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(1115) Schneider,D (2454) - Bhat,V (2431) [C18]
US Juniors (5), 22.07.2004
[Vinay S. Bhat]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 [3.e5 is what Dmitry usually plays, and what he played against me two years ago, but he had prepared something different for this game.] 3...Bb4 [I have played 3...Nf6 for a couple years, but for this tournament, I decided to go with the Winawer 3...Bb4 Variation. Although Dmitry doesn't usually play 3.Nc3 in the French, he does play the Winawer with Black, so he wasn't too concerned about not knowing the opening at this point.] 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.h4!? A relatively modern treatment of the position. White looks to gain space on the kingside with h4 and h5, and then develop his pieces according to how Black develops. [7.Qg4 and; 7.Nf3 and; 7.a4 are also popular choices for White here.] 7...Nbc6 8.h5 Qa5 9.Bd2 Bd7 Developing quickly is what seems to be Black's best response to 7.h4. 10.Nf3 A critical point - does Black ignore the possibility of Ng5 or stop that and h5-h6 right away? 10...h6 [10...0-0-0 is the usual move here, but during the game, I was worried about A) 11.h6 gxh6! Black temporarily weakens his kingside pawn structure in order to later break open the center with ...f7-f6. 12.Bd3 (12.Rxh6 Rdg8 looks good for Black.) 12...c4 13.Be2 and now Uhlmann's brilliant idea of 13...Ng8 when Black is at least equal. The main point behind ...Ng8 (and not natural moves like ...Nf5 or Rhg8) is that ...Ng8 fights for the ...f6 break which is crucial for Black's play to succeed here.; B) 11.Ng5 but with some more time to think about it, this doesn't look so dangerous. B1) 11...Be8!? 12.h6 Otherwise Black plays ...h6 himself and then breaks in the center with ...f6. 12...gxh6 13.Rxh6 Qc7 (13...Qa4!? 14.dxc5 Nxe5 15.Bd3 when the position is pretty unclear.) 14.Be3 (14.Rxh7 Rxh7 15.Nxh7 cxd4 16.f4 dxc3 17.Bxc3 d4 18.Bd2 Nd5 when Black's position looks fine.) 14...Nf5 (14...Qa5 gives White a chance to repeat the position with Bd2, or to play something better like 15.Qd2 Nf5 16.Rxh7 Rxh7 17.Nxh7 Now Black's only way to regain his pawn is to enter an endgame with 17...cxd4 18.cxd4 Qxd2+ 19.Kxd2 Ncxd4 but then 20.Bg5 gives White a solid advantage - he has 2 Bishops and Black's kingside holes will provide some space for White's pieces.) 15.Rxh7 Rxh7 16.Nxh7 Nxe3 17.fxe3 f5!? 18.Nf6 when White's pawn structure gives Black some compensation for the pawn.; B2) 11...Rdf8 12.h6 gxh6 13.Rxh6 B2a) 13...Qa4?! B2a1) 14.Qb1 looks nice at first, as it seems to threaten Bb5, but White's pieces end up badly misplaced as the center opens up. 14...cxd4 15.Bb5 Qa5 16.cxd4 Qc7 17.c3 and White seems to be in control, as the central pawn chain is secure and Black has trouble with the h7-pawn. However, after 17...Nf5! B2a11) 18.Rxh7? Rxh7 19.Nxh7 Rh8 20.Ng5 (20.Nf6? Rh1+ 21.Bf1 Ncxd4! 22.cxd4 Qc4!-+) 20...Rh1+ 21.Bf1 Ncxd4! 22.cxd4 Qc4!-+; B2a12) 18.Rh1 18...h6 19.Nf3 with a complex position in which Black shouldn't be worse. Both sides have their share of problems to deal with.; B2a2) 14.Rxh7 14...Rxh7 15.Nxh7 Rh8 16.Ng5 and the f7-pawn is a real liability.; B2b) 13...Qc7!? 