20170518 Hessing vs Babic

Event:   Autumn Swiss
Site:      Geelong Chess Club
Date:     18th May, 2017
Round:  5
White:   Hessing, Rod
Black:   Babic, Zoran
Result:  1/2 – 1/2


1.f4 d5 2.b3 Bg4 3.Nf3 Bxf3 4.exf3 Nd7 5.Bb2 e6 6.Qe2 Nh6 7.Nc3 Nf5 8.O-O-O Nd4 9.Qe1 Nb6 10.Ne2 Nc6 11.Ng3 Qd6 12.Nf5 Qxf4 13.Nxg7+ Bxg7 14.Bxg7 Rg8 15.Bb2 O-O-O 16.Qe3 Qxe3 17.dxe3 f5 18.g3 a5 19.Bb5 Na7 20.Be2 Nc6 21.a3 Rd6 22.Rhg1 Rdd8 23.g4 fxg4 24.fxg4 Nd7 25.Rdf1 Rdf8 26.h3 Nce5 27.Kd2 Kd8 28.Rf4 Rxf4 29.exf4 Ng6 30.Ke3 c5 31.Rf1 e5 32.fxe5 Ngxe5 33.Rf5 Re8 34.Kf2 d4 35.Bb5 Re7 36.Bxd7 Kxd7 37.Bc1 d3 38.c4 a4 39.bxa4 Ke6 40.Bf4 Nxc4 41.Rxc5 d2 42.Bxd2 Nxd2 43.Rc2 Ne4+ 44.Kf3 Kd5 45.Rc1 Nc5 46.Rd1+ Kc6 47.Rd4 Ne6 48.Rc4+ Kd5 49.Rb4 Rf7+ 50.Kg3 h6 51.Kh4 Kc6 52.Kh5 Rf6 53.Rb5 Nc5 54.Rb4 b6 55.h4 Nd3 56.g5 hxg5 57.Kxg5 Rf3


With only minutes left on the clock, white counts on acquiring two passed pawns to force a draw against the lone black rook. But 58.Rb1 was objectively better.

58 … Nxb4 59.axb4 Ra3 60.a5 b5 61.h6 Ra1 62.Kg6 Rg1+ 63.Kf7 Rf1+ 64.Kg8 Rg1+ 65.Kf7 Kd6 66.h7 Rf1+ 67.Kg7 Rg1+ 68.Kf7 Rf1+ 1/2-1/2