Australian Chess Federation newsletter
No. 346, December 7, 2005

Coaching by IM Sandler
Lane out of World Cup
December Ratings
ACF National Conference agenda
NSW Country Teams Championship
Tuggeranong Vikings Weekender
Australian Schools Teams Championships
Junior Internet Tournaments
NSW inter-schools
Queensland AGM
Queensland Lightning
NSWCA AGM - correction
Nominations for ACF medals
World News
Grand Prix
Other Events

Australian Championships and Australian Junior Championships start very soon!

28 Dec 2005 to 9 Jan 2006

Details at

A strong reminder that you will get a fantastic accommodation deal by booking at the five star Carlton Crest Hotel, which is the playing venue. You can still book a family of four for just $124 per night slap bang in the centre of Brisbane. We are waiting here to welcome you. We have strong entries in all 12 events. You will enjoy the culture of top class chess, and all that Brisbane and the surrounds have to offer. Don't miss out. We thank the Queensland chess community for the great support they have already shown. For a full list of confirmed entries in all the tournaments that make up the big event, please go to (participants). You can enter and pay securely online at this website. For any enquiries not answered by our webpage, please phone Ian Murray 07 3411 3445 or Graeme Gardiner 07 5522 7221.

- Graeme Gardiner, John Humphrey, Ian Murray and Lionel Smerdon, Organising Committee


Coaching at Australian Championships: IM Leonid Sandler has created a new company called Chess Australia Pty Ltd based in Melbourne. The idea is to provide quality chess coaching at different levels from school to the best players in the country. Leonid has 25 years experience in coaching and is a certified FIDE trainer. He will be in Brisbane for the duration of Australian Championships and offering chess coaching for juniors.

If you're interested email Leonid or ring (home) 03 9528 3887 or mobile 0412 201891.

Australian Champion IM Gary Lane was beaten 1.5-0.5 by Georgian GM Baadur Jobava in Round 2 of FIDE's World Cup knockout tournament in Khanty-Manslysk in western Siberia. Lane won round 1 of the 128 player event when his opponent, Armenian GM Vladimir Akopian, did not show up.

The December Ratings are now on the ACF website.

Leading players: GM I. Rogers NSW 2631, IM A Wohl NSW 2538, IM G.Lane NSW 2484, IM Z.Zhao (NSW) 2475, GM D.Johansen (VIC) 2453, T.Tao (SA) 2418, I.Bjelobrk (VIC) 2408, IM D.Smerdon (VIC) 2405.

The agenda for the ACF National Conference can be viewed here. Minutes of last year's conference here

NSW Country Teams Championship:

The 2005 NSW Country Teams was held at Mingara Recreation Club on December 3rd and 4th. With 14 teams it was the largest for some time. Fifty players participated with some travelling from Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Gosford, Tumbi Umbi and Dubbo - and this year, for the first time, we had a team from Katoomba. The players commented on the spacious and comfortable venue - many thanks to Mingara Recreation club for their support of this event.

Gosford always looked the odds-on favourite to win the tournament, with FM Curtis on board 1. Their board 3 had a similar rating to the board 1 of their nearest competitor. Second-placed Newcastle had former NSW country champions on boards 1 and 2. Current champions Mingara were unable to field the team that won the title last year. Their board 1 John Nutter took ill and was admitted to hospital about a week before the tournament and their board 2 Mal Murrell had Director Of Play duties. Curtis was only able to play on the first day, but that was enough to give Gosford a 2.5 point lead over Newcastle. Gosford's effort was enhanced by the solid performance of Colin Rowlison dropping only half a point to Katoomba captain Ross Hamilton. Colin won the best Individual score prize with 6.5 from 7 games closely followed by Mingara Mates board 3, Zach Berry-Porter, on 6 points. John Pascoe and Colin Parsons shared the prize for the best performance in the second half of the field with 5.5/7. There was a call for drug testing after 6 rounds when it was noted John Pascoe's performance rating was 2007 - more than 600 above his actual rating! John's win over former NSW Country Champion Segopotso Hlabano can be found below.

The surprise of the tournament was the Katoomba team, captained by NSWCA auditor Ross Hamilton who has recently moved there. Katoomba had two unrated players - Dick Davis and Glynn Curran - who both finished the first day undefeated on 3.5/4. After 4 rounds they were given provisional ratings of 1703 and 1512 respectively. Dick was moved up to board 1 and went on to finish the tournament undefeated on 5.5/7. Katoomba shared 3rd place on their first attempt ... not a bad effort. Apart from the runaway win by Gosford, the rest of the competitors were fairly closely matched with only 1 point separating 2nd and 8th place. The Reserve Shield for the best performance by a team in the second half was won by Coffs Harbour with Alan Tankel scoring 5.5/7 and Bill Ross and Jason Goodson both beating higher rated players. This was a well deserved win. The tournament was played in a friendly spirit and the game of chess was the real winner on the day with the sense of being part of a team and good old Aussie mateship prevailing.

Games, crosstables and photographs can be found on the NSW Chess Association Website

- Mal Murrell, DOP

Mingara Combined Districts Lightning Championship

Mingara Recreation Club, Mingara Drive, Tumbi Umbi. Registration starts at 7:30pm. A 9 round event On Monday December 12 In the Legends Sports bar (take the lift in the foyer to the lower level). Entry fee $5 or $2.50 for juniors (all entries returned as prizes). Juniors Welcome. There will be divisional prizes. Enquiries Mal Murrell 43923873.

Tuggeranong Vikings Weekender: Report by DOP Charles Zworestine

The moral of the story: encourage your juniors, and you will get the numbers to your tournaments. 60% in this year's Tuggeranong Vikings weekender, to be precise: 27 out of 45 is not too bad! This was up on the 30 or so from last year, so the organisers could consider it to be a success. Top seed was George Xie, who we hope will soon receive the International Master title; but he and second seed Johny Bolens were bound to be challenged by the usual dangerous youngsters, headed by Junta Ikeda, Jason Hu and Gareth Oliver. A slightly disappointing turnout of only 6 interstate players made the event largely a local ACT one; but the time controls of 60 + 10 (Fischer) still guaranteed an interesting event, as we soon found out!

One of the usual consequences of many junior participants is several upsets; so it was exceptional here that there was not a single upset in the first two rounds! All the top seeds won fairly convincingly in Round 1. Things were a bit harder in Round 2, but still no upsets. George Xie splattered Shannon Oliver, who fell into an opening trap; while Johny Bolens, Junta Ikeda and Jason Hu all won handily. Alex Mendes da Costa and Milan Grcic found the going rather tougher. Milan was winning his ending against Bill Egan a pawn up, but then allowed Bill to win the pawn back and force an even rook and pawn endgame; this should have been drawn, but Bill saw ghosts and ended up losing.