14.Nxh7 Rd8 (14...Rfg8 15.Nf6) 15.Be3 (15.Bg5 was a bit worrisome during the game, but Fritz seems to like 15...cxd4 16.cxd4 Nxd4! 17.Qxd4 Nf5 18.Bxd8 Kxd8 19.Qb2 Covering the e5-pawn. 19...Nxh6 20.Nf6 Nf5 when Black is fine.) 15...Nf5 16.Rh5 Nxe3 17.fxe3 and again, White's pawn structure is a bit screwed up, but he is up a pawn.; B2c) 13...Nf5 14.Rxh7 Rxh7 15.Nxh7 Rh8 16.Ng5 During the game, I saw this position, but I wasn't so sure of the complications, and so I decided to stop any chance of this by playing ...h6 myself. Black's better development (and White's lack thereof), though, give him adequate counterplay after (16.Nf6 Rh1 17.Qe2 cxd4 18.cxd4 Qa4Âµ) 16...Rh1 17.Nxf7 (17.Qe2 Qa4 when White has trouble covering all his weaknesses. For example, after 18.Rb1 Nb4!! is winning: Black's blocks the b-file and prepares ...Bb5.) 17...Qa6 18.Qe2 Qxe2+ 19.Kxe2 Ncxd4+! 20.cxd4 Nxd4+ 21.Kd3 (21.Kd1? Rxf1+ 22.Be1 Rxe1+ 23.Kxe1 Nxc2+-+) 21...Bb5+ (Not 21...Rxf1? right away, as White can throw in the intermediate 22.Nd6+! Kc7 23.Rxf1 and ...Bb5+ no longer wins back the Rook.) 22.Kc3 Bxf1 with an unclear endgame.] 11.Rh4?! This move looks pretty strange at first glance, but there is some reason behind it. Black's usual plan in these positions is to open things up with a timely ...f7-f6, which chips away at White's central pawn chain. With 11.Rh4, White is planning to stop that idea by forcing Black's g-pawn to move forward and a subsequent recapture with the f-pawn.
The obvious drawback is that the Rook is still not very well placed on g4, but White hopes to open up the 4th rank with dxc5 and then to swing the Rook over to the Queenside.
Overall though, this maneuver shouldn't work for White. Some strong players have tried it once or twice, but if Black is willing to calculate some tactics, his position should be at least equal. [11.Bd3 is the usual move here. 11...c4 12.Be2 0-0-0 (12...0-0!? was what Dmitry thought was best here. It's true Black doesn't have too many pieces guarding his kingside, but at the same time, White doesn't have anything immediately, and there is no way to stop ...f7-f6, when Black opens the center and gains the f-file for future manuevers.) 13.0-0 And now 13...Qa4 would have actually transposed to a game that Dmitry had played just a couple weeks before this one, except with the Black pieces! Matsuura-Schneider, Brazil 2004 continued (13...Kb8!? 14.g3 Ka8 15.Nh4 Nf5 16.Ng2 Qa4 and although Ivanchuk pressed for a long time, he was unable to win: Ivanchuk-Dolmatov, European Championship 2001) 14.Ra2 f6 15.Bf4 when Schneider played A) 15...g5? is too adventurous: 16.exf6 (16.Bh2 f5 is fine for Black.) 16...gxf4 17.fxe7 Nxe7 18.Qd2 Rdf8 19.Ne5 and unlike in the immediate 15...Be8 line, Black's Bishop isn't getting to any open long diagonal.; B) 15...Be8! gives White major trouble. He can either guard the h5-pawn by moving his Nf3 right away, or he can first throw in the pawn exchange on f6. 16.Nd2 (16.exf6 gxf6 17.Nh4 e5 looks very good for Black.) 16...fxe5 17.Bxe5 Nxe5 18.dxe5 g6 and Black has to be happy about how the opening has gone: White's Ra2 is misplaced, there are weaknesses on a3, c3, c3, and e5, and White's pieces aren't too actively placed; Black meanwhile has managed to open some kingside files and activated the light-squared Bishop, which is usually a problem in the French Defense.; C) 15...Rdg8?! 