S.Crockart v FM M.Lyell

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FM M.Lyell
4NCL Bristol v NW Eagles, 2007

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Bb4 6. Nxc6 Standard four knights position - now Black should recapture with b pawn 6... dxc6 capturing with the d pawn allows White to exchange into superior ending 7. Qxd8+ Kxd8 8. Bg5 h6 9. O-O-O+ Ke7 10. Bh4 g5 11. Bg3 Bxc3 12. bxc3 Black has a slightly superior pawn structure but White has the bishop pair and a more active position 12... Be6 13. f3 Ne8 14. Kb1 Nd6 15. Bd3 Raf8 16. h4 Kd7 17. hxg5 hxg5 18. Be5 Rxh1 19. Rxh1 White seizes control of open file using bishop pair; the position is better for White 19... Rg8 20. g4 A careless move overlooking a simple tactic that equalises the position 20... Nc4 21. Bxc4 Bxc4 22. Rh2 c5 23. a3 Rg6 24. Kc1 Ra6 25. Kb2 Re6 26. Bg3 Rf6 Black is going to attack f3 weakness and force White to relinquish the h file, Black is slightly better but White will hold an opposite coloured bishop endgame 27. Rf2 Rh6 28. Rd2+ Kc6 29. Rh2 White offers an exchange of rooks into an opposite coloured Bishop endgame and in doing so sacrifices a pawn; I had calculated that it was a draw 29... Rxh2 30. Bxh2 Be2 31. f4 gxf4 32. Bxf4 Bxg4 33. Bg5 White needs to be accurate to implement his idea of a dark square blockade 33... Bf3 34. e5 Kd5 35. Bf6 b5 36. Bg7 a5 37. Bf6 Kc4 38. Bd8 b4 39. cxb4 axb4 40. axb4 cxb4 41. Bxc7 Bd5 42. Bd6 ½-½