Harvey Susswein (1810) - Joe Demetrick (1526) [B19]

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

1. e4 c6

My game at West Orange in June was also a Caro-Kann which achieved a draw against an 1800+ player.


2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. h5 Bh7 8. Nf3 Nd7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 Ngf6 11. c4 e6 12. O-O?

This is completely wrong, in part because it leaves the h-pawn weak. White almost always castles long in this line. The correct ideais 12. Bf4!? Qa5+! 13. Kf1~~ 12. Bd2! Bd6! 13. O-O-O O-O 14. Ne4~~


12... Be7?!

12... Bd6! threatens to win the pawn at h5 with Bxg3 and Nxh5 and therefore forces White to do something, such as 13. Ne4 Nxe4 14. Qxe4 Nf6! 15. Qh4 Qa5=/+ but it looks like Black might still win it--and castle safely Queenside with a solid edge.


13. Qe2 O-O

13... Bd6! 14. Ne5!~~


14. Bf4 c5?!

Opening up the position only favors White now. Better 14... Qa5


15. Rad1! cxd4 16. Nxd4 Bc5 17. Nb5 Qb6 18. Bd6! Rfc8

Gets the rook on the right file.


19. b4!

An interesting response that I had overlooked.


19... Bxd6

Alternatively... 19... Bxb4 20. Bxb4 a6 21. Nd6 Qxb4 22. Nxc8 Rxc8 23. Rb1 Qxc4 24. Qxc4 Rxc4 25. Rxb7


20. Nxd6 Rc6 21. Qd2 Qc7 22. c5 Nd5 23. Ngf5! N7f6

surely not.. 23... exf5? 24. Qxd5 Nf6 25. Qxf5+/-


24. Nd4 Rxd6??

The only good move was 24... Ra6 25. f4!?|^


25. cxd6?

Much better was.. 25. Nb5!+/- which gains the exchange cleanly - not giving up additional material


25... Qxd6 26. Nb5 26. a3 26... Qxb4=/+

Now Black has more than sufficient compensation for the exchange in his two pawns and power-house Knight at d5!


27. Qxb4 Nxb4 28. Rb1 Nbd5 29. Rfc1 Nxh5 30. Nc7 Nxc7 31. Rxc7 b6 32. Rbc1 Nf6 33. Rc8+ Rxc8 34. Rxc8+ Kh7 35. Rc7 Kg6

Holding on to the critical f7 pawn..


36. Rxa7 Nd5

In this overall position - I think that it is even or perhaps a little better for Black. White has the advantage of the Rook, but Black has a solid centralized Knight on d5 which supports the pawn on b6. This effectively prevents White from creating an outside passer. My plan as Black was to advance the g and h pawns up so that if White tried to win by bring his King up to the b6 pawn then I would march through on the kingside..


37. Kf1 h5! 38. Ke2 Kf6 39. a4 g5! 40. Kf3 Kg6

not 40... h4 as it allows White's king penetration on g4


41. Ke4 Nf4 42. Rb7 Nd5 43. Kd4 Kf6=/+

at which point I offered a draw... Afterwards, Mike Goeller speculated that the silicon beast would evaluate the position as -0.25 for Black - Good call Mike! - it is actually -0.19.


44. Rd7?

White goes for the win, but Black's kingside majority is simply too fast.. Probably best is to trade the queenside pawns and play defense on the kingside.


44... h4 seeing White's plan.. 45. Rxd5??-+

A desperate and inaccurately calculated bid for a win.


45... exd5 46. Kxd5 g4 47. Kc6 h3-+

and Black's pawns break through before White can Queen.




[Joseph Demetrick]

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