DEVON 1 v SOMERSET 1

Following are some of the games played in Devon's win over Somerset on 11/03/06

(1) Kirsanov,O. - Rudd,J. [A68]
Devon 1 v Somerset 1, 11.03.2006
[Jones,Bob]



1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 a6 8.a4 Bg7 9.Nf3 0-0 10.Be2 Bg4 11.0-0 Nbd7 12.h3 Bxf3 13.Bxf3 c4 14.Be3 Rc8 15.Bd4 Nc5 16.Bxc5 Rxc5 17.e5 dxe5 18.fxe5 Nd7 19.e6 Ne5
So far, the total time taken for the game was 10 minutes, at an average rate of 15 seconds per move - presumably familiar territory for both players.

20.Ne4 Nxf3+ 21.Qxf3 fxe6 22.Qg4 Rxf1+ 23.Rxf1 Rxd5 24.Qxe6+ Kh8
White is now a pawn and the "minor exchange" down with another pawn likely to drop, and White now has to put in some serious thinking.

25.Nc3 Rd2 26.Rf7 Rxb2 27.Nd5
White opts to place his all his pieces in Black's penalty area, rather than try to play defensively on the back foot. The Knight just about keeps everything together.

27...c3 28.Rc7 Bd4+ 29.Kh2 Rb6 30.Qe4 Qd6+ 31.Kh1 Be5
Blocking off White's threat of mate on e8, but allowing ...

32.Rc8+ Kg7 33.Rc7+ Kh8
Forcing a draw by repetition. Time taken: White 53 mins - Black: 23 mins. [if 33...Kh6 34.Qh4# ] 1/2-1/2