J.D'Sousa-Eva v Fareham Chess Club

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Fareham Chess Club
Correspondence, 2006

1. e4 This was a correspondence game started on 25 March 2006 and concluded on 13 February 2007; Fareham's moves were decided at the club each week 1... e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. Nf3 d5 A speculative pawn sacrifice; the main merit seems to be taking White out of his opening book 4. exd5 e4 5. Qe2 Bb4 6. O-O O-O 7. Ng5 Bg4 8. Qe3 Bf5 9. Nc3 Re8 10. f3 exf3 11. Qxf3 Bg6 12. d3 Nbd7 13. Bf4 Nb6 14. Bb3 Bxc3 15. bxc3 Nbxd5 Finally winning the pawn back with a fairly level position 16. Rae1 Nxf4 17. Qxf4 Qd6 18. Qxd6 cxd6 19. Ba4 Re5 20. Rxe5 dxe5 21. Re1 e4 22. Nxe4 Nxe4 23. dxe4 Rc8 24. Re3 Rc4 25. Rd3 Threatening mate and forcing Black to decide which way to go; for some reason FCC members thought Kf8 was bad but the King now ended up stuck a long way from the centre 25... h6 26. Rd8+ Kh7 27. Rd4 Rxc3 28. Kf2 b5 In post-game analysis Fritz quite likes these Queenside pawn pushes and Black's position (about half a pawn ahead) 29. Bb3 a5 30. Ke2 f6 31. Kd2 Rc7 32. c3 Now White has a slight advantage; Black tries to free his King 32... Be8 33. Be6 g6 34. c4 bxc4 Apparently Fritz would have rated White between 0.1 and 0.2 pawns ahead and he may be able to win the a pawn but was concerned that Black's Kingside pawns might then roll - and therefore accepted Black's draw offer ½-½