20170331 Sugrue vs Smith

Event:   Baroque Chess
Site:      Geelong Chess Club
Date:     31st March, 2017
Round:  6
White:   Sugrue, Michael
Black:    Smith, Jack
Result:  1-0

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bg2 Be6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.d3 f6 8.O-O Bc5
9.Bd2 Qd7 10.Re1 O-O-O

Black has neatly transposed to a Yugoslav Attack formation, with colors reversed. The benchmark Yugoslav Attack was won by Bobby Fischer against Bent Larsen (1958 Portoroz Interzonal).

11.Rc1 Bb6 12.a3 h5 13.Na4 h4 14.Nxb6+ axb6 15.Nxh4 g5 16.Nf3 g4 17.Nh4

17 … Rxh4!

Much as Bobby did to Bent!

18.gxh4 Rh8 19.e4 Nf4 20.Bxf4 exf4 21.h3 gxh3 22.Bf3 Qg7+

White now escapes. The check looks correct, but, as Jack later pointed out, the simple 22 … Rxh4 23. Kh2 Ne5 24. Rg1 Bg4 25. Be2 f3 26. Bf1 Be6 leaves black in a comfortable position.

23.Kh2 Ne5 24.Rg1 Qh7 25.h5 Nxf3+ 26.Qxf3 Qxh5 27.Qxh5 Rxh5 28.Rg7 c6 29.f3 f5
30.Re7 Bd7 31.Rg1 fxe4 32.dxe4 Kc7 33.Rgg7 and Black Resigned.

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