George and Junta continued on their merry ways in Round 3, beating Adrian de Noskowski and Mos Ali respectively. Bolens conceded his first half point, agreeing to Grcic's draw offer when two pawns down but with activity as compensation. We finally saw some upsets this round, most notably when Sherab Guo-Yuthok beat Alex Mendes da Costa. Alex's knight really should have drawn with Sherab's rook when their three pawns each were on the same side of the board; but a patient Sherab ground Alex down in a very long struggle, eventually returning the exchange to force a won king and pawn ending. Lower down, the dangerous Jake McCook also scored an upset when he defeated Bill Egan.

So to Round 4, the last of the Saturday rounds; and excitement plus on the top boards! Having been worse in the opening, Jason Hu fought back to get a good position against George Xie; and then, in a complicated double rook ending, he fell for a trick and lost after George trapped his rook. Junta ground down Sherab in a long game, and Bolens did pretty much the same to Gareth Oliver. Milan Grcic was a piece down against Alex Mendes da Costa, but with an attack and pawns as compensation; their tricky ending finished up as a draw after Milan won all Alex's pawns, but Alex sacrificed his piece back to win all of Milan's and they ended up with just a rook each! Allen Setiabudi upset Edward Xing, and Blake Schroedl stunned Ramakrishna after surviving his attack and ending up forcing a won ending.

Sunday morning saw Jason Hu convincingly outplay Johny Bolens in Round 5, scoring pawns, the exchange and a winning attack! Noteworthy were the results of a couple of Under 12s: Emma Guo beat Bill Egan, and Yi Yuan drew with Gareth Oliver after Yi forced Gareth to give up his queen to avoid mate, but Gareth got enough material for the queen to force a draw. Up there on 4/5 were Grcic (beat Shannon Oliver), Ali (defeated Schroedl) and Sherab (who won a good knight vs bad bishop ending against Andrew Brown). By far the most thrilling game of the round, however, was on Board 1, where Junta and George Xie took their time in the opening; then things got really interesting when Junta got a queen for three minor pieces! From there a massive time scramble saw lots of excitement, before George won after his rook and minor pieces got to Junta's king (see game below).

Ikeda, J (2032)    --    Xie, G (2324)
Tuggeranong Vikings Weekender  (5)   ACT
2005.12.04     0-1     E61o

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 c5 5.e3 O-O 6.Be2 d6 7.O-O Na6 8.b3 b6 9.Bb2 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Bb7 11.Bf3 Qd7 12.e4 e6 13.Qe2 Nc5 14.Rfd1 a6 15.e5!? dxe5 16.Nc6!? Qc7

17.Nb5!! axb5 18.Bxe5 Qxc6
Or ...Qc8 19.Ne7+
19.Bxc6 Bxc6 20.Rd6 Rfc8 21.cxb5 Bd5 22.f4 Ncd7 23.Rf1 Nxe5 24.fxe5 Ne4 25.Rd7 Rf8 26.Qb2 Nc5 27.Rd6 Nd3 28.Qd2 Nxe5 29.Rxb6 Ng4 30.h3 Bh6 31.Rf4!? Nf6
( 31...Bxf4?? 32.Qxf4 and the knight goes too )
32.Qd4 Nd7 33.Rd6 Bg7 34.Qe3 Nf6 35.Ra4 Rac8 36.b6 Rc2 37.b7 Bxb7 38.Rd2 Rc1+ 39.Kh2 Nh5 40.Rd7 Bc6 41.Qxc1 Bxd7 42.Ra7 Be5+ 43.g3 Bxg3+ 44.Kg2 Bb5 45.Ra5 Bf4 46.Qc3 Rb8 47.a4 Be8 48.Rc5 Bd7 49.a5 Bd6 50.Rc4 Nf4+ 51.Kf3 Nd5 52.Qc2 Ra8 53.Qa2 Bb5 54.Rc1 Bb4 55.a6 Bxa6 56.Qb2 Bb7 57.Rg1 Nc3+ 58.Kg4 Ra2 59.Qc1 h5+ 60.Kg5 Ne4+ 0-1

If you thought this was thrilling, Round 6 provided even more by way of excitement. Just when we all thought George Xie was home and hosed, he got into a complicated game against Milan Grcic: with rooks, minor pieces and lots of isolated pawns, the position looked like a mess to me! And unwilling to settle for a draw, George indeed made a mess of it, collapsing uncharacteristically in a sea of tactics to hand Milan a massive upset win. This promised a very exciting finish, as Milan and George were joined on 5/6 by Junta (who eventually broke through with a winning attack against Jason Hu) and Sherab (who beat Mos Ali). Adrian de Noskowski upset Johny Bolens to get to 4.5 and in contention for the prizes, while Emma Guo continued her good run with a solid upset draw with Joe Marks.

No more dramas for George Xie in the last round, as he fairly comfortably took care of Sherab to guarantee himself at least equal first, then waited around to see what Junta and Milan would do. Junta sacrificed a pawn early, and later a second; but he always kept enough activity to be dangerous, and eventually his attack got through to snare him a share of first place on 6/7. An excellent result for a player not yet 14. Alex Mendes da Costa checkmated de Noskowski to claim outright third on 5.5, while Milan had to content himself with a share of the Under 1800 prize with Mos Ali (who beat Andrew Brown). Justin Chow finished a good event for him by hanging on for a draw with Bolens to join a large group tying for the Under 1500 prize.

Prize List: = 1st Junta Ikeda, George Xie 6/7; 3rd Alex Mendes da Costa 5.5; = 1st Under 1800 Mos Ali, Milan Grcic 5; Best Junior Sherab Guo-Yuthok 5; 2nd Best Junior Gareth Oliver 4.5; = 1st Under 1500 Phil Bourke, Justin Chow, Joe Marks, Blake Schroedl, Edward Xing 4; Best Unrated Dennis Au 4; = 1st Under 1000 Peter Bradshaw, Alana Chibnall, Allen Setiabudi, Megan Setiabudi 3.

