Steve Stoyko - Sunil Weeramantry [A26]

New Jersey International/Wayne, NJ USA (3) 1987


1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 d6 5. e4 O-O 6. Nge2 e5

In his notes to the game for Atlantic Chess News, FM Charles Adelman writes that "in a normal King's Indian Defense...this move attacks white's center, but here it just creates a weakness." Better was 6... c6.

 

7. O-O Be6 8. d3! Qd7 9. f4

The typical Botvinnik Attack formation.

 

9... Bh3?

Rather optimistic play by Black. Better 9... c6

 

10. f5! Bxg2 11. Kxg2 Nc6 12. h3

12. Nd5!?

 

12... Ne7 13. g4 gxf5

Otherwise the g5 advance will prove deadly.

 

14. gxf5 c6?!

Adelman writes "Black does not have time for this now. He must get out of Dodge City with 14... Kh8! 15. Qe1 Rg8 " with chances.

 

15. Ng3 d5 16. Nh5 dxc4 17. Nxg7 Kxg7 18. Bg5! Qxd3

 

18... Neg8 19. dxc4 (19. Qe1!? cxd3 20. Qg3) 19... Qxd1 20. Raxd1

 

19. Qc1!

White now threatens 20.Rd1 winning the Queen and 20.Bxf6+ Kxf6 21.Qh6+ Ng6 22.fxg6 winning a piece. Also possible was 19. Qe1!?

 

19... Nxe4? 20. Rf3! Qd4 21. Be3!?

White also has a win by 21. Bxe7

 

21... Qd7 22. Nxe4

22. Bh6+!? Kh8 23. Bxf8

 

22... Nxf5 23. Bh6+ Kh8

23... Nxh6 24. Qg5+ Kh8 25. Qf6+ Kg8 26. Rg3++-

 

24. Bg7+ Nxg7

a) 24... Kg8?? 25. Nf6+

b) 24... Kxg7 25. Qg5+ Kh8 26. Qf6+ Ng7 27. Rg3 Rg8 28. Ng5 Raf8 29. Rf1 Qd5+ 30. Kh2 Qd2+ 31. Kg1 Qd4+ 32. Rf2 Qd1+ 33. Kh2 wins.

 

25. Nf6 Qe6

As Adelman notes, "Black has two [tempi] to defend h7, but it simply cannot be done!"

 

26. Qh6 and Black can only prevent mate by sacrificing his Queen.

1-0

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