Wednesday 01 October 1997
Both players seemed to become a little confused in the opening. When White plays 7.N5c3 instead of 7.N1c3, the idea is usually to develop the other knight to d2 rather than a3. By the time he settled for 12.Na3, he had already played the cumbersome plan of Re1 and Bf1, slowing down his K-side play. When Black then went in for the strange 12...Nb4?! it gave White a chance to bring his knight back via b5 to d4. When Black's knight came back to c6, it was difficult to work out who had lost more time and whether it had been worth it.
Black's 24...d5 changed the complexion of the game but Rowson's 34.f5! seized the initiative. Black won a pawn, but the white pawn at f6 forced Black's king on a long trek to rejoin the game. The black e-pawn was bound to fall, and after that, the endgame was won for White, who played the final king and pawn endgame very neatly.
White: J Rowson
Black: B Kosmac
1 e4 c5 31 Rxc1 Bc5+
2 Nf3 e6 32 Kh2 Ne7
3 d4 cxd4 33 Nxe7+ Rxe7
4 Nxd4 Nc6 34 f5 Bd4
5 Nb5 d6 35 Qg4 Bxe5
6 c4 Nf6 36 Bxe5 Rxe5
7 N5c3 b6 37 f6 g6
8 Be2 Bb7 38 Rc7 Rc5
9 0-0 Rc8 39 Rxc5 bxc5
10 Re1 Be7 40 Qd7 Qc8
11 Bf1 0-0 41 Qxc8+ Bxc8
12 Na3 Nb4 42 Kg3 Bb7
13 Nab5 a6 43 Kf4 Kf8
14 Nd4 Qc7 44 g4 Ke8
15 Bg5 Rfe8 45 Bc4 h6
16 Rc1 Qb8 46 g5 hxg5+
17 Bh4 Nc6 47 hxg5 a5
18 Bg3 Ne5 48 Ke5 e3
19 b3 Qa8 49 Kf4 Bd5
20 Qe2 Bf8 50 Bb5 Kd8
21 f4 Ng6 51 Kxe3 Kc7
22 Na4 Nd7 52 Kd3 Kd6
23 Nf3 Bc6 53 Bc4 Ke5
24 Nc3 d5 54 Bxd5 Kxd5
25 cxd5 exd5 55 a3 Kc6
26 e5 Nc5 56 Kc4 Kb6
27 Nd4 Bb7 57 Kd5 Kb5
28 h4 Ne4 58 Kd6 Kb6
29 Nxe4 dxe4 59 a4 resigns
30 Nf5 Rxc1
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