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Phil Bourke
30-07-2008, 12:48 PM
Here is a game which I consider that I threw away and then given a chance, I didn't salvage the draw.

Event: WRICC
Site: ?
Date: 2008.07.20
Round: 4.2
White: Bourke, Phil
Black: Aich, Alexander
Result: 0-1
ECO: C03
WhiteElo: 1463
BlackElo: 1496
Annotator: Bourke,Phil
PlyCount: 102
EventDate: 2008.??.??
EventType: team
EventRounds: 6

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Ne7 (The first time that I have seen this played. According to chessbase, it was first played in the following game against
Tartakower in 1949.) 4. Ngf3 (4. c3 Nd7 5. Bd3 c5 6. e5 f6 7. exf6 Nxf6 8. dxc5
Nc6 9. b4 d4 10. Ne4 dxc3 11. a3 a5 12. Bg5 Be7 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. Nd6+ Ke7 15.
Rb1 axb4 16. axb4 Ra2 17. Nf3 c2 18. Bxc2 Bc3+ 19. Kf1 Nxb4 20. Rxb4 Bxb4 21.
Qd4 Kf8 22. Bb3 Bxc5 23. Qxc5 Ra1+ 24. Ke2 Rxh1 25. Nxc8+ Kf7 26. Nd6+ Kf8 27.
Ng5 Qd7 28. Nxe6+ Kg8 29. Nxg7+ Kxg7 30. Qg5+ (
1-0 Tartakower,S-Wallis/Burrell/Large/Southsea 1949)) 4... dxe4 (4... Ng6 5.
Bd3 Nc6 6. O-O Be7 7. c3 O-O 8. Nb3 b6 9. Bd2 Bb7 10. Qe2 a5) ({RR} 4... Nd7 5.
Bd3 c5 6. O-O cxd4 7. Nxd4 Nc5 8. Bb5+ Bd7 9. Qe2 Nc6 10. Bxc6 bxc6 11. c4 Be7
12. cxd5 cxd5 13. exd5 exd5 14. Re1 Ne6 15. Nxe6 Bxe6 16. Nf3 Bf6 17. Be3 O-O
18. Bd4 Bg4 19. Bxf6 {
Kholmov,R (2535)-Petrosian,T (2615)/Rostov on Don 1980/1/2-1/2 (34)}) 5. Nxe4
Ng6 $146 (5... Nbc6 6. Bd3 ({RR} 6. c3 b6 7. Bd3 Bb7 8. O-O Qd5 9. Re1 h6 10.
Bf4 O-O-O 11. Bg3 f5 12. Ned2 b5 13. b4 Ng6 14. Nb3 h5 15. h4 a6 16. Qe2 Re8
17. Ne5 Ncxe5 {0-1 Chulivska,V (2210)-Maiko,A/Alushta 2004}) ({RR} 6. Bg5 f5 7.
Nc3 h6 8. Bf4 Nd5 9. Nxd5 Qxd5 10. Bxc7 Nb4 11. Bd3 Nxd3+ 12. Qxd3 Bd7 13. a4
Rc8 14. Be5 Qe4+ 15. Kd2 Bc6 16. Qxe4 Bxe4 17. Ne1 Rh7 18. h4 g6 19. c3 Bg7 20.
Bxg7 Rxg7 {Schaefer,E (1956)-Haustein,M (1766)/Sebnitz 2007/1-0 (37)}) ({RR} 6.
Be2 Ng6 7. O-O Be7 8. c3 O-O 9. Re1 b6 10. a3 Bb7 11. Bc4 Na5 12. Bd3 Nc6 13.
Bg5 Qe8 14. Bxe7 Ncxe7 15. h4 Rd8 16. g3 Nd5 17. h5 Nh8 18. c4 Nf6 19. Nxf6+
gxf6 20. Nh4 Ng6 {Machalova,V (2191)-Benova,Z (1861)/Trencianske Teplice 2005/1-0 (40)}) 6... Nd5 7. O-O Be7 8. Re1 O-O 9. c4 Nf6 10. Nc3 Nb4 11. h3 b6) 6. c3 Be7 7. Bd3 b6 (
7... Nc6 8. h4 f5 9. Ng3 Qd6 10. Ng5 Bxg5 11. Bxg5 Nf4 12. Bxf4 Qxf4 13. Qh5+
g6 14. Qg5) 8. Be3 ({A Rybka choice,} 8. h4 {which I didn't prefer after considering the following lines.} f5 {is a Rybka choice which I did consider while playing.} (8... Nxh4 9. Nxh4 Bxh4
10. Qg4 Bf6 11. Nxf6+ Qxf6 {I dismissed lightly as being nothing special for White.} 12. Bg5 $1 {
Quiscience? It doesn't take a genius to see that this is totally winning.}) (8... Bxh4 9. Nxh4 Nxh4 10. Bg5 Nxg2+ 11. Kf1 f6 (11... Qd5 12. Qf3 Ba6 13. Bxa6 Nxa6 14. Kxg2) 12. Bd2 {is one line I calculated, I thought it would be good for White.}) (8... h5 9.Nfg5 Bb7 10. Nxf7 Kxf7 11. Qf3+ Kg8 12. Nf6+ Bxf6 13. Qxb7 Nd7 14. Bxg6 {is also favourable to White.} Bxh4 $2 15. Rxh4 Qxh4 16. Qxa8+ Nf8 17. Be3) 9.h5 Nh4 (9... fxe4 10. Bxe4 c6 11. hxg6 h6 12. Ne5 $16) 10. Nxh4 Bxh4 11. Qf3 c6(11... fxe4 12. Qxe4) 12. Ng3 Bg5 13. Bxg5 Qxg5 14. O-O O-O {I don't see
