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Friday 7 May 2021

Dane vs Nigel, Game 1 of the Sixth Boris Chessky Cup Head-To-Head

We played this game back in December. It's taken me this long to be able to look at it again.

The game didn't start too badly for me, but the unsound sacrifice of my Knight on move 10, followed by the even less sound sacrifice of my other Knight on move 15 didn't help my game.

Funnily enough, Dane made a bit of a blunder on move 21, allowing me to take his Rook for free and it was potentially game on again, but he had things under control within a few moves and ended up with a nice checkmate - I knew I should just resign near the end, but sometimes one must hold on to the hope that the opponent will make some bizarre move that lets you escape. Foolish.

First to 5 points: 

  • Dane: 1
  • Nigel: 0

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Be7 4. Bc4 d6 5. d4 Nc6 6. O-O Nf6 7. Nc3 O-O 8. Bxf4 Bg4 9. h3 Bh5 10. g4 Nxg4 11. hxg4 Bxg4 12. Qd2 Qd7 13. Rae1 Bh3 14. Rf2 Qg4+ 15. Kh2 Nxd4 16. Nxd4 Bh4 17. g1 Qd7 18. Bg3 Be7 19. Nf5 Bxf5 20. Rxf5 c6 21. e5 Qxf5 22. exd6 Rad8 23. Bd3 Qh5+ 24. Kg2 Bxd6 25. Rh1 Qc5 26. Bxh7+ Kh8 27. Bf2 Qa5 28. Bd4 Be5 29. Qg5 Rxd4 30. Bg6+ Kg8 31. Rh8+ Kxh8 32. Qh5+ Kg8 33. Qh7# 1-0

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