh3 14.Rxc4 Nc6 15.gxh3 exd4 16.exd4 Nd5 -+) (12.Qc3 Nd5 -+) (12.Qc2 Nd5 13.e4?! Qa5+ 14.Kf2 c3!) 12...Nd5 13.Rc1 b5 14.e4 Nf4 15.a4 a6
{and White has little compensation for the pawn})


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{Setting up an uncomfortable vis-a-vis with the White Queen and pinning the e4 pawn.} (11...c3 12.Qc2 e5 13.dxe5 Qxe5 14.Nf4{is not as clear cut as the game I feel})


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{Another second-best move. It seems the queen must move away from the d-file, but actually 12.Bb2 protects the d4 pawn and prevents c3.(12.Qc3 {although better is still not enough by now...} 12...e5! 13.dxe5 Nd5 14.Qxc4 Qxe5 15.Ra3 (15.Qd4 Qxd4 16.exd4 Bxh3 17.gxh3 Nc6 18.Bb2 Ne3 19.Kf2 (19.Kd2 Nxf1+ 20.Rhxf1 Nxd4) 19...Nc2 20.Rc1 N2xd4) 15...Bxh3 16.gxh3 Nb6 {looks pretty nasty for White.})

12...e5 {(!) Now Black opens up the center, catching the White king in the open}

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13.Bb2 {Now this move is too late. (13.Nf2 {is probably a little better, e.g.} 13...exd4 14.Qxc4 Nc6) (13.Qxc4 Qxc4 14.Bxc4 Bxh3 15.gxh3 exd4 {is losing but not so badly}) {but not} (13.Bxc4 Bxh3 14.gxh3 Rc8 -+)

13...Bxh3 14.gxh3 Nd5 15.Kf2

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(15.Qxc4 Qxc4 16.Bxc4 Nxe3 17.Rc1 exd4 (15.Ra3 c3! 16.Bxc3? exd4 17.exd4? Qe7+)

15...c3 16.Ba3 (16. Bc1 {is slightly better but it hardly makes any difference by now.})

16...exd4 17.exd4 Nc6 18.Rd1 {In keeping with the theme of this game, White still doesn't develop his KB. (18. Bd3 {may even be worse} 18...Nxd4! 19.Bxh7+ Kh8 20.Qd3 Nf6! 21.Be4? Nb3) ({Intrinsically best may be} 18.Qd3 Qf4
19.Bc1 Qh4+ 20.Kg2 Nxd4 {but this is just nitpicking.})

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18...Nxd4! {Based on the tactical point 19.Rxd4 Qb6! and the pin is fatal for
White after 20.Qd3 Nb4!} 0-1

[Event "GT/A015"]
[Site "ICCF EMail"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Coleman,Peter"]
[Black "Weber,Karl_Heinz"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "84"]
[EventDate "1997.??.??"]

{This game is probably my best result so far. My opponent finished third in a recently completed European Championship which must have earnt him an IM norm.}

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Ne7 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.Qg4 Qc7 8.Qxg7 Rg8 9.Qxh7 cxd4 10.Ne2 Nbc6 11.f4 Bd7 12.Qd3 dxc3 13.h4!?

{An idea of Rene Djurhuus which has the advantage of being almost completely theory free...}

13...Nf5 14.Rb1 d4 15.h5 O-O-O {Not 16.h6?! which has had poor results for White.}

16.Rg1 Qa5!? {TN (?) Previously 16...Nh6 has been played.}

17.g4 {Possibly too mechanical because I did not consider Black's next move at all.}

17...Nh4! {A daring move that seemingly loses material at first sight, but proves not to be so. A move worthy of a player who finished 3rd in a recently finished European Championship.}

18.Kf2! {Trying to win the Knight does not appear to work, e.g.} (18.Qh3 Qa4 19.Rb3? (19.Qd3) 19...Na5 20.Rb4 (20.Qxh4 Nxb3) 20...Qxc2 21.Rxd4 Bc6 22.Rxd8+ Rxd8 23.Qxh4 Rd1+ 24.Kf2 Bb5 {The game continuation
is to help nullify the threats after the expected 18...Qd5.})

18...Kb8? {After the Lord Mayor's show comes the dustcart. Black does not have time for this. 19...Qd5 was good. 19...Qa4 also deserves consideration.}

