(1) Lakhani,Anjali - Hopkinson,Gary [C42]
U125 (1), 21.10.2006

Analysis by Fritz 9

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nxf7!?
The Cochrane Gambit. This is a positional sacrifice based on the idea that the strong pawn centre that White obtains, coupled with the looseness of the Black kingside, will be sufficient compensation for the small material deficit. Karpov and Bronstein have both spoken out in its favour, although neither ever employed it in a serious game.

4...Kxf7 5.d4 Qe7
[Black cannot touch the e-pawn: 5...Nxe4 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Qd5+ Kg7 8.Qxe4 ]

6.Nc3 c6 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bxf6 Qxf6 9.Bc4+ d5
[Black faces a difficult choice: 9...Kg6 10.Qd3 Kh7 11.0-0-0 Be7 12.Kb1 preserves dynamic equality, but White will soon launch a huge kingside pawn storm that will be hard to stop.]

10.exd5 b5 11.Bb3 Qe7+ 12.Ne2
[12.Kf1 causes even more trouble: 12...Kg6 13.dxc6 and now Black doesn't even have a nominal material advantage.]

[12...Kg6 is necessary.]

13.0-0 cxd5 14.Re1 Kd8 15.Nf4
Black remains a piece up, but his king is exposed, his queen is attacked, and none of his other pieces have yet moved. White, on the other hand, is ready to throw everything at the enemy king.

15...Qg5 16.Bxd5
[16.Qf3 is stronger: 16...Nc6 17.Bxd5 Nxd4 18.Qe4 Bd6 19.Ng6 Qh5 20.g3 Nf3+ 21.Qxf3 Qxg6 22.Bxa8 ]

16...Qxf4 17.Bxa8 Bd6
Black's last few moves represent a good practical decision: handing over some material to help with development.

18.g3 Qf6 19.Qf3
[White should probably try to open up more lines of attack against Black's king, e.g. 19.a4 b4 20.c4 bxc3 21.bxc3 Rf8 However, the pressure against f2 is awkward.]

[19...Qxf3 20.Bxf3 Rf8 removes the danger to the king.]

20.Be4 Bg4 21.Qc3 Qf7 22.Qa5+ Qc7 23.Qxb5 Bd7 24.Qb7?!
[White has been increasing her advantage, and now 24.Qd3 Be6 25.Rac1 Bc4 26.Qd2 Kc8 27.b3 Be6 28.c4 would be very hard to meet, as Black's pieces get kicked around by the white pawns.]

24...Nc6 25.Qxc7+
[As before, the queens should stay on, e.g. 25.Qa8+ Qc8 26.Bxc6 Bxc6 27.Qxa7 ]

25...Kxc7 26.d5
[Missing the right plan: 26.Rad1 Rd8 27.c3 Ne7 28.b3 Be6 29.c4 , rolling the pawns forward.]

26...Ne5 27.f4 Ng4 28.a3 Bc5+ 29.Kg2 Ne3+
With the white king exposed, Black has counterchances.

30.Kh1 Bh3
[Even better is 30...Re8 31.Bf3 Nxc2 32.Rxe8 Bxe8 33.Rc1 Bg6 and Black is close to some kind of equality.]

31.b4 Bb6?
Giving White one last clear chance.

[White returns the favour. 32.c4 Bd4 (32...Nxc4? 33.Rac1 ) 33.Ra2 wins]

32...Ng4 33.c4
[33.Re2 is the only way to play for a win: 33...Re8 34.c4 Bd4 35.Rd1 Nf2+ 36.Rxf2 Bxf2 37.Bg2 Bg4 , but it won't be easy. Now Black forces the draw.]

33...Nf2+ 34.Kg1 Bd4 35.Bf3
[Or 35.Bg2 Ng4+ 36.Kh1 (36.Kf1? Nxh2+ 37.Ke2 Bxg2 ) 36...Nf2+ with a perpetual.]

35...Nd3+ 36.Kh1
Capturing either rook would only give White winning chances, so Black gives perpetual check. 1/2-1/2