SicilianB22
Alapin 
(...Qxd5 with...Nf6) 

Ted Mann
Mark Kernighan

2005 Kenilworth Chess Club Championship (2)
Kenilworth, NJ USA, 2005


1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Be2 e6 7. Bf4!? cxd4 8. Bxb8?! 8. Qxd4= 8... Rxb8 Mark says he spent a lot of time calculating the interesting alternative idea, 8... d3!? 9. Bxa7! dxe2 10. Qxd5 Nxd5 11. Be3 Bxf3 12. gxf3= 9. Qa4+ Nd7 10. cxd4 >= 10. Qxd4 Bxf3 11. Bxf3 Qb5!?=/+ 10... Qc6! 11. Bb5!? 11. Qxc6 bxc6 12. b3 Bb4+=/+ 11... Qc1+[] 12. Ke2 White goes "all in" as they say in poker. But there really is no hope in 12. Qd1 Bb4+ 13. Nc3 Qxb2 14. Bxd7+ Ke7!-/+ 12... Qxh1 13. Bxd7+ Ke7! 13... Kd8 14. Be8! gives White a strong attack and at least a draw: 14... e5[] 15. Qa5+! b6 16. Qd5+ Kxe8 17. Qxe5+ Kd7 18. Qxb8~~ 14. d5! The best way to make Black nervous. 14... Bxf3+ 14... >= Qxg2 15. Kxf3 Qc1!? 15... >= Rd8 16. Nc3!? Why not push the limits! An alternate try, though, was 16. d6+!? Kxd6 17. Be8 16... Qxa1 17. dxe6 17. d6+!? Kxd6 18. Qd4+ Ke7 19. Ne4 Qc1! 20. Qd6+ Kd8 21. Qxb8+ Kxd7 22. Qxb7+ Qc7-+ 17... fxe6?! This could have made Black's life much harder. >= 17... Qxb2!! 18. b3?? and resigns without playing on, since the Knight is hanging. After the game, though, Mark pointed out that White probably had a fascinating shot that might have drawn! In fact, Mark thought it even had a chance to win since he would have had to find some very tough moves in extreme time pressure while Ted would have had a considerable amount of time remaining. I looked at some lines with Fritz and it is quite hairy after 18. Bxe6!! Mark's idea 18... Rd8!! this is the only way, according to Fritz, to try for the win still(18... Kxe6? 19. Qg4+! forces a perpetual) 19. Qe4!? (19. Qh4+ Kxe6 20. Qxd8 Qxb2 21. Qd5+ Kf6 and Fritz thinks Black can escape the checks, though it sure is tough to know for sure) 19... Rd6!! 20. Nd5+ Ke8!! (20... Kd8?? 21. Qh4+ Ke8 22. Nc7#) 21. Bg4+ (21. Qa4+ Rc6[]) 21... Kd8 22. Qc2! (22. Qc4 Rc6) 22... Rc6[] 23. Qf5 Rc7[] and only thus does Black escape the checks says Fritz! But who would willingly enter into this scary line! 24. Nxc7 Qd1+!! 25. Kg3 Qd6+!! 26. f4 Kxc7-+ 0-1

 

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