Weekend 1

[photos, games, pgn]

Round 1

Cambridge University 1 5½ - 2½ Oxford 1
161 w Pinter, Gabor m 2363 ½ - ½ Zakarian, David 2362
162 b Dearing, Edward J m 2412 0 - 1 Rose, Matthew 2276
163 w Mah, Karl CC m 2428 ½ - ½ Savage, Ben DM f 2289
164 b Moskovic, David M f 2293 ½ - ½ Shaw, David A 2244
165 w Bisby, Daniel L f 2306 1 - 0 Rawlinson, Aidan M 2183
166 b Eckersley-Waites, Adam 2216 1 - 0 White, Michael JR f 2217
167 w Churm, Rohan M 2153 1 - 0 Dickinson, Tim R 2155
168 b Chevannes, Sabrina L wf 2074 1 - 0 Lang, Heather LE w 2025

The season kicked off for the reduced firsts, missing a few regulars – some AWOL, the other on International Frisbee duty – but in the battle of the University towns, there was at least one Eckersley-Waites in attendance. New to top board duties was David Zakarian, hailing from the noble twin heritages that Armenia and Cowley represent.

My thanks to Malcolm Pein for writing my intended match report in more concise format, below:

Ed: Check out Matt's own report of the game in the Oxford Times.

as Matt’s smart win showed how we could play when we were in the mood, and Tim ably demonstrated how we did play when we were in the other mood, with the words “what were you thinking of here” deserving as much a query mark as 20 … e5. Still, the game ends prettily, putting the reader in mind of a similar motif in Reti-Bogoljubov 1925.

Meantime, if you go here, you’ll find the Stein-Furman game, showing how the younger Leonid could attack a la Rose when he put his mind to it.

On other boards, the clash on top board

Gabor – Zakarian (#32, B)

saw Black here escape from a persistent initiative verging on a crush: that b-pawn looks a bit dangerous so… 32...Rb8 33.Rc7 Qa1+ 34.Bf1 Qb2 35.Qc4 d5 – forced, to defend f7 - 36.exd5 but as it happens 36.Rxf7+ Kxf7 37.Qc7+ wins outright - 36...Ne8 37.Rc8 – it’s clearly time trouble here, but there’s another clear win demonstrated here: 37.Re7 Qa3 38.Rxe8 Rxe8 39.Qc8 Qe7 40.Bxa6 37...Qxb7 38.Rxb8 Qxb8 39.Qxa6 Qd6 40.Qb7 Qc5 41.Qc6 Qxc6 42.dxc6 Kf8 after which the sting has been drawn from the position and a shared point is in the offing 43.g3 Ke7 44.Kg2 Nd6 45.Kf3 f5 46.Ke3 Kd8 47.f4 gxf4+ 48.gxf4 e4 49.Kd4 Kc7 50.Kd5 e3 51.Kd4 Kxc6 ½–½

On board 3, Ben was once again moving through an apparently liquid opening repertoire, this time in a Dutch against Karl Mah:

Mah – Savage (W, 27)

Here the game ended tamely after 27.g5 h5 28.c5 ½–½ with quite a lot of play to come. It’s interesting to see how in the diagram position White can look to win a pawn with the ‘spectacular’ 27.Qxh6+ Kxh6 28.Ng8+ Kg7 29.Nxe7 but after 29. … Bxg4 Black is simply doing better.

Dave Shaw tied with Tomos Nitz for the first perpetual of the season:

Shaw – Moscovic (B, 16)
16… Bh4 17.Qe3 Bg5 18.Qg3 Bh4 19.Qe3 Bg5 20.Qg3 Bh4 21.Qe3 ½–½

while on board 5 skipper Aidan found himself being exchanged down to an ending which seemed to get worse with each disappearing set of pieces.

