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David Beaumont vs Alan Shaw
EM/M/A024 (1998) (correspondence), ICCF
Semi-Slav Defense: Noteboom Variation (D31)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  FSR: White played an inferior line in the opening, got in deep trouble, and should have lost - though it's very difficult for us carbon-based life forms. Some analysis of the middlegame, heavily aided by Houdini 3:

<16.Ng5?> Houdini prefers 16.Nd4 to this decentralizing move, but if one analyzes deeper it decides that White is in big trouble anyway after 16...Nd7 17.Qh4 e5 18.Nb5 Bb7 19.g3 Rc8 20.Bh3 Ba6 21.O-O Rc5 22.Rfc1 Bxb5 23.axb5 Qxb5 24.Bxd7+ Kxd7 25.Qxh7 Kc7 26.Qg7 Rc8 27.Rxc5+ Qxc5 28.Qxe5+ Kb6 29.Rd1 Rd8 30.Qf6+ Rd6 31.Qh8 Kb7 32.Qe8 b3! 33.Rb1 Rb6 34.Qxf7+ Ka6 35.Qe8 Ka7 36.Qd7+ Rb7 37.Qa4 Qb4 38.Qa1 a4. Another line, maybe somewhat better, but still bad for White, is 16.Bb5+ Nd7 17.Qh4 Ba6 (-0.64). <16...Nd7 17.Qb2 f6> Maybe even better is 17...Rg8 18.Nxh7 Ba6 19.Bxa6 Qxa6 20.Rc1 Ke7 21.Rc7 Rac8 (-3.05). <18.Nf3 Ba6 19.Bxa6 Qxa6 20.Nd4 Rc8?!> Instead 20...Nc5! is crushing (-2.56). The text allows White to castle and get back in the game, although he's still much worse. <21.Nb5! Ke7 22.O-O Rc4> An alternative is 22...Nc5 (-1.42). <23.Rbc1 Rfc8 24.Rxc4 dxc4 25.Qc2 Nf8 26.Qe2 Rc5> 26... b3! is even better, but this should also win. <27.Qg4 Kf7 28.Qd4 Rxb5 29.axb5 Qxb5 (-1.85) 30.Qd6> (30.h4) <30...b3 31.Qc7+ Kg8 32.h4 b2! 33.Rb1 a4 34.Qg3+ Kf7?> After this natural move, White manages to scrounge a perpetual check. Black wins with 34...Ng6! 35.h5 a3 36.hxg6 a2 37.gxh7+ Kxh7 38.Qh4+ Kg6 39.Qg4+ Kf7 0-1 (-15.71). Note that this is similar to the game continuation, the difference being that Black's queen is better placed, enabling him to avoid a perpetual. <35.Qd6!= Qb3!> Only move; Black can't allow 36.Qa3!, when White would win. <36.Qc7+ Kg8 37.Qg3+ Ng6 38.h5 c3 39.hxg6 f5> There is no way for Black to avoid a draw, for example 39...c2 40.gxh7+ Kxh7 41.Qc7+ Kg6 42.Qg3+ Kf7 43.Qc7. <40.Qh4 1/2-1/2>

Oct-26-14  The17thPawn: <Perfidious> - Thanks for linking me to this game from the Fridman game. Enjoyed watching you cross sabers with Mr. Beaumont.
Oct-26-14  The17thPawn: oops I misspelled sabres how embarrassing:)

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