[Event "WDCL Div 1"] [White "Wall, Vaughan"] [Black "Maudsley, Keith"] [Site ""] [Round ""] [Annotator "Keith Maudsley"] [Result "0-1"] [Date "2019.10.22"] [PlyCount "82"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 0-0 5. e4 d6 6. h3 c5 7. Nge2 Nc6 8. d3 Bd7 9. 0-0 a6 10. Be3 Rb8 11. a4 Ne8 12. f4 f5 {f5 can be a useful way of blunting white's K-side push in closed Sicilian-type positions, but here it just creates a weakness on e6} ({better is} 12... Nc7 {and if} 13. d4 {then} cxd4 14. Nxd4 Ne6 15. Nde2 Na5 16. b3 b5 {with active play} )13. d4 cxd4 14. Nxd4 Nc7 15. exf5 gxf5 16. a5 Ne6 17. Bd5 Qc8 {Black has to spend time unscrambling his pieces} 18. Na4 Ncxd4 19. Bxd4 Kh8 20. Bxg7+ (20. Ba7 Bxa4 )Kxg7 21. Nb6 Qe8 22. Re1 Rf6 {Not only defending e6 but shielding the K on the long diagonal, and beginning to eye up white's K-side pawns} 23. Qb3 Nc5 24. Qe3 e6 {Finally beginning to push white's pieces back} 25. Qc3 Bc6 { Eliminating the dominant white bishop} 26. Bxc6 {Now the Knight on b6 struggles to get back into the game} ({I began to look briefly at the complications arising from} 26. Bxe6 Nxe6 27. Nd5 {before realising that 26...Ne4 makes that irrelevant} )bxc6 27. Rad1 Ne4 28. Qd3 Rg6 29. Re3 c5 {Limiting the white Q's range} 30. Rf1 Qe7 31. Kh2 h5 32. h4 Kf7 33. b3 {Hoping to have time to re-route the Knight without dropping the b-pawn} Rbg8 34. Rff3 Rg4 35. Rxe4 {Possibly the best practical option.} ({Not} 35. Kh3 Rxg3+ 36. Rxg3 Nf2+ )fxe4 36. Qxe4 {Which pawn to take?} Rxg3 (36... Rxh4+ 37. Kg2 {leads to similar play to the game. White will aim for f5 to open the position for Q checks. I just felt the open g-file and weak h-pawn should be fine, but neither is straightforward} (37. gxh4 Qxh4+ 38. Rh3 Qf2+ 39. Qg2 Qxg2# ))37. Qh7+ R8g7 38. Qxh5+ R3g6 39. f5 exf5 40. Rxf5+ Kg8 41. Qf3 ({Now I was expecting} 41. Rf2 {and wondering whether I had to exchange queens in order to escape checks, and go into a probably winning but drawn-out endgame. I began to look at} Qe8 42. Qd5+ Kh8 {before the game ended suddenly to White's Qf3??} )Qxh4+ {when White had to resign as it is mate in two.} 0-1