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Game of the week - 1

Below is last season’s division 1 match of the season submitted by Ashley Stewart – who played for a number of Cambridge and Bury teams last season:

Dutch Defence – Leningrad system

1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.c4 Bg7 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nh3 0-0 7.d5 Qe8 8.Nf4 Na6
9.0-0 c6 10.dxc6 bxc6 11.Qa4 (last book move)

11...Nb8 12.Rd1 Bd7 13.Qa5 Qd8 where things get interesting…

14.Qxd8 [14.Qa3 a5±] 14...Rxd8² 15.Rb1 a5 [15...Na6 16.Nd3²] 16.b3 [16.Be3 Ra6²] 16...Na6 17.Na4 Rdb8 18.Bb2 Ra7 19.Rd2 [¹19.c5 d5 20.f3²] 19...Nc7?? gives the opponent counterplay [19...g5 20.Nd3=] 20.Rbd1 [¹20.Bd4!? Ra6 21.Nc5 dxc5 22.Bxf6 Bxf6 23.Rxd7±] 20...Be8= 21.h4 [21.c5 d5=] 21...Ra6 [¹21...c5!?³ is worthy of consideration] 22.c5² d5 23.Be5 White threatens to win material: Be5xc7 23...Rb7 24.Rd3 [24.f3 Bf7²] 24...Nd7 25.Bxc7 Rxc7 Black has the pair of bishops 26.Ne6 Rb7 27.Nd8 White threatens to win material: Nd8xb7

What did Fritz recommend and what happened? (Click here)

27...Rb8?? forfeits the advantage [¹27...Rc7= the only rescuing move] 28.Nxc6!+- Decoy: c6 28...Rb5 [28...Rxc6 29.Bxd5+ Decoy Double attack] 29.Bxd5+ Kf8 30.Bc4 Rxc6 [30...Rxc5 doesn't get the cat off the tree 31.Bxa6 Rxc6 32.Bb5+-] 31.Bxb5 Nxc5 [31...Nf6 cannot undo what has already been done 32.Bxc6 Bxc6 33.Rd8+ Kf7 34.Rc8+-] 32.Bxc6 [¹32.Rd8!? makes it even easier for White 32...Rd6 33.R1xd6 exd6 34.Nxc5 dxc5 35.Rxe8+ Kf7+-] 32...Nxd3 33.Bxe8 Be5 [33...Kxe8 is the last straw 34.Rxd3 Be5 35.Rd5+-] 34.Bxg6 Nxf2 35.Rd8+ Kg7 36.Kxf2 Kxg6 1–0