Bisby – Rawlinson (B, 35)

Here Aidan allowed the reduction to the endgame but as the game proceeds it’s just not clear where he could have made an improvement – and the queen can grovel and wait for a blunder:

35. … Kf8 36.Qxe7+ Kxe7 37.Ke3 f6 38.Kd4 Kd6 39.Bd5 Nc6+ (which looks wrong, but it’s hard to find any reason to play another move here) 40.Bxc6 Kxc6 41.a4 b6 42.Ke4 a5 43.bxa5 bxa5 44.Kd4 Kd6 45.Kc4 Kc6 46.h3 f5 47.h4 Kd6 48.Kb5 Kd5 49.Kxa5 Kc5 50.Ka6 Kc6 51.a5 Kc5 1–0

White - Eckersley-Waites,A (B, 31)

And here, Mike has guided the white pieces down to what seems to be turning into a winning ending, when time trouble hits the winning runs: 31… fxg3 32.Bxg3? Bf5! 33.Qxb6 Rxg3+ 34.Kf2 axb6 with a resignation just after time control (0-1)

Lang - Chevannes (26, W)

Heather picked up a sort of negative bouquet for the first middle game with 3 queens of the year after her opponent’s Caro Kann went suddenly from dull to flammable: 26.fxe6 fxe6 27.Bxc4 a1Q 28.Bd3 Qb6 29.Bg5 Qa4+ 30.Ke1 Qbb4+ 31.Ke2 Qb2+ 32.Ke1 Qab4+ 33.Kd1 Q4xd4 34.Bd2 Nxe5 35.Qh5+ g6 36.Qe2 0–0 37.Bxg6 hxg6 38.Rh2 Ra1 0–1

Oxford 2 5 - 1 British Universities CA
411 w Healey, Michael W 2069 1 - 0 Raoof, Adam N 2149
412 b Scott, David A 2034 ½ - ½ Levicki, Jeffrey P 1934
413 w Nitz, Tomos 2058 ½ - ½ Kamarunsalehin, Awangku 1825
414 b Duggan, Christopher 2030 1 - 0 Holowczak, Alex R 1746
415 w Morris, Graham P 2034 1 - 0 Khoroshilov, Pavel 1706
416 b Rawlinson, Christopher JA 2055 1 - 0 Doran, Sam 1490

Meanwhile in another venue close enough by … the two Oxford teams were starting off a fresh season, hopefully with a poor enough memory of our start in the previous year. Oxford 2 were favourites against the British Univ CA team (+ 244 FIDE per board) and duly ran out 5-1 winners, while Oxford 3 had a tougher, more even challenge against FCA Solutions 2 (1867 vs 1873). A pleasant sprinkling of former Oxford players (Mssrs Levicki, Hackett, not forgetting the complete team that is the Banbury Bulldogs – nice name …) now moved to pastures new. And the best of Brit… Irish to them all.

Healey – Raaof (W, 22)

On top board for Oxford 2 was the returning Mike Healey against honorary Oxfordian, Adam Raoof, a game which Mike characterizes as “follow(ing) a disturbing pattern: rubbish opening, lots of space, snazzy tactics, then as time goes on things look less and less impressive...” . I don’t know – it looked all right to me (quite liked the horse trading between moves 15 and 17), and in the diagram position it looked like Mike had many of the trumps, but not so many as to result in a handshake by move 25. But as it transpired… : 22.f5 [22.Rxe8 Qxe8 23.gxf6, suggests the PC analyser] 22...Rxe1 23.Rxe1 gxf5 24.Qh4 Rc2 25.Qxh5 1–0 A bit premature as the crowd at any rate would have liked to see 25. … Rxg2+ 26.Kxg2 Qxd5+ played over the board rather than have to read it all on Fritz TV.

LevickiScott (B)

Ended in a quick draw with the threat arrowed in diagram representing the last (some unkind souls might murmur sole) point of interest in this Sicilian Dragon – but not so loud, there’s duller to follow folks (cf. Board 3, Oxford 3). Meantime, things were winding down on the next board :

Nitz – Kamarunsalehin (B, 27)
27… Qb8 28.Nc5 Qb6 29.Ne4 Qb8 30.Nc5 Qb6 ½–½

(W, #12)

(W, #17)

Holowczak – Duggan

shows how quickly an even looking position can become lopsided: Queens have just been traded on d7, and White lazily plays 12.Nd1? e4 13.Nd2 Nd4 14.Bc4 Nxc2 15.Rb1 Rc8 16.Bb3 Bb5. It just takes one lousy move – and it doesn’t have to be spectacularly bad either. Just bad enough.

Morris - Khoroshilov

Graham had a comfortable plus until his opponent tried to snaffle a pawn, and like Fischer before him, found it wasn’t purely nutritious: 25. … Bxh2 26.f4 Rd8 (natural, but gives White the tempo to found up the bishop with a smart set of interlocking rooks) 27.Rh1 Bg3 28.Rh3 Be1 29.Rd1 Bxc3 30.bxc3 Rxc3 31.Bxb6 Rxh3 32.gxh3 Rb8 33.Rxd6 Kf8 34.Rd8+ was effectively that (1-0, 50).

