Friday, March 24, 2017

2017 Lakeway Spring Open Round 3 Anton Taylor, 1950 - CM Joshua Suich, 2063 Scandinavian (B01)

2017 Lakeway Spring Open Round 3
Anton Taylor, 1950 - CM Joshua Suich, 2063 
Scandinavian (B01)

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. d4 Bg4 4. Nf3 Qxd5 5. Be2 Nc6 6. h3 Bh5 7. Nc3 Qd7 8. Ne5 There are many alternatives in this position. I consider most of this to be book style moves for the scandinavian. Ne5 is not considered by the computer to be as ambitious as other moves but the exchanges give white a little bit of an edge. That is enough for me. 8. ... Nxe5 9. dxe5 Qxd1+ 10. Kxd1 O-O-O+ 11. Bd2 Bxe2+ 12. Kxe2 Nd7 13. f4 e6 14. Ne4 h6 15. Be3 Nb6? This move I think is the beginning of black's problems. 16. Rad1 Be7 17. g4 f6? The exchange of bishops is good for white. f6 also allows white to exchange the pawns but I could not decide if that is good. Komodo confirms that it is in fact better for white. 18. Bc5 Bxc5 19. Nxc5 Rde8 20. Rd4 When I could not decide if the exchange favored white or black I decided to allow a trade on e4 and then guard the f4 square from rook intusion. 20. ... Rhf8 21. Rhd1 Nd5 22. Nxe6 I completely missed the reply 22. ... Nxf4!  when black isn't winning but is definitely back in the game. 22. ... Rxe6 This passive recapture leads to the lost endgame. 23. Rxd5 Rfe8 24. Kf3 fxe5 25. f5 e4+ 26. Ke3 Rc6 27. R1d2 g6 28. fxg6 Rxg6 29. Rf2 Rd6 30. Rxd6 cxd6 31. c4 b5?! with his time running low black is trying anything. Many paths win for white in this endgame. I choose a simple path that doesn't grab the b-pawn but it is possible to take it and win. 32. Rf4 Kd7 33. Rxe4 Rxe4+ 34. Kxe4 bxc4 35. Kd5 Ke7 36. Kxc4 Kf6 37. h4 Ke5 38. g5 hxg5 39. hxg5 Ke4 40. g6 d5+ 41. Kc3 Ke3 42. g7 d4+ 43. Kc2 Ke2 44. g8=Q d3+ 45. Kb1 d2 46. Qg2+ Ke1 47. Qg1+ Ke2 48. Kc2 Since we are both short of time here I think black is wise to play on in the lost position. After all, there is a chance I may have played Kd1?? here giving black a comfortable queen and pawn draw. 1-0

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