In round 4 of TeamLeague, my game was left to be played last for my team. We were leading 2-1 before my game started, so I needed at least a draw to secure the team win.
I came out clearly worse of another declined Benko gambit, but my opponent failed to capitalize on my choice of opening, and we eventually reached an even rook endgame (the 2nd diagram below). However, that endgame was badly mistreated by yours truly…
Interesting to note is that in all four games, my opening gambits have been declined. Party-poopers!
ValenceJordan (1936) - Jonas Martinsson (1821) [A57]
Teamleague T38 (Round 4), 11.03.2009
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.Nf3 Bb7 5.e3
I was unprepared for this move. In our previous encounter ValenceJordan played 5. Nbd2
5...bxc4 6.Bxc4 e6 7.Nc3 exd5 8.Nxd5 Nxd5N
[RR 8...Nc6 9.Bd2 Be7 10.0-0 0-0 11.Bc3 Ne4 12.Qd3 Nxc3 13.bxc3 Na5 14.Bb5 Bf6 15.Rac1 d6 16.Rfd1 Be5 17.c4 Nc6 18.Rb1 Qa5 19.Bxc6 Bxc6 20.Ne7+ Kh8 21.Nxc6 Qxa2 22.Ncxe5 dxe5 23.Nxe5 Sokolova,O-Hvostova,I/Kolontaevo 1997/EXT 1999/1-0]
[9...Bxd5 10.Qxd5 Nc6+/=]
[11.Qh5+ g6 12.Qf3 Bxd5 13.Qxd5 fxg5 14.Qxa8+-; 11.Nf7 Rg8 12.Nd6+ Bxd6 13.Bxg8 Nc6 14.Bxh7+-]
11...Bxd5 12.Qxd5 Qc6 13.Qxc6 Nxc6= 14.Ke2 d5 15.Nc3 d4 16.Nb5 Rd8?!
[16...Rb8 17.Na3 (17.Nc7+?! Kf7-/+) 17...Rd8=/+]
[17.exd4 cxd4 18.Bf4 d3+ 19.Kd2 Bb4+ 20.Kd1 d2=]
[17...a6 18.Nc7+ Kd7 19.Nd5 (19.Nxa6? Ra8-/+) 19...Bd6 20.exd4 cxd4=/+]
18.exd4 Nxd4+ 19.Nxd4 cxd4 20.Bf4 Bd6 21.Bxd6 Rxd6 22.Rac1
[22...Ra6 is more active, and the correct way to play this rook endgame. The text move leads to a clearly better and more active position for White. 23.a3 Rb8 24.Rc2 Re6+ 25.Kd3 Rb3+ 26.Kxd4 Rd6+ 27.Kc4 Rxb2 28.Rxb2 Rxd1 29.Rb7+ Kg6 30.Rxa7 Rd2=]
23.Kd3 Re7 24.Rc4 Kg6 25.Rd2+/- Red7 26.Ke4 Re7+ 27.Kd3 Red7 28.Re2 f5 29.Re5 Kf6 30.Ra5 Rb6 31.b3 Rbd6 32.Rca4 Rc7 33.Rxd4 Rdc6 34.Rc4 Rxc4 35.bxc4 Ke6 36.Kd4 Rd7+ 37.Rd5 Rxd5+
[37...Rb7 puts up a tougher defense, but White is winning in any case. The rest is just a formality.]
38.cxd5+ Kd6 39.f4 h6 40.h4 h5 41.a3 a6 42.a4 a5 43.g3 g6 44.Kc4 Kd7 45.Kc5 Kc7 46.d6+ Kd7 47.Kd5 Kd8 48.Ke6 Ke8 49.d7+ Kd8 50.Kf6 Kxd7 51.Kxg6 Ke6 52.Kxh5 Kf6 53.Kh6 Kf7 54.Kg5 Kg7 55.Kxf5 Kh6 56.g4 Kh7 57.g5 Kh8 58.h5 Kh7 59.h6 Kh8 60.g6 Kg8 61.g7 Kh7 62.Kf6 Kg8 63.f5 Kh7 64.Kf7 Kxh6 65.g8Q Kh5 66.Qg3 Kh6 67.Qg6#