Doran – Rawlinson (18, W)
18.0–0 Bb2 0–1

Our first win of the season, as White gets scissor-ed by the French.

Oxford 3 2½ - 3½ FCA Solutions 2
371 w Hadi, Justin 2043 1 - 0 Williamson, Kevin J 2065
372 b Neatherway, A Philip 1930 0 - 1 Elwin, Adrian G 1990
373 w Terry, Sean 1869 0 - 1 Valentine, Brian J 1981
374 b Mate, Maria w 1818 0 - 1 Adebajo, Olufemi 1971
375 w Langham, Rod E 1802 ½ - ½ Grainger, Benjamin P 1802
376 b Henbest, Kevin B 1740 1 - 0 Shields, Callum T 1434

Oxford 3’s season started out with a side averaging 1867 playing FCA Solutions 2 (1873) – and we lost by the shortest margin. We were probably lucky to get to 2 ½ each, but then were disappointed when Rod’s promising middle-game plus evaporated as the pawn structures froze on inconvenient squares.

Justin Hadi led from the front, but had a huge stroke of luck in this position –

Hadi – Williamson

Black having placed a knight e3 to prevent the attack on the h-file going anywhere. But for whatever reason play continued: 22.hxg6? h6? - … Rxc2 seems to be playable, and then some… - 23.Nec5 when White is now back in the ascendancy - Rxd3 24.Nxe6+ fxe6 25.Qxd3 Nxd1 26.Rxd1 Rc5 27.Qd7 Kxg6 28.Qe8+ Kf6 29.Qh8+ Kg6 30.g4 Qc7 31.Rh1 Rxc2 32.Qxh6+ Kf7 33.Qh7+ Ke8 34.Qxc2 1–0

Ed: Justin takes a rather different view, that 22. hxg6 is a good move and leads to at least a draw for White! Check out the analysis on Justin's new blog.

Elwin – Neatherway (33, B)

Black had been holding his own until a few moves back but now he’s a pawn and a position to the bad. Phil’s hopes of holding the endgame while keeping the rook active vanish as a slow motion check-on-e7 sequence emerges with a degree of inevitability from the position. 33… Rd2 34.c5 Nc8 35.Rb3 Rd7 36.Rb8 Rc7 37.Rxc8+ 1–0

Terry – Valentine

My own debut featured an unusual 1. e4 opening, and 10. b4 was intended to liven things up, but in truth it was a dour position where Black gradually equalized and an double-rook and bishop ending resulted where Black had all the chances – which he duly took in good style. Sitting at the board in the diagram position I began to see the chips being drawn to the other side of the table when I could find no decent defence to 31. … g5. Play continued 32.b5 gxf4 33.bxa6 bxa6 34.Ra1 Bc5+ 35.Kh1 Bd4 36.Rd1 Bxe5 37.d4 Bf6 38.Ba5 Ra2 39.Be1 a5 40.Bc3 a4 41.Rf1 Rc2 42.Ba1 Rd2 43.Bc3 Rd3 44.Rf3 Rd1+ 45.Kh2 Bxd4 0–1

Adebajo - Mate

In a position recently become poor, Maria hops from the frying pan … 22.Qxb7 Bd5 into the fire: 23.Rxe7 Qf5 24.Qxa6 Qh3 25.Re4 Be6 26.Rae1 Bg4 27.Qf6 h5 28.Re8+ Kh7 29.Qxf7# 1–0

Round 2

Richard Palliser arrived for the Sunday games, and won stylishly here:

Palliser – Cuenca Jiminez (W, 37)

Sees Richard start the fireworks a little later than usual: 37.g4 Nf4 38.Rh6+ Kf7 39.Nxd6+ Kg7 40.Nxc4 Kxh6 41.Bxf4 gxf4 42.Kxf4 and the d- and g-pawns are hard to negotiate - … Kg6 43.Ne5+ Kg7 44.d6 a5 45.g5 Bd8 46.b3 1–0

While Lateefah was no less merciful in her Sunday fare:

