1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 The Grand Prix attack. What could be more appropriate for the Cash Showdown against one of my arch nemeses?
3...g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.0-0 Nxb5 7.Nxb5 d6 8.d3 Nf6 9.Qe1 0-0 10.Bd2 Something of a novelty and none too impressive of one. The idea of 9. Qe1 is to place the Queen on h4 and GMs do this right away to get the attack brewing on the kingside. I wanted to be a bit more circumspect.
10...Qb6 11.c4 a6 12.Ba5 entering a forcing variation. [12.Nc3 Qxb2 13.Rb1 Qa3 14.Rb3 Qa5 15.Nd5+/= ]
12...Qc6 13.Nc7 b6 14.Nd5 Nxd5 15.exd5 Qb7 16.Bc3 e6 Leif's idea: if White exchanges on e6 (which appears forced), White's central pawn mass starts to crumble and the position will be favorable for the light-squared bishop. Black could consider recapturing fxe6, opening his rook on the f-file and targeting the f4 pawn.
17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Qc3+ Kg8 19.Qf6! an interesting idea, sacrificing a pawn to penetrate into black's position before he completes his development.
19...exd5 20.Rae1 dxc4 21.Re7 Qd5 22.dxc4 Qxc4 23.Qxd6 Be6 the heartless automaton recommends Qxa2 but it is difficult for a human being to move his queen move after move without developing any other pieces.
24.b3 Rad8 25.Qxb6 Qb5 26.Rxe6 black was starting to unwind so white goes in for the perpetual.
26...fxe6 27.Qxe6+ Kg7 28.Qe7+ 1/2-1/2