(1) Gershenov,B (1770) - Khodarkovsky,M (2240) [A58]
Bronx/Yonkers Sunday game/90, 10.08.2003
[Comments:Ed Eusebi. Analysed with Fritz]

Young Ben defeats an experienced master in classical style, sacrificing two pieces to draw the Black king from h7 to a2, where it is mated!

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 Bxa6 6.g3 d6 7.Bg2 g6 8.Nc3 Bg7 9.Rb1 0-0 10.Qc2 Nbd7 11.Bg5 Qc7 12.Nf3 Rfb8 13.b3 Nb6 14.Rd1
[14.e4 ]

14...Bb7 15.e4 Ba6 16.Ne2 Qa7 17.a4 Nc8 18.0-0 Bxe2 19.Qxe2 Rxb3 20.e5 Ne8 21.Ra1 h6 22.e6 f5 23.Bd2 Qa6
[23...Bxa1 24.Rxa1 Qb7=/+ ]

[24.Qxa6 Rxa6 25.Rab1+/= ]

[24...Qc4 ]

25.Nh4 Kh7 26.Bh3!?
[26.Ra2= ]

[26...Nf6=/+ ]

An inspired sacrifice. [27.Qxa1 Nf6-+ ]

Which Black should not accept! [27...Bg7 28.Bxf5 Nf6 (28...Kg8 29.Bxh6! Nf6 (29...Bxh6 30.Qh5 Bg7 31.Nf4+- ) 30.Qd2 Nh7 31.Nh4+- Threat: Bxh7+) 29.Qc1 Rf3 30.Nxe7+ Rxf5 31.Nxf5 Qd3 32.Nxg7 Kxg7 33.Bxh6+ Kh7 34.Bf8+/- ; 27...Ng7 28.Nf8+ Kg8 29.Qxa1+/= ; 27...Nf6 Best. 28.Bxf5 Bd4 29.Nf8+ Kh8 30.Bxh6 Rb2 31.Nd7 Qxf1+ 32.Qxf1 Rxf2 33.Qxf2 Bxf2+ 34.Kxf2~~ Rb2+ 35.Ke1 Nxd5 36.Bd2 Ra2 37.Be4 Nb4 38.Bb7 Na7=/+ ]

The king hunt begins.

[28...Kf6 29.Qg4+- ] White now forces mate.

29.Qh5+ Ke4
[29...Kf6 30.Bxh6+- ]

30.Re1+ Kd3
[30...Kd4 31.Qg4+ Kd3 32.Qe2+ ]

31.Qe2+ Kc2 32.Rc1+ Kb2 33.Bc3+! Kxc1 34.Qd2+ Kb1 35.Qd1+ Ka2 36.Qxa1#
A beauty of a game! 1-0