White: Peter Bereolos
Black: GM Sergey Kudrin
1986 Midwest Masters Invitational
Round 1 Board 8

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Nf3 c5 8.Be3 Bg4 9.Rb1!?

An interesting deviation from the standard Rc1. 9...Qc7 this doesn't put much pressure on the White center 9...Nc6 or 9...Bxf3 as played by Leko seem better; 9...Qa5 10.Qd2 transposes to Game 2 of the Kramnik-Kasparov World Championship match which saw the challenger score his first win on his way to taking the title. 10.Be2 0-0 11.0-0 Nd7 12.h3 Bxf3 13.Bxf3 Nb6 14.Qb3 Rab8 15.Be2 Nd7 16.f4 Bh6 to hold up f5 17.e5 e6 18.d5 White should probably maintain the tension with 18.Rfd1 when the two bishops and extra space give him a comfortable plus. 18...Nxe5 19.dxe6 fxe6 20.Qxe6+ Nf7 21.Bc1?! It was better to stop Re8 with 21.Bb5 a6 22.Bd7 Rbd8 23.Rbd1 21...Rfe8 22.Qg4 Nd6 23.Bd3 c4

24.Bxg6!? hxg6 25.Qxg6+ Bg7 26.f5 Ne4

27.Bf4?! White should not see ghosts and get his piece back with 27.f6 Nxf6 28.Rxf6 Re1+ 29.Kf2 Qe5 30.Bf4 when the game will likely end in a draw with 30...Qe2+ (after 30...Qxf6 31.Qxf6 Bxf6 32.Kxe1 Bxc3+ 33.Ke2 Re8+ 34.Kf3 White wins either the c or b pawn) 31.Kg3 Rxb1 32.Qf7+ Kh8 (32...Kh7 33.Rh6#) 33.Rf5 Qe1+ 34.Kh2 Qg1+ 35.Kg3 Qe1+ 27...Qf7 28.Qxf7+ Kxf7 29.Bxb8 Rxb8 30.Rfd1 [It is better to activate the other rook so that the f-pawn stays protected 30.Rbd1 Bxc3 31.Rd7+ Kf6 32.g4 Bd2 33.h4 c3 34.g5+ Ke5 35.f6 with counterplay] 30...Bxc3 31.Rd7+ Kf6 32.g4 Bd2 33.h4 [33.Rbxb7 c3 34.Rxb8 c2-+] 33...c3 34.Rb5? [34.Rc7 to hold up the c-pawn was imperative although Black is still much better.] 34...c2 35.g5+ Nxg5 36.hxg5+ Bxg5 37.Rd6+ Ke7 38.Re6+ Kf7 39.Re1 c1Q 40.Rxc1 Bxc1 41.Kf2 b6 42.a4 Rc8 43.Rd5 Rc7 44.a5 bxa5 45.Rxa5 Bg5 46.Kf3 Be7 47.Kf4 Bc5 48.Ra6 Bb6 49.Ra3 Kf6 0-1