[Event "ACC Champs"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.08.15"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Ha, Timothy"]
[Black "Macdonald, Paul"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A00"]
[PlyCount "62"]
1. c4 e5 2. g3 d6 3. Bg2 f5 4. d3 Nf6 5. Nc3 Be7 6. Nd5 Nxd5 (6... c6 7. Nxe7
Qxe7 {was also a possibility with level chances}) 7. Bxd5 c6 $6 ({I missed a
very interesting tactical opportunity here that lead to good chances for an
advantage} 7... e4 $5 8. c5 (8. dxe4 $2 c6 $17 {and the bishop is trapped})
8... dxc5 9. dxe4 c6 10. Bb3 Qxd1+ 11. Bxd1 fxe4 12. Bc2 Bf5 13. Nf3 (13. f3
Nd7 14. fxe4 Bg6 $17) 13... Rf8 (13... O-O $2 14. Bb3+ Kh8 15. Ne5 h6 16. g4
$14) 14. Ng5 e3 15. Bxf5 Rxf5 16. h4 (16. Nf3 exf2+ 17. Kxf2 Nd7 $17) 16...
exf2+ 17. Kf1 $17) 8. Bg2 O-O 9. e3 Nd7 ({An alternative method of developing
and probably a more accurate one was to continue} 9... Be6 10. Nf3 Bf6 11. O-O
a5 12. Bd2 Na6 $15) 10. Ne2 Nf6 {Routing the knight to the kingside seemed a
sensible thing to do. In some cases it may support an attack on the h2-square
especially given White's knight has gone to e2 instead of f3. It turns out f2
quickly becomes Black's focal point.} 11. e4 $2 {Already a significant error
that gives Black a clear advantage - White should of course castle} fxe4 12.
dxe4 Ng4 $5 ({I could have been a bit sneakier} 12... Be6 13. Qc2 Qb6 14. O-O (
14. Be3 Qb4+ {and the c-pawn falls}) 14... Ng4 15. c5 dxc5 $17) 13. f3 $4 {
Timothy overlooks Black's intermezzo} ({After the natural} 13. O-O {I was
serious considering} Nxf2 {It turns out this clever move is in fact a mistake
but it isn't easy to see why} ({The correct method to pressure White begins
with} 13... Qb6 14. Qe1 (14. Qb3 Rxf2 15. Qxb6 Rxf1+ 16. Bxf1 axb6 $17) 14...
d5 {and White is without an adequate defence to the pressure on f2} 15. Nc3 (
15. cxd5 Rxf2 16. Rxf2 Nxf2 $19) 15... dxc4 $17 (15... Nxf2 $2 16. Be3)) 14.
Rxf2 Qb6 15. c5 $1 (15. Qf1 $2 d5 16. b4 $1 Bxb4 17. Rb1 {I saw this far over
the board and thought Black should be fine} Rxf2 $5 18. Qxf2 Bc5 $1 19. Rxb6
Bxf2+ 20. Kxf2 axb6 21. a3 $2 (21. exd5 $1 Rxa2 22. Ke3 Bg4 23. Bd2 Ra3+ 24.
