This game was played in the online correspondence “Marshall attack” thematic tournament, I played White.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bf6.  My opponent plays non-standard move, usual move – Bd6, then Qh4.

king12

13. Re1 Bf5 14. Be3 Re8 15. Nd2 Qd6 16. Qf3 Nxe3 17. fxe3 Bg6 18. e4 Re7 19. Rad1 Rae8

king2

20. Bc2 Qc7  21. Bb1 c5 22. Nb3 cxd4 23. cxd4 Qc4 24. e5 Bxb1 25. Rxb1 Bg5 26. Qg3

king3

26. …Bh6 27. Rbd1 Qc2 28. Qf2 Qxf2+ 29. Kxf2  Rd8 30. Nc5 Rc7 31. a3 Rc6 32. b4 Rd5

king4

I thought how I can support advance of the pawn and saw that King can help here.  It looked risky, but as Russian proverb says: “He who doesn’t risk never gets to drink champagne”.  33. Kf3 Bg5 34. Ke4!

king5

34. … Rd8 35. d5 Rh6 36. Kf5 Be7 37. d6 Rh5+ 38. Kg4

king6

38. … Rh4+ 39. Kg3 Bg5 40. d7 Rc4  41. Nb7 Bh4+ 42. Kf3 Bxe1 43. Nxd8 Rc3+ 44. Ke2

king7

44. …Bh4 45. Nb7 Kf8 46. d8=Q+ Bxd8 47. Rxd8+ Ke7 48. Rd3 Rc2+ 49. Kf3 Ke6 50. Nc5+ .  It makes the win much harder.

king8

50. . … Kxe5 51. Nxa6 f5 52. Nc5 h6 53. Rb3 g5 54. Nd3+ Kd4 55. Ne1 Rd2. Just as these moves were played 2 women in our Olympic team had spare knight each and didn’t do too well. One drew, another allowed passed pawn and almost lost,  swindling a draw in the end. My position didn’t excite me either, though Crafty still evaluates it as 3.16.

king9

56. Kg3 Ke4 57. Rc3 h5 58. h3 f4+ 59. Kh2 Re2 60. Rc8!  This is it. Knight is untouchable  – Rxe1 Re8+ and black pawns become an easy target.

king10

60. … Ra2 61. Rg8 g4 62. hxg4 hxg4 63. Rxg4 Rxa3 64. Rg5 Ra6 65. Rxb5 Kd4 66. Rf5 Ke4 67. Rg5 Ra2 68. b5 Rb2 69. Re5+

king111

69. …Kxe5 70. Nd3+ Kd4 71. Nxb2 Kc5 72. Nd3+ Kxb5 73. Nxf4   1-0

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