[Event "GBR-ch 103rd"] [Site "Bournemouth"] [Date "2016.08.03"] [Round "9"] [White "Clark, Ian C"] [Black "Dalton, Joseph"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B06"] [WhiteElo "1963"] [BlackElo "1928"] [Annotator "peter"] [PlyCount "95"] [EventDate "2016.07.25"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceVersionDate "2019.03.01"] 1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nf3 d6 4. Bc4 a6 5. a4 b6 6. O-O e6 7. Bg5 Ne7 8. Nbd2 Nd7 9. Qe2 h6 10. Be3 {We have a classic Hippo - see Animal Openings!} O-O 11. Rad1 Bb7 12. Rfe1 Kh7 13. c3 d5 14. exd5 Nxd5 15. Bd3 Qe7 16. Nf1 c5 17. Bc1 cxd4 18. Nxd4 Nc5 19. Bc2 Rfd8 20. Ng3 {The position is level but black now rashly goes after white's a-pawn. Ian responds by going after black's king!} Qe8 21. f4 Nxa4 22. f5 (22. Qf2 $16 Nc5 (22... Qd7 23. f5 exf5 24. Ngxf5 $18) 23. f5 $16) 22... Naxc3 23. fxg6+ fxg6 24. bxc3 Nxc3 25. Qg4 Nxd1 26. Nxe6 { [#] There is complete carnage in the position. The computer unbelievably assesses this position as approximately equal. To the human eye anything can happen, though probably most players would take White here. Ian plays the rest of the game very accurately, whereas his opponent understandably makes a few errors in this very complicated situation.} Bd4+ 27. Kf1 Qf7+ $16 {Natural, but gives white the advantage} (27... Bc8 $11 {!} 28. Ng5+ Kg7 $1 29. Qxd1 (29. Nh5+ gxh5 30. Ne6+ Kh8 31. Qf4 Qb5+ (31... Bg7 $11) 32. Re2 Bg7 33. Nxg7 Qg5 34. Ne8 Qxf4+ 35. Bxf4 Bg4 (35... Be6 $11) 36. Be5+ Kg8 37. Bb3+ Kh7 38. Bc2+ { is a near forced drawing line}) 29... Qf8+ 30. Nf3 a5 {is level according to our silicon friends}) 28. Nf4 Rg8 29. Rxd1 {Now Black should play 29... Rac8 according to our silicon friend. This is because the exchange of the Bishops (d4 v c2) favours Black and if the Bishop on c2 moves then the c1 Bishop is exposed if White chooses to capture on d4, therefore Black has gained some time. However, this is hard to see.} Rad8 {[#]} (29... Rac8 $16) 30. Nge2 $1 { Excellent} Bf6 (30... Bc8 $1 31. Qg3 Bf6 32. Rxd8 Bxd8 33. h4 Bf5 {the merit of 30...Bc8 is revealed} 34. Bb3 Qg7 35. Bxg8+ Kxg8 {black has two pawns for the piece and has some practical survival chances}) 31. Rxd8 Bxd8 32. h4 $1 { And now it is too late for black to play Bc8. Ian is playing exceptionally well and it is obvious to see that White now has a clear advantage as the Black King is so vulnerable to the fantastically positioned Bishops on c2 and c1. Perhaps this is why one of them needed to be exchanged (see earlier comment).} Bc7 33. h5 Bxf4 34. hxg6+ Rxg6 35. Bxf4 (35. Nxf4 {looks like a quicker route to victory and may well have caused instant resignation. However, white is still winning comfortably.}) 35... Bd5 36. Kg1 Be6 {[#] It is impressive how over the next few moves Ian is not in a hurry to grab the material back.} 37. Qh5 Kg7 38. Be5+ Rf6 {Black is in a complete mess. The White Bishops are just so dominant.} 39. Nf4 Kf8 40. Bg6 Rxg6 41. Nxg6+ Ke8 42. Qxh6 Qf5 43. Qh8+ Kd7 44. Nf4 Kc6 {Ian finds the right way to finish off the game.} 45. Qe8+ $1 Bd7 46. Qa8+ $1 Kb5 47. Qd5+ Ka4 48. Qc4+ {forcing a quick mate} 1-0