Knight

J.Wilkinson v P.Waller

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J.Wilkinson
P.Waller
Gosport A v Fareham A, 2006

1. Nf3 d5 Five minutes ago I had been expecting to be White against frequent sparring partner Rick Smith. I had prepared a nice new line for him. Now I found myself to be Black, playing a player graded 50 points higher than me and in an opening I hate. I can already smell the knight on e5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 c6 4. O-O Bg4 5. d4 Nbd7 6. Nbd2 e6 7. c4 Bd6 8. b3 O-O 9. Bb2 Re8 10. Ne5 Bc7 And here is that Knight. So fixated was I on its strength it didn't occur to me that taking on g4 was a good option for him 11. Nxg4 After this it is a big struggle. I thought long and hard about Qg5 and Fritz thinks it is the best move. In the end I could see too many ways for him to counter 11... Nxg4 12. e4 Nh6 13. cxd5 cxd5 14. exd5 e5 15. dxe5 Bxe5 16. Bxe5 Nxe5 17. Nf3 Nxf3+ 18. Qxf3 Qd6 19. Rfe1 f6 20. Bh3 Nf7 21. Rxe8+ Rxe8 22. Be6 Re7 23. Rc1 Rc7 24. Rxc7 Qxc7 25. d6 A neat move which isn't obvious although I did see it during my opponent's long think. According to Fritz I should actually take on d6 but after my next move its curtains 25... Qc6 26. Qxc6 bxc6 27. d7 Kf8 28. Bxf7 1-0