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Ruy Lopez Anti-Marshall C88 - Wolff,Patrick G 2565 - Blatny,Pavel 2515 1996 1/2-1/2
Ruy Lopez Anti-Marshall C88 - Wolff,Patrick G 2565 - Blatny,Pavel 2515
Has Black's play been refuted? (Or did I just mess it up - twice?)
The first 16 moves of this game we
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0–0 8.a4
Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.Nbd2 Nd7 11.Nf1 Nc5 12.axb5 axb5 13.Rxa8 Qxa8 14.Bd5
Nd8 15.Bxb7 Qxb7 16.Ng3 g6
In an email tournament (computers barred), my opponent, as White,
played 17.Bh6 which was a new move to me. The game ended very
17.Bh6 Re8 18.c3 Bf6 19.d4 exd4 20.cxd4 Nxe4??
Before I played 20...Nxe4, I was thinking that my R is unprotected,
there's a possible back rank mate and my Q is off-side. And still I
didn't see the winning move for White.
Cuts my Q off from my e4N. Stops me from supporting my e4N with d5.
Splits my position in two. Stops me using c6 and e6. Black has lots of
moves after 21.d5 ... but I think they all lose.
Then I played the same opponent again in a subsequent email tournament
(computers barred). Stubbornly, I played the same line. So, the first
16 moves are as above.
17.Bh6 Re8 18.c3 f6 19.d4 Nce6 20.d5 Nc5 21.b4 Nd7 22.Nh4 Bf8 23.Qg4
I'm lost now.
24...Nf8 25.Ne7+ Kf7 26.Nef5 Ng6 27.Nxh6+ Kg7 28.Qd7+ Kf8 29.Qxh7 1–0
In this second game, 22...Bf8 is the move leading to disaster but my
18th - 21st moves may be weak as well.
So, I can't find a game in this line after 17.Bh6. Is this because
there is published analysis that shows White is winning or has a very
good game? Or is the line just out of fashion?
Thanks for any views.