jcb - jcb

Beydler (1760) vs. Flowers (1681) March 28, 2006

1.e4 e6 2.g3 c5 3.Nc3
I'd rather play a Closed Sicilian than a French.

3...Nc6 4.Nf3 Nge7 5.Bg2 Qc7 6.d3 a6 7.0-0 g6 8.Be3 d6 9.d4 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Bg7 11.Qd2 Bxd4 12.Bxd4 Nxd4 13.Qxd4
I figure I'm winning here ... ahead in development, space advantage and control of the dark squares on the kingside.

13...0-0 14.Rad1 Rd8 15.Rd2 Nc6 16.Qf6 b5 17.e5 d5 18.Ne2
? Didn't even notice the e-pawn was hanging. Re1 would have saved my advantage.

18...Nxe5 19.Rd4 Nc6 20.Rh4 Qe7 21.Qf4 h5
...g5 would have been interesting.

22.Qd2 Ra7 23.Re1 Qf6 24.c3 Qh8
? I thought this a wasted move, the first of several he's about the make with the queen.

25.Qg5 Qe5 26.Qd2 Qh8 27.g4
Let the attack begin.

27...Qf6 28.g5 Qg7 29.Nf4 Rad7 30.Qe2
Threatening Nxe6, fxe6; Qxe6+ and then Qxc6.

30...Bb7 31.Bh3 Re7 32.Nxh5
! Now or never.

32...gxh5 33.Qxh5 f5 34.g6 Rf8 35.Re3 Rf6 36.Rg3 Ne5 37.Qh7+
! White wins in all variations.

37...Kf8 38.Qh8+ Qg8
...QxQ offers most resistance.

39.Qxf6+ Ke8 40.Rh8 1-0