Tactics from John Bryant's Games

US Junior Championship 2011

The following games show some of the entertaining tactical situations that John Bryant found himself in at the 2011 US Junior Championship. He is definitely a player to watch.

John Bryant (2413) - Victor Shen (2281) [B22]

2011 U.S. Junior Closed Championship/Saint Louis (1) 2011


1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Nf3 e6 5. d4 cxd4 6. cxd4 d6 7. Bc4 Nb6 8. Bd3 dxe5 9. dxe5 N8d7 10. Qe2 Nc5 11. Bc2 Nd5 12. O-O Bd7 13. Nc3 Nxc3 14. bxc3 Be7 15. Rd1 Rc8 16. Rb1 Qc7 17. Ng5!

17. Rb4!? Bc6! (17... O-O? 18. Ng5!) 18. Rg4 Bxf3 19. gxf3 Kf8

17... h6

17... g6 18. Be3 (18. Ne4!? Qxe5 19. c4) 18... Qxe5 19. f4 Qc7 20. Bd4

18. Nxf7?! Kxf7 19. Rb4 g5?!

19... Rhf8? 20. Bxh6

19... Kg8! presents White with no targets of attack.

20. f4! Na6?

20... Kg7

21. Qh5+! Kf8










21... Kg7 22. fxg5

22. fxg5! Bc5+

22... Nxb4 23. Rf1+ Bf6 24. Qg6!

22... Be8 23. Qf3+

23. Kh1 Nxb4 24. Rf1+ Ke7 25. Qf7+ Kd8 26. Qf6+ Be7 27. Qxh8+ Be8 28. Ba4 Nc6 29. Rd1+ Qd7 30. gxh6! 1-0 [Michael Goeller]


John Bryant (2413) - Raven Sturt (2294) [B10]

2011 U.S. Junior Closed Championship/Saint Louis (3) 2011


1. e4 c6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. Ngf3 Bg4 5. h3 Bxf3 6. Qxf3 Nbd7 7. g3 a5 8. Bg2 dxe4 9. dxe4 e5 10. O-O Bc5 11. Nc4 O-O 12. Ne3 a4 13. Nf5 Ne8 14. Rd1 Qc7 15. h4 Rd8 16. Bh3 Nd6 17. Bg5 f6 18. Qh5 Nf7 19. Rxd7 Rxd7 20. Bxf6 Nd8??

20... gxf6 21. Qg4+ Ng5 22. hxg5 Kh8 23. g6 hxg6 24. Nh4 Rd2 25. Nxg6+ Kg8

 

 

21. Bxe5! Bxf2+

21... Qxe5 22. Nh6+ gxh6 23. Qxe5

21... Qa5 22. Nh6+ Kh8 23. Bxd7

22. Kh1 1-0

[Michael Goeller]


John Bryant (2413) - Jialin Ding (2171) [B22]

2011 U.S. Junior Closed Championship/Saint Louis (4) 2011


1. e4 c5 2. c3 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. d4 cxd4 5. cxd4 d5 6. e5 Nc6 7. h3 Nh6 8. Nc3 O-O 9. Be2 f6 10. exf6 exf6 11. Qb3 Nf5 12. Be3 Nfe7?!

12... Nxe3 13. fxe3 Be6 14. Qxb7 Qd6

13. Bf4 Na5 14. Qa3 a6 15. O-O b5 16. Rfe1 Re8 17. Qc5 Nac6

17... Nb7

18. Bd1 Bb7 19. Bb3 Na5 20. Nxd5 Bxd5?










20... Nxb3! 21. Nxe7+ Kf7! 22. axb3 Rxe7 23. Rxe7+ Qxe7=

21. Rxe7! Bxb3

21... Rxe7 22. Bxd5+

22. Rxe8+ Qxe8 23. axb3 Nc6 24. Qd5+ Kh8 25. Re1

White wins the Knight after 25...Qc8 26.Rc1

1-0 [Michael Goeller]

Kayden Troff (2255) - John Bryant (2413) [A43]

2011 U.S. Junior Closed Championship/Saint Louis (7) 2011


1. d4 c5 2. d5 e6 3. c4 exd5 4. cxd5 d6 5. Nc3 g6 6. e4 Bg7 7. f4 a6 8. a4 Qh4+ 9. g3 Qe7 10. Nf3 Nf6 11. Nd2 O-O 12. Bg2 Nxe4 13. Ncxe4 f5 14. O-O fxe4 15. Re1 Nd7 16. Nxe4 Bd4+ 17. Kh1 Nf6 18. Nxc5 Ng4! 19. Ne4 Qg7 20. Bh3 h5 21. Ra2 Nf2+ 22. Nxf2 Bxf2 23. Bxc8 Raxc8 24. Re2??










24. Re4=

24... Qd4! 25. Bd2?

25. Qxd4 Rxc1+ 26. Kg2 Bxd4

25. Qd2 Rxc1+ 26. Qxc1 Qxd5+

25... Qxd5+ 0-1 [Michael Goeller]


John Bryant (2413) - Daniel Naroditsky (2472) [B22]

2011 U.S. Junior Closed Championship/Saint Louis (8) 2011


1. e4 c5 2. c3 d6 3. d4 Nf6 4. Bd3 g6 5. h3 Bg7 6. Nf3 O-O 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne5 9. Nxe5 dxe5 10. Be3 c4 11. Bc2 e6 12. d6 Bd7 13. Nd2 Rc8 14. Qe2 Bb5 15. Bxa7 Qxd6 16. Rfd1 Nh5 17. Be3 Qe7 18. a4 Ba6 19. a5 Nf4 20. Qf1 Nd3 21. b4 f5 22. Rdb1 Qd7 23. Ba4 Bb5 24. Nxc4 Rxc4 25. Bxb5 Qxb5 26. Qxd3 fxe4 27. Qf1 Rd8 28. Rd1 Rd5 29. a6 bxa6 30. Ra5 Qc6 31. Bc5 Rxc3










32. Rxa6! Qxa6

32... Qe8? 33. Rxd5 exd5 34. Qa1

32... Rxd1 33. Qxd1 Rc1! (33... Qxa6 34. Qd8+ Kf7 35. Qe7+ Kg8 36. Qe8+ Bf8 37. Qxf8#) 34. Qxc1 Qxa6 35. Qg5

33. Qxa6 Rxd1+ 34. Kh2 h5 35. Qxe6+ Kh7 36. Qf7 Rd8 37. Qc7 Rd1 38. Qa7 Rcd3 39. b5 Rd7 40. Qa4 Rb1 41. b6 Rdd1 42. h4 Bf6 43. Qa7+ Kg8 44. Qa8+ Kh7 45. Qb7+ Kh8 46. Qxe4 Rh1+ 47. Kg3 Rb3+ 48. Be3 Rxh4 49. Qa8+ Kh7 50. Qb7+ Kh8 51. Qf7 Rg4+ 52. Kf3 Rf4+ 53. Ke2 Rb2+ 54. Kd1 Rf5 55. Qxg6 1-0 [Michael Goeller]

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