Having lost to Ian in the previous event, I was bent (no pun intended; as I mentioned, Ian played much like the late Bent Larsen last game) on revenge and played the game very actively.
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 c6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nbd2 Bf5 5.c4 e6 6.Qb3 Qb6 7.c5 Qc7 8.Nh4 Bg4 9.f3 Bh5 10.g4 Bg6 11.Qc3 Be7! with the positional threat of Ne4.
12.Nxg6 hxg6 13.g5 Nh5 14.f4 Ian selects the great wall of checkered pawns as his defensive mechanism. I was determined to smash the wall.
14...Nd7 15.b4 0-0-0 16.Bd3 e5! 17.dxe5 d4! 18.exd4 [18.Qxd4 Nxc5 ]
18...Nxf4 19.Be4 Rh3 20.Nf3 Bxg5 21.Qc4 Rxf3! 22.Bxf3 Nxe5! and in time trouble, Ian blundered with
23.Kf2 although other lines also look very dangerous for him. below is a sample: [23.dxe5 Qxe5+ 24.Kf2 Bh4+ 25.Kf1 Qe1# ; 23.Qc3 Rxd4 24.Qxd4 (24.Bg4+ Nxg4 25.Qxd4 Qe7+ 26.Kf1 Qe2+ 27.Kg1 Qg2# ) 24...Nxf3+ 25.Kf2 Nxd4 ]