Edward Selling (1750) - Michael Goeller (2023) [B00]
Kenilworth CC Summer Tourney/Kenilworth, NJ USA (9) 2005
This is most often played but is not most active.
c) 5. Be3 e6 (5... d5!?) 6. h3 Bh5 7. d5! Ne7 (7... exd5 8. exd5 Bxf3 9. Qxf3 Ne5 10. Qe2 a6 11. f4 Ned7 12. g4 Qe7 13.
O-O-O O-O-OShchekachev,A-Okhotnik,V/Linares 1999 14. Qf3!+/-) 8. Bb5+ c6 9. dxc6 Nxc6~~
b) 6. Be3 Be7 7. Qd2?! d5! (7...
O-O?!1-0 Wedberg,T-Miles,A/Oslo 1984 (96) 8. O-O-O?!d5 9. Ne5?! was my game with Joe Demetrick in the KCC Championship this year) 8. e5 (8. exd5 Nxd5 (8... exd5!? 9. Ne5 Bxe2 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. Qxe2 O-O12. O-ORb8=/+ 0-1 Kawas-ChessDoc/Internet Chess Club 1997 (80)) 9. O-O(9. Nxd5 Qxd5=) 9... Nxc3 10. bxc3 O-O11. h3 Bh5 (11... Bf5!=) 12. c4 b6 (12... e5!? 13. d5 e4) 13. Rad1 Na5 14. Ne5 Bxe2 15. Qxe2 Qe8 16. Bd2 Qa4= Olszewski,M-Kaula,R/Koszalin 1998 (16)) 8... Nd7 (8... Ne4!? would be like the game) 9. h3 Bf5=
I had noted
earlier, in my game with Demetrick, that better might be 7... d5! 8. e5 (8. Ne5 Bxe2 9. Qxe2 dxe4 10.
helps White's Knight back into the game and should be rejected on positional
11... Bg6! 12. Bb5 Qd5!? 13. c4 Qd7 14. Ne2 a6!?=/+
15. Ba4 b5!? 16. cxb5 Nb4 17. Nc3 Nd3+ 18. Kf1
I love to get my Queen to the fourth rank. Should Black have to surrender the pawn at e4, his piece activity will be compensation.
A safe choice.
Ed has been blitzing me, as he did for the rest of the game. It is not a
bad strategy and it definitely succeeded in putting me in time pressure.
It might be better for White to mix it up, but he purposely
avoids the tactical tussle that would follow 13. Nc3! Qc4!? (possible
is 13... Bb4 14. Nxd5 Bxd2+ 15. Kxd2 exd5=
and I think the Knight should be better in the ending with White's pawns
on dark squares.)
14. b3 (14. Nxe4?!
Diagram # Played very quickly, and the first proof that tactics make the biggest difference between Class players and Experts: White simply overlooks the pin on the d-pawn. Black must play sharply after 14. Qc2 f5 (14... Na5!?) 15. exf6 (15. Nf4 Qd7 16. Qb3?! g5! 17. Nxe6?? Na5!-+) 15... gxf6 16. Nf4 Qc4~~ 17. b3 (17. Qxe4 e5~/=) 17... Nb4!~~ e.g.: 18. Qd2 Qb5 19. a4 Qb6 20. a5 Qb5 21. c4 Qd7|^
I spent a lot of time on this move and had already used 35 minutes to his 5 for Game 60!
Handing me a pawn and opening his King.
I can only say that I was down to less than 10 minutes left and too focused on a possible Knight fork at e7 to notice the fork at f6! More proof that tactics and board vision are central to success. >= 31... Re8!-+
Ed told me after the game that he could not immediately see how he could win the exchange safely, but he did see the clarifying line he chose which reduces to a Queen and pawn ending, which he assumed I'd never be able to win with under 5 minutes on the clock. I also think that because of my rating he assumed I would not have missed a simple Knight fork! Not 33. Nxg8? Qg4+ 34. Kf1 Qxf4-> as Ed noticed, but instead 33. Bxe5! Bxe5 34. Nxg8 Qg4+ 35. Kf1 and Black must choose between a draw or an unclear battle: 35... Qh3+ (or 35... Qxg8!~/= with two pawns and attack for the Exchange) 36. Ke1 Qh1+ 37. Ke2 Qf3+=
Fritz points out, but I did not even consider, 33... Nd3! 34. Be3 cxd6 (34... f4!?->) 35. Nxg8 Qxg8 and the ending of Queen and Knight versus Queen and Bishop is easy for Black who will have quite a strong attack on White's exposed King.
This was Ed's idea: now Black has only three minutes to try for a win.
Black can actually immediately force off the Queens with a won ending by 36... Qd8! 37. Qe3 Qd3+ 38. Qxd3 exd3+ 39. Kxd3 Kd7-+ and it is not hard to see that Black's outside passed pawn at h7 will force the White King to retreat, allowing Black's King to invade.
55. Qxg5+ Kxg5-+ and somehow I managed to force mate from this position in under 30 seconds. But it would be hard for me to accurately reconstruct how I did that, since I stopped recording at move 36.
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