(1) Wilson,G (2033) - Bighamian,M (2307) [B09]
HCC Friday Night (3), 04.01.2002
[Deep Fritz (30s)]

B09: Pirc Defence: Austrian Attack This is the final round game from my first rated tournament in nearly five years. Bighamian had arrived late, was distracted by year-end tasks at the office and had not intended to play but was persuaded to participate. We were tied for first with perfect scores. A draw guaranteed me a tie for first in the tournament. Analysis by Deep Fritz. 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 Na6 7.0-0 c5 8.d5 8...Bg4N

[8...Rb8 9.e5 Nd7 10.exd6 exd6 11.Nb5 Qb6 12.a4 c4+ 13.Kh1 Qc5 14.Ra3 Re8 15.Bxc4 Qxc4 16.Nxd6 Qe2 17.Nxe8 Qxe8 18.f5 b6 19.fxg6 hxg6 20.Bf4 Rb7 21.Re3 Qd8 22.Qe2 Nc7 23.d6 Spain,G-Smith,R/North Island 1990/EXT 97/- (64); 8...Nc7 9.a4 (9.Qe1 a6 10.a4 Bd7 11.Rb1 b5 12.axb5 Nxb5 13.Bxb5 Bxb5 14.Nxb5 axb5 15.b3 Nd7 16.Bb2 Bxb2 17.Rxb2 Qa5 18.b4 cxb4 19.Qxb4 Qxb4 20.Rxb4 Ra4 21.Rfb1 Nf6 22.Nd2 Rc8 23.Rxa4 bxa4 Spain,G-Hopewell,N/North Island 1990/EXT 97/- (42)) 9...b6 (9...Rb8 10.Bc4 Bg4 11.h3 Bxf3 12.Qxf3 Nd7 13.Bd2 a6 14.a5 b5 15.axb6 Nxb6 16.Be2 Nb5 17.Nxb5 axb5 18.Bxb5 Nxd5 19.exd5 Rxb5 20.Bc3 Qb6 21.Bxg7 Kxg7 22.Rae1 c4+ 23.Kh2 Qd4 24.Rxe7 Riazantsev,A-Nazin,R/Kolontaevo 1998/EXT 2000/1-0 (51)) 10.Kh1 (10.Nd2 e6 11.Bf3 exd5 12.Nxd5 Nfxd5 13.exd5 Qd7 14.Ne4 Ba6 15.Re1 Rae8 16.c3 Bc4 17.Be3 Nxd5 18.Bf2 Nxf4 19.Qxd6 Qf5 20.g4 Ne2+ 21.Kg2 Qc8 22.Nf6+ Bxf6 23.Qxf6 Re6 24.Qg5 Rfe8 25.Rad1 Ba6 26.Bd5 Bb7 27.c4 Re5 28.Qf6 Qxg4+ 29.Bg3 Bxd5+ 0-1 Pinal,N-Torre,E/Athens 1971/EXT 99 (29)) 10...Bb7 11.Nd2 e6 12.dxe6 fxe6 13.Bf3 Rb8 14.Nb5 a6 15.Nxc7 Qxc7 16.Qe2 Rbe8 17.Ra3 Rf7 18.e5 dxe5 19.Bxb7 Qxb7 20.Nc4 Rd8 21.Nxe5 Rff8 22.c4 Nd7 23.Nxd7 Qxd7 24.a5 bxa5 25.Rxa5 Qc6 26.h3 e5 27.Be3 exf4 28.Rxc5 Qe6 0-1 Van der Griendt,J-Piket,M/NLD-chT 1993/EXT 97 (28); 8...Nc7 9.Qd3] 9.h3 [9.Bxa6 bxa6 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Qxf3 Rb8] 9...Bxf3 10.Bxf3 Nd7 11.Nb5

[11.Qd3 Qb6 12.Kh2 Rae8] 11...c4 12.Nd4 [12.Nc3 Qa5=] 12...Qb6 13.c3 Covers b4+d4 13...Nac5 14.Rb1 Nd3 An ideal square for the black knight. 15.Be3 N7c5

[15...Qa6!? is worth looking at 16.Qc2 Bxd4 17.cxd4 Rac8=] 16.b4 Nd7

17.Nf5! Discovered attack 17...gxf5? Fritz does not like this move but Bighamian wanted to create complications with active play (against his much lower rated opponent) instead of the passive positions without his dark square bishop. At this point I knew I was clearly winning and my head exploded. I considered offering a draw and Bighamian confirmed after the game that he would have accepted. But, after fives years off, I had come to play and wanted to play it out. Unfortunately, the excitement of winning against Bighamian pushed all rational thought and calculation ability out of my head for the rest of the game, spoiling what could have been ... [17...Qb5 18.a4 Qa6 19.Nxg7 Kxg7] 18.Bxb6+- axb6 Black terminates the opponent with strong threats 19.exf5 Bxc3 20.Qe2 [20.Be2 and White can already relax 20...Bxb4 21.Qc2 Bc5+ 22.Kh2 Rfc8+-] 20...Nxf4 [20...Rfe8 21.Be4 Nxb4+-] 21.Qxe7 [Inferior is 21.Qxc4 Be5+-] 21...Nf6 22.Qxd6 Nd3 23.g4 [23.Qxb6 and White can already relax 23...Rxa2 24.b5 Re8+-] 23...h6? [23...Bd4+ 24.Kh1+-] 24.Qg3 [24.Qxb6!? might be the shorter path 24...Rxa2 25.d6 Rd2+-] 24...Rxa2

25.h4?? simply marches past the door to victory [25.Qh4 makes sure everything is clear 25...Bd4+ 26.Kh1+-] 25...Be5-+ 26.Qh3 Nf4

Threatening mate... how? 27.Qg3 Ne2+ 28.Bxe2 Bxg3

and white resigned after a few more moves. Lessons learned: 1) Remember to get a game with Bighamian next year about this time - maybe he will again be distracted by year-end work, and 2) Remember to think. 0-1