New Jersey Open 2006

Thomas Bartell - David Cole [A53]

New Jersey Open/Somerset, NJ USA (1) 2006


1. Nf3 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 c5!? 4. Nc3

White can also gain an edge by 4. dxc5 dxc5 (4... Qa5+ 5. Nc3 Qxc5 6. e4) 5. Qxd8+ Kxd8 6. Nc3

 

4... cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nc6 6. g3 g6 7. Bg2 Bd7 8. O-O Bg7 9. Nc2 O-O 10. Bd2!? Qc8 11. b3 Bh3 12. e4 Bxg2 13. Kxg2 Qe6 14. Re1 Nd7 15. Qe2 Rac8 16. Rad1 Nd4?!

Better 16... a6 as now the Bishop is misplaced.

 

17. Nxd4 Bxd4 18. Nd5! Nb6?

This allows White to gain a clear positional advantage by tactical means. Better 18... Bg7 19. f3.

 

19. Bg5! Bf6 20. Nxf6+

Perhaps stronger was 20. Bxf6 exf6 21. Qf3 Kg7 (21... Nxd5? 22. exd5 Qd7 23. Qxf6) 22. Nxb6 axb6 23. Qf4 Rfd8 24. Rd5

 

20... exf6 21. Bc1 Rfe8 22. Qd2 Rc6 23. Bb2 Nd7 24. f3 a6 25. a4 Nc5 26. Qc3 Qe5 27. Qc2 Qe7 28. Bc3 Rec8 29. Qb2 Nd7 30. Rd5 Kg7 31. Red1 Nc5 32. g4

Tom told us he was fantasizing about something like 32. Rxd6? Rxd6 33. e5 Re6 34. exf6+ Rxf6 which is why he pushed the pawn -- now this might be a real threat since g5 will reinforce the pin on a piece at f6 -- or, as in the game, break up the pawns guarding the long diagonal.

 

32... Ne6? 33. g5! Nf4+ 34. Kg3 Nh5+

 

Black cannot grab the exchange without inviting trouble.

 

35. Kf2 Qe6 36. Bxf6+ Nxf6 37. Qxf6+ Qxf6 38. gxf6+ Kxf6 39. Rxd6+ Rxd6 40. Rxd6+ Ke7 41. Rb6 Rc7 42. Ke3 Rd7 43. e5 Kd8 44. Rd6 Rxd6 45. exd6 Kd7 46. c5 a5 47. h4 Kc6 48. Kd4 f6 49. f4 h6 50. Kc4 g5 51. fxg5 fxg5

 










52. h5!

The only winning move. Not the natural 52. hxg5?! hxg5 53. Kd4 g4 54. Ke4 b6 55. cxb6 Kxd6= and it is a draw. White needs to keep a potential passed pawn on the kingside so that Black cannot simply stop the queenside pawns with the ...b6 maneuver. Now White can queen a pawn on the kingside if Black goes after the queenside pawns.

 

52... b6?!

52... g4 53. Kd4 b6 (53... g3 54. Ke3 g2 55. Kf2 b6 56. cxb6 g1=Q+ 57. Kxg1 Kxb6 58. Kf2 (58. b4!?) 58... Kc6 59. Ke3 Kxd6 60. Kd4 Ke6 (60... Kc6 61. Kc4) 61. Kc4 Kf5 62. Kb5 Kg5 63. Kxa5 Kxh5 64. b4!) 54. cxb6 Kxb6 (54... g3 55. Ke3) 55. b4! (55. Ke4) 55... g3 56. bxa5+ Kc6 57. Ke3 Kxd6 58. Kf3

 

53. cxb6 Kxd6

53... g4 54. Kd4 g3 55. Ke3 and wins as above.

 

54. Kb5! g4 55. Ka6 g3 56. b7

1-0

[Michael Goeller]

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