QP Counter-GambitC40

Gardiner D.
Darling T.

2019


C40: Latvian and Elephant Gambits

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5 2... Nc6!? is worthy of consideration 3. exd5 Bd6 4. d4 e4 5. Nfd2 f5 6. c4 b6 7. Nc3 Nf6 8. Be2 O-O 9. O-O Qe8 9... c6 10. Qb3 Rf7 11. c5 bxc5 12. dxc5 Bxc5 13. dxc6 Nxc6 14. Bc4 10. Nb3 10. Nb5!? e3 11. Nb3 exf2+ 12. Rxf2 10... f4 11. c5 bxc5 12. dxc5 12. Nxc5? f3 13. N5xe4 Bxh2+ (13... Nxe4?! 14. Bxf3 Nxc3 15. bxc3) (13... fxe2?! 14. Nxf6+ Rxf6 15. Qxe2 Qxe2 16. Nxe2) 14. Kh1 fxe2 (14... Nxe4?! 15. Bxf3 Nxc3 16. bxc3) 15. Nxf6+ Rxf6 (15... gxf6?! 16. Nxe2 Bd6 17. Nf4) 16. Qxe2 Qxe2 17. Nxe2 Bd6 12... Be5 13. d6 White has a new strong pawn: d6 13. Nxe4 Nxe4 14. Re1 13... f3= Black threatens to win material: f3xe2 14. Bc4+?? White lets it slip away 14. gxf3 this is the best way to fight back 14... Bxh2+ 15. Kxh2 Qh5+ 16. Kg1 Qg6+ 17. Kh1 Qh5+ 18. Kg2 Qg6+ 19. Kh1 Qh5+ 20. Kg1 Qg6+ 21. Kh1= 14... Kh8 15. g3 15. d7 Qh5 16. h3 Bxd7 17. Nxe4 Nxe4 15... Qh5 16. Re1 16. Nd2 Qh3 17. Qxf3 exf3 18. Nxf3 Ng4 19. Be6 Bxe6 20. d7 Nxd7 21. Bf4 Rxf4 22. Ne4 Rxf3 23. Rfd1 Qxh2+ 24. Kf1 Rxf2+ 25. Nxf2 Qxf2# 16... Ng4 17. h4 Bxg3 17... Nxf2 ends the debate 18. Qc2 Bxg3 19. Rxe4 Qg6 18. fxg3 f2+ 19. Kg2 fxe1=Q 20. Qxe1 e3! puts the final touch 21. Bxe3 21. Bd5 Rf2+ 22. Qxf2 exf2 23. Bxa8 cxd6 24. Bf4 21... Bb7+ 22. Kg1 Nxe3 22... Ne5 finishes off the opponent 23. Nd4 Nxc4 23. Qxe3= cxd6 23... Nd7!? must be considered 24. Be2 Rae8 25. Bxh5 Rxe3= 24. Be2 White threatens to win material: Be2xh5 24. cxd6 Nd7 25. Rf1 Rxf1+ 26. Bxf1 Re8 24... Qg6 25. Bd3?? White has let it slip away 25. h5 Qh6 26. Qxh6 gxh6 27. Rd1 dxc5 28. Nxc5 25... Qg4 26. Rf1 26. Be4 Bxe4 27. Nxe4 dxc5 28. Nbxc5 26... Nd7 27. Nd2 27. c6 Rxf1+ 28. Bxf1 Bxc6 27... Rxf1+ 27... Nxc5!? might be the shorter path 28. Rxf8+ Rxf8 29. Bf1 28. Bxf1 Nxc5 29. Bg2 29. Nb5 Qd7 30. b4 Re8 29... Bxg2 30. Kxg2 Qe6 30... Rf8 keeps an even firmer grip 31. b3 31. Qf3 31. Qxe6 Nxe6 32. Kf3 d5 31... Re8 32. b4 Nd7 33. Nde4 33. b5 doesn't get the cat off the tree 33... Qe1 34. Qf2 Qe3 35. Qxe3 Rxe3 33... h6 34. Qd3 34. a4 doesn't change the outcome of the game 34... d5 35. Nf2 Nb6 34... d5! Deflection: e4 35. Nf2 Nf6 36. a4 36. a3 cannot undo what has already been done 36... Qb6 36... Ne4 36... d4 makes it even easier for Black 37. Ncd1 Qc6+ 38. Qf3 Qxa4 37. Nxd5 37. Qe3 a last effort to resist the inevitable 37... Nxf2 38. Kxf2 Rf8+ 38... Rf8+ 39. Nf4 g5 40. hxg5 hxg5 0-1 [Fritz 13 (30s)]

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