A.Fish-Foskett v J.Coburn

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Portsmouth Open, 2008

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Bd3 I thought that the bishop would be better placed on c4 than d3 because it threatens to open the king side up with h4 and h5 3... g6 4. c4 Bg7 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Nge2 e5 7. d5 Ne7 8. a3 a3 seems to me to be a bit slow but there is not a lot else. 8.b4 would be met by a5 so in order to prepare b4 he needed to play a3. To me 8.f3 .. followed by 9.Be3... and 10.c5 seems seem to be better, especially with the rook coming to c1 opening up the queenside 8... O-O 9. f3 Nd7 10. Be3 Nc5 With the idea of tempting the queen's bishop to take on c5 11. Bc2 I was never going to take on d3 anyway - giving up a good knight for a bad bishop is not a very good idea 11... f5 To get some counterplay on the kingside before I am overwhelmed on the queenside 12. b4 Nd7 13. c5 Nf6 14. Qd3 fxe4 15. fxe4 This gives me much better play than would have 15.Ne4 Ne4, 16.Qe4 Bf5, 17.Qc4 Bc2 Qc2, with a slight advantage on the queenside and stopping the kingside attack 15... Ng4 16. Bg1 Forced because Bd2 or Bc1 are met by Nf2 forking Queen and Rook and in addition to that he preserves his bishop here on g1. However, there are problems coming up for him because he still hasn't castled and I've got a very dangerous attack on the open f file 16... Rf7 17. h3 Qf8 18. O-O-O Nf2 19. Bxf2 Rxf2 Here I offered a draw because it was last game on Saturday and I was tired. He accepted because I now have some very good attacking chances on both sides of the board - so perhaps I should have played on! ½-½