16.Qd2 f5 17.g3 Be8 18.Nh4 and Black had some problems untangling his pieces. Dmitry went on to lose that game, and that was one of the reasons why he decided to play 3.Nc3 and then 7.h4 this game against me.] 11...0-0-0 12.Rg4 [12.Rf4 doesn't make sense, as it just forces Black to play 12...Rhf8 bringing his Rook to where it wants to go: to the support of the ...f6 advance.] 12...g5 [An attempt to preserve the f7-pawn (and so the ...f6 advance) with 12...Rhg8 fails to 13.Bd3 when the threat of Bh7 next is annoying to deal with.] 13.hxg6 fxg6 So White has succeeded in stopping the ...f6 advance, but Black is ahead in development and he now has the open f-file. 14.dxc5 White has to make this recapture soon, as otherwise Black can lock things up with ...c4, shutting the Rg4 out from the queenside and taking away the natural d3 square from White's light-squared Bishop. Black's plan then would be to play ...Rdf8, ...g5, ...Be8-h5 when his better pieces would give him a clear advantage. 14...g5 I immediately tried to embarass the Rg4 (with ...Bd7-e8-h5 ideas) and to surround the e5-pawn (with ...Ne7-g6, which would allow to me to start a pawn roller in the center). [14...Rdf8!? was another move I considered here. 15.Rb4 Qc7 16.Rb2 Nxe5 (16...g5 17.Rab1 Nd8 would transpose to the game.) 17.Nd4 (17.Nxe5 Qxe5+ 18.Qe2 is also reasonable for White. If Black enters the endgame, White does have tripled c-pawns, but he probably will be able to liquidate those to doubled pawns (with c4).) 17...Qxc5 18.Rab1 b6 19.Ba6+ Kb8 20.Qe2 gives White too much play, at least compared to what I expected after 14...g5.; 14...Qc7 15.Bd3 g5 16.Rb1 would transpose to Morozevich-Pelletier, Biel 2003, in which Pelletier's passive play let Morozevich's chess imagination run wild: 16...Rhg8 (16...Nxe5 was better.) 17.Qe2 Rdf8 18.c4! Ng6 19.cxd5 exd5 20.Ba6! bxa6? Sticking his head into the lion's mouth. (20...Bxg4 was necessary, but doesn't even guarantee equality after 21.Rxb7 Bxf3! 22.gxf3!) 21.Qxa6+ Kd8 22.Rb7 Qc8 23.e6! Bxe6 24.Nd4! Bd7 25.Ba5+ Ke8 26.Qe2+ Nge7 27.Rc7 Qb8 28.Nxc6 Qb1+ 29.Kd2 Rg7 30.Rb4! and Pelletier called it a day, 1-0.; 14...Qxc5!? is certainly possible, and can't be wrong, although I didn't see the need to take this pawn unless White forced me to by playing c4 himself. I still like Black's position as he has less weaknesses and more active futures for his pieces.] 15.Rb4 White swings his Rook over before it gets stuck on the kingside. [15.Bd3 Be8 and the Rg4 has run out of time to switch over to the b-file: 16.Rb4 Nxb4 (16...Qc7 gets a bad version of the game continuation, as Black's ...Be8 doesn't help defend the b7-pawn and White has developed his Bishop to d3.) 17.axb4 Qc7 18.Rxa7 Nc6 19.Ra8+ Kd7 20.Ra1 Bh5Â³; 15.Rb1 is interesting, planning to hassle Black's Queen and creating some threats along the b-file. 15...Ng6!? (15...Rdf8?! 16.Bb5 Nxe5? 17.Ra4 Qc7 18.Rxa7Â± and White's attack has arrived first.; 15...Qxc5 16.Qc1 Nf5 17.Qb2 b6 18.Ba6+ Kb8 19.c4 and things aren't clear at all.) 16.Bd3 Ngxe5 17.Nxe5 Nxe5 18.Rgb4 Nxd3+ (18...Bc6? 