Nagy vs Regis, April 2011 (1/2-1/2)

White missed a big chance early on with his home-made system, then kept the lid on Black's initiative later. White dropped a pawn while trying something on the King's-side, but when Black pushed his luck got a monster passed pawn. In the end, Black was grateful to be offered a perpetual check.

[Event "Friendly ECC"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2011.04.08"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Nagy, Dan"]
[Black "Regis, D."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D00"]
[PlyCount "79"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 (2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4 {is the London System}) 2... Nf6 3. Bf4 {
Obviously not a bad move, but mixing systems. A lot of this has been worked
out already!} (3. Bg5 {is the Veresov System. Nf3 and Bf4 seem to go together
Nc3 and Bg5 go together Nc3 and Bf4... well, call it the Dan System!}) 3...
c5 4. e3 4... Nc6 $2 {Too casual.} 5. Bb5 $2 (5. Nb5 $1) 5... Qb6 6. a4 {
idea a5 will be awkward} 6... Bd7 $6 (6... cxd4 $1) 7. Nf3 (7. a5) (7. a5 Qd8
8. dxc5 e6 9. a6 $1 (9. Bxc6 $5 9... Bxc6 10. Qd4 Be7)) 7... e6 8. Bxc6 $6 {
No need to volunteer for this.} 8... Bxc6 (8... bxc6 $5 {
is my usual style, not sure why I didn't play it!}) 9. b3 {
Now Black has a little initiative.} 9... cxd4 10. exd4 Bb4 11. Bd2 11... Rc8 {
Black doesn't have that much.} (11... O-O {is better}) 12. Ne2 12... O-O {
Natural but not precise.} (12... Ne4 $1) 13. Bxb4 Qxb4+ 14. c3 Qd6 15. O-O Ne4
16. Nd2 Nxd2 17. Qxd2 f6 18. f4 18... Be8 {The exchanges have left Black with
this bad Bishop, so Black tries to activate it.} 19. g4 {Optimistic!} 19... Bg6
20. h4 h5 (20... Qb6 $1 {is more annoying.}) 21. f5 Bh7 22. Rac1 $2 (22. Nf4 $1
{I missed this one}) 22... hxg4 $1 {and Black has got what he hoped for:
White's advances on the King's-side have left weaknesses.} 23. fxe6 Qxe6 24.
Nf4 Qd7 25. h5 Rfe8 26. Qg2 26... Re3 $2 (26... Be4 $1 {
obvious and good, but I was curious about the position after the text move})
27. Qd2 $2 (27. Qxd5+ $1 27... Qf7 $1) 27... Rce8 28. Rfe1 Rxe1+ 29. Rxe1 Rxe1+
30. Qxe1 Be4 (30... Bc2) 31. Qe3 Qd6 32. c4 $1 {
Black has been lazy and White has taken the initiative.} 32... Qa3 {
Going for a win, but perhaps also playing for a loss!} (32... Kf7 $1) 33. cxd5
Qa1+ (33... f5 $1 {keeps a grip.}) 34. Kf2 34... Qh1 $2 {
Logical, but perhaps the losing mistake!} (34... Qb2+ {is OK}) (34... f5 $1 35.
d6 35... Qa3 $1 {keeps Black on top}) 35. d6 35... f5 {Adjourned.} 36. d7 $1
36... Qh4+ {Forced.} (36... Qh2+ 37. Kf1 Qh1+ 38. Ke2 Qh2+ 39. Qf2 $18) 37. Qg3
$1 (37. Ke2 37... Qd8 $17) (37. Kf1 37... Qd8 $17) 37... Qg5 $1 38. Ne6 $2 {
Natural, but Black has an easy perpetual.} (38. b4 $5 {
is stronger! This has the idea of undermining c6.} 38... Kh7 (38... Qd8 39.
Ng6 Bc6 40. Qd6 Bxd7 41. Qd5+ Kh7 42. Qxd7 Qg5 43. Qe8 (43. Ne5 Qf4+ 44. Kg2
Qe4+ 45. Kg3 Qe3+ 46. Kh4 Qh3+ 47. Kg5 Qe3+ 48. Kxf5) 43... Qxh5) 39. b5 a5 (
39... Qd8 $4 40. Ne6) 40. Ng6 (40. Ne2 Qd8 41. Qd6 Qh4+ 42. Ke3)) (38. Ne2 $1 {
cuts out the check on d2.} 38... Qd8 39. Qd6 Bc6 40. Qe6+ Kh8 41. Nf4 $1 41...
Bxd7 42. Ng6+ Kh7 43. Qxd7 $1 43... Qxd7 44. Nf8+) 38... Qd2+ 39. Kg1 Qd1+ 40.
Kf2 1/2-1/2

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