NM Ronnie Van Tonder
IM Watu Kobese
RSA Match (Game 1 of 7)
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. O-O Nxe4 6. Re1 d5 7. Bxd5 Qxd5 8. Nc3 Qa5 9. Nxe4 Be6 10. Bd2 Bb4 11. Nxd4 Nxd4 12. c3 Qd5 13. cxb4 O-O-O 14. Bc3 14. Rc1 with the idea of playing Bf4 is more usual but Black should still be OK.
14... Bf5 I have only seen one game in the megabase in which this position was played before, so now players had to think anew!
15. f3 15. Qd3 was another possibility but I think it is crazy for White to play chess thisway
15... a6 I first did not like this move at all, but it later turned out to be a fine clever move by IM Kobese.
16. Rc1 Ne6 17. Qa4 Nf4 This was Watu's best way of complicating the position for the less fancied opponent.
18. Nc5 Bd3 After this I immediately saw 19.Be5, but it turns out to nothing in deeper analysis.
19. Nxd3 19. Be5 Ne2+ 20. Rxe2 Bxe2 21. Nxa6 Qxe5 (21... c6 is better for black and this is suggested by my Germany friend Mr.Fritz.)
22. Rxc7+ Qxc7 23. Nxc7 Kxc7 24. Qc2+ Kb8 25. Qxe2 is slightly better for White, but White went on to play 19.Nxd3.
19... Nxd3 20. Rcd1 Qg5 21. Re2 Nf4 22. Red2 Rd3 23. Kh1 and White attack clearly did not work out. It is important to take the initiative when playing with the White pieces.
23... Rhd8 24. Qc2 Rxd2 25. Rxd2 Re8 26. Qd1 c6 This move creates a safe haven for the Knight on d5.
27. g3 Nd5 28. Re2 Rxe2 29. Qxe2 Kd7 Now this is an interesting Endgame. Black is slightly better but it will take a lot of energy to convert this to a win. The trouble is White made things easier for Watu as you will see in the next few moves.
30. Qd3 g6 31. Kg2 Qc1 32. h4 Kc7 33. Qd2 Ne3+ 34. Kf2 Qxd2+ 35. Bxd2 Nd1+ 36. Ke2 Nxb2 37. Bc3 Nc4 The rest is now a matter of technique
38. Kd3 Nd6 39. Be5 Kd7 40. Kd4 Ke6 41. Bf4 b6 42. a4 Nb7 43. Kc4 f6 44. g4 Nd6+ 45. Kd4 Nb7 46. Kc4 c5 47. b5 Na5+ 48. Kc3 axb5 49. axb5 Kd5 50. Bc7 Nc4 51. Bd8 f5 52. Bc7 Nd6 53. Bxb6 Nxb5+ 54. Kd3 Nd4 55. Ke3 Ne6 56. gxf5 gxf5 57. Kd3 Nf4+ 58. Kc3 c4 59. Bd8 Ng6 60. Bf6 Ne5 61. f4 Nd7 62. Bg5 Nc5 63. Bd8 Ne6 64. Bg5 Nxg5 65. fxg5 White should just simple resign, but he played on.
65... f4 66. h5 f3 67. g6 hxg6 68. h6 f2 69. h7 f1=Q 70. h8=Q then followed the beginner's skewer
70... Qa1+ and game over.
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