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D. Elliott v K. Davies

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D. Elliott
K. Davies
Portsmouth Congress, 2009

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd8 4. Bc4 e6 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. d4 c6 7. O-O Be7 8. Re1 O-O 9. h3 b5 Schleinig v Volgyi apparently continued as follows although I have to wonder why moves 16 to 18 were made 9... Nbd7 10. Ng5 Nb6 11. Bd3 Nbd5 12. Nce4 Nxe4 13. Nxe4 b6 14. c3 Bb7 15. Qh5 Nf6 16. Ng5 (16. Nxf6+ mates next move)16... Re8 (16... Nxh5 wins)17. Ne4 (17. Bxh7+ mates in 2)17... c5 (17... Nxh5 wins)18. Bg5 (18. Nxf6+ still manages a win)18... Nxe4 draw agreed(18... Nxh5 wins )10. Bd3 Na6 11. a3 Nc7 12. Bf4 Bd7 13. Ne5 Rc8 14. Qf3 Ncd5 15. Nxd5 cxd5 16. c3 a6 17. Re3 Bc6 18. Qe2 Bb7 19. Rg3 Re8 20. Bh6 20. Rxg7+ is tempting but not quite as strong 20... Kxg7 21. Bh6+ Kxh6 22. Nxf7+ Kg7 23. Nxd8 Bxd8 when Black has a Rook and 2 pieces for the Queen and 2 pawns 20... Bf8 21. Re1 21. Bg5 was preferable to my slow build up 21... Rc7 22. Qf3 Be7 and although Fritz rates this better for White I couldn't see how to proceed. In fact 23. Qf4 Rf8 24. Bh6 g6 25. Bxf8 Bxf8 26. Rf3 Kg7 27. Qh4 Bc6 28. Ng4 Be7 29. Qh6+ Kg8 30. Qf4 Kg7 31. Re1 is the way an engine would play it 21... Rc7 22. Bg5 g6 22... Be7 immediately is best but Black is already lost 23. Qe3 Be7 24. Nxf7 and its all over! 24... Kxf7 25. Qxe6+ Kg7 26. Bxf6+ Bxf6 27. Qxe8 Qxe8 28. Rxe8 Bc6 29. Rb8 Be7 30. Re3 Kf7 31. f4 Bd7 32. Rh8 Bf6 33. Rxh7+ Bg7 34. Rg3 Rc6 35. f5 Kg8 36. fxg6 Be8 37. Rg5 1-0