Chaos on the board

This game is a crazy encounter between myself playing the black pieces and six-time Venezuelan chess champion László Tapasztó. It features several mutual blunders, but also many twists and turns, and explosive tactics. Not to be missed!

[Event "Wednesday night chess"]
[Site "Rochester, NY"]
[Date "2012.05.26"]
[Round "?"]
[White "László Tapasztó"]
[Black "Aaron Demby Jones"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteELO "2301"]
[BlackELO "2106"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5
{The Trompowsky attack.}
2...c5
{A combative continuation. Black immediately attempts to counterattack
the dark squares.}
3.Nc3
{This move was already unknown to me. Out of book on move 3!}
3...cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Qh4
{The position has some features resembling the Open Sicilian. Black
has more center pawns, but lags behind in piece mobility. White is
prepared to castle long and potentially attack in the kingside or the
center.}
5...d6
{I decided to set up my pieces similar to a Sicilian Dragon.}
6.e4 Qa5
{Threatening 7...Nxe4 8.Qxe4 Qxg5.}
7.O-O-O
{Breaking the pin.}
7...Be6
{Since White has committed his king position to the queenside, I
decided to immediately focus my attack there. Black can mobilize very
quickly with Ra8-c8.}
8.Kb1
{Safeguarding the a2 pawn. A typical tidying move.}
8...Rc8
( 8...Nxe4 9.Nxe4 Qxa2+ 10.Kc1 Qa1+ 11.Kd2 Qxb2 {was also plausible,
where Black has three pawns for the sacrificed knight. I couldn't
easily evaluate that position over the board, so I settled for
increasing the pressure without making any sacrifices for now.} )
9.a3
{Probably forced, otherwise Nc6-b4 was very strong. (Black would be
ready to sacrifice the exchange on c3.)}
9...a6 $5
{It seems more natural to try to start mobilizing the kingside, but in
fact it is not so easy to do so. I decided to leave my king in the
middle and launch an immediate assault on White's king. White's pieces
are anticipating that Black will eventually castle short, so they are
now temporarily misplaced. The idea of 9...a6 is of course to play
b7-b5-b4 and open lines.}
10.f4 $1
{White wastes no time in changing plans, starting his attack in the
middle rather than the kingside.}
10...b5 11.f5 b4 $5
( 11...Bd7 {was more sedate, but possibly better.} )
12.fxe6
( 12.axb4 $2 Nxb4 {and Black's attack is suddenly overwhelming with
the threat of Rc8xc3.} )
12...bxc3 13.exf7+ Kd8
( 13...Kxf7 {is also possible, but it appeared dangerous to step onto
the a2-g8 diagonal with White's bishop ready to pounce.} )
14.Rxd6+ $2
{This move wins a few pawns, but should lose by force! White's pieces
become hopelessly disorganized in their greed.}
14...exd6 15.Bxf6+ gxf6 16.Qxf6+
{The point. But White's queen will be buried away from the action on
h8.}
16...Kd7 $6
( 16...Kc7 {was more accurate to avoid a later queen check on h3.} )
17.Qxh8
{With best play, White is now lost.}
17...Rb8 $5
{This move doesn't throw away the win, but }
( 17...cxb2 {was simplest.} )
18.b3 Ne5 $2
{Plausible, but now White can defend! }
( 18...Bh6 {was a shot!} 19.Qxh7
( 19.Qf6 Qxa3 20.Qxc3 Qc1+ 21.Ka2 Nb4+ {and Black mates soon.} )
19...Rxb3+ 20.cxb3 c2+ {and Black will eventually mate.} )
19.Qxh7 $1
{With the defensive idea of Qh7-h3+ and Qh3xc3, should Black abandon
the defense of the c3 pawn. If White can consolidate, he has a winning
material advantage.}
19...Qxa3 20.Qh3+ Ng4 $5
{An amusing idea. It's not every day you can "hang" a piece with
check!}
21.Qxc3
( 21.Qxg4+ $4 Kc7 {and White's queen is on the wrong defensive
circuit.} )
21...Nf2
{Black at least tries to win some material back. Unfortunately, the
rook on h1 is not a very useful piece to win ...}
22.e5 $6
( 22.Nf3 {was simplest and more natural. } )
22...Nd1 $5
{An excellent twist! Black spurns the rook in favor of extra pressure
on the king. The point is that the White queen must stay on the a1-h8
diagonal to prevent Qb2#.}
23.Qd4 $2
{Allowing an immediate draw. }
( 23.Qa1 $4
( 23.e6+ $1 Ke7 24.Qh8 {and by covering the long diagonal as well
as h6, White wins!} )
23...Rxb3+ 24.cxb3 Qxb3+ 25.Kc1 Bh6# )
23...Rxb3+ $1
{Black wastes no time in forcing a perpetual check. Any other
continuation is likely losing.}
24.cxb3 Qxb3+ 25.Ka1 Qa3+ 26.Kb1 Qb3+ 27.Ka1
{The king can never escape to c1 because of Bf8-h6+. Of course, if
Black pushes his luck by playing for a win, White will be able to
mobilize his pieces with tempo and consolidate. For instance, }
( 27.Ka1 Nc3 $4 28.e6+ Ke7 29.Qh4+ Kxe6 30.Bc4+ {and White wins.} )
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