19.Nxd4 Nxd4 20.Qxd4 Bc6 21.Qc4! {To persuade Black to cover up the d-file before playing Qb4.}

21...Rc8?! {21...Bd5 was to be preferred I believe.}

22.Qb4 Qd5 23.Qd6+! {The Queens will come off! The endgame is won for White due essentially to that monster h-pawn.}

23...Qxd6 24.exd6 Nf3 25.Rg3 Nd4 26.h6 Rh8 (26...Nxc2 27.Bd3 Ba5 (27...Nd4 28.h7 Rh8 29.Rb4) 28.Ba6 Bc6 29.Rxc3)

27.f5!? e5 {It might have been better (more drawing chances) to accept the combination by} (27...exf4 28.Bf4 Ka8 29.Be5 Rxh6 30.Bxd4 Rxd6 31.Bxc3) {With so many pawns off it is difficult for White to realise
his material advantage.}

28.Rxc3 f6 29.Rc5! {Threatening c3 and thus forcing more piece exchanges. In this sort of position every piece exchanged favours the side with more material.}

29...Be4 30.Rxc8+ Kxc8 31.Bg2 Bxg2 32.Kxg2 b6 (32...Nxc2 33.d7+ Kc7 34.g5 Nd4 35.g6 Nxf5 36.g7 Rg8 37.Bg5! Nxh6 (37...fxg5?? 38.h7) 38.Bxh6 Kxd7 39.Rxb7+ Ke6 40.Rxa7)

33.c3 Nc6 34.Kg3 Kd7 35.g5 fxg5 36.Bxg5 (36...Kxd6 37.Rd1+ Kc7
38.Kg4 Nb8 39.f6 Nd7 40.f7 e4 41.Kf5 Nf8 42.Be7)

36...Nd8 37.Bxd8 Kxd8 38.Rh1 Kd7 39.Kf3 Kxd6 40.Ke4 Rh7 41.a4!

{Resigns.After} (41...a6 42.c4 a5 43.Rh2 Rh8 44.h7) {Black is in Zugzwang} 1-0

[Event "ICCF EMail"]
[Site "M/GT/A002"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Coleman,Peter"]
[Black "Schutt,Raymond"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B76/14"]
[PlyCount "63"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 O-O
9.O-O-O d5 10.Qe1 (10.exd5 {is the main line, but after} 10...Nxd5
11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Bd4 (12.Nxd5 cxd5 13.Qxd5 (13.Bh6 Bxh6 14.Qxh6 e6 {has only
4 draws in my database.}) 13...Qc7 14.Qc5 Qb7 {although theoretically
superior for White doesn't seem to work out that way in practise. A line
still unclear but not so suited to my style as the game one.}) 12...e5
(12...Nxc3 13.Qxc3 {was a line where Topalov got roasted by Kasparov in
'95.}) 13.Bc5 Re8 {appears better than the more popular} (13...Be6)
14.Nxd5 cxd5 15.Qxd5 Qxd5 16.Rxd5 Be6 17.Rd6 Bxa2 {seems to lead to drawish
positions, as White cannot trap the Bishop, e.g.} 18.b3 Rec8 19.Rd5 a5
20.Kb2 a4 21.Kxa2 axb3+ 22.Kxb3 Ra5 23.Bc4 (23.Kb4? Raxc5 24.Rxc5 Bf8)
23...Raxc5 {which led to a draw in 34, Sion Castro-Romero Holmes, Leon 1995.})

10...e6 {the main alternative is} (10...e5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.exd5 Nxd5 13.Bc4
Be6 14.Ne4 Qb8 {Black can try a number of other moves but White appears to
maintain the advantage.} 15.Bc5 Rd8 16.Qh4 h6 17.g4 {this has had little
practical test but I know which side I'd rather be playing!})

11.h4 {not} (11.g4?! e5 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.exd5 cxd5 {when Black has the edge.})

11...Qc7 12.h5 {This is much more in keeping with the spirit of this line
than the other move played here} (12.exd5)

12...Nxh5 {This pawn sacrifice - with the aim of an attack down the h-file is
well-known in these lines. The rest of the game gives a good example of what
can happen to Black.}

