Shakmaty Bereolos - The Official Chess Site of Peter Bereolos

White: GM Alexander Fishbein
Black: Peter Bereolos
1995 Kings Island Open
Round 2

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Be3 Be7 10.c3 0-0 11.Nbd2 Nxd2 12.Qxd2 Na5 12...Qd7 is thought to be the more reliable way to equalize. 13.Bc2 Nc4 14.Qd3 g6 15.Bh6 Nxb2 16.Qe2 Re8 17.Nd4 Bf8 18.Bxf8 Rxf8 19.f4 c5 20.Nxe6 fxe6

21.Qg4 so far we had been following the game Romanovsky-Tolush, Leningrad 1938, which continued 21.Bxg6 hxg6 22.Qxb2 Rb8 23.Rad1 Qb6 24.Qc2 Kg7 25.Rf3 c4+ 26.Kh1 b4 27.Rg3 Rf5 28.Rxg6+ Kxg6 29.g4 Qe3 30.gxf5+ Kh6 31.Qg2 Rg8 32.Qxg8 Qf3+ 33.Kg1 Qxd1+ ½-½ 21...Qe8 22.h4 Nc4 23.Rae1 Na3 24.Bd1 c4 25.h5 a5 26.f5 Rxf5 27.Rxf5 exf5 28.Qd4 Qe6 29.Bf3 Rd8 29...Nc2 30.Qc5! just leaves the knight misplaced 30.Qc5 b4 31.Qxa5 Qe7 32.Bxd5+ Kg7 33.e6 Rb8 34.cxb4 Nc2 35.Bxc4 Better is 35. Rc1 to divert the Black knight away from the kingside 35...Nxb4 37. Bxc4 with advantage to White. 35...Rxb4 35...Nxe1 36.Qe5+ Kh6 37.Qxb8 36.Rd1 Kh6! The black king is quite comfortable on h6.

37.Bb3?! The White king comes under attack after this move. The engines favor the piece sacrifice 37.hxg6 Rxc4 (another point is revealed after 37...hxg6 if the game continuation is followed then 38. Bb3 Qg5 39. Qc5 Ne3 40. Qf8+ Kh5 41. Qh8+ and Black must trade queens with 41...Qh6) 38.gxh7 Qxh7 39.e7 Re4 40.Rd7 and claim equality. The more human ways to play are 37. Bf1 or 37. Bf5 keeping and eye on the kingside, but in both cases Black can trade his knight for the bishop with 37...Ne3, which helps explain the text. 37...Qg5 38.Qc5 38.Bxc2?? Qe3+ leads to mate 38...Ne3 39.Rd2 Here 39. Qf8+ leads to nothing after 39...Kxh5 39...Rg4 40.Bd5 Nxd5 41.Qxd5

41...Qe3+? Black appears to have excellent winning chances with 41...Re4! a sample variation runs 42.Qd8 Re1+ 43.Kh2 Qxh5+ 44.Kg3 f4+ 45.Kf2 Qh1 46.Kf3 Re5 47.Kxf4 Qh2+ 48.Kf3 Qh5+ 49.Kf2 Qf5+ 50.Kg1 Re1+ 51.Kh2 Qh5+ 52.Kg3 Qe5+ 53.Kh3 Re3+ 54.Kg4 Qg3# but it is difficult to find several key non-checking moves over the board. 42.Rf2 Qe1+ Black could still safely play on with 42...Kxh5 or 42...Rd4 43.Rf1 Qe3+ 44.Rf2 1/2-1/2