(18) Pitt,Michael - Manning,Richard [B01]
London Chess League, 12.01.2011
[Rumsey,Victor]



1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Nxd5 4.c4 Nb6 5.Nc3!?
[5.Nf3 Bg4 is the alternative, preventing ...e5]

5...e5!?
accepting the challenge

6.dxe5?
White has played for an endgame, but underestimates Black's better development. [6.Nf3!? Bg4 7.d5~~ is unclear; 6.Qe2!? has the best results in practice, but only because Black has often played badly 6...Be7!? 7.dxe5 0-0 and Black has compensation for the pawn as e5 and c4 are weak, and White still has to find a safe place for his king.]

6...Qxd1+ 7.Nxd1 Nc6 8.Nf3 Bg4 9.Bf4?
[9.Be2!=/+ was better when Black only has a small advantage.]

9...Bxf3 10.gxf3 Nd4 11.Ne3
[11.Rc1 might be better]

11...Bb4+ 12.Kd1 0-0-0-/+
Richard's powerful direct play has given White a lot of problems to solve

13.Kc1 Nxf3 14.Bh3+ Kb8 15.a3?
expecting to drive the bishop back. But Black finds a way to win a pawn [15.Bg2 Ne1!-+ was no better; 15.Bg4!-/+ was a difficult move to find, and it drives the knight away before any further damage is done.]

15...Bd2+ 16.Kc2 Bxe3 17.Bxe3 Nxc4 18.Bf4 Ncxe5 19.Rad1 Nc6
[19...h5 20.Bg2 g5-+ was an option, an White must give a bishop for a knight.]

20.Bg2 Nfd4+ 21.Kb1 Rhe8 22.Be3 Nf5
here white resigned with only 8 minutes left for 14 moves. 0-1