Australian Schools Teams Championships to be held this weekend, Saturday and Sunday 10-11 December at Wyvern House (Newington College Preparatory School), Cambridge Avenue, Stanmore, Sydney. The Championships are being contested by the winners of the various state inter-schools competitions in four divisions: Primary Open, Primary Girls, Secondary Open and Secondary Girls. As in past years this event promises to be hard-fought and exciting. Details, including the schedule, are on the NSW Junior Chess League website (see top right-hand corner of the home page), but note particularly:

Opening ceremony – Saturday 8.30 a.m.
Complimentary dinner – Saturday from 5.30 p.m.
Presentation and closing ceremony – Sunday 3.30 p.m.

- Richard Gastineau-Hills
NSW Junior Chess League

David Cordover's "ChessKids National Open Schools Championships" were held last weekend in Melbourne. Around 160 children participated across 3 divisions (Open Primary, Open Secondary & Junior Secondary) from all states & territories except NT. For details of ChessWorld's junior event in Melbourne see the ChessKids website.

The South Australian Junior Chess League (SAJCL) plans to run a series of Junior Internet Tournaments in 2006. We will be seeking support for it from the Australian Chess Federation at the National Conference in January.

The internet is a fantastic medium for playing chess (particularly for juniors) and yet no formal competitions have been arranged in Australia. We believe these events can only encourage more youngsters to play more chess and to help them improve the general standard of chess in this country.

More details on the ACF website

- Alan Goldsmith, SAJCL President

NSW inter-schools competitions: The Primary Schools Competition (1150 teams of 4-players) culminated in a grand final in which Metropolitan Champions Sydney Grammar St Ives Prep defeated Country Champions Wollongong P S. The following day the Country Districts finals of the Primary One-Day series (for 3-player teams) took place and was won by The Junction P S of Newcastle. The top country teams joined the metropolitan finalists in the Metropolitan/State finals - this was convincingly won by Sydney Grammar School St Ives Prep. In the One-Day series a total of 1147 teams participated in the 34 district tournaments which led up to the two finals.

The Country Secondary Schools Competition (147 teams of 4-players) concluded with the six regional winners meeting for the grand finals in Sydney - the winning team was Karabar High from Queanbeyan. The Metropolitan Secondary Competition (285 teams of 4-players) had finished earlier with Knox Grammar winning the Open Grade, Trinity Grammar winning the Senior and Intermediate Grades and Baulkham Hills High winning the Junior Grade.

The 4-player Primary and Secondary Competitions have determined the teams to represent NSW in the Australian Schools Teams Championships to be held in Sydney on 10-11 December. The NSW teams in the four divisions are as follows: Primary Open - Sydney Grammar School St Ives Prep; Primary Girls - Summer Hill Public ; Secondary Open - Knox Grammar; Secondary Girls - North Sydney Girls High. - Peter Parr

Chess Association of Queensland AGM: The Annual General Meeting of the Chess Association of Queensland was held in Brisbane on Saturday. The only change was the addition of Alex Toolsie as Deputy President. The full committee is:

Howard Duggan - President
Alex Toolsie - Vice President
Ian Murray - Secretary and Treasurer
Gail Young - Membership Secretary
Patrick Byrom - Ratings Officer
Garvin Gray - Tournament Officer
Kieron Olm-Milligan - Aust Junior Rep

IM Stephen Solomon won the Queensland Lightning Championship on Saturday with a score of 16/17, his only loss being to Casey Barnard. Casey came second on 15, and Laz Sretenovic third on 14.5. There were 18 entries.

The Queensland Clubs Teams Championship was held at the Brisbane Bridge Club at Woolloongabba on Sunday, 4 December. There was a great turnout of 100 players. There were 11 teams of four in the junior section, and 7 teams of eight in the adult section. Club Bullwinkle, with Grandmaster Roland Schmaltz on board one, convincingly won the adult event, with Brisbane second. In the juniors, Redcliffe and Gold Coast tied for first place.

- Graeme Gardiner


Dear Chess Friends

I'm just popping in to let you know that I've relocated to Melbourne. I'll not be able to attend Australian Championship in Brisbane, due to personal circumstances. I wish all players success at the Championship!!!

Also, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Ian Murray for inviting me to work in Queensland school of Chess in 2003 and Graeme and Wendy Gardiner, who offered me extra hours in their Chess Centre, and helped me to settle in Australia.

I was very proud to represent Australia in the Chess Olimpiad last year, and planning to actively participate in Australian chess life.

I wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

- Anastasia Sorokina


I was cleaning out my garage & found some interesting Chess magazines from one of my Uncles. He was a Chess Champion , Max Green, who died in the 1950s. We would like to sell these magazines for a fair price. Would you know someone who could help? The magazines are from about 1935 to 1954:

1.The Australian Chess Review, which later became Chess World.
2. Chess World.
3. FIDE French Chess Magazines.
4. Seventy Years of Victorian Chess by Edward Rosenblum 1926.
5. Hardback Reference Book, The Principles of Chess in Theory & Practice by James Mason 1896 Second Edition.

Thank you for your assistance,
- David Friedman

NSWCA AGM: Last week we reported that "A bid by well-known tournament organiser Jason Lyons and chess shop owner Peter Parr to join the NSWCA executive has been defeated at the AGM." Peter Parr advises that Jason Lyons and himself did not attend the AGM of the NSWCA nor did either stand for any position at the AGM. For reasons see: .

(This being a domestic state matter, the ACF takes no responsibility for material contained in the web link referred to by Mr Parr - Ed)

Bill Gletsos and Richard Gastineau-Hills have been appointed life members of the NSWCA.

Nominations for ACF medals: State Associations are reminded of the opportunity to nominate persons for ACF medals as detailed in the ACF Medals Procedures by-law contained in the ACF Constitution/Administrative Manual, which may be viewed at the ACF web site at (link: ACF Medals Procedures).

The by-law includes the following guidelines for medals to be presented in January 2006.

Steiner Medal for Australian 'Player of the Year 2005'
This is awarded to the "Player of the Year". It is to be the player who has made the greatest impact, not necessarily the highest-rated - it is for the most notable achievement of the year and may be awarded to the same person more than once.

Koshnitsky Medal
This is awarded annually for an outstanding contribution to Australian chess administration at a national or a state level. The Koshnitsky medal is not awarded more than once to the same person. (Previous winners listed at

Nominations need not be from among a State's own members. A separate document containing the following should be provided in respect of each nominee:
- name (correctly spelt);
- contact details (phone, email, postal address);
- description or list of relevant achievements;
- anything else relevant to the nomination.
Nominations may be forwarded as follows:
- email:
- post: 20 Sycamore Grove, East St Kilda 3183
- fax: (03) 9525 9632

A person submitting a nomination should retain at least one complete copy and must phone (03) 9525 9631 or 0409 525 963 to confirm that it has been received if delivery has not been acknowledged 36 hours after expected delivery time.