anything here to write home about for either side, it actually looks difficult to formulate any ideas at all. From my side, I liked that I had the weak pawn on e6 to attack, but I had a problem on h5 that I couldn't see any useful way of dissolving.}) 8... Bb7 (8... f5 {I was actually hoping for this move, I thought that it would give me a nice target on e6 to work on.} 9. Neg5 h6 10.
Nh3 O-O 11. Qe2 Nc6 12. O-O-O Bd6 13. g3 a5 14. Kb1 Bb7 15. Bc4 Re8 16. Rhe1 {I thought this was good for White.}) 9. Qc2 (9. h4 Bxh4 10. Nxh4 Nxh4 11. Qg4 Nf5 12. O-O-O Nc6 13. Bg5 Qd7 14. Bf6 Kf8 15. Bxg7+ Nxg7) 9... Nd7 10. O-O O-O 11. Qe2 Nf6 12. Bg5 (12. Nxf6+ Bxf6 13. Nd2 Nh4 14. Ne4 Be7 15. f3 Bd5 16. Rfe1 Qd7 17. Bf4 Ng6 18. Bd2 Nh4) 12... Nxe4 13. Bxe7 Qxe7 (13... Nxc3 {one move that I didn't consider.} 14. bxc3 Qxe7 15. Be4 Bxe4 16. Qxe4 Rad8 17.Rfe1 c5 18. Rac1 Qd6 19. g3 Qd5 20. Kg2 $15) 14. Bxe4 Bxe4 15. Qxe4 Rfd8 16. c4 c5 17.Rfd1 (17. Rad1 Rac8 18. g3 cxd4 19. Nxd4 Qc5 20. b3 Qa3 21. Qe2 Qc5 22. Nf3 e5 23. Ng5 Qc6) 17... Rac8 18. b3 cxd4 19. Nxd4 Qc5 (19... Rd7 20. Nf3 f6 21. g3 Rcd8 22. Rxd7 Qxd7 23. Rc1 Qd6 24. Kg2 Ne7 25. Rc2 Qc6 26. Qxc6) 20. g3 h6 $11 21. Nxe6 $4 (21. Kg2 Qe5 22. Qxe5 Nxe5 23. Kf1 a6 24. Ke2 Ng4 25. Nf3 Nf6 26. Rxd8+ Rxd8 27. b4 Ne4 $11) ({Shredder 10 UCI:} 21. Rd2 b5 22. cxb5 e5 23. Nf3 Qxb5 24. Qf5 {[%eval 30,21]} Qa5 25. Rad1) 21... Qe7 {seen this the moment I released the Knight???? How did I miss it in my calculations? I got carried away with the idea of winning a pawn and didn't calculate all the possibilities properly. Very weak play on my behalf and something to guard against in future.} 22. Re1 Qxe6 23. Qxe6 fxe6 24. Rxe6 Kf7 25. Rae1 Re8 26. Rxe8 Rxe8 27. Rxe8 Kxe8 {This was my choice, I felt that it was my best chance of pulling off a miracle draw.} 28. f4 Kf7 29. Kf2 Ne7 30. g4 g6 31. Kf3 Ke6 32. Ke4 a5 33. a3 h5 34. h3 hxg4 $2 (34... Ng8 {was the winning way for Black.}) 35. hxg4 Kd6 {Diagram #} 36. b4 {I chose this as the best chance of swindling a draw. Actually the alternative was much better than I thought at
the time.} (36. f5 {I incorrectly thought that this wasn't any better and it would be easier for Black to see the correct moves in this line. In fact there is a solid drawing line.} gxf5+ 37. gxf5 Nc6 38. f6 Ne5 (38... Ke6 39. f7 Kxf7 40. Kd5 Nb8 41. c5 bxc5 42. Kxc5 Ke6 43. Kb5) 39. Kd4 Nd7 40. f7 Nf8 41. b4 Ne6+ 42. Kc3 Kc7 43. Kb3 Kc6 44. Ka4 axb4 45. axb4 Nf8 46. Kb3 Nd7 47. Ka4 Kd6 48. c5+ bxc5 49. bxc5+ Nxc5+ 50. Kb5 Nd7 51. f8=Q+ Nxf8 {is one example. I think this is one of the most instructive positions that I have had occur in one of my games!}) 36... axb4 37.axb4 Ke6 38. Kd3 Nc6 39. Kc3 Kd6 40. c5+ (40. Kb3 {doesn't appear to be any better.} Nd4+ 41. Ka4 Kc6 42. Ka3 Nc2+ 43. Kb3 Ne3 44. f5 gxf5 45. gxf5 Nxf5 46. Kc3 Kd7) 40... bxc5 41. bxc5+ Kxc5 42. Kd3 Kd5 43. Ke3 Nd4 44. Kd3 Ne6 45. Ke3 Ng7 46. Kf3 (46. f5 g5) 46... Kd4 47.Kf2 Ke4 48. Kg3 Ke3 49. f5 Nxf5+ 50. gxf5 (50. Kg2 Nh6 51. Kg3 g5 52. Kg2 Nxg4 53.Kg3 Nh6 54. Kg2 Ke2 55. Kg1 Ng4 56. Kg2) 50... gxf5 51. Kg2 f4 0-1

