Knight

P.Waller v S.LeFevre

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P.Waller
S.LeFevre
Fareham A v Cosham B, 2007

1. e4 Suddenly promoted from first reserve to board 2 because of illness, my expectations are low but a most interesting game ensues 1... d6 2. d4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. h3 Nf6 5. Nc3 O-O 6. Be3 c6 7. Bd3 Qc7 8. O-O Nbd7 9. Qd2 Re8 10. Bh6 Bh8 11. Rae1 e5 12. dxe5 dxe5 13. Be3 Nb6 14. Bc5 Be6 15. Qe2 Nh5 I had missed this 16. b3 Nf4 17. Qe3 Nxh3+ 18. gxh3 Bxh3 19. Qh6 And my opponent missed this - suddenly it's a very sharp position 19... Bxf1 20. Ng5 f6 21. Bxb6 axb6 Qg7 is better here - we both missed that 22. Rxf1 b5 23. Nxb5 cxb5 24. Bxb5 Qg7 25. Bc4+ Kf8 At this point I became aware that the team had 3 points and I just needed to draw. I looked at Nxh7 as a potential win but the Knight can't get out and I would have to mate. It turns out that there is a possible win after Ke7, Qe3 - but after Qh3, f5 defends and is probably level. In the end I took the safer option and baled out into a drawish position with opposite coloured bishops 26. Ne6+ Rxe6 27. Qxg7+ Bxg7 28. Bxe6 Ke7 29. Bd5 Rxa2 30. c4 b6 31. Rb1 The sealed move 31... Ra7 My opponent is only playing on because the match is not yet decided and he has to find a win 32. b4 Kd6 33. Rc1 Bf8 34. c5+ Kc7 35. cxb6+ Kxb6 36. Rc6+ Kb5 37. Rxf6 Bxb4 38. Rf7 Rxf7 A position which I had analysed at home and which is an easy draw 39. Bxf7 Kc5 40. Bg8 h6 41. Bf7 g5 42. Bh5 Kd4 43. f3 Ke3 44. Kg2 And finally a draw is agreed which secures Fareham the match ½-½