2 Bundesliga Sud Neuhausen (6.4), 01.02.2009
The following game was played this Sunday in the match Neuhausen- Heidelberg Handschuhsheim from 2 Bundesliga (South). My creative opponent taught me a good lesson that it is never too late to resign.
50.Nc2 The arising position is of course won for white. However, the clock situation was starting to tell, and the second time control (no additional time given) was approaching. I have spend a lot of time on this logical move. The main difficulty is that there are many winning ideas, and I did not take the practical decision to concentrate on one of them. For example: [50.Qd8 (the safest) 50...Qxa3+ 51.Kd2 Qf8 52.Nxg4 Qxd8 53.Rxd8 Ba4 54.Ra8 Rb7 55.Rxa6 (55.Nxf6! I blundered this computer shot.) 55...Rb2+ 56.Ke1 Rb1+ 57.Kf2 Rb2+ 58.Kg1 Rb1+ 59.Kg2 Rb2+ 60.Nf2 Bc2 objectively White must be winning, but there is still a lot of play left. All black's pieces became active, and this is especially dangerous in a time-trouble, with no additional time given. 50.Nxg4 I also considered this continuation. 50...Bxf5 (50...Qa1 51.Ne3 g4 52.Qd8 Qxa3+ 53.Kd2 Qf8 54.Nxg4 is leading to a much better version of the endgame from above.) 51.exf5 e4+ 52.Kd4 Qa1+ 53.Kc5 Qg1+ and decided that further calculation is not practical. However, white wins easily after: 54.Kc6 Qxg4 55.Qd8+-] The moved in the game 49.¤c2 is logical. White secures the king, protects the a3 pawn (excludes the black queen from defense) and in case threatens even Kd3-c3 followed by Rb8-b2. 50...g3 51.Qd8 Kh6 52.Qh8+ Rh7 53.Qxf6+ Kh554.Qg6+?? I decided to capture the rook without too much hesitation. I also took a brief look at: [54.Rg8 which Postojev also considered an immediate win- 54...Qb3+ 55.Kd2 but realized that the queen protects the g3 pawn, and abandoned the line. In vain- 55...Kh4 56.Qxg5+ Kh3 57.Qe3 exchanges the queens and the game is essentially over. 57...Qxe3+ 58.Nxe3+-] 54...Kg4 55.Qxh7 Ba4!