[Event "4NCL, Ashfield-Br v West is Best"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.05.02"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Homer, Stephen J"]
[Black "Burke, Steven J"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C00"]
[WhiteElo "1987"]
[BlackElo "1902"]
[Annotator "Burke,Steven J"]
[PlyCount "81"]
1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Qe2 $5 ({Most people choose} 3. Nd2 {here, but this move
is more popular than I thought.}) 3... d4 4. f4 c5 5. Nd2 Nc6 6. Ngf3 Qa5 $5 {
Playing against Nc4.} (6... Nge7 7. g3 e5 8. Nxe5 Nxe5 9. fxe5 Nc6 10. Nc4 Be7
11. Bg2 O-O $44) 7. Kf2 $5 ({A surprising choice, when he could simply play} 7.
g3) 7... b5 8. g3 Nf6 9. h3 Bb7 10. Bg2 Qb6 $11 {This introduces possibilities
on the diagonal to white's king.} 11. a4 a6 12. axb5 axb5 13. Rxa8+ Bxa8 14. g4
$2 $15 ({I thought white might simply remove his king from the central
pressure with} 14. Kg1 Be7 15. Kh2 O-O 16. Nb3 $11) ({There is also the option
to play aggressively with} 14. e5 Nd5 15. Ne4 Be7 16. f5 $13) 14... Bb7 15. Nf1
({After his last move, I now expected a different king exit,} 15. Kg3 Be7 16.
c3 dxc3 17. bxc3 O-O 18. Kh2 Rd8 $15) 15... Be7 $15 {As well as this move, I
have several other good options here.} (15... c4 16. Kg3 cxd3 17. cxd3 Nd7 18.
Kh2 Be7 19. Bd2 O-O 20. Ng3 Nc5 $15) (15... Nd7 16. Ng3 Be7 17. Kg1 O-O 18. Kh2
Ra8 19. g5 Ra2 20. h4 Qc7 21. h5 Nb6 $15) 16. Ng3 h5 $5 {Played with the
intention to sacrifice a pawn as in the game, which is okay, but apparently I
may be doing better with other ideas.} (16... c4 17. Rd1 cxd3 18. cxd3 O-O 19.
Kg1 Nd7 20. e5 Rc8 21. Bd2 Nc5 $15) (16... O-O 17. Kg1 Ra8 18. g5 Nd7 19. Kh2
Ra2 20. h4 Qc7 21. e5 Nb6 $15) 17. g5 $6 {Not the best response to my pawn
advance.} (17. e5 $5 hxg4 18. Ng5 ({One line I saw here was} 18. exf6 gxf3 19.
fxg7 Rg8 20. Qxf3 Rxg7 21. Qh5 Nb4 $13) 18... Nd7 19. Qxg4 c4 20. Nh5 Rg8 21.
Nxe6 $5 fxe6 22. Qxe6 Rf8 23. Nxg7+ Kd8 24. Rd1 $44) (17. Nxh5 Nxh5 18. gxh5 c4
19. Kg3 Qc5 20. Rd1 $11) 17... h4 $5 ({Komodo likes the idea} 17... Nd7 $1 18.
-- c4 $15) 18. Nxh4 $1 Rxh4 19. gxf6 Bxf6 ({The alternative capture is better
than we thought,} 19... gxf6 20. Nh5 Nb4 21. Rg1 Nxc2 22. Kg3 f5 23. exf5 Bxg2
24. f6 Rxh5 25. Qxh5 Bxf6 26. Kxg2 Nb4 $44) 20. Nh5 Bd8 $6 {This gives white
some advantage.} ({I played this because in somes lines after} 20... Be7 21.
Nxg7+ Kf8 22. Nh5 {I may want to play} Rxh5 23. Qxh5 {but here white gains a
tempo as he is threatening mate in one.}) ({However} 20... Be7 21. Nxg7+ Kd7 $1
{is a better way to keep the bishop,} 22. Bf3 c4 23. Kg3 Rh8 $44) ({Komodo
also gives the surprising idea} 20... b4 $5 21. e5 Be7 22. Nxg7+ Kd7 23. f5 b3
24. cxb3 Qxb3 25. Rd1 c4 $44) ({Probably the safest way is} 20... Kf8 21. Nxf6
gxf6 22. Kg3 Rh8 23. Kh2 Ne7 $11) 21. Nxg7+ Kf8 22. Nh5 Nb4 23. Bf3 $1 c4 24.
