Knight

A.Butler v P.Waller

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A.Butler
P.Waller
Portsmouth C v Fareham B, 2007

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 Boring old exchange variation I thought but the game certainly came alive later 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Be2 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. Bf4 Nc6 8. c4 dxc4 9. Bxc4 Bg4 10. d5 Na5 11. b3 Nxc4 12. bxc4 h6 13. h3 Bh5 14. Nc3 Bd6 15. Bxd6 Qxd6 16. Nb5 Qf4 17. Nbd4 Rfd8 18. g3 Qd6 19. Nf5 Qc5 20. Rc1 Rd7 21. Qb3 Re8 Letting the b pawn go in exchange for attacking chances 22. g4 Bg6 23. Qxb7 Bxf5 24. gxf5 Qa3 Not as good as I thought it was at the time - White is better after Qb3 25. Kg2 Qxa2 26. Rfe1 Rxe1 27. Rxe1 a5? 27... Qxc4 I saw Ne5 forking Queen and Rook and assumed I couldn't play it; after this variation though Black is winning 28. Ne5 Qxd5+ 29. Qxd5 Rxd528. Ne5 Re7 29. d6 Rxe5 30. Rxe5 cxd6 31. Qc8+ Kh7 I thought I was in trouble but, interestingly, Fritz rates the position as almost level 32. Re7 Qd2 33. Rxf7 Ne4 Threatening mate in 2 and forcing White to give up the Rook - anything else loses 34. Rxg7+ Kxg7 For a few seconds I thought Black was now winning but he's not! 35. Qd7+ Kf8 A decision vindicated by Fritz - moving the King forwards loses the Knight and White has better chances unless he allows Black to exchange Queens, in which case the a pawn will waltz home; a draw seemed a fair result to both players ½-½