Brian Meinders - Charlie Hart [D94]

West Orange CC at Kenilworth CC/Kenilworth, NJ USA 2005


1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. e3 g6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Bd3 O-O 7. O-O h6?!

Black prepares to play ...Be6 without allowing White Ng5 in response. But Ng5 would be a wasted tempo for White, so . ..h6?! here is itself a wasted tempo and one that weakens the Black kingside.

 

8. Ne5 Be6 Typical of the Schlechter Variation.

 

9. b3 Nfd7?!

This only make s sense if Black can follow with ...f6 driving away the Knight, but due to the weakening of the g6 pawn the ...f6 advance is no longer possible.

 

10. f4!+/= Nxe5 11. fxe5 dxc4 12. bxc4 Qa5?!

Better 12... c5 13. Be4 Bxc4 14. Bxb7 Bxf1 15. Qxf1 Nd7 16. Bxa8 Qxa8 17. Ba3!?+/=

 

13. Bd2 Qa6 14. Qe2 b6 14... Qa3

 

15. d5

Also possible was 15. Nd5!? Qb7 16. Nf4+/-

 

15... Bc8

Or 15... Bd7 16. e6 Be8 17. d6 Qa3 18. c5 fxe6 19. Rxf8+ Bxf8 20. Qg4+-

 

16. e6! f5 17. e4

Or 17. a4!->

 

17... cxd5 18. cxd5 Qa3 19. Rac1

19. Nb5! Qa4 20. e5! Ba6 21. Rf4!+-

 

19... f4?

A better try was 19... Ba6! 20. exf5+/-, though White is surely winning. Now White wins material and the rest is easy.

 

20. Nb5! Qa4 21. Nc7 Qd4+ 22. Kh1 Na6 23. Bc3 Qe3 24. Qxe3 fxe3 25. Rxf8+ Bxf8 26. Nxa8 Nc5 27. Be2 Nxe4 28. Bd4 Bb7 29. Nc7 Nf6 30. Bf3 e2 31. Bxf6 exf6 32. Bxe2+- 1-0

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