Messam-Sparks – Grigoryan M

27.Bxe7+ Kxe7 28.Bc6 Rb8 29.Qa4 a6 30.c4 Rd6 31.Qc2 Qf8 32.Re5 1–0

Oxford 1 4½ - 3½ Sambuca Sharks
171 w Zakarian, David 2362 1 - 0 Rendle, Thomas E m 2400
172 b Rose, Matthew 2276 0 - 1 Roberson, Peter T 2281
173 w Shaw, David A 2244 0 - 1 Adair, James 2208
174 b Rawlinson, Aidan M 2183 0 - 1 Williams, Samuel G 2190
175 w White, Michael JR f 2217 1 - 0 Varnam, Liam D 2116
176 b Dickinson, Tim R 2155 1 - 0 Purton, Ben J 2147
177 w Harvey, Marcus R 2098 1 - 0 Russell, Christopher 2086
178 b Mate, Maria w 1818 ½ - ½ York-Andersen, Anna w 1874

Meanwhile, the Firsts (av 2,169) had a crucial clash against the Sambuca Sharks (av 2,162), and the team can thank Maria Mate for not only turning out when suffering with flu (or worse), but hacking through the game to secure the winning draw.

York-Anderson – Mate

And here the scorecard shows the final moves to be:

41.... Rb8 42.g3 Kf6 43.f4 Ke6 44.Ke3 exf4+ ½-½ not all of which makes conventional sense so we’re assuming White played Rb1 or Rd3 sometime here – but no matter, a draw is a draw makes a win.

Before we could celebrate there were 7 decisive games to finish, so here are some highlights, starting with Board 1 :

Zakarian – Rendle (W, 23)

Here, the whole of White’s position seems en prise with the black pawns eating up space, but David’s response is cool: 23.Rf1 dxc2 [23...Rxc2 24.Rxc2 dxc2 25.Qxd7, and Rxf4 doesn’t work to promote the interests of the c-pawn as there is a back-rank mate threat] 24.Rxd7 c1Q 25.Bxc1 Rxc1 26.Rxc1 Qxc1+ 27.Kh2 Qc3 which started Black off on a winning ending trail (Q+opposite bishops) although it’s not clear whether Black couldn’t have simply drawn by forcing queens off on move 57 – diagram below – although with the second time control approaching it could be this was a judgment call that would take some time not available to make 1–0, 74.

(57, B)

On board 2, another hectic time-scramble meant that Matt missed the chance to snaffle a crucial pawn:

Roberson – Rose (W, 38)

38.Nf3 (forced) Qb1 (… Rxh2 would seem to force an immediate draw – 39. Qb6+ etc) 39.Qf8+ Kb7 40.Qf5 Rg7+ 41.Ng5 Qd1+ when some countback was necessary to decide who, if anyone, had lost on time – as it happens, no one. Play continued rationally until move 83, when the blitz format took over in a Q+P v Q ending and resulted in a win for the Sharks.

Shaw- Adair (W, 29)

All versions of my software agree that this tense tussle started to go downhill for White after 29.b3 [29.cxb5 Rxd5 30.Qh2 axb5 31.Rh1 Rf7 32.Rxf4 Qf8 33.Rf6, or a simply 29. Rh1 are preferred] 29...bxc4 30.bxc4 Qb6+ 31.Qb2 Qe3 32.Qb3 Qa7 when White has long-term, advanced weakness (c4, g5) without any compensation or initiative. Hard as Dave might struggle, Black didn’t let go of the reins so, 0-1, 60.

Williams,Samuel - Rawlinson,A

Aidan had another nightmare in the Botvinnik variation of the whatever (how can this be a regular opening when White can sacrifice a queen for a bishop for a winning middle-game attack?). Anyway, White has the luxury of considering the highly stylish 15.Rb1 rather than retreat or advance the knight. Aidan was tempted: … bxc3 16.bxc3 Qa6 but immediately bitten: 17.Rxb7 1–0

Which left the team -2 over the top four boards. Fortunately our middle-to-lower boards found some form:

White – Varnam (W, 31)

After an unusual opening when Black loses a possible thread to gain some initiative, Michael goes into “creepy crawley” mode to reach this position, with a decisive plus and enough time to start a barrage against the Black defences: 31.Bxd5 Bxd5 32.e4 Bxe4 33.fxe4 Rxe4 34.d5+ Kh7 35.Qxc7+ R8e7 36.Qc3 R4e5 37.Kg3 Qf6 38.Qf3 Qf8 39.Bxe5 Rxe5 40.Qc3 Qb8 41.Rxh6+ Nxh6 42.Rxh6+ 1–0

