Mark Kernighan - Greg Tomkovich [D56]

KCC Summer Tourney/Kenilworth, NJ USA (9) 2005


1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Nf3 h6 7. Bh4 Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Rc1 Rd8?!

More standard is 9... Nxc3 10. Rxc3 dxc4 11. Bxc4 b6 12. O-O

 

10. Qc2 f5?!

Too weakening of e5. White's plan now is to finish development and then move his Knight at f3 to allow Pf3, kicking the Black Knight back, followed by e3-e4 with a much better game.

 

11. Bd3 c6 As Kernighan put it, "these moves do not combine well." If Black wants a Stonewall position, he should not also play h6 and Rd8.

 

12. O-O Nd7 13. a3!?

A temporizing move, hoping Black wil play Ndf6 allowing Ne5!

 

13... Ndf6?! 14. Ne5! Bd7 15. f3 Nd6 16. c5!?

White has a growing space advantage.

 

16... Nf7 17. Ng6! Qe8 18. e4 fxe4?

It is a mistake to open the f-file, which becomes the main avenue for White's attack.

 

19. fxe4 Ng5 20. e5 Nfh7 21. Rf4 21. h4!? Nf7 21... Bc8 22. Rcf1 Qd7 23. Qf2 b6?

 

Necessary was 23... Qe8 - now Black can force mate.

 

24. Rf8+! Nxf8 25. Qxf8+ Rxf8

The better 25... Kh7 26. Ne7+ Ne4 27. Nxe4!! Rxf8 28. Nf6+ Kh8 29. Ng6# would have made for a prettier finish.

 

26. Rxf8+ Kh7 27. Rh8# 1-0

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