There is a time in almost every chess season when one or other of the Aber teams seem to be playing Cardigan almost constantly (though, to be fair, this was truer in the days when Cardigan also fielded two teams). That time has now arrived, and on Tuesday 28 February, it was the B team’s turn to host the League Champions, the first time we have played them at our new venue of the Brynamlwg Tavern. On top board, Adam Robinson could never quite match Howard Williams’s piece activity in a constantly changing ending, and by the time it got down to opposite-coloured bishops the two-pawn deficit was enough to ensure his defeat. Julie van Kemenade, in her first match for some time, played an ingenious exchange sac against Iolo Jones, whose defence was ingenious enough to cope with it. Julie might have had a draw, but lost while trying for more. My game against Tony Haigh was a French Exchange that never looked like being other than a draw, a complete contrast to the game on Board 4, where James Corrigan played the wild Danish Gambit against Awne Osinga, and eventually got the attack he was seeking, winning a piece with more material to follow. The result was 2½-1½ to Cardigan.

[Event “Dyfed League:AberystwythB-Cardigan”] [Site “?”] [Date “2017.02.28”] [Round “?”] [White “Williams, AH.”] [Black “Robinson, Adam”] [Result “1-0”] [ECO “B08”] [WhiteElo “2342”] [BlackElo “1768”] [Annotator “Rudy”] [PlyCount “86”] [EventDate “2017.03.01”] 1. Nf3 g6 2. e4 d6 3. d4 Bg7 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Be2 O-O 6. O-O Nbd7 (6… c6 {main}) 7. e5 (7. h3 {main}) 7… dxe5 {allows a dangerous pawn thrust} (7… Ne8 {main }) 8. dxe5 Ng4 9. e6 {Wh scores 82% with this ( a similar line can occur in a King’s Indian)} Nde5 (9… fxe6 10. Ng5 $18) 10. h3 {uncommon} (10. exf7+ Nxf7 11. Bc4 (11. Qxd8 Rxd8 12. Bc4 {also scores highly}) 11… Qxd1 12. Rxd1 { scores 95% for Wh}) 10… Nxf3+ (10… Qxd1 11. Rxd1 Nxf3+ 12. Bxf3 Ne5 (12… Bxc3 13. bxc3 Nf6 14. exf7+ Kxf7 15. Rb1 {Anbuhl-Windt, Hamburg U18 1978,1-0}) (12… Nf6 13. Nb5 Ne8 14. Rd8 a6 15. Rxe8 axb5 16. Rxe7 c6 17. exf7+ Rxf7 18. Re8+ Rf8 19. Rxf8+ Kxf8 20. c3 {Blatny-Porter, World op Philadelphia 1995,1-0}) 13. exf7+ Nxf7 14. Nd5 Ne5 15. Be2 {Vidal Melendez-Nigro Monasterios, Falcon Garcia mem 2014,1-0}) 11. Bxf3 Ne5 12. exf7+ Nxf7 (12… Kh8 13. Qxd8 (13. Bd5) 13… Nxf3+ 