Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Thunderbird Brilliancy

Ex-Club Champion, John Funderburg took a bye in round one and then produced this sacrificial brilliancy against a very capable William Wijaya who held off Bassam Shammas in an upset last week.

Funderburg,John - Wijaya,William [B23]
Markowski (Round 2), 14.01.2009
[Annotated by John Funderburg]

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 d6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.d3 a6 7.Ba4 b5 8.Bb3 Qb6 9.e5 dxe5 10.fxe5 Ng4 11.Bxf7+! Diagram

11...Kxf7 12.e6+ Kg8?! [Better is 12...Bxe6 13.Ng5+ Kg8 14.Nxe6+/=; 12...Kxe6? 13.Ng5+ Kd6 14.Nge4+ Ke5 15.Qf3+-] 13.exd7 Nf6 14.Qe2 Nd4 15.Nxd4 cxd4 16.Ne4 Nxd7 17.0-0 h6 18.Bf4 [18.Qf3! Threatening Qf7 check and a discovery on Ra8 18...Rd8 19.Qf7+ Kh7 20.Rf3 with idea Bh6 or Ng5] 18...e5 19.Bg3 Re8 20.Rf2 Be7 21.Qh5 g6 22.Qg4 Qc6 23.h4 h5 24.Nf6+!! Diagram

24...Bxf6 Forced [24...Qxf6 25.Qxd7; 24...Nxf6 25.Qxg6+ Kf8 26.Raf1+-] 25.Qxg6+ Kf8 26.Raf1 Ke7 [The best try is probably 26...Re6 27.Bxe5 Rg8 28.Qh6+ Kf7 29.Qxh5+ Rg6 30.Bxd4 with four pawns and initiative for the piece] 27.Rxf6! Diagram

27...Nxf6 [27...Qxf6 28.Rxf6 Nxf6 29.Bxe5 Rhf8 30.Bxd4] 28.Qg7+ Kd8 29.Rxf6 Qc5 30.Rxa6 Qd5 31.Ra7 Qc6 32.Bxe5 Rhg8 33.Ra8+ 1-0

Some very enterprising chess was played in this round.  Our thanks to the 'Thunderbird' for providing this game.

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