1996: The last round

Game Saqui,D - Hill,D, Spectrum Premier (5), Torquay, 1996

The Last Round

This game clinched the Spectrum Premier tournament at Torquay. Although I entered the Major, I had been brought into the Premier to make a six-player all-play-all. But in the last round, I found myself in the sole lead with 3/4... — DH

Pirc Defence, Byrne Variation

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 c6 5.f4 Bg7 6.Qd2

[6.e5 Nd5 Even-Stevens]

6...0–0 7.Be2 Re8

[7...b5]

8.0–0–0 Qa5 9.Kb1 e5 10.fxe5 dxe5 11.d5 Nbd7

The tension in the centre has been relieved somewhat. I was happy with my position.

12.Nh3 Qb4 13.a3?!

Not really necessary.

13...Qb6 14.Rhf1 cxd5 15.exd5 e4

Making room for my Knight on e5.

16.Be3 Qd8 17.Bg5 Qb6 18.d6?!

Needing a win White decides to play on.

18...e3 19.Qc1 Ne4 20.Nxe4 Rxe4 21.Rf3

[21.Be7 was worth a try.]

21...Bd4 22.c3?!

further weakening his Pawns.

22...Bc5 23.Bd3 Re6 24.Bc4

+-----------------+
|r+b+.+k+|
|0p+n+p+p|
|.1.)r+p+|
|+.g.+.G.|
|.+B+.+.+|
|).).0R+N|
|.).+.+P)|
|+K!R+.+.|
+-----------------+

24...Ne5!?

This 'felt' the right move.

25.Bxe6 Bxe6 26.Rxe3 Bxe3 27.Bxe3 Qb3 28.Qd2 Qa2+ 29.Kc1 Bb3 30.Qe2 Nc4 31.Qxc4 Qa1+ 0–1

[Notes by Dan Hill]

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