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J. Coburn v P. Waller

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Queen's Pawn Game
J. Coburn
P. Waller
Club Championship, 2009

1. g3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. Bg2 g6 4. Nd2 Bg7 5. c3 O-O 6. Ngf3 Nc6 7. O-O Re8 8. Ne5 Nxe5 9. dxe5 Ng4 10. Nf3 c6 10... Nxe5 11. Nxe5 Bxe5 12. Qxd5 Qxd5 13. Bxd5 is level11. Bf4 Bh6 Black was OK out of the opening but this hands White the initiative for the middlegame; h6 or f6 was better 12. Qd2 Kg7 13. h3 Bxf4 14. Qxf4 Nh6 15. Rfd1 Be6 16. Rd2 Qc8 17. Kh2 Rf8 18. Rad1 f6 19. exf6+ exf6 20. Nd4 Nf5 21. Nxf5+ Bxf5 22. e4 Bxe4 23. Bxe4 dxe4 24. Qxe4 Qe8 25. Qc4 Rf7 26. Rd6 Qe5 27. Qb4 Re8 28. Kg2 Qe4+ 29. Qxe4 Rxe4 reaching a fairly level position despite White's control of the d file 30. Rd7 Ree7 31. R7d2 f5 32. b4 Kf6 33. a4 h5 34. h4 a6 35. Kf3 Re4 36. Rd6+ Re6 this is where Black goes wrong again - Kg7 is better 37. Kf4 Rfe7 38. Rxe6+ Rxe6 39. Rd7 Re4+ 40. Kf3 Re7? 40... b5 is better 41. Rxe7 Kxe7 42. Kf4 Fritz thinks White is now winning 42... Kf6 43. a5 Ke6 44. c4 Kf6 45. f3 Ke6 46. Ke3? Kg5 is winning; now it should be a draw 46... Kd6 47. Kd4 Ke6 48. Kc5 Kd7 49. b5 cxb5 50. cxb5 axb5 51. Kxb5 Kc7 52. Kc5 Kb8 53. Kd6 Ka7 54. Kc7 Ka6 55. f4 both sides are now down to the last five minutes 55... Kxa5?? wrongly thinking that the chase across the board would be a draw 55... Ka7 is a dead draw 56. Kxb7 Kb5 57. Kc7 Kc5 58. Kd7 Kd4 59. Ke6 Ke3 60. Kf6 Kf3 61. Kxg6 Kxg3 62. Kg5! the move that Black had missed 62... Kf3 63. Kxf5 1-0