[Event "WECU Championship (Exmouth)"] [Site "?"] [Date "2001.04.13"] [Round "1"] [White "Jack Rudd"] [Black "Ian George"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C11"] [Annotator "George, Ian"] [PlyCount "85"] [EventDate "2001.??.??"] {Imaginative play from Jack Rudd, featuring a positional king march to g7 in a crowded middle game position.} 1. Nc3 d5 2. e4 e6 3. d4 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Nce2 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. f4 Qa5 8. dxc5 Qxc5 9. Nf3 Qb6 10. Ned4 Bc5 11. a3 Bxd4 $2 ({ Perhaps} 11... h6 12. b4 Be7 13. Bd3 O-O {is objectively better but, having played Jack several times before, defending the inevitable king's side attack did not appeal. White has a clear advantage. Later in the game black will suffer from the weakness on the black squares.}) 12. cxd4 Ne7 13. b4 a6 14. Be3 Nf5 15. Bf2 h5 16. g3 a5 17. b5 a4 18. Bd3 Qa5+ 19. Kf1 Nb6 20. Qe2 Bd7 21. Rb1 Rc8 22. Kg2 Nc4 23. Ng5 g6 24. Bxc4 Rxc4 25. Ne4 Qc7 26. Nf6+ Ke7 27. Rhd1 Rc8 28. Qb2 {I have no idea if this was a blunder (I thought so at the time). Having lost material Jack's subsequent play is impressive.} Ne3+ (28... Rc2 29. Qb4+ $18) 29. Bxe3 Rc2+ 30. Bd2 Rxb2 31. Rxb2 Qc4 $2 ({White would like to play } 31... Kf8 {but} 32. Rc1 Qd8 33. Ba5 $1 Qxa5 34. Nxd7+ Ke8 35. Rxc8+ Kxd7 36. Rbc2 {wins for white. After the move played the king can't go to f8 while the bishop is undefended. This allows white to execute the winning king march to g7 unopposed. The best move is}) (31... b6 {(preventing Ba5)} 32. f5 gxf5 33. Bg5 Kf8 {after which I can't see a win for either side.}) 32. Kh3 b6 33. Kh4 $1 Kd8 {The black queen does nothing useful on c4 and should be defending the bishop in order to allow ...Kf8.} 34. Bb4 Bxb5 35. Kg5 $1 Be8 36. Kh6 Qc6 37. Bd6 b5 38. Kg7 {The king reaches its destination. White had foreseen this a few moves ago and has been following a coherent plan, while black only saw white's idea when it was too late to counter it. His play in the last few moves has been aimless, having nothing to do with the demands of the position.} Qb7 39. Rdb1 Bc6 40. h3 Qa7 41. Rb4 Be8 ({Loses instantly but} 41... Ra8 42. Rc1 Qb7 43. Rb2 Rc8 44. Rbc2 {is no better.}) 42. Nxe8 Kxe8 43. Rxb5 1-0
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