Latvian Counter-GambitC40

Olaleye O.
Searle C.

Individual Open KO
Internet Chess Club, 2012


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. h3 Covers g4 5. exf5!? Bb4 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3= 5... Bb4 6. exf5 d5 7. Bd2 7. a3 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 Bxf5 7... Bxf5 8. Qe2 8. a3 Ba5 8... O-O 9. O-O-O 9. a3 Nd4 10. Nxd4 exd4 11. axb4 Re8 9... Re8 9... Bxc3!? 10. Bxc3 d4 11. Be1 10. g4 Bg6 11. Bg2 Nd4 Black threatens to win material: Nd4xe2 12. Qf1 c5 13. g5 Nh5 14. h4 14. Nxd4 Bxc3 15. Ne2 Bxd2+ 16. Rxd2 Rf8 14... Qa5 15. Kb1 15. a3 Bxc3 16. Bxc3 15... c4 15... Nxc2 16. Nxe5 Rxe5 17. Bxd5+ Rxd5 18. Nxd5 Na3+ (18... Bxd2?! 19. Ne7+ Kf7 20. Nxg6 Na3+ 21. bxa3) 19. bxa3 Bxd2 20. Ne7+ Kh8 21. Nxg6+ hxg6 16. Nxd4?? 16. Ne1 this is the best way to fight back 16... Rad8 17. dxc4 dxc4 18. Be4 (18. Qxc4+?? Bf7 19. Bd5 Rxd5 (19... Bxd5 20. Nxd5 Qxd5 21. Qxd5+ Rxd5 22. Bxb4) ) (18. Bxb7? doesn't solve anything 18... Bxc3 19. Bxc3 Nb5 20. Qxc4+ Bf7) 16... exd4 17. Nxd5 Bxd2 18. dxc4 Rac8 18... Re6 19. Bf3 Rae8 20. c5 19. Rh3 d3 19... Bf4 20. Rb3 Qc5 21. Rxb7 Kh8 (21... Qxc4?! 22. Qxc4 Rxc4 23. Nb4) 20. c3? 20. Rxd3 Bxd3 21. Qxd3 Nf4 22. Nxf4 Bxf4 23. Bxb7 Rcd8 24. Bd5+ Kh8 20... Bf4 20... Re2 keeps an even firmer grip 21. Rxd2 Rxd2 22. Ne7+ Kf7 23. Nxg6 21. Bf3?? a blunder in a bad position 21. Rhxd3 Rxc4 22. Ka1 21... Rxc4 22. Bxh5 Bxh5 22... Qxd5?! is no comparison 23. Bxg6 hxg6 24. Rhxd3 23. Rhxd3 Bxd1 24. Rxd1 Rce4 25. f3 25. g6 cannot change what is in store for ? 25... Bh6 26. gxh7+ Kxh7 27. Qd3 25... Qxd5 25... Re2!? might be the shorter path 26. Nxf4 Qf5+ 27. Nd3 26. fxe4? 26. Rxd5 Re1+ 27. Qxe1 Rxe1+ 28. Kc2 Re2+ 29. Kb1 26... Qxe4+ 27. Ka1 Bg3 27... Qe2 makes it even easier for Black 28. Qh1 28. a3 28. h5 Qg4 29. g6 hxg6 30. hxg6 Qxd1+ 31. Qxd1 Re1 32. Qxe1 Bxe1 28... Bxh4 29. Qb5 29. g6 cannot undo what has already been done 29... hxg6 30. Qb5 Rd8 29... a6 30. Qb3+ 30. Qc5 is not much help 30... Qc6 31. Qf5 Qe6 30... Kh8 31. Rf1 31. g6 does not save the day 31... Qxg6 32. Qxb7 Qe6 31... Bxg5 32. Qf7 h6 33. Rd1 33. Qb3 doesn't get the cat off the tree 33... Qg2 34. Qf7 Re5 33... Bf6 34. Rg1 34. Rc1 does not improve anything 34... Re5 35. Qd7 Kh7 34... Qe7 35. Qh5 35. Qc4 desperation 35... Bxc3! Demolishes the pawn shield. 36. Rh1 36. bxc3 A deflection 36... Qxa3+ 36... Qxa3+ 37. Kb1 Qxb2# 0-1 [Fritz 9 (10s)]

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