Games
[Event "Berks & Bucks Congress"] [Site "?"] [Date "1993.??.??"] [Round "5"] [White "Holt, P."] [Black "Cooksey, P."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B21"] [Annotator "MJDonnelly"] [PlyCount "67"] [EventDate "1993.??.??"] [SourceVersionDate "2008.05.10"] {[%evp 0,67,23,23,51,37,38,7,28,27,15,15,7,15,37,-8,-1,-16,-16,-16,-22,-47,35, 15,32,11,18,13,-21,-30,-36,-32,11,-23,-19,-30,13,-8,-32,-56,-57,-89,-89,-80, -57,-44,-37,-49,-46,-27,-28,-27,-43,-42,-11,-17,52,60,53,53,457,316,318,423, 440,508,486,486,638,638]} 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 (3... e5 {is viewed as a reliable reply by GM Sveshnikov as it may lead to several exchanges and an equal ending after} 4. cxd4 exd4 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Nxd4 Nf6 7. Nc3 Bb4 8. Nxc6 dxc6 9. Qxd8+ Kxd8 10. f3) 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Bc4 a6 7. Qe2 {Although play may transpose to normal lines this slightly early commitment of the queen puts Black more on his own resources even thought it releases, for the moment, pressure on the d-file. By far the most common move here is} (7. O-O) 7... Nge7 {A good reply whereas} (7... d6 8. O-O Be7 9. Rd1 Qc7 {would transpose to more standard lines where White has clearer compensation for the pawn.}) 8. Bf4 (8. Bg5 {is also worth considering although Black may gain time with} f6 ({or} 8... h6 {, but with a slight loosening in pawn structure in each case.})) 8... Ng6 9. Bg3 ({After} 9. Be3 {Black can more readily get away with} b5 10. Bb3 Bb7 { holding onto the pawn and allowing easy completion of development.}) 9... b5 10. Bd3 e5 {Whilst this cuts out e5 as a option for White, and is actually Ok for Black, it does leave d5 somewhat weak. Hence either 10...d6 or 10... Bb7 are more flexible.} 11. a4 b4 12. Nd5 Bc5 13. Rc1 d6 14. h3 {Obviously preventing Bg4 when a subsequent Nd4 could be problematic.} ({Surprisingly though} 14. h4 {aiming to attack the g6 knight could be a better, albeit much more complex, option eg} Bg4 15. h5 Nd4 16. Qf1 Nf4 (16... Ne7 17. Bh4 f6 18. Bxf6 gxf6 19. Nxf6+ Kf8 20. Nxg4 $16) (16... Nxf3+ 17. gxf3 Bxf3 18. hxg6 Bxh1 19. gxf7+ Kxf7 20. Qxh1 {is excellent for White.}) 17. Bxf4 exf4 (17... Nxf3+ 18. gxf3 Bxf3 19. Bxe5 $18) 18. Nxd4 Bxd4 {and White has play for the pawn.}) 14... O-O 15. O-O Qa5 16. Qd2 Be6 (16... Qxa4 {is weaker since after} 17. Ra1 Qb3 18. Rfc1 {underlines the shortage of squares available to the Black queen and allows White the option of playing Nxe5. For instance if now} Nd4 ({not} 18... Bb7 19. Bc4 $18) 19. Nxe5 ({but certainly not} 19. Bc4 $2 {when} Qxf3 { wins for Black.}) 19... Nxe5 20. Bxe5 dxe5 21. Rxc5 {with good play for the pawn.}) 17. Bc4 h6 18. b3 Qd8 {Black steadies the ship and threatens Na5 hence is better now.} 19. Qd3 Na5 20. Nd2 Nxc4 21. Nxc4 Bxd5 {Whilst eliminating the strongly placed knight this is a slight concession hence Black can consider playing more actively with Rc8 then Qg5.} 22. Qxd5 Ne7 23. Qd2 Qc7 24. Rfd1 Rfd8 25. Bh4 f6 26. Qd3 g5 {Again this is Ok and Black is still better even though a few weaknesses on the White squares result. Safer,though, was the solid} (26... Rac8) 27. Bg3 Qd7 $6 {Covering some weak white squares but Black begins to drift a little at this stage in the game. Again safest was Rac8, protecting c5, or just Kg7, removing the king from a possible check on c4.} 28. Nxe5 fxe5 29. Rxc5 Qb7 $2 {A clear error after which Black is lost as White can gain a decisive tempo to control the c-file.} (29... dxc5 {was just about playable. For example} 30. Qxd7 ({if} 30. Qc4+ {Black has the interesting} Nd5 (30... Kf8 {is worst as Black's weak pawns fall after} 31. Rxd7 Rxd7 32. Bxe5 $18) 31. Rxd5 Qf7 {although White has sufficient play for the exchange after} 32. Qxc5) 30... Rxd7 31. Rxd7 Nc6 32. Rc7 Na5 33. Rxc5 Nxb3 {and Black is holding even if White wins a pawn with} 34. Rxe5 Rc8 {due to good piece activity and a passed b-pawn.}) 30. Qc4+ Kf8 ({or} 30... Kg7 31. Rc7 {quickly decides as White wins material with} Rac8 32. Rxb7 Rxc4 33. bxc4) 31. Rc7 Qb6 32. Rd3 {Now Black is defenceless once the rook joins the attack.} d5 ({ Black is unable to block the check on f3 with} 32... Ng6 {and Nf4 due simply to } 33. Qf7#) 33. exd5 Rac8 34. Rf3+ ({After} 34. Rf3+ {Black cannot avoid heavy material loses or mate} Ke8 35. d6 Rxc7 (35... Qxd6 36. Qf7#) 36. Qf7+ Kd7 37. Qxe7+ Kc8 38. dxc7) 1-0