20170512 Ristic vs Davis

Event:   Autumn Swiss
Site:      Geelong Chess Club
Date:     12th May, 2017
Round:  4
White:   Ristic, Mio
Black:   Davis, Geoff
Result:  1-0

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 e6 4.d4 d5 5.exd5 exd5 6.Bb5 Be6 7.Ne5 Rc8 8.O-O Bd6 9.Bf4 Ne7 10.Re1 O-O 11.Bd3 Bf5 12.Re3 Bxd3 13.Qxd3 Ng6 14.Bg3 Ncxe5 15.dxe5 Bb8 16.Na3 a6 17.Rd1 Qe7 18.Qxd5 Rfd8 19.Qb3 Rxd1+ 20.Qxd1 Rd8 21.Qe2 b5 22.f4 c4 23.Re4 Ba7+ 24.Kh1 Qc5 25.Qe1

Black is a pawn down but has managed to generate immense pressure against white’s back rank.

25 … Rd3

As Zoran Babic pointed out, the rather startling 25 … Rd2! leaves white with hardly any moves at all. Now he gets a chance to hit back.

26.Nc2 a5 27.Nd4 b4 28.f5 Nf8 29.Bf2 bxc3 30.bxc3 Qd5 31.e6 fxe6 32.fxe6 Rd1 33.Qxd1 Qxe4 34.h3 Bxd4 35.Bxd4 Nxe6 36.Bb6 h6 37.Bxa5 Nf4 38.Qf3 Qe1+ 39.Kh2 Qe5 40.Kh1 Ne2 41.Bb4 Qe4 42.Qxe4 Ng3+ 43.Kh2 Nxe4 44.a4 Nf6 45.a5 Nd5 46.a6 Nc7 47.a7 Kf7 48.Bd6 Na8 49.Be5 g6 50.Kg3 Ke6 51.Bd4 Kf5 52.Kf3 Ke6 53.Ke4 Kd6 54.g3 Kc6 55.Ke5 Black Resigns