1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 Qc7 The Poisoned Pawn variation of the Winawer. Black sacrifices most of his kingside in return for activity and pressure on the queenside. Richard was never afraid to accept material, trusting in his ability to beat off the attack.
8.Qxg7 Rg8 9.Qxh7 cxd4 10.Ne2 Nbc6 11.f4 Not [11.cxd4? Nxd4! ]
11...Bd7 12.Qd3 dxc3 13.Qxc3 13. Nxc3 looks more natural, unblocking the B on f1 and aiming at b5, but capturing with the Q is also popular, as it keeps more control over d4.
13...0-0-0 14.Rb1 Kb8 A quiet continuation, planning a redeployment with ...Bc8 followed by ... b6 and ... Bb7. The main line here is 14 ... Nf5. A later Sutton-Martin game continued [14...Nf5 15.Rg1 d4 16.Qd3 Be8 17.g4 Nfe7 18.Rg3 f6 19.exf6 Nd5 20.Bg2 Nxf6 21.Rb5 Bg6 22.f5 exf5 23.Bf4 Qd7 24.gxf5 White seems to have a good game, but his king is exposed and this eventually tells against him. 24...Bf7 25.c4 Nh5 26.Rxg8 Rxg8 27.Bg3 Nxg3 28.hxg3 Re8 29.Bd5 Re3 30.Qd2 Bxd5 31.Rxd5 Qh7 32.Kd1 Qh1+ 33.Kc2 Qe4+ 34.Kd1 Rd3 0-1]
15.Bd2 Rc8?! [15...d4 is more active, staking out some space in the centre. If 16.Nxd4 then 16...Nxd4 17.Qxd4 and now both 17...Bc6 and (17...Bb5 give Black strong pressure. After the text, Black's position becomes very passive.) ]
16.h4 Nf5 Diagram
17.Rh3! A strong, thematic move. White protects the sensitive squares g3 and e3, and prepares to double Rs on the b-file.
17...a6 18.h5 Rg4 19.h6 Ka8 20.Qc5! White probes the dark-square weaknesses on Black's queenside.
20...Rh8 21.Nc3 Qa5 To stop 22. Na4 and 23. Nb6+.
22.Nb5! Qd8 23.Nd6 Forcing the exchange of Black's best piece, the N on f5.
23...Nxd6 24.exd6 Qc8 25.Rhb3 Nd8 26.Qc7 Threatening 27. Bxa6.
26...b5 27.a4 Qxc7 28.dxc7 Nc6 29.axb5 Nd4 30.Bc3 Rxf4 31.Bxd4 Re4+ 32.Kf2 Rxd4 33.bxa6 Bc8 34.Rb8+ Ka7 Diagram
35.R1b7+! The cleanest way to finish.
35...Bxb7 36.Rxh8 Rd2+ 37.Kg3 Rxc2 38.axb7 Kxb7 39.c8Q+ 1-0