Wes Green (2438)
Hans-Jurgen Isigkeit (2441)

Foglar Veterans - GM-B
ICCF, 2006

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 c5 6. Be3 Qb6 7. Nc3 c4 I've had very good results with the advance variation. This is the first time I've encountered this move. 8. Qc1 8. b3 is the most common reply, but after 8... Bb4 9. Bd2 Qa5 10. Na4 c3!? I don't care for white's prospects. 8... Bb4 9. O-O Bxc3 10. bxc3 Ne7 11. Rb1 Qc7 12. Nh4 Nbc6 13. Nxf5 Nxf5 White has the bishop pair, but with the center locked this is not an advantage. Perhaps the immediate 13. g4 would have been preferable. 14. Bg5 h6 15. Bf4 O-O 16. g4 White's space and therefore play is on the kingside, black's on the queenside. Since white's kingside space is greater than black's on the queenside, white has the better potential, particularly since play on the kingside is directly against the black king. 16... Nfe7 17. Bg3 Rab8 18. f4 Qd7 19. Bf3 b5 20. a3 a5 21. Qe3 Rb7 22. Bh4 Rfb8 23. Qd2 Ng6 24. Bg3 Nge7 25. f5 sacrificing a pawn to open lines on the black king. 25... exf5 26. gxf5 Nxf5 27. Bg4 Nce7 28. Qf4 g6 29. Bh4 Rb6 29... g5? 30. Bxg5 hxg5?? 31. Qxg5+ Kf8 32. Bxf5 Nxf5 33. Rxf5 30. Qf3 b4 31. cxb4 axb4 32. Rxb4 h5 33. Bh3 Rxb4 34. axb4 Rxb4 35. Kh1 Kf8 36. Bxe7+ Kxe7 37. Qg2 Qe6 38. Qg5+ Ke8 39. Bxf5 gxf5 40. Qxh5 The bishops have been exchanged for the knights, material is again even, and white has the initiative. 40... Qg6? I'm not sure why he made this move. Perhaps he was hoping for 41. Qxg6 fxg6 with a drawn game. He obviously overlooked the fact that his move loses the queen, so better would have been 40... Kd7 though after 41. Rxf5 Rb1+ 42. Kg2 Qg6+ 43. Qxg6 fxg6 44. Rf6 white has very good winning chances. 44... g5 45. Rd6+ Ke7 46. Rxd5 41. Qh8+ Ke7 42. Rg1 Qb6 43. Rg8 Rb1+ 44. Kg2 Rb2 45. Kf3 and black resigned. The game might have continued 45... Rxc2 46. Re8+ Kd7 47. e6+ This doesn't appear to make sense, since white is apparently just giving up a pawn, but after theimmediate 47. Rb8 black should be able to hold the draw: 47... Rc3+ 48. Ke2 (48. Kf4 , as below after ... 48 Rc3+, is not possible here because of 48... Qxd4+ with mate to follow. With the e5 pawn gone as in the primary line, the white queen protects the d4 square.) 48... Rc2+ 49. Kd1 Qxd4+ 50. Kxc2 with a perpetual. 47... fxe6 48. Rb8 Qb3+ 48... Rc3+ 49. Kf4 is even better for white. 49... Qd6+ 50. Kg5 and the best black has now is 50... Qxb8 51. Qxb8 49. Rxb3 cxb3 50. Qb8 Ke7 51. Qxb3 Rxh2 and white has work left but the win is there. 1-0 [Green]