Knight

P.Rayment v P.Waller

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P.Rayment
P.Waller
Chichester A v Fareham A, 2007

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. d3 h6 5. a3 Be7 6. g3 O-O 7. Bg2 d5 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. O-O Nxc3 10. bxc3 Bd6 11. Bb2 Ne7 12. c4 Ng6 13. Rc1 c6 14. Nd2 Bf5 15. c5 Bc7 16. Nc4 Rb8 17. a4 Re8 18. e4 Be6 19. Qe2 Qd7 20. Rfd1 Bg4 21. f3 Be6 22. d4 Bxc4 23. Rxc4 exd4 24. Rcxd4 Qe6 25. Bf1 Rd7 seemed more obvious 25... Rbd8 26. Rb4 This leads to black controlling the d file 26... Rxd1 27. Qxd1 Rd8 28. Qa1 Ne5 Finally the knight gets active 29. Bc4 Qh3 I considered both Nf3+ and Nxc4 both of which are stronger; but this seemed safer and leaves White with only one viable move 30. Qf1 Qh5 White has found the move and Black now has to decide between Qxf1 which seems safer and Qh5 which ultimately seemed more likely to win in an adjudication. After analysing the position, Black resigned and the possible winning lines seem to be:31. Bxe5 Rd2 32. Be2 Qxe5 33. Rxb7 Qxc5+ 34. Kh1 Bb6 Alternatively: 34... Rc2 35. Rb1 Qe3 36. Ba6 Rf2 37. Qd3 Qg5 38. Rg1 Qe5 39. Qb3 Qa5 40. Rf1 Rd2 41. Qb7 Bxg3Otherwise: 35. Bc4 Rf2 36. Bxf7+ Kh7 37. Qa1 Rb2! 38. Bg6+ Kxg6 39. Rxg7+ Kxg7 40. Qxb2+ Qd4 If White exchanges Queens the c pawn can't be stopped and if not he will lose the a pawn 0-1