(11) Wall,Brian (2200) - Langseth,DuWayne (1832) [A05]
Pikes Peak Open (4), 03.08.2008

404MB, D3ZQ0VC1

1.Nf3 Nf6
This is normal.

This is not. As most of the players in the tournament could tell, I chuckled uncontrollably when it was played. I've seen Brian's email on the Penguin and was amused by it. But in the hands of a master, just about anything can be a serious weapon.

2...d5 3.d4 e6 4.Bf4 Be7 5.e3 0-0 6.g4 Nbd7
As Brian correctly noted after the game, I play this against just about any d4-based opening. I found it amusing and somewhat instructive that Rybka doesn't penalized White much at all for the displaced kingside rook.

7.c3 c5 8.Nbd2 b6 9.Bd3 c4 10.Bc2 Re8
I consider this my best move of the game. Rybka doesn't give it much credit and prefers b5, but this is the first move in setting up what should have been an impenetrable fortress.

11.h4 Nf8
I was proud of this move, in keeping out of the attack, but I should have focused on offense rather than defense by pushing the b-pawn.

12.h5 Bd6 13.Ne5
[Rybka suggests 13.g5 Nxh5 14.Bxd6 Qxd6 15.Ne5 g6 16.Qf3 Qe7 17.Ndxc4 Ba6 18.Nc6 Qc7 19.N4e5 Bb5 20.Nb4 a5 21.Bd3 Bxd3 22.Nbxd3 ]

Best according to the computer - get rid of that problem knight.

14.dxe5 N6d7 15.g5 g6 16.Qg4
[16.hxg6 fxg6 17.Nf3 Nc5 18.Nh2 Is unclear, but White seems to have the initiative.]

16...b5 17.Rh1 Qb6 18.a3 a5
We both played this series well. Brian pursues his attack and I defend, preparing my own.

19.Rh4 Re7 20.Ke2 Nc5 21.Qh3 Raa7
I have a rock solid fortress here and maybe e4 could have helped White crack it.

22.Nf3 b4
I begin my counter attack! For the first time, Rybka give me a slight advantage.

23.Rb1 Nb3
The computer does not like this move at all and prefers b3, but I stand by it and Rybka has yet to refute it.

I didn't even see this coming. When I realized that the knight was headed for f6, I was sweating. The 7 or 8 minutes I had on the clock at this point didn't help.

! The best defense is a good offense!

[25.hxg6 fxg6 26.a4 bxc3 27.bxc3 Qa3 28.Ng4 Qa2 29.Nf6+ Kh8 30.Kd1 Rab7 wins! the threat of Na1 is too much.; 25.Ng4 bxa3 26.bxa3 Qxa3 27.Nh6+ Kg7 28.hxg6 fxg6 29.Qf3 Qa2 30.Kd1 Na1 31.Rc1 Nxc2 32.Rxc2 Qb1+ 33.Kd2 a4 34.Bg3 Nd7 35.Rc1 Qb2+ 36.Kd1 a3 37.Rf4 Nxe5 38.Rf8 Qb3+ 39.Ke2 Qb2+ 40.Kd1 Black takes a perpetual draw here to avoid mate.; 25.Ng4 bxa3 26.Nh6+ Kg7 27.Bh2 Ba6 (27...a2 28.Qf3 Nd7 29.hxg6 fxg6 30.Rf4 ! mate in 9.) 28.hxg6 fxg6 29.bxa3 Qxa3 30.Kd1 a4 31.Qf3 Rf7 32.Nxf7 Rxf7 33.Rf4 Rxf4 34.Bxf4 Qc5 35.Rb2 Qa3 36.Rb1 Likely drawn.]

25...axb4 26.Ng4
[26.hxg6 fxg6 27.Ng4 bxc3 28.Nf6+ Kh8 29.bxc3 Ra2 30.Kd1 Rxc2 31.Kxc2 Qa7 ]

? The losing move. I thought I had time to take the bishop that was key to White's attack and I didn't. Black is winning after [26...bxc3 ! 27.Nf6+ (27.bxc3 Ra2 28.Kd1 Rxc2 29.Kxc2 Qa7 30.hxg6 fxg6 Black wins; 27.hxg6 fxg6 28.Nf6+ Kh8 29.bxc3 (29.Rh1 cxb2 30.Bxg6 Qc7 31.Bb1 c3 32.Rxh7+ Rxh7 33.Nxh7 Ba6+ 34.Kf3 Qxh7 35.Bxh7 Rxh7 36.Qxh7+ Nxh7 37.g6 Nd2+ 38.Kg3 c2 39.Rxh7+ Kg8 40.Bh6 c1Q 41.Rg7+ Kf8 42.Rf7+ Ke8 43.Rf8+ Kd7 44.g7 b1Q 45.g8Q Mate in 4 for Black.) 29...Ra2 30.Kd1 Rxc2 31.Kxc2 Qa7 32.e4 (32.Qf1 Rb7 33.Rb2 Qa3 34.Qb1 Na1+ ) 32...d4 33.cxd4 Nxd4+ Black wins; But best for White and perhaps the KEY variation here is this outrageous 27.Bh2 !! 27...d4 28.Nh6+ ! 28...Kg7 29.exd4 Nxd4+ 30.Rxd4 Qxd4 31.Rd1 Qxd1+ 32.Kxd1 Ra1+ 33.Ke2 cxb2 34.Qf3 Nd7 35.Qc6 Re8 36.Ng4 Rc1 37.Be4 c3 38.Nf6 Rg8 39.Nxg8 c2 40.Qxc8 Re1+ 41.Kf3 c1Q 42.h6+ Kh8 43.Qe8 Qd1+ 44.Kg3 Qb3+ 45.Kg2 Qb8 46.Qxf7 Qxg8 47.Qxd7 b1Q 48.Bxb1 Rxb1 49.Qe7 Qa8+ 50.f3 Rb2+ 51.Kg3 Rb7 52.Qxe6 After all of that, with best play by both sides it's a likely draw!) 27...Kh8 28.bxc3 (28.hxg6 fxg6 29.bxc3 Ra2 30.Kd1 Rxc2 31.Kxc2 Qa7 Black wins) 28...Ra2 29.Kd1 Rxc2 30.Kxc2 Qa7 Black wins]

27.Nf6+ Kh8 28.Nxh7 Nxh7 29.hxg6 fxg6 30.Bxg6
Black is toast.

30...bxc3 31.Bxh7 Rxh7 32.g6 Rxh4 33.Qxh4+ Kg8 34.Rh1 Kf8 35.Qh8+ 1-0