Peter Jaszkiwskyj 0 - 1 Gary Trudeau
Essex U180 v Cornwall U180 (19/05/2019), Bd.5
Notes by Gary Trudeau
The computers regard this as the best move for white here.
Being flexible. Depending on what white does black will be able to either fianchetto or play c5 forthwith.
There's nothing wrong with this of course but I would have been more concerned had he recaptured with the knight.
Sloppy. I should have prefaced this with ...cd first. Now black rapidly gets into difficulty.
This meets with silicon approval but during the game I was quietly amazed that a player with such a decent ECF rating didn't automatically continue with 21 g4! This threatens to win the hapless knight right off and if black goofs with ... 21 Bf3?? then white ignores the threat and pushes on with 22 g5 regardless, clearly winning. If instead of the bishop move black sensibly plays 21... h6 then obviously white continues 22 h4! and then 22.g5 is clearly forced but black's k-side is being opened up.
On the other hand 26...Rc1+! 27.Bxc1 (27.Rd1 R8c5 28.Qd6 Rxd1+ 29.Qxd1 Qxd7 30.Qxd7 Rc1+ 31.Bxc1 Nxd7-/+ ) 27...Qxd7 28.Qa1 (28.Bb2 Qxd2 29.Qxf6+ Kf8-+ ) 28...Qe7 gives black the advantage (Ian George)
Stockfish 10 approves of this too. White's setup is so strong that although black briefly wins a pawn now he is shortly constrained to give it right back again.
Only played after prolonged thought.
At long last the knight can move!
This loses the game. He had to play Bd4. White had less time left on the clock than I did so this lapse is forgivable.
If white now tries 50 Bd4 to hold up the passed pawn then 50... Nf4 ch. wins.
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