[Event "4NCL 3 South pool D"]
[Site "Telford, ENG"]
[Date "2016.03.20"]
[Round "8.99"]
[White "Singleton, Michael P F"]
[Black "Idle, Oscar"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E52"]
[WhiteElo "2125"]
[BlackElo "1840"]
[Annotator "Burke,Steven J"]
[PlyCount "91"]
[EventDate "2016.03.20"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Nf3 d5 6. Bd3 b6 $5 ({By far the
most popular here is} 6... c5 7. O-O Nc6 8. a3 Bxc3 9. bxc3 dxc4 10. Bxc4 Qc7 {
and white retains an opening edge.}) 7. O-O Ba6 ({On deep engine analysis,
Komodo goes for this, while Stockfish likes} 7... Bb7 {and both seem very
playable.}) 8. Ne5 dxc4 9. Bb1 $5 ({White sacrifices a pawn for some attacking
chances, rather than the simple} 9. Nxc4 c5 10. Ne5 $11) 9... Bd6 ({Seeing
what happens in a few moves time, black might have been better off removing
the useful queen's knight, then hitting the centre with} 9... Bxc3 10. bxc3 c5
{though the game move is not a bad one.}) 10. f4 c5 11. Rf3 $5 ({White could
get his pawn back with} 11. Ne4 {as black is pretty much forced to play} Bb7 ({
For example,} 11... c3 $2 12. Nxf6+ Qxf6 13. Be4 c2 14. Qxc2 Bxf1 15. Bxh7+ Kh8
16. Be4 Na6 17. Bxa8 Rxa8 18. Kxf1 Bxe5 19. dxe5 $14 {Now white is a pawn up,
though black has some compensation due to the restricted bishop.}) 12. Nxf6+
Qxf6 13. Nxc4 Be7) 11... h6 ({Again black could have avoided the white queen's
knight getting into the game by giving back the pawn,} 11... Bb7 $1 12. Rh3 h6
13. Nxc4 Be7 $15) 12. Rg3 b5 $4 ({Objectively this loses. Black has several
playable lines, including an interesting exchange sacrifice} 12... cxd4 13.
exd4 Nbd7 $44 {Now if} 14. Ne4 $2 Nxe4 15. Bxe4 Nxe5 $1 16. Bxa8 Nd3 17. Be4
Nxc1 18. Qxc1 Qf6 $17) 13. Ne4 $1 Bb7 14. Nxf6+ Qxf6 15. Qc2 $4 {This allows
black a defence, when white had two winning lines.} (15. Ng4 $1 {is good,} Qh4
16. Rh3 Bf3 17. Qxf3 Qe1+ 18. Qf1 Qxf1+ 19. Kxf1 f5 20. Ne5 $18) (15. Qh5 $3 {
is winning on the spot!}) 15... Re8 $4 {Between fight and flight, black
chooses the wrong option.} ({Black is even for choice after contesting the
diagonal with} 15... Qf5 $1 16. Qxf5 (16. Qd1 $2 Be4 $17) 16... exf5 17. Bxf5
Rd8 $15) 16. Qh7+ Kf8 17. Ng4 $18 ({White has many winning possibilities, but
the strongest seems to be} 17. Bg6 $3 {The main idea is} fxg6 ({There's no
time to run away,} 17... Rc8 18. Nxf7 Ke7 19. Bh5 Nd7 (19... Kd7 20. Ne5+) 20.
Rxg7 $18) 18. Nxg6+ Kf7 19. Ne5+ Kf8 20. Bd2 $3 {intending} -- 21. dxc5 $18 {
and black is helpless against the coming attack by the whole white army.})
17... Qd8 18. Qh8+ {Again white has many winning lines, and chooses to win
back his pawn immediately.} ({His attack would remain stronger after the quiet
move} 18. Bd2 $3 {and for example} Nd7 19. Ne5 Nxe5 20. Qxg7+ Ke7 21. fxe5 Bc7
22. Bg6 Rf8 23. Rf1 $18) 18... Ke7 19. Qxg7 Qa5 $5 {Of course white is still
winning, but now black creates some distracting threats.} 20. Kf2 c3 21. dxc5
Bxc5 22. Qf6+ Kd7 23. bxc3 $4 {With a choice of four pawns to take, white
chooses the wrong one.} ({The best was} 23. Nxh6 $1 Kc7 24. Nxf7 Nd7 25. Qxc3
$18 {and white is three pawns up.}) 23... Nc6 $2 $16 ({Understandably black
elects to develop his knight, but his best here was} 23... Kc7 $3 24. Qxf7+ Nd7
25. Bd2 Rad8 $44 {Now white is two pawns up, but suddenly black is the one
with the better pieces and, komodo suggests, full compensation.}) 24. Be4 Be7
$4 {The wrong move order.} (24... Rad8 $1 25. Nxh6 Be7 26. Qg7 (26. Qxf7 $4
Qxc3 27. Qg7 (27. Rb1 $4 Ne5 $19) 27... e5 $1 $17) 26... Qa4 27. Bf3 Qc2+ 28.
