Schmittdiel, Eckhard - Rees, Ioan
International Werner-Ruisinger-Memorial



1.Nf3 Going into this game i was on 0/6 and my opponent was leading the tournament on 4.5/6. It was going to be a tall order however i was determined to get a result to give my friend, Richard Jones, the chance to win the tournament. 1. ... d5 2.c4 e6 3.b3 Nf6 4.Bb2 Be7 5.g3 b6 6.Bg2 Bb7 7.O-O O-O 8.d4 dxc4 9.bxc4 c5 10.e3 Nc6 11.Nbd2 Qc7 12.Qe2 Rfd8 13.Rfd1 Rac8 14.Rac1 My play had been erratic since the painful loss in the first round, but i decided to play solidly in this game. So far all the moves have been logical developing moves. 14. ... Na5 15.Nb3 Nxb3 16.axb3 Be4 17.Bh3 Ra8 18.Ne5 Bd6 19.f3 Bb7 20.Nd3 Nd7 21.Bg2 Re8 22.Qd2 a5 23.Qc3 Bf8 24.Ra1 f6+= White has a slight advantage here, but it was to be expected when playing black against a GM. 25.Qc2?! =, quiet cxd4 26.exd4 e5 27.dxe5?!

27. ... Nxe5 28.Nxe5 fxe5 29.Kh1 With this careless move he offered me a draw, which surprised me a lot due to the tournament situation, the rating difference and the position all suggest that he should be playing for a win! 29. ... Re6 I didnÂ't g ive the draw any consideration even though i havenÂ't got an advantage. Draw offers arenÂ't allowed in any other sport so I personally think that draw offers should not be allowed in chess... I am always angry, if any of my students take early draws. 30.Re1 Rae8 The position is, arguably, objectively equal, however black has an obvious plan and white has to work a little harder to find the best moves. 31.Bc3 Qf7 32.Rf1 Qh5 33.Rae1 Bd6 34.Bd2 Rf8 This move keeps things simple
[ 34. ... e4! better move 35.f4 35. ... Rh6 36.h4 g5 i saw to this position, but for some reason didnÂ't find it 100% clear, even though i had an inclining i was winning ]
35.Qd3 Ref6 36.c5?! a desperate attempt to complicate matters , but might not be the best practical chance
[ 36.Bc3 this move is far more difficult to deal with 36. ... R8f7 37.Qd1 Rh6 38.h3 Bc6=+ ]
36. ... Bxc5 37.g4 e4!
[ 37. ... Qh4 38.Rxe5 Qxg4 39.fxg4 Rxf1+ 40.Qxf1 Rxf1# This was another line i was contemplating, however Txe5 isnÂ't the best move... ]
38.Rxe4 Bxe4 39.Qxe4 Qf7 black is a rook for a bishop up, but things are a little more tricky than they seem. Some accuracy was required 40.Qc2 Bd6 41.g5 Rf5 42.f4 Qc7 43.Qd3 Bxf4 44.Be4 Rd8! 45.Qf3 45. ... Rxd2 46.Bxf5 Rxh2+ 47.Kg1 Qc5+ 48.Rf2 Rxf2 49.Be6+ At this point there was a large crowd watching including two friends. I saw my chance to provide some entertainment... 49. ... Kh8
[ 49. ... Kf8 this is what everyone expected ]
50.Qa8+ After playing Kh8 i looked at the crowd and i could tell that most thought that i had allowed a back rank mate which was amusing 50. ... Bb8 51.Qxb8+ Rf8+

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