[Event "Highcliffe C vs Ringwood B"] [Site "?"] [Date "2023.02.13"] [Round "?"] [White "Salinger, Neil"] [Black "Ormesher, Richard"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D37"] [Annotator "peter"] [PlyCount "62"] [SourceVersionDate "2019.03.01"] 1. d4 e6 2. c4 c5 3. e3 {Seems a bit tame} Nf6 4. Nc3 d5 {Reluctantly - can we start again please!} 5. Nf3 Nbd7 {Desperate to avoid copy-cat} 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Bd3 c4 {Probably wrong but it worked out ok} 8. Bc2 Bd6 9. O-O O-O 10. b3 Nb6 11. bxc4 Nxc4 {Now it’s no longer boring - we have a game} ({After} 11... dxc4 {White can play} 12. e4 {with a big advantage}) 12. Bb3 Qa5 {Preventing 13.Nxd5 Nxd5 14.Bxc4} 13. Qc2 (13. Nxd5 Qxd5 {followed by b5 leaves Black ahead }) 13... b5 14. Bxc4 dxc4 {I thought this was stronger than taking with the b-pawn as e4 is unavoidable anyway} 15. a3 (15. e4 {seems much stronger}) 15... b4 16. e4 Bb7 {I had my eye on h2 so I wanted to remove the N on f3 and keep my dark squared B on the board. Although b3 is tempting it doesn’t seem to achieve much.} 17. e5 Bc7 18. exf6 Bxf3 19. gxf3 {I didn’t expect this but I was glad of it!} Qh5 {The action changes wings} 20. f4 Qg4+ 21. Kh1 Qf3+ 22. Kg1 bxc3 {I wanted to play gxf6 then Kh8 and Rg8 but it’s too slow so this recovers the piece and retains an attack although I wasn’t keen to double my pawns} 23. fxg7 {Surely opening the g file simply helps my attack. Why not 23. Re1 follwed by Re3?} Kxg7 24. Qf5 {Looks strong but...} Rg8 25. Re1 Kh8+ { At this point I thought I was winning a rook after 26.Kf1 Qh1+ 27.Ke2 Re8+ but I overlooked 28.Be3. Thankfully I spotted this before my next move!} 26. Kf1 Rg6 {Preventing Qf6+ and preparing to double rooks with the threat of mate on g1} 27. Re3 Qd1+ 28. Re1 c2 (28... Rg1+ {Wins. I’d looked at this possibility a couple of moves back but not seen all the variations. I decided that c2 was winning anyway and sought to gain time on the clock, analysing Rg1 while my opponent’s clock was ticking.}) 29. Bb2 {This rules out 29...Rg1 but 29.Be3 might have been better as it keeps an eye on d2. Obviously the discovered check must have been tempting!} Qd3+ {I wasn't keen to trade queens but the pawns become very strong} (29... Qf3 {is mey by} 30. Re3 ({Not} 30. Qxc2 {when} Qh1+ {wins e.g.} 31. Ke2 Re8+ 32. Kd2 Bxf4+)) 30. Qxd3 cxd3 { Undoubling the pawns} 31. d5+ Kg8 {White cannot defend against all the threats - 32...d2, 32...Bxf4 and 32...Ba5} 0-1