Ponziani Update 9

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Ponziani Update 9 [C44]
26.01.2001
[David Taylor]

Ponziani Update #9
by David Taylor 

The game is Horwitz,B-Harrwitz,D/London m4 1846 1-0

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 f5 4.exf5 [ Often played is 4.d4 fxe4 5.Nxe5 and now 5...Qf6 or Nf6. White should retain an advantage against both of these lines but nevertheless 4. exf5! is best.] 4...d5 [ better is 4...e4 but White still retains a good advantage, Chapter 32 of my book.] 5.Bb5 Bd6 6.d4 e4 7.Bg5 [ 7.Ne5 is also good, for example: 7...Bxe5 8.Bxc6+ bxc6 9.Qh5+ Kf8 10.dxe5 Qe8 11.Qxe8+ Kxe8 12.f3 ( 12.g4 h5 13.Rg1 hxg4 14.Rxg4 big White advantage) 12...Bxf5 13.fxe4 Bxe4 14.Nd2 White should win] 7...Nge7 8.Nh4 0-0 9.g4 Qe8 10.Nd2 Bd7 11.Qe2 Nc8 12.Ng2 a6 13.Ba4 h6 14.Be3?! [ Correct is 14.Bb3! and if 14...hxg5 15.Bxd5+ Rf7 16.h4 wins] 14...N6e7 [ 14...Nxd4! 15.Bxd7 Nc2+ 16.Kd1 Nxe3+ 17.Nxe3 Qxd7 gives Black some possibilities of counterplay] 15.Bxd7 Qxd7 16.Nf4 [ 16.0-0-0 seems more natural. White has winning advantage with either move] 16...Bxf4 17.Bxf4 Nd6 18.0-0-0 Qa4 19.Bxd6 cxd6 20.Kb1 b5 21.f3 Nc6 22.fxe4 Rfe8 23.Qd3 dxe4 24.Nxe4 Red8 25.f6 Ra7 26.fxg7 Rxg7 27.Rhf1 [ 27.Nf6+ also wins] 27...b4 28.Qc4+ Kh8 29.Qe6 bxc3 30.Qxh6+ Rh7 [mate in 2] 31.Rf8+ 1-0