Bruno Kamber (2270) - Tommaso Bartolini [B23]

Zuerich op/Zuerich (2) 1991


1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. Nge2

I have tried this on occasion in Blitz on ICC and was surprised to only find one game with the move in my databases. Admittedly, White does not get much edge longterm, but his position is easy to play if Black does not counter-attack right away.

 

5... g6

5... e6 6. O-O Nf6 7. d4

 

6. d3 Bg7 7. Be3!

I have often played instead 7. O-O?! Nc6 8. f4 which is practically refuted by 8... f5! 9. Be3 Nf6 and Black might castle queenside.

 

7... Nc6 8. Qd2 Nf6

8... O-O-O 9. O-O (9. d4 Nf6 10. f3 d5) 9... Nf6 10. a3 Ng4 11. b4!?

 

9. Bh6 O-O 10. O-O Rab8 11. Bxg7 Kxg7 12. f4 b5 13. Rae1 b4 14. Nd5 a5

14... Nxd5 15. exd5 Nd8 16. f5

 

15. Rf3

15. Nxf6!? exf6 16. Ng3

 

15... Nxd5 16. exd5 Nd4 17. Nxd4 cxd4 18. f5 Rbe8

18... Rbc8 19. Rh3 h5 (19... Rh8 20. Qh6+ Kg8 21. fxg6 fxg6 22. Rg3!? Qe8 23. h4 Rxc2? (23... Qf7 24. h5) 24. Rf1) 20. Rxh5!! gxh5? 21. Qg5+ Kh7 22. Qxh5+ Kg7 23. Qg5+ Kh8 24. Re4 forces mate.

 

19. Qf4!?

Attacking the weak pawn at d4.

19. Rh3! would win more quickly, similar to the analysis above.

 

19... f6

19... Qa7?? 20. Rxe7!! Rxe7 21. f6+ Kh8 22. Qh6 Rg8 23. Qxh7+ Kxh7 24. Rh3#

 

20. Qxd4

White has a winning advantage, but Black defends well and shows why heavy piece endings can be so difficult to win.

 

20... g5 21. h4 h6 22. Re6 Qa4! 23. Qg4 Rf7

23... Qxc2 24. Qh5 Rf7 25. Qg6+ Kf8 26. Qxh6+ Rg7 27. Rg3 Qxb2 28. hxg5

 

24. Qc4!? Qd7 25. Qg4 Rh8 26. Qh5 Kg8 27. Rh3 Rhh7 28. Qe2 Qb7 29. Qe4 Rhg7 30. hxg5 hxg5 31. Qd4 Rh7 32. Ree3 Qc8 33. Rxh7 Rxh7 34. Qb6! Rf7 35. Qxa5 Qxc2 36. Qxb4 Qb1+ 37. Qe1?!

37. Kh2 Rh7+ (37... Qxa2 38. Qb8+ Rf8 39. Qb7) 38. Kg3 Qg1 39. Re1 (39. Qb8+ Kf7 40. Rxe7+ Kxe7 41. Qc7+ Kf8 42. Qxh7 Qe3+ 43. Kg4 Qe2+ 44. Kh3 Qe3+=) 39... Qh2+ 40. Kf2 Rh4 41. Re4

 

37... Qxb2 38. Rxe7 Qd4+?

38... Rxe7! 39. Qxe7 Qd4+=

 

39. Qe3 Qa1+?

39... Qxd5 40. Rxf7 Kxf7 41. Qe4! (41. Qe6+?! Qxe6 42. fxe6+ Kxe6 43. g4 f5 44. gxf5+ Kxf5 45. a4 Ke5 46. a5 Kd5=) 41... Qxa2 42. Qb7+ Kf8 43. Qb8+ Kg7 44. Qc7+ Kh6 45. Qxd6

 

40. Kh2 Qxa2?

Black likely blundered in time pressure while making the 40-move time control. Now White forces mate with

41. Qe6! Qxg2+

and resigns.

1-0

Game in PGN