- Koshnitsky medal: Friday 16 December 2005
- Steiner medal: Monday 2 January 2006

- Garry Wastell

Ivanchuk out of FIDE World Cup: Tournament favourite Vasily Ivanchuk was beaten 0.5-1.5 by Topalov's second, young Bulgarian GM Cheparinov in round 2 - the biggest upset so far. The tournament - a preliminary event in the FIDE world championship cycle - is under way in Siberia. Features a huge assortment of great players including Ivanchuk, Bacrot, Aronian, Grischuk, Gelfand etc. Ten of the 132 players will qualify for FIDE's "candidates" matches in the run up to the 2007 world championship.

Round 4 pairings:
Bareev (RUS) - Carlsen (NOR)
Bacrot (FRA) - Lautier (FRA)
Vallejo (ESP) - Aronian (ARM)
Grischuk (RUS) - Kamsk (USA)
Dreev (RUS) - Gelfand (ISR)
Gurevich (BEL) - Malakhov (RUS)
Sakaev (RUS) - Rublevsk (RUS)
Van Wel (NED) - Ponomariov (UKR)

Site : Live games : Finished games


This week, some interesting games from the recent Victorian Reserves Championship, annotated by Carl Gorka.

Szuveges, N (1899)    --    Stojic, S (1981)
Vic Reserves   Melbourne
2005     0-1     A16

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 c5 5.d3 O-O 6.e3 Nc6 7.Nge2 Rb8

( 7...d6 )
8.O-O a6 9.a4
An odd decision as White will normally aim for b4
9...b6 10.Rb1 Bb7 11.b3 Nb4 12.Bxb7 Rxb7 13.e4 e6 14.d4 d5
Diagram #
( 15.cxd5 exd5 16.e5 Ne4 17.f4 Re8 intending transferring the dark squared bishop to the a3-f8 diagonal )
( 15.e5 Ne4 16.cxd5 exd5 transposes to the variation above )
15...exd5 16.dxc5
( 16.Nxd5 Nbxd5 17.cxd5 Qxd5 18.dxc5 bxc5 19.Qxd5 Nxd5 might be ok for White, but Black has the initiative )
( 16...Rd7 intending 17.cxb6? dxc4 when Whie must lose a piece to save her queen )
17.cxd5 Rd7 18.Bg5
( 18.Nf4 Nfxd5 19.Ncxd5 Nxd5 20.Nxd5 Rxd5 21.Qc2 Re8 22. Be3 seems fairly level. There aren't many targets left to attack )
18...Nbxd5 19.Nxd5 Rxd5 20.Qc1 Qd7
( 20...Re8 )

Qh3!? 22.Bxf6
( 22.f3 )
( Of course not 22.Nxd5? Ng4 mating )
22...Rh5! 23.Bh4 g5?
( 23...Bxc3! 24.Qd1 ( 24.Qxc3 Rxh4 -+ The g-pawn is pinned so the rook can't be taken ) 24...Be5 ( 24...Bf6 25.Qxh5 gxh5 26.Bxf6 Qf5 -/+ ) 25.f4 Bd4+ 26.Kh1 Bf6 27.Qxh5 gxh5 28.Bxf6 Qe6 29.Be5 f6 30.Ba1 Rd8 -+ )
( 24.Ne2 Be5 25.Rd1 gxh4 26.Nf4 Bxf4 27.Qxf4 hxg3 28.Qxg3+ Kh8 29.Qxh3 Rxh3 30.Kg2 = )
( 24...Rxh4 25.gxh4 Qg4+ 26.Kh1 Qf3+ = )
( 25.Ne7+ Kg7 26.Qxc5 Rxh4 27.Nf5+ Qxf5 28.f4 gxf4 29.gxh4 White has nothing )
25...Rxh4 26.Ne7+ Kg7 27.Qxe5+?
( 27.Nf5+ as in the note to White's 25th move )
White must now give up her queen to avoid mate. It is a matter of how much material she can get back
28.Nf5+ Kh8 29.Qxf6+ Rxf6 30.Nxh4 gxh4 31.Rbe1
Not enough material. The rest of the game is a conversion of superior forces
31...Kg7 32.Re7+ Kg6 33.Re3 Kh6 34.b4 Qg4 35.b5 a5 36.f4 h3 37.Re5 Re6 38.Rxe6+ Qxe6 39.f5 Qe3+ 40.Rf2 Qe1+ 41.Rf1 Qe4 42.Rf2 Kg7 43.f6+ Kf7 44.Kf1 Qxa4 45.Ke1 Qxb5 46.Rc2 Kxf6 47.Kd2 a4 48.Kc3 Qb3+ 49.Kd2 a3 50.Rc3 Qb2+ 51.Rc2 Qd4+ 52.Ke2 a2 0-1

Yachou, N (2004)    --    Wallis, C (2026)
Vic Reserves   Melbourne
2005     0-1     C58

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.d3 h6 7.Nf3 e4 8. Ne5

( 8.Qe2 is the main move here, although David Bronstein has played )
( 8.dxe4 Nxc4 9.Qd4 )
8...Bd6 9.Bb5+ c6 10.dxc6 O-O 11.d4 bxc6
( 11...Bxe5 12.dxe5 Qxd1+ 13.Kxd1 Ng4 14.cxb7 Bxb7 15.Ke1 a6 16.Be2 Nxe5 17.Bf4 Rae8 18.Na3 Nd3+ 19.cxd3 exd3 20.Be3 dxe2 21.Bc5 Bxg2 22.Rg1 Bf3 23.Bxf8? Rd8 0-1 Stefansson-From Gausdal 1986 )
12.Be2 Qc7
A typical position. White is a pawn up, but lacks development, while Black's activity gives him great practical chances.
( 13.O-O c5 14.c3 Rd8 ~= )
13...Nxg4 14.Bxg4 Bxg4 15.Qxg4 f5 16.Qe2
( 16.Qh5 )
White's king is looking decidedly uncomfortable, and Black will have chances of an attack wherever White puts it.
( 17.Bd2 trying to castle queenside is too slow 17...f4 18.Nc3 e3 -/+ )
( 17.b3 f4 18.Bb2 f3 19.Qf1 e3 -/+ )
( 17.h3 intending king side castling )
17...f4 18.b4 f3 19.Qa6?
( 19.Qf1 Bf4 intending 20...e3 20.Be3 fxg2 21.Qxg2 Nc4 -/+ )
19...fxg2 20.Rg1

