[Event "2005 Kenilworth Chess Club Championship"]
[Site "Kenilworth, NJ USA"]
[Date "2005.03.31"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Stoyko, Steve"]
[Black "Goeller, Michael"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D00"]
[Annotator "Goeller,Michael"]
[PlyCount "53"]
[TimeControl "180"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bf4 c6 (4... Bg7
5. e3 Bg4 $1 6. Be2 Bxf3 $1 7. Bxf3 c6 8. Qd2 O-O 9. O-O-O Nbd7 10. g4 Nb6 11.
h4 Nc4 12. Qd3 e5 $1 13. Bxe5 Nxe5 14. dxe5 Nd7 15. Be2 Nxe5 16. Qd2 b5 17. f4
Nd7 $11 {Blatny-Ragozin, Vienna 1991}) 5. e3 Bg7 6. Be2 O-O 7. Ne5 Nfd7 8. h4
f6 (8... Nxe5 9. dxe5 $5) 9. Nxd7 Nxd7 10. h5 e5 11. Bg3 Qb6 12. hxg6 hxg6 13.
dxe5 $5 ({In a game at the US Amateur Teams, where I played fourth board to
Steve's first board, he contested a game that continued instead} 13. Na4 Qa5+
14. c3 b5 15. Nc5 $14 {Unfortunately, distracted by my own game and three
boards away, I did not see it and missed out on some useful knowledge going
into the game. Steve assumed I had, and so he was looking to vary at some
point -- which is probably what inspired the brilliant sac he came up with.})
13... Nxe5 (13... fxe5 $2 14. Nxd5 $3 cxd5 15. Qxd5+ Rf7 16. Bc4 Qf6 17. O-O-O
$40 {and Fritz thinks White is winning.}) ({I knew that I probably had to take
the b-pawn. After all, having said A, Black must say B. But I thought the
Knight sac with Nxd5! was scary. After the game, Steve could not demonstrate
a win for White to either of our satisfaction, and Fritz seems to only come up
with a draw as well. But a little looking through the following variations
suggests that it isn't something I'd want to venture into over the board, so I
probably made the right decision. Here are some lines:} 13... Qxb2 $1 14. Nxd5
$1 cxd5 ({Black cannot so easily decline the sacrifice, or White gets a killer
attack on the opened a2-g8 diagonal practically for free, e.g.:} 14... Nxe5 $2
15. Nc7 $1 Qb4+ (15... Qc3+ 16. Kf1 Rb8 17. Qd4 $3 $40) 16. c3 $1 Qxc3+ 17. Kf1
Rb8 18. Rc1 Qa5 19. Bxe5 Qxe5 20. Bc4+ Rf7 21. Qd8+ Bf8 22. Bxf7+ Kxf7 23. Rh7+
Kg8 24. Rh8+ $1 Kxh8 25. Qxf8+ Kh7 26. Ne8 $18) 15. Qxd5+ Rf7 $8 16. Bc4 $1 (
16. e6 $2 Qxa1+ ({or} 16... Qc3+ 17. Kf1 Qxa1+ 18. Bd1 Ne5 19. exf7+ Nxf7 $19)
17. Kd2 Qxh1 18. e7 Nf8 19. e8=Q Be6 $1 $19) 16... Qxa1+ 17. Kd2 Qxh1 18. Qxf7+
Kh7 19. Bf4 $5 ({The main line we looked at during and after the game was} 19.
Qg8+ Kh6 $8 20. Bf4+ g5 $8 (20... Kh5 $4 21. Qh7+ Kg4 22. Qxg6+ Kh4 23. Bg3#)
21. Bd3 f5 $8 22. Bxf5 Nf8 $8 23. Bxg5+ Kxg5 (23... Kh5 $2 24. g4+ Kxg5 25.
Qxg7+ {mates}) 24. Qxg7+ Kxf5 {and Fritz can find only a draw here with} 25.
Qf6+ Kg4 26. Qg7+ (26. Qf4+ Kh5 27. Qf7+ Kg5 $11) 26... Kf5 27. Qf6+ $11 {
-- Steve thought there might be a line where the King could be forced to the
h-file and then a check would win the Black Queen at h1, but it may have been
an illusion.}) 19... g5 $8 20. Qg8+ (20. Bd3+ $2 Kh8 21. Qe8+ Nf8 $1 (21... Bf8
$6 22. Bg3 $5 Qh6 23. e6 Nb6 24. e7 Bg4 25. Qxa8 Nxa8 26. e8=Q Nb6 27. Bd6 Kg8
28. Bxf8 Qxf8 29. Qg6+ Qg7 30. Qe8+ $11) 22. exf6 Qd1+ $1 23. Kxd1 Bg4+ 24. f3
Rxe8 25. Bxg5 Be6 26. fxg7+ Kxg7 $19) 20... Kh6 $1 (20... Kg6 $5 {
may also draw but seems much less clear after} 21. Bf7+ Kf5 $8 (21... Kh6 $2
22. exf6 {mates}) 22. Qxg7 (22. Be6+ $5) 22... gxf4 23. Bg6+ Kxe5 $13) 21. Bd3
f5 22. Bxf5 Nf8 23. Bxg5+ Kxg5 24. Qxg7+ Kxf5 $11 {
and we have transposed to the drawn main line considered above.}) 14. Qd2 Be6
$6 {Not the best place for the Bishop.} ({
Black should probably still take the b-pawn:} 14... Qxb2 $1 15. Rb1 Qa3 16. e4
$1 (16. Nxd5 $2 cxd5 17. Bxe5 fxe5 18. Qxd5+ Rf7 19. Bc4 Qe7 $17) 16... f5 $1
$132 {is unclear.}) ({Also possible is to seek exchanges by} 14... Nc4 $5 15.
