D. Elliott v P. Larwood

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D. Elliott
P. Larwood
Portsmouth Congress, 2009

I perhaps played a little bit negatively in this game. A draw would assure me of 1st place in the tournament with a round remaining so I spurned my winning chances and took the drawing option but I so nearly came unstuck

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd6 4. d4 Nf6 5. Bc4 a6 6. Nge2 Bf5 7. Bf4 Qd7 8. d5 b5 Hrabinska v Shults continued 8... Qd8 9. Nd4 Bg6 10. a4 Nbd7 with a draw in 64 moves 9. Bb3 c6 10. dxc6 Nxc6 11. Qxd7+ Bxd7 12. O-O-O e6 13. Rd2 O-O-O 14. Ng3 Na5 15. Rhd1 This move looks obvious but 15. Nge4 is better 15... Nxb3+ 16. cxb3 Bb4 17. Rc2 At the time I thought my move was good but 17. a3 would have been better 17... Bxc3 18. bxc3 with an equal game 17... Kb7 17... Bc6 gives Black a chance to gain a slight edge 18. Nxb5 Rxd1+ 19. Kxd1 Rd8+ 20. Kc1 Kb7 21. Na3 when the pawn cannot be grabbed 21... Bxg2 22. Rc7+ Ka8 23. Rxf718. Be5 18. Rcd2 would be a better option 18... Kc8 19. Rc2A draw was agreed but Black could have spurned it and tried 18... Bc6 19. f3 Rxd1+ 20. Kxd1 Rd8+ 21. Ke2 Bf8 22. Nce4 Nxe4 23. Nxe4 f6 24. Bg3 e5 25. Bf2 when Black has a small advantage ½-½