[Event "Robertson Cup"] [Site "?"] [Date "2023.01.30"] [Round "?"] [White "Fuller, David"] [Black "Redmill, Simon"] [Result "*"] [ECO "B00"] [PlyCount "75"] [EventDate "2023.??.??"] [SourceVersionDate "2019.03.01"] 1. e4 {Simon and I had drawn a rather bland Exchange French the previous week. Now my turn with the White pieces.} b6 {Blast. What to do now?} 2. d4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb7 4. Nf3 Bb4 5. Bd3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 d6 7. O-O Nd7 8. Re1 e5 {I was sort of happy here, but couldn't think of a clear plan.} 9. Bg5 f6 10. Bd2 Qe7 11. Qe2 a5 12. d5 {Trying to play against the Bb7, but not right to release the tension. Still no idea re a plan.} g5 {Agressive.} 13. Bb5 {Considering Nxg5} Kf7 14. Nxg5+ {Don't need to be invited twice. I wasn't happy with my position, still couldn't think of a reasonable plan, and was down to my last 35mins. Good practical chances I felt.} fxg5 15. Qh5+ Kf8 16. Bxd7 (16. Bxg5 Ndf6 { Didn't seem right to let the Nd7 help defend}) 16... Qxd7 17. Re3 Qe8 (17... g4 {I was also worried about this but planned f4} 18. f4 Nf6 19. Qh4 Nxe4 { I didn't see this though} 20. Rxe4 Bxd5 21. Ree1 Qe7 22. Qh6+ {with a long line which ends roughly equal} (22. Qxg4 Rg8 23. Qf5+ Qf7 24. Qxf7+ Kxf7 25. g3 {with a long line with Black much better})) (17... h6 {Hoping Black wouldn't spot this line getting the rook out to help with the pin after Bxg5 failing to Qe8.} 18. Rf3+ Kg7 19. Bxg5 Qe8) 18. Rf3+ Kg7 19. Qxg5+ Qg6 20. Qh4 {Nicely winning the Queen for Rook. What can go wrong?} Nf6 21. Rg3 Raf8 {Time to 10m (+10s inc).} 22. f4 {Blimey! I thought I had thown the game away missing the obvious Nxe4, but the computer tells me its just +7ish to +3ish.} (22. Bh6+ { I looked at this line but couldn't see the a clear way to an easy win. It all seems too messy.} Kf7 23. Bxf8 Qh5 24. Qxh5+ Nxh5 25. Rf3+ {Peter pointed it out afterwards.} (25. Rg5 {This also is winning.} Nf4 26. Bh6 Ne2+ 27. Kf1 Nxc3 28. Rg7+) 25... Nf6 26. Bh6 {Exchange and pawns up.}) 22... Nxe4 23. Rxg6+ { Bailing out low on time.} hxg6 24. Qe1 Nxd2 25. Qxd2 Rxf4 26. g3 Rf5 {Not best as it creates complications later} (26... Rc4 27. Rf1 Rc5 28. Qg5 {Is best when White has to drop the d-pawn and win with an attack on the kingside. I would have been very nervous.}) 27. Rf1 Rhf8 (27... Rxf1+ {is probably best. White retains winning chances but it is a tough position for both sides.} 28. Kxf1 Ba6+ 29. Ke1 Rf8 (29... Bc4 30. a4 Rf8 31. Qg2 Rf1+ 32. Kd2 Rf7 33. Qe4 Rf2+ 34. Kc1 {with the idea of pushing the kingside pawns and going after the c7 pawn if given a chance.}) 30. c4 $1 Bxc4 31. Qc3 b5 32. a4 Rf7 33. axb5 Bxb5 34. Qxa5 {is better for White but there is a long way to go}) 28. Rxf5 Rxf5 29. c4 {This is the crucial tempo.} Bc8 30. Kg2 Bd7 31. c5 {Should have been played last move, but I was rushing. (Time = 5m). White opens up the Black position to eat pawns (hopefully).} dxc5 (31... bxc5 {This gets complicated...} 32. Qxa5 Rf7 33. a4 Kf8 34. Qd2 {...but this sort of line seems OK (if you have time!)}) 32. d6 c6 {This move is why c5 should have been made before Bd7 could be played, preventing d7.} 33. Qe2 b5 34. g4 {Grabbing that e-pawn} Rg5 ( 34... Rf6 35. Qxe5 Bxg4 36. Kg3 Be6 37. Qxc5) 35. h3 {And/or trapping the Rook. } Be6 36. Qd2 {I nice echo of Qe2 winning the Rook or Queening the d-pawn.} Kf6 (36... Bd5+ {I wonder if Black saw this but then realised...} 37. Qxd5 cxd5 38. d7 {... and the pawn queens, with some easy tidying up to be done.}) 37. d7 Bxg4 38. d8=Q+ {... and Black Resigned. A nice geometric position.} *