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D. Elliott v J. Mach

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D. Elliott
J. Mach
Fareham A v Cosham B, 2007

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 d5 4. exd5 Qxd5 4... Nf6 is normal here when play might continue 5. Bc4 Nxd5 6. Bxd5 Qxd5 7. Nc3 Qd8 8. O-O Be7 9. d4 O-O 10. Bxf4 Nc6 with a level game despite White's lead in development 5. Nc3 Qd8 6. d4 Bd6 7. Bc4 Bg4 8. O-O Ne7?? 8... Nc6 is solid enough, when 9. Re1+ Nce7 10. Ne4 (10. Bxf7+?? is not as good now 10... Kxf7 11. Ng5+ Kg6 12. Qxg4 Nf6)10... Nh6 11. Qe2 Bxf3 12. Qxf3 Nhf5 13. c3 O-O 14. Bxf4 and white has the better attack 9. Bxf7+ Kf8 9... Kxf7?? is dire 10. Ng5+ Ke8 11. Qxg4 Qd7 12. Ne6 with a winning attack 10. Bb3 g5? 10... Nbc6 is the safer option 11. Nxg5 11. Qd3! may give White even better chances 11... Bxd1 12. Ne6+ Ke8 13. Nxd8 Kxd8 14. Nxd1 Ng6 15. Nf2 Nc6 16. c3 Rf8 17. Bd2 Na5 18. Bc2?! 18. Be6 Re8 19. Rae1 completes White's development with a solid attack and a pawn up 18... Nc4 19. Bc1?! 19. Ne4 is a better option 19... Nxd2 20. Nxd2 Kd7 21. Rae119... Kd7 20. b3 Ne3 21. Bxe3 fxe3 22. Ne4 Bf4?! 22... Nf4 23. Rfe1 Nd5 is more solid but still losing 23. Bd1?? I lost my way with this move. I had intended 23. g3!! is more aggressive and retains the winning advantage 23... Bh6 24. Nf6+ Kd8 25. Nxh7 Rxf1+ 26. Kxf123... Kc6 23... Rae8 24. Bf3 consolidating my position but it is not best 24. c4?? with vague plans to mate Black in the centre 24. g3 is simplier and wins easily 24... Bxh2+!! 25. Kxh2 Rxf1 26. d5+ The start of my plan. Most of Black's remaining moves are forced 26... Kb6 27. c5+ Ka5 28. a3 b5 29. b4+ Ka6 30. c6 30. Ng3 may be better but my mating ideas then come to nothing 30... e2?? 30... Kb6 31. Nc5 a5 32. Nd7+ Ka7 33. a4 e2 34. axb5 Rh1+ (34... exd1=Q 35. Rxa5# The plan!)35. Kxh1 e1=Q+31. Nc5+ Kb6 32. Nd7+ and I offered a draw which was accepted; However Black needs to be very careful after .. Ka6 33. a4 Rh1+ (is the only move that saves the game - for example if 33... exd1=Q 34. Nc5+ Kb6 35. a5#) 34. Kxh1 e1=Q+ 35. Kh2 Qh4+ 36. Kg1 Qd4+ 37. Kh1 Qxa1 38. Nc5+ Kb6 39. Nd7+ is a draw by repetition ½-½