1. e4, e5
2. Nf3, Nc6
The Ruy Lopez is one of my favorite opening and one which I have scored many wins with the white pieces.
4. Ba4, Nf6
5. 0-0, Be7
6. Re1, b5
7. Bb3, d6
8. c3, 0-0
9. h3, Nb8
The Breyer Variation which made a brief reasurgence after the Fischer-Spassky rematch.
10. d4, Nbd7
Also Playable is 11. c4
Closing the center. Usual is 12. Bc2, Re8 13. Nf1, Bf8 or 13. a4, Bf8 with a slight pull for white.
13. Bc2, c6
Ambitious. However this leaves the c3 pawn weak and it may become a target.
15. dxc6, Bxc6
Black has some pressure against the vulnerable white e-pawn, meanwhile his own d-pawn is weak.
16. Nf1, Qc7
Black now begins a plan that he hopes will force equality, that is to force the central thrust ...d5.
With the positional threat of bringing the knight to f5, a strong square for white in the Ruy Lopez. If now 18...Nxe4 19. Nxe4, Bxh4 20. Qh5! is crushing due to the double-threat of whites Qxh4 and Nf6+ mating.
Attacking the weak c3 pawn.
Threatening Ngf5 and Rg3 with a strong attack for white.
This thrust gives black counterplay in the center.
20. exd5, Nxd5?!
This is an incorrect capture. Black could achieve a better position after the correct 20...Bxd5 as the white pawn on c3 is a target. My intention was to play 21. Nh5!? with agressive intentions.
Now however the black kindside is bereft of defenders. It is time for white to strike!
The classic bishop sacrifice taking advantage of blacks lack of kingside defenders.
Accepting the "Greek Gift" is always dangerous for black. It would have been better to submit the pawn to capture and defend with 21...Kh8. However, black saw he could win mroe material and the final blow that proved the combination sound was not easy to forsee.
22. Qh5+, Kg8
I have drawn first blood but black shall win more material.
24. Bxe3, Nxc3
Black has already garnished a piece off my initial sacrifice and now gains the exchange and eliminates a potential attacker in the process. But he's overlooked something!
Busting open completely the enemy castled position.
On 25...Kxg7 26. Qh6+!, Kg8 27. Nf5 and black cannot prevent mate.
26. N7f5, Bf5
27. Nxf5, Rfd8
28. Qg4+, Kf8
29. Bh6+!, Ke8
30. Ng7+, Kf8
31. Ne6+, Resigns.
(31...Ke8 32. Nxc7#)
It was no coincedence that I had studied the bishop sacrifice on h7 in the week prior to this game. A nice attack!