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Zwischenzug
10-11-2006, 11:46 PM
My latest serious game and I was white. I could have sworn I was ahead for a long while. I blundered and let enemy Queen take some free pawns, and in the end I was one move away from checkmate when my opponent drew against me with perpetual check.

1.c4 c6 2.Nc3 e5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 d6 5.d3 Be7 6.e3 O-O 7.Nge2 Nbd7 8.O-O Nb6 9.b4 Qc7 10.a4 Nbd7 11.Bd2 b6 12.b5 Bb7 13.Na2 Rab8 14.Nb4 cxb5 15.Bxb7 Rxb7 16.axb5 Nc5 17.Nc3 Qc8 18.e4 Ng4 19.f3 Nf6 20.Bg5 h6 21.Bxf6 Bxf6 22.Ncd5 Qe6 23.Nc6 Ra8 24.Rf2 a5 25.bxa6 Rxa6 26.Rxa6 Nxa6 27.Ra2 Nc7 28.Qa1 Nxd5 29.Ra8+ Kh7 30.cxd5 Qd7 31.Qb2 Bg5 32.h4 Bf6 33.Qb5 Qh3 34.Qb2 Qxg3+ 35.Qg2 Qxh4 36.Qg4 Qe1+ 37.Kg2 Qe2+ 38.Kh3 Qxd3 39.Qf5+ g6 40.Qxf6 Qf1+ 41.Kg3 Qg1+ 42.Kh3 Qh1+ 1/2-1/2

road runner
11-11-2006, 08:07 AM
32.h4 was a very weakening move, and after this your king will always be loose and it's not suprising that the game ends in a perpetual check draw. :)

Kevin Bonham
11-11-2006, 10:42 AM
Yes, if you had to play 32.h4 you should have plugged the weakness immediately with Kg2 or Kh2 instead of moving your queen away from anywhere where it could quickly return to g2.

After 33.Qb5?? you were actually losing and were lucky to get away with a draw. Had Black looked after his bishop with 38...Bg5 instead of going pawngrabbing immediately then your position would have been lost.

You were better for a long long time but the handling of your knights around move 27 deserves some attention. By allowing black to take on d5 you ended up with your knight on a relatively useless outpost and the d5 square blocked by your own pawn, which took away your initiative. It would have been better to play 28.Nxc7 Rxc7 29.Nb4 intending Nd5 later and black's b-pawn would probably have fallen.