Steve Johnson vs. Robert Jurjevic

Johnson,S - Jurjevic,R [A47]
Minor vs. Ashtead V, 26.10.2006

 

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 Be7 4.Nbd2 b6 5.e3 Bb7 6.Bd3 d6 7.0-0 Nd5 8.Bxe7 Qxe7 9.Be4 f5 10.Bd3 Nd7 11.a3 0-0-0 12.c4 N5f6 13.a4 c5 Diagram

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a maxim that action in the centre should counter a wing attack. Here Steve's a pawn gets his attack going first, so maybe ...a5 was safer. 14.a5! Kc7 15.axb6+ axb6 16.Qb3 Ne4 17.Bxe4 fxe4 18.Ne1 h5 19.Nc2 g5 Now Steve does have to think about those g and h pawns... 20.f3 [ Sometimes your own attack will be so strong that you can ignore your opponents threats! 20.Na3! Bc6 21.Nb5+ Kb8 22.Qa2 looks very good for white] 20...exf3 21.Nxf3 Rhf8 22.Qd3 g4 23.Nd2 Qg7 24.Na3 Bc6 25.d5 exd5 26.cxd5 Ne5 27.Qb3 Bd7? [ a possible defence was 27...Rxf1+ 28.Nxf1 Qg8 29.e4 white is still better] 28.Nb5+! Diagram

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28...Bxb5 [ 28...Kb8 loses by force 29.Ra8+ Kxa8 30.Qa3+ Kb8 31.Qa7+ Kc8 32.Qc7# ] 29.Ra7+ Kb8 30.Rxg7 having won the queen it's easy for white now 30...Rxf1+ 31.Nxf1 Rf8 32.Qxb5 A very well-played attack from Steve! 1-0