Rd.4 Nathan Wells v Kerry Corker – friendly

Rd.4 RCC August Open. Nathan Wells v Kerry Corker (friendly, Nathan already had the bye.)

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bd3 { Played by World
Champion, Magnus Carlsen against Sutovsky in the World Blitz Championships
2006} 6… g6 7. O-O { f4 seems more popular. Of course then you have to deal
with Qb6.} 7… Bg7 8. Re1 O-O { Nc6 seems to be better – fighting for the
centre.} 9. a4 Nbd7 10. Nf3 Nc5 { Fritz 10 gives this as equal.} 11. e5 { Bc4
might be better} 11… dxe5 12. Nxe5 Nxd3 13. cxd3 { Fritz thinks this is ok
but Qd3 looks more tidy for the pawns.} 13… Bf5 { Be6 looks like a computer
move, and it is. It makes sense, covering that diagonal and e7.} 14. d4 Rc8
15. Qb3 { Ra3 or a5.} 15… Qxd4 { I thought this would only work if Nathan
went against the old maxim “never play Queen takes knight pawn”. Then you go to
Carlsen v Smerdon in the 2016 Olympiad and you see Carlsen get into all sorts
of trouble after doing just that!} 16. Qxb7 Ne4 17. Nxe4 Qxe5 18. h3 { h3?!
White had to try 18.f3 a5 19.Qb5 Rc2 20.Qe5 Be5 Ng3 Rd8. The text gives me too
much time.} 18… Rb8 19. Qxa6 Bxe4 20. f4 Qc5+ 21. Be3 Bd4 22. Ra3 Rxb2 23.
Bxd4 Qxd4+ 24. Rae3 Rxg2+ 25. Kf1 Qb2 26. R3e2 Rxe2 27. Qxe2 Qxe2+ 28. Rxe2 {

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