Victoria Chess Festival

(1) Bluvshtein,Mark - Nakamura,Hikaru [E50]
Live Chess Game, 20.07.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nf3 e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.e3 0-0 6.Bd2 d6 7.Bd3 e5 8.Qc2 exd4 9.Nxd4 Nxd4 10.exd4 Re8+ 11.Kf1 Bxc3 12.Bxc3 d5 13.c5 b6 14.f3 bxc5 15.dxc5 d4 16.Bd2 Nd5 17.Bxh7+ Kh8 18.Be4 Ba6+ 19.Kf2 f5 20.Bd3 [20.Bxd5 Re2+ 21.Kg1 Qxd5 was a better try.] 20...Ne3 21.Bxe3 dxe3+ 22.Ke2 Qh4 23.Rhf1 [23.g3 Bxd3+ 24.Qxd3 Qh3 25.Qc2 Qg2+ improves on the text, which allowed things to go from bad to worse.] 23...Bxd3+ 24.Qxd3 Rad8 25.Rad1 Rxd3 26.Rxd3 Qxh2 27.Rxe3 Qxg2+ 28.Rf2 Rxe3+ 29.Kxe3 f4+ 30.Ke2 Qxf2+ Black opts to spare his troops from the heat of the day, foregoing the grind of the winning ending. 31.Kxf2 Kg8 32.Ke2 Kf7 33.Kd3 Ke6 34.Ke4 g5 35.c6 Kf6 36.b4 Ke6 37.a4 a6 38.b5 a5 39.Kd4 Kd6 40.Ke4 Ke6 41.Kd4 and a draw was agreed, after White had secured a winning pawn ending. 1/2-1/2

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