Kf2 $13 {The game is roughly balanced but I would say White has better chances
than Black}) 21... dxc4 $19 {We reached this position in our post-game analysis
}) 15... Qxc5 16. Qb3+ Kh8 17. Be3 $18) (13. f4 Qb6 $19) 13... Qb6 $1 {And
already White is lost} 14. Nd4 (14. c5 {was White's best hope of resistance
but still fails after} Qxc5 15. Rf1 Nxh2 16. Qb3+ d5 17. Rh1 Nxf3+ 18. Bxf3
Qb4+ $1 $19) 14... Qxd4 $2 {The safe choice - not taking any chances. Black
will be a pawn up with better development. But regardless it wasn't the best
by a long way} ({The obvious} 14... exd4 {was of course correct} 15. fxg4 d5 $1
{This is the move I didn't see - White is in big trouble now} (15... d3 16. Rf1
Qd4 {was excellent too. I couldn't find an immediate win so chose to disgard
the line however this was a key mistake - I should have been looking at it
from a postional perspective - it is clear that Black is significantly better}
17. Rxf8+ Bxf8 18. Qf3 d5 19. cxd5 Bb4+ 20. Kf1 Bxg4 $1 $19) 16. Qd3 (16. exd5
Bb4+ 17. Bd2 d3 18. Rf1 Qe3+ 19. Qe2 Qxe2#) (16. a3 d3 17. Rf1 Rxf1+ 18. Kxf1
Be6 $19) 16... Bb4+ 17. Bd2 Bxg4 $19) 15. Qxd4 exd4 16. fxg4 Bxg4 17. Rf1 Rxf1+
18. Bxf1 {This is the endgame I expected when playing 14...Qxd4 but it isn't
as simple as meets the eye. I thought the correct plan was to pressure the
e4-pawn taking advantage of the fact the White's king is on e1. However this
should have been inneffective and was only successful through the efforts of
my opponent} Re8 ({The idea of pressuring e4 was correct - I just was best to
do it in another way} 18... Rf8 $1 19. Bd3 (19. Be2 Bh3) (19. Bg2 {The bishop
isn't secure here} d5 $1 $19 {This is why Rf8 is valuable as it can penetrate
into f2 in some lines.}) 19... Kf7 20. Bf4 (20. Bd2 Ke6) 20... g5 21. Bd2 Ke6
22. Rb1 Ke5 {and Black can do little about the threat of Bf3}) (18... Kf7 19.
Be2 Bh3 20. b4 Ke6 21. Rb1 Bg2 22. Bd3 Rf8 (22... Ke5 23. Bf4+) 23. b5 c5 24.
a4 Bd8 25. Rb2 Ba5+ 26. Bd2 Bxd2+ 27. Rxd2 Rf3 $19) 19. Bg2 d5 $6 ({It wasn't
too late to change my plan to the correct one} 19... Rf8) 20. cxd5 cxd5 21. h3
$1 Bh5 (21... Bd7 $1 22. e5 Bb4+ 23. Kf2 Rxe5 24. Bf4 Rf5 {Now we see the
difference between 21...Bh5 and 21...Bd7. Here Black has the f5-square
available for his rook which in turns brings out tactical ideas with g5} 25. h4
h6 26. Kg1 Bc5 27. Kh2 g5 28. Bb8 Rf2 {and Black's rook penetrates to the 7th
rank}) 22. g4 $4 {Now White has no chance to save the game} ({White's best was
} 22. e5 $1 Bb4+ 23. Kf2 Rxe5 24. g4 Bf7 25. Bf4 Re8 {Ok, it is clear Black is
two pawns to the good but they aren't exactly good pawns - White certainly has
good chances to make it difficult for Black to make progress}) 22... Bh4+ 23.
Kd1 (23. Kf1 {was slightly better as the a1-rook can protect the back rank but
Black is still winning after} Bg6 24. e5 Be4 $1 $19 (24... Rxe5 25. Bf4)) 23...
Bg6 24. exd5 $4 {Equivalent to resignation - Timothy allows me to activate my
pieces to the utmost} (24. e5 Be4 $1 $19) 24... Re1+ 25. Kd2 Rg1 26. Bf3 Bg5+ (
26... Rf1 $1 {was in fact more accurate and leads to a pretty tactic} 27. Bd1 (
27. Bg2 Rf2+) (27. Be2 Bg5#) 27... Rf2+ 28. Ke1 Bd3 29. Bg5 $8 Re2+ $3 30. Kf1
Rxb2+ 31. Kg1 Bxg5 $19) 27. Ke2 {And here I waited and waited and finally
Timothy resigned. My intention was to continue with} Bxc1 $1 {when nothing can
be done about the threat of d3 - d2 - d1 = Q.} {e.g.} 28. d6 Kf7 29. a4 d3+ 30.
Kf2 Be3+ 31. Kxe3 Rxa1 $19 0-1