14. gxf3 Rxd8 15. Re1 $14 {Khazhipov-Protasov, Cheliabinsk ch 2010, 0-1}) 13. Qxd8 Rxd8 14. Re1 (14. Nd5 Rd7 15. Nf4 Rd6 16. Nd3 Rb8 17. Re1 e5 18. Nc5 $14 {Komodo10}) 14… Bxc3 (14… c6 $11 {Komodo10} 15. Rxe7 (15. g4 Ne5 16. Be2 Be6 $11) 15… Be5 16. Be3 Bf6 17. Re4 Bf5 18. Rb4 Nd6 19. Rd1 Bxc2 20. Rd2 Bf5 21. Bf4 a5 22. Rb6 Nc4 23. Rxd8+ Rxd8 24. Rxb7 Nxb2 25. Rxb2 Bxc3 $14) 15. bxc3 e5 16. Be3 $14 c6 17. Rab1 Nd6 18. Bc5 Nb5 (18… e4 19. Bxe4 Nxe4 20. Rxe4 b6 21. Be7 Bf5 22. Re2 Re8 23. Rbe1 Kf7 24. g4 Bxc2 25. Bg5 Rxe2 26. Rxe2 h6 27. Re7+ Kf8 28. Bf6 a5 29. Kh2 $14 {Komodo10, lots of humans would be quite happy with Wh’s position( though Bl can also get some R activity)}) 19. Rxe5 $16 Nxc3 20. Rbe1 Bf5 (20… Nd5 $5 {Rudy} 21. c4 $1 $18 {Komodo10} Nb6 22. Re8+ Rxe8 23. Rxe8+ Kf7 24. Re7+ Kf6 (24… Kg8 25. Bd4 $18) 25. Rxh7 $18) 21. g4 (21. Re7 b6 22. Ba3 Nd5 23. Rb7 Re8 24. Rxe8+ Rxe8 25. c4 Nc3 26. Bxc6 Rc8 27. Bf3 Rxc4 28. Bb2 Be4 29. Bxe4 Nxe4 30. Rg7+ Kf8 31. Rxa7 $16 {Komodo10} ) 21… Bd7 (21… Bxc2 $1 {looks fatal, but Komodo8.1 & 10 suggest its only slight advantage to Wh} 22. Re7 (22. Rc1 Rd3 $1 23. Bg2 (23. Kg2 Bd1 $1 24. Re3 Bxf3+ 25. Kxf3 Rxe3+ 26. fxe3 Nd5 $15) 23… Rd1+ 24. Rxd1 Bxd1 25. Re7 b6 26. Be3 Nd5 27. Bxd5+ cxd5 28. g5 Bc2 $11) 22… b6 23. Rc1 Rd3 24. Rxc2 Rxf3 25. Bd4 Nb5 (25… Nd5 26. Rg7+ Kf8 27. Rxh7 Rd8 28. Rxc6 Ne7 29. Rf6+ Rxf6 30. Bxf6 Rd1+ 31. Kg2 Nd5 32. Be5 a5 33. Kf3 $16) 26. Be5 Rf7 27. Rxf7 Kxf7 28. Rxc6 Re8 29. f4 g5 $11 {Komodo10}) 22. Re7 $18 Re8 (22… b6 23. Bd6 Re8 24. R1e3 Rxe7 25. Rxe7 Be8 26. Be5 Nxa2 27. Rg7+ Kf8 28. Rxh7 $18) 23. R1e3 (23. Bd4 $1 $18 {both Komodos} Na4 (23… Nxa2 24. Rg7+ Kf8 25. Ra1 Rad8 26. Rxh7 Be6 27. Bxa7 $18) 24. R1e4 Rxe7 25. Rxe7 Be8 26. Rxb7 $18 {Komodo10}) 23… Rxe7 24. Rxe7 Rd8 25. Bxa7 (25. Kg2 $18 {both Komodos}) 25… Bc8 (25… Rf8 26. Rxd7 Rxf3 27. Rxb7 Nxa2 28. Be3 Nc3 29. Kg2 Rf7 30. Rb3 (30. Rxf7 $16 { but human technique should wins this comfortably}) 30… Nd5 31. Bh6 Rc7 32. c4 $16) 26. Kg2 Nxa2 27. Be2 (27. Bb6 Rf8 28. Bc5 $18 {both Engines}) 27… b5 28. Bf3 (28. Bb6 Rf8 (28… Rd7 29. Re8+ Kf7 30. Rxc8) 29. Bf3 Rf7 30. Re8+ Rf8 31. Rxf8+ Kxf8 32. Bxc6 $18 {Komodo10}) 28… Nb4 (28… Rd7 29. Re8+ (29. Rxd7 Bxd7 $14) 29… Kf7 30. Rxc8 Rxa7 31. Bxc6 b4 32. Bd5+ Ke7 33. Bb3 Nc1 34. Rb8 Nxb3 35. cxb3 Ke6 36. Rxb4 {again, Komodo10 only rates as definite plus for Wh. looks quite an easy win.