Michael Goeller (2030) - Crawford Daniels (2008) [B01]
WO at KCC Team Match/Kenilworth, NJ USA 2008
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.
This move turns out to be a wasted tempo since it interferes with White recovering the pawn at f5.
This thrust is the beginning of a mistaken plan for Black. Best defense was to play Ne5 here or next:
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.
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.
Though the threat of g4-g5 looks scary, Black has a defense and 20. a3! was still the best idea.
Shutting the door!
Black resigns, as he must sacrifice tremendous material to stave off mate by Rcc8 and Rxf8#.
Game in PGNCopyright © 2008 by Michael Goeller