Jeremy Menadue v Mark Hebden
British Championship 1995, Rd.1
Jeremy comes close to beating GM Hebden who was one of the favourites to win the tournament.
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Bg5 c5 7.d5 a6 8.a4 e6 9.Qd2 exd5 10.cxd5 Re8 11.Nge2 Nbd7 12.Ng3 Qa5 13.Ra3 h5 14.Be2 Nh7 15.Be3 h4 16.Nf1 Ne5 17.g4 Bd7 18.Kf2 Qb4 19.Qc2 c4 20.Nd2 Rac8 21.Rha1 f5 22.gxf5 gxf5 23.Rg1 Kh8 24.Rxg7 Kxg7 25.a5 Nf6 26.Na2 Nd3+ 27.Bxd3 cxd3 28.Qxc8 Qxd2+ 29.Bxd2 Rxc8 30.Nc3 fxe4 31.Nxe4 Rc2 32.Rxd3 Bb5 33.Rd4 Nxe4+ 34.fxe4 Rxb2 35.Kf3 Kg6 36.Kg4 Rb3 37.Bb4 Bd7+ 38.Kf4 Rb2 39.Bxd6 Rxh2 40.e5 Rg2 41.e6 Bb5 42.Kf3 Rg5?
43.Bf4! wins. Black's rook is denied the squares it needs to combine with the bishop to create counterplay against the white king. 43...Rxd5 (43...Rf5 44.d6 Bc6+ 45.Kf2 h3 46.Kg3 Rh5 47.Kh2+- ; 43...Rh5 44.d6+- ; 43...Rg1 44.d6+- ) 44.Rxd5 Bc6 45.Ke4 Kf6 (45...Kg7 46.Ke5 ) 46.Kd4+-
This frees the black rook, allowing him to draw with ease. Better is 45.Rxh4 Rd3 (45...Rc3 46.Rh5+ Kg4 (46...Kf4 47.d6 Rf3+ (47...Rc2+ 48.Ke1 Re2+ 49.Kd1 Rxe6 50.Rxb5 axb5 51.d7 Rxe7 52.d8Q+- ) 48.Ke1 Rd3 (48...Rf1+ 49.Kd2 Rf2+ 50.Kc3 Rf3+ 51.Kd4 Rd3+ 52.Kc5+- ; 48...Re3+ 49.Kd2 Re2+ (49...Rxe6 50.Rxb5 axb5 51.d7+- ; 49...Rd3+ 50.Kc2 Rd4 51.Rxb5 axb5 52.d7 Ke5 53.Bd6++- ) 50.Kd1 Rxe6 51.Rxb5 axb5 52.d7+- ) 49.Rxb5 axb5 50.d7 Ke5 51.Bd6++- ) 47.Rg5+ Kf4 48.d6 Rf3+ (48...Rc2+ 49.Ke1 Re2+ 50.Kd1 Re4 (50...Rxe6 51.Rxb5 axb5 52.d7+- ) 51.Rxb5 axb5 52.d7 Rd4+ 53.Kc2 Ke5 54.Bd6++- )) 46.Rh5+ Kg4 47.Rg5+ Kf4 48.Bf6 Rd2+ (48...Rd1 49.Re5 Rd2+ (49...Rf1+ 50.Kg2 Rd1 51.e7 Be8 52.Rg5 Bb5 53.Rh5 Kg4 54.Rh4+ Kf5 55.Bc3 Rd3 56.Rb4 Be8 57.Rc4 Rxd5 58.Rc8 Ba4 59.e8Q Bxe8 60.Rxe8+- ) 50.Ke1 Rd3 51.e7 Be8 ; 48...Rf3+ 49.Ke1 Rh3 50.Kd2 Rh6 51.Be7 Rh7 52.d6 Rxe7 53.Rxb5 Rxe6 54.Rd5 Re8 55.d7 Rd8+- ) 49.Ke1 and black has enough for the draw, e,g, 49...Rh2 50.Rg8 Ke3 51.Kd1 (51.Rh8 Rxh8 52.Bxh8 Bc4 53.e7 Bb5 54.d6 Ke4= ; 51.Bg5+ Kd4 52.Rd8 Rg2 53.Bf4 Bc4 ) 51...Rd2+ 52.Kc1 Rxd5 53.e7 Kd3
Admittedly it is much easier to generate all this analysis as a third party sitting at home with Fritz turned on. It's a different matter with the clock running and a strong and determined opponent facing you. Nevertheless 45. Rxh4 should have been played because finding the path to equality requires a lot of accurate play from black.
Notes by Ian George (with plenty of assitance from Fritz!)