(1) McEwan,K - Turner,T [B32]
Norfolk Championship (1), 30.09.2017



1.d4 c5 2.Nf3 cxd4 3.Nxd4 Nc6 4.e4 e5 5.Nf3
[Maybe Ken didn't expect to find himself in a standard Sicilian after playing 1.d4, or maybe he was concerned that Terry was planning to play the Kalashnikov ( 5.Nb5 d6 ) but it has to be said that the text move is a bit passive.]

5...Nf6 6.Nbd2
[6.Nc3 allows 6...Bb4 so White agrees to block in his queen's bishop for the time being.]

6...a6 7.c3 Bc5
His last move allowed this bishop to drop back to a7 if attacked by that knight on d2.

8.Bd3 d5
Already the equalising move.

9.0-0 0-0 10.exd5 Qxd5 11.Qc2 h6 12.Bc4 Qd8 13.Ne4 Bf5 14.Bd3
Back again!

14...Nxe4 15.Bxe4 Bxe4 16.Qxe4 Qe7 17.Be3 Bxe3 18.Qxe3 Rfd8
It's beginning to look a lot like a draw if all of the rooks are exchanged on the d-file. White decides to avoid such exchanges and to try to generate some kingside play.

19.Rfe1 f6 20.Nh4 Rd7
While White is trying to work up some initiative, Black sensibly doubles rooks.

21.Qg3 Qe6
[21...-- The threat was 22.Nf5 and then 23.Nxh6+.]

22.Qf3 Rad8 23.Nf5 Kh7 24.h4 g6 25.Ne3?!
[25.Ng3 avoids Black's next, which sets up a strong square on d3 which might be occupied by the knight.]

25...e4 26.Qf4 g5 27.hxg5 hxg5 28.Qf5+ Qxf5 29.Nxf5 Rd2
[29...Kg6 30.g4 Rd2 31.Rab1 Ne5 transposes to the game...]

30.Rab1 Kg6 31.g4
[...but White might have been more comfortable after 31.Ng3 f5 32.Nf1 evicting the rook.]

31...Ne5 32.Rxe4 Nxg4 33.Rxg4 Kxf5
[33...Kxf5 It is understandable that the players agreed a draw since Black must take some risks if he is to prove that his hold on the d-file represents any real advantage. However, consider the line 34.Rb4 Rc2 35.Rxb7 Rdd2 36.Rb6 Rxf2 37.Rf1 Rxf1+ 38.Kxf1 Ke5 39.a4 f5 40.Rxa6 Rxb2 (which is by no means forced) and you can see that White must be very careful if he is to survive.] 1/2-1/2