A game that I liked (ChessBase 13)
[Event "Beds County Championship 2015"] [Site "?"] [Date "2015.04.16"] [Round "4"] [White "Borrowdate, Graham"] [Black "Ledger, Stephen"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A43"] [WhiteElo "181"] [BlackElo "195"] [Annotator "Notes by Graham Borrowdale"] [PlyCount "113"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 c5 3. d5 b5 4. Bg5 Qb6 5. a4 ({This was my 9th game against Steve. Our most recent game, in a league match four months before, had gone:} 5. Bxf6 Qxf6 6. c3 g6 7. e4 Qb6 8. e5 {[%csl Yd7] Very commital, trying to punish Black for not playing ...d6} Bg7 9. Bd3 O-O 10. O-O d6 11. e6 ({Again, a bit speculative, but I had a feeling that Steve would take the Pawns. Something like:} 11. exd6 exd6 12. Nbd2 Bb7 13. a4 a6 14. axb5 axb5 15. Rxa8 Bxa8 16. Qb3 {would have been better.}) 11... fxe6 12. Ng5 exd5 (12... e5 { Looks better when White is hard pressed to justify his play}) 13. Nxh7 Kxh7 14. Qh5+ Kg8 15. Bxg6 Rf6 16. Bh7+ (16. Qxd5+ e6 17. Qxa8 Rxg6 18. Qe4 {[%csl Gc8, Gg7] Leaves Black with two Bishops against a Rook and ahead in development.}) 16... Kf8 (16... Kh8 17. Be4+ Bh6 18. Qxd5) 17. Qxd5 {[%csl Rg8] Threatens mate.} e6 18. Qxa8 {[%csl Ya8]} d5 {So, White has won the exchange, but it is not so easy to get the Queen out and I was getting into my usual time trouble.} 19. a4 b4 20. a5 Qc7 21. Bc2 Ba6 22. Re1 Qf4 23. f3 Rh6 24. g3 Qc7 25. cxb4 ( 25. f4 {Might still have won, if I had a few more minutes on the clock, eg:} Kf7 26. f5 Bc8 27. fxe6+ Bxe6 28. a6 Be5 29. Qb7) 25... cxb4 26. Nd2 Bd4+ 27. Kg2 Bb7 {Ouch! 0-1. That game explains my choice of 5.a4}) 5... bxa4 6. Nc3 Qxb2 7. Bd2 Qb7 8. e4 d6 {[%eval 120,22]} 9. Bc4 {[%eval 42,23]} g6 {[%eval 186,27]} 10. e5 {[%eval 178,26] White has to act before Black completes his development.} dxe5 {[%eval 178,26]} 11. Nxe5 {[%eval 175,27]} a6 {[%eval 517, 28][%csl Gb7][%cal Gb7a7]} ({Black's Queen was short of squares and White threatened 12.Rb1, eg:} 11... Bg7 {[%eval 180,27][%csl Rb7][%cal Ga1b1]} 12. Rb1 {[%eval 165,25]} Qc7 {[%eval 192,23]} 13. Nxf7 {[%eval 101,25]} Kxf7 { [%eval 1219,26]} 14. d6+ {[%eval 1153,25]}) 12. Rb1 {[%eval 502,27]} Qa7 { [%eval 498,26]} 13. Qf3 {[%eval 190,27][%csl Yb7,Yf7]} ({I knew I had to do something quickly before Black played ...Bg7 and ...0-0, so this move eyes up f7 and b7, however, d6 straight away might have been better:} 13. d6 {[%eval 436,24]} e6 {[%eval 602,28]} (13... exd6 {[%eval 693,26]} 14. Bg5 {[%eval 511, 27]} Qe7 {[%eval 893,27]} 15. Bxf7+ {[%eval 888,27]} Kd8 {[%eval 877,27]} 16. f4 {[%eval 834,26]} Nbd7 {[%eval 1117,25]} 17. Nd5 {[%eval 1054,23] was another typical line, impossible for mere mortals to find over the board.}) 14. Bb5+ {[%eval 496,25] Was a surprising idea I had not considered.} Nfd7 {[%eval 701,30]} (14... axb5 {[%eval 567,28]} 15. Nxb5 {[%eval 491,26][%csl Ra7] wins the Queen.}) 15. Bxd7+ {[%eval 678,28]} Bxd7 {[%eval 815,29]} (15... Nxd7 { [%eval 684,26]} 16. Nc6 {[%eval 657,25]}) 16. Qf3 {[%eval 784,30]} f5 {[%eval 807,28]} 17. Rb7 {[%eval 741,26]}) 13... Bg7 {[%eval 222,25]} 14. Nxa4 {[%eval 83,23]} Bf5 {[%eval 114,24]} 15. d6 {[%eval 79,26]} O-O {[%eval 396,31]} ({ Black played this quickly, but it leaves White with a winning continuation:} 15... Be4 {[%eval 87,25] was better, when it gets very messy, eg:} 16. Qb3 { [%eval 60,25]} exd6 {[%eval 62,26]} (16... e6 {[%eval 268,24]} 17. Bxe6 { [%eval 107,22]} fxe6 {[%eval 1897,29]} 18. Qxe6+ {[%eval 1796,28]} Kf8 {[%eval 1661,26]} 19. d7 {[%eval 1561,25] wins.