Jack Rudd v Ian George
West of England Championship, 2001, Rd.1
Imaginative play from Jack Rudd, featuring a positional king march to g7 in a crowded middle game position.
Perhaps 11...h6 12.b4 Be7 13.Bd3 0-0 is objectively better but, having played Jack several times before, defending the inevitable king's side attack did not appeal. White has a clear advantage. Later in the game black will suffer from the weakness on the black squares.
I have no idea if this was a blunder (I thought so at the time). Having lost material Jack's subsequent play is impressive.
White would like to play 31...Kf8 but 32.Rc1 Qd8 33.Ba5! Qxa5 34.Nxd7+ Ke8 35.Rxc8+ Kxd7 36.Rbc2 wins for white. After the move played the king can't go to f8 while the bishop is undefended. This allows white to execute the winning king march to g7 unopposed.
The black queen is doing nothing useful on c4 and should be defending the bishop in order to allow ...Kf8. It's too late now, though...black should have thought of that before!
The king reaches its destination. White had foreseen this a few moves ago and has been following a coherent plan, while black only saw white's idea when it was too late to counter it. His play in the last few moves has been aimless, having nothing to do with the demands of the position.
Notes by Ian George