Mark Watkins v Ian George
Camborne Club Championship 2013/14. Rd.6
The decisive game from the last round. Black fails to take the chance he is offered and the draw is sufficient for Mark to win the tournament (and retain the title) by half a point.
Wins for white but black is determined to continue taking risks in order to play for the win.
28...Rfc8 is objectively better
32.Nc7 Nxc7 33.Rxd7 Ne6 34.Bxe7 Rf7 35.Bc4 (35.Re1 Rb7 36.Bg2 Rxd7 37.Bxa8 Bd4 38.Rxe6 Bxf2+ 39.Kxf2 Rfxe7 40.Rxe7+ Rxe7. Black is the exchange up but white should not lose.) 35...Re8 36.Bxe6 Rfxe7 37.Rxe7 Rxe7 38.Re1+/-
Throws away the advantage and the championship. 36...Rfc8 is an easy win
Panic stations with less than five minutes on the clock, but shortage of time is no excuse for this appalling move which finally hands the win back to white. 37...Rec8 38.Kh2 Qxb3 39.Rdxc7 Rxc7 40.Rxc7 Qxa4 41.Bf6 Rg8 42.Be5 Kh6=
...and white made a very generous draw offer which black is not in a position to refuse. Botvinnik's assessment of a particularly error-strewn game against Smyslov in one of their World Championship matches applies here: "Truly the two players were worthy of each other on this occasion!"
Notes by Ian George