Klaus Pohl (2232)
Terrence DePeaza (2138)
Georgia Senior Open
I faced this game with some trepidation as I had lost my two previous encounters against my opponent and in both those games it seemed that I was lost right from the opening. This time I turned the tables.
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6
Shabazz: DePeaza unleashes his favorite pet, the Dragon. One has to have a lot of courage in playing the black pieces. It's either kill or be killed.
6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 Nc6 8. Qd2 O-O Shabazz: 8... d5 is also played and contains quite a bit of venom, but white shouldn't have much of a problem keeping an edge. The position was first seen in Lombardy-Aldrete in the WCh Under-20 and continued 9. Bb5 Bd7 10. exd5 Nxd4 11. Bxd7+ Qxd7 12. Bxd4 Rd8 13. O-O b6 14. Rad1 O-O 15. Rfe1 Rfe8 16. Be5 Qf5 17. Qd3 Qxd3 18. Rxd3 and white has a solid advantage (1-0, 43)
9. O-O-O Shabazz: 9. Bc4 initiates the Yugoslav Attack. It's idea is to use the a2-g8 diagonal in conjunction with the pawn thrust of h2-h4, h4-h5 and then h5xg6. White often sacrifices the h-pawn after Nxh5 to open the h-file. If Black doesn't play actively, white's attack is usually deadly.One of black's themes is to gain a tempo on the c4-bishop with a later Rac8 (or Rfc8), followed Ne5 and possibly sacrifice the exchange on c3.
9... Nxd4 10. Bxd4 Be6 11. Bb5?
At first I thought this may have been an innovation, but Klaus told me after the game that it was just a bad move. Instead,
11. Kb1 if then 11... Qa5 then 12. Nd5! For the rest of the game my opponent can only watch me attack!
11... Qa5 now this move facilitates my attack.
12. Qe2 Rfc8 13. a3 a6 14. Bd3 b5 15. Qe3 b4 16. Nb1 If now 16. Bb6 then 16... Bh6 17. Qxh6 Qxb6 with continued promising attack prospects.
16... bxa3 17. Nxa3 Qb4 18. c3? It is difficult to offer constructive alternatives at this point but this creates a target for my Rook on c8.
18... Ng4! 19. Qe2 Qxd4 20. fxg4 Rxc3+!!
The main point being that on 20... Rxc3+!! 21. bxc3 Qxc3+ 22. Nc2 Rb8 with the unstoppable threat of 23... Rb1+ is crushing. Other moves allow me to continue my attack without being down material.
21. Bc2 Bh6+ 22. Kb1 Qb6 23. Rd3 Rb8 24. b3 Bxb3! 25. Rxc3 Ba2+!