### (1) Donnelly,M.J (2362) - Pyrich,G (2377) [C35]

Reg Gillman Memorial Corr., 1999

* [M.J.Donnelly]*

**
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1.e4
e5
2.f4
Although I've previously played this gambit in otb games this was the first occasion I've played it in a correspondence game.

2...exf4
3.Nf3
Be7
4.Bc4
Nf6
A logical development move, revived by Kmoch after WW2, and just a bit more popular than the bishop check on h4. Also played here is the central break [4...d5
5.exd5
Nf6
6.Nc3
0-0
7.0-0
Bg4
8.d4
and Black has a decent game. Now the previously unplayed move 8...Bb4!?
deserved a better fate but did not work out after 9.Qd3
Bxc3
10.Qxc3
Ne4?
* (10...Nxd5!?
) *11.Qb3
with a decisive advantage 11...g5
* (*or if *11...Nd6
*then *12.Bxf4
*is very strong for White.*) *12.Ne5
Bh5
13.Qxb7
Nd7
14.Nc6
preventing Rb8 and defending d4 14...Qf6
15.Qxc7
and White won in a few more moves as Black has insufficient compensation for the two pawns in Donnelly-Dobedoe (R), Training game with clocks, Coventry 1990.]

5.e5
Ng4
Black can also choose between two other interesting knight moves: either [5...Nh5
; or 5...Ne4
These have been occasionally used by strong players such as Malaniuk in the first case, and Sokolov in the second case]

6.d4
There are numerous transpositional possibilities here depending on the order white plays d4, Nc3 and 0-0 each with subtle differences. For example, an early 0-0 allows Qe1+, if black plays as in the game, with Nh4 to follow hitting the bishop on f5.

6...d6
[6...d5
is the most usual line for black when play may continue 7.Bb3
* (7.exd6
*is a better option when the game can transpose to the main game but my opponent chose instead *7...Qxd6
*in a latter game Chazalette-Pyrich, NFL-ch ICCF 2011 or Black can enter complications with* (7...Bh4+
*as played a couple of times by Mark Hebden.*) *) 7...Bh4+
8.Kf1
b6
9.Bxf4
Ba6+-/+
is the well known game Kramer-Euwe, Match Holland 1941.]

7.exd6
Bxd6
8.Qe2+
Kf8
GM Gallagher in his opening book only comments here "Not recommended" but matters did not seem that simple at the time the main game was played. In fact, some 18 years later analysis published on the ChessBase web site indicates the move is fully playable. [8...Qe7
is more usual but then 9.Qxe7+
Kxe7
10.0-0
gives White the better ending as pointed out by Thomas Johansson in his fine book "The Kings Gambit for the Creative Aggressor.]

9.Nc3
[9.0-0
can transpose into the main game via 9...Nc6
10.Nc3
or lead to independent play with 10...h6
* (*or *10...Nxd4
11.Nxd4
Bc5
12.Rxf4
Bxd4+
13.Kh1
Nf6
14.Be3
Bxe3
15.Qxe3
*Riva-Trani, The Climb ICCF 1997.*; *as well as after *10...g5
11.Ne4
Be7
12.c3
f5
13.Nexg5
Bxg5
14.Nxg5
Qxg5
15.Bxf4
*Ninov-Georgiev, BUL-tch Plovdiv 2004.*) *11.Bd2
g5
12.Ne4
Bf5
Popovych-Flear, Benedictine open, Manchester 1982.]

9...Nc6
[9...Bf5
is also playable for Black but did not fare well in the following game after holding the pawn the f4 pawn more securely with g5 10.0-0
g5
11.h3
Nh6
12.h4
f6
13.hxg5
fxg5
14.Ne4
Bxe4
15.Qxe4
Nc6
16.d5
Na5
17.Nxg5
and White is winning as in Gallagher-Timmerman, Douai 1993.]

10.0-0
[10.Nd5
is recommended by Glaskov and Estrin but it seems to me that Black has a reasonable game after, for example, 10...Be6
since if 11.Nxf4
then 11...Bxc4
12.Qxc4
Qe7+
is good for Black. In addition, Black may even consider 10...g5 by analogy with the note on move 11.; 10.Bd2
with the idea of an early queen-side castling is an interesting possibility which I have discussed with Thomas Johansson but without agreeing on an assessment of the resulting position!]

10...Bf5
[10...Nxd4
11.Nxd4
Bc5
12.Rxf4!
Bxd4+
13.Kh1
Nf6
14.Qd3
is good for White a line suggested by Thomas Johansson in his book on the Kings Gambit and improves on the play in the Riva game given earlier.]

11.h3
[11.Nd5
is generally thought of as good for White but Glaskov and Estrin point out 11...g5!
and I could find no way for White to get a comfortable game.; 11.Bd2
Qf6
12.Rae1
Nxd4
13.Nxd4
Qxd4+
14.Kh1
g5
15.Nb5
Qb6
16.Bc3
f6
17.h3
h5
was Vega-Durao Sevilla Open 1999 but is an unconvincing offer of a second pawn even though White won.; 11.Ne4
is the other idea played by White and leads to unclear play after 11...Bxe4
* (*or *11...h6
12.c3
g5
** (*but not *12...Qe7
13.Nxd6
cxd6
14.Bxf4
Qxe2
15.Bxe2+/-
*Gabrieksen-Pedersen, Four Nations Tjele 1994.*) *) 12.Qxe4
Qf6
Melo-Verenhitach, corr Brazil CXEB 1995.]

