[Event "Jersey Masters"] [Site "?"] [Date "2013.03.09"] [Round "7"] [White "Lawrence Trent, IM.."] [Black "Ian Clark"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B52"] [WhiteElo "2427"] [BlackElo "2050"] [Annotator "Ian / Martin "] [PlyCount "83"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [SourceVersionDate "2019.03.01"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. O-O Nc6 6. c3 g6 {Ian questioned whether he should play Nf6 first?} 7. d4 cxd4 8. cxd4 Bg7 9. Nc3 e6 {Ian felt this was another weak move as it would appear he has given White easy play by not challenging White's centre.} 10. Re1 Rd8 {Ian's king is currently stuck in the centre so Lawrence's next move makes a lot of sense aimed at creating threats in the centre.} 11. d5 $1 Ne5 12. Nxe5 dxe5 13. Bg5 Bf6 14. Be3 Ne7 15. Qf3 Bg7 {Looking at this position White has the better development, better centre and can win a pawn (on a7).} 16. dxe6 Qxe6 17. Bc5 { But White does not want the pawn. He prefers a dominant knight on d5!} b6 18. Bxe7 Qxe7 19. Nd5 {White's game is strategically won.} Qd6 20. Rec1 O-O 21. Rc6 $1 {Nice move!} Qd7 ({If} 21... Qxc6 22. Ne7+) 22. Rac1 f5 $1 {Ian's comment here is that drastic action is needed and this is when he is at his most dangerous.} 23. Qb3 Kh8 24. Rc7 Qe6 ({The cheeky} 24... Rc8 {could have been tried. You never know, White may have played} 25. Rxd7 Rxc1+ 26. Qd1 Rxd1#) 25. Re7 Rc8 {Ian now tries this cheeky move!} 26. Rf1 Qd6 27. Qa4 $2 {Ian notes that White's last move is a simple error.} (27. Rxa7 {looks obvious and best.}) 27... fxe4 {The position is now almost equal. At least Ian is back in the game due to the open lines for his rooks.} 28. Rd7 ({Perhaps Lawrence thought he could play} 28. Qxa7 {but after} Ra8 29. Qb7 Rfb8 30. Qd7 Qxd7 31. Rxd7 Rxa2 { Ian is not without his chances.}) 28... Qe6 29. Ne3 a5 30. Rb7 Rf7 {Ian offers a draw here which is not surprisingly turned down!} 31. Rxf7 Qxf7 $11 {Ian has really fought his way back into this game (as he always does - a very tricky player!) This must have been very frustrating for Lawrence.} 32. b3 Rd8 $2 { But here Ian goes wrong. His pawn on e4 is a thorn in White's position and Ian should not have let it go so easily.} (32... Qb7 $1 {would therefore have been better.}) 33. Qxe4 Rd2 {This was the active move Ian was relying on but White finds the right plan.} 34. Nc4 $1 Rxa2 35. Nxe5 Qe8 $2 {This falls to a simple crushing tactic. Ian notes that he may have have relaxed too soon.} (35... Qf5 36. Qa8+ Qf8 37. Qd5 Re2 38. Nf7+ Kg8 {may hold but who would want to walk into a discovered check?}) 36. Nxg6+ $1 {The point. There is a discovered attack on Black's queen which forces the reply.} Qxg6 37. Qa8+ Bf8 38. Qxf8+ Qg8 39. Qf6+ Qg7 40. Qd8+ Qg8 41. Qf6+ Qg7 42. Qxb6 {The time control has been reached and White is a safe 2 pawns up so Ian resigned. Ian was a bit unlucky as he played the early middlegame well.} 1-0