}) 17. Nxf7 {[%eval 51,22]} Bxg2 { [%eval 269,24]} 18. Rg1 {[%eval 136,25]} d5 {[%eval 305,26]} 19. Nxh8 {[%eval 188,25]} dxc4 {[%eval 210,25]} 20. Qe3+ {[%eval 189,25]} Be4 {[%eval 190,23]} 21. f3 {[%eval 106,21]} Bxh8 {[%eval 132,25]} 22. fxe4 {[%eval 114,23] White might win, but Black is well in the game.}) 16. Rb7 {[%eval 371,26]} Be4 { [%eval 384,33]} 17. Rxa7 {[%eval 391,34]} Bxf3 {[%eval 401,33]} 18. Rxa8 { [%eval 390,29]} Bxa8 {[%eval 401,32]} 19. dxe7 {[%eval 393,32]} Re8 {[%eval 394,31]} (19... Rc8 {[%eval 459,31]} 20. Bxf7+ {[%eval 454,28]} Kh8 {[%eval 450,30]} 21. Nb6 {[%eval 282,26]}) 20. Bxf7+ {[%eval 382,30]} Kh8 {[%eval 388, 30]} 21. Bxe8 {[%eval 384,29]} Nxe8 {[%eval 386,29]} 22. Bf4 {[%eval 368,28]} Bf6 {[%eval 518,28]} 23. Nf7+ {[%eval 486,26]} Kg7 {[%eval 569,29]} 24. Nd6 { [%eval 547,27]} Bc6 {[%eval 643,29]} 25. Nxc5 {[%eval 372,28]} ({My technique from here was not the smoothest, but just about good enough:} 25. Nb6 {[%eval 638,28]} Nxd6 {[%eval 635,26]} 26. Bxd6 {[%eval 634,27]} Kf7 {[%eval 652,26]} 27. Bxb8 {[%eval 637,24]} Bxg2 {[%eval 685,31]} 28. Rg1 {[%eval 652,28] Leaves White a Rook up.}) 25... Bxe7 {[%eval 355,27]} 26. Be5+ {[%eval 349,30]} Kg8 { [%eval 349,28]} 27. Nxe8 {[%eval 343,28]} Bxc5 {[%eval 348,28]} 28. Bxb8 { [%eval 327,29]} Bxe8 {[%eval 325,31]} 29. O-O {[%eval 327,28]} a5 {[%eval 327, 32]} 30. Re1 {[%eval 327,29]} Kf7 {[%eval 322,26]} 31. Be5 {[%eval 256,32]} a4 {[%eval 256,31]} 32. Ba1 {[%eval 257,30]} Bd7 {[%eval 274,31]} 33. Re5 {[%eval 266,28]} Bd6 {[%eval 341,28]} 34. Ra5 {[%eval 339,28]} Ke6 {[%eval 341,29]} 35. Kf1 {[%eval 310,27]} Bb4 {[%eval 304,27]} 36. Ra6+ {[%eval 224,29]} Kd5 { [%eval 216,29]} 37. Ra7 {[%eval 222,29]} Bb5+ {[%eval 218,29]} 38. Kg1 {[%eval 222,29]} h5 {[%eval 218,29]} 39. Rb7 {[%eval 190,26]} Kc4 {[%eval 189,24]} 40. Rc7+ {[%eval 185,23]} Kd5 {[%eval 195,26]} 41. Rg7 {[%eval 190,23]} a3 {[%eval 268,26]} 42. Rxg6 {[%eval 255,25]} Ba4 {[%eval 494,28]} 43. Rg5+ {[%eval 493, 26]} Kc4 {[%eval 491,27]} 44. Rxh5 {[%eval 477,24]} Bxc2 {[%eval 3842,30]} 45. Rh4+ {[%eval 2027,24]} Kb3 {[%eval 32632,23]} 46. Rxb4+ {[%eval 32642,26] Seemed simplest.} Kxb4 {[%eval 32648,25]} 47. g4 {[%eval 32650,26]} Kc5 { [%eval 32658,22]} (47... Kb3 {[%eval 32670,23]} 48. f4 {[%eval 32676,24]} Ka2 { [%eval 32676,24]} 49. Be5 {[%eval 32676,23]} Kb1 {[%eval 32684,24]} 50. f5 { [%eval 32686,24]} a2 {[%eval 32696,23]} 51. f6 {[%eval 32700,24]} Bg6 {[%eval 32700,25]} 52. h4 {[%eval 32702,23]} a1=Q {[%eval 32700,25]} 53. Bxa1 {[%eval 32702,24]} Kxa1 {[%eval 32700,25]} 54. h5 {[%eval 32700,24]} Bf7 {[%eval 32684, 23]} 55. h6 $18 {[%eval 32680,23]}) 48. Kg2 {[%eval 3212,33]} Kd5 {[%eval 1228, 30]} 49. Kg3 {[%eval 1206,26]} a2 {[%eval 32684,24]} 50. Kf4 {[%eval 32676,22]} Ke6 {[%eval 32692,25]} 51. Kg5 {[%eval 32690,27]} Kf7 {[%eval 32682,25]} 52. Kh6 {[%eval 32684,24]} Be4 {[%eval 32704,25]} 53. h4 {[%eval 32706,24]} Bf3 { [%eval 32702,25]} 54. g5 {[%eval 32704,22]} Kg8 {[%eval 32732,24]} 55. h5 { [%eval 32732,23]} Be4 {[%eval 32734,23]} 56. g6 {[%eval 32734,23]} Bf3 {[%eval 32740,23]} 57. Kg5 {[%eval 32740,24] Finally a win against Steve Ledger, at the 9th attemp! Unfortunately for me, I lost against Paul Habershon in round 5 and Steve finished with two wins to take the championship yet again.} 1-0