1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 From the Black side, I would attempt to play this:
3...c5 [3...Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 Is currently the main line French Defence Tarrasch Variation.; 3...Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Ngf3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Bd3 Be7 8.0-0 a5 9.Re1 cxd4 10.cxd4 g5 Also, this line completely avoids the Korchnoi Gambit.]
4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.e5 Nfd7 6.c3 Nc6 7.Bd3 The French Defence Universal System Korchnoi Gambit.
7...cxd4 [7...Qb6 8.0-0 Is the book line when black can either accept or decline the gambit.]
8.cxd4 Qb6 9.0-0 g6 I don't really get a chance to play this line very often as my opponents usually play 3...Nf6 in which case I play the f4 Tarrasch with a3, b3 and Ra2. [9...Nxd4 10.Nxd4 Qxd4 11.Nf3 Qb6 12.Qc2 My theory knowledge rather unhelpfully runs out here. I know that white must: chase the black queen over to the kingside with Be3 and a3, play Rac1 and Qa4, possibly double up on the c file or even play Bb5. I was happy with this position which is why I offered the risky gambit.]
10.Nb3 I was only willing to offer the gambit for one move. I didn't want to be playing a better player a pawn down in their favourite position. last book move
10...a5 11.a4 This move was pre-planned. The drawback to this move is that the Qd1 is very much tied down the the d1-a4 diagonal. I had unfortunately not forseen this in my calculations.
11...Bg7 Black may have been interested in playing Nb4 at some point and take advantage of my rather weak move a4. This would definitely fit in with his plan of attacking on the queenside. Also, the Bg7 is just staring at my monsterous Pe5.
12.Be3 Is usually a weak move in the French Defence because of the weakness on b2. However, b2 is shielded by the Nb3 which, in turn, is protected by the Qd1. I wanted to consolidate my position as much as possible.
12...0-0 13.h4 I couldn't think of anything else that was benefical to do. [If 13.Ra3 , then 13...Rd8 followed by Bf8.; 13.Nfd2 Was my other candidate, with f2-f4, Nd2-f3, g2-g4 and, utimately, f4-f5! I came to the conclusion though that f4 would create too many sacrificing ideas on e5.; 0.65 Fritz 12: 13.Rc1 f6 14.Bb5 fxe5 15.Nxe5 Ndxe5 16.dxe5 Qc7 17.f4 Bd7 18.Nc5 Rae8 19.Nxd7 Qxd7 20.Qd2 Qc7 21.Rc5 Ra8 22.Rfc1 1.34/16 ]
13...f6 14.h5 Taking on f6 would allow too much cover on the king - a Nf6 and a Bg7.
14...fxe5 15.dxe5 Avoids losing a pawn. (Also proving that f4 was incorrect!)
15...Qc7 16.hxg6 hxg6 Avoids losing a pawn.
17.Bxg6 Ndxe5 18.Nxe5 Nxe5 19.Rc1 Gains a tempo. Here, I was more afraid of Qd7 threatening my Pa4. I luckily saw this attractive crush though:
19...Qd8 I wasn't so afraid of Qd8 as it didn't threaten anything - or so I thought. [19...Qd7 20.Bh5 0.37 20.Bb1 Qxa4 (3.11 Fritz 12: 20...Nc4 21.Qg4 b6 22.Qg6 Rf6 23.Qh7+ Kf8 24.Bg5 Nxb2 25.Nd4 Nxa4 26.Nc6 Nc5 27.Ne5 Qb7 28.Bg6 1.12/15 ) 21.Qh5 Rf7 (8.36 Fritz 12: 21...Qg4 22.Qh7+ Kf7 23.Rc7+ Bd7 24.f4 Ke8 25.fxe5 Rxf1+ 26.Kxf1 Bb5+ 27.Bd3 Bxd3+ 28.Qxd3 Bxe5 29.Rxb7 Bxb2 30.Nc5 Ba1 31.Kg1 Bf6 32.Qh7 3.10/17 ) 22.Bc5!! Winning. (3.58 Fritz 12: 22.Qh7+ Kf8 23.Bc5+ Ke8 24.Qg8+ Bf8 25.f4 Kd7 26.fxe5 Rxf1+ 27.Rxf1 Be7 28.Bg6 Kc6 29.Be8+ Bd7 30.Qxe6+ Kc7 31.Bxd7 Qxd7 32.Qxe7 8.36/14 ) ]
20.Bb1 With the idea of Qh5 winning again... only for Qh4 to show up. [-0.44 Fritz 12: 20.Bh5 Nc4 21.Bd4 e5 22.Bc5 Nxb2 23.Qc2 Nxa4 24.Bxf8 Bxf8 25.Qg6+ Kh8 26.Be2 Bg7 27.Rfd1 d4 28.Bc4 0.37/16 ]
20...Qh4! Now, Nc4 and Ng4 were threatened. Also, Qh5 is no longer a possiblity.
