(1) Short,Nigel (2674) - Thornton,Gino (2160)
Simultaneous Exhibition NZ National Chess Centre, Dev (1.1), 02.03.2014



1.d4
This came as a surprise. But as Helen said, sometimes players in simuls vary their openings so they do not have too many similar positions.

1...Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d5 6.cxd5
Choosing a quieter continuation

6...exd5 7.Nge2 Re8 8.Bd2 c6?
[8...Bd6 9.Rc1 a6 10.0-0 Nbd7 ]

9.0-0 Nbd7 10.f3 c5
I need to break up the centre and not allow him to get in e4.

11.a3 cxd4 12.exd4
[12.axb4 dxc3 13.Bxc3 Rxe3+/= ]

12...Bd6 13.Rc1 Nf8
Not really sure where I should be putting my pieces. I'm really a poor player when I don't have the initiative. I just shuffle around....

14.Bf4 Ne6
[not 14...Be6? 15.Bxd6 Qxd6 16.Nb5 Qd7 17.Nc7 ]

15.Be5 Nc7
Not really making much progress. Just trying to hold a few key squares

16.f4+- Ng4 17.Qd2
[17.Qb3 Is a better move to keep pressure]

17...f6 18.Bxd6 Qxd6
I'm sort of OK now, I felt.

19.Ng3 Bd7 20.Rf3 Re7 21.Nf5 Bxf5 22.Bxf5 Nh6 23.Bb1 Rae8 24.h3 f5 25.Rff1 g6 26.Ba2 Kg7 27.g3 Ng8 28.Rfe1 Nf6
[28...Rxe1+ 29.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 30.Qxe1 Nf6 31.Qe5 Qd7= ]

29.Re5 Ne4 30.Qe3
Diagram Nigel was moving quickly and there were not many boards left so I couldn't get much time to think.

30...a6? 31.g4!? fxg4 32.hxg4 Nf6 33.Qf3 Qb6
I am slightly better now. I am threatening his weakened pawns.

34.Rd1 Rxe5 35.fxe5 Rxe5 36.Na4 Qa7 37.Nc5 Rg5 38.Rf1?
[38.Re1! Rxg4+ 39.Kh2 Qb6 40.Re7+ Kh8 41.Kh3 Qd6 42.Rxc7 h5~~ ]

38...Qb6-+ 39.Kh1 Rxg4
Here Nigel resigned. His attack has dried up and I'm about to mop up the rest of his pawns. 0-1