I've been trying to get Australian Correspondence Chess Quarterly ready for the printers over the last few days, and hopefully I'm almost finished. As with all the chess magazines I have edited, the more articles I have to contribute, the later it often is.
Here is a game that will appear in the next issue, played by NZ Master Mark Noble in the Aus/NZ v Portugal Friendly.
Noble,M (2478) - Salvador Marques,C (2424) [B97]
Australia/New Zealand vs Portugal ICCF, 17.11.2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.e5 h6 11.Bh4 dxe5 12.fxe5 Nfd7 13.Ne4 g5 [ 13...Qxa2 14.Rb3 has long been considered inferior for White, although this assessment was based on Korchnoi - Tolush, from as far back as 1958. 14...Qa1+ 15.Kf2 Qa4 16.Bb5 axb5 17.Nxb5 Bc5+ 18.Nxc5 Qxh4+ 19.g3 Qd8 20.Qd6 Nxc5 21.Nc7+ Qxc7 22.Qxc7 Nba6 23.Qb6 Nxb3-+] 14.Bg3 Qxa2N 15.Rd1 Qb2 16.Qe3 Nc6 17.Nxc6 bxc6 18.Be2 Qxc2 (D) White has jettisoned his third pawn, but of course has a lead in development to show for it. Even the normally materialistic computer kibitzer regards this position as equal! 19.0-0 [ 19.Rxd7 is a suggestion of Fritz 9. 19...Bb4+ a) 19...Bxd7 20.Nf6+ Ke7 (a) 20...Kd8 21.Qb6++-) 21.0-0 is winning for White.; b) 19...Kxd7 20.Qd4+ Kc7 21.0-0! c5 22.Rxf7+ Kb8 23.Qd8 Qb1+ 24.Bf1 Ra7 25.Rxa7 Kxa7 26.Qxc8 Qxe4 27.Qxa6+ Kb8 28.Qxe6+-; 20.Rd2 Bxd2+ 21.Nxd2 Qc1+ 22.Bd1 Bb7 according to Fritz this is the only move. ( 22...0-0 23.h4! leads to a winning attack.) 23.Qb3 0-0-0 24.Ne4 Rxd1+ 25.Qxd1 Qe3+ 26.Qe2 Qc1+ 27.Qd1 Qe3+=] 19...Bc5 20.Nxc5 Qxc5 21.Rd4! Obviously White wishes to avoid the exchange of queens. 21...0-0 22.Rc1 Qb6 23.Rcd1 Rb8 24.h4 c5 25.Rd6 Qd8 [ 25...Qb2 26.hxg5 Rb3 27.Bd3 c4 might look good for Black but 28.gxh6 Kh8 29.Rxd7!! Bxd7 ( 29...cxd3 30.Qg5+-; 29...Rxd3 30.Qg5+-) 30.Qg5 Rg8 31.Qf6+ Rg7 32.Qxg7#] 26.hxg5 Qxg5 27.Bf4 Qg6 28.Qh3 Qf5 29.Qxh6 [ 29.Qxf5 exf5 30.Rxd7 Bxd7 31.Rxd7²] 29...Rb1 30.Qh2 Re8 [ 30...f6 31.Rxb1 Qxb1+ 32.Rd1 Qh7 33.Bh6 Rf7 ( 33...Re8 34.Rd3+-) 34.Bh5+-] 31.Qg3+ Kh8 32.R6d3 Rxd1+ 33.Bxd1 Qh7 34.Bg5 Rg8 35.Bc2 1-0