R. Williams v P. Waller

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R. Williams
P. Waller
Chichester B v Fareham B, 2008

1. Nf3 d5 2. d3 Taking me into new territory at move 2 2... Nf6 3. g3 Bg4 4. Nbd2 e6 5. Bg2 Nbd7 6. h3 Bxf3 7. Nxf3 c5 8. O-O Bd6 9. Re1 Qb6 10. e4 dxe4 11. dxe4 Ne5 12. Nxe5 Bxe5 13. f4 Bd4+ 14. Kh2 Rd8 15. Qf3 c4 16. c3 Bc5 17. e5 Nd5 18. f5 exf5 19. Qxf5 O-O 20. Be4 Qg6 21. Qf3 Qe6 22. Bg5 Ne7 I now had only 9 minutes to make 8 more moves 23. Bxb7 A key moment - I was hoping for this move which gives me a chance to attack 23... Rd3 24. Qe2 Nf5 25. Bf4 Nh4 Hoping for the ultimate cheapo but my opponent was far too good for that 26. Be4 26. gxh4 Qxh3#26... Rfd8 27. Rad1 Ng6 28. Bxd3 Nxf4 29. gxf4 cxd3 30. Rxd3 Rb8 Making the time control with less than a minute to spare 31. b4 Be7 Obviously, Black is lost but I'd thought I play on for a few moves to see if there were any tactics 32. Red1 h6 33. Rd7 a5 34. a3 axb4 35. axb4 Ra8 After this move it is Black who has the immediate threats 36. R1d2 Ra3 37. R7d3 Ra1 38. Qe4 Qb6 39. Qe3 Qc6 40. Qf3 Qb6 41. Rd1 Ra2+ 42. Kg3 Qg6+ 43. Qg4 Qc6 43... Qe4 would have been a draw - White has nothing better than repeating moves because covering g2 with either rook will lose a rook after Rxd2 and Qe3+ 44. R1d2 Ra1 Down to the last few minutes and missing a chance to win with 44... Rxd2 45. Rxd2 Qxc3+ when Black would have been a bishop for a pawn up 45. Qf3 White misses a forced line into an obviously winning endgame which I had seen and expected him to play 45. Rd8+ Bxd8 46. Rxd8+ Kh7 47. Qf5+ Qg6+ 48. Qxg6+ Kxg645... Qg6+ 46. Qg4 Qb6 Played instantly and missing a further and final chance 46... Rg1+ 47. Rg2 Rxg2+ 48. Kxg2 Qxd3 might have drawn given that White had about half an hour to my two minutes 47. Rg2 Qa6 48. Qf5 Qa3 49. b5 Qc1 50. Qe4 h5 Last throw of the dice but it doesn't work 51. c4 h4+ 52. Kg4 Ra4 53. Rd4 I was about to resign when my flag fell 1-0