(1) Toolin,Christopher (2272) - Hughes,Tyler (2383) [B22]
2012 U.S. Class Chess Championships Houston (5), 23.09.2012
Seems unnatural to me. More logical would be to continue development with Re1 [12.Re1
[I rejected 12...Nxc3
becaus of 14.Ne5!
after which I am forced to give up the 2 bishops with 15...Bxe5
White has invested a lot of bishop moves to merely trade it away. [14.Re1=
It is imprecise to give up control of the e-file. It would be better to connect rooks with Qd2 in order to maintain the balance. [16.Qd2
The start of a mistaken invasion that ultimately backfires for white. The knight is untenable on b5, and thus should have remained on c3. 17...Qd7
Continuing the mistaken invasion. [18.Nc3
Admitting the mistake with Nc3 was best, but it is difficult for most to play so humbly. ] 18...Ba6!
Tempting white forward 19.Nc7?
Now white lands in a bad position by force. [19.Nc3=/+
was still best!] 19...Be2!
a key in-between move, utilizing the control of the e-file earlier ceded by White 20.Qa4
A second counter-attack, getting out of danger from Nc7 while forking Bf4 and the pawn on d4. 21.Rc1
was no good because of 21...Bxf3
the final mistake, losing further material. [23.Qxc6
Is still winning for Black, but offers more resitance than the game continuation.] 23...Rf6!
I chose the materialistic win. [also good was 23...Rxd4
with a decisive attack.] 24.Nxd5
White's last trap. 24...Qxd5
This looks scary, but Black as 2 adequate defenses 26...Qd6!
This was also possible, but seemed rather passive. Not completely sure how Black will untangle from the pin.] 27.Rd8
This would be winning except for a key counterattack, which needed to be seen before playing 26..Qd6. 27...Re6!
White is forced to trade queens into a piece-down endgame and thus decided to call it a day. 0-1