P Broomhall, Wolverhampton
V Ward, Halesowen
Dudley League Division 2, 2003-4 (Board 2)
3 February 2004
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e6 5. Be3 Nf6 6. Nd2 d5 7. Nxc6 bxc6 8. e5 Nd7 9. Nf3 Be7 10. Bd3 O-O It looks as though Vic has castled into trouble, but not too bad otherwise. (Pete Banks)
11. Qe2 f6 12. Bf4 Nc5 13. Rc1 Nxd3+ 14. cxd3 Qc7 15. Nd4 c5 16. O-O Qb6 I'm glad he's done that. The Q looked a bit vulnerable.
17. Nf3 f5 I think I might have played Ba6, but what do I know? (PB)
18. Rc3 Bd7 19. Rb3 Qc6 20. Rc1 Qa4 21. g3 Qxa2 This is the incredibly deep positional sacrifice,
22. Ra3 Qxa3 23. bxa3 Rab8 24. Qc2 Rfc8 25. Qa2 Bb5 26. Rb1 First blunder by White? (PB)
26... Bxd3 27. Rxb8 Rxb8 28. Nd2 c4 Now we begin to see the outcome of the masterful strategy.
29. Be3 a5 30. Bd4 a4 31. Bc3 Kf7 32. Bb4 Bxb4 33. axb4 c3 It looks as though W is playing to win material, but has underestimated the passed pawn. (PB)
34. Nf3 c2 35. Qb2 Rxb4 Nice move! (PB)
36. Qxb4 c1=Q+ 37. Ne1 a3 38. Kg2 Be4+ 39. Kh3 Qh6# Nice finish! I think W had started to get demoralised, and didn't find the best defence, but even so! It proves you should never resign unless mate is inevitable.