WGM Lahno (2459) – GM Negi (2538) [B92]
Amity Grandmasters Challenge, New Delhi, India, 12.192006

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Re1 Be6 10.Bf3 Nbd7 11.a4 Nb6 12.Nd2 Rc8 13.a5 Nc4 14.Nxc4 Rxc4 15.Be3 Qd7 16.Qd3 Rfc8 17.Red1 h6 18.Bb6 d5 19.exd5 Bf5 20.Qe3 Qd6 21.Re1 e4 22.Rad1 Rb4 23.Be2 Rxb2 24.Bd4 Rxc2 25.Bxf6 Bxf6 26.Nxe4 Bxe4 27.Qxe4 Rc5 28.h4 Now White has to be careful about 28…Bc3 then capturing the a5 pawn, giving Black connected passed pawns. All of a sudden, Black is better.

28…Bc3 29.Rf1 Qe5?! If Black wants to have any chance to win, he cannot trade Queen. Unfortunately, he seems gun shy and opting for a safer continuation and throwing away his advantage.

30.Qf3 Lahno is playing aggressively, opting not to trade Queens.

30…Qf6?! Again, Negi is playing too passively. He either lacks the self confidence or match experience. He no doubt has plenty of talent but this is an area where he has to work on to improve.

31.d6 Qxf3 32.Bxf3 Rd8 33.Bxb7 Bxa5 This is not a good outcome after trading the Queens. Negi completely misplayed this strategical position. Now White clearly has a little advantage. Even though it is an opposite color Bishop endgame, the d pawn gives White small chances.

34.d7 Rc7 35.Bc8 Bb4 Black may just end up giving up a Rook for the Bishop and d pawn if given a chance. That would lead to a draw.

36.Rc1 Rcxd7 37.Bxd7 Rxd7 38.g3 h5 39.Rc4 a5 40.Rb1 g6 41.Kg2 Kg7 42.Rcxb4 axb4 43.Rxb4 Kf6 1/2
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