Knight

W. Partridge v D. Elliott

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W. Partridge
D. Elliott
Fareham A v Chichester A, 2008

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 b6 3. Bf4 Bb7 4. e3 e6 5. Bd3 Be7 6. O-O O-O Larsen v Browne, Mar del Plata 1981 continued with the following variation that I considered but rejected as I didn't like my Knight on h5 6... Nh5 7. Nbd2 O-O (7... Nxf4 may be better)8. a4 a5 9. h3 Nxf4 10. exf4 c5 11. c3 Nc6 12. dxc5 bxc5 13. f5 exf5 and Browne went on to win in 43 moves 7. c4 d6 8. Nc3 Nbd7 9. e4 d5 9... e5 would have been a more solid break 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. Nxe5 Nc5 12. Bc2 Bd6 13. Nb5 Bxe4 with equal chances 10. cxd5 exd5 11. e5 Nh5 about time Only now 11... Ne4 is probably a better square for the Knight. I looked at but rejected this as I felt my pawn on e4 would be difficult to defend 12. Be3 f5!? A brave and possibly unsound thrust. I had analysed most but unfortunately not all of what followed correctly 13. Rc1 13. Qc2 immediately putting pressure on my f pawn was probably better 13... c5 14. Bxf5?? This was the line I had analysed and hoped for but it is not best for White 14. Qc2! quietly putting on pressure had been missed by me but is clearly best 14... Rxf5 15. g4 Rg5 missing White's 19th move 15... cxd4 16. gxf5 dxe3 17. Nxd5 Nxe5 18. Nxe5 exf2+ 19. Rxf2 Qxd5 20. Qxd5+ Bxd5 I was using up a lot of time now, I looked at 15... cxd4 and thought it may be best but it was not clear enough to me so I avoided it. It was in fact winning after 16. gxf5 dxe3 17. fxe3 Bc5!! the winning move and the one I missed 18. Nxd5 Nxe5 19. Nxe5 Qxd5 20. Qxd5+ Bxd5 and Black has a clearly won game 16. Nxg5 Bxg5 17. gxh5 Bxe3 17... Nxe5! immediately is probably best 18. dxe5 Bxe3 19. fxe3 Qg5+ although unlike the line I had choosen White's king now escapes 20. Kf2 and White probably has the better game 18. fxe3 Qg5+ 19. Kh1! This was the move I missed when I played 15. ... Rg5 I had expected 19. Kf2 when 19... Rf8+ 20. Ke1 Qxe3+ 21. Ne2 Rxf1+ 22. Kxf1 Ba6 23. Rc3 Qe4 24. Rg3 cxd4 and Black's attack is overwhelming 19... Nxe5 20. Rf4 cxd4 21. Qxd4 Qxh5 22. Rcf1 Nc6 Black has slowly let White off the hook 23. Qxd5+?? Another quiet move 23. Qa4!! leaves black an exchange for a pawn down and no prospects to improve the attack 23... Qxd5+ 24. Nxd5 Ne7 25. e4 Nxd5 26. exd5 Bxd5+ 27. Kg1 Bxa2 28. Ra1 Bd5 29. Rd4 Be6 30. Rda4?? A mistake the last move before the time control 30. Rd6 makes it harder for Black 30... a5 ½-½