19.Bb5! and Black's Queenside (and possibly center too, after Qe2) is shaky.) 19.cxd3 Bc6 20.d4 (20.Qg4 Qxc5 21.Qxe6+ Bd7 looks ok.) 20...e5 and Black has counterplay.] 15...Qc7 [Accepting the exchange sacrifice with 15...Nxb4? 16.axb4 Qc7 isn't such a great idea, as White immediately gets his play going with 17.Rxa7 and now Black doesn't seem to have any chance of hanging on. 17...Be8!? Vacating d7 for the King. 18.Ba6 Bc6 19.b5! Qb8 20.bxc6! Qxa7 21.Bxb7+ Kb8 22.Nd4! is just winning for White!] 16.Rb2 [White cannot continue to offer the exchange after 16.Rab1? as then 16...Nxb4 17.axb4 leaves White without any immediate threats on the a-file, giving Black time to play 17...g4Âµ picking up the e5-pawn.; 16.Rb3?! is the alternative retreat, but this gives Black some opportunities to play ...Na5, gaining a tempo against White's rook while providing more support to the weak b7-pawn.] 16...Rdf8 I spent a lot of time to come up with this move, the plan being to guard the b7-pawn with ...Nd8, and then to increase the pressure on the e5 (and c5) pawns. [16...Nxe5 17.Nd4 wasn't too appealing to me: White is going to increase the pressure on the b-file and Black's minor pieces are stuck. ...Ne7-c6 doesn't work because of Nb5 and ...Bd7-c6 doesn't work because of Nxe6. Black is then forced to play 17...Qxc5 18.Rab1 b6 19.Ba6+ Kb8 20.Qe2 with an unclear game.; 16...Ng6 17.Rab1 Na5 18.Bb5 and once again, White's pieces are getting to active squares.] 17.Rab1 Nd8 18.Qe2?! This looks attractive, especially with the offer of a Queen to come, but it isn't the best. [18.Bd3 looks correct, bringing the Bishop out before the Queen comes to e2. 18...g4 19.Nd4 Qxe5+ 20.Qe2 Qh2 A) 21.Ba6 g3! 22.f3 Qg1+ 23.Qf1 Qf2+ The g3-push vacated this square to exchange Queens on. 24.Qxf2 (24.Kd1 e5Âµ) 24...gxf2+ 25.Kxf2 bxa6-+; B) 21.Rxb7 Nxb7 22.Ba6 e5 (22...Qg1+!? 23.Qf1 Qxf1+ 24.Kxf1 e5 and White doesn't have enough compensation for the exchange after he takes on b7.) 23.Bxb7+ Kc7 24.c6 and again, Black uses White's King's lack of space to exchange Queens: 24...Qg1+ now, but after 25.Qf1 Qxf1+ 26.Kxf1 Nxc6Âµ; C) 21.Bb5! 21...Qg1+ (21...Bxb5 22.Nxb5 looks great for White, as he now has the d6-square to use.) 22.Qf1 Qxf1+ 23.Bxf1 e5 24.Nb5 Bxb5 25.Bxb5Ã· White has tripled pawns, but also has 2 Bishops.; 18.Nd4? isn't so great now that Black's Knight isn't on e5 and is instead guarding the b7-square. 18...Qxe5+ 19.Qe2 Qf6 when Black's center is going to get started. The sacrifical attempt with 20.Rxb7 Nxb7 21.Qa6 fails quickly due to the open f-file. 21...Qxf2+ 22.Kd1 Qxf1+ 23.Qxf1 Rxf1+-+] 18...Nec6 19.Nd4 Nxe5 20.Qa6?! Dmitry couldn't seem to resist the temptation of this move, although it is easily rebuffed. [20.Nb5 looks correct, when after 20...Bxb5 21.Qxb5 Nec6 (21...Ng4 22.f3 doesn't lead anywhere for Black.) 22.Be3 e5 is fine for Black.] 20...Kb8 I spent a few minutes on accepting the Queen sacrifice, and once I convinced myself there wasn't an easy way to win, I had no trouble in deciding on this move. [20...bxa6? 21.Bxa6+ Nb7 22.Rxb7 A) 22...Qxb7 23.Bxb7+ Kc7 24.c6! Highlighting the weakness of the e6-pawn. 24...Bc8 (24...Nxc6 25.Bxc6 Bxc6 26.Nxe6+ Kd6 27.Nxf8 Rxf8 and Black is down a pawn, although he should have very good drawing chances.) 