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  1. fludy

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    Hi all, have a great holiday weekend and watch yourselves on the roads. I am relatively cashed up and working on my bottom trawling list.

    Meanwhile here is something totally different: something some of you might look at during the weekend. Following is the annotated score of a game that I have just finished in The International Correspondence Chess Federation Champions League. My opponent is a very strong correspondence player of close to Grandmaster strength. This is my best game ever.

    [Event "?"]
    [Site "?"]
    [Date "2003.03.20"]
    [Round "?"]
    [White "Solari"]
    [Black "Flude"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [ECO "C57"]
    [Annotator "Flude,David"]
    [PlyCount "61"]

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 b5 6. Bf1
    Nd4 7. c3 Bb7 8. cxd4 Nxd5 9. Ne4 Qh4 10. Ng3 O-O-O 11. dxe5 Nf4 12. Nf5 {
    this move is not considered by Estrin in "The Two Knights Defence" Batsford
    1983.} (12. Nc3 {is also not examined }) 12... Qg5 13. Ne3 Qxe5 14. Qg4+ Kb8
    15. f3 {white prepares a route to retreat his queen.} (15. Qf5 Nxg2+ 16. Bxg2
    Qxf5 17. Nxf5 Bxg2 18. Rg1 Be4 19. Ne3 g6 {Black has only one pawn for the
    sacrificed piece. However black has a big lead in development and the two
    bishops. Furthermore white has wrecked pawns and his king is not well placed.})
    15... g6 16. Qh4 Be7 17. Qf2 b4 {The first point of this move is to slow down
    the development of white's queenside pieces.} 18. a3 Qc5 {Now another reason
    for black's seventeenth move becomes apparent. White has to make positional
    concessions to protect the bishop on c1.} 19. Nc4 (19. Kd1 Nd5 {
    and black has a much better position.}) (19. Nc3 bxc3 20. bxc3 {giving back
    the piece leaves black with considerable compensation for white's extra pawn.})
    19... Qh5 {threatening Nxg2} 20. g4 {White has many alternatives} (20. axb4
    Nxg2+ 21. Qxg2 (21. Kd1 {0} 21... Qxf3+ 22. Qxf3 Bxf3+ 23. Be2 Ne3+ 24. Nxe3
    Bxh1) 21... Bxf3 22. Be2 Bxg2 23. Bxh5 Bxh1 24. Be2 Bxb4 {
    with a very messy position.}) (20. h4 Rhe8 21. Kd1 b3 22. Qe3 Bxh4 {
    is winning for black.}) (20. Kd1 Bh4 21. Qe3 Nh3 22. g4 (22. gxh3 $4 Rhe8 23.
    Kc2 (23. Qb3 Bxf3+ 24. Be2 Bxe2+ 25. Kc2 Qf5+ 26. d3 Bxd3+ 27. Kd2 Bxc4+ 28.
    Qd3 Qxd3#) 23... Bxf3) 22... Qd5 23. Bxh3 Rhe8 24. Qb3 Qxf3+ 25. Qxf3 Bxf3+ 26.
    Kc2 Bxh1 {yet again reaching a messy position.j}) (20. g3 Rhe8 21. Ne3 Bxf3 {
    white does not have time to save the rook.} 22. Rg1 Bc5 23. d4 (23. gxf4 $4 {0}
    23... Bxe3 24. Qxe3 Rxe3+ 25. dxe3 (25. Kf2 Bc6 26. Rg3 Qxh2+ 27. Rg2 Qxf4+ 28.
    Kg1 Re1 29. Rf2 Qg3+ 30. Rg2 Qxg2#) 25... Qxh2 26. Rg2 Qh4+ 27. Rf2 Rd1#) 23...
    Rxd4 24. Nd2 Nd3+ 25. Bxd3 Rxd3 26. Nxf3 Bxe3 27. Bxe3 Rdxe3+ 28. Kd2 Qd5+)
    20... Qd5 21. d4 Rhe8 22. Be3 Bh4 23. Qxh4 Qxd4 24. Kf2 (24. Qxd8+ Qxd8 25. Kf2
    (25. Nbd2 Qh4+ 26. Kd1 Nd5 {If the bishop on e3 moves other than to f2 then
    black plays Qe1 followed by winning the rook on a1.}) (25. axb4 Rxe3+ 26. Nxe3
    Qh4+ 27. Kd1 Bxf3+ 28. Kc2 Qf2+ 29. Nd2 Be4+ {and black wins lots of material})
    25... Qh4+ {and black checkmates in ten moves.} 26. Kg1 Rxe3 27. Nxe3 Qe1 28.
    Nc2 Nh3+ 29. Kg2 Qf2+ 30. Kxh3 g5 31. Nd4 Bxf3 32. Nf5 h5 33. Rg1 Qxg1 34. Nh6
    Qxf1+ 35. Kg3 Qg2#) 24... Rxe3 25. Nxe3 (25. Qxd8+ Qxd8 26. Kxe3 (26. Nxe3 Qh4+
    {black forces checkmate in nine moves.} 27. Kg1 Qe1 28. Nc2 Nh3+ 29. Kg2 Qf2+
    30. Kxh3 g5 31. Nd4 Bxf3 32. Nf5 h5 33. Rg1 Qxg1 34. Nh6 Qxf1+ 35. Kg3 Qg2#)
    26... c5 27. Kf2 (27. Kxf4 Qf6+ 28. Ke3 (28. Kg3 Qxf3+ 29. Kh4 Qf6+ 30. Kg3 g5
    31. Bg2 Qf4+ 32. Kh3 f5 33. Ne5 fxg4+ 34. Nxg4 Bc8 {with checkmate next move.})
    28... Qd4+ 29. Ke2 Qxc4+ 30. Kf2 Qd4+ 31. Kg3 Qe5+ 32. Kf2 Qxb2+) 27... Qh4+
    28. Ke3 Qd8 29. Kf2 Qh4+ 30. Ke3 Qf6 31. Kf2 Nh3+ 32. Bxh3 Qxf3+ 33. Ke1 Qe4+)
    25... Re8 26. Kg1 Rxe3 27. Qf2 Ba6 28. Nc3 (28. Bxa6 Re1+ 29. Bf1 Nh3+ 30. Kg2
    Qxf2+ 31. Kxh3 g5 {forces checkmate in two moves.}) 28... Bxf1 29. h4 Nd3 30.
    Rd1 bxc3 } 31. bxc3 {
    black sent this move and his resignation in the same Email.} 0-1

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