13.g4!? {More normal is} (13.exd5 exd5 (13...Nxd4 {was tried in Luther-
Hoffman, Lippstadt, 1994 (1-0, 52).}) 14.Ndb5 {won for Almalsi against
Georgiev in 1994, but only drew for Adams against Topalov on 1996. The game
continuation has not been played at GM level yet as far as I can see, but
has fared well lower down. My game makes it +4=0-0 on my database.})

13...Nxd4 {played in every game so far } (13...Nf6?! 14.Ndb5 {but he might
have played }) (13...Ng3 {straight away. Both sides would have similar
problems to the game.} 14.Ndb5 Qb8 {doesn't seem to offer White anything

14.Bxd4 Qf4+ 15.Kb1!? {In Liss-Hartung Neilsen, Copenhagen 1996 (Liss is a
2480 player) Liss played} (15.Be3 Qxf3 16.Rg1 d4 17.Bxd4 e5 18.Bc5 Bxg4
19.Rd3 Qf4+ 20.Be3 Qf6 21.Rxg4 {However, after}) (15.Be3 Qxf3 16.Rg1 {then}
16...Bxc3 {appears to chuck some rain on White's parade, e.g.} 17.Qxc3 Ng3
18.exd5 exd5 19.Qe1 Ne4 {I therefore decided to play a different move.})

15...Ng3 {I was again faced with a number of choices. I spent some time
analysing the position without seeing any clear advantage, although I felt
that I wanted to keep the Rook on the h-file and that it would be preferable
to get Black to make the Bishop swap on d4 rather than making it myself on g7.
Then Xmas came. 3 days of abstemious living later <g> I found the game line.}

16.Rh3!? {I really wanted to play Qh4, along these lines} 16...Nxf1 17.Qh4
{but unfortunately black plays 16...Bxd4. I also examined}) (16.Ne2 {in depth,
but it doesn't quite have the legs:} 16...Nxe2 17.Bxe2 dxe4 18.Qh4 h5
19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Rd4 Rh8)

16...Bxd4 {If Black tries to avoid capturing on d4 in the next couple of moves
White will be able to profitably play Bc5, e.g.} (16...Nxf1 17.Qxf1 dxe4
18.Bc5 Bxc3 (18...Re8 19.Qb5) 19.Bxf8 Kxf8 20.bxc3 exf3 21.Rxh7 {It was this
crucial line which meant I could carry out my plan.})

17.Rxd4 Nxf1 18.Qxf1 {This all appears very slow for White, but in practise
Black's weaknesses won't go away.}

18...dxe4 19.Qh1 {And now the point of wanting the capture on d4 becomes

19...Qf6 {It is clear that Black is in trouble. Perhaps he has better?
The most obvious try is} (19...h5 {but after} 20.Rxe4 Qf6 21.gxh5 {Black
doesn't even have any material to compensate for his dreadful position.})

20.Rd2! {This gives the second pawn away, but allows a tripling on the h-file,
after which Black is in real trouble.}

20...e3 {What else?} (20...Rd8 21.Nxe4)

21.Rdh2 Rd8 {This seems Black's best attempt, but I felt certain now that I
was winning.} (21...h5 22.gxh5 g5 23.Qg1)

22.Rxh7 Kf8 {Pretty well forced.}

23.Qe1 {With the idea of Ne4 followed by Qb4 as well as recapturing the e-pawn.}

23...Qf4 {I can't find a good move for Black, e.g.} (23...Qxf3 24.Rh8+ Ke7
25.Qh4+) (23...b6 24.Ne4 Qe5 25.f4!)

24.Ne2 Qf6 25.Qb4+ Ke8 26.Qa4+ Rd7 (26...Ke7 27.Qa3+ Rd6 28.Rh1 {is possibly
better, but White is still clearly winning.})

27.Rh8+ Ke7 28.Qa3+ Rd6 29.Rh1 {threatening Rd1 as well as preventing back
row checks.}

29...Kd7 30.Qxe3 {Black is practically in zugzwang so White can pretty much
do as he likes.}

30...e5 {the hopelessness of Black's position can be seen in such lines as}
(30...a6 31.g5 Qf5 32.Rf8 Ke7 33.Rhh8)

31.a3 a6 32.R1h7 (32.Rf8 {may be even stronger, but}) (32.R1h7 Ke7 {to
prevent Rf8} 33.Nc3 Qe6 34.Qh6 {is good enough.}) 1-0