Purton – Dickinson (B, 25)

And here, although Tim’s plan is clear (promote one of those pawns on the king side opposite-coloured chequer-board formations) his 25. … Rh8 sets off some table-clearing exchanges to clarify the win: 26.Bxa6 Ncxd4 27.Bxd4 bxa6 28.Ba7 g5 29.Ng2 h4 30.Ne3 hxg3 31.fxg3 Rh1+ 32.Kd2 Rxc1 33.Kxc1 Nxe3 34.Bxe3 Kg6 35.Kd2 Kf5 36.Bd4 Bf8 37.b4 Bg7 38.a4 Bxe5 39.Bf2 Ke4 40.b5 axb5 0–1

Harvey - Russell

And Marcus had an ending which seemed difficult but can prove no trouble at all to the younger spirited community: 69.f6+ Kd7 70.Rf8 Rf1+ 71.Kg5 Rg1+ 72.Kh6 Ke6 73.Re8+ Kf5 74.Kh7 Rg2 75.Rg8 Rh2+ 76.Kg7 Kxe5 77.Kxf7 Ra2 78.Rg5+ Kd6 79.Rg1 1–0

Warwickshire Select 2 2½ - 3½ Oxford 2
361 w Page, Mark E 2046 1 - 0 Nitz, Tomos 2058
362 b Hunt, Malcolm A 2076 0 - 1 Duggan, Christopher 2030
363 w Fallowfield, Jeremy 2044 ½ - ½ Healey, Michael W 2069
364 b Webster, Paul 2034 ½ - ½ Rawlinson, Christopher JA 2055
365 w Fallowfield, Nicholas K 2018 ½ - ½ Hadi, Justin 2043
366 b Goodwin, Ed H 1906 0 - 1 Scott, David A 2034

Line-ups for the second team were different again, with Justin joining fellow Saturday winners Chris Rawlinson and Michael Healey in accepting a quick Sunday morning draw against Warwickshire Select 2 (av 2020). This left the match down to the efforts of a hardy threesome, which turned into a prize shoot-out on board 2 after errors on top and bottom boards:

Page – Nitz (W, 27)

Tomos lost after missing a retreating queen move: 27.Bf4 Qxh4? 28.Qe3! which threatens Bg5 and Qxb6. g3 29.Qxb6 gxf2+ 30.Qxf2 Qg4 31.Qf3 Qg6 32.Qd3 Qxd3 33.Rxd3 h4 34.Bg5 0–0 35.Bxh4 Bxe5 36.c3 b5 37.Bd8 bxa4 38.Bxa4 c5 39.Bxa5 Rb8 40.Rd8+ Rxd8 41.Bxd8 1–0

Scott – Goodwin (B, 24)

A more drastic end on bottom board when Black decides to advance a rook to a square, when it was defintely wiser to retreat the queen to the same square: 24… Re5?? 25.Qg4+ Rg5 26.Qxc8+ Kg7 27.Qh3 1–0

Duggan – Hunt (W, 52)

And for long periods prior to diagram here the crowd was wondering whether Black’s piece for pawns sacrifice was adequate – and reflecting that while it didn’t seem to be winning, a draw was the likely result. Chris had other ideas, and secured a 100% start for Oxford 2 by grinding out from the diagram position all the way to a win in the corner on move 94… 52.Rf7+ Ke5 53.Nf2 Rh4 54.Nd3+ Ke6 55.Rf3 Rg4 56.Kf2 Kd5 57.Re3 Kd4 58.Ne1 Kd5 … and you can check out the full details on the playback at the end of the page. (1-0, 94)

Vikanis,G - Lutton,E (2077)

24… Qe2 [Fritz prefers 24...Bf4+ 25.Nd2 cxd4 26.Bxd4 Bxd2+ 27.Kb2 Qe6, though the move chosen seems natural, to exploit the absence of squares for the King. But White’s pieces develop quickly and harmoniously:] 25.Bc3 cxd4 26.Ba5+ Ke8 27.Nd2 Qxd3 28.Nc4 Qe4 29.Qxe4 Rxe4 30.Rg1 Rg4 31.Rxg3 1–0

The Rookies 3 - 3 Oxford 3
451 w Piper, Stephen J 2106 ½ - ½ Morris, Graham P 2034
452 b Jones, Christopher M 2024 1 - 0 Neatherway, A Philip 1930
453 w Compton, Alistair 2045 0 - 1 Terry, Sean 1869
454 b Jaszkiwskyj, Peter 1952 ½ - ½ Devane, Eoin 1786
455 w Gibson, Christopher A 1984 1 - 0 Langham, Rod E 1802
456 b Maddams, David R 1810 0 - 1 Henbest, Kevin B 1740

Oxford 3 (1860) had a lot more work to do to secure their first point on the table, playing against the higher-graded The Rookies (1986) – though it developed enough chances! Here on top board Graham Morris had snaffled a pawn which, though doubled, looked like it could be defended at length for profit.