}) 29. c3 Nd5 30. Bxd5+ cxd5 31. Bd4 Kf8 32. Rxh7 $18 Be6 33. f4 (33. Rb7 Bd7 34. Kg3 $18 {Komodo10; infiltrating with the K}) 33… Bf7 34. f5 (34. h4) 34… gxf5 35. gxf5 Ra8 36. f6 Rc8 37. Kg3 (37. Kf3 Rc4 38. Ke3 {Komodo10}) 37… Rc4 38. Be5 Ke8 (38… b4 39. cxb4 Ke8 40. Bd6 $18) ( 38… d4 $1 {Komodos} 39. cxd4 b4 40. Bd6+ Ke8 41. Rh8+ Kd7 42. Be5 b3 43. Rb8 Rc3+ 44. Kg4 Be6+ 45. Kg5 Rxh3 46. Rb6 Bf7 47. d5 Rh5+ 48. Kf4 Rh4+ 49. Kf5 Rh5+ 50. Ke4 Rh4+ 51. Ke3 b2 {and Bl is still fighting, as Wh’s best looks likely to be a drawn R& B vs R ending} 52. Rd6+ Kc7 53. Re6+ Kd7 54. Re7+ Kc8 55. Bxb2 Bxd5) 39. Rh8+ Kd7 40. Rb8 Ke6 41. Bd4 b4 42. Rxb4 Rxb4 43. cxb4 Kf5 { the passed b pawn is too much} 1-0 [Event “Dyfed League: AberystwythB-Cardigan”] [Site “?”] [Date “2017.02.28”] [Round “?”] [White “Van Kemenade, J.”] [Black “Jones, IC.”] [Result “0-1”] [ECO “C00”] [WhiteElo “1743”] [BlackElo “2219”] [Annotator “Rudy”] [PlyCount “86”] [EventDate “2017.03.01”] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 e6 4. d3 Be7 5. Nbd2 O-O 6. O-O c5 7. e4 Nc6 8. e5 ( 8. Re1 {seems more popular amongst the super GMs ( waiting for b5 it seems)}) 8… Nd7 9. Re1 Qc7 10. Qe2 Nb4 (10… b5 {main}) 11. Nf1 d4 {gains d5 but cedes e4} (11… b6 12. c3 Nc6 13. h4 {more frequent}) 12. h4 {main} (12. a3 Nd5 13. h4) 12… Rb8 (12… Nd5 {main, eg} 13. N1h2 b6 14. Ng5 Bxg5 15. hxg5 Re8 16. Bf4 Bb7 17. Qh5 Nf8 18. Ng4 {Kabulov-Kornilov, Saratov Aratovsky mem 2006,1-0}) 13. N1h2 b6 {Bl is digging in rather than go for Q side expansion} ( 13… b5 14. Bf4 Bb7 15. Ng4 Nd5 16. Bd2 Rfc8 17. h5 {Tome Vasquez-Aguado Solana, Madrid San Viator op 2015,1-0}) 14. h5 (14. a3 Nc6 15. Bf4 b5 16. Ng5 Bxg5 17. hxg5 Ne7 18. Qh5 Bb7 19. Ng4 Ng6 20. Nf6+ $16 {Ruge-Ramirez, Bogota McGregor op 2011,1-0}) (14. Ng4 Bb7 15. Bg5 Bxg5 16. hxg5 $11 {Komodo10}) 14… Bb7 (14… h6 15. c3 dxc3 16. bxc3 Nd5 17. c4 Nb4 18. Bb2 $11 {Komodo10}) 15. Ng4 (15. h6 g6 16. Bg5 $14 {Komodo10}) (15. a3 Nd5 16. h6 $14 {Fritz13}) 15… Rfe8 16. Bf4 (16. h6 g6 17. c3 $14 {both Engines}) (16. Bg5 $2 Bxf3 $19) 16… Nd5 17. Bg5 (17. Bd2 h6 $11 {Komodo10}) (17. h6 Nxf4 18. gxf4 f5 19. exf6 Bxf6 20. Qd2 Nf8 21. Nfe5 Bxe5 22. fxe5 Re7 $15 {Komodo10}) 17… Bxg5 18. Nxg5 h6 19. Nf3 (19. Bxd5 Bxd5 20. Ne4 b5 (20… Nxe5 21. Nef6+ $16) 21. Qd2 Bxe4 