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D.Elliott v P.Patience

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D.Elliott
P.Patience
Fareham A v Gosport A, 2007

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. Nf3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 I spent some time thinking about the usual move 5. Bd3 but couldn't remember the correct line so played the inferior N move. The usual line continues 5... Nc6 6. O-O Nge7 (Also playable is 6... f6 7. Qe2 fxe5 8. Nxe5 Nxe5 9. Qxe5 Nf6 10. Bf4 Qb6 11. Nd2 Be7 12. Nb3 O-O= van Wigerden v van der Sterren, Leeuwarden 1977 )7. Bf4 Ng6 8. Bg3 Be7 9. Nbd2 f5 10. exf6 gxf6 11. Nh4 f5 12. Nxg6 hxg6 13. Nf3 Bf6 14. Bb5 Bd7 15. Bxc6 bxc6 Hartman v Bekefi, Toronto 1994 5... Nc6 6. f4 6. Nxc6 bxc6= seemed to me to give away all the initiative 6... Nxd4 7. Qxd4 Ne7 8. Bd3 Nc6 9. Qf2 Bd7 10. c3 Be7?! 10... f6 must be best now 11. Nd2 Qc7 12. Nf3 a6?? Too passive. After this move White's Q-side attack should be decisive 12... f6 is now essential 13. Be3 b5 14. O-O O-O 15. Rac1?! losing my way 15. Qg3! is significantly better 15... Rfc8 15... f6 is still the move giving Black his best chances 16. Nd4 Nxd4 17. cxd4 Qd8 18. f5 Bg5?! 18... exf5 must be better, when 19. Bxf5 Rxc1 20. Bxc1 Bxf5 21. Qxf5 Qe8 leaves White with a small advantage 19. f6 Bxe3 20. Qxe3 g6 21. h4 Qf8 22. h5 Rxc1 23. Rxc1 Rc8 24. Rxc8 and I offered a draw despite being in a better position as I did not feel I had sufficient time to win the end game. Play could continue Bxc8 (Better than 24... Qxc8 25. hxg6 hxg6 26. Bxg6 fxg6 27. Qh6 Qf8 28. Qxg6+ Kh8 29. f7 ) 25. a3 Kh8 26. Qg5 h6 27. Qg3 g5 28. Bb1 Qg8 29. Qd3 Bd7 30. b4 when White's good bishop should beat Black's bad one but it is difficult to see how ½-½