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Walton-Cox, Danville 1986 danville Double

This is one of my most original games.

Walton-Cox

1. e4, e5

2. Nf3, Nc6

3. Bc4, Nf6

The Two Knights Defense.

4. Ng5

White will win a pawn by force but black obtains a lead in development in return.

4...d5

5. exd5, Na5

6...Nd4!? is also playable which leads to wild complications.

6. b3!?

A pet move of my opponent a strong club player of about 1900 strength at the time of this game. The point is that 6...Nxd5?! is still dangerous. 7. Nxf7! gives white a Fried Liver type attack e.g 7...Kxf7 8. Qf3+ with an attack, in this variation white has a bonus of a fianchetto bishop at b2. Also notice here that 7...Nxc4? 8. bc leaves white two pawns ahead.

6...Nxc4

7. bxc4, h6

Black now gains tempi forcing white to retreat.

8. Nf3, Bd6!?

Usual in such positions is the immediate thrust ...e4. My idea, which I discovered at the board was to deprive the white knight of the e5 square first.

9. 0-0

Played too quickly. Castling was an obvious move that suits my tactically minded opponents style. However better was 9. d4! taking back e5.

9...e4

10. Re1

Slightly better was 10. Nd4 straightaway.

10...0-0

Breaking the pin

11. Nd4

The knight is centralized but not nearliy as happy as it would be on e5, in fact it is not supported at all on this square. Also notice the a1-h8 diagnol is open to his rook from f6. This got my mind whirling.

11...Ng4!!

At first this looks like a blunder until its true purpose is revealed!

12. h3

White has little else.

12...Nxf2!

The Point. The inspiration for this attack was actually my love for the Marshall Attack of the Ruy Lopez.

13. Qe2

On 13. Kxf2 Black has two good choices: a) 13...Qf6+ 14. Ke3, Qg5+! 15. Kf2, Bg3+ 16. Ke2, Qf6! 17. Rf1, Qxd4 18. Nc3, Qxc4+ black is a pawn ahead with all the play or b) the more aggressive 13...Qh4+!? which was my original intention.

13...Qh4

Pressing the attack

14. Rf1

The main alternative is 14. Qxf2 leading to 14...Bg3 15. Qe3, Bxe1 16. Ba3, Re8 when black is ahead the exchange for a pawn and whites kingside is in dis-array and his queenside undeveloped. Black has a clear advantage.

14...Nxh3+!

With a strong attack.

15. gxh3, Bxh3

16. Rf2, Rae8

Bringing all my pieces into play.

17. Nc3

On 17. Nf5, then 17...Qg5+ 18. Kh1, Bg4 19. Qe3, Bf3+ 20. Rxf3, exf3 21. Qxg5, Re1+! 22. Qg1, f2! 23. Qf1, Rxf1+! winning.

17...Re5

18. d3, exd3

19. Qd2

Giving up the Queen by 19. Qxe5 is without hope. But now I have a forced Mate.

19...Qg3+

20. Kh1, Bg2+

21. Rxg2, Qh4+

22. Rh2, Re1+!

23. White Resigns (23. Kg2, Qg3# or 23. Qxe1, Qxh2#)

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