25.Nb5+ Kb8 (25...Kb6? 26.Be3+ Ka5 27.Nxa7+-) 26.Be3 Bxb7 27.Bxa7+ Kc8 28.cxb7+ Kxb7 29.Bd4Â±; B) 22...Kd8 23.Rxc7 Kxc7 24.Rb7+ Kd8 25.f4!? (Even a move like 25.a4 is hard to meet.) 25...gxf4 26.Bxf4 Rxf4 27.Rb8+ Ke7 28.Rxh8Â±] 21.c4 Nec6! White had missed this move, which leaves the Queen awkwardly placed. [21...Ka8? allows 22.Qa5 when White's Queen sortie has worked out well. 22...Qc8 (22...Qxa5 23.Bxa5Â²) 23.Bc3 and White is better.] 22.Nxc6+ [22.Nb5? bxa6 23.Nxc7+ Kxc7 and White is just down a piece.] 22...Bxc6 23.cxd5 This is necessary to keep Black from isolating White's Queen on the a-file. [23.Qa5? Qe5+ 24.Be2 d4! leaves White without any chances - Black's queenside is secure and White's pieces are all in the wrong places.] 23...exd5 24.Qd3 Ne6 25.c3 [25.Be3 guards the c5-pawn, but runs right into 25...d4! 26.Bxd4 Nxd4 (26...Re8 27.Be3 Nf4 28.Qd6 gets the Queen's off.) 27.Qxd4 Rd8 28.Qg4 Rhe8+ 29.Be2 Ka8!? (29...Qh2 30.Qg3+ Qxg3 31.fxg3 Bxg2 32.Kf2 Bc6Â³) 30.Kf1 Re4 31.Qg3 Qxg3 32.fxg3 Rf8+ 33.Ke1 (33.Bf3? g4-+) 33...Re5 34.Rd1 Bxg2Âµ] 25...Nxc5 [25...Nf4 was the main alternative, but I didn't see why I shouldn't grab the c5-pawn. Taking the pawn does open the g1-a7 diagonal, but at the same time, removing that c5-pawn means Black can breathe a little easier along the b-file as there aren't any tricks with a sacrifice on b7 followed by c5-c6. 26.Bxf4 Rxf4 27.Re2 and I thought White was getting too many defensive chances.] 26.Qd4 [26.Qg3 exchanges Queens, but White is not well placed to play the endgame. 26...Re8+ (26...Qxg3 27.fxg3 Re8+ allows 28.Kf2!) 27.Kd1 Qxg3 28.fxg3 Ba4+ (28...Rhf8 29.Bb5) 29.Kc1 Rhf8 30.Bb5 Re4Âµ] 26...Ne6 27.Qb4 [27.Qd3 Rf6!? and White doesn't have any response to the threats along the f-file. At least with the Queen on b4, there are visions of an attack on Black's King.] 27...Re8 [27...d4 28.cxd4 Rd8 29.Be3 Rhe8 Black has got both Rooks nicely centralized, but White still has resources. 30.Ba6 Nxd4 (30...b6 31.Qa5 and White's attack continues.) 31.Rc1! (31.Qxb7+? Bxb7 32.Rxb7+ Qxb7 33.Rxb7+ Ka8-+) 31...Qh2 32.Rxc6 Qh1+ 33.Bf1 Rxe3+ 34.fxe3 Qh4+ 35.Rf2 Nxc6 36.Qxh4 gxh4 37.Rf4=] 28.Be3 Rhf8? [28...d4! 29.cxd4 Nf4 looked natural, but I couldn't figure out what to do after A) 30.Bb5 A1) 30...Bxg2 31.Qd2 (31.Bxe8 Nd3+) 31...Re6; A2) 30...Nxg2+ 31.Kd2 Nxe3 32.Bxc6 Nf1+ 33.Rxf1 (33.Kd3 Qxc6 34.Qxb7+ Qxb7 35.Rxb7+ Ka8 and White is just down a piece since the Rb1 is needed to guard the Rb7.) 33...Qxc6Âµ; B) 30.Qc5 But this move isn't a real problem. 30...Nxg2+ (30...Nd5 transposes to the game 31.Kd2 Rhf8) 31.Bxg2 Bxg2 32.Qxc7+ Kxc7Âµ Black's h-pawn and light-squared Bishop combination is going to be a monster in the endgame. I had seen this option, but when I saw his open King along the center files, I couldn't think of much other than playing for checkmate.] 29.Kd2? [29.Bb5! Bxb5 30.Qxb5 b6 31.Kf1! and I don't see how Black follows up, and there is still some danger, as if Black blindly plays 31...Qh2? Then White has 32.Qd7! and Black can only save himself by coming up with some amazing moves: 32...Qh1+ 33.Ke2 Rxf2+! 34.Kd3 (34.Kxf2 Rf8+ 35.Ke2 Qxg2+ 36.Kd3 Qe4+ is a perpetual.) 34...Nc5+! 35.Bxc5 Rd2+!! 