Be2 Kc7 $44) (24... Rad8 $1 25. Bd2 Kc8 26. Be1 Qa4 27. Bf3 Ne7 28. Qxf7 Bxf3
29. Qxe6+ Kb7 30. Kxf3 Nd5 $44) 25. Bxc6+ $2 ({The difference to the previous
notes is that now black cannot play} 25. Qxf7 Qxc3 26. Rb1 Ne5 $4 {as this
square is still covered by the knight.}) ({So the game remains complex after}
25. Qxf7 $1 Qxc3 26. Rb1 $18 {but white is a pawn up and still has the better
play.}) 25... Kxc6 $5 ({This sets up the win of an exchange, but some might
prefer the other option} 25... Bxc6 26. Qxf7 Qxc3 27. Ne5+ Kc7 28. Nxc6 Kxc6
$44) 26. Qd4 $4 {This hands black the initiative, and in such a sharp position
it could be fatal.} (26. Qxf7 Qxc3 27. Qxe6+ Kc7 28. Qe5+ Qxe5 29. Nxe5 Bh4 30.
Bb2 $14) 26... Rad8 $1 27. Qe4+ Kc7 28. Qc2 $17 ({White cannot afford to save
the exchange here,} 28. Qe5+ $2 Bd6 29. Qg7 e5 $1 $19) 28... Bh4 29. Nxh6 Bxg3+
({The exchange isn't going anywhere so} 29... Re7 $1 $19 {is more accurate. Now
} 30. e4 $4 {can be met with} f5 31. exf5 exf5 32. Nxf5 Be4 $19) 30. hxg3 f5 $2
({Now} 30... Re7 31. e4 f5 32. exf5 exf5 33. Nxf5 Be4 {can be met with} 34. Qe2
Qxc3 35. Nxe7 Qxa1 36. Qxe4 Qxc1 37. Qe5+ Kd7 38. Nd5 $44) ({However black is
still better after} 30... Re7 31. e4 {and say} Kb8 32. Be3 Rc7 $17) 31. Nf7 $1
Be4 32. Qe2 Rd3 $6 ({Komodo shows the power of the engines in pointing out
that this is inaccurate. Better is} 32... Rd5 33. a4 Qxc3 34. Bb2 Qb4 35. Ra2
Rf8 36. Be5+ Kd7 $1 37. Ng5 Bd3 $1 $17) ({Also, if white plays as in the game,
} 32... Rd5 33. Bd2 Qa3 34. Ne5 $4 {now loses to} Qb2 35. Rd1 Red8 36. Ke1 Bc2
$19) 33. Bd2 $2 ({Compared to the line above, with the rook on d3, white is
okay after} 33. a4 $1 Qxc3 34. Bb2 Qb4 35. Ra2 Rf8 36. Be5+ Kd7 37. Ng5 {
as black doesn't have Bd3+}) 33... Qa3 34. Ne5 Rd6 $6 $15 ({Black can give
back the exchange here} 34... Qb2 $1 35. Rd1 Red8 36. Nxd3 Bxd3 37. Qe1 a5 $17)
35. c4 b4 36. c5 $6 ({White should probably simplify with} 36. Bc1 Qc3 37. Bb2
Qd2 38. Nf3 Qxe2+ 39. Kxe2 $17) 36... Rd5 $1 37. c6 $4 ({Again, simplification
was called for,} 37. Nc4 Qd3 38. Qxd3 Bxd3 39. Ne5 a5 $17) 37... Bd3 $4 $11 {
Chess is hard! This attacking move blows black's advantage.} ({Black has
several winning plans. Possibly simplest is} 37... Red8 38. Bc1 (38. Nc4 Qa6
39. Bxb4 Bd3 $19) 38... Qc3 39. Bb2 Qd2 40. Re1 Qxe2+ 41. Rxe2 Rd2 42. Bc1
Rxe2+ 43. Kxe2 Bxg2 $19) 38. Qh5 $1 Re7 $4 {This innocent looking move loses
the game!} ({Suddenly it's black who has to find the only defence again - and
it's not an easy one!} 38... Ba6 $3 39. Qf7+ $1 ({The game is on a knife-edge,
} 39. Qxe8 $4 Rxd2+ 40. Kg1 Qb2 $19) 39... Kb6 40. Rd1 $1 {You could spend
hours on this position alone! Komodo gives three lines that are all 0.00 and}
Red8 $1 41. Nd7+ Kb5 $3 42. Qe7 Rh8 $1 $17 {I have to stop somewhere, so it
may as well be here. The position remains crazy, but Komodo scores it -0.9})
39. Qg5 $1 b3 $4 ({Black might have tried} 39... Rh7 $5 {when white needs to
find} 40. Qg8 $3 Re7 41. Qa8 $3 $18 {to win}) 40. axb3 $3 Qc5 $18 ({Black is
mated quickly after} 40... Qxa1 41. Qxe7+ Kc8 (41... Kb6 42. Qb7+ Kc5 43. Bb4#)
42. Qb7+ Kd8 43. c7+ Ke7 44. c8=Q+ Kf6 45. Qf7#) 41. b4 Qd6 42. Rxa7+ Kb6 43.
Qxe7 Qxe7 44. Rxe7 Ba6 45. Bc3 Rd1 46. Bd4+ {An excellent fighting game!!} 1-0