(2) mueller (1506) - jcb (1772)
20.01.2009



1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.e4 0-0 6.Bd3 c5 7.d5 e5 8.h3 a6 9.a4 Nh5
Planning ...f5 right away

10.g4 Nf4 11.Bxf4 exf4 12.Qd2 g5 13.a5 Nd7 14.Kf1?
I don't get it. Castling either way would have been better. The king hinders white's major piece coordination for the rest of the game.

14...Ne5 15.Nxe5 Bxe5 16.f3 Qf6
The battery pressures the long diaganol; The plan now is to attack on the h-file, with a timely bishop sac at g4 likely.

17.Na4 Rb8 18.Rb1 Kg7 19.Nb6
The point of the knight's journey is to keep black cramped. The bishop at c8 seemingly has nowhere to go, and the bishop blocks the rook out of the game.

19...Rh8 20.Rh2 h5 21.Qg2 hxg4
fxg4 would have permitted ...f3, when white's position collapses.

22.hxg4 Rxh2 23.Qxh2 Bxg4! 24.fxg4?
Declining the bishop (perhaps Qg2) would have offered tougher resistance.

24...Rh8 25.Qd2 f3 26.Ke1
A king, stuck in the middle....

26...Rh1+ 27.Bf1 Bg3+ 28.Kd1 Rxf1+ 29.Kc2 Rf2 30.Qxf2 Bxf2 31.b4 Qd4
White resigned. 0-1