1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Be2 Sicilian Defence Taimanov Variation.
7...Nf6 8.0-0 b5 9.Nxc6 dxc6 10.f3 Be7 11.a4 Bb7 12.axb5 cxb5 13.Bd3 0-0 14.Qe2 Bc5 15.Nd1 ?! 15. Bxc5 is probably simplest.
15...Rfd8 ?! 15... Bd6 may be a try for the initiative.
16.Bxc5 Qxc5+ 17.Ne3 Rac8 18.Rac1 Qb6 19.Kh1 Nd7 20.c3 Ne5 20... Nc5 is better. Now Blacks gets into trouble.
21.Bb1 Rc7 ?! 21... a5 is better.
22.Rfd1 Rcd7 23.Rxd7 Rxd7 24.f4 Ng6 25.f5 25. A bit too fast. Better is 25. Rf1.
25...Nf8 ? A bad mistake. I pointed out after the game that I was expecting 25... Nf4 26. Qf3 e5.
26.Rf1 f6 ? It was necessary to stop the White pawns with 26... exf5 27. Nxf5 despite allowing the White knight in.
27.Ng4 ? I spent 20