11...Nf6
12.Nb5
Ne4
[12...a6
wastes a move and White is then better eg 13.Nxd6
Qxd6
14.c3
Ne4
* (14...Re8
15.Qd2
) *15.Ne5
* (15.Nh4
*is less clear due to *15...Ng3
16.Qf2
g5
** (*and not *16...Nxf1
17.Nxf5
Qg6
18.Qxf4+-
*and the knight is trapped.*) *) ]

13.Nxd6
Qxd6
[13...Ng3
allows White to instigate a range of interesting ideas some of which win outright. For example, 14.Qd2
* (*or *14.Nxf5
Nxe2+
15.Bxe2
g6
16.Nh6
*with 3 pieces for the Q+P and a strong attack.*; *and *14.Qd1
Nxf1
** (14...Qxd6
15.Re1
) *15.Nxf7+-
) 14...Nxf1
15.Qxf4+-
]

14.Bxf4
The point of White's play from move 11.

14...Qxf4
15.Ne5
Nxd4
[If 15...Qd2
16.Nxc6
Qxe2
17.Bxe2
bxc6
* (17...Ng3
18.Bc4
Nxf1
19.Rxf1
bxc6
20.Rxf5
f6
21.Rc5
*gives sufficient play for the exchange due to a lead in development and Black's poor pawn structure.*) *18.Rxf5
Ng3
19.Rf2+/-
]

16.Rxf4
Nxe2+
17.Bxe2
Nd6
18.Raf1
Increasing the pressure on f5, and indirectly f7, which can also be achieved by 18. Nc4. However, the tactical shot [18.Nxf7
doesn't work as Black is fine, for instance via 18...Kxf7
19.g4
Kf6
20.Raf1
g6
21.Bd3
Rhg8-/+
]

18...Be6
19.c4
[Alternatives favour black for example 19.Rxf7+
Nxf7
20.Nxf7
Bxf7
21.Bc4
Ke7
22.Rxf7+
Kd6
23.Rxg7
Rae8-/+
; or 19.Bg4
f5
* (19...Ke7
*is OK for White with decent play for the pawn eg *20.Bxe6
fxe6
21.c4
Rhf8
22.c5
Rxf4
23.Rxf4
Nf5
24.g4
) *20.Bxf5
Nxf5
21.g4
g6-/+
]

19...c5
[19...f6
20.c5
Nf7
21.Nxf7
Bxf7
* (21...Kxf7
22.Bh5+
g6
23.Bf3
*and White has the initiative for a pawn* (*the obvious *23.Rxf6+
*is not so good due to *23...Ke7
24.Bg4
Bf5-/+
** (*and not the pawn grab *24...Bxa2
25.R6f4+-
) *) ) 22.Bf3
with Ra4 to follow gives plenty of play for the pawn.]

20.b4
g5
[20...Rc8
defends c5 but then White can play 21.Bg4
Ke7
22.Nxf7
* (*not *22.Bxe6
fxe6
23.Nf7=
) *22...Nxf7
23.Bxe6
Kxe6
24.Rxf7
cxb4
25.Rxg7
Rxc4
26.Rxb7
with an edge in the double rooks ending.; Instead 20...cxb4
21.c5
Nf5
22.Rxf5
* (*and *22.c6
bxc6
23.Rxf5
Bxf5
24.Rxf5
f6
25.Nxc6
) *22...Bxf5
23.Rxf5
are both promising for White.]

21.Rf6
[After 21.Rf6
long analysis by both players had indicated, perhaps somewhat suprisingly, the position is roughly dynamically balanced where both parties seem in danger of losing! A draw was agreed at this point in the game. A brief summary of key lines indicates some of the complexities: 21...Ke7
22.Bg4
Ne4
23.R6f3
* (23.Rxf7+
*is another White option *23...Bxf7
24.Rxf7+
Kd6
25.Rf5
** (*or also *25.Nd3
cxb4
26.Rd7+
Kc6~~
) *25...Rhf8
26.bxc5+
Kc7
27.Nf3
h6
28.Rd5
Nf6
and now 29.Nd4
leads to very obscure complications.; Also rather obscure is 23.Rh6
cxb4
24.Re1
Nc3
25.Nxf7
Kxf7
26.Rhxe6
h5
27.Rf1+
Kg7
28.Re7+
Kg6
29.Bf5+
Kf6
30.Re6+©
) 23...Nd2
24.Rxf7+
Bxf7
25.Rxf7+
Kd6
26.Nd3
Nxc4
27.bxc5+
Kd5
28.Rxb7©
Sadly my opponent recently passed away and will sincerely be missed by many friends and chess players. George was always very objective and pleasant in his comments about our several correspondence games and was a Correspondence Chess International Master player of some note. He also did a tremendous amount of work in the sphere of Correspondence Chess organisation both for Scotland and also the ICCF. It was a genuine pleasure to meet him face to face for the first time at the ICCF Congress in Cardiff in 2015.] ** 1/2-1/2**