Tectura Active chess

(1) Klimov,Sergey (2484) - Hector,Jonny (2532) [C64]
Tectura Active Chess 2008 (7), 17.05.2008

Jonny Hector had won all his games before last and was leading with 6/6. I and few other players had 5. So I had to play a "all or nothing" game 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bc5 4.c3 f5 One of Hector's favourite variation 5.d4 fxe4 6.dxc5 [Quite a seldom line. More usually is 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.Nxe5 Qd5 I was practically out of my opening knowledge only remembering a few of Spasskys games] 6...exf3 7.Qxf3 Nf6 8.0-0 0-0 9.Na3 Quite an artificial move 9...Qe7 10.Be3 e4!? Trying to make use of the position of knight on a3 by starting a battle in the center 11.Qe2 Ne5 12.Bd4 d6 13.cxd6 cxd6 14.Nc4!? Bg4 15.Qe3 Nf3+!? A brave decision! 16.gxf3 Bxf3 17.Qg5 a6 That's the point. I have to give back a part of material 18.Nb6 axb5 19.Nxa8 h6 20.Qg6 [Better is 20.Qh4 ] 20...Nh5! Black should be OK here I think 21.Rfe1 Nf4 [Better is 21...Rxa8 22.Re3 Nf4 23.Qg3 is nice for Black as he can at least win back an exchange] 22.Qg3 Nh5 23.Qh3 pure necessity, I have to deviate from a draw 23...Qg5+ [23...Rf4!? ] 24.Kf1 Rxa8 [24...Bg4!? ] 25.Rxe4 Bxe4 26.Qe6+ Kh8 27.Qxe4 Unclear. T he material has become equal and the question is if it's possible for me to regroup my pieces near my exposed king or not. From this moment my opponent starts playing not the best and I succeed in winning the game 27...Rf8 28.Re1 b4 Hector starts thinking about future endgame possibilities [28...Nf4 29.Re3 with the idea Rg3 seems to be quite playable for me] 29.Qe7 [29.Qxb7 is rather "computerlike"] 29...Qf5 [Actually I did not understand what to do after 29...Qf4! defending the pawn d6.] 30.Qxd6 bxc3 31.bxc3 Kh7 This move just makes his king worse and gives me a possibility to consolidate [31...Qh3+ 32.Ke2 Nf4+ 33.Kd2 Qd3+ 34.Kc1 and he cannot check me from e2. The same variation would have worked one move before] 32.Qe6! Qd3+ 33.Kg1 Rf5 [33...Nf6 would not allow me to exchange the queens] 34.Qe4 Qxe4 35.Rxe4+/- Even now it's not a matter of technique... even in a classical game 35...Ra5 36.Re7 b5 an interesting idea. He gains the time to activate his knight and king 37.Rb7 Kg6 38.Kg2 Nf4+ 39.Kf3 Ne6 40.Be3 Kf5 41.Rd7? [41.h4!? ] 41...Ke5? [Missing a chance in time trouble with 41...Rxa2 42.Rd5+ Kf6 43.Rxb5 Ra3!= and I cannot play 44.c4 Nd4+ ] 42.Rd2 Kf5 43.Rb2 very solid rook's position! My idea is Bb6 getting a passed pawn 43...Kf6 44.Bb6 [44.Ke4 g5 ] 44...Ra3 45.Rxb5 Rxc3+ 46.Ke4 Ra3 [why not 46...Rh3 ] 47.Rb2 Ng5+ 48.Kd5 Rd3+ clearly wrong check 49.Kc4 Ra3 50.Kb4 Ra8 51.a4 Is it all? 51...Nf3 52.a5 Ke6 53.Kb5 Kd5 54.Rb3 Nd4+ 55.Kb4?? [I do not see my own bishop!!! 55.Bxd4+- ] 55...Nxb3 56.Kxb3 Ke4 [He would have never lost after 56...Kc6 ] 57.Kc4 Kf3 58.Kb5 g5 59.a6 g4 60.a7 h5 61.Ka6 h4 62.Kb7 Rxa7+ 63.Kxa7 Kg2 first step... [63...g3= 64.fxg3 hxg3 65.h4 Kg4 ] 64.Bd8 g3?? and the second and last one 65.fxg3 hxg3 66.h4 sometimes they really can make double-move! 66...Kf3 67.h5 g2 68.Bb6 Kg4 69.h6 Here Black resigned. An exiting game despite blunders by both players due to time trouble and nerves 1-0

(2) Hi,Carsten - Nielsen,Peter Heine [C13]

Last year I lost to Carsten in the final round, costing me the tournament victory as well as being on the wrong side of a great attacking game. 1.d4 d5! 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Be7 6.Bxf6 gxf6 7.Nf3 a6 8.Bd3 b5 9.Qe2 Nd7 10.0-0-0 Bb7 11.Kb1 Bd5 12.Nc3 c6 13.Rhe1 Nb6 [13...Bb4 14.Nxd5 Bxe1 15.Nxf6+ My opponent hoped for this exchange sac, which indeed gives him some compensation.] 14.Ne4? Na4! Suddenly Ba3 tricks starts appearing, not that Qa5 ain't a problem either. 15.Nc5 [15.Nfd2 Ba3! was what I was hoping for, the point being that: 16.bxa3 Qe7 Due to the mating threats wins backs the piece will keeping positional edges.] 15...Bxc5 [15...Nxb2!? 16.Kxb2 Bxf3 Is not the kind of details you spot in rapid. Its hardly better than what I played either.] 16.dxc5 Qa5 17.Nd4 Bxa2+ 18.Kc1 Nxc5 19.Be4 Bd5 20.Bxd5 cxd5 21.Kb1 Qb6 22.Nf5 0-0-0 And Black soon resigned. 0-1

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