Dubai Open 2015, round 1

The most spectacular attacking game of the round saw FM Saeed (UAE) beating convincingly GM Safarli (AZE). Enjoy the game and carefully observe how persistence and desire to win on the white side triumphed in the end.

[Event "Dubai Open 2015"][Site "Dubai"][Date "2015.04.06"][Round "1.9"][White "Saeed, Ishaq"][Black "Safarli, Eltaj"][Result "1-0"][WhiteElo "2200"][BlackElo "2637"][ECO "E10"]1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. e3 c5 5. a3 cxd4 6. exd4 Be7 7. Nc3 O-O 8. Bf4 Nc6 9. Rc1 Ne4 10. Bd3 Nxc3 11. Rxc3 Bf6 12. h4 !? {The opening was not eventful and one expected white to castle here; instead white shows its aggressive side} h6 13. Bb1 Re8 14. Ne5 dxc4 15. Qh5 ! {Who needs castling when the attack develops so nicely?} Bxe5 16. dxe5 Qd4 17. Rf3 Qxb2 18. O-O {Finally it is done! I like white's chances here with all pieces pointing at the black's castle} Nd4 19. Bxh6 !! {Spectacular} Nxf3+ 20. gxf3 Kf8 21. Bxg7+ {Why play boring, right?} (21. Be3) Kxg7 22. Qg5+ Kf8 23. Rd1 ?! {The engines show this to lead to equality. The correct way is} (23. Qh6+ Ke7 24. Qf6+ Kd7 25. Qxf7+ Kc6 26. Qxe8+) {1-0} Qb3 24. Qh6+ {This begins the search for the winning setup for white; probably it saved reflection time as well} Ke7 25. Qg5+ Kf8 26. Qh6+ Ke7 27. Qf6+ Kf8 28. Qh8+ Ke7 29. Qf6+ Kf8 30. Rf1 Qb6 31. Bg6 Qc7 32. h5 ! {It is over now} Kg8 33. Bc2 Qd8 34. Qh6 f5 35. exf6 Re7 36. Kh1