[Event "Peninsular Cup Final"] [Site "?"] [Date "2020.02.26"] [Round "?"] [White "Lyon, Keith"] [Black "Cole, Steve"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B92"] [Annotator "Steve Cole"] [PlyCount "76"] {[%evp 0,76,58,6,86,76,109,86,88,51,51,33,65,55,35,24,55,50,50,22,27,9,16,-3, 28,45,44,-3,37,27,48,21,53,20,70,32,38,36,40,-12,8,-16,3,-66,-66,-66,-27,-27, -27,-77,3,3,0,0,0,-2,20,-64,-64,-81,-107,-112,-128,-462,-439,-1254,-500,-498, -520,-520,-522,-746,-654,-29979,-29980,-29981,-29982,-29983,-29984]} {I remember playing Keith a couple of years ago also in the Peninsula Cup Final, We had a very close encounter but I allowed myself to get very short on time, and eventually lost, this loss handed St Helens the cup. So hopefully this time I could avoid the same fate} 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Be3 Nbd7 9. Qd2 Be7 10. f3 Rc8 11. g4 {The Najdorf Sicilian - English attack, all book so far, the normal move here s 11.. ..b5 and we have a double edged attack white throwing pawns down the kingside black down the queenside} h6 12. h4 b5 13. a3 Bc4 14. Kf2 {This move came as a complete surprise to me I had expected 14.0-0-0. It connects the rooks but white now cannot open lines on the kingside with his king on that side.} Nb6 15. Na5 Nfd7 16. Kg3 Qc7 {the last few moves were all logical but I was beginning to feel that I was losing control of the position. I felt that White was clearly better here. 17.Nxc4 Nxc4 18.Bxc4 bxc4 and white establishes a knight on d5 and black will have a very uncomfortable time defending. Fortunately, White chooses a different path} 17. Rad1 Bxe2 18. Qxe2 O-O { A big sigh of relief. Black can safely castle as the white kings position makes it unlikely that any assault on the kingside will work - I was feeling much better about my position. The computer agrees the position is level} 19. Rd2 Nc5 20. Rhd1 Rfd8 21. b4 {White offered a draw here. If he had offered a draw a move earlier I probably would have accepted but the move b4 weakens whites queenside pawns I thought black has a slight edge now - the computer confirms this view} Nca4 22. Bxb6 {forced} Nxb6 23. Nd5 Nxd5 24. exd5 Qc3 { ?! Time was now becoming a factor in the game - I rushed this move thinking my queen would be blockaded by the knight jumping into c6. However although it looks well placed on c6 the knight is not a problem. Black should play 24... Rf8 and start breaking up the white defences on the kingside. Keith was now in time trouble.} 25. Nc6 Re8 26. Qd3 Qxd3 27. Rxd3 Bf6 28. Rc1 {? A mistake in time trouble. White has to stop black infiltrating down the e file with Re1} e4 29. fxe4 Rxe4 30. Rf3 Rce8 31. Rf4 {?? In time trouble white blunders, now black wins comfortably} Bxh4+ 32. Kf3 Re3+ 33. Kg2 Re2+ 34. Kg1 Bg5 35. Rff1 R8e4 36. Rcd1 Rxg4+ 37. Kh1 Rh4+ 38. Kg1 {Not one of my better games, but in the end time was ultimately white's downfall} Be3+ {White resigns} 0-1