( 20...Bxb4+ was also possible now 21.axb4 Qxh2 22.Rxg2 Qxg2 23.Qf1 ( 23.Be3 Qg1+ 24.Ke2 Rf5 25.bxa5 Rb8 26.Qc4+ Kh8 27.Qa2 Rbf8 -+ Black's attack is unstoppable, as White's pieces look on from the side ) 23...e3 24.Qxg2 exf2+ 25.Kd2 Nc4+ 26.Kc3 f1=Q 27.Qxf1 Rxf1 -+ )
Diagram #
( 21.Bxe3 Bxb4+ 22.axb4 Qxh2 -+ )
21...Bxb4+! 22.axb4 Qxh2 23.Rxg2 Qxg2 24.Nc3 Qg1+
White will be mated after 25.Ke2 Rf2+ 26.Kd3 Qf1+ 27.Ne2 Qxe2+ 28.Kc3 Qxc2#

Yachou, N (2004)    --    Stojic, S (1981)
Vic Reserves   Melbourne
2005     1-0     A04

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 e6 6.Nbd2 Ne7 7.O-O O-O 8. Re1 Nbc6 9.Nf1 Rb8 10.c3 d5

( 10...b5 has been seen before )
11.e5 d4 12.c4
White denies Black access to the d5 square
( 12...b6 13.Bg5 Bb7 ( 13...Nxe5 14.Nxe5 f6 15.Bf4 fxe5 16.Bxe5 Bxe5 17.Rxe5 Qd6 18.f4 +/- White has a ready target on e6 ) 14.Qd2 ( 14.N1d2 h6 ) 14...Re8 15.Qf4 += )
13.b3 bxc4 14.bxc4 Qc7 15.Bf4
( 15.Qe2 )
( 15...Bb7 The bishop is more active here than on d7 and can drop back to a8 if needed )
( 16.Qd2 )
16...Rb2 17.N1d2 Nb4 18.Ne4 Rb8?
( The rook is needed on f8 to defend f7 18...Nxa2 19.Nf6+ Kh8 20.Ng5 h6 ( 20...Nc3 21.Qc1 Rb3 22.Ngxh7 +/- ) 21.Nge4 Bc6 the position is complex, but Black has staved off immediate danger and is a pawn up )
19.Nf6+! Kh8 20.Ng5
Diagram #
Admitting the mistake, but it is too late
21.Ngxh7 Nc2
( 21...Rb8 22.Ng5 Rf8 23.h5 Nf5 24.Nxf7+ Rxf7 25.hxg6 is a typical line )
22.Re2 Ba4 23.Rc1 Rfb8 24.Rexc2 Rxc2 25.Rxc2 Rb2
Diagram #

Sacrificing the queen is a nice finishing touch to this game
26...Bxd1 27.Rb7 Qc8 28.Ng5 Qf8
( 28...Bxf6 29.exf6 +- )
and then a final diversion
( 29...Qxb8 30.Nxf7# )
30.Nxf7# 1-0

Wallis, C (2026)    --    Stojic, D (2033)
Vic Reserves   Melbourne
2005     1-0     A67

1.d4 c5 2.d5 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 Bg7 8. Bb5+ Nfd7 9.a4 O-O 10.Nf3 Na6 11.O-O Nc7 12.Bxd7 Bxd7 13.f5 b5

( 13...gxf5 )
14.Bg5 Bf6?
( 14...f6 )
15.Bxf6 Qxf6 16.e5 dxe5
All this has been seen before, and now White improves on the plan in my database

Diagram #
17...Ne8 18.Ne4
It is hard to suggest a reasonable move for Black here
( 18...Qg7 19.fxg6 hxg6 20.Qd5 Rd8 21.axb5 Bxb5 22.Rfe1 a6 23.Rad1 +/- )
( 18...Qd8 19.fxg6 hxg6 20.Nxe5 threatening 21.Rxf7 )
19.Nfg5 Qg4 20.Qd5! +-
Black's opening, 14.Bf6, is busted
20...h6 21.Rxf7! hxg5 22.Rxd7+ Kh8 23.Qxe5+ Kg8 24.Qe7 Qh4 25.Qe6+ Kh8 26.Qe5+ Kg8 27.Qd5+ Kh8 28.Qxa8 1-0

Stead, K    --    Stirling, N
Vic Reserves   Melbourne
2005.10.08     1-0     A30

1.c4 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 e6 4.Nc3 a6 5.e4!? Bd6

( 5...e5 = )
6.Nge2 Nge7 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Be5 9.Be3 O-O 10.O-O f5 11.f4 Bc7
( 11...Bxd4 12.Bxd4 fxe4 13.Bxe4 d5 14.cxd5 exd5 15.Bg2 += Black's isolated pawn is very weak )
12.e5 Qe8
( 12...d6 Without this Black will be suffocated )
13.a3 Nd8 14.b4 Nf7 15.Qd2
( 15.c5 Diagram # Would bury Black's queen side for a while )
15...Kh8 16.Rac1 Rg8 17.Nb3 d6 18.exd6 Nxd6 19.Qe2
The focus now shifts to Black's backward e-pawn
19...Qg6 20.Rfd1 Nf7 21.Nc5 Nc6 22.Rc2 e5
( 22...Rd8 )
23.Nd5 Bd8 24.fxe5 Nfxe5 25.Nf4 Qg4 26.Qf1
( 26.Bd5 Re8 27.Nce6 Black's lack of activity makes his position critical )
( 26...Re8 A threat at last )
( 27.Bh3 Qf3 28.Nd5 Rd8 29.Rf2 Qh5 30.Re1 +/- )
27...Bg5 28.Nf4
( 28.Bxg5 Qxg5 29.Qe2 threatening b5 )
( 28...Bf6 )
29.Bxf4 Ng6?
( 29...Nf7 30.Bd5 +/- Black's pieces have no squares )
30.Bf3 1-0

Raine, M (2148)    --    Wallis, C (2026)
Vic Reserves   Melbourne
2005     0-1     D04

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 c5 4.b3 Nc6 5.Be2 Bg4 6.O-O e6 7.h3 Bh5 8. Nbd2 Bd6 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.Bb2 O-O 11.Ne5

