Philip Hutchings ½ - ½ Robin Horner
Kerrier Cup 2003, Rd.4
Notes by Ian George
A fluctuating game from former St. Ives and Camborne player, Philip Hutchings, now resident in Suffolk and who made a welcome reappearance in Cornish chess at the 2015 congress. His opponent, the late Robin Horner, made several journeys from Newcastle to play in our summer events around this time.
11...b6!? intending ...Ba6 while the N is still on b8.
Although white already has some advantage, maybe the real trouble starts here. The disappearance of this bishop allows white a firm grip of the black squares around black's king later on. 14...Rf7 is better.
Further surrender of black-square control and handing white a tempo with a winning advantage.
24.h4 Qf8 (24...Bb5 25.Rf2 Rc8 26.h5 gxh5 27.Qg5+ Kh8 28.Bxh7 Kxh7 29.Rf6+- ) 25.Qg5 Qg7 26.Rf6 Rf8 27.h5+- Black's passive play has created a cramped position in which white can execute the plan of Rf6, a4-5 virtually unopposed.
The bishop is overloaded, so the g-pawn cannot be taken because either the f or g-pawn queens.