HV Chess Tournament 2006-7 (1)
Cao Kann defence.
I consider this positionally suspect, but a lot of top grandmasters have played it .It has scored 54% for White, - compare with Ruy Lopez 57% White.
swapping off White's good Bishop has only scored 40% for White.
This position has scored 61% Black
The immediate c5 is normal, but this can transpose.
Black is already better
,and pressurises the weak point b2. The Queen also hits d4 and supports c5.
a risky move, but quite in keeping with Reg's attacking style.
9... c5 10. c3 Rc8 11. Na3 Nc6 12. Rab1 cxd4 13. Nb5 Ncxe5 14. Nxe5 Nxe5 15. Qxd4 Qxd4 16. cxd4 Nc6 17. Rfc1 a6 18. Nc3 Ba3 19. Rd1
weak, allows Black to gain a tempo with the attack on e5.
Now White's centre disappears !
Black is a pawn up, and has a won position.
attempting Q-side attack, but Black holds all the cards.
weakening the White K-side, but h3 is litttle better.
both a defending, (e6) and attacking move.
This allows the strong move d4!, but Reg gets around to this later.
21. Nd2 is better.
21... d4! is strong.
driving the Queen to where it wants to be.
23... d4! is strongest.
! Black has a winning position.
Reg would not be Reg without a major blunder in a game! This simply does not work.
26... Rg4 Black has a winning position.
Now White blunders
This loses immediately.
29. Ra2! White should win !
White resigns. My computer assures me it's mate in 10 !0-1 [G.M.Peake]
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