Burns S.
O'Connor J.

ICCA Email, 1999

1. e4 e6

This was the game I enjoyed most, spent most time on yet was least able to judge! Commenting turned out to take longer than I expected. I kept variations to a minimum, which is probably best given the wild game that was in it, allegedly a feature of most of Jonathan's games judging from other player's comments.

2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Ne7 7. Qg4 Qc7 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 cxd4 10. Ne2 Nbc6 11. f4 Bd7 12. Qd3 dxc3 13. Nxc3 a6 14. Rb1 Na5 15. h4 Nf5 16. Rh3 O-O-O 17. h5 Nc4 18. Rb4 Bc6

NCO. White ns to play Nc3-e2-d4 forcing a trade which allows Qd4-a7 hoping to trade queens and then endeavour to make use of the extra pawn.

19. Ne2 Bb5 20. a4?! Bc6

20... Nxe5 turns out fine for White, e.g. 21. Qc3 Bxe2 22. Qxc7+ Kxc7 23. fxe5 with a promising position. However, 20.a4 has left White open to a future ...a5 and ...Bxa4.

21. h6

With the idea of enticing the d8 rook to h8 as White intends playing on the queen side. The threat of h7 is potentially strong as we shall see later.

21... Rg4

The alternative is similar but Black has been forced to play ...Rh8 which removes the potent threat of h7.

21... Rg6 22. h7 Rh8 23. Nd4 Nxd4 24. Qxd4

22. Nd4 Nxd4 23. Qxd4 f6?

Black is pro bably now lost. Better was 23...Rh8 nullifying the threat of h7. Alternatively as Black suggested afterwards

23... a5 24. h7 Rh8 25. Rbb3 Bxa4 26. Rbg3 when Black has a few problems to overcome, but not(26. Rbc3? b5 and Black may be better)

24. h7 Rh8 25. Qa7 Rg7

Maybe 25...Kd7, trying to hold on to the queen

26. Qa8+ Qb8 27. Qxb8+ Kxb8

Having swapped off queens, the rest is a matter of technique. The f- and g- pawns cannot be stopped without considerable material loss.

28. exf6 Rgxh7 29. Rxh7 Rxh7 30. g4 a5 31. Rxc4 dxc4 32. Bxc4 1-0 [Burns]