jcb - jcb

Beydler (1758) vs. Bonzon (1595) Jan. 24, 2006

1.e4 Nf6
I played the Alekhine as black quite a bit about 25 years ago, but gave up on it. Don't know that I've ever played the white side so this game will be an adventure.

2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6 exd6 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Bd3 Qf6 8.Ne2 Be7 9.Nbc3 Bf5 10.Nd5
!? Saddling myself with doubled, isolated d-pawns, but this forces black to un-develop and gives me more space and pressure on the c file.

10...Nxd5 11.cxd5 Nb8 12.Bxf5 Qxf5 13.Qb3 b6 14.Rc1 Bd8 15.0-0 0-0 16.Rc3 Nd7 17.Ng3 Qg4 18.f3 Qg6 19.f4
Qb5 would been better a better choice. This forces ...19 f5 and the knight's arrival on e4 might have cost me the game if black had played slightly better.

19...f5 20.Rf3 Nf6 21.Bf2 Re8 22.Rfe3 Ne4 23.Qb5
! The e4 Knight is now effectively pinned because of the weakly projected rook at e8.

? The losing move. ...23 Kf8 was better. So was ...23 Bf6. But we was too worried about 24 Rxc7, which I wouldn't have played because of ...24 Bxd4, when black is way better despite the white rook on the 7th.

24.Qc6 Ra7 25.Nxf5
! The black Q is overloaded. If ...25 Qxf5, then 26. Qxe8.

25...Rf8 26.Rxe4 Qxf5 27.Rce3 Qf7 28.Re8 g6 29.f5
!? Spent very little time on this, which was a "play the clock" move. Black had about 8 minutes left; I had nearly a half hour. Best is ...29 gxf5, after which 30. Rg3+, Kh8; 31. Rxf8; Qxf8; 32. Rf3 would leave me a pretty comfortable end game, especially given the clocks.

?? Loses instantly.

Black resigns. *