[Event "Paignton"] [Site "Paignton"] [Date "2017.09.09"] [Round "7"] [White "Fraser, John"] [Black "Waddington"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C40"] [Annotator "Waddington,Mike"] [PlyCount "124"] [EventDate "2001.07.30"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCountry "ENG"] {The last round of Paignton and I am paired with a player who has had an excellent week, not losing a game and is 1/2 a point ahead of me. Therefore I go to my favourite if extremely dodgy Latvian gambit which has made me a lot of money in last round shootouts.} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. Nxe5 Qf6 4. Nc4 fxe4 5. Nc3 Qg6 6. d3 Bb4 7. Bd2 Bxc3 8. Bxc3 Nf6 9. Bxf6 gxf6 $2 {I really should cut my losses with Qxf6 but then what have I got for a pawn? Not much.} 10. Ne3 Kd8 $6 {still following my game with Haria from the British which my opponent knew.} 11. dxe4 Qxe4 12. Bd3 Qb4+ 13. c3 $1 {Played fast which meant I was still in his prep.} Qxb2 {I might as well try to get something for my unenviable position. In the Haria game I played Qf4.} 14. O-O Qxc3 15. Rc1 Qe5 16. Nf5 $1 {An excellent square but at least he was slowing down as he tried to make each move count.} Re8 17. Qd2 c6 18. Rfe1 Qd5 19. Rxe8+ Kxe8 20. Qc3 $1 {He was spoilt for choice as there are so many good moves here. But again I noticed the amount of time taken.} Kd8 21. Qxf6+ Kc7 22. Nd4 $6 {Not quite as accurate as Ng7 and Ne8+} a6 $1 {A good move in a difficult situation. I cannot allow Nb5+ with Nd6 to follow.} 23. Bxh7 {Added to all my other woes I now have to worry about an h pawn rolling down the board.} d6 24. Qg7+ Kb6 $2 ( 24... Nd7) 25. Rb1+ Ka7 26. Qc7 {Played quickly I think he thought that's that. } Qxd4 27. Qxc8 Qg7 28. Bf5 Qe7 $1 29. h4 c5 $1 30. h5 Nc6 $1 {and somehow I have developed. I deserve a medal! To be serious just hanging in there, finding only moves has taken some of the wind out of my opponent's sails and as we near the time control at move 40 he becomes desperately short of time in his bid to finish the game.} 31. Qe6 Qf8 32. Qd7 Rb8 33. Be4 Nb4 $5 34. a3 d5 $1 {giving the opponent options. He may choose the wrong one!} 35. axb4 $6 { The wrong one.} (35. Bf3 $1) 35... dxe4 36. bxc5 $2 (36. b5 $1) 36... Qxc5 { I am back in the game.The position may still be favourable for white but psychologically it has gone. Before white had no worries. Now e3 may be a problem and h5 is hanging.} 37. Qh3 Rf8 38. Qe3 Qxe3 $1 39. fxe3 Rf5 $1 { Now he cannot protect both his connected passers.} 40. Rb4 (40. g4 Rg5) 40... Rxh5 {reaching the time control with a much rosier outlook.} 41. Rxe4 b5 42. g4 Rg5 43. Kf2 a5 44. Ke2 Kb6 45. Rf4 a4 46. Kd3 Ka5 (46... Rc5 $1 {The cut-off.}) 47. Kc3 Rc5+ 48. Kb2 Re5 49. Rf3 Kb4 $2 (49... Re4 $1 50. g5 Rg4 51. Rf5 Rg3 52. Re5 {and white is tied up.}) 50. Rf4+ Ka5 51. Rf3 Rg5 52. Rf4 Rg8 53. Kc3 Rc8+ 54. Kb2 Rh8 $1 55. Rf5 Rh2+ 56. Ka3 Rd2 57. Re5 Rd3+ 58. Ka2 Kb4 59. Re4+ Kc3 60. Ka3 $2 Rd1 61. Ka2 b4 62. Rxb4 Kxb4 {These are always the best games to win. Being on the ropes for so long I deserved the £200 for finishing 3rd.} 0-1