(1) Krstev,Mario (1928) - Lukey,Stephen G (2323) [A65]
North Shore Open (35th) (1.1), 30.08.2008



1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 0-0 5.Nge2 d6 6.Ng3 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Be2 exd5 9.cxd5 Nbd7 10.0-0 a6 11.a4 h5 12.f4 h4 13.Nh1 Rb8 14.Nf2 Qc7 15.Qb3 Re8 16.Bd2 Nf8 17.Qc2 Bd7 18.Rae1 b5 19.e5 Bf5 20.Bd3 Bxd3 21.Nxd3 Nh5 22.axb5 c4 23.Nf2 dxe5 24.f5 axb5 25.fxg6 Nxg6 26.Nce4 Nhf4 27.Ng4 Qd8?
[27...Nxd5 defends the fork threat and leaves it hard to see White addressing his two-pawn material deficit any time soon. The move played, however, allows White more than a life-line . . .]

28.Ne3?
[. . . but he doesn't grab it: 28.Bxf4 Nxf4 (28...exf4 29.Nef6+ is even worse) 29.Rxf4! exf4 30.Nef6+ Qxf6 (The only try but Black does not get enough for the queen.) 31.Rxe8+ Rxe8 32.Nxf6+ Bxf6 33.Qf5 and White is well on top]

28...Nd3
[Now Black is cruising again.]

29.Ra1 Ngf4 30.Ba5 Qd7 31.d6 f5 32.Nc3 e4
[Perhaps Stephen rejected 32...Qxd6 because of 33.Nxb5 but Black simply wins two minor pieces for a rook after 33...Qc5! (33...Rxb5 34.Qxc4+ Rd5 35.Nxd5 Qxd5 36.Qxd5+ Nxd5 ) 34.Qxc4+ Qxc4 35.Nxc4 Rxb5 etc. But the text move is fine, too.]

33.Kh1 Rf8 34.Bc7 Rbe8 35.b3 b4
[35...Bd4! ]

36.Ncd5 Bxa1 37.Rxa1 Qg7
[37...c3!? ]

38.Rf1 Nxd5 39.Qxc4 Kh8 40.Qxd5 f4?
[It's true that White has some counterplay for the lost exchange but this last move before the time control is, sadly for Black, not a very good one. Better was 40...Re5 41.Qd4 (41.Qb7 hamstrings the d-pawn) 41...Rc5 and the queens come off leaving a fairly simple win]

41.d7 Ra8
[Or 41...fxe3 42.dxe8Q Nf2+ 43.Kg1 Nh3+ 44.Kh1= ]

42.d8Q Raxd8 43.Bxd8 fxe3 44.Rxf8+ Qxf8 45.Qh5+ Kg7 46.Qg5+ Kf7 47.Qd5+ Ke8 48.Qxe4+ Kxd8 49.Qxd3+ Kc8 50.Qxe3 Qf1+ 51.Qg1 Qd3 52.Qc5+ Kd7 53.Qa7+ Ke6 54.Qb6+ Kd7 55.Qb7+ Ke6 56.Qc8+ Ke7 57.Qc7+ Ke6 58.Qc8+ Ke7 1/2-1/2