2017-10-20

I found this game surprisingly difficult. (Barely won.)

I found this game surprisingly difficult.  My opponent is an asian teengager who seemed to play as well as me.  I offered him a draw around move 33 because I saw little hope of winning.  He turned me down.  This is after I let him take a pawn on h7 because I was hoping to harass his king.  When we got the the king and pawn ending he offered me a draw a couple of times, but I was feeling much more confident at that point.

[Event "Indiana State Chess Championship"]
[Site "Indianapolis Indiana"]
[Date "2017.10.20"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Qain, Bill"]
[Black "Coffey, John"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C02"]
[WhiteElo "1744"]
[BlackElo "2001"]
[Annotator "John Coffey"]
[PlyCount "112"]
[TimeControl "G/120"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 6. Bd3 cxd4 7. cxd4
Bd7 8. Bc2 Nb4 9. Nc3 Nxc2+ 10. Qxc2 Rc8 11. Bd2 Qa6 12. Qb3 Ne7 13. Rc1 Nf5
14. Ne2 Rxc1+ 15. Nxc1 Be7 16. Bb4 O-O 17. Bxe7 Nxe7 18. Nd3 b6 19. Kd2 Bb5 20.
a3 Bc4 21. Qc3 Rc8 22. Nb4 Qa4 23. Rc1 Kf8 24. Qc2 Bb3 25. Qxh7 Rxc1 26. Kxc1
a5 27. Qh8+ Ng8 28. Nd3 Qc4+ 29. Kd2 Bc2 30. Nfe1 Bxd3 31. Nxd3 Qxd4 32. Qh3
Ne7 33. Qe3 Nf5 34. Qxd4 Nxd4 35. Kc3 Nc6 36. f4 Ke7 37. b4 axb4+ 38. Nxb4 Nxb4
39. Kxb4 f6 40. g4 fxe5 41. fxe5 g5 42. Kb5 Kd7 43. Kb4 Kc6 44. a4 d4 45. Kc4
d3 46. Kxd3 Kd5 47. Kc3 Kxe5 48. Kb4 (48. Kc4 {strangley draws.} Kd6 49. Kd4
e5+ 50. Ke4 Ke6 51. h3 Kd6 52. Kf5 Kd5 53. h4 gxh4 54. g5 h3 55. g6 h2 56. g7
h1=Q 57. g8=Q+) 48... Kd6 49. Kb5 e5 {I had seen forced mate at this point if he takes the pawn.} 50. Kxb6 e4 51. a5
e3 52. a6 e2 53. a7 e1=Q 54. a8=Q Qb4+ 55. Ka6 Qa4+ 56. Kb7 Qb5+ 0-1


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