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C.Smithers v P.Waller

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C.Smithers
P.Waller
Open Rapidplay, 2007

1. e4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Qe2+ Be6 5. g3 Nf6 6. Bh3 Qd7 7. Nf3 Nc6 8. Ng5 O-O-O According to Fritz this is not as bad as it seemed at the time! Nd4 is better 9. Nxe6 Re8 The only move 10. O-O The right move - anything else and Black is going to be better 10. Ng5 Rxe2+ 11. Kxe2 Nd4+10... fxe6 11. Re1 Nd4 12. Qd3 Nf5 13. Bxf5 exf5 14. Rxe8+ Qxe8 15. Qxf5+ Kb8 16. Nxd5 Bd6 17. b3 Qe1+ 18. Kg2 Ba3 A bad move - Black is two pawns down but OK according to Fritz if he plays Rf8 19. Nxf6 gxf6 20. Qxf6 A mistake because Rf8 would win the bishop for Black 20. Bb2 Qe7 21. Bxf620... Qe4+ The last real chance goes begging; Black is now very short of time 20... Rf8 21. Qd4 Bxc121. Kh3 Rf8 22. Qg7 Qf5+ 23. Qg4 Qf6 24. Bxa3 A well-deserved win for Chris 1-0