Promoted above both Englishman Peter Wells, who had the better half of a draw with Robert Hubner, and the once world-class Czech Jan Smejkal, who recaptured a daunting amount of his former glory against me during this match, Peter Schmidt has become something of a sacrificial lamb, with, following a further defeat on Sunday, a total score of "minus nine" this season. Nevertheless, you still have to beat them and Matthew did so very cleanly.
After some sparring in the opening, 11.d5?! was weaker than 11.h3 b6 12.dxc5 Bxc5 13.e4 which the Indonesian Juswanto played against Sadler in the first round of the Erevan Olympiad in 1996 - Matthew won but only after surviving some tricky moments
13... Bf6 14.e4 Bg4 15.Be3 Nd4 16.Bxd4 Bxd4 17.h3 Bxf3 18.Qxf3 would be equal but Matthew wanted more. In the diagram 18.g5 was horrible. Instead 18.e5 is critical and very unclear. Matthew was thinking about Rae8 19.Bf4 Qc6 but then 20.Kg2 against ...Be4 may be quite strong.
If 19.Nxe5 Qxe5 20.f3 Bh5! is pretty strong though still preferable for White to the game continuation. At the end White's position quickly disintegrated.
White: Peter Schmidt
Bold: Matthew Sadler
Queen's Gambit Accepted
(see diagram )
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