Burns v. Jansuaitis 2009

John has annotated this fascinating game for us. It starts with the King’s Indian, turning into an extremely complex middlegame. A dubious black attack backfires as white takes tons of material and control of the game. But then white loses his way in the time scramble and black finds an incredible escape.  Most club members watching were wondering why black had not gracefully resigned by move 45 or so. Now we can see why…

Burns, John – Janusaitis, Mindaugus [E85]
Club Championship (2), 29.04.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0–0 6.Be3 e5 7.Nge2 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Qd2 a5 10.Nc1 Nd7 11.Be2 f5 12.0–0 f4 13.Bf2 g5 14.Nd3 b6 15.b4 axb4 16.Nxb4 Qe8 17.Nb5 Qh5? fundamentally unsound

18.Nxc7 Rf6 19.Kh1 initiating a defence that Black didn’t “see”. A h3 defence is risky but perhaps possible [19.Nxa8 Rh6 20.h3 Nc5 21.h4!! (21.Nc6 Nxc6 22.dxc6 Bxh3 23.c7 Be6 24.Bh4 Qxh4 25.c8Q+ Bxc8 26.Nxb6 Qh2+ 27.Kf2 Qg3+ 28.Kg1 Rh2 29.Rf2 Qh4 30.Qd5+ Kh8 31.g3 Qxg3+ 32.Rg2 Qxg2#) 21…gxh4 22.Nxb6 h3 23.g3 fxg3 24.Bxg3 Rg6 25.Kh2 Rxg3 26.Kxg3 Bh6 27.Nxc8 Bxd2 28.Nxe7+ Kh8 29.Nf5]

19…Rh6 20.Bg1 Ra3 21.Nc6! Ng6 22.Nb5! Re3 23.Nxd6 white has a huge advantage and Black ‘s attack hasn’t got going

23…Nc5 24.Rae1 [24.Nxc8 probably better 24…Nxe4 threatening ….Ng3++ 25.fxe4 Rxe2 26.Qd3 Nh4 27.Rf2+-] 24…Bd7 25.Qb4 Nh4 26.Qxb6 Rxd6 27.Qb8+ white had better choices here [27.Ne7+ Kf7 28.Qxd6 Nxg2 29.Bxe3 Nxe3 30.Qxc5] 27…Bf8 28.Ne7+ Kf7 29.Qxd6 [29.Bxe3! Nxg2 30.Bxc5 Rh6 31.Qxf8+ Kxf8 32.Nf5+ Kg8 33.Nxh6+ Qxh6 34.Kxg2 Bh3+ 35.Kg1 Bxf1 36.Bxf1+-]

29…Bxe7 30.Qxe5 Ng6 [30…Nxg2 31.Bxe3 (31.Kxg2? Rxe2+ 32.Rxe2 Qh3+ 33.Kh1 (33.Kf2 Nd3#) 33…Qxf1 34.Rf2 Qxc4) 31…Nxe3 32.d6] 31.Qd4

White is not finding the best moves anymore. 31. Qc7 is far superior. The text gives Black a chance 31…Bd6 which he doesn’t take [31…Nxe4 threatening …Ng3++ 32.fxe4 Rxe2 33.Rxe2 Qxe2 34.Rf2 Qe1 35.c5 Bf6 when White should win, but Black may be able to create complications]

32.Bd1 wrongly fearing 32. Bxe3 [32.Bxe3 fxe3 33.f4 and the threat on the queen means Black cannot play something like ..Bxf4 33…Bg4 34.Bxg4 Qxg4 35.h3 winning easily] 32…Rd3 33.Qb2 Qh6 34.Bxc5 Bxc5 35.e5 [35.Qb7 Nf8 36.Ba4] 35…Nxe5 36.Qxe5 [36.Rxe5 Bd4 37.Qb7 Bxe5 38.Qxd7+ Kg8 39.Qe8+ Qf8 40.Qxe5] 36…Re3 37.Qc7 Qd6 38.Qxd6 Bxd6 39.Rxe3 fxe3 40.Be2 [40.Re1 Bc5 41.Bc2 h6 42.a4 Kf6 43.Kg1 Ke5 (43…e2+? 44.Kh1 Ke5 45.Rxe2+ Kd4 46.Re4+) 44.Kf1 Kd4 45.Rc1 Ba3 46.Rd1+ Kxc4 47.Ke2 Bc5 48.d6]

40…Kf6 41.g3 Ke5 42.Rb1 Kd4 43.Rb7 Bc8 44.Rxh7 Kc3 45.Kg2 Kd2 46.Kf1 Bf5

White is still winning but needs to be careful in this hugely complicated position, in which even Fritz has trouble finding his way 47.Rh5?? [47.Rh6 Bf8 48.Rh8 Bg7 49.g4 Bd3 50.Bxd3 Bxh8 51.Be2 is one likely path to victory; 47.Rh8 Be5 (47…Bg6 48.Rh6) 48.Rh6 Bg7 49.g4 Bxh6 50.gxf5 may be another. none of which is easy to calculate with about 4 mins on the clock] 47…Bb4? [47…Bd3! 48.Rh6 (48.Bxd3? Kxd3 wins for black) 48…Bxe2+ 49.Kg2 Bc5 50.Re6 Bxc4 and Black has turned the tables]

48.Rxg5? And after Black’s last error, failing to take advantage, White throws it away again. Proving the old adage that whoever blunders second last wins.. [48.Rh8 Bg6 49.Rb8 Bc3 50.c5 Bf5 51.g4 Bd3 52.Bxd3 Kxd3 53.Re8] 48…Bh3+ 49.Kg1 Kxe2 50.g4 [50.Rh5 Kxf3 51.Rxh3 e2 52.g4+ Ke4 53.Kg2 e1Q] 50…Be1 with a forced mate 51.Re5 [51.Rh5 Bf2+ 52.Kh1 Kf1 53.Rxh3 e2 54.Rg3 Bxg3 55.hxg3 e1Q 56.c5 Qxg3 57.d6 Qg2#] 51…Bf2+ 52.Kh1 Kf1 White resigns 0–1

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2 Responses to Burns v. Jansuaitis 2009

  1. Michael says:

    Tragic loss, John, but very high entertainment value and Mindaugas did well to keep it complicated and took his chance well

  2. John burns says:

    Tragic is right. It felt only slightly less bad than resigning against Martin Schmidt with his queen en prise…

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