1.e4 c5 2.Bc4 my opponent seemed not to fail to play this on the second move - perhaps he had dreams of an early mate on f7 (in the spirit of the stranger in the Alekhine story!)
2...e6 puts an easy end to any such dreams.
3.Nc3 a6 4.d3! saves the bishop, which was threatened with being trapped by a double pawn advance (...b5...c4)
4...Nc6 5.Nf3 Qc7 6.d4 white changes strategy - not a bad move, but possibly a sign of some lack of polish in the opening.
6...cxd4 7.Nxd4 Nf6 8.Nxc6 Qxc6 9.Bd3 Bb4 10.Bd2 0-0 11.a3 White's development has not gone as smoothly as possible. He has not yet castled, and has made some retreats. Nevertheless, this little pawn advance contains a hidden resource, which I promptly fall for!
11...Bxc3 12.Bxc3 Nxe4 It seems as if I've won a pawn, but...
13.Bxg7!! this incredible sacrifice recoups the material balance.
13...Kxg7 14.Qg4+ Kh8 15.Qxe4 I thought White might take with the bishop to try and continue an attack against the now poorly shielded king. Against this move I was intending... [15.Bxe4 f5 to obligate White to make the trade]
15...Qxe4+ 16.Bxe4 d5 17.Bd3?! allowing black to expand in the center - perhaps Bf3 was more circumspect.
17...e5 18.0-0 f5 19.f3 Be6 20.Rae1 e4 the pawn phalanx has become quite menacing, and White's bishop is forced soon to retreat - its mobility being severely restricted by the enemy pawns. Those of you who attended the adult classes on Steinitz will recognize this theme.
21.fxe4 dxe4 22.Be2 Rac8 23.c3 Kg7 24.Rd1 Rfd8 25.Rxd8 Rxd8 26.Rd1 White's unconventional play now offers me entrance to a difficult endgame. Probably black is better due to his advanced pawns and the king's quick access to the center, but I wasn't 100% confident of that position, so preserved my rook.
26...Re8 27.Kf2 Kf6 28.Rd6 Ke5 29.Rb6 an interesting maneuver - the rook will aid in White's queenside pawn majority expansion plans.
29...Re7 30.Ke3 f4+ 31.Kf2 e3+ 32.Ke1 White allows his King to be driven back to its home square. The passivity of the white King and Bishop will ultimately be his undoing.
32...Bf5 33.c4 Be4 the bishop repositions to an excellent square
34.Kf1 Rd7 35.c5 Rd2 36.b4 White goes unflinchingly about his plan of winning on the queenside.
36...Bxg2+! 37.Ke1 f3 38.Rxb7 f2# the combination of active rook, bishop and pawns was too much for the White king to handle. Checkmate. 0-1