36.Kxd2 (36.Rxd2?? Qxb1+ 37.Rc2 Qf1+ 38.Kd2 Re2+ 39.Kd3 Qd1+ 40.Rd2 Qxd2#) 36...Qxg2+ 37.Kd1 Qf3+ 38.Kc2 Qe2+ 39.Kc1 Qe1+ 40.Kc2 Qe2+ is a draw, and White should avoid 41.Kb3?? Qc4+ 42.Kc2 Re2+-+] 29...d4 Black has to return the extra pawn in order to keep the attack going. Giving up the d-pawn opens up another central file, opens the diagonal for the light-squared bishop, creates a square on d5 for Black's Knight, and shuts in White's dark-squared bishop. 30.cxd4 Nf4!? By this point, I had 4 minutes left to make time control (at 40 moves). [30...Rd8!? 31.Rc2 isn't too much easier for Black. For example, after 31...Qd7 32.Rbc1 Be4 33.Rc4 Rfe8 34.g3 it's hard to see how Black is going to increase the pressure.] 31.Qc5 [31.Bb5 Nd5 32.Qc5 transposes to the note to White's 32nd move.; 31.Bc4 Nxg2-+] 31...Nd5 32.Ba6? White misses his chance to change things up. [32.Bb5 Nxe3 (32...Qa5+?? 33.Kd3! and White is winning! For example, 33...Nxe3 34.Bxc6) 33.fxe3 (33.Bxc6 Rxf2+ 34.Kc1 Rxb2 35.Rxb2 and now Black has to find 35...Rc8! 36.Qe5! Ka8!-+) 33...Rf2+ (33...Qg3? 34.d5 Bxb5 35.Rxb5 isn't clear at all, as Black must now worry about his own King.) 34.Kd1 Rxb2 35.Rxb2 Bxb5 36.Rxb5 Rxe3-+; 32.Rxb7+! had to be played here. While it may not change the assessment that Black is better, it completely changes the nature of the game as now Black must worry about an attack. Considering I was already in time pressure, this was White's best probably practically as well as objectively. 32...Bxb7 (32...Qxb7 33.Rxb7+ Bxb7 leaves Black with 2 Rooks for a Queen and pawn. While Black should still be better here, there was no way I'd have chosen this during the game.) 33.Qxd5 Rf6Âµ although Black's attack has pretty much disappeared, while White still has the 2 Bishops and an open Black King to harrass.] 32...b6 33.Rc2 [33.Bb5? would be nice if White could get it as the ...Nd5 is undermined, but Black simply takes the Queen: 33...bxc5 34.Bxc6+ Nb6 35.Bxe8 (35.dxc5 Qxc6-+) 35...cxd4 36.Bxd4 Rxe8 and White doesn't have anything left.] 33...Nxe3 34.fxe3 Rf2+ 35.Be2 Qg3-+ 36.Rb3 [36.d5? guards the e3-pawn, but doesn't do much else: 36...Bxd5 and White has no response to Black's attack.; 36.Qxc6? Qxe3+ 37.Kd1 Rf1+ 38.Bxf1 Qe1#] 36...Be4?! This is enough to win, but there was a neater finish. [36...Rxe2+ 37.Kxe2 Rxe3+! Deflecting White's Rook from the b-file. 38.Rxe3 Qxg2+ 39.Kd1 Qg4+ and Black will take White's Queen on the next move.] 37.Rcb2 [37.Rcc3 is simply met by A) 37...Qxg2? 38.Rxb6+ Bb7 (38...axb6?? 39.Qxb6+ Bb7 40.Qc7+ Ka7 41.Qa5+ Kb8 42.Qc7+ and Black has no way to escape the perpetual.; 38...Ka8?? 39.Qc8+! Rxc8 40.Rxc8#) 39.Rxb7+ Qxb7 and while Black should still win the game, it has become much tougher.; B) 37...Ka8 38.Qb5 Ref8 (38...Rd8? 39.Rc1 Qxg2 40.Rbc3 Bb7 41.Rc7 and White is still kicking.) 39.Rb2 Rxe2+ 40.Qxe2 (40.Kxe2 Qxg2+ 41.Ke1 Qh1+ leads to checkmate.) 40...Rf2-+] 37...Ka8 [37...Rc8? lets White last a few more moves after 38.Qe5+ Qxe5 39.dxe5 when Black is still winning in the endgame, but there is still some work to be done.; 37...Qxg2 is also enough to win.] 38.Qb5 Rc8 39.Qa6 Bb7 40.Qb5 Qxg2 and White resigned as he has no defense to the threat of ...Bf3. 0-1
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