Analyzed Game – Shabbaz v Conner

Here is a game played at the recently concluded Capital City Chess Championship on October 23, 2010 between Tallahassee Chess Club members Daaim Shabbaz and Don Conner. Analysis is by Don Conner who is being awarded 10 TIPPs for this article!

Shabazz, Daaim –  Conner, Donald
Capital City Chess Championship
October 23, 2010

1. e4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. e5 c5 4. b4 b6 5. a3
[better is 5.bxc5!? bxc5+/-]

5… Ne7= 6. c3 Qc7 7. d4 a5
[7…Nbc6!?= must definitely be considered]

8. bxc5+/= bxc5 9. a4 Ng6 10. Na3 Bd7
[10…cxd4!? 11.Nb5 Qd8 12.cxd4 Bb4+ 13.Bd2 0–0+/=]

11. Nb5 Bxb5 12. Bxb5+ Nd7 13. 0–0 Be7 14. c4 0–0 15. cxd5 exd5 16. dxc5 Ndxe5 17. Qxd5
[17.Nxe5 Qxe5 18.Be3 Bf6+/-]

17… Rad8 18. Qb3 Nxf3+ 19. Qxf3 Bxc5 20. Bb2 Bd4
[20…Bb4!?+/= is interesting]

21. Rac1+/- (diagram) Qe5?
[better is 21…Qf4!? 22.Ba3 Qxf3 23.gxf3 Ne5+-]

Diagram 1

22. Ba3+- Rfe8
[22…Qg5 23.Bxf8 Kxf8 24.Qb7+-]

23. Bxe8 Rxe8 24. g3 Qg5
[24…h5 25.Rce1 Qxe1 26.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 27.Kg2+-]

25. Rc7
[25. Rfd1 Qf6 26.Qxf6 Bxf6+- (26…gxf6?? 27.Rxd4 h5 28.Bd6+-) ]

25… Ne5 26. Qf4
[better is 26.Qe4 and the result of the game is clear: White will win 26…Qd8 27.Rfc1+-]

26… Qd8 (diagram)

Diagram 2

27. Rcc1??
Loses material. Hands over the advantage to the opponent [better is 27.Rfc1 Qa8 28.Re7 Rxe7 29.Bxe7+-]

27… Qd5=/+ 28. Rfe1

28… h6 29. Rxe5 Rxe5
[29…Bxe5?! 30.Qc4 Qa8 31.Qc6=; 29…Qxe5?! 30.Qxe5 Rxe5 31.Rc4=]

30. Rf1
[30.Qd2 Rf5 31.Rf1-/+]

30… g5

[better is 30…Re2 31.Qd6 Qxd6 32.Bxd6 Ra2-/+]

31. Qc1??

[better is 31.Qd2=/+ is just about the only chance]

31… Re2–+ 32. Qd1

[32.Qc8+ is still a small chance 32…Kh7 33.Qh3–+]

32… Bxf2+!

Deflection: [32…Bxf2+ 33.Rxf2 Qxd1+ 34.Kg2 Re1 35.Ra2 Rg1+ 36.Kf2 Rf1+ 37.Kg2 g4 38.h3 Qf3+ 39.Kh2 Rh1#]

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