Kingscrusher v Kriegspiel. Correspondence, 2014. C01, French Exchange

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nf3 d5 5.exd5 exd5 6.Be2 Qe7?! Blundering a pawn, upon first sight, but this misstep later allows a great deal of creative play from black in the center. 7.Nxd5 Qd7 8.Ne3 b6 9.O-O h6 10.c4 Nf6 11.d5 Ne4 12.Qc2 f5 13.Rb1 c6 14.Rd1 O-O 15.c5 Nxc5 16.dxc6 Qxc6 17.Bc4+ Be6 18.Nd4 Bxd4 19.Rxd4 Bxc4 20.Qxc4+ Ne6 Forced, all other options for black involve significant losses in material. 21.Qxc6! Black now has the ideal hypermodern game, with control over the center being exerted primarily via the clout of pieces. White has returned his material advantage in preparing a most comprehensive offensive against Black’s king. …Nxc6 22.Rd6 Ncd4 23.b3 Rad8 24.Rxd8 Rxd8 Black has now safely refuted the white attack, securing likely drawing odds. 25.Ba3 Ne2+ 26.Kf1 Nc3 27.Re1 Nxa2 28.Nc4 Nf4 29.g3? Nd3 30.Re7 b5! The pawn is allowed to advance beyond dispute towards the bishop, which will find itself ensnarled by black’s dueling knights the moment it is attacked by the b pawn next turn. Black’s earlier movement to snatch up the a2 pawn at the cost of a poorly placed knight is now finally justified. 31.Ne3 0-1

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