22. Rxe4 Kh7 23. Rae1 $11 {Komodo10}) 19… Ne7 {Komodo10} (19… b5 {Fritz13}) 20. Nh4 (20. Nd2 $5) 20… Nf5 (20… Bxg2 21. Kxg2 b5 $15 {Komodo10}) 21. Qd2 (21. Bxb7 Qxb7 22. Nf3 b5 23. Nd2 $11 {Komodo10}) 21… Nxh4 22. gxh4 {Wh is planning on using the g file to attack} Bxg2 23. Kxg2 Qc6+ 24. Re4 Kh7 (24… Kf8 {both Engines} 25. Rg1 b5 26. Kh3 Qd5 27. Qf4 $11 {Komodo10} Qxa2 28. Nf6 Nxf6 29. exf6 e5 30. fxg7+ Kg8 31. Rxe5 Rxe5 32. Qxe5 Qe6+ 33. Qxe6 fxe6 34. Rg6 $16) 25. Rg1 (25. Qf4 Rf8 26. Rg1 f5 27. exf6 Rbe8 (27… Nxf6 28. Nxf6+ gxf6 29. Kf1 $18) 28. Kf1 Nxf6 29. Ne5 Nxe4 30. Rxg7+ Kxg7 31. Qg4+ Kh8 32. Ng6+ Kh7 33. Nxf8+ Rxf8 34. Qg6+ Kh8 35. Qxh6+ {perpetual; Komodo10}) 25… Rg8 26. Kf1 {Fritz13 ;turns out not to be the best square for the K} (26. Kh2 { Komodo10}) (26. Kh3 $5 {Komodo10}) 26… Rbf8 27. Qe2 $15 {Fritz13} (27. Qf4 $15 {Komodo10}) 27… Qd5 (27… b5 {both Engines; Bl has held the attack so could do with some open lines on the Q side for later}) 28. b3 (28. c4 { both Engines}) 28… Nb8 29. Nh2 (29. Rf4 $5) 29… Nc6 30. Nf3 Ne7 31. Reg4 { releases the pressure ( indirectly) on e6. allowing Bl’s next; but given by both Engines} f5 (31… Kh8 32. Qe4 Qxe4 33. Rxe4 g6 34. hxg6 fxg6 35. Nd2 Nd5 $17 {Komodo10}) (31… Qb7 32. Nd2 Nd5 {Fritz13} 33. Ne4 Qc7 34. Nd6 Kh8 35. R4g3 f6 36. exf6 Rxf6 37. Qe5 $15 {Komodo10}) 32. Rg6 $5 {an interesting try ( which both Engines refuse to touch)} (32. exf6 {both Engines seen as best}) ( 32. R4g2 {and the e & h5 pawns feel the pressure, though the immediate attempt does’nt appear to work} f4 (32… Qc6 33. Rg6 Kh8 $17 {Komodo10}) 33. Qe4+ $1 Rf5 34. Qxd5 exd5 35. Rg4 Rxh5 36. Rxf4 Ng6 37. Rf7 Rf8 38. Rxf8 Nxf8 39. Kg2 Kg6 40. Kh3+ (40. b4 $11) 40… Kf7 41. Kg4 g6 42. b4 $11 {opening a second front while the Bl R is otherwise engaged}) 32… Nxg6 33. hxg6+ Kh8 34. Ng5 f4 {the only move, else Bl is in Zugzwang} 35. Qh5 $11 (35. Qe4 $1 $11 { both Engines} Qd7 (35… Qxe4 36. dxe4 f3 37. Rg3 Rf4 38. Nf7+ Rxf7 39. gxf7 Rf8 40. Rxf3 $16) 36. Rg4 b5 37. Nf7+ Rxf7 38. gxf7 Qxf7 39. Rxf4 Qh5 40. f3 $11 {Komodo10}) 35… Qd7 (35… a6 36. Nf7+ Rxf7 37. gxf7 Rf8 38. Rg6 Rxf7 39. Rxh6+ gxh6 40. Qxf7 Qxe5 41. Qf8+ Kh7 42. Qf7+ {perpetual} Qg7 43. Qxe6 $16) 36. Ne4 (36. Qg4 $14 {both engines} Qe8 (36… Rf5 $2 {move looked at in pm analysis, but Komodo10 just takes it} 37. Qxf5 $1 Rb8 (37… exf5 