21.Re1 (=) I was extremely uncomfortable around this point in the game. The rest of my team were losing, but I didn't think that I could win necessarily. [-3.00 Fritz 12: 21.f3 Nc4 22.Bd4 Bxd4+ 23.Qxd4 Qxd4+ 24.Nxd4 Nxb2 25.f4 Nxa4 26.Rf3 Rf7 27.Rg3+ Rg7 28.Rxg7+ Kxg7 29.Rc7+ Kf8 30.g4 Nb2 31.Bg6 -0.46/16 ]
21...Ng4 22.Bc5 The main idea of this move was to play Bd6 afterwards and defend h2. [-7.64 Fritz 12: 22.f3 Qh2+ 23.Kf1 Nxe3+ 24.Rxe3 Bxb2 25.Kf2 Bxc1 26.Qxc1 Qh4+ 27.Kg1 Qxa4 28.Qc7 Qd7 29.Qc5 Qc6 30.Bh7+ Kg7 31.Qe7+ -3.00/15 ]
22...Rxf2! This was a brilliant move! [-4.61 Fritz 12: 22...b6 23.Bh7+ Kh8 24.Qxg4 Qxg4 25.Bxf8 Bxf8 26.Bc2 Bd6 27.Re3 Kg7 28.g3 Qxa4 29.Nc5 -7.64/13 ]
23.Bd6 [23.Bxf2 23...e5 -11.65 23...Qxf2+ 24.Kh1 Qh4+ 25.Kg1 Qh2+ 26.Kf1 Qh1+ 27.Ke2 Qxg2+ 28.Kd3 Nf2+ 29.Kc2 Nxd1+ 30.Kxd1 Is so crushing. 30...Qf3+ 31.Kc2 (-30.42 Fritz 12: 31.Re2 Qxb3+ 32.Bc2 Qf3 33.Bg6 Bd7 34.Ra1 Bxb2 35.Ra2 Qb3+ 36.Bc2 Qxa2 37.Rg2+ Kf8 38.Ke1 Rc8 39.Re2 Bc3+ 40.Kf1 Bd4 41.Bd1 -23.63/17 ) 31...Bd7-+ ; -11.65 Fritz 12: 23.Qxg4 Qxg4 24.Bxf2 Bxb2 25.Rc2 Bf6 26.Nxa5 e5 27.Rc5 Qxa4 28.Rec1 Bg4 29.Nxb7 Qf4 30.Re1 -4.61/17 ]
23...Be5? Drops a piece. Black probably overlooked my fork 26.Rg5+ at the end of this combination. [23...e5! 24.Bxe5 0.00 And black's threats are undefendable.; 0.00 Fritz 12: 23...e5 24.Rxc8+ Rxc8 25.Qxg4 Qxg4 26.Kxf2 Qh4+ 27.Ke2 Qc4+ 28.Kf2 Qxb3 29.Bf5 Qxb2+ 30.Kf1 Rc6 31.Be6+ Kh8 32.Re2 Qa1+ -11.65/14 ]
24.Bxe5 Nxe5 [3.00 Fritz 12: 24...Rf5 25.Rxc8+ Rxc8 26.Bxf5 Qf2+ 27.Kh1 Qh4+ 28.Kg1 0.00/15 ]
25.Rxe5 Qg3 26.Rg5+! I must admit, I was slightly fortunate to have this move at hand.
26...Qxg5 27.Kxf2 Bd7 I'm somehow a piece up in an endgame now!