Piper – Morris (20, W)

After White took on d4, Nxd4 Graham’s recapture 21.Bxd4 allowed, after … dxc4 the bishop to move with tempo 22.Bxg7 Qxd1 23.Rexd1 Kxg7 24.bxc4 Rad8 25.Rxd8 Rxd8 26.Rxb7 White had the initiative but Black held on for a handshake on move 38. ½–½. Instead 20...Bxd4 21.Bxd4 dxc4 22.Bc5 Rfd8 allowed Black the initiative.

Neatherway – Jones (W,

But on Board 2, Phil dropped a crucial a-pawn and wasn’t allowed to recover: 31.Qe2? when the simple 31...Qxa5 starts the downhill process that sees White’s knights driven to f8 and c8 while their opposite minded clerics play fast and loose away from home. Oddly (or: not-so-oddly, considering this is a Ruy Lopez), White could have offered the a-pawn as a sacrifice with 31.Qd3 as if now … Qxa5? 32.Qf5 Nf8 33.Rxd5 Qxd5 34.Bc4 g6 35.Qf4 g5 36.Qf5 is a pretty, if pretty awful, retribution for the sin of greed…

Gibson – Langham (B, 9)

And here Rod went a bit astray when considering how to relieve the tensions that had arisen in the course of the Cambridge Springs: 9...Bxc3+ 10.bxc3 Qxa3 is the way to a pawn up, but instead after 9. … Nxc3 10.axb4 Nxd1 11.bxa5 Nxb2 12.Rc2 Na4 13.Rc4 b5 14.Rxc6 Chris had established a plus which he didn’t let go (1-0, 38)

So we needed two points from the remainder, and Kevin Henbest completed his 100% weekend with an eventual 1-0 from a ding-dong game. Here

Henbest – Maddams (B, 29)

Black looks to protect his Knight, 29.h3 Qa2, when attacking its counterpart with 29...Qh4 30.f4 Ne1 31.Qe3 held the balance – instead after 30.Rb7 the tide turns quickly … Qa1+ 31.Kh2 Ne4 32.Nxe4 Ne1 33.Nf6+ Kf8 34.Bd6+ Re7 35.Bxe7+ Kf7 36.Bd8+ Kf8 37.Qg3 1–0

So we needed to win the last game, and I had been attacking sacrificially since move 26 or so and it seemed at time control that the signature was as good as on the paper.

Compton – Terry (B, 41)

The last few moves have been 40. … Qg1-f1+ 41.Kh3-h4 leaving me with a simple query : to take or not to take? After the first session I was drained, and I opted for what seemed the ‘safe’ win when it might have been easier to calculate 41...Qxe2 42.Bd6 Qf2+ forces 43.Bg3 Qxf3. Instead of which, it was time to throw another piece on the fire with 41...h6 (still winning) 42.Bd6 Qxf3 43.Qxf8+ Kh7 44.Bg3 and now Fritz suggests either Rg1! (threatening Rxg3) or the simple … g5+ as h5 are easy wins. (I had analysed to 44...g5+ 45.Kh3 Qf1+ 46.Rg2 Rb2 47.Qa8 h5 48.Qe4+ f5 49.Qb7+ Kh6, but didn’t trust my analysis) Instead I opted for 44. … Qf6+ 45.Kh3 Qf1+ 46.Rg2 Rb2 47.Qa8 h5 (… Re2! is necessary then … h5) 48.Be5 ouch; I was so tired I nearly resigned. 48...hxg4+ 49.Kh4 Qe1+ 50.Bg3 Qc3 remarkably Black still has an advantage, and White now avoids the queen and pawn ending that might have occurred if he'd not blundered with ... 51.Kg5 Kg7 52.Bf4 Qf6+ 53.Kxg4 Qf5+ 54.Kg3 Rb3+ 0–1

25 November 2010


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