38. Nf7+ Qxf7 39. gxf7 Rf8 40. e6 $18 {and the centre pawns break through})) (36… Qe7 37. f3 Qd7 38. Kf2 {and Bl will be running out of moves}) 37. Nxe6 Qe7 38. Nxf8 Rxf8 39. Qh5 $14 {and Wh is a pawn up}) 36… Rf5 37. Rg5 $11 Rgf8 38. Nd6 Kg8 {both Engines & Bl is best returning the exchange} 39. Ne4 (39. Nxf5 $11 exf5 ( 39… Rxf5 $2 40. Rxf5 exf5 41. Qf3 $1 $18 Qe8 (41… Qd8 42. Qb7 Qe8 43. Qd5+) 42. Qd5+ Kf8 43. Qd6+ Qe7 (43… Kg8 44. e6 $18) 44. Qb8+ Qe8 45. Qxe8+ Kxe8 46. Kg2 {and Wh wins the pawn ending, capturing f4}) 40. Ke2 Qe6 41. Rg1 Qxe5+ 42. Kd2 c4 (42… Re8 43. Qf3 $11) 43. bxc4 Qa5+ 44. Kc1 Qxa2 45. Re1 $11 { Wh has active R}) (39. Qf3 $1 {both Engines, & Bl is safest returning the exchange} Rxe5 (39… hxg5 {leads to some fantastic variations} 40. Qh5 Re8 { ( it seems all other R moves lose)} 41. Qh7+ Kf8 42. Nb7 $1 {taking the N will lose the Q} Rb8 43. Qh8+ Ke7 44. Qxg7+ Ke8 45. Qh8+ Rf8 46. g7 Qe7 47. gxf8=Q+ Qxf8 48. Qh7 Rxb7 (48… Qe7 49. Qg8+ Qf8 50. Qxe6+ Qe7 51. Qg8+ Qf8 52. Nd6+ Kd7 53. Qd5 $18) 49. Qxb7 Qf5 50. hxg5 Qg4 {and both sides have a perpetual; Komodo10}) (39… Rxg5 40. hxg5 Qe7 41. Qh3 f3 42. gxh6 gxh6 43. Nf7 Rxf7 44. gxf7+ Qxf7 45. Qxh6 $11) 40. Rxe5 Qxd6 41. Qe4 Rf6 42. Qa8+ Rf8 43. Qe4 $11 { Komodo10}) (39. Qg4 {is also a draw according to Komodo10} f3 40. Rxf5 exf5 41. Qf4 Qe6 42. h5 a6 43. Nf7 b5 44. Qxf3 $11 {Komodo10; the R cannot go too far away because Q & N are a powerful attacking force.}) 39… Qd5 $19 {the e pawn will fall} 40. Nf6+ {a last throw, which does,t work because of the positionof the Wh K} R8xf6 41. exf6 Qh1+ $1 {other moves draw} 42. Ke2 (42. Rg1 Qh3+) 42… Rxg5 {and the h pawn is pinned, & the Wh Q has no access to the back rank } 43. f7+ Kf8 0-1 [Event “Dyfed League: AberystwythB-Cardigan”] [Site “?”] [Date “2017.02.28”] [Round “?”] [White “Haigh, A.”] [Black “Francis, Matthew”] [Result “1/2-1/2”] [ECO “C01”] [WhiteElo “1903”] [BlackElo “1704”] [Annotator “Rudy”] [PlyCount “53”] [EventDate “2017.03.01”] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 {Wh had a Tarrasch} (3. Nd2 c5 {at the Dyfed Open the weekend before that he didnt’t enjoy}) 3… exd5 {the Exchange French has a drawish reputation; though of course the super GMs have been trying it out lately} 4. Nf3 Bd6 5. Bd3 Ne7 6. O-O Bf5 (6… O-O) 7. Re1 Bg6 {not the most frequent, as it may lose a tempo since Bl wants to swap off Wh’s best B anyway. However at 22 % Wh does worst of all the 3 moves cited. However , for the move played at this point, none of the players are in the top bracket.