Knight

P. Waller v R. Kotkiewicz

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P. Waller
R. Kotkiewicz
Fareham C v Chichester & Bognor, 2008

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Qb6 Not a move I had seen before 6. Nxc6 Not fancying Be3 Qxb2 although Ncb5 is OK for White and very sharp 6... bxc6 7. Bd3 e5 8. O-O Bb4 9. Bd2 a5 10. a3 Be7 11. Rb1 Ba6 12. Qe2 O-O 13. Bxa6 Qxa6 14. Qxa6 White should probably move the Queen but Black is clearly a very attacking player 14... Rxa6 15. Rfe1 Rb8 16. a4 Rab6 17. b3 Rb4 18. f3 Bc5+ 19. Be3 Kf1 is better 19... Bxe3+ 20. Rxe3 Rd4 21. Rd1 Kf8 22. Red3 Rxd3 23. Rxd3 Ke7 24. Kf2 At this point I offered a draw but Black had ideas about his Knight 24... Ne8 25. Ke3 Nc7 26. g3 Na6 27. Rd2 Rc8 28. Na2 Ke6 29. f4 f6 30. f5+ Ke7 31. h4 h5 32. Kf3 Rg8 33. Rh2 d5 34. exd5 cxd5 35. Nc3 Kd6 36. Rd2 Nc7 d4 is needed to prevent Nxd5 - the King is pinned and White wins a pawn after Ke4 or c4 37. Kf2 But I was starting to feel time pressure and missed all that 37... g5? 38. hxg5 Rxg5 Missing the fork which is possible because of the pin on the King 39. Ne4+ Ke7 40. Nxg5 fxg5 White is now winning but I only about 15 minutes left 41. Rd1 Kf6 42. Rh1 Kxf5 43. Rxh5 d4 44. Rh7 Nd5 45. Ra7 Kg4 This made life a lot easier compared to Nb4; the e pawn now drops 46. Rxa5 Nb4 47. Rxe5 Nxc2 48. Rc5 d3 49. a5 Just a question of keeping cool! 49... d2 50. Ke2 Nd4+ 51. Kd1 Nxb3 52. Rb5 Nd4 Black's best hope was to take on a5 and see if I could win the rook only ending in the few minutes available 53. Rb4 But it's all over now 53... Kxg3 54. Rxd4 g4 55. Kxd2 Kf2 56. Rxg4 1-0