Polish DefenseA40

I Truscott
G Wyle

Worcester county division 2 Halesowen v St James
April 2004


1. d4 b5 2. e4 Bb7 3. Bd3 f5 very double-edged, but there doesn't seem to be a refutation 4. exf5 Bxg2 5. Qh5+ g6 6. fxg6 Bg7! 7. gxh7+ Kf8 8. hxg8=Q+ Black is a queen and a piece to the worse but the position is equal! 8... Kxg8 9. Qxb5 Bxh1 10. f3 d5 it's all been just about forced for a few moves but d5 is a mistake (Nc6 is better) as white now shows 11. Qb7 e6 12. Qxa8 White is winning 12... Rxh2 13. Bg5 this allows black's queen into the game and allows play on the black squares which Black accepts 13... Qxg5 14. Qxb8+ Bf8 15. Ne2 Qh4+ 16. Kd2 Bxf3 17. Kc3 Bxe2 chances are approxiamately equal now. White should develop his Knight immediately, rather than exchange on e2. He needs a piece (or a pawn) on d3 to protect his King 18. Bxe2 Rxe2 19. Kb3 Qxd4 20. Qb5? A serious mistake 20... Re3+ Unfortunately Black misses his chance. White isn't actually threatening the rook because Qb4 would be mate! So the white queen must defend that square and also the square c4 to avoid Qc4 mate. So Black should play a6 or c6 hitting the queen. If White tries Qa4 Black now does play Re3 and white can choose between Nc3 allowing Qb6+ Qb5 Qb5 mate, and c3 allowing Qd1 mate! 21. Nc3 Qb6 Black exchanges into a winning ending 22. Ka4 c6 23. Rg1+ Kf7 24. Qxb6 axb6 25. Rg2 Bg7 26. Nd1 Re1 27. Rd2 Bh6 28. Rd3 e5 29. Rf3+ Ke6 30. Nc3 Bf4 31. Kb3 Re3 32. Rxe3 Bxe3 33. Ne2 Kd6 34. Kc3 Kc5 35. b4+ Kb5 36. Kb3 c5 37. Nc3+ Kc6 38. bxc5 Kxc5 39. Na4+ Kc6 40. Nb2 Bd2 41. Nd3 e4 42. Ne5+ Kd6 43. Ng6 Ke6 44. c3 Kf6 45. Nf8 Kf5 46. Kc2 e3 47. Kd3 Kf4 48. Ne6+ Kf3 black is still better but agreed drawn to win the match and avoid an adjournment 1/2-1/2