( 11.c4 Qe7 12.Ne5 Bxe2 13.Qxe2 Nxe5 14.Bxe5 Rfd8 15.Rad1 += Smyslov-Suetin Bad Woerishofen 1991 )
11...Bxe2 12.Qxe2 Bd6
( 12...Nxe5 13.Bxe5 Nd7 14.Bd4 Rc8 is fairly level )
13.Nxc6 bxc6 14.c4 Qe7 15.cxd5
( Central tension could have been retained by 15.Rac1 )
15...cxd5 16.e4 Bb4 17.exd5 Nxd5 18.Ne4?!
( 18.Nc4 heading for e5 )
Diagram #
( 19.Ng3 f4 20.Nh5 f3 )
( 19.Nd2 Nf4 20.Qe3 Bxd2 21.Qxd2 Qg5 -+ )
( 19...Nf4 20.Qe3 fxe4 21.axb4 Qg5 22.Qxe4 Nxh3+ 23.Kh1 Nf4 =+ )
( 20.Ng3 f4 21.Ne4 f3 -/+ )
20...Nf4 -+ 21.Qe3

Bxd2 22.Qxd2 Qg5!

Stead, K    --    Yachou, N
Vic Reserves   Melbourne
2005.10.11     1-0     B20

1.e4 c5 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nge2 b6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 a6

A fairly normal hedgehog structure has been reached
7.Be3 Bb7 8.g3 Qc7 9.Rc1 Nd7 10.b3 Ngf6 11.Bg2 Be7 12.O-O O-O 13. Qe2 Rfe8 14.Rfd1 Rac8 15.f3 Bf8
( 15...Qb8 is another plan intending to bring the dark squared bishop to c7 via d8 )
16.Qf2 Qb8 17.Nde2 Qa8 18.g4 d5?

( 18...h6 )
19.g5 +-
winning material
19...dxe4 20.gxf6 exf3 21.Rxd7 Bc6 22.Bxf3 Bxf3 23.fxg7 Bc5 24.Rf1 Qc6 25.Rd2 Bh5 26.Nf4 Bxe3 27.Qxe3 Bg6 28.Nxg6 hxg6 29.Qh6 Qc5+ 30.Rdf2 f5 31.Na4 Qc7 32.Rg2 Re7 33.Qh8+ Kf7 34.Qh7 1-0

Pecori, A (2129)    --    Stojic, S (1981)
Vic Reserves   Melbourne
2005     0-1     A48

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.Nbd2 O-O 5.e4 d6 6.h3 Nbd7 7.Bc4 c6 8. Bb3 Nh5 9.Bh2

( 9.Be3 )
9...e5 10.g4
( 10.c3 Qf6 11.Nc4 Nf4 12.O-O White has a little more room )
10...Nf4 11.Bxf4 exf4 12.c3 b5
( 12...Re8 13.Qc2 b5 and if 14.O-O-O a5 $40 )
13.h4 Nf6
( 13...Re8 )
14.g5 Nxe4 15.Nxe4 Re8 16.Nd2 Bf5 17.f3 d5 18.Bc2
( 18.O-O dxe4 19.fxe4 Bxe4 20.Nxe4 Rxe4 21.Bc2 Re7 22.Rxf4 is fairly level, although White's king looks rather exposed )
18...dxe4 19.fxe4

This must have come as a nasty shock to White. White's king will now not be able to find a safe haven
20.cxd4 Qxd4 21.Kf1 Be6 22.Bb3?!
( 22.Kg2 Rad8 23.Nf3 Qxb2 24.Qc1 With three pawns for the piece and the more active position, Black must be quite happy )
( 22...Rad8 )
23.axb3 Rad8 24.Rh2 Qxb2 25.Qc1
( 25.Rb1 Qc3 26.Rc1 Qg3 ( 26...Qe3 27.Qe1 Rd6 28.Ra1 Red8 29.Qxe3 fxe3 30.Nf3 Rd1+ 31.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 32.Ke2 Rb1 33.Kxe3 Rxb3+ Black has good practical chances, although White's active king probably gives him an edge ) 27.Qe2 Re6 28.Nf3 Red6 =+ )
( 25.h5 Rd3 ( 25...Rxe4? 26.Nxe4 Rxd1+ 27.Rxd1 Qxh2 28.Rd8+ Kg7 29.h6+ ) 26.Rb1 Qd4 27.hxg6 hxg6 28.Qc2 or else Black will triple on the d-file 28...Re5 -/+ )
25...Qd4 26.Ra2 Qd3+ 27.Kg1?
( 27.Kg2 Qe3 ( 27...Qg3+ 28.Kh1 Rd3 29.Rxa7 Red8 30.Ra2 Rxb3 31.Nxb3 Qf3+ 32. Rhg2 Rd1+ 33.Kh2 Rxc1 34.Nxc1 leaves a very odd balance of material ) 28.Rc2 Rd3 29.Kh1 Red8 -/+ )
Pinning White's knight and thus winning the e-pawn
( 28.Rf2 Rxe4 -/+ )
28...Rxe4 29.Rc2 Red4
White's pieces are tied to the defence of the knight and Black can now just advance his pawns
30.Rc3 Qe5 31.Rc5 Qd6 32.Rc2 f3
( 32...Qd5+ 33.Kg1 f3 intending ..Rg4+ )
( 33.Qe1 )
33...Qg3 34.Rc8 f2 35.Rc3
( 35.Rxd8+ Rxd8 36.Rg2 Qe3 -+ )
35...Rxd2 0-1

Stojic, D (2033)    --    Stirling, N (2084)
Vic Reserves   Melbourne
2005     0-1     B28

