Naumkin I. (2502)
Simutowe A. (2458)

Riviera Dei Cedri Open 2008 (6)
Italy, 2008

1. d4 This game was awarded the best game award. 1... d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Bxc4 c5 6. O-O a6 7. a4 Nc6 8. Qe2 cxd4 9. Rd1 Be7 10. exd4 O-O 11. Nc3 Nd5 12. Bd3 Ncb4 13. Bb1 Bd7 14. Ne5 Nf6 15. Ne4 Bc6 16. Nxf6+ Bxf6 17. Ra3!?

Threatening Bh7! followed by a mating attack after Qh5 and Rh3 17... g6 is the only move 17... h6 exposes my kingside to future sacrifices on h6 and makes it harder to defend my kingside if the white queen finds its way in the e4-h7 diagonal 18. Bh6 Re8 19. Ng4 Bh8 19... Bg7 Is also okay 20. Bxg7 Kxg7 21. Qd2 Qe7 22. Rh3 h5?? (22... f5 will lead to slightly better endgames for black. I overestimated white’s chances after this position and did not bother to analyse the position deeply. 23. Ne5 (23. Qh6+ Kg8 24. Qxh7+ is attractive but black should stand better after 24... Qxh7 25. Nf6+ Kg7 26. Nxh7 Bxa4 27. Re1 Bd7 due to the weak d4 pawn and insufficient attack by white ) 23... Bxa4 24. b3 Bc6 25. Qh6+ Kg8 26. Nxg6 Qg7 27. Nf4 Leads to a better endgame for black due to white's weak queenside and insufficient attack after black exchanges the queens.) 23. Qh6+ Kg8 24. Rxh5 gxh5 25. Bh7+ Kh8 26. Bg6+ Kg8 27. Qh7+ Kf8 28. Qh8# 20. Qd2 a5! This moves solidifies the influence of my Knight on the queenside. Notably, the relatively less mobile bishop on b1. All I need is to defend on the queenside and move to the queen side after I parry his attack 21. Rg3 e5!

A good move which sought to reduce the influence of white's several pieces pointing on my kingside by shifting attention to the queenside where black would be slightly dominant 22. Bg5 Qd6! The only good response for black. 22... Qxd4? is bad because of 23. Qc1! and the black queen is forced to retreat to 23... Qb6 giving white a chance to terrorise me among them.... 24. Bf6 threatening Nh6 and so forth 23. d5 Bd7 23... Nxd5 24. Ba2 wins material for white 24. Nh6+ Kf8 25. Rf3 f6 26. Re1 Re7 26... Ke7 is what my opponent wished for he could play 27. Rxe5+ Qxe5 28. Re3 winning for white 27. h4 Ke8

28. h5 fxg5 29. Qxg5 Ra6

My opponent completely missed this defence 30. Ng8 Rf7 31. Ree3 Nxd5 32. hxg6 hxg6 33. Ba2 Rxf3 34. Rxf3 Nf4 35. Qh6 Ne2+ 36. Kh2 36. Kh1 Qd1+ 37. Kh2 Qg1# 36... e4+

37. g3 exf3 38. Qxh8 Qf8 39. Qe5+ Kd8 40. Bd5 Qf5 41. Qh8 Qh5+

This move insures me from any miracles that Naumkin can come up with his queen 41... Qb1 mates or wins at least material e.g., 42. Nf6+ Kc7 43. Ne8+ Bxe8 44. Qe5+ Rd6 45. Qe7+ Bd7 As indicated, the text move insured me from any miracles Naumkin could have possibly come up with. 0-1 [Simutowe A.]

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