(1) Giovino,Paul (1824) - Cesolini,Tony (1883) [C01]
WCC Champ (1), 05.05.2010

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Bd3 Bd6 5.Ne2= Ne7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Bf4 Nbc6
Trying to break up the symmetry

8.Bxd6 Qxd6 9.c3 Bf5
Challenging on the diagonal is the idea, if black allows Qc2 uncontested, it will be tough to gain the space back.

10.Ng3 Bxd3 11.Qxd3 a6
A odd move, perhaps begging the question of why not? There are better ideas here however. [11...Nd8 12.Nd2 Ne6 13.Rae1 Rfe8 14.Re3 Nf4 15.Qb5 a6 16.Qb3= (16.Qxb7 Reb8 17.Nde4! Qd8! 18.Qxa8 Rxa8-+ ) ]

12.Nd2 Qg6 13.Qxg6 Nxg6 14.f4!
Finding the right idea, the variation isn't crushing, but it is definitely the correct way to seal a draw.

14...f5 15.Rae1 Nh4
Just a miscalculation, the idea being a challenge on the e-file, but the Knight is misplaced at best. [15...Rae8! At first glance, this idea looks to lose the f-pawn but black has threats too.. 16.Rxe8 Rxe8 17.Nxf5 Re2! 18.Rf2 Nxf4!= Black has successfully challenged the file, and maintains the draw. 19.Rxf4 Rxd2 20.Ne3 Ne7 21.Rf2 Rxf2 22.Kxf2 Kf7= ]

Not a mistake, but it validates Nh4 completely, Nb3 was more compelling. White believes he will retain the e-file but it will be challenged [16.Nb3 b6 (16...Rae8 17.Nc5 ) 17.Re6 ]

16...Nxf3+ 17.Rxf3 g6 18.Rfe3 Kf7
Preparing to challenge.

19.Nf1 Rfe8= 20.Nd2 Rxe3
[20...Re7 ]

21.Rxe3 Re8 22.Kf2 Na7
A little misgui ded, Nd8 is more direct, instead of playing each knight to their respected posts, with Nd8 black protects against white's infiltration.

23.Nf3 Rxe3 24.Kxe3 Ke7
Its pretty equal after this move. [24...Kf6 25.Ne5 Nb5 26.Nd7+ Ke7 27.Nc5 Nd6 ; 24...h6 Weakening move that will end up being an issue. 25.Ne5+ Kg7 (25...Kf6 26.Nd7+ Ke7 27.Nc5+/- ) 26.Nd3 Nc6 27.Nc5 Nd8 ]

25.h3 Nc8 26.g4 Nd6=
Draw Offered

A slip that might be punished.

27...fxg4 28.hxg4 h5 29.gxh5?
[29.f5 hxg4 30.fxg6 Kf6 31.Kf4 Kxg6 32.Kxg4 b5= ]

29...gxh5 30.Kf3 Nc4 31.Nxc4 dxc4
Gotta play this area precise and white draws.

[32.Kf2 Kf6 33.Kf3 (33.Kg3 Kf5 34.Kf3 h4 ; 33.Kg2 Kf5 ) 33...Kf5 ]

White is in more trouble than he can handle.

33.bxc4 bxc4 34.f5
[34.a3 Kf6 35.Ke4 h4 ; 34.a4 Kf6 ]

34...Kf6 35.Kf4 h4 36.Kg4 h3 37.Kxh3 Kxf5 38.Kg3 Ke4 39.Kf2 Kd3 40.Ke1 Kxc3 41.Kd1 Kb2 42.Kd2 c3+
A great game that was pretty drawish, it comes down to endgame play. 0-1