Burke, John vs Dams, Mike
[Event "Richmond v Epsom Surrey Online League"] [Site "?"] [Date "2021.03.17"] [Round "0"] [White "Burke, John"] [Black "Dams, Mike"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A40"] [Opening "Queen's Pawn: 1...e6"] 1.d4 e6 2.Bf4 f5 3.c4 Bb4+ 4.Nc3? {This allows Black to damage White's pawn structure and White's bishop pair don't compensate.} Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 Nf6 6.Nf3 d6 7.e3 b6 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.O-O Nbd7 10.Bg5 O-O 11.Nd2 Qe8 12.Bxf6 Nxf6 13.a4 a5 14.Qe2 Ne4 15.Nb1 Qg6 16.f3 Nf6 17.Nd2 e5 18.dxe5 dxe5 19.c5 { White is trying to open up the position for the two bishops.} bxc5 20.Bc4+ Kh8 21.Nb3 e4 22.f4 Bd5 23.Rfd1 c6 24.Nxc5 Qf7 25.Bxd5 Nxd5 26.Rdc1 Qa7 27.Ne6 Nxe3 28.Kh1 Rf6 29.Nd4 Nd5 30.g3 Rb8 31.Rab1 {This looks like a blunder but in fact White is setting a trap. The old adage - if it looks too good to be true it probably is! Although as White was running short of time it looked plausible.} Rxb1 32.Rxb1 Nxc3?? 33.Qa6!! Qe7 34.Rb8+ Rf8 35.Qa8 Kg8 36.Nxc6 Qd6 37.Rxf8+ Qxf8 38.Qxa5 Ne2 39.Qd5+ Kh8 40.Qd8 {With time running out White goes for the safety first option and exchanges Queens eliminating virtually all counterplay that Black might have.} Qxd8 41.Nxd8 Nc3 42.a5 Nb5 43.Kg2 Nc7 44.Nc6 g6 45.Nb4 Kg7 46.a6 Kf7 47.a7 Ke6 48.h3 Kd6 49.g4 Na8 50.gxf5 gxf5 51.Nc2 Kc5 52.Kg3 Kc4 53.Ne3+ Kd3 54.Kf2 Kd2 55.Nxf5 Nc7 56.Ne3 {#r} 1-0
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WhiteBurke, John
BlackDams, Mike
OpeningA40 — Queen's Pawn: 1...e6
DateMarch 17, 2021
TournamentRichmond v Epsom Surrey Online League