Ruy LopezC63

Peter Leggett
Chris Dodson

Solihull D v Leamington C, LDCL Div 4
2006


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 Avoiding the very sharp main lines such as 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 d5 6. Nxe5 dxe4 7. Nxc6 Qg5 8. Qe2 Nf6 9. f4 Qxf4 10. Ne5+ c6 11. d4 etc. 4... fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. Qe2 White should castle since Black can't take the e-pawn: 6. O-O Nxe4? 7. Re1 etc. 6... d6 Better is ...Bc5 first to avoid shutting in the bishop. 7. Nbd2 Be7 8. Nf1 O-O 9. Ng3 Bg4 10. Bg5? 10. h3? is also demolished by 10... Nd4 : 11. Qc4+ d5 12. exd5 Bxf3 13. gxf3 Nxd5 10. Be3 may be best, eg. 10... d5 11. O-O-O 10... Nd4 11. Bc4+? Simply losing a piece. 11... d5 12. Qd3 dxc4 13. Qxc4+ Be6 14. Qd3 Nxf3+ 15. Qxf3 Ng4 16. Bxe7 Qxe7 17. Nf5 Qb4+ 18. c3 Qxb2 19. O-O Bxf5 20. exf5 Nh6 21. Qd5+ Kh8 22. Rab1 Qxc3 23. Rbc1 Qd4 24. Qxb7 Qb6 25. Qe4 Rae8 26. Rc6 Qb7 27. Rfc1 Rf6 28. h3 Rxc6 29. Rxc6 Nxf5? The only flaw in a good game by Black. 30. Qc4? White misses 30. Re6! Qc8 31. Rxe8+ Qxe8 32. Qxf5 when Black is a only a pawn up in a tricky queen ending. 30... Nh4! Black is not content to "let the game win itself" but continues sharply. 31. Kh2 Of course not 31. Rxc7?? Qxg2# 31... Rf8 32. Kg3 h6 Black could grab a pawn with 32... Nxg2 in view of 33. Kxg2? Rf6 33. Qe4 Threatening Rxh6+. 33. Kxh4? Rf4+ 33... Rf6 34. Rc4 Nf5+ 35. Kg4 35. Kh2 looks more prudent but Black could simplify and win easily enough by exchanging queens. 35... Qc8 36. Qxe5 Ne3+ 0-1 [Matthew Tapp]