(2) jcb (1821) - joe mital (1780)

This game demonstrates yet one more time the dangers of a King caught in the middle.

1...c5 2.d4
Varying from my usual 2. Nc3.

2...cxd4 3.c3 d3 4.Bxd3 Nc6 5.Nf3 e6 6.0-0 d5 7.Qc2 e5?
Almost anything else.. I've got a huge lead in development and now the center opens.

8.exd5 Qxd5 9.Re1 Bg4?
Costs black the e-pawn.

10.Be4 Qd6 11.Bxc6+ bxc6 12.Nxe5 Be6 13.Bf4
Threatens, among other things, 14. Ng6, winning the h8 rook.

13...Qc5 14.Na3!?
Played to keep from blocking the d-file but Nd2 would have been better.

14...Ne7 15.Rad1 Nd5 16.Qa4 Be7 17.Nxc6 Nxf4
If ...17 Bd7, then 18 Rxd5! wins for white.

18.Nxe7+ Kxe7 19.Qxf4 g5 20.Qf3 Rhc8 21.Nc2 Rab8 22.Nb4 Rb5 23.Nd5+
Taking advantage of the pinned B.

23...Ke8 24.Qf6 Qd6 25.Qh8+ Qf8 26.Qe5
Unnecessary. The immediate Nf6 mates in two.

26...Rbc5 27.Nf6+ Ke7 28.Rd7# 1-0