David Taylor’s game on Wed Jan 14th

Posted on: January 18th, 2009 by David Taylor

Hi all! Here is my game from last Wednesday’s match against Chorlton. Please feel free to post comments!

David Taylor (104) v Evan Wood (110) Chorlton on 14th Jan 2009

Réti Accepted (analysis by Fritz8)

1. Nf3 d5
2. c4 dxc4
3. e4 e6 (3…c5 is stronger)
4. Bxc4 Nf6 (again 4…c5 is better)
5. Nc3 Be7
6. 0–0 0–0
7. d4 c6
8. a3 b5 (Fritz prefers 8…Nbd7 – it develops a piece)
9. Bd3 a5 (At this point Black has moved only 2 pieces & castled!)
10. Qc2 Ne8 (white threatens e5 followed by Bxh7+)
11. e5 f5
12. exf6 Nxf6
13. Ne4 g6 (13…h6 would avoid the later problem of Bxg6)
14. Bh6 Re8

15. h3 (Fritz likes 15. Neg5 here, but I worried about 15. Ng4)
15. Nxe4
16. Bxe4 Bf8 (Fritz suggests that 16…Bf6 puts up more opposition)
17. Be3 (Fritz prefers 17. Bg5, but I wanted to overprotect d4)
17. Be7 (17…Qf6 would be safer for black)

18. Ne5 (Fritz considers that 18. Bxg6 will win already – but is that ue?)
18 Ra6 (18…Rf8 makes white’s game harder)

19. Bxg6 At last, I thought, the capture on g6 is winning!

My question is – should I have played it earlier?

19. Bf6
20. Bxh7+ Kh8 (Fritz finds that 20…Kf8 lasts longer)
21. Nf7+ Kg7
22. Qg6+ Kf8
23. Nxd8 Resigns (he was under terrible time pressure, with only 1 min on his clock)

One obvious point to note about black’s play: two of his minor pieces never moved, and his queen’s rook played little part.

Anyway, I was happy to post a win after a series of losses, and to use it to try and learn how to post a blog!

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