(1) Jones,Gawain C (2548) - Kurnosov,Igor (2606) [B23]
Hastings Masters Hastings (5.1), 01.01.2009



1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.f4 d5 4.Nf3 d4 5.Bb5+ Bd7 6.Bxd7+ Qxd7 7.Ne2 d3 8.cxd3 Qxd3 9.Qa4+ b5 10.Qb3 Qxe4 11.Qxb5+ Qc6 12.Nc3 Nf6 13.0-0 Bd6 14.Ne5 Bxe5 15.fxe5 Nd5 16.Nxd5 exd5 17.Qe2 0-0
Diagram #

18.b4?
Gawain must have had something in mind, but I am not sure what. As far as I can see, this move simply loses a pawn. [Gawain's Grand Prix Attack had yielded no advantage, but he would not be worse after a moce such as 18.b3 Instead, he had what looks like a rush of blood.]

18...cxb4 19.Bb2 Qe6 20.Qh5 Nc6 21.Rae1 d4
I fear that round about here, Gawain must have had the immortal words of Private Frazer ringing in his ears: "We're doomed, Cap'n Mainwaring, quite dooooooomed!"

22.d3 Qxa2 23.Bc1 Rae8
Black is just two pawns up, for nothing at all.

24.Re4 Re6 25.Rh4 h6 26.Bf4 Rg6 27.Bg3 b3 28.e6 b2 29.Qb5 Rxe6 30.Rh5 a6 31.Qb7 Na5 32.Rxa5 Qxa5 33.Qxb2 Qc3 34.Qb1 Re2 35.Qb7 Qxd3 36.Bd6 Qe3+ 37.Kh1 Re1 0-1