} (7… O-O) ( 7… Bxd3) 8. Nc3 (8. Bg5 f6 {provided Bl with 2 wins}) 8… c6 9. Ne5 (9. Bg5 O-O (9… f6 10. Bh4 O-O 11. a3 Nf5 12. Bg3 Nxg3 13. Bxg6 hxg6 14. hxg3 { Kipczak-Kuchyna, IPCA wld ch Wisla 2007,1/2-1/2}) 10. Nh4 Qc7 11. Bxe7 Bxe7 12. Nf5 Bxf5 13. Bxf5 g6 $11 {Kargoll-Borngaesser,FRG ch qual 1986,0-1}) 9… Bxd3 10. Qxd3 f6 11. Nf3 O-O $11 12. Ne2 Na6 (12… Ng6 {prevents Bf4, getting rid of Wh’s baddish B}) (12… g5 $5 {Weakens the Bl K side} 13. h4 h6 14. Ng3 Bxg3 15. fxg3 Qd6 16. g4 Nd7 17. b3 $16 {and the B enters via a3;Komodo10}) 13. Bf4 Nc7 14. c3 Qd7 15. Bxd6 Qxd6 16. Ng3 Rfe8 (16… Rae8) 17. Re3 Qd7 18. Rae1 Ng6 19. Qf5 {alternatives also draw} Qxf5 20. Nxf5 Rxe3 (20… Kf8) 21. Rxe3 Kf8 ( 21… Re8 {Rudy; Bl was concerned about an invasion via d6, but Bl is fine} 22. Nd6 Rd8 (22… Rxe3 23. fxe3 b5 $14 {but no signs of Wh entry}) 23. Nxb7 (23. Nf5 Re8) 23… Rb8 24. Nc5 Rxb2 $11 {Komodo10}) 22. Kf1 Rd8 (22… Re8) 23. h4 Rd7 24. g3 Ne7 25. Nxe7 Rxe7 26. Ke2 Ne8 27. Nd2 {(draw?)} 1/2-1/2 [Event “Dyfed League: AberystwythB-Cardigan”] [Site “?”] [Date “2017.02.28”] [Round “?”] [White “Corrigan, James”] [Black “Osinga, A.”] [Result “1-0”] [ECO “C21”] [WhiteElo “1449”] [BlackElo “1386”] [Annotator “Rudy”] [PlyCount “73”] [EventDate “2017.03.01”] 1. e4 e5 2. d4 {leading to a Danish Gambit, to battle against Awne’s usual safety first approach} exd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Bc4 cxb2 5. Bxb2 Nh6 {rare, & scarcely mentioned in the theory books eg Alterman Gambit Guide: White Openings 2010.} 6. Nf3 (6. Nd2 {pm analysis, anticipates the ch & aims at g7}) 6… Bb4+ (6… b6 {occured in 2 of the 5 games with Nh6, but don’t quite see the point.} 7. Qe2 Bb4+ 8. Nc3 O-O 9. O-O-O $16 {threatening g4 & h4; given in a footnote in Russian ‘Encycopdia Modern Chess Opening 1994:467}) 7. Nc3 { Quite a few games can be found on chesscube & probably more on other Internet play sites. Its certainly been examined by other Chess Engines} (7. Kf1 Bf8 ( 7… O-O 8. Qd4 Qf6 9. Qxf6 gxf6 10. Bxf6 d6 11. Bc3 a5 $15) 8. Nbd2 d6 9. Qb3 Nd7 $15 {Luchetti( 2221)-Collas (2354), FRA ch qual Bescanon 1999,0-1}) 7… O-O 8. O-O $11 {although Bl has several extra pawns, his pices & especially the N on h6, are passive & so unable to help in pushing the pawns forward.