(1) Michael Steadman (2271) - Scott Wastney (2381)
120th New Zealand Championship Wellington (6.1), 05.01.2013



1.e4
I didn't know that Mike played 1.e4 and was expecting a Queen/^s Gambit

1...e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.Nf3
I hadn't played this position before, but had at one stage looked at the lines after 5...Bc5. I didn't trust myself to remember these lines, and thought Mike would be well prepared in any case - so I played something different.

5...Nc6 6.Qe2
As with his previous moves, Mike played this instantly. I was still worried I was walking into his preparation.

6...Bf5
But now Mike went into a long think.

7.d3
I was happy to see this move. It resembles the 5.d3 line, but with the difference that Qe2 and Bf5 have been played, which I didn/^t think favoured White.

7...Nxc3 8.bxc3 d4 9.Rb1 Bc5
With the idea of trapping the rook with Bb6 if he takes the b-pawn.

10.Bd2 0-0 11.Qf2 Re8 12.Be2 Nxe5
I've won a pawn and he can't castle due to Ng4 followed by dxc3. I was walking around the room while Mike was thinking, hoping that he'd play 13.Rb5 and then I'd reply Nxd3. My final thought was what if he played 13.Kd1? Then I saw him move and quickly returned to the board. I had to hold back from moving straight away.

13.Rb5 Bxd3
After some thought I realised that taking with the Bishop is even better.

14.Rxc5 Nxf3+ 15.Qxf3 Bxe2 16.Qg3 Qf6 17.Bf4 Qb6
With idea of Qxc5 or Qb1+

18.Be5 f6 19.Rxc7 g6
This works, but the moment I played it I noticed I could have played Bg4 which is a much nicer way to win.

20.Bxd4 Qb1+ 21.Kf2 Qxh1 22.Qd6 Qf1+ 23.Kg3 Rad8 0-1