Glen Bady - Thomas Bartell [B35]

New Jersey Open/Somerset, NJ USA (3) 2005


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6
A good method of avoiding 2... Nc6 3. Bb5

 

3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4
The Queen becomes a target after 4. Qxd4?! Nf6 5. e5?! Nc6 6. Qd1? (6. Qa4 Nd5=) 6... Nxe5!

 

4... Bg7 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Nb3

A cautious line. Not 7. Qd2? Ng4 or 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2 d5 unclear

 

7... O-O 8. Be2 d6
We have now transposed to the Classical Dragon, which was played by Karpov with some success.

 

9. f4 a5 10. a4 Be6 11. O-O Bxb3!? 12. cxb3 e6 13. Bf3 Qe7 14. Qe2 Rad8 15. Qb5!? Rfe8 16. Rad1 h5!?

The Knight will soon need an escape square, and this move opens up two possible spots.

 

17. e5 Ng4 18. Bxg4
Better may be 18. Bb6!?

 

18... hxg4 19. exd6
19. Bb6

 

19... Rxd6 20. Bc5
This appears to win material, but Black has other ideas.

 

20... Bd4+!

The beginning of an interesting combination that keeps the balance.

 

21. Rxd4

21. Bxd4 Nxd4 22. Qxa5 Nxb3=

 

21... Nxd4 22. Qc4

No better is 22. Bxd6 Nxb5 23. Bxe7 Nxc3 24. bxc3 Rxe7 unclear

 

22... Rc6!

Not 22... Qd8? 23. Bxd6 Qxd6 24. Ne4 Qd8 25. Kh1

 

23. Bxe7 Rxc4 24. bxc4 Rxe7 25. Rd1 Nb3 and Black offered a draw, which White accepted. The position is equal, though Black should have at least a psychological edge given the way he managed to get out of danger. 1/2-1/2

Game in PGN