[Event "Peninsular Cup Final"] [Site "?"] [Date "2020.02.26"] [Round "?"] [White "Groves, Barry"] [Black "Johnson, Iain"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B07"] [Annotator "Damian"] [PlyCount "110"] {[%evp 0,110,16,16,76,77,82,95,116,86,73,73,66,53,75,18,14,11,25,11,49,56,35, 35,31,17,10,-2,54,66,80,25,55,12,46,2,2,-25,-31,-15,-50,-51,-42,-46,-60,-74, -62,-78,-101,-99,-88,-101,-79,-69,-61,-55,-65,-65,-59,-65,-72,-66,-66,-113, -126,-134,-104,-115,-127,-150,-120,-216,-200,-199,-199,-240,-299,-354,-373, -356,-376,-376,-346,-483,-277,-353,-174,-162,-199,-199,-167,-252,-234,-372, -357,-354,-290,-303,-349,-366,-407,-417,-433,-451,-474,-528,-565,-571,-594, -638,-711,-746,-438]} 1. e4 d6 2. Nc3 a6 3. d4 b5 {Iain sets up his favourite queenside structure, with a slight change in the move order from his previous games} 4. a3 {wasting a whole tempo like this on a3 feels like an overreaction and a justification of blacks early b5. Bd3 for example seems far more natural. } Nd7 5. Nf3 Bb7 6. g3 e5 7. Bg2 Ngf6 8. d5 Be7 9. O-O O-O 10. Nh4 g6 11. Bh6 Re8 12. h3 Bf8 {of course black would be delighted to trade bishops} 13. Qd2 Nh5 (13... Bxh6 14. Qxh6 {would have been a tempting positional option given the pawn structure but Iain is no doubt playing for more then equality.}) 14. Nf3 Qf6 15. Ne2 Nc5 16. Nh2 Nf4 17. Bxf4 {this looks like the worst option as white will miss the dark squared bishop. The inbetween move Ng4 looks stronger} (17. Ng4 Nxe2+ 18. Qxe2 Qe7 {with a balanced game}) 17... exf4 18. Nc3 h5 { black begins his kingside play it feels like Black has achieved an edge as White has no obvious counterplay} 19. Qxf4 Qxf4 20. gxf4 Bg7 21. Rfe1 Re7 22. Nf1 Rae8 23. f3 {? even more dark squares are weakened after this} Bxc3 24. bxc3 Bxd5 {not only does this move win a pawn it solves the problem of how was Black to bring this last remaining bad piece into the game} ({or even was also very strong} 24... f5) 25. Ne3 Be6 26. Kf2 Na4 27. f5 gxf5 28. exf5 Bc4 29. Nxc4 bxc4 30. Rxe7 Rxe7 31. Re1 Rxe1 32. Kxe1 Nxc3 33. f4 {activating the bishop but there will be no stopping the extra central pawns} Kg7 34. h4 Kf6 35. Bh3 d5 36. Kf2 d4 {Black is clearly winning,} 37. Bf1 Nd1+ 38. Ke1 Ne3 39. Be2 Nxc2+ 40. Kd2 Ne3 41. Bxh5 Nxf5 (41... c3+ 42. Kd3 c5 43. Bd1 c4+ {would have ended the game slightly earlier}) 42. Be2 Nxh4 43. Bxc4 a5 44. Kd3 Nf5 45. Bd5 c5 46. Bb3 Nd6 47. Ke2 Kf5 48. Kf3 c4 49. Ba4 Ke6 50. Ke2 Kd5 51. Kf3 f6 52. Bd7 c3 53. Ke2 Ke4 54. Bc6+ Kxf4 55. Kd3 Ke5 {white resigns} 0-1