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Games from the Cheyenne Open

December 11-12, 1999
Cheyenne, WY

[White "Svare, S."]
[Black "Bihlmeyer, J."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C44"]
[WhiteElo "1639"]
[BlackElo "1813"]
[Annotator "S. L. Svare"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. c3 d5 5. exd5 Qxd5 6. cxd4 Bb4+ 7. Nc3 Bg4 8. Be2 Bxf3 9. Bxf3 Qc4 10. Bxc6+ ({M.C.O. Recommends ...} 10. Qb3 Qxb3 11.axb3 Nge7 ({I considered the move 10.Qb3 but abandoned it due to this line.} 11... Nxd4 12. Bxb7 Nc2+ 13. Kd1 Nxa1 14. Bxa8 Nxb3 15. Bc6+ $17) 12. O-O a6 {and gives the line equal chances.}) 10... bxc6 11. Qe2+ Qxe2+ 12. Kxe2 O-O-O $11 {here we reach a position from the game, Ghizdavu-Sidor, Skopje 1972. Both sides have equal chances.} 13. Be3 Ne7 14. Rac1 Nf5 15. a3 Ba5 16. Rhd1 Rhe8 17. Kf3 Bb6 18. Ne2 Re6 19. g4 Nxe3 ({Playable, although more passive is...} 19... Nh4+ 20. Kg3 20... Ng6 $11) 20.fxe3 c5 21. d5 (21. dxc5 Rxd1 22. Rxd1 Bxc5 23. Nd4 {Leaves Black's Bishop with good open lines, although White's knight is beautifully placed in the centre of the board, the bishop will do better in this ending than the knight.}) 21... Re5 {This really wasn't the move I had expected to see. I thought the better line for black was} (21... Rf6+ $1 {Separating the White monarch from the his vital center units.} 22. Kg3 Re8 23.Rd3 c4 $15) 22. e4 Rde8 23. Ng3 g6 24. h4 Kd7 25. Rc4 (25. g5 Kd6 26. Rf1 $13 {I'm not sure this is much better than the text, but it would have made for interesting play.}) 25... c6 26. b4 cxd5 27. bxc5 Bc7 28. Rxd5+ Kc6 29. Rcd4 Rxd5 30. Rxd5 {This was a blunder, Black wins two pawns here. More accurate play for White is.} (30. exd5+ Kxc5 31. Rd3 Bxg3 32. Kxg3 Rd8 33. Rc3+ Kd6 (33... Kd4 34. Rc7 $14) (33... Kxd5 34. Rd3+ Ke4 35. Rxd8 $18) 34. Rd3 Ke5 35. Re3+ $11 {Ending in an equal position with the opportunity to draw by repetition.}) 30...Bxg3 31. Kxg3 Rxe4 32. Rd3 Re5 (32... Kxc5 {would have given Black a satisfactory advantage to possibly force a win.}) 33.Rf3 f5 34. gxf5 gxf5 35. Kf4 Re4+ (35... Rxc5 36. Kg5 a5 37. Kh6 Kd6 38. Kxh7 $14 {Although pawns are still equal I would have to say Black is still better.}) 36.Kg5 Rg4+ 37. Kh5 Ra4 38. Kg5 {The contestants agreed to draw..} 1/2-1/2