Kf1 $2 (24. Kg3 $1 f5 25. Kh2 $1 $14) 24... Qc5 $1 $44 {After some quite
lengthy analysis I found the best move, but there were at least two other
enticing options.} ({I could switch the pressure to the white diagonal with}
24... Qc6 {but white is better after} 25. Kg2 $1 ({Here} 25. f5 $2 {is well
met by} exf5 $11 {covering h6.}) 25... f5 26. Ng3 Qc8 27. exf5 exf5 28. Qe5
Bxf3+ 29. Kxf3 Qc6+ 30. Kf2 $14) ({I could also open the c-file first,} 24...
cxd3 25. cxd3 Qc5 26. Bd2 Nc2 27. Kg2 Ne3+ 28. Kh2 $16 (28. Bxe3 $2 dxe3 29.
Re1 b4 30. Qxe3 Rxh5 31. Bxh5 Qxh5 32. Qd4 Ke8 $44)) 25. f5 $1 cxd3 26. Bh6+
Ke8 27. cxd3 Qc2 $4 {White has been finding some important moves and now I
made a bad choice.} ({The only good move here is} 27... exf5 $1 28. Ng7+ Kd7
29. Nxf5 {and now} Rxh6 $1 30. Nxh6 Qc1+ 31. Qe1 Qxb2 $44) 28. Rg1 $2 $14 {
Luckily this time white didn't find the best move!} ({We both missed} 28. Qxc2
$1 Nxc2 29. f6 $3 $18) 28... Qb1+ ({Things are also very complicated after}
28... Qxe2+ $6 29. Bxe2 Rxh3 30. fxe6 fxe6 31. Rg8+ Kd7 32. Bg4 Rh1+ 33. Kg2
Rxh5 34. Bxh5 Nxd3 35. Kf3 $16 {but white seems to be getting the upper hand
with best play.}) 29. Kg2 $6 (29. Kf2 $2 Nxd3+ 30. Kg2 Qxb2 31. Qxb2 Nxb2 32.
fxe6 fxe6 {Here I would be doing very well if white didn't have} 33. Kf2 $3 $44
) (29. Qd1 $1 Qxd1+ 30. Bxd1 Rxh3 31. fxe6 fxe6 32. Bg4 Rh2 33. Ng7+ Kd7 34.
Bxe6+ Kc6 35. Rg6 Kb6 36. Nf5 $14) 29... Qxd3 30. Qxd3 Nxd3 31. Rd1 $1 {
Otherwise I am better.} Rxh5 $1 ({It seems that I can also try} 31... Ne5 $5
32. Ng7+ Kd7 33. fxe6+ fxe6 34. Rxd4+ {but I have to see} Kc6 $3 {and it might
still be worse than the game after} 35. Nxe6 Rxh6 36. Nxd8+ Kc5 37. Rd1 $16)
32. Bxh5 Bxe4+ 33. Bf3 $6 $11 (33. Kg3 $1 Bc7+ 34. Kh4 Bxf5 35. Be2 Bd8+ 36.
Bg5 f6 37. Bh6 Ne5 38. Bxb5+ Kf7 39. Kg3 Bb6 $14) 33... Bxf5 $4 {This is where
I chose the following forcing variation.} ({I didn't like the split pawns after
} 33... exf5 $1 {and say} 34. Kf1 Nxb2 35. Re1 Kd7 36. Bxe4 fxe4 37. Rxe4 Bf6
$11 {but this should probably draw as the black pawns aren't so easy to win,
and can even be dangerous.}) 34. Bc6+ Ke7 35. Bxb5 Bxh3+ 36. Kg3 $1 {Anything
else here is losing for him.} Bc7+ 37. Kh4 $1 {I had missed this when heading
for this line. However I thought I had a way out anyway.} Nf2 38. Rxd4 Be5 39.
Bg5+ Kf8 $18 ({The alternative was} 39... f6 40. Rd7+ Kf8 41. Bh6+ Kg8 42. Be3
$18) 40. Rd2 $4 ({White missed a win here with} 40. Be3 $3) 40... Bg3+ $4 {
With a few seconds left to play this last move of the time control, I suddenly
somehow thought this would chase his king from attacking the bishop on h3,
which is of course just crazy.} ({I had intended to play the correct} 40... Ne4
41. Kxh3 ({If white wants to play on, he should probably try} 41. Re2 Nxg5 42.
Kxg5 Bd4 $14) 41... Nxd2 42. Bxd2 Bxb2 {which the computer gives as +0.6, but
even without the two pawns it is a draw.}) 41. Kxg3 $18 1-0