Sheikh Mabud vs Colin Ramage

One of Hammersmith’s top players, Sheikh Mabud, takes on Woodbridge’s Colin Ramage in a fairly even match up from 2009. Unfortunately for the Woodbridge player, he allowed Sheikh to play his favoured King’s Gambit…

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[White “Mabud, Sheikh”]
[Black “Ramage, Colin”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “150”]
[BlackElo “162”]
[WhiteTitle “”]
[BlackTitle “”]

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1. e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.O-O!

{[pgndiagram]This is not the start of a forced win but rather a genuine sacrifice. For the price of a Knight, White obtains good tempo and rapid development, plus the prospect of open files.}

5…gxf3 6.Qxf3 Qf6 7.e5 Qxe5

{[pgndiagram]A fast paced opening.}

8.d3 Bh6 9.Nc3 Ne7 10.Bd2 Nbc6 11.Rae1 Qg7 12.Nd5 Ne5

{[pgndiagram]If 12… O-O then exchanges on e7 and f4 leave White with great pressure on the f7 square and the 7th rank, plus parity in material. However this line is preferable to the move played…}

13.Rxe5 Qxe5 14.Bc3

{[pgndiagram]Now some material will be recouped and still Black needs a few moves to complete his development.}

14…Qd6 15.Bxh8 Nxd5 16.Bxd5 c6 17.Re1+ Kf8 18.Bb3 b5?

{[pgndiagram]In retrospect, …b6 would have been much better.}

19.Qh5 Qg6 20.Qc5+ d6

{[pgndiagram]The alternative is not much better. 20… Kg8 21.Re8 is mate}

21.Qxc6

{[pgndiagram]With dual threats of Qe8 mate and Qxa8 winning material}

21…Bb7 22.Qxb7 Rd8 23.Qxe7+

{[pgndiagram]Black resigns. 1-0}

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Thanks to Sheikh for his analysis. Full version below.

Full version:

[pgn navigation_board=below animation_speed=0 show_move_arrow=false]1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.O-O gxf3 6.Qxf3 Qf6 7.e5 Qxe5 8.d3 Bh6 9.Nc3 Ne7 10.Bd2 Nbc6 11.Rae1 Qg7 12.Nd5 Ne5 13.Rxe5 Qxe5 14.Bc3 Qd6 15.Bxh8 Nxd5 16.Bxd5 c6 17.Re1+ Kf8 18.Bb3 b5 19.Qh5 Qg6 20.Qc5+ d6 21.Qxc6 Bb7 22.Qxb7 Rd8 23.Qxe7+*[/pgn]