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 e5 6.Nf5 d6 7.Ne3

( 7.Bc4 is the other main move here )
7...Nf6 8.Ned5 Nxd5 9.Nxd5 Be6 10.Be3 Bxd5
( 10...Rc8 11.Nb6 Rc7 12.c3 I prefer White but Sveshnikov players would be fairly happy to play this for Black I'd imagine )
11.Qxd5 Be7 12.Bc4 O-O 13.O-O Qc8 14.c3
without his light squared bishop, Black's position looks a bit dubious
14...Kh8 15.a4
( 15.Rad1 f5 16.f3 b5 17.Bd3 f4 18.Bf2 Rf6 19.a4 bxa4 20. Ra1 with a huge initiative on the q-side )
( 15...f5 )
16.f4 exf4 17.Bxf4 Ne6 18.Bg3
White is better here. He has the d-pawn as a target, and his 2 bishops are likely to dominate seeing the centre is open and there are pawns on both sides of the board.
( 18...Qc5+ 19.Qxc5 dxc5 20.Bd5 forces 20...Nd8 when Black's pieces are already being stretched to the limit )
( A bit overcautious? 19.Rad1 Rad8 20.Ba2 Qb6+ 21.Rf2 Bg5 22.a5 Qe3 23.Kh1 anyway )
19...Rac8 20.Bb3 Qd7 21.Rad1 Nc5
Diagram #
( A misjudgement. Opening the f-file will create counterchances for Black 22.e5 Nxb3 23.Qxb3 and Black cannot defend his d-pawn, while the threat on f7 still exists )
22...Rxf7 23.Qxf7 Rf8
( 23...Nxe4 24.Be5 Qg4 25.Rf1 Bf6 26.Bxf6 gxf6 27.Qe6 Qxe6 28.Bxe6 Black's pawns will take some defending )
24.Qd5 Qg4 25.Re1
( 25.Bxd6 Nxe4 26.Bxe7 Nf2+ 27.Kg1 Nh3+ 28.Kh1 Nf2+ 29.Kg1 would have led to a draw by repetition )
Black's pieces suddenly come alive

A blunder
( 26.Qe6 Nxg3+ 27.hxg3 Qh5+ 28.Qh3 is fairly level although White's king is a bit drafty )
Exploiting White's weak back rank. White will lose a lot of material at the best
27.Rg1 Nxg3+
with mate to follow

Stojic, D (2033)    --    Pecori, A (2129)
Vic Reserves   Melbourne
2005     0-1     B67

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.O-O-O a6 9.f3 Bd7 10.g4 Qc7 11.h4 Ne5 12.Be3 h6 13.Be2

( 13.Rg1 )
13...Nc4 14.Bxc4 Qxc4 15.g5 hxg5 16.hxg5 Nh5 17.Rh4 e5 18.Nde2 Be6 19.Rdh1 g6 20.Ng3 O-O-O 21.Nxh5 Rxh5 22.Rxh5 gxh5 23.b3?!
This is an unneccesary loosening of the king's defensive structure
23...Qc6 24.Rxh5
( Better was 24.Nd5 Bxd5 25.exd5 Qe8 26.Bb6 Rd7 27.Rxh5 )
now Black has some genuine counterplay
25.exd5 Bxd5 26.Nxd5 Rxd5
Diagram #

( 27.Rh8+ Kd7 28.Qg2 Ba3+ 29.Kb1 Rd1+ 30.Bc1 Rxc1# )
( 27.Rh6! Ba3+ ( 27...f6 28.Qe1 Ba3+ 29.Kb1 ) 28.Kb1 Qb5 29.Qc3+ Kd7 30.Qe1 White seems to be holding )
27...Ba3+ 28.Kb1 Qc3 29.Rh8+
( 29.Bc1 Bxc1 30.Qc4+ ( 30.Kxc1 Qa1# ) 30...Qxc4 31.bxc4 Rd1 -+ )
29...Kd7 30.Bc1 Bxc1
and White cannot prevent mate

Stojic, S (1981)    --    Wallis, C (2026)
Vic Reserves   Melbourne
2005     0-1     C02

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.a3 f6 7.Bd3 fxe5 8.Nxe5 Nxe5 9.dxe5 Qh4

( 9...g6 is more common with the idea of putting pressure on e5 )
( 10.O-O Nh6 11.Nd2 so as to meet 11..Ng4 with 12.Nf3 )
10...Ne7 11.O-O
( 11.Nf3 Qh5 12.Be2 gaining time while attacking the queen )
11...Nc6 12.f4
( 12.Nf3 Qh5 13.Re1 c4 14.Bc2 Bc5 is fine for Black )
12...c4 13.Nf3 Bc5+ 14.Kh1 Qe7 15.Bc2 O-O-O
Aggressive but 15..0-0 was probably better
( 16.b3 immediately opening lines on the queenside )
16...Be8 17.Nd4
( 17.b4 )
( 17.b3 )
17...Bxd4 18.cxd4 Qh4 19.Be3 Bg6!? 20.f5
( Better was 20.b3 )
20...Bxf5 21.Bxf5 exf5 22.Rxf5 Qe4 23.Rf3 Rdf8 24.Bg1 Rxf3 25.gxf3 Qf5
( 25...Qf4 would probably have transposed to the game after 26.b3 Rf8 27.bxc4 dxc4 28.Rc1 b5 29.Rc3 Ne7 30.a4 Nd5 31.Rc2 Qxf3+ )
26.b3 Rf8 27.bxc4 dxc4 28.Rc1 b5 29.Rc3 Ne7 30.a4 Nd5 31.Rc2 Qxf3+
( 31...a6 32.axb5 axb5 33.Rf2 leaves Black's king a bit exposed. Without queens, like in the game, Black's advantage lies in his better minor piece, better located king and outside passed pawns )
32.Qxf3 Rxf3 33.axb5 c3
White's b-pawn can be rounded up by Black's king, while White's central pawns are static and provide little counterplay
34.Kg2 Rf7 35.Bf2 Rc7 36.Rc1 c2

( Also possible was 36...Nf4+ 37.Kf3 Nd3 38.Rc2 Nb4 39.Rc1 c2 40.Be3 Na2 41.Re1 c1=Q -+ )
( 37.Bg3 )
37...Nb4 38.Be3 Na2 39.Ra1 c1=Q
winning a piece and the game
40.Bxc1 Nxc1 41.Ke4 Ne2 42.Kd5 Nc3+ 43.Ke6 Nxb5 44.d5 Nd4+ 45.Kd6 Rd7+ 46.Kc5 Nb3+ 47.Kc6 Nxa1 48.d6 Rb7 49.e6 Rb6+ 0-1

Kalisch, T    --    Raine, M (2148)
Vic Reserves   Melbourne
2005     1-0     B92

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 e5 6.Nb3 Be6 7.Be3 Nf6 8. Be2 Be7 9.f3

