Mystery game #21: White seized his chance, won with fine technique

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  • Mystery game #21: White seized his chance, won with fine technique

    Here is the text of an interesting game. Your task is to discuss the game, variations, strengths of players, setting, time controls, etc.
    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Bg5 O-O 6.e3 h6 7.Bh4 b6 8.Rc1 Bb7 9.Bd3 c5 10.O-O Nbd7 11.Bg3 Nh5 12.cxd5 Nxg3 13.hxg3 exd5 14.Qa4 g6 15.Bb5 Nf6 16.Ne5 a6 17.Bc6 Qc7 18.Bxb7 Qxb7 19.Qd1 c4 20.Qf3 b5 21.Ng4 Nxg4 22.Nxd5 Kg7 23.Nxe7 Qxe7 24.Qxg4 Rfc8 25.Rfd1 Rc7 26.d5 Qd6 27.Qd4+ f6 28.e4 Rd8 29.b3 cxb3 30.Rxc7+ Qxc7 31.axb3 Rd7 32.f4 Qa7 33.e5 fxe5 34.fxe5 a5 35.Qxa7 Rxa7, 1-0.

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    Chris Heringer -- Tom Samson, Ontario Junior Championship, Kingston 1994 (2). Time controls 35/90, SD/60. Played 1994-10-29. Queen's Gambit.
    Black, under some pressure, and with something of a loose kingside position and plenty of material on the board, falls into a trap with 21...Nxg4?, losing a pawn to 22.Nxd5!, giving White a solid advantage once the combination sequence played out. White then converted with fine technique, advancing his pair of central passers, in Black's time pressure (control at move 35). Both players were rated in the 2000-2100 range at the time, and I believe both eventually surpassed 2200. I was assistant TD to Matthew Struthers, Ontario Youth Coordinator, for this event, won by 15-year-old future IM Jonathan Parker of England, who was living in Canada at the time.