John Marsh - John Clarke

[Event "Northumberland Chess League 2019-2020, Leam Lane Aces vs Tynemouth A"] [Date "2020.02.11"] [White "John Marsh"] [Black "John Clarke"] [ECO "C58"] [Result "0-1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Na5 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 8. Ba4 h6 9. Nf3 e4 10. Ng1 {Not 10. Ne5? Qd4 winning a piece.} Bd6 {Much stronger was 10. … Bc5, planning a quick attack against f2. Black badly loses the thread of the game over the next few moves.} 11. d4 exd3 12. Qxd3 O-O 13. Nc3 Re8+ 14. Nge2 Qc7 15. h3 Nb7? {This Knight manoeuvre is too slow.} 16. Qf3! Nc5? 17. Bxc6 {Black is in big trouble now.} Bb7 18. Bxb7 Nxb7 19. Bxh6 gxh6 20. Qxf6 Rxe2+ {Objectively this should not work. But if White can get safely castled, the game’s over, so it has to be tried.} 21. Kxe2 {Better was 21. Nxe2 Qxc2; 22. Rc1 Bb4+: 23. Kf1 Qe4; 24 Ng3, when White’s own attack is beginning to look menacing.} Qc4+ 22. Kd1 Bf4 {Black’s attack looks formidable, with the White King unable to escape via either f1 or c1, and White now blunders.} 23. Ne2?? {Instead, White can win with 23.b3! Qc7 (not 23. … Rd8+??, 24. Qxd8+), 24. Nd5 Rd8; 25. Qf5!, when White has beaten back the attack and retains a decisive material advantage. Black now wins by force.} Rd8+ 24. Ke1 {24. Qxd8+ was the last hope.} Re8 25. Kf1 Qxe2+ 26. Kg1 Qe1+
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