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J. Coburn v J. Henderson

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J. Coburn
J. Henderson
Club Championship Quickplay decider, 2009

Annotated by James Henderson

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3!? Did he have a surprise in store? Anyway Black concentrates on quick development 6... Nc6 7. Nb3 e6 8. Be3 Be7 9. Qd2 O-O 10. h4 It's obvious he is going for a quick attack. I had to play actively or simply be blown away - the question is how? 10... Qc7 Retaining flexibility and planning to land a nice rook on d8 11. O-O-O b5 12. g4 White has a slight lead due to his advanced kingside pawns but I felt his position was looking vulnerable 12... Bb7 13. Be2 If g5 then either Nfd7 or even Nh5 are OK for Black 13... Rad8 14. Rdg1 Rfe8 White has a slight advantage but my pieces are ideally placed for a counter-attack 15. h5 d5! Joe looked surprised and thought for quite a long time about his response 16. exd5 Nb4 The pawn on d5 is now mine with tempo 17. g5 His attack continues but I felt the game was now almost won for me 17... Nfxd5 18. Kb1 Nxe3 Exchanging one of White's attacking pieces and freeing up the d5 square for the other Knight 19. Qxe3 Note the possible skewer of his rook on g1 19... Nd5 20. Nxd5 Bxd5 21. Rh3 Bxb3 22. axb3 Bc5 23. Qc1 Maybe Qc3 was better but this might lead to 23. Qc3 b4 24. Qc4 Qa5 25. Rd1 Rxd1+ 26. Bxd1 Rd8 27. Be2 Rd4 28. Qxa6 Rd1+!! winning the queen 23... Bxg1 Simply winning the material. With a substantial time advantage I just needed to avoid any silly mistakes 24. Qxg1 Rc8 25. Bd3 Qc5 Trading queens would suit me 26. Qg2 Red8 27. g6 Rxd3! 28. gxf7+ Kxf7 The King is safe here 29. cxd3 Qc1+ 30. Ka2 Rc2 The coup de grace 31. Rh1 Qxb2# 0-1