Ashley,M - Killian,S [D34]
Grandmaster Simul Davenport, IA, 12.11.2006
[Fritz 7 (60s)]

D34: Tarrasch Defence: 6 g3 Nf6 7 Bg2 Be7 All alternate lines shown are Fritz's. All comments that seem human are mine.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.g3 Nf6 7.Bg2 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Bg5 cxd4 10.Nxd4 h6 11.Be3 Bg4 12.h3
Ashley has selected one of the main lines on the White side of the Tarrasch. It's the first time anyone has played the main line against me. [12.Nb3 Be6 13.Rc1 Qd7 14.Bc5 Rfd8 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.Nd4 Rac8 17.e3 Ne5 18.Nce2 Bg4 19.Rxc8 Rxc8 20.h3 Bxe2 21.Nxe2 Qb4 22.b3 Qa5 1/2-1/2 Andersson,U-Marjanovic,S/Banja Luka 1979/EXT 99 (22); 12.Qa4 Ne5 13.Rad1 Nc4 14.Bc1 Qc8 15.Rfe1 Rd8 16.Qc2 Bb4 17.Qb3 Bxc3 18.Qxc3 Bh3 19.b3 Bxg2 20.Kxg2 Ne4 21.Qc2 Ne5 22.Qxc8 Raxc8 23.f3 Nc3 24.Rd2 b5 25.Rc2 b4 26.Bd2 Nc6 Verat,L-Nepeina Leconte,M/Clichy 1999/EXT 2000/1-0 (40)]

I knew this line only up to the previous move. This is the first move on my own. Book for the line I play would have been 12. ... Be6. [12...Bd7 13.Kh2 Be6 14.Qa4 Rc8 15.Rad1 Na5 16.Nxe6 fxe6 17.Qc2 Nc4 18.Bxh6 gxh6 19.Qg6+ Kh8 20.Qxh6+ Nh7 21.Qxe6 Rf6 22.Qg4 Nxb2 23.Rxd5 Qe8 24.Qd4 Kg8 25.Re5 Qd8 26.Nd5 1-0 Maherramzade,J-Dongre,R/Linares 1998/CBM 62 ext (26); 12...Be6 13.Rc1+/= ]

13.Rc1 Qd7 14.Qa4 Rac8
[14...a6 15.g4 Bg6 16.g5 hxg5 17.Bxg5= ]

15.Rfd1+/- Rfd8 16.Nxc6
[16.g4!? Bg6 17.Nxd5 Nxd5 18.Bxd5+/- ]

16...bxc6+/= 17.Qxa7
[17.Bxa7? is inferior since it leads to 17...Ra8 18.Nxd5 cxd5 19.Qxd7 Rxd7-+ (19...Nxd7 20.Bd4-/+ ) ]

17...Rc7 18.Qa4 Rb7 19.Qc2 Bg6 20.Qd2 Rdb8 21.b3 Ba3 22.Ra1
Although I'm a pawn down, Fritz shows me as about even here.

22...Bb4 23.Qb2 Qe7 24.Bd4 Rd7
[24...Ba3!? should be considered 25.Qd2 Qe6= ]

25.a3+/- Bxc3
[>=25...Bd6!?+/- ]

26.Qxc3+- Qe6 27.Bxf6 gxf6 28.e3 Rc8 29.b4 Be4 30.Bxe4 dxe4 31.Rxd7 Qxd7 32.Qxf6 Qxh3 33.a4 Qh5 34.a5 Qg6 35.Qd4
[35.Qe7 and White can already relax 35...Qg4+- ]

35...Qe6 36.a6 c5??
sad, but how else could Black save the game? (Don't you just hate it when Fritz makes these smart-ass comments? This move was utter desperation on my part. [36...Ra8+- ]

37.bxc5 Ra8
[37...Qe7 doesn't get the bull off the ice 38.Qd5 Rd8 39.Qb7+- ]

38.a7 Qc6
[38...Kh7 does not win a prize 39.Ra6 Qe7 40.Qd5+- ]

[39.Qe5 Kh7 40.Rb1 Qe6 41.Qxe6 fxe6 42.Rb7+ Kg6+- ]

[39...Kg7 is still a small chance 40.Qb6 Qf6+- ]

40.Qb6 Qc8
[40...Qe5 does not save the day 41.Rc1 Qe7 42.Qb8+ Qd8 43.Rb1+- ]

not a game to be proud of, but I guess I held my own for a little bit, anyway. [41.c6 Kg7 42.c7+- ] 1-0