D. Black v D. Elliott

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D. Black
D. Elliott
Portsmouth Congress, 2009

1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 exf4 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. d4 Bd6 6. c4 b6 7. Be2 O-O 8. O-O Re8 9. Nc3 Ba6 I can find 4 games in my database and all continue 9... Ng4 with White scoring an impressive 87.5%. So perhaps I was wise to deviate here. My plan was to get White to commit himself to a reckless Q-side attack then undermine it but it was a plan fraught with dangers 10. a3 h6 11. b4 g5 12. Bb2 Qe7 Commiting myself to this reckless endevour 12... Ng4 was a far wiser option but too easily foiled13. Re1 Falling for my trap13. Qd2 was solid and leaves Black questioning his whole idea 13... Qe3+ 14. Kh1 Ng4 15. Qc2 losing instantly. Only 15. Rf1 can save the game and with exact play White will come out alright 15... Nf2+ 16. Rxf2 Qxf2 17. Rc1 and Black's pieces are badly placed to follow up and the Queen us in danger of being trapped. So 17... Rxe2 18. Qxe2 Qxe2 19. Nxe2 Nd7 with equal chances 15... Nf2+ 16. Kg1 Nh3+ 17. Kh1 Qg1+ 18. Rxg1 Nf2# 0-1