(1) Sims,Martin - Spooner,Michael [B53]
Pacific Area Teams, NZ-Hong Kong Correspondence (5), 1995



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nc6 4.d4
Another way of playing this position is: [4.0-0 Bd7 5.Re1 Nf6 6.c3 a6 7.Bf1 Bg4 8.d3 e6 9.Nbd2 Be7 10.h3 Bh5 11.g4 Bg6 12.Nh4 Nd7 13.Nxg6 hxg6 14.Nf3 Nde5 and white has a small practical advantage in games played so far.]

4...cxd4 5.Qxd4 Bd7 6.Bxc6 bxc6
[more usual is: 6...Bxc6 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.Bg5 e6 9.0-0-0 Be7 10.Qd3 Qa5 11.h4 h6 12.Bd2 Ng4 13.Be1 Qc5 14.Nd4 0-0 with a typical Sicilian position with chances for both sides.]

7.c4 Nf6
[7...e5 is more common theory]

8.Nc3 g6 9.b3 Bg7 10.Bb2 c5 11.Qd3 0-0 12.0-0 Bc6 13.Rfe1 Qc7?!
Maybe not the best square for the queen as it may encourage Nd5 ideas at some point.

14.Rab1 e6 15.e5 dxe5 16.Nxe5
Martin has managed to establish a 3 vs 2 pawn stucture on the queenside, which he now sets out to exploit.

16...Rad8 17.Qe3 Rd4?
Diagram

18.Nxc6 Ng4
[18...Qxc6 19.Na4 Ng4 20.Qg3 Qd6 21.Qxd6 Rxd6 22.f3 Bxb2 23.Rxb2 Nf6 24.Nxc5 and White is a clear pawn ahead]

19.Qg3 Qxc6 20.Na4 Nh6 21.Bxd4 cxd4 22.Nb2 Nf5 23.Qf4 Qa6 24.a4 Qa5 25.Nd3 Rc8 26.Re2 h6 27.Qd2 Qc3 28.c5 Ne7 29.b4 Nd5 30.Qd1 Qc4 31.Qb3 Qxb3 32.Rxb3 Nc3 33.Re1 Kf8 34.b5 Nxa4 35.b6
and Black resigned due to [35.b6 axb6 36.cxb6 Ke7 37.b7 Rb8 38.Ra1 Nc3 39.Ra8 ] 1-0