Games
[Event "Manchester League A, Bd1"] [Site "?"] [Date "1981.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Donnelly, M.J."] [Black "Rayner, F."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B21"] [Annotator "MJDonnelly"] [PlyCount "48"] [EventDate "1981.??.??"] [SourceVersionDate "2008.05.10"] {[%evp 0,48,28,34,41,29,37,-6,18,13,28,19,15,8,8,15,56,21,14,0,-5,-3,-1,-21,-5, -24,-16,-32,11,30,30,22,22,-5,0,-44,-25,-28,-33,-20,0,14,26,-9,-59,-4,102,189, 265,235,855]} 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 e6 (5... g6 { is the 2015 recommendation of GM Kotronias where the line analysed ends up equal following} 6. Bc4 Bg7 7. e5 Nh6 8. O-O O-O 9. Bf4) 6. Bc4 d6 7. O-O Nge7 {Regarded as the most accurate at the time this game was played based on a game played by the great Russian player and theoretician Estrin. Later still this was even regarded as almost a refutation of the Morra Gambit.} 8. Bg5 a6 ( {Black must tread carefully in this line without a6 since, for instance, if} 8... h6 9. Nb5 d5 10. Bf4 {wins outright.}) 9. Qe2 h6 10. Be3 Ng6 11. Rad1 ({ Instead} 11. Rfd1 b5 12. Bb3 Be7 13. Rac1 Bd7 14. Nd4 Nxd4 15. Rxd4 O-O { is good for Black as in Muchnik-Estrin, Moscow Ch 1962.}) 11... Be7 (11... Bd7 {is an intersting idea to reduce the pressure on the d-file.} 12. Nd4 Nxd4 13. Bxd4 Ne5 14. Bb3 Nc6 15. Be3 Be7 16. f4 O-O 17. Kh1 {but after} Qc7 {Black started to go astray and didn't last long after} 18. Rf3 Bf6 19. Qf2 Bxc3 20. bxc3 d5 21. Rg3 Kh8 22. f5 exf5 23. exd5 Ne5 24. d6 Qc8 25. Bxh6 {1:0 Blaux-Cursou, France 1983.}) 12. Nd4 (12. Na4 {was given by Flesch in his book on the Morra but after} b5 (12... O-O 13. Nb6 {gives decent play for the pawn as in Kuntze-Nordal, Webchess open 7, sf5, ICCF 2019.}) 13. Bb6 Qd7 14. Nc5 dxc5 15. Rxd7 Bxd7 {Black is Ok with a R, B and P for the queen.}) 12... O-O ( 12... Na5 {is risky due to} 13. Bxe6 fxe6 14. Qh5 O-O 15. Qxg6 Rf6 16. Qh5 { and White is better as in Rev-Atanaszov, HUN-Tch 1983.}) 13. f4 e5 14. Nxc6 bxc6 15. f5 Nf4 16. Qd2 (16. Qf3 Qa5 17. Kh1 Rb8 18. Bb3 {was good for White in Kocsis-Bai, HUNT-ch 2019 but Black has better in 16...Rb8.}) (16. Qg4 { was anaysed during the game but rejected due to} h5 17. Qf3 Bg5 18. Bxf4 Bxf4 19. Qxh5 Qb6+ 20. Kh1 Qxb2 21. Rf3 Qc2 {with the idea of d5.} 22. Rh3 Bh6 { but White can continue with a winning attack via} 23. Rg3 Qf2 24. Rf1 ({but not } 24. Qxh6 Qxg3 {and Black is better.})) 16... Rb8 17. Bb3 {Blocking the attack on b2 so still threatening Bxf4.} a5 18. Bxf4 exf4 19. Qxf4 Qc7 (19... Ba6 {gives Black a more active game after} 20. Rfe1 Rb4) 20. Qg3 Kh8 (20... Ba6 {now fails to} 21. f6 Bxf6 22. Rxf6 {netting a piece.}) 21. f6 Bxf6 22. Rxd6 Ba6 $2 {Missing White's next killing move.} ({Of course} 22... Be7 {loses the Black queen to} 23. Rxh6+) ({but} 22... Be6 {diminishing the action of the Bb3, and at the same time preventing a White rook access to h6, allows Black to just defend a rather unclear position following} 23. Rxf6 gxf6 24. Qf4 Kh7 25. e5 Qa7+ 26. Kf1 f5 27. Bc2 Rb4 28. Bxf5+ Kg7) 23. Rfxf6 gxf6 24. Qf4 Rfe8 $138 ({After playing} 24... Rfe8 {Black lost on time but his game is gone after} 25. Qxf6+ Kg8 26. Qg6+ Kf8 27. Qxh6+ Ke7 28. Rxc6 {winning more material and still the Black king will be hunted down in the centre of the board.}) 1-0