Washington Championship

FM WilliamSchill
Feb 12, 2018, 11:06 AM |

Schill,William - He,Anthony [C92]
Washington Champ. 2018 Bellevue, WA (1), 12.02.2018
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Be7 7.Re1 0-0 8.h3 d6 9.c3 Re8 10.Ng5 Rf8 11.Nf3 Bb7 12.d4 Re8 13.Nbd2 exd4 14.cxd4 Nd7 15.Nf1 Na5 16.Bc2 Bf6 17.Ng3 [17.N1h2 c5 18.d5 Nc4 19.Rb1 Nce5 20.Nxe5 Nxe5 21.f4 Nd7 22.Nf3 Black has equalized] 17...g6 18.Rb1 [18.Bh6 c5 19.e5!? dxe5 20.dxc5 White intends to play b4 and is a little better.] 18...c5 19.d5 Nc4 20.b3 Nce5 21.Nh2 Even the computers disagree about this position, Fritz 16 likes Black while Houdini prefers White! 21...Nb6


White goes for aggression, while Rf1 is thought to be better AND safer. 22.f4 Bh4 23.Re3 Ned7 24.Qg4?! [24.Qf3 Bf6 25.Bb2Gopal,G (2544)-Vidit,S (2648) Dubai op 18th 2016 (5) 1/2-1/2] 24...Bc8? [24...Bf6 25.Nf3 Bg7 26.f5 c4=] 25.Nf5 Bf6 26.Qg3! Nf8 27.Ng4 Bxf5 28.Nh6+ Kg7 29.Nxf5+ Kh8

30.Nh6+/= [30.e5! gxf5 31.exf6 Ng6 32.Bxf5 Rxe3 33.Qxe3 Qg8 34.Qd3 Nh4 35.Be4 White is winning, but then again I saw none of this! I was worried that Black could play dxe in this line and then take my d-pawn while Rb1 and Bc1 were sitting around doing nothing.] 30...Qe7 31.Rf3? [>=31.e5 Bg7 32.exd6 Qd7 33.Bb2+/= Now the computer tactics are fun to look at: 33...Rxe3 34.Qxe3 Bxb2 35.Rxb2 Kg7 36.Qxc5 Qa7 37.Ng4 Nxd5 I saw this...SURE I DID] 31...Nfd7 32.Bb2 Bxb2 33.Rxb2 Nf6 34.Qg5 Ng8 35.Qxe7? [35.Rb1=] 35...Rxe7 36.Nxg8 Kxg8 37.Rb1 Rae8 38.g4 Kg7 39.g5 f6 40.h4 c4 41.Rd1?! [41.gxf6+ Kxf6 42.f5=] 41...Rf7 42.Kf2 Ref8 43.Ke3 Nd7 44.bxc4 bxc4? [44...fxg5! 45.hxg5 Ne5] 45.Rb1?! [45.Rdf1! Rb8 46.Rb1 Rxb1 47.Bxb1 WHITE is much better] 45...fxg5 46.hxg5 Ne5 47.Rff1 Ng4+ 48.Kd4 Rxf4 49.Rxf4 Rxf4 50.Rb7+ Rf7 51.Rxf7+?! [51.Rb6! Rf2 52.Bb1=] 51...Kxf7 52.Kxc4 Ne5+ 53.Kb4 Nf3 54.Ka5 Nxg5 55.Kxa6 h5 56.Kb6 h4 57.Bd3 h3 58.Bf1 Nxe4 59.Bxh3 Nc3 [59...Nc3 60.Kc6 Nxa2 61.Kxd6 Nb4 62.Kc5 Nxd5 63.Kxd5] 60.Kc6 1/2-1/2