Kevin Bonham
31-07-2008, 10:49 PM
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Ne7 4.Ngf3 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Ng6 6.c3 Be7 7.Bd3 b6 8.Be3 Bb7 9.Qc2 Nd7 10.0-0 0-0 11.Qe2 Nf6 12.Bg5 Nxe4 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.Bxe4 Bxe4 15.Qxe4 Rfd8 16.c4 c5 17.Rfd1 Rac8 18.b3 cxd4 19.Nxd4 Qc5 20.g3 h6 21.Nxe6 Qe7 22.Re1 Qxe6 23.Qxe6 fxe6 24.Rxe6 Kf7 25.Rae1 Re8 26.Rxe8 Rxe8 27.Rxe8 Kxe8 28.f4 Kf7 29.Kf2 Ne7 30.g4 g6 31.Kf3 Ke6 32.Ke4 a5 33.a3 h5 34.h3 hxg4 35.hxg4 Kd6 36.b4 axb4 37.axb4 Ke6 38.Kd3 Nc6 39.Kc3 Kd6 40.c5+ bxc5 41.bxc5+ Kxc5 42.Kd3 Kd5 43.Ke3 Nd4 44.Kd3 Ne6 45.Ke3 Ng7 46.Kf3 Kd4 47.Kf2 Ke4 48.Kg3 Ke3 49.f5 Nxf5+ 50.gxf5 gxf5 51.Kg2 f4

I have had a go at fixing up the annotated version above without success; not sure what the problem is. Could be just too many notes or could be a line break issue in copy and paste.

Interesting game.