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an important win at game.knot

Postby PaulWeaver » Thu Dec 16, 2010 7:14 pm

This victory over my rival gave him two eggs in the tourney. I still have ten games left to complete but the odds of taking first went up.

Paul Weaver-wgcastro Sicilian Defense gameknot Smashed Crabs minitournament 9/19/10 to 12/13/10
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 Ne7?! 4 Nc3 Ng6 5 Be3 cxd4 6 Nxd4 Nc6 7 Be2 Nxd4 8 Qxd4 Be7 9 f4 Bh4+ (computer analysis at the site considers this a mistake and recommends instead ... 0-0 and d6) 10 g3 Bf6 11 Qd3 0-0 12 h4 (this advance steps up the pressure on black) h6 13 0-0-0 e5 14 h5 Ne7 15 Bg4! (pointing out the weakness in black's position) exf4 10 gxf4 Nc6 17 e5 Nb4 (some analysis was done at this point on the possible sac of the knight with ... Qa5) 18 Qd2 Be7 19 a3 Na6 20 Bxd7 Bc5 21 Bxc5 Nxc5 22 Bxc8 Qxc8 (this makes white's task much easier. The endgame after 22 ... Qxd2 is not a done deal for white) 23 Qg2 f6 24 Nd5 Kh8 25 exf6 (curiously the computer didn't query this approach which disdains the obvious win of the exchange. At the time I believed that white would do better with this move) Rf7 26 Qg6 Qf8 27 fxg7+ (there is nothing better than entering this ending two pawns up which isn't bad) Qxg7 28 Qxg7+ Rxg7 29 Rhg1 (this had to be foreseen as well as Rg6) Rf8 30 Rxg7 Kxg7 31 Rg1+ Kh7 32 Rg6 Nd7 33 Rd6 Nc5 34 b4 Ne4 35 Rd7+ Kh8 36 Rxb7 Ng3 37 Kd2 (grabbing the pawn with Rxa7 is much weaker since black gains counterplay with ... Nxh5 and capturing the "f" pawn. Moving the king to e3 keeps things under control) Nxh5 38 Ke3 Rf5 39 c4 (Rd7 is not as good since black has a possible fork in some lines involving ... Nf6 and Rxd5) Ng7 40 Ke4 Rf8 41 c5 Re8+ 42 Kf3 Rd8 43 c6 (the decisive advance of the Pawn) Nf5 44 Nf6! Ng7 45 c7 1-0
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