} d6 9. h3 (9. Nd5 Bc5 10. Qc1 Ng4 11. h3 {various Cloud Engines}) 9… Nc6 (9… Nd7) 10. Ne2 Qe8 11. Ng3 Be6 {Deep Fritz13} (11… Kh8 $17 {Komodo10}) 12. Bd3 (12. Bd5 $11 {both Engines}) 12… f6 $17 {blunts the b2 B & gives the chance for the return of the h6 N to e5} 13. Nh4 Ne5 $19 {Komodo10} (13… Nf7 $19 { Deep Fritz13}) (13… Kh8 $17 {Komodo10}) 14. Bc2 Bc5 15. Kh1 Rd8 {Bl has mobilised his pices, though they are still in defence positions} (15… b5 16. Bb3 a5 $19 {Komodo10, starting to use the extra pawns as a roller}) 16. f4 Nc4 17. Bc1 (17. Bd4) 17… Ne3 18. Bxe3 Bxe3 19. Qd3 {wh is still angling towards the K} Qc6 (19… Bb6) 20. Rf3 Bc5 21. Nh5 Qd7 $2 (21… Kh8 {Komodo10 secures everything}) 22. Rg3 $18 Rf7 (22… Bf2 {Komodo10 suggests is the best bet} 23. Rxg7+ Qxg7 24. Nxg7 Kxg7 25. Nf3 Bb6 26. g4 $18) 23. f5 {winning a piece} (23. Rxg7+ $1 {Komodo10} Rxg7 (23… Kf8 24. Nxf6 Qc8 25. Rxf7+ Kxf7 26. Nxh7 $18 { as the K is exposed and the Bl pices scatterred}) 24. Nxf6+ Kh8 25. Nxd7 Bxd7 26. g4 $18) (23. e5 $1 Nf5 24. Rxg7+ Rxg7 25. Nxf6+ Kh8 26. Nxd7 Ng3+ 27. Kh2 Bxd7 28. f5 {is even stronger; Komodo10. ” Don’t always look at the obvious (re) capture ” Topalov;Gibraltar Masterclass 2017.}) 23… Bf2 (23… Bxf5 24. Nxf5 Nxf5 25. exf5 Kh8 26. Nf4 Re7 27. Ne6 Rde8 {al least gets another pawn, but the position doesn’t look good for Bl}) 24. fxe6 {the obvious capture, but the other line is still there} (24. Rxg7+ Rxg7 (24… Kf8 25. Qd2 {Deep Fritz13 } (25. Rxh7 {Komodo10} Rxh7 26. Ng6+ Kf7 27. fxe6+ Qxe6 28. Rf1 Rg7 29. Bb3 d5 30. Ngf4 $18 {is mayhem}) 25… Rxg7 26. fxe6 Qe7 27. Qxf2 $18) 25. Nxf6+ Kf8 26. Nxd7+ Bxd7 27. f6 Rg3 28. Nf3 $18 {Komodo10}) 24… Qxe6 25. Bb3 d5 26. Bxd5 Rxd5 27. Qxd5 Qxd5 28. exd5 g6 (28… Bxg3 29. Nxg3 $16 {simpler, & although Bl has a couple of pawns for the piece, they are not advanced enough to be compensation}) 29. Kh2 (29. Rf1 {Rudy; also}) 29… Bxg3+ 30. Nxg3 Rd7 31. Rd1 (31. Ne4 Kf7 32. Rc1 {Komodo10, but why not keep pawns on?}) 31… c6 ( 31… c5 {to mobilise the Q side, but the centre pawn is too strong}) 32. Ne4 Kf7 33. d6 (33. Nc5) 33… b6 34. Nf3 c5 35. g4 a6 36. g5 fxg5 37. Ne5+ 1-0

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