2006 KCC Summer Tourney

Devin Camenares - Anna Matlin [B12]

2006 KCC Summer Tourney/Kenilworth, NJ USA (9) 2006


1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Nd7

Black sidesteps the sharper lines that follow 5... c5 6. Be3 Qb6 7. Nc3! -- but her slow system of development gives White lots of latitude and an easy edge.

 

6. O-O a6?!

Very slow and cautious. Black needs to choose a plan: either immediately challenge White's center with ...c5 or develop her pieces and seek exchanges, beginning with ..Bg6, ...Nh6!?, and ...Be7 etc.

 

7. c4?!

But this is premature. Usually White only plays this advance after Black has played ...c5 or only after suitable preparation, often with b3 followed by c4 so as to recapture at c4 with a pawn. Now Black must exchange pawns and give White a backward d-pawn, but she does not.

 

7... Ne7?!

Black is very well set up to prevent White from playing d5 following 7... dxc4 8. Bxc4 Nb6=

 

8. Nh4?!

8. c5! b6 9. cxb6 Qxb6 10. Nc3 c5? 11. Na4 Qc7 12. Nxc5 Nxc5 13. dxc5 Qxc5 14. Nd4 and the threat of Qa4+ is very difficult to meet.

 

8... Bg6

Black had better:

a) 8... Bxb1!? 9. Rxb1 dxc4 10. Bxc4 Nb6=

b) 8... dxc4! 9. Bxc4 Nb6 10. Be2 h6 11. Nxf5 Nxf5

 

9. Nxg6

White still has 9. c5. Later this move will over-extend his position.

 

9... hxg6 10. Bg5 Qb6 11. Qd2

And here there is a chance for 11. b3

 

11... Nf5 12. c5!? Qc7 13. b4?!

13. Be3 f6 14. f4 g5!

 

13... a5! 14. b5 f6!

White's over-extended pawn chain cannot be supported.

 

15. Bf4

15. exf6?? Qxh2#

 

15... fxe5 16. dxe5 Bxc5 17. bxc6 bxc6

Black is up a pawn and White has very little if anything to show for it.

 

18. Rc1 Bd4

18... g5!? 19. Bxg5 Qxe5 20. Bf4 Qd4 (20... Qxa1 21. Nc3 Qxc1+ 22. Qxc1 e5)

 

19. Nc3 Qa7?!

Black should grab the second pawn on offer: 19... Bxe5 20. Bxe5 Qxe5 21. h3 Qd4

 

20. Bf1 Rb8 21. Rab1 O-O

21... Rxb1 22. Rxb1 g5 23. Bxg5 Bxe5

 

22. Na4 Nxe5?! 23. Bxe5

23. Rxb8 Rxb8 24. Qe2

 

23... Bxe5 24. Rxb8 Rxb8 25. Rxc6 Nd4

25... Qd7!

 

26. Ra6 Qc7 27. Qd3 Bxh2+ 28. Kh1 Qf4 29. Qe3 Qh4 30. Qh3 Qxh3

Winning quickly is 30... Qxf2!

 

31. gxh3 Bc7 32. Nc5 Rb6 33. Rxa5 Kh7 34. Ra4 Rb1 35. Kg2 Bb6 36. Nd7 Nf5 37. Nf8+?

The remainder of the game was played under extreme time pressure for Black and therefore deserves little comment.

Necessary was 37. Ra6

 

37... Kh6 38. Nxe6 Rb2 39. Rf4 Be3 40. Rf3 Nh4+ 41. Kg3 Nxf3 42. Kxf3 Bxf2

42... Rxf2+ 43. Kxe3 Rxf1

 

43. Nf4 Rxa2 44. Nxd5 Bc5 45. Bc4 Rc2 46. Bb3 Rb2 47. Bc4 Rf2+ 48. Kg3

White accepted Black's draw offer. She had twelve seconds and a five second increment remaining.

 

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[Michael Goeller]

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