Michael Goeller (2030) - Crawford Daniels (2008) [B01]

WO at KCC Team Match/Kenilworth, NJ USA 2008


 

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. Nge2 c6 6. O-O Bf5 7. d3 e6 8. Ng3

8. Bd2! Qc7 (8... Bb4 9. a3) 9. Ng3 Bg6 10. f4 was probably the more accurate move order here, but I decided to sacrifice a pawn at c3 if necessary. Andrew Martin considers this the most dangerous line against the Center Counter.

 

8... Bg6 9. f4!? Bb4

 










Alternatvies:

a) 9... Bc5+ 10. Kh1 (10. d4 O-O!=) 10... O-O 11. Nce4! (11. f5!? exf5 12. Nxf5 Nbd7 13. Bd2 Qc7 14. Bf4 Qa5 15. Nd6) 11... Be7 (11... Nxe4 12. dxe4!) 12. Bd2 Qb6 13. f5 exf5 14. Nxf5 Bxf5 15. Rxf5

b) 9... Nbd7?! 10. f5 exf5 11. Qe2+

 

10. f5 exf5 11. Qe2+

11. Qe1+! Kd8 12. Bg5 Nbd7 13. a3 Bxc3 14. Qxc3 Qxc3 15. bxc3 h6 16. Bh4 Re8 17. Nxf5 Bxf5 18. Rxf5 Re7 19. a4

 

11... Kd8 12. Bf4?!

This move turns out to be a wasted tempo since it interferes with White recovering the pawn at f5.

a) 12. Qf2! Ng4 13. Qf4

b) 12. Bg5!? Bxc3 13. bxc3 Qxc3 14. Qf2

 

12... Nbd7

12... Bxc3 13. bxc3 Qxc3? 14. Be5! Qa5 15. Nxf5 shows practically the only good point of Bf4.

 

13. Qf3!? h5?!

This thrust is the beginning of a mistaken plan for Black. Best defense was to play Ne5 here or next:

13... Ne5! 14. Bxe5 Qxe5 15. Nxf5 Bxf5 16. Qxf5 Qxf5 17. Rxf5 Rf8=

 

14. Bd2

14. Bg5! Ne5 15. Qf4 Nxc4 16. dxc4 Bxc3 17. bxc3 leads to an amusing picture after 17... Kc8 18. Bxf6 gxf6 but White has the better of it due to his safer King and more active pieces.

 

14... h4?!

14... Ne5! 15. Qf4 Nxc4 16. dxc4 h4 17. Nxf5 Bxf5 18. Qxf5 Qxf5 19. Rxf5=

 

15. Nxf5 Bxf5 16. Qxf5 Qxf5 17. Rxf5 Ke8

I felt that I had good winning chances here due to the two Bishops, pressure on f7, control of the open f- and e-files, and Black's potentially weak h-pawn.

 

18. d4

Though very hard to foresee, this turns out to be a slight inaccuracy because it gives Black a counterplay target in the vulnerable d-pawn. My idea was to take away the c5 square, but it really is of no use to Black. Best was 18. a3! Bc5+ 19. Kh1 and Black has few good moves while White has great developing moves like Raf1 or Re1+, Ne4 and Bg5 that can put Black under pressure.

 

18... h3?! 19. Re1+ Kf8 20. g4!?

Though the threat of g4-g5 looks scary, Black has a defense and 20. a3! was still the best idea.

 

20... g6

a) 20... Rh4! 21. Be2! (21. g5? Rxd4!) 21... g6 (21... Nxg4? 22. Bg5) 22. Rff1 Re8

b) 20... Nb6 21. Bb3 Rd8 22. g5 Rxd4 23. gxf6 Rxd2 24. fxg7+ Kxg7 25. Rxf7+ Kh6 26. Re6+ Kh5 27. Ne4

 

21. Rf3 Bxc3?

a) 21... Rh4! 22. g5?! Rxd4 23. Bd3 Ng4 24. Rxh3 Kg7

b) 21... Rh7!? 22. g5 Nd5 23. a3 Bxc3 24. bxc3 xh3

 

22. Bxc3 Rh7?

22... Rh4! 23. g5 Rg4+ 24. Kh1 Rxg5 25. Rxh3

 

23. Bb4+ Kg8 24. g5 Nd5 25. Bxd5 cxd5 26. Re7 Rd8

26... Nf8 27. Rxb7 Ne6 28. Be7 Rh5 29. Bf6 Nxg5 30. Rfb3 Rf8 31. Rb8 Nh7 32. Rxf8+ Nxf8 33. Rb8

 

27. Bd6 Nf8 28. Be5! Rd7

28... Rc8 29. c3! Ne6 30. Bf6 Rh5 31. Re3 Rb8 32. Re5

 

29. Re8 Rh5?

29... f5! 30. gxf6 Kf7 is Black's only chance to survive.

 

30. Bf6!

Shutting the door!

 

30... a6?!

30... Rc7 31. Rc3! Rxc3 32. bxc3 Rh4 33. Be7

 

 

31. Rc3!

Black resigns, as he must sacrifice tremendous material to stave off mate by Rcc8 and Rxf8#.

 

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[Michael Goeller]

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