[Event "EK-132 CIS Chessforum"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1996.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Cheal, Barry"]
[Black "Coleman, Peter"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B44"]
[WhiteElo "2105"]
[BlackElo "2220"]
[PlyCount "110"]
[EventDate "1996.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nb5 d6 6. c4 Nf6 7. N1c3 a6 8. Na3
b6 9. Be2 Bb7 10. O-O Nb8 11. f3 Nbd7 12. Be3 Qc7 13. Rc1 Be7 14. Qd2 O-O 15.
Rfd1 Rac8 16. Nc2 Ne5 17. Nd4 Rfd8 18. Qe1 Nfd7 19. Qf2 Nc5 20. b4 Ncd7 21. a3
Re8 22. Na4 Ng6 23. g3 Bd8 24. h4 h5 25. Nb2 Rf8 26. Nd3 Nde5 27. Ne1 Re8 28.
Ng2 Nd7 29. Rf1 Qb8 30. f4 Nf6 31. f5 Ne5 32. fxe6 fxe6 33. Bg5 Nxe4 34. Qe3
Bxg5 35. hxg5 Ng4 36. Bxg4 hxg4 37. Qf4 Rc7 38. Qxg4 Qd8 39. Rce1 e5 40. Nf5
Nxg5 41. Nge3 Re6 42. Re2 e4 43. Nd5 Bxd5 44. cxd5 Re5 45. Nd4 Qc8 46. Qxc8+
Rxc8 47. Nc6 Ree8 48. Rf5 Nh7 49. a4 Nf6 50. b5 axb5 51. axb5 Ra8 52. g4 Ra1+
53. Kg2 Nxg4 54. Rg5 Nf6 55. Nd4 Rd1 0-1

[Event "EK-132 CIS Chessforum"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1996.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Coleman, Peter"]
[Black "Cheal, Barry"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B93"]
[WhiteElo "2220"]
[BlackElo "2105"]
[PlyCount "97"]
[EventDate "1996.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f4 e5 7. Nf3 Nbd7 8. a4
Be7 9. Bd3 O-O 10. O-O Nc5 11. Kh1 d5 12. Nxe5 dxe4 13. Be2 Qxd1 14. Rxd1 Ncd7
15. Nxd7 Bxd7 16. Nxe4 Bf5 17. Nxf6+ Bxf6 18. c3 Rfe8 19. Bf3 Bc2 20. Rf1 Re7
21. g4 Bh4 22. Kg2 Rae8 23. Ra3 Be1 24. f5 Bd3 25. Rg1 Be4 26. Rb3 h6 27. f6
Bxf3+ 28. Kxf3 Re2 29. Rg2 R2e6 30. fxg7 Rf6+ 31. Bf4 Bh4 32. Rg1 Bg5 33. Rb4
Bxf4 34. Rxf4 Rxf4+ 35. Kxf4 Re2 36. b4 Rxh2 37. Rd1 Rc2 38. Rd7 Rxc3 39. Rxb7
Rc4+ 40. Kf5 Kxg7 41. a5 Rc1 42. Rb6 Rf1+ 43. Ke5 Rg1 44. Rxa6 Rxg4 45. Rb6 h5
46. a6 Rg1 47. b5 h4 48. a7 Ra1 49. Ra6 1-0

[Event "Spring96 Open-C"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1996.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Cheal, Barry"]
[Black "Coleman, Peter"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B44"]
[WhiteElo "2075"]
[BlackElo "2250"]
[PlyCount "66"]
[EventDate "1996.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nb5 d6 6. c4 Nf6 7. N1c3 a6 8. Na3
b6 9. Be2 Bb7 10. O-O Nb8 11. f3 Be7 12. Be3 Nbd7 13. Rc1 O-O 14. Nc2 Rc8 15.
Qd2 Qc7 16. Nd4 Qb8 17. g4 h6 18. Rf2 Ne5 19. b3 Rfd8 20. h3 Ng6 21. Bd3 Ne5
22. Be2 d5 23. exd5 exd5 24. Nf5 Ba3 25. Bxb6 dxc4 26. Bxd8 Rxd8 27. Qc2 Nd3
28. Bxd3 cxd3 29. Qd2 Bc8 30. Ne4 Nxe4 31. Rxc8 Rxc8 32. fxe4 Bc5 33. Qxd3 Qf4

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