Round 3: Babic – Sugrue

White: Zoran Babic
Black: Michael Sugrue

1.e4 c6 2.c4 d5 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.exd5 Nf6 5.Bb5+ Bd7 6.Bc4 Bg4?
In certain lines of the Scandanavian Defence, this is a useful counter. But here it only provokes …


Position after 7. Qb3

Now black has to worry about both b7 and f7.
7 … Qb6 8.Qxb6
Doubling black’s pawns looks correct – but Zoran later pointed out that 8.Qe3! was much stronger. Now black has an open a-file to play with.
8 … axb6 9.Nc3 Na6 10.a3 Nb4 11.Kf1 Bf5 12.d3 Bxd3+ 13.Bxd3 Nxd3 14.Be3 Nxb2
15.Bxb6 e6 16.dxe6 fxe6 17.a4 Bb4 18.Nge2 Nc4 19.Bd4 e5 20.Be3 Nxe3+ 21.fxe3
O-O 22.Kg1 Ng4 23.h3 Nxe3 24.Ne4 Rac8 25.Rc1 Rxc1+ 26.Nxc1 Rf4 27.Ng3 Be1
28.Kh2 Bxg3+ 29.Kxg3 Nf1+ White Resigns.