White goes for the English Attack, which, unfortunately, the English annotator knows little about!
9...O-O 10.Qd2 Qc7
( 10...Nbd7 11.g4 b5 12.g5 b4 13.Na4 ( 13.gxf6 bxc3 14.Qxc3 Nxf6 gives Black a playable game ) 13...Ne8 when 14.Qxb4 is dubious due to 14...Bxg5 when White's king looks less safe than Black's )
11.g4 Nbd7
( 11...b5 )
12.g5 Nh5 13.O-O-O
( 13.Nd5 Bxd5 14.Qxd5 Nc5 and White's 2 bishops give him a long term edge )
13...b5 14.Kb1 Nb6
It seems to me that Black is no worse here. In fact, Black's position seems preferable. White's king side is broken and lacks harmony while Black has chances on the queen side as White's knights provide targets for the advancing Black a and b-pawns.
15.Bxb6 Qxb6 16.Nd5 Bxd5 17.exd5 Nf4
The exchanges have not helped White. Black's bad knight has become a good outpost while black's queen side advance has not been halted
18.h4 a5 19.Nc1 b4 20.Bd3 a4 21.Be4 Rfb8
( 21...b3 22.cxb3 axb3 23.a3 ( 23.Nxb3 Qa7 24.Nc1 Rfc8 25.Rhe1 Bd8 White will struggle to defend this position ) 23...f5 24.gxf6 Rxf6 is a messy position which I find difficult to assess )
Diagram #
( 22...a3! 23.Nxf4 ( 23.b3 Qd4 ) 23...axb2 24.Qd3 ( 24.Nd3 Qa6 ) 24...exf4 25.Bxh7+ Kh8 26.Bf5 Ra3 27.Qc4 Rba8 Black's pressure against a2 is unbearable )
( 23.cxb3 axb3 24.a3 Nxd3 ( Better is 24...Nh5 but White has staved off the immediate danger ) 25.Qxd3 g6 26.h5 )
23...bxc2+ 24.Qxc2 Nh5
( 24...Rc8 25.Qd2 Nh5 26.Rc1 )
25.Nb4 g6 26.Rh2
( 26.Nc6 Rb7 27.Rc1 ( 27.Nxe5 dxe5 28.d6 Bf8 29.Bxb7 Qxb7 -/+ ) 27...Nf4 =+ )
26...Bf8 27.Rc1 Qe3
( 27...Rc8 as 28.Qxc8? loses to 28...Rxc8 29.Rxc8 Qg1+ )
28.Qe2 Qb6 29.Rc6 Qg1+ 30.Rc1 Qb6 31.Qf2 f5 32.gxf6 Qxf2 33.Rxf2 Nxf6 34. Rc7
Black has dithered somewhat with his queen and White now takes advantage, placing a rook on the 7th rank
34...Bh6 35.Nc6 Rb3 36.Rg2

( Black's knight is better than White's bishop 36...Kf8 moving out of the pin on the g-file )
37.fxe4 Rf8 38.h5
The king side pawns will now fall, and Black's a-pawn and d-pawn are serious weaknesses
38...Rf1+ 39.Ka2 Rf7 40.Ne7+! Kf8 41.hxg6 Rxe7
( 41...hxg6 42.Nxg6+ Ke8 43.Rc4 Ra7 44.Rc6 threatening both d6 and e5 )
42.Rxe7 Kxe7 43.gxh7 1-0

Wallis, C (2026)    --    Gorka, C (2086)
Vic Reserves   Melbourne
2005     0-1     B22

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.d4 Nf6 6.Be3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Nc6 8.Nc3 Qa5!?

I wanted to make my opponent think so I chose to retreat here rather than back to d8
9.Bd3 Bd6
( 9...Be7 )
10.O-O O-O 11.Ne4
I'm not sure simplifying helps White. His d-pawn is quite weak
( 11.Bg5 Nd5 = )
11...Nxe4 12.Bxe4 Ne7
( 12...Rd8 was also possible )
My opponent spent a lot of time on this move. He thought the Greek bishop sacrifice might work, but...
( 13.Bxh7+ Kxh7 14.Ng5+ Kg8 15.Qh5 Qf5! -+ Everything is defended )
13...h6 14.Rac1 Rb8!?
Again, provocative
15.Ne5 Nd5
( 15...b5!? 16.Bf4 Rd8 17.a3 Bb7 18.Bh7+ Kf8 ( 18...Kh8 19.Nxf7# ) 19.Qd1 f6 20.Nd3 e5 += Black's king is a little shaky )
( 16.Bd2 Qd8 17.Nc4 Be7 = )
16...Qc7 17.Nxd6 Qxd6 18.Qc5
( 18.Bxd5 Qxd5 19.Qc7 Bd7 = White still has the d-pawn to worry about )
18...Qxc5 19.Rxc5
( 19.dxc5 Nxe3 20.fxe3 Rd8 21.Rcd1 Bd7 it is difficult to say who is better. White has a worse pawn structure, but his pieces are more active. He also has the queenside majority, which could be an asset )
19...b6 20.Rc2 Ba6 21.Rfc1 Nxe3 22.fxe3 Rfc8 23.Kf2
( 23.Rc7! Diagram # is a great move, which we both missed )
23...Kf8 24.Rxc8+
( 24.Rc7 +/- again )
24...Rxc8 25.Rxc8+ Bxc8
Black is hoping that he can exploit his slightly better pawn structure
26.Ke2 Ke7 27.Kd3 Kd6 28.Kc3 e5 29.g3 g5 30.a4?
This just gets fixed as a target
( 30.a3 f5 31.Bf3 asks Black how he's going to make progress )
30...a5 31.b4 Bd7
( 31...exd4+ 32.exd4 f5 33.Bf3 Be6 34.bxa5 bxa5 35.Be2 f4 36.gxf4 gxf4 37.Bd1 Bd5 38.Kd3 Ke6 -/+ Black's king is infiltrating into the kingside )
32.bxa5 bxa5 33.Kb3
Perhaps it was better to defend the a-pawn with the bishop and keep the king central
33...f5 34.Bg2 exd4 35.exd4 f4
Immediately creating a passed pawn
36.gxf4 gxf4 37.d5
( 37.Bf3 Be8! 38.Ka3 Bf7 and White can't maintain control of both the h1-a8 diagonal and the d1-h5 diagonal which means Black's f-pawn will advance )
37...Bg4! -+ 38.Kc4
( 38.Kc3 is better but it doesn't help 38...Bd1 39.Kd3 Bxa4 40.Ke4 Bb3 41.Kxf4 a4 42.Be4 a3 43.Bb1 Bxd5 44.Kg4 Bf7 45.Kf5 Kc5 46.Kf6 Bc4 47.Kg7 h5 48.Kh6 Be2 49.Ba2 Kb4 50.Kg5 Kc3 51.h4 Kb2 52.Bf7 Bd1 53.Kf5 Bb3 +- )
White saw that he is losing a bishop for a pawn so resigned

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