LLoyd Retallick ½ - ½ Ian George
County Shield 2019/20
Notes by Ian George (Fritz assisted)
A tense game with an unusual finish
21...Rf7 gives a level position but black seeks activity against white's king by deflecting the queen to the queen's side at the cost of a pawn.
A) 28.Qc5 Best. Black has no more than a draw
B) 28.Qe6? Ne5 29.Bf4 (29.Bc5 Kh7! 30.Rf1 Rf6-+ ) 29...Qe1+ 30.Rf1 Qe2 31.Rf2 Qd1+ 32.Rf1 Qd4+ 33.Rf2 Ng4 34.Qe8+ (34.Qxg4 Qd1+ 35.Rf1 f2+ wins the queen) 34...Kh7 35.Qe1 Re7 36.Qd2 Qxd2 37.Bxd2 (37.Rxd2 Re1# ) 37...Nxf2 38.Kxf2 Re2+
Allows white to equalise. 25...exf3 is better
26.Re1 is more challenging. Black has to negotiate his way through some tricky play, which I probably wouldn't have had the time, or the ability, to analyse properly 26...Rxg3+ 27.hxg3 Qxg3+ 28.Kf1 Qh3+
(29.Qg2 (A) Qd3+ 30.Kf2 (30.Qe2 Qh3+ 31.Kf2 Qh2+ 32.Kf1 (32.Ke3?? Qf4# ) 32...Qh3+ repeats moves; 30.Re2 Qd1+ 31.Re1 (31.Kf2?? Qxd4+ ) 31...Qd3+ repeats moves 30.Kg1 Qxd4+ 31.Kh1 Ne5 32.Rxe4 or 32.Qxe4 Qxb2) 32...Qxd5 with 2 pawns for the exchange) 30...Qxd4+ 31.Kf1 Qd3+ 32.Qe2 Qh3+ repeats moves
29.Ke2 (B) Nf4+ 30.Kd1 (30.Kd2 (B1) Qh2+ 31.Kc3 (31.Kc1 Nd3+ 32.Kb1 Qxc2+ 33.Kxc2 Nxe1+-+ ; 31.Kd1 Qh5+ 32.Re2 (32.Kc1 Nd3+ 33.Kd2 Nxe1 34.Kxe1 Qxd5 with 3 pawns for the piece) 32...Nxe2 33.Qxe2 Qxd5 with 3 pawns for the piece) 31...Qg3+ 32.Re3 (32.Kd2 Qh2+ repeats moves) 32...Nxd5+ 33.Kd2 Qf2+ 34.Kc1 Qxc2+ 35.Kxc2 Nxe3+ 36.Bxe3 with 3 pawns for the piece. It's not clear who would have won but no doubt it would have have produced an undignified mutual time sgramble in the rapid play finish. Not the sort of thing you want to evaluate with 4 moves to play in 5 minutes.) 30...Qh5+ 31.Re2 (31.Kc1 Nd3+ 32.Kd2 Nxe1 33.Kxe1 Qxd5 transposes to B1; 31.Kd2 Qh2+ tranposes to B1) 31...Nxe2 32.Qxe2 Qxd5 tranposes to B1) 29...Qg3+= ; 26.Rc1 Rd3 27.Qc8+ Qxc8 28.Rxc8+ Kh7 29.Bc3 Ne7 30.Rc7 Nxd5 31.Rxg7+ Kh8 32.Rxb7+ Nxc3 33.bxc3 Rxc3 Difficult to commit to these complications as a drawing method with 5 minutes to time control; 26.Rxf3 exf3 Black has nothing to fear
Lack of time is no excuse, of course. Two minutes is plenty of time to find 30...Nh4-+ which forces immediate resignation.
At this point Lloyd offered a draw. In a position in which Black is two pawns up with a won position and plenty of time left, he was saved by a Deus ex Machina in the form of the caretaker. We were running about 15 minutes late mainly because of problems with the clock. It was clear that the caretaker was understandably reluctant to work more unpaid overtime. In the circumstances I decided that the wisest course was to accept the draw offer; after all we want to use the excellent venue several times more in the season and getting on the wrong side of the caretaker is no way to go about it.. Of course it is by no means certain that I would have won in the rapid play finish, even with a big advantage.
½ - ½