Ruy LopezC65

A Ambrose (130)
A May (162)

Monmouth Congress (Round 4)
2004


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. Bxc6 Not strictly an Exchange variation (Berlin Defence actually) but perhaps I can play it like an Exchange 4... dxc6 5. O-O Bd6 6. Re1 Be6 7. d4 Being very direct in the fight for the centre 7... Nd7 8. dxe5 Nxe5 9. Nxe5 Bxe5 10. Qxd8+ Rxd8 11. c3 Once again Black is slightly better here but I'm pressing hard to reach the endgame 11... f6 12. Be3 O-O 13. Nd2 Rfe8 14. Nf3 Bd6 15. Nd4 Bf7 16. f3 g6 17. g3 Rad1 is better if I want to control the centre and force exchanges 17... a6 18. Kf2 c5 19. Ne2 Re7 20. h3 Red7 21. g4 c6 Okay, I'm moving my Kingside pawns this time, but I'm not really forcing the game 22. a3 Bb3 Letting the Bishop in here is not too much of an issue because my plan is focussed on the f,g and h files 23. h4 Be7 24. h5 f5 Poor move by Black. King to f7 or g7 is better 25. exf5 Bh4+ 26. Ng3 Rd2+ Defintely a mistake. The exchanges equalise but the advanced pawns are now better for me and the Knight is now free 27. Bxd2 Rxd2+ 28. Ke3 Rg2 29. Ne4 Bxe1 30. Rxe1 gxf5 31. Nxc5 and now I can force on the Queenside. It's looking very good here 31... Rxb2 32. Kf4 and back to the Kingside! 32... fxg4 33. fxg4 Bd5 34. h6 Ra2 35. Nxb7 Rxa3 36. Nd6 Bf7 37. Re7 Ra4+ Bg6 was essential. Now Black assists the White King advance 38. Kg5 Ra5+ 39. Kf6 Ra1 40. Rxf7 Rf1+ 41. Nf5 Re1 42. Rc7 1-0