Ponziani Update 8

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Ponziani Update 8 [C44]
[David Taylor]

Ponziani Update #8
by David Taylor

The game is Upton,Timothy J - Mannion, Stephen R / SCO-ch Largs 1998 / 1/2-1/2 

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 d5 4.Qa4 Bd7 5.exd5 Nd4 6.Qd1 Nxf3+ 7.Qxf3 Bd6 8.Bc4 f5 9.d4 e4 [ 9...exd4 10.cxd4 Qh4 11.Be3 Nf6 planning ...f4 is a suggestion of GM John Emms; However I suggest: 9...exd4 10.0-0 Nf6 11.Re1+ Kf7 ( 11...Ne4 12.Qh5+ g6 13.Qh6 Kf7 14.f3 White better) 12.Bf4 Re8 13.Nd2 dxc3 14.bxc3 Kg8 15.Bb3 some White advantage] 10.Qe2 [ 10.Qh5+ g6 11.Qg5 Qxg5 12.Bxg5 h6 13.Bd2 Nf6 14.Bb3 0-0-0 15.c4 Nh5 16.Nc3 White somewhat better] 10...Nf6 11.Bg5 0-0 12.Nd2 [ 12.Na3!? h6 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.Nb5 Qg6 15.Nxd6 cxd6 16.f3 some White advantage] 12...Qe8 13.0-0-0 Nh5 14.g3 b5 15.Bb3 h6 16.Be3 given as unclear in GM Emms excellent book Play The Open Games As Black 16...g5?! 17.Rdg1? [ White could have won rather easily with 17.h4 f4 18.hxg5 fxe3 19.Qxe3 ] 17...Qg6 18.h4 Nf6 19.hxg5 hxg5 20.f3 exf3 21.Qxf3 and here White still retains a big advantage but the game was drawn in 64 moves... [ 21.Qxf3 Rae8 22.Bc2 Qg7 23.Nb3 f4 24.gxf4 g4 25.Qf2 Nxd5 26.Rh7 Nxe3 27.Rxg7+ Kxg7 28.Bd3 Bxf4 29.Kb1 g3 30.Rxg3+ Bxg3 31.Qxg3+ Ng4 32.Nc5 Bc8 33.Bxb5 Bf5+ 34.Bd3 Re3 35.Qxc7+ Rf7 36.Qd8 Rxd3 37.Nxd3 Bxd3+ 38.Kc1 Bg6 39.b3 Nf6 40.Kb2 Ne4 41.c4 Bf5 42.d5 Rd7 43.Qb8 Nf6 44.b4 Be4 45.a4 Kf7 46.a5 Nxd5 47.cxd5 Bxd5 48.Kc3 Ke6 49.b5 Rb7 50.Qc8+ Rd7 51.Kb4 Kd6 52.Qb8+ Ke6 53.Kc5 Ke7 54.Qe5+ Kd8 55.Qb8+ Ke7 56.a6 Be6 57.Qf4 Bd5 58.Qg5+ Ke6 59.b6 axb6+ 60.Kxb6 Rd6+ 61.Kc7 Rc6+ 62.Kb8 Rb6+ 63.Ka7 Rb3 64.Qd8 Ke5 ] 1/2-1/2