28.Qd3 [2.19 Fritz 12: 28.Rc3 Rf8+ 29.Kg1 Rf4 30.Nxa5 Rxa4 31.Nxb7 Rh4 32.Rf3 d4 33.Qd3 Qc1+ 34.Rf1 Qe3+ 35.Qxe3 dxe3 36.Bd3 e5 3.08/14 ]
28...Rf8+ 29.Kg1 Rf6 Stops the threat due to a cheeky mating pattern:
30.Rf1 [30.Qh7+ 30...Rxf1+ 1.14 30...Kf8 31.Qxd7 (-#2 Fritz 12: 31.Rc3 Qe5 32.Nc5 Be8 33.Qh4 b6 34.Qh8+ Ke7 35.Qg7+ Bf7 36.Qf8+ Kxf8 37.Nd7+ Ke7 38.Nxe5 Be8 39.Bc2 d4 40.Rc7+ Kd6 2.22/15 ) 31...Qe3+ 32.Kh2 Rh6# ; 1.14 Fritz 12: 30.Rc3 Qe5 31.Qh7+ Kf8 32.Nc5 Be8 33.Qh4 b6 34.Qh8+ Ke7 35.Qg7+ Bf7 36.Qf8+ Kxf8 37.Nd7+ Ke7 38.Nxe5 Kd6 39.Nxf7+ Rxf7 40.Bg6 Rf4 2.25/15 ]
30...Rxf1+ 31.Kxf1 Bxa4 Threatening:
32.Nd2 With the idea of Qg6+. [32.Kg1 32...Qf6+ 0.66 32...Bxb3 33.Qxb3 (-2.58 Fritz 12: 33.Qc3 Ba4 34.Qc8+ Kf7 35.Qxb7+ Kf6 36.Qh7 e5 37.Qc7 Qe3+ 38.Kh2 Qf4+ 39.Kh3 Qh6+ 40.Kg3 Qg5+ 41.Kh3 -1.68/15 ) 33...Qc1+ 34.Kf2 Qxb1 ]
32...Qf6+ 33.Nf3 Sacrificing the Pb2 for what looks to be a promising attack...
33...Qxb2 34.Qg6+ Kf8 Oops... Now I realised that Qf6+ is impossible because of Qxf6.
35.Ng5 Bb5+ It has all fallen apart and - what's more - is that my team need me to win to secure a draw in that match!
36.Kg1 Qd4+ 37.Kh2 Qh4+ (=) Here, I had to decline the draw offer due to my team's needs. We'd lost three and had three still to play. Obviously, there was only a slim chance of our team drawing the match, but I had to go for a win here.
38.Nh3 Is forced at some point. [38.Kg1 Qe1+ 39.Kh2 Qh4+ 40.Nh3= And we end up in the same position.]
38...Bd7 39.Qg5?? Completely g that if I managed to exchange my Pg2 for everything of black's, I would struggle to win anyway in the B, N and K endgame. [-2.21 Fritz 12: 39.Bd3 a4 40.g3 Qd4 41.Nf4 Ke7 42.Qg8 Qb2+ 43.Be2 a3 44.Ng6+ Kd6 45.Qb8+ Kc5 46.Qc7+ Bc6 47.Qe7+ Kd4 48.Qf6+ e5 49.Qxe5+ Kc5 50.Qe7+ -0.10/15 ]
39...Qxg5 40.Nxg5 Ke7 41.Nf3 Kd6 42.g4 e5 43.Kg3 e4 44.Nd2 [-2.85 Fritz 12: 44.Nh4 a4 45.g5 Ke5 46.Ng6+ Kf5 47.Ne7+ Kxg5 48.Nxd5 Kf5 49.Nc3 Ke5 50.Nxe4 a3 51.Ng5 b5 52.Nf3+ Kd6 53.Kf4 b4 54.Nd4 Be6 55.Ke3 Bd5 56.Bd3 a2 -1.98/22 ]
44...Ke5 45.g5 Bf5 46.Kh4 [-4.62 Fritz 12: 46.Bc2 b5 47.Nb1 Bg6 48.Nc3 b4 49.Na4 Kf5 50.Bb3 Bf7 51.Kh4 e3 52.Kg3 Kxg5 53.Kf3 Kf6 54.Kxe3 d4+ 55.Kxd4 Bxb3 56.Nc5 Be6 -2.87/0 ]
46...Bg6 47.Kg4 (=) The draw offer is a sign that I have realised my poor winning chances and would love to have half a point insted of none. [-4. 61 Fritz 12: 47.Kg3 Bf7 48.Nb3 b6 49.Ba2 a4 50.Na1 Bh5 51.Nc2 d4 52.Kf2 d3 53.Ne3 b5 54.Ke1 Kf4 55.Kd2 Kxg5 56.Bb1 a3 57.Bxd3 exd3 -3.55/0 ]
47...a4 I suppose that he would perfer a whole point to a half point though!