Bxc4 dxc4 16. O-O-O Bg4 17. f3 Rad8 18. Bd6 Be6 19. e4 Rf7 $14) 15. O-O-O ({
Also strong is the immediate} 15. Na4 $1 Qc7 16. Nc5 Qf7 (16... Bf5 17. e4 $1)
17. Qd4 Rfe8 18. Qh4 Bf5 19. O-O-O $36) 15... f5 $6 {Steve also thought this
was a bad idea. I wanted to open up the long diagonal, with hopes of creating
counter-chances. He thought I should sit tight and centralize.} ({Perhaps}
15... Nc4 $5 16. Bxc4 dxc4 17. Qd6 $5 Rfe8 18. Qf4 Rad8 19. Rxd8 Qxd8 20. Qh4
Kf7 21. Rd1 $14) ({Steve suggested} 15... Rad8 16. Na4 Qc7 17. Nc5 Bc8 {
which is at least much better than the game line.}) 16. Na4 $1 Qc7 17. Nc5 ({
Another idea is} 17. Qd4 $1 b6 18. Qh4 Bf6 19. Bxe5 $3 Bxe5 20. f4 Bf6 21. Qh3
Rae8 22. g4 $40) 17... Qf7 $6 ({Fritz prefers} 17... Qb6 $1 18. Nxe6 $5 (18.
Bxe5 $1 Bxe5 19. Nd3 Bg7 20. c3 Qa5 21. a3 Rae8 22. Nf4 $40) 18... Nc4 19. c3
Nxd2 20. Bc7 $13) 18. Qb4 $1 Bc8 {Sadly, the best way to hold the pawn.} ({
Fritz thinks Black must give it up and seek counterplay with g5 and f4:} 18...
Rae8 19. Qxb7 Qxb7 20. Nxb7 g5 21. Bxe5 Bxe5 22. Nc5 $16) 19. Qh4 Qf6 (19...
Bf6 $2 20. Bxe5 $3 Bxe5 (20... Bxh4 $2 21. Rxh4 $40) 21. g4 $40) 20. Qxf6 $5 ({
I had expected something like} 20. Qh7+ Kf7 21. Bxe5 Qxe5 22. Nd3 Qf6 23. Qh2
$5 {but Steve didn't think he was making sufficient progress here.}) 20... Bxf6
21. Bxe5 $1 Bxe5 22. c4 $1 dxc4 $2 {This leads to a speedy defeat, but I had
underestimated White's attack and thought that if I did not exchange I would
soon lose the d-pawn.} (22... Bd6 $6 23. Nb3 Be6 24. Bf3 Rac8 25. Kb1 $16) ({
Best, as several people pointed out afterward, is probably} 22... b6 $1 23. Nd3
$1 (23. Nb3 f4 $1 $132) 23... Bd6 24. Bf3 $14 {but this is far from clear.})
23. Bxc4+ Kg7 24. Nd7 $1 Re8 (24... Bxd7 $2 25. Rxd7+ Kf6 26. f4 $1 Bb8 27.
Rhh7 {leads to mate!}) 25. f4 $1 {The killer move I overlooked.} Bc7 $2 (25...
b5 $5 26. Bb3 $1 {changes nothing.}) (25... Bb8 $1 {is best, though Steve
rightly assumed I would reject it just on the looks of it. But it does pose
White some real problems:} 26. Rh7+ $1 (26. Rh3 $5 Rd8 $1 (26... Re4 $5) 27.
Rdh1 (27. Rh7+ $5 Kxh7 28. Nf6+ Kg7 29. Rxd8 Kxf6 30. Rxc8 $16) 27... Rxd7 $8
28. Rh8 Bxf4 29. exf4 Kf6 30. Rf8+ Kg7 31. Rhh8 $16 Rc7 {
is a little less convincing, though it looks terrible}) 26... Kxh7 $8 27. Nf6+
Kg7 $8 28. Nxe8+ Kf8 $8 29. Rd8 Bxf4 $3 (29... Ke7 $2 30. Rxc8 Kd7 31. Nc7 Kxc8
32. Nxa8 Bd6 33. Bf7 $18) 30. Nc7+ Ke7 31. Re8+ Kd7 32. Nxa8 Kxe8 33. exf4 b5
34. Bg8 Kd8 35. Bh7 Bb7 36. Bxg6 c5 37. g3 Bxa8 38. Bxf5 $16) (25... Bf6 $2 26.
Rh7+ Kxh7 27. Nxf6+ Kg7 28. Nxe8+ $18) 26. Rh7+ Kxh7 27. Nf6+ {and I resigned,
since White either wins the Bishop at c7 or forces mate along the h-file.} 1-0