Ruy LopezC69

A Ambrose (130)
I Ponter (164)

Monmouth Congress (Round 2)
2004


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 The basic idea is to exchange the White d pawn for the Black e pawn, and thus give White the 4-3 pawn advantage on the kingside in the endgame - the Queenside pawns are equal 5. O-O Ne7 mmm...never seen this before. Taking the pawn is the suggested book line for Black but it all gets a bit wild [6.Nxe5 Qd4 7.Qh5 g6 8.Qg5 Bg7 9.Nd3 Qxe4] and so I played the traditonal line 6. d4 exd4 7. Nxd4 Ng6 8. Nc3 Bb4 9. Nce2 O-O 10. c3 Bc5 11. Re1 Re8 12. Ng3 Qh4 13. Qh5 Qxh5 14. Nxh5 Ne5 15. Ng3 Nd3 16. Rd1 Nxc1 17. Raxc1 In the fight for the centre, Black has come out slightly better with the Bishop pair, but its still close 17... Bd6 18. Re1 Bf4 19. Rcd1 c5 20. Ndf5 Be6 The first key point of the game. Black threatens to capture on a2. This gives Black the counter attack on the Queenside since now the pawns are no longer equal. I have the exchange capture on g7 giving me the 4-2 pawn advantage on the Kingside 21. Nxg7 Kxg7 22. Nh5+ Kf8 23. Nxf4 Bxa2 According to Fritz, White is now better - I just have to play it correctly! 24. f3 a5 Here they come! 25. Rd7 Re7 26. Red1 a4 27. Rd8+ Re8 28. R8d7 Rec8 29. Nd5 Bxd5 30. R7xd5 b6 31. Ra1 The second key point. Ra1 is a poor move. I should have played c4 here - and I must get my pawns going instead of fiddling around with the Rooks trying to win more pawns 31... c6 32. Rd6 b5 33. e5 b4 I have lost all my advantage now and the Black pawns are descending 34. c4 Ra6 35. f4 Rca8 36. g4 Too late now! 36... a3 37. b3 Ke7 38. Ra2 Rd8 39. Rxd8 Kxd8 40. Kf2 Ra7 41. Ke3 Rd7 42. Rf2 Ra1 was the only move to play - the end is nigh 42... Rd1 43. Ke4 Rb1 44. Rd2+ Ke8 45. Kf5 Rxb3 46. e6 fxe6+ 47. Kxe6 Re3+ 48. Kf6 b3 0-1