Games
[Event "Championship"] [Site "?"] [Date "2015.09.29"] [Round "?"] [White "Ingham, Bill"] [Black "Mills, Nathan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D05"] [WhiteElo "158"] [BlackElo "154"] [Annotator "Bill Frot"] [PlyCount "71"] {Most game have a critical point where the result of the game begin to take shape. The following game is a fine example of such a feature. The position after White's 18.Ba3 is critical and a lot depends on Black's reply.} 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. e3 e6 4. Bd3 Bd6 5. O-O O-O 6. Nbd2 Nbd7 7. c4 c5 8. cxd5 exd5 9. b3 b6 10. Bb2 Bb7 11. Rc1 Ne4 12. dxc5 Ndxc5 13. Be2 Qe7 14. Nd4 Nxd2 15. Qxd2 Ne4 16. Qd1 f5 17. Nb5 Bb8 18. Ba3 {Diagram [#] Here we are. Up to now neither side can claim an advantage but things are about to change. Black needs to find an escape from the skewer attack on his queen and rook and it would seem that a perfect riposte is at hand.} Qh4 $2 {What could be better? The queen escapes and threatens mate on h2. White must first answer this threat before taking a look at his attack on the rook at f8. However, strong as it might seem 18.Qh4 is a mistake!} 19. f4 (19. g3 $2 {returns the compliment. Black can continue} Nxg3 {and if} 20. fxg3 Bxg3 21. hxg3 Qxg3+ 22. Kh1 Rf6 {and White will have to shed more material.}) 19... Rf7 $4 {White thinks that he has generated enough time to save the rook but he is now in terrible trouble.} ({A better way was} 19... Nc5) 20. Qxd5 $1 {Now White threatens mate and Black cannot except the queen because of the back row mate.} Bxf4 {A deperado theme. Playing this bishop defends against the mate but will lose the bishop no matter which square it is placed on, so Black decides to sell it dearly.} 21. Rxf4 Qxf4 22. Qxf7+ $3 Kxf7 23. exf4 {Diagram [#] After the fireworks White finishes a piece ahead. The rest is relatively easy.} Rc8 24. Rxc8 Bxc8 25. Nd6+ Nxd6 26. Bxd6 Bb7 27. Bf3 Bc8 28. Bd5+ Be6 29. Bxe6+ Kxe6 30. Be5 g6 31. Kf2 Kd5 32. Ke3 Kc5 33. Kd3 a5 34. a4 b5 35. Bc3 Kb6 36. Kd4 $18 1-0