Chess Game from R.L. Froemke Memorial / Tallahassee Open Chess Tournament


Here’s a game from the recent Robert L. Froemke Memorial / Tallahassee Open Chess Tournament. Colin sent the game in and I ran it through a full analysis using the Houdini chess engine.

Download the PGN file of the game here.

Dougherty, Colin (1831) – Larsen, Eric (2114)
Robert L. Froemke Memorial / Tallahassee Open
May 28, 2011, Tallahassee, Florida USA
E59: Nimzo-Indian: Rubinstein: Main Line: 7…Nc6 8 a3 Bxc3 9 bxc3 dxc4

Position after 13... Bg4

Position after 13... Bg4

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 c5 8. Nf3 dxc4 9. Bxc4 Nc6 10. O-O Qc7 11. Bd3 e5 12. Qc2 Re8 13. e4 Bg4

(13… exd4 14. cxd4 Bg4 15. e5 Bxf3 16. exf6 Nxd4 17. Bxh7+ Kh8 18. fxg7+ Kxg7 19. Bb2 Rad8 20. gxf3 (20. Bf5 Re2 21. Bxd4+ Rxd4 22. Qc3 Bd5 23. Rae1 Bc4 24. Rxe2 Bxe2 25. Re1 Qe5 26. Bd3 f6 27. Rxe2 Rxd3 28. Qxd3 Qa1+ 29. Re1 Qxe1+ 30. Qf1 Qe4 31. Qb5 c4 32. h4 Qe1+ 0-1 Ganaus,H (2318)-Papp,G (2481)/Oberwart 2006/CBM 113 ext (32) ) 20… Rh8 21. Kh1 Rxh7 22. Rg1+ Kh8 23. Rg3 Qe5 24. Rag1 Rh4 25. Qc1 Kh7 26. Qb1+ Kh8 27. Qf1 Qe6 28. Qg2 Sokolov,I (2610)-Kasparov,G (2812)/Wijk aan Zee 1999/CBM 069/1-0)

14. d5N

(14. Nxe5 Nxe5 15. dxe5 Qxe5 16. f4 Qe7 17. c4 (17. e5 c4 18. Be4 Qc5+ 19. Kh1 Nxe4 20. Qxe4 Qc6 21. Qxc6 bxc6 22. Be3 Bf5 23. Bc5 Reb8 24. h3 Rb5 25. Bd6 h5 26. Rf2 Rb3 27. Rc1 Rc8 28. Kh2 c5 29. Kg3 g6 30. Kh4 Kg7 31. Be7 Rxa3 Divljan,I (2258)-Poitras,L (2125)/Richmond 2002/CBM 088/1/2-1/2 (70) ) 17… Nxe4 18. Bb2 Nf6 19. Be5 Nd7 20. Bxh7+ Kh8 21. Rae1 Qh4 22. Bf5 Kg8 23. Re3 Nxe5 24. fxe5 Rad8 25. e6 Rxe6 26. Bxe6 Bxe6 27. Qe4 Qxe4 28. Rxe4 Rd2 Rajkovic,D (2390)-Hort,V (2600)/Hastings 1972/MCD/1-0 (34) )

14… Ne7 15. c4

(15. Nd2!? +/=)

15… Bxf3= 16. gxf3 Ng6 17. f4

(17. Kh1 Nh5=)

17… exf4 18.f3 Nd7 19. Bb2 Nde5 20. Kh1 Qd7 21. Rf2 Nh4 22. Bxe5 Rxe5 23. Rg1 Ng6 24. Be2 Rae8 25. Rfg2 b6 26. a4 f6 27. Qa2 a5

Position after 27... a5

Position after 27... a5

Black has a new backward pawn: b6

28. Rb1

(28. Qb3 Rb8 =/+)

28… Qc7

(28… f5!? -/+)

29. Bd1 Rb8 30. Rgb2 Ne7

(30… Rh5!? =/+)

31. Rb5 Nc8 32. Qd2

White threatens to win material: Qd2xf4

32… Nd6

Black threatens to win material: Nd6xb5

33. R5b3 g5 34. Be2 Ree8

(34…f5 35. Rg1 Qg7 36. Qb2 =/+)

Position after 34... Ree8

Position after 34... Ree8

35. Qb2= Qg7

(35… Qe7!? = is worth looking at)

 36. Rxb6 +/- Rbd8 37. Rc6 g4 38. Qb6

White threatens to win material: Qb6xa5

(38. Qd2 Qg5 39. Rg1 +/= (worse is 39. fxg4 Nxe4 40. Qc2 Qh4=/+))

38… Qh6=

Black has a mate threat

39. Qxc5??

(39. Bf1 g3 40. h3 Nxc4 41. Rxf6 = (worse is 41. Qxc5 Nd2 42. Qc1 Nxb1 -/+ (42… Nxf3?! 43. Rc3 Ne5 44. Rxg3+ Kh8 45. Rb2 =)))

39… Nf5 -+ 40. Bd3

(40. exf5 Rxe2 41. Qg1 g3 42. Qg2 Rxg2 43. h4 Qxh4+ 44. Kxg2 Qh2+ 45. Kf1 Qf2#)

Position after 40. Bd3

Position after 40. Bd3

40… Qh3??

Ignoring the path to victory (40… g3 41. Qg1 Nd4 -+)

41. Qf2 +-

(41. exf5 Qxf3+ 42. Kg1 Qxd3 -+)

41… Ne3 42. Rxf6 ??

Letting the wind out of his own sails (better is 42. fxg4 Rb8 43. Rg1 (43. Rxf6?! Rxb1+ 44. Bxb1 Nxg4 45. Qxf4 Nxf6 46. Qxf6 Rf8 47. Qg5+ Kf7 =) 43… Nxd5 44. exd5 (44. cxd5?! Qxd3 45. Qxf4 Qxe4+ 46. Qxe4 Rxe4 +/=) 44… Qxd3 45. Qxf4 +-)

Position after 42. Rxf6??

Position after 42. Rxf6??

42… g3 =/+

Black threatens to win material: g3xf2

43. Rg1

(better is 43. Qe2 =/+)

43… Kh8??

With this move Black loses his initiative (better is 43… Ng4 44. Qg2 Qxg2+ 45. Kxg2 Nxf6 46. hxg3 Kf7 -/+)

44. Qb2 +- Rg8

(44… Kg8 a last effort to resist the inevitable 45. Rxf4 Rb8 +-)

45. Rf8#

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