White: GM Sergey Kudrin
Black: FM Peter Bereolos
2017 Land of the Sky
Round 4 Board 1

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. Bb3 a6 7. O-O O-O 8. Nbd2 Ba7 9. Nc4 Ne7 10. Bg5 Ng6 11. Nh4

11...Nxh4 11... Bg4 is probably the most solid move here, it was played by Karpov when he faced this line against Nunn in 1982. I considered 11... Kh8 in order to be able to recapture on g6 with the f-pawn, but didn't really like 12. Qf3, probably due to bad memories of doubled f-pawns in this opening, but Black is fine with the trick 12... h6 13. Bxf6 Nxh4 12. Bxh4 h6 13. Ne3 g5 14. Bg3 Bxe3 15. fxe3 Be6 16. Qe2 16. Qf3 Bxb3 17. Qxf6 Qxf6 18. Rxf6 Bc2 is good for Black 16... Bxb3 17. axb3 Nd7 18. b4 Kg7 19. Ra5 Qe7 20. c4 f6 21. Be1 Rfe8 22. Bc3 Rac8 23. Rfa1 Qe6 24. h3 Kg6 25. Rf1 Qe7 26. Re1 Qe6 27. d4 Qe7 28. d5 White's last two move surprised me a bit. He only had around 10 minutes to reach move 35 and Black doesn't have any active plan. So I figured he would just continue to probe until then and not make any committal decisions until after the time control. 28...Rf8 29. Rf1 Kg7 30. c5 Nb8 31. Kh2 b6 32. cxb6 cxb6 33. Raa1 b5 the White bishop has become a bad piece. 34. Qg4 Rc7 35. h4 Qd7 36. Rf5 Qf7 37. Kg1 h5 38. Qe2 Black is going to seal the kingside with 38... g4 and probably has a symbolic advantage, but there isn't a clear way to make progress. a6 is weak and White can keep the f5 break under control, so I accepted his draw offer [1/2:1/2]

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