(1) Wood,Liz (1104) - Brown,Dean (1512) [B27]
Spring is Sprung (2), 26.04.2008



1.e4 c5 2.c3 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.Bc4 e6 5.0-0 Nc6 6.Re1 d6 7.d3 Nf6 8.Bg5 Qb6 9.Nbd2 Qxb2 10.Qb3
? A beautiful piece of art would have been Rb1!, a bit complex, but demonstrating a real purpose for allowing the theft of the b-pawn. Now, with some compensation, but not what could have been, White simplifies.

10...Qxb3 11.Bxb3 0-0 12.Rad1 Ng4 13.Bh4
No explanation here.

13...Bxc3 14.Re2 Bxd2
When ahead in material, exchange the pieces off. But this bishop is not one you want to part with.

15.Rexd2 b5 16.Bg3
h3 was best here.

16...Nge5 17.Nxe5 Nxe5 18.Bxe5
d4 would have been lovely for white here. Now Black locks up d4 with the white rooks aiming at nothing.

18...dxe5 19.Rc1 Ba6 20.Rxc5 Rfd8
c8 would have been a great place for this rook.

21.Rxe5 Rac8 22.h3 Rc6 23.d4 Rcd6 24.Rd1
The pawn must be pushed or lost. It takes some study to see that after 24. d5 f6 25. Rxe6 Rxe6 26. dxe6 Rxd2 27. e7+ wins for White. [24.d5 f6 25.Rxe6 Rxe6 26.dxe6 Rxd2 27.e7+ ]

24...Rxd4 25.Rxd4 Rxd4 26.f3 Kf8 27.Rc5 Rd7 28.f4 h5 29.f5
Both sides have been making very reasonable moves for a while.

29...Ke7 30.fxe6 fxe6 31.Rc6 Rd6 32.Rc7+ Rd7
White needs to remember that she's a pawn down. Thinking draw doesn't sound so bad here (Rc6).

33.Rxd7+ Kxd7 34.e5 h4 35.Kf2 Bb7
Yes, the bishop belongs on this diagonal, not as a pretend pawnon a6. Now, should Black remove the bishops, his chances of winning would be very good.

36.g3 g5 37.gxh4 gxh4 38.Ke3 Bg2 39.Kf4 Bxh3 40.Kg5 Bg2
White will regain the pawn recently lost on h3, but Black will force the exchange of bishops, which is fatal.

41.Kxh4 Bd5 42.Kg5 Bxb3 43.axb3 a5 44.Kf6 a4 0-1