Fedorov, A. (2646) - Baburin, A. (2590) [B03]
34th Olympiad, Istanbul (3) 2000
I don't get to play against the Four Pawn Attack too often and so I decided to try a rare line.
Bb4 Black wants to play .. .Na5 and ...c5. White can chase away this bishop (as he did), but this weakens the b3-square and ...Na5 becomes a real possibility.
13. b4 After 13.Be2 0-0-0 14.0-0-0 Bf5 15.Ng3 Bg6 16.h4 in the game Huebner-Hort, Biel 1987, Black delivered a nice blow - 16...Nb4. He eventually won after 17.b3 Nc2 18.c5 Qc6 19.Bd3 Nxe3 20.Qxe3 Nd5 21.Qf2 Bxd3 22.Rxd3 Qa6 23.Rhd1 Qxa3+.
O-O-ON Apparently, this is a novelty. Previously Black played 14...Rd8 here. I think that my move is better, as Black's king is quite safe on the queenside.
Here Fedorov offered a draw, but I decided to play, despite being short of time.
31. Bd3 The tension is rising. Here both players were short of time, which partly explains some of the mistakes, which we made. For example, here 31...g3+ was worth considering.
37. Ke2? White had to play 37.Rf7! instead.
Rf3+! After 38...Rf1 39.Rxg2 Rf3+ White has an amazing move - 40.Qe3!. He is OK after 40...Rxe3+ 41.Kxe3 Qxe4+ 42.Kxe4 Rxg2.
39. Bxf3 White should have declined the offer by playing 39.Kc4, but it is hard to make the right choice when you are down to your last seconds.
Rg4! Now White is busted, as his king is too exposed and both his rooks are vulnerable.
White resigned, as he either loses his h7-rook or gets checkmated after 47...Rb4++.
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