Sunday, March 23, 2008

My Fave Bayonet

I was a bit nervous just before this game. Here's another of these dangerous ACT players, I thought. When Sherab played 9...Nd7, however, I suddenly realised that perhaps he's not as up-to-date as I feared. I recall that in one of his videos, GM Danny King considered 9...Nd7 to be bad as it gives black either a cramped position or he just lags in development. I've even had a couple of wins against that move over the years, so from there my nerves began to settle.

Doeberl Cup 2008
The Closet Grandmaster
Guo-Yuthok, Sherab

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Be2 Nc6 6. Nf3 O-O 7. O-O e5 8. d5 Ne7 9. b4 Nd7 10. c5 Kh8 11. Ba3 h6 12. Rc1 f5 13. Nd2 Rf6 14. cxd6 cxd6 15. Nb5 Nb6 16. Nc7 Rb8 17. Qb3 Bf8 18. f4 Kg7 19. fxe5 dxe5 20. Bb2 Nc6 21. dxc6 Qxc7 (21... Qxd2 22. Ne8+ Kh8 23. Nxf6) 22. cxb7 Qxb7 23. Bxe5 Nd7 24. Bd4 Bxb4 25. e5 Rf8 26. Bf3 Qb5 27. e6+ Nf6 28. Rc7+ Kg8 29. e7+ Rf7 At this moment, I got up to pick up a second queen from another board. When I returned to sit down, my hand slowly began to move in for d7-d8. Then, for a split second I looked at Sherab's face and wondered why he looked unconcerned. That's when I thought, OK, better check again. And oops! Of course, there is simply Qxd8! Therefore I played 30. Bc6 Qe2 31. e8=Q+ 1-0

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