**(1) Dave Salter – Dinand Knol [A46] Heidenfeld Memorial, 1500**

**1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 e6 3.e3 b6 4.Bd3 Bb7 5.Nbd2 c5 6.0-0 Be7 7.c3** Opening theory is not my strong point hence my choice of opening in this game **7…d5 8.Ne5 0-0 9.f4 Qc7 10.b3 Ba6 11.c4 **didnt want to give up the B **11…dxc4 12.bxc4 ** [I considered 12.Ndxc4 but this didn’t seem to be in the spirit of opening – 12…b5 13.Na3 b4 * (13…cxd4) *] **12…Nc6 13.Bb2 ** [13.Ndf3 was also possible] **13…Nb4 14.Bb1 ** [14.Be2 was also considered but I wanted a kingside attack!] **14…cxd4 15.exd4 Rad8 16.Qf3 Bb7 17.Qh3 h6 18.a3 **tried to make g4 work but it seems to be too early… [18.g4 Nd7 19.a3 Nc6 20.Qd3 f5; 18.f5 looked at this too..] **18…Nc6 19.Ndf3 Nd7 20.Ba2 ** [20.Ng4 works here in most lines other than… ** A) **20…Qxf4?! 21.g3 Qc7 best – other moves are not so good after Nxh6 etc.. 22.Nxh6+ gxh6 23.Qxh6 f5 more or less forced 24.Qg6+ * (24.Ng5 *also may be winning*) *24…Kh8 25.d5+ Nf6 26.Ng5 is winning for W; ** B) **20…f5 best 21.Nxh6+ White is committed to this now… 21…gxh6 22.Qxh6 ** B1) **22…Rf6?! 23.Qg5+ Kf8 * (23…Kf7 24.d5) *24.d5 is a very strong attack for W; ** B2) **22…Nf6?! 23.Ng5 is very strong for W; ** B3) **22…Bf6 best 23.Qg6+ Kh8 24.Ng5 Nc5! the saving idea 25.dxc5 nothing really better 25…Bxb2 26.Rf3 Rd1+ 27.Kf2 doesnt really matter where the K goes, B will sac it on e2 27…Rd2+ 28.Ke3 Re2+ 29.Kxe2 Nd4+ when the K moves & Bxf3, White has nothing..] **20…Nf6 21.Rae1 ** [21.Rac1 was also possible given the position of the Black Qc7] **21…Bd6 22.Bb1 ** [22.g4 also looked at this… 22…Nh7 23.g5 * (23.Bb1 Bxe5 24.fxe5 Na5) *23…hxg5 * (23…Bxe5 24.fxe5 *is also OK for B*) *24.Nxc6 * (24.Bb1 f5) *24…Qxc6 25.Bb1 f5] **22…Na5 23.Bd3 Ba6 24.Rc1 **maybe this is where the Rook should have gone earlier [24.Nd2 the alternative 24…Nd7 looked solid enough; 24.Ng5 Rde8 leads to nothing…] **24…Nb3 ** [24…Bb7 25.g4 looks good for W] **25.Rc2 **with thoughts of g4 & Rg2/f2 **25…Bb7 26.g4 **

I had to analyse a long way down to play this… [26.Re2 this is the only other move considered but Ive wanted to play g4 so now is the time!!] **26…Ne4 ** [26…Nd7 27.g5 Nxe5 * (27…Bxe5 28.fxe5) *28.fxe5 is better for W than after Ne4; 26…Ne8 27.g5 is similiar to Nd7 but probably worse] **27.g5 Nxd4 ** [27…Bxe5 28.fxe5 is good for W 28…Nxg5 29.Nxg5 Rxd4 30.Nxe6] **28.Bxd4 Bxe5 ** [28…Bc5 is the only other real alternative 29.Bxe4 Rxd4 30.Bxb7 Rxc4+ 31.Rcf2 Bxf2+ 32.Rxf2 is much better for W] **29.fxe5 Rxd4 30.Nxd4 **this enters a line where B will get 4 x pawns for his Rook [30.gxh6 this is an alternative but it seems to lead to a draw – mots of the line is actulaly forced 30…Rxd3 * (30…Qc5 *transposes to the main line*) *31.hxg7 Qc5+ 32.Kh1 Ng3+ 33.Kg2 * (33.hxg3 Bxf3+ 34.Rxf3 Rd1+ 35.Rf1 Rxf1+ 36.Qxf1 Rd8 *looks equal*) *33…Nh5 * (33…Kxg7 *may also be as good as the main line*) *34.gxf8Q+ Qxf8 35.Qxh5 Qg7+ 36.Kh3 Bxf3 37.Rxf3 Rxf3+ 38.Qxf3 Qh7+ picks up the Rc2 with a seemingly equal position] **30…Nxg5 31.Qe3 **didnt really consider anything else here though Qg3 might be playable **31…Qxe5 32.Kf2 Qxh2+ 33.Ke1 Qh4+ ** [33…Bg2 34.Rg1 Qh4+ 35.Kd2 when the bg2 more or less has to retreat; 33…Qh3 34.Qxh3 Nxh3 35.Nb5 a6 36.Nd6 Rd8 37.Rd2 is good for White] **34.Kd2 **the only real move – need to play Kc3 in answer to Rd8 **34…Rd8 ** [34…Rc8 35.Nb5] **35.Kc3 f5 **anything else would be too slow **36.Rf4 ** [36.Nxe6?! Rxd3+ 37.Qxd3 Nxe6 38.Qxf5 Qd4+ when the B pieces work really well together; 36.Rd2 Be4 and its hard to make progress

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**36…Qh1 ** [36…Qh3 37.Re2 is good for W as B appears to have nothing better than.. 37…Qxe3 38.Rxe3] **37.Rc1 Qh2 38.Re1 Kh8 39.Re2 Qh1 ** [39…Qh3 40.Nxe6 Qxe3 41.Rxe3 Rxd3+ 42.Kxd3 Be4+ 43.Rfxe4 fxe4+ 44.Rxe4 was a possible alternative but not better than text] **40.Kb2 Be4 41.Bxe4 Nxe4 42.Rxe4 fxe4 43.Qxe4 Qd1 **avoiding the endgame without Qs **44.Nxe6 **Route 1 **44…Rd2+ 45.Rxd2 Qxd2+ 46.Qc2 Qd7 47.Qg6 **now I needed a plan to try to win – my idea now is to re-arrange and try to play a4-a5, swop off and leave a weak b6 and try to win it to get the c -pawn through **47…Kg8 48.Kb3 Qf7 49.Qe4 Qe7 50.Qd5 Kh7 51.a4 Kg6 52.a5 bxa5 53.c5 Kf6 54.Nd4 Qf7 55.Kc4 g6 56.Qxf7+ Kxf7 57.Kb5 1-0**

*This was the game for which that secured David his correspondence IM title*