Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Pushing Pawns

An interesting game from round 5 of the current ANU Autumn Swiss Tournament. Played between two 11 year old club members, it turned into a battle of the pawns. Black played the standard plan of advancing pawns on the kingside, while White expanded on the queenside. By move 20 White looked to have the upper hand, but a fear of disaster on the kingside resulted in some timid play. In fact it turned into a self fulfilling prophecy as Black was able to use a couple of spare tempi to build up that attack on the king, with a neat Queen sac deciding the issue.

White - Black [E92]
ANU Autumn Swiss, 26.05.2010

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.d4 d6 5.e4 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.d5 Na6 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bxf6 Qxf6 10.0-0 Qd8 11.Nd2 f5 12.f3 f4 13.Rc1 g5 14.a3 h5 15.b4 Rf6 16.Nb3 Rg6 17.c5 dxc5 18.b5 Nb8 19.Nxc5 g4 20.Ne6 Qh4 21.Qe1 g3 22.h3 Nd7 23.Na4 Nf8 24.Bc4 c6 25.Rc2 cxb5 26.Bxb5 Nxe6 27.Rxc8+ Rxc8 28.dxe6 Bf8 29.Qa1 Rg5 30.Qa2 Be7 31.Rd1 a6 32.Be2 b5 33.Rd7 Rg7 34.Nb2 Rc2 35.Kf1 (D)
35. ... Qxh3 36.gxh3 g2+ 37.Ke1 g1Q+ 0-1

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