Latvian Counter-GambitC40

Freeman J.
Searle C.

Shirley A v Stratford A
Internet Chess Club, 2013


C40: Latvian and Elephant Gambits

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 last book move 3. d3 Nc6 4. Nc3 4. d4 fxe4 5. Nxe5 Nf6 4... Nf6 5. Bg5 5. exf5 Bb4= 5... Bb4 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 White has the pair of bishops 7... O-O 8. Be2 8. exf5 Qe8= 8... h6 8... fxe4 9. dxe4 Qe8 10. Bc4+ Kh8 11. Bxf6 Rxf6 12. Ng5 9. Bxf6 Qxf6 10. O-O 10. exf5 Qxf5 11. O-O d5 10... fxe4 11. dxe4 d6 12. Rb1 Rb8 13. Ne1 13. Bc4+ Kh8 13... Qf4 13... Be6 14. Qd3 14. Qd5+ 14. Bc4+ Kh7 14... Kh8 15. Nd3 Qg5 15... Qf6 16. f4 Be6 17. Qb5 16. Kh1? 16. f4 Qg6 17. f5 Qf6= 16... Ne7 Black threatens to win material: Ne7xd5 16... Qg6!? 17. Qc4 c6 17... c5 18. Rbd1 18. f4!? would allow White to play on 18... exf4 19. Qd4= 18... Rf6 19. Ne1 Rg6 19... Be6 20. Qb4 Nc8 21. c4 20. Rg1 20. Qb4 d5= 20... Bh3 20... Qh4 21. Qd3 21. Bf1 21. g4!? might be a viable alternative 21... h5 22. Nf3 21... Rf8 22. Qe2 22. f3 Bc8 22... Bg4 22... Bc8 23. Qd2 23. f3 Bd7 24. Qd2 Qh4 24... Qxd2 25. Rxd2 Be8 26. Nd3 25. Nd3 Qf6 25... Be6 26. g3 Qh5 27. Be2 26. Qf2 26. Be2!? has some apparent merit 26... Ng8 27. Rgf1 26... b6 Secures c5 27. Nb2 27. Qd2 Rg5 27... d5 28. exd5 28. Ba6!? 28... cxd5 29. Qe1 Bc6 30. Bd3 Rg5 31. c4 Rh5 31... d4 would have made live much easier for Black 32. Be4 Nf5 33. Bxf5 Rxf5 32. cxd5 White has a new passed pawn: d5 32... Nxd5 33. Qe4?? 33. Rf1 Ba8 34. c4 33... g6! touché! 34. Qxg6 34. Qg4 Nf4 35. Rgf1 34... Rxh2+!! Demolishes the pawn shield. Demolition of pawn structure 35. Kxh2 Decoy theme: h2 35... Qh4# A beautiful mate combination 0-1 [Fritz 9 (10s)]

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