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(1) unacanta - Brian Brown
Casual Game http://www.itsyourturn.com, 03.06.2003
[Strydor]



1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d6 3.Nf3 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 Bf5 6.Bd3 Bg6 7.0-0 e6
Seven moves in on both sides and White has a large lead in development, squares under control, and the initiative. Black has played very passively to this point, and needs 3 moves to castle king-side, but only one to castle queen-side. I believe that Black needs to get the king-side pieces into play first, however.

8.Be3 Nf6
Trying to challenge the center that White has established.

9.Nxf6+ Qxf6 10.Re1 Be7 11.Bg5 Qf7 12.d5 Nd8
[ 12...exd5 and Black would open up the e-file to all sorts of problems]

13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.Qd2
White eyes placing the knight on g5 or d4 to add pressure to the weak e-pawn

14...e5
"Threatening" a fork on e4, however, the Queen and King need to get themselves off of the e-file first.

15.Qc3
Helps to restrict the pawn break on c6, also sets up the bishop check on b4.

15...Bxd3 16.Qxd3 0-0
and the Black monarch finally moves to safer confines...

17.c4 b6 18.b4 Nb7 19.Qd2 Rae8 20.Ng5 Qf6
keeping pressure on f2

21.Ne6 Rf7 22.a4 a5 23.b5
[ If 23.bxa5 Nxa5 and Black begins to attack White's backward c-pawn]

23...h6 24.Re3 Nd8 25.Nxd8 Qxd8 26.Rae1 Qh4
trying to keep pressure on f2, while also attacking the backward pawn on c4

27.Re4 Qf6 28.f3 Ref8 29.Rf1 Qg6
clearing the way for the rook to move to f4

30.Rg4 Qxg4
and White cannot capture the Queen due to (31. fxg4 Rxf1++) 0-1