Bishop, Peter vs. Brehhov, Martin, Heidenfeld, October 2009
Annotated by Peter Bishop
Position after White’s 17. d5 (add 17 to subsequent moves to get the right number…)
The position is a little unusual in that I had castled on the Queen’s side. My opponent having more space is not usual. I was a little concerned about my weak A pawn. I had been building an attack on F4 for some time with a view to advancing a pawn to F5.
1. f4 hxg3 2. hxg3 Rxh1 3. Rxh1 exf4 4. gxf4 dxe4 5. f5 exd3 6. fxe6 Qxe6
I had not expected Black’s move 23. I now focused in shoring up my position and trying to capture the pawn on D3 safely. The game continued as follows:
7. Ned4 Qd5 8. Rh2 c5 9. Nb5 c4 10. N3d4 a6 11. Na3 Re8 12. b3 Ne5 13. Nxc4 Nxc4 14. bxc4 Qxc4
The D 3 pawn is now isolated and I have four major pieces (K, Q, R N) against three (K, Q, R). The knight on D4 is very strong. The A pawn is still a problem as are Black’s pass pawns on F7 and G7 (but not majorly so).
15. Kb2 Re5 16. Rh3 Ra5 17. Nb3 Rd5 18. Nd4 f5 19. Rxd3
My plan now was to attack Black’s king directly before his King’s side pawns became a real problem.
19…g6 20. Rh3 Rd6
This I considered to be a mistake at the time but spent no time analysing it. As you can see it builds a “wall” of C5, D5, E5 which the king can’t cross. Also it is unsupported by the king and the queen.
21. Rh8+ Kc7 22. Qf4 g5 23. Rh7+ 1-0
My opponent quickly resigned after the obvious lose of the rook. A nice win considering I would have accepted a draw some five moves earlier.