[Event "Rated Classical game"] [Date "2021.03.25"] [White "Josh Blackmore"] [Black "Alan Brusey"] [Result "0-1"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 Be7 6.Bd3 d5 7.O-O Bf5 8.c4 dxc4 9.Bxc4 O-O 10.Nc3 Nd7 11.Nxe4 Bxe4 12.Re1 Bg6 13.Bf4 c6 14.a3 Nb6 15. Ba2 Nd5 16.Bg3 Bf6 17.Be5 Re8 18.Qb3 Qd7 19.Bxf6 Nxf6 20.Rxe8+ Rxe8 21.Ne5 Qe7 22.h3 Nd5 23.Nxg6 hxg6 24.Rc1 Nf4 25.Rd1 Rd8 26.Qe3 Qxe3 27.fxe3 Nd5 { This is an equal ending - if anything the computer gives a slight advantage to white. But it's easy to let things slip. If Josh wanted an easier life he could simply have exchanged Bxd5 and he shouldn't lose.} 28.Kf2 Kf8 29.e4 Nf6 30.Kf3 Ke7 31.b4 g5 32.Bb1 $6 {The first sign of a move which seems to lack purpose - it's still equal though. 32.a4 was better to make it more difficult for black to open the a-file.} 32...a5 33.Rd3 axb4 34.axb4 Ra8 {It's still equal but now the open file makes it easier for black to get activity. } 35.Rb3 {Maybe 35.b5 is better - keeping the pieces active. If the pawn is taken, white will easily regain it. } 35...Ra4 36.Ke3 Nd7 37.g4 b5 38.e5 Nb6 {Alan has been playing quite forcefully creating outposts for his knight. Now Josh needs to challenge this with 39.Be4.} 39.Ke4 $6 g6 40.Bd3 Nd5 {The b-pawn can't be defended.} 41.Bc2 $2 ( 41.Bxb5 {would throw the cat among the pigeons (and it was one reason why Alan made the g6 move!) } 41...f5+ 42.gxf5 ( 42.exf6+ Nxf6+ { wins for black.} ) 42...gxf5+ 43.Kxf5 cxb5 44.Kxg5 {is much better for black than the game.} ) 41...Rxb4 42.Ra3 {Now Josh goes for activity.} 42...Nc7 $6 ( 42...Rc4 $1 {is a neat trick. } 43.Bb3 ( 43.Bd1 Nc3+ {wins the bishop} ) ( 43.Bd3 {is white's best move but then} 43...Ra4 {leaves black in control.} ) 43...Rc3 {and white is almost in a mating net. 44... Re3# is the threat, and } 44.Ra7+ ( 44.Bxd5 cxd5+ 45.Kxd5 Rxa3 {is the best white can do, but it's totally lost.} ) 44...Ke6 45.Bxd5+ cxd5# {is also mate.} ) 43.Rf3 $2 {The obvious 43.Ra7 was much better and more active!. Maybe Josh thought he could get pressure against f7, but this is easily dealt with.} 43...Ne6 44.Ra3 Nxd4 {Another pawn drops and Alan mops up efficiently.} 45.Ra7+ Ke6 46.Bd3 Nb3+ 47.Ke3 Nc5 48.Rc7 Rb3 49.Rxc6+ Kd5 50.Rd6+ Kxe5 51.Rd8 Rxd3+ 52.Rxd3 Nxd3 53.Kxd3 Kf4 54.Kc3 Kg3 55.Kb4 Kxh3 56.Kxb5 Kxg4 57.Kc4 f5 58.Kd3 Kf3 59.Kd4 g4 60.Ke5 g3 61.Kf6 f4 62. Kxg6 g2 63.Kh5 g1=Q 64.Kh6 Ke2 65.Kh5 f3 66.Kh4 f2 67.Kh5 f1=Q 68.Kh4 Qf4+ 69.Kh5 Qfh2# 0-1