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Good,G - Everitt,G [C44]
NAPZ-M04, 1997

My opponent in Game #3 was Gordon T. Everitt of Kiethville, LA who played black. The event was the North American Pacific Zone Master Class section M04 held in 1995-97.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.c3 Nf6 5.e5 Ne4 6.Qe2 f5 7.exf6 d5 8.Nbd2 Qxf6

Diagram a
Position after 8. Qxf6

For the major alternative 8...d3, see Game #1 (Good-Bacon) and Game #2 (Abramson-Good). Black seeks to post his Queen aggressively, recapturing the white pawn at f6 with a view toward saving his King-side for a possible future ....0-0.

9.Nxe4 dxe4 10.Qxe4+ Qe6

Alternatives here for black;

A) Both 10...Be7 and 10....Bd6 allow 11.Bg5 with tempo.

B) But 10...Qe7 looks playable and could transpose into the game after 11.Bd3 Qxe4+ etc.

11.Bd3 dxc3

Here black might try the untested 11...Qxe4 12.Bxe4 dxc3 13.0-0 Bd6 14.Re1 0-0 with a reasonable game.

12.bxc3!?

This is an attempt to improve the older but very playable 12.0-0 Qxe4 13.Bxe4 Bd7 14.Bxc6 Bxc6 15.Re1+ Kf7 16.Ne5+ and now;

A) 16...Kf6 17.Nxc6 bxc6 18.bxc3 with slight pull for white.

B) 16...Kg8 17.Nxc6 cxb2! 18.Bxb2 bxc6 19.Rac1 Rb8=

12...Qxe4+

Here black can delay this exchange with 12....Be7 13.Bf4 Bf6 14.Kd2!? (This is the idea behind white's 12.bxc3!?) Qxd4 15.Bxe4 Bd7 16.Bxc7 Rc8 17.Bg3 with white a P up--analysis by Pietro Cimmino, 1993.

13.Bxe4 Bd7

With the text move black wants to defend the white threat Bxc6, and also has ...0-0-0 in mind. On 13....Bd6 14.0-0 0-0 15.Bd5+ Kh8 with iniative to white who can choose from 16.Rb1, 16.Bxc6 or even 16.Ng5!?

14.Ng5!?

Diagram b
Position after 14. Ng5!?

With the Queens off the board I decided to do some things tactically, despite being undeveloped. There are many safer moves here for white, but then black has a pretty free hand to equality. The idea is to prevent 14....0-0-0 and set some nasty problems for black.

14...h6

This seems too timid, but black has a tough choice at this point;

A) 14....0-0-0?! 15.Nf7 Re8 16.Nxh8 Rxe4+ sacrificing the Exchange seems too risky.

B) 14...Ne5 15.Nxh7 0-0-0!? 16.Nxf8 Rdxf8 17.Rb1 and white holds the extra pawn.

C) 14....Bd6 15.Nxh7 0-0-0 and black is the gambiteer with some compensation for the pawn.

15.Bg6+! Ke7

On 15...Kd8? 16.Nf7+ wins.

16.Nh7!

With the threat 17.Ba3+!, but 16.Nf7 Rg8 17.Bf4 is also good.

16...Kd8 17.Nxf8 Rxf8 18.0-0

Diagram c
Position after 18. 0-0

White has the two strong Bishops, while black will need time to extricate his Queen side.

18...Rf6

Or 18...Ne5 19.Be4 etc.

19.Be4 Bf5 20.Bf3

A tough decision for me. I decided to play to save my hard earned advantage of the 2 Bs, but many other moves are playable, even 20.f3!? Bxe5 21.fxe5 Rxf1 22.Kxf1 Ke7 23.Ke2 etc.

20...Kc8 21.Re1 Kd7

Wasting a tempo through indecision.

22.c4

Somewhat risky, with the threat of 23.Bb2, but also opening the d4 & b4 squares to the black Knight.

22...Re8 23.Bb2 Rxe1+ 24.Rxe1 Rg6

Of course not 24....Rf7? 25.Bd5! and the Bishops rake the King side.

25.h4

Diagram d
Position after 25. h4

25...Na5

Black is getting desperate to find good moves.

26.c5

This prevents the black Rook from using d6 & b6.

26...b6

Black tries to save the b-pawn, but what else is there?

A) 26...Nc4 27.h5! Re6 (27...Rg5? 28.Bc1! traps the Rook) 28.Rxe6 followed by 29.Bxb6 wins.

B) 26....Bg4 27.Be4! Re6 28.Bxg7 etc. with a big advantage.

27.h5 Re6 28.Rd1+

Rather than swap Rooks now, white wants to keep his active Rook and use the "problem black Rook" as a target.

28...Ke7 29.Bxg7 c6

29....bxc5 30.Rd5!

30.g4!

Diagram e
Position after 30. g4!

30...Bh7

Nothing works now;

A) 30....Be5 31.Bxe5 Rxe5 32.Rd4! Re1 33.Kg2 bxc5 34.Ra4! Nb7 35.Rxa7 wins.

B) 30...Bc2 31.Rd6 etc. is the same as the game.

31.Rd6 Rxd6 32.cxd6+ Kxd6 33.Bxh6

And now with the extra pawn and the sweeping Bishops, the advanced white King-side pawns march to victory. The rest of the game is rather self-explanatory.

33...Bb1 34.a3 c5 35.Bf4+ Kd7 36.g5 c4 37.Bd5 Ke7 38.g6 Kf6 39.Bd2 Bd3 40.Bc3+ Kg5 41.g7 Bh7 42.g8Q+ Bxg8 43.Bxg8 Nb7 44.Bxc4 Kxh5 45.Be5 1-0

PS. For those who would chide me for only showing my victories, please hold your fire until future articles, as the best (or should I say worst) is yet to come. The editor of the HARD CHESS column Mark Morss has personally seen to this matter! Any other comments are certainly welcome at my e-mail address below. "Auf Wiederschreiben"---Der Geezer Gambiteer---Gary Good


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