48.Kg3 a3 49.Nb3 [-6.40 Fritz 12: 49.Ba2 b5 50.Nb3 d4 51.Kf2 e3+ 52.Ke2 Bf7 53.Nc1 Bc4+ 54.Kf3 Bxa2 55.Nxa2 Kf5 56.g6 Kxg6 57.Ke2 Kf5 58.Kd3 Ke5 59.Nb4 Kf4 60.Kxd4 e2 61.Nd3+ Kf5 62.Kc3 -4.54/21 ]
49...b6 [-4.13 Fritz 12: 49...d4 50.Ba2 e3 51.Kg2 b5 52.Kf1 d3 53.Ke1 Kf5 54.Nc1 Kxg5 55.Bb3 b4 56.Bc4 d2+ 57.Kd1 dxc1Q+ 58.Kxc1 Kf4 59.Kd1 Be4 60.Ke2 Bf3+ -6.40/20 ]
50.Na1 (=) Underestimating the power of the king in the endgame.
50...Kd4 [-0.95 Fritz 12: 50...b5 51.Nc2 e3 52.Nxa3 Bxb1 53.Nxb5 Be4 54.Na3 Bd3 55.g6 Bxg6 56.Kf3 Kd4 57.Ke2 Bd3+ 58.Kf3 e2 59.Kf2 Ke5 60.Ke1 d4 61.Kd2 Ke4 -4.63/21 ]
51.Nc2+ Kc3 52.Nxa3 Kb2 53.Bxe4 The second of two desperado sacrifices. This move, in turn, sets a trap to draw the game:
53...Bxe4 [53...dxe4 54.Nb5 -1.44 54.Nc4+ Kc3 55.Nxb6= If 55...e3 then 56.Nd5+ followed by 57.Nxe3, drawing.]
54.Nb5 Bd3 55.Nc7 [-3.62 Fritz 12: 55.Nd6 d4 56.Kf4 Bg6 57.Nc4+ Kc3 58.Nxb6 d3 59.Ke3 Bf7 60.g6 Bb3 61.g7 d2 62.Na4+ Bxa4 63.g8Q d1Q 64.Qc8+ Kb2 65.Qb8+ Bb3 66.Qe5+ Kc2 67.Qc7+ Kb1 68.Qc3 Qg1+ 69.Kf4 Qf2+ -1.44/23 ]
55...d4 56.Nd5 [-4.88 Fritz 12: 56.Ne6 Kc3 57.Nf4 Bc4 58.g6 b5 59.g7 b4 60.Ne2+ Kd3 61.Nf4+ Ke3 62.Ng2+ Ke4 63.Ne1 b3 64.Nf3 b2 65.Kf2 b1N 66.Kg3 Bd5 67.Ne1 Nc3 68.Kg4 d3 69.Nxd3 Kxd3 -3.62/22 ]
56...b5 57.Nf4 I don't really know why I was playing on - my dinner was in about half an hour! [-13.04 Fritz 12: 57.Kf4 Bc4 58.Nf6 b4 59.Ne4 Kc2 60.Nd6 Bd5 61.Nf5 Kc3 62.Ne7 Bc4 63.Ke5 d3 64.Nf5 d2 65.Ne3 b3 66.g6 b2 67.Nd1+ Kc2 68.Nxb2 Kxb2 -4.73/21 ]
57...Bc4 58.g6 d3 59.Ng2 d2 60.Ne3 Kc1 61.g7 d1Q 62.Nxd1 [62.Nxc4 62...Kxd1 -#38 62...bxc4 63.g8Q Qg1+ 64.Kf3 Qxg8-+ Is very sad.]
62...Kxd1 63.Kf3 b4 64.Ke3 b3 65.g8Q Bxg8 66.Kd3 Kc1 67.Kc3 b2 68.Kb4 b1Q+ 69.Kc5 Qd3 70.Kb4 Qc4+ 71.Ka5 Qb3 72.Ka6 Bc4+ 73.Ka7 Qb5 74.Ka8 Bd5+ 75.Ka7 Qb7# This game lasted for five hours - my longest ever game! 0-1