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D. Elliott v P. Eyles

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D. Elliott
P. Eyles
Fareham A v Portsmouth A, 2008

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Bc4 Bc5 5. d4 Be7 6. Bxf4 Nf6 leaving the book, although this move is rated best by Fritz Normal is 6... d6 7. O-O Nf6 8. Nc3 O-O 9. d5 Nb4 with advantage to White 7. e5 Nh5 8. Be3 d5 9. exd6 Qxd6 10. Bxf7+!? 10. Nc3 is perfectly playable 10... O-O 11. O-O Bg4 12. Qd3 Nb4 13. Qe2 and White's position is solid but chances are about equal 10. O-O is solid and probably best 10... O-O when Nc3 transposes to the previously line so try 11. Na3 Bg4 12. c3 when White has slightly better chances 10... Kxf7 Having spent 10 minutes on my last move I now spent 45 minutes thinking over this and my next 6 moves 11. Ng5+ 11. Ne5+ is also playable but after 11... Nxe5 12. Qxh5+ Ng6 13. O-O+ Bf6 I felt Black was simply material up 11... Kg6! 12. g4!? Another hard choice. I felt I needed to keep up the attack and create the maximum chance for Black to make an error. Now is not a time to be timid and most "safe" moves simply leave Black material up in a won position 12... Bxg5?! 12... Nf4!! is better 13. Qf3 Bxg5 14. Qe4+ Kh6 and White has run out of steam 13. gxh5+ Kf6?? at last Black makes the mistake I was playing for I expected 13... Kh6 when 14. Bxg5+ Kxg5 15. h4+ Kf6 - the only saving move 16. Qf3+ Bf5 17. O-O Qxd4+ 18. Kg2 g6 and Black is safe 14. O-O+ I thought a long time about 14. Rf1+ before rejecting it as I felt my King was vulnerable on the e file but it is in fact better 14... Ke7 15. Bxg5+ Ke8 16. Qe2+ when White is material up in a better position 14... Bf5 15. Bxg5+ Kxg5 I had now used 65 miutes of my allotted 75 minutes so had only 10 minutes left to make 14 moves 16. Qd2+ Kf6 17. Rf4 17. c3 is probably better but this is all about creating chances 17... g6 I expected 17... g5 which is in fact a superior move 18. hxg6 hxg6 19. Nc3 Rae8 and White has run out of ways to apply meaningful pressure 18. Nc3 Rae8 19. d5 Qc5+ 20. Kh1 g5?? 20... Nb8!? is boring but solid as Black remains solid material up 21. Rxf5+ Kxf5 22. Rf1+ Kg4 23. Rg1+ Qxg1+ Forced. All other moves lose 24. Kxg1 Ne5 25. Qd1+ Having used up all my time and with only 3 minutes until the time control I miss the winning move 25. Qg2+ Kxh5 26. Ne4 g4 27. Nf6+ Simple and easy to see 25... Nf3+ 26. Kg2 Rhf8 27. Ne2 Nh4+ 28. Kg1 Nf3+ 29. Kg2 Nh4+ 30. Kg1 and a draw was agreed as White can now repeat with 31. Kg2. As the time control had been reached, I considered letting my time run down and taking the adjournment. With the repetition I had nothing to lose and could let Fritz find a win if it was there one but this felt against the spirit of the game and the team looked set for a win so it was not critical. I considered that 30. Kh1 may be better and give winning chances but with only 30 seconds on the clock had no time to consider it. Nf3 31. c4 Re3 32. c5 Kh4 33. d6 cxd6 34. cxd6 g4 gives an equal position with plenty of chances. After 30... Nf3+ a last try would be 31. Kh1 but I considered this inferior and subsequent analysis proved this to be correct Re3 32. a3 Kxh5 33. c4 b6 when White is left struggling for moves ½-½