Modesto Bartrina - Theodor Ghitescu [A48]

Olot (9) 1974


1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 c5 3. e3 g6 4. Nbd2 Bg7 5. Bd3
The Colle System

 

5... O-O 6. O-O d6 7. Re1 b6 8. Qe2 Nc6 9. c3 Qc7 10. dxc5!
10. e4 cxd4 11. Nxd4 Ne5=

 

10... bxc5 11. e4 Ng4
Battling for control of e5.

 

12. Nc4 Rb8 13. h3 Nge5 14. Nfxe5 Nxe5 15. Nxe5 Bxe5 16. f4
White wins the battle for e5.
A different mode of attack would be 16. Bh6!? Rd8 17. Bc4

 

16... Bg7 17. Be3 Bb7 18. Qf2 Bc6 19. Rad1 Qa5 20. Bb1 Rb7 21. e5! dxe5 22. fxe5 Bxe5 23. Bh6 Qc7!
23... Bg7 24. Bxg7 Kxg7 25. Re5

 

24. Bxf8 Bg3 25. Qd2 Bxe1
25... Kxf8

 

26. Qh6 Qe5
Or 26... Bf2+ 27. Kxf2?! (27. Kf1! Qe5 returns us to the game line) 27... Rxb2+! 28. Rd2 Rxd2+ 29. Ke3 Qg3+! 30. Kxd2 Qxg2+ 31. Kc1 Qf1+ 32. Kb2 Qe2+ 33. Bc2 Qe5 and only Black has winning chances in this strange position despite being down a piece.

 

27. Bg7!!
Though this move does not win against best play, it is stunning and actually White's only move to keep from losing! 27. Rd8? Bf2+! 28. Kxf2 Rxb2+

 

27... Bf2+
Also playable is the immediate 27... f6 =

 

28. Kf1 Bb5+?
It appears that Black can draw by 28... f6! 29. Bh8 (or 29. Bxg6 hxg6 30. Qh8+ Kf7 31. Qf8+ Ke6 32. Qc8+ Kf7 33. Qf8+=) (but not 29. Rd8+? Kf7 30. Rf8+ Ke6-+) 29... Bb5+ 30. Kxf2 Qe2+ 31. Kg3 Qe5+ 32. Kf2= (32. Qf4? Qxf4+ 33. Kxf4 Kxh8) (32. Kf3?? Bc6+)
Not 28... Qb8? 29. Be5+- nor 28... Bxg2+ 29. Kxf2! Rxb2+ 30. Kg1+-

 

29. Kxf2! Qe2+ 30. Kg3 Qxd1 31. Bh8!! Qd6+ 32. Kf2
and Black cannot prevent mate without surrendering his Queen.

 

1-0

 

[Michael Goeller]

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