PircB08

Ian Emery, Warley Quinbourne
Andy Ambrose, Halesowen

BDCL Division 2
B08 Pirc, classical (two knights) system, 6 December 2016


1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bc4 O-O 6. O-O c6 Pirc Classical, a solid centre for White which Black attempts to undermine with counterplay on the Queenside 7. d5 unexpected...the e4 pawn begins to look vulnerable 7... b5 8. Bb3 b4 9. Ne2 Qc7 can't really take e4 just yet due to Bishop Skewer 9... Nxe4 10. dxc6 Nxc6 11. Bd5 10. Qd3 with Black's Queen on the c- file there are possibilities to break open this position 10... a5 11. c3 now e4 is very weak...with c3 a target too 11... Ba6 12. Bc4 ...a mistake... 12. Qd2 Nxe4 12. Qc2 a4 13. Bxa4 Bxe2 14. Qxe2 Rxa4 12. Qd4 Bxe2 12. Qe3 a4 13. Bc2 cxd5 14. Rd1 Ng4 12... cxd5 13. Bxa6 dxe4 14. Qc4 Nxa6 15. Qxc7 Nxc7 White's centre has gone and Black is 2 pawns up 16. Ne1 bxc3 17. Nxc3 Rfc8 18. f3 exf3 ...a couple of pawn exchanges and Black now has 2 connected passed pawns for the endgame 19. Nxf3 Rab8 20. Rb1 Ncd5 21. Bd2 Nxc3 22. Bxc3 Ne4 23. Bxa5 Rxb2 24. Rxb2 Bxb2 25. Rb1 Rc1+ 26. Rxc1 Bxc1 after exchanges we are now in the endgame 27. Bd8 e6 28. a4 Nc5 29. a5 Be3+ 30. Kf1 Na6 31. Ke2 the a- pawn now blocked...time to centralise the king 31... Bc5 32. Kd3 d5 33. Kc3 Kf8 34. Kb3 Ke8 35. Bf6 Kd7 36. Ng5 Bd6 37. h3 Kc6 38. Nxf7 Nc5+ 39. Kc2 Bc7 40. Be5 Bxa5 41. Bd4 Bc7 42. Bxc5 not sure Black should have exchanged his Bishop for the Knight... 42... Kxc5 43. Ng5 Kd6 44. Nxh7 difficult for Black to hold all the pawns but maybe a chance to keep or trap the Knight in the corner 44... Bd8 45. Nf8 g5 46. Ng6 Bf6 47. Kd3 e5 time to advance the passed pawns 48. Ke3 Ke6 49. Nf8+ Kd6 50. g3 e4 51. Ng6 Bg7 52. h4 Bh6 53. hxg5 Bxg5+ 54. Kd4 Bf6+ 55. Ke3 Kc5 56. Nf8 Bg5+ 57. Ke2 Kc4 analysis shows Kd6 is better, but the Knight is out of the game for a couple of moves so just pressing the pawns forward 58. Ne6 Bf6 59. g4 d4 60. g5 Be5 perhaps this was better... 60... d3+ 61. Kd2 Bc3+ 62. Ke3 Be5 63. Kd2 (63. g6 Kc3) 63... Kd5 61. g6 d3+ 62. Ke3 62. Kd2 ...leads to a draw! 62... Kc3 63. Ng5 Bd4+ 64. Kxe4 d2 65. Nf3 d1=Q 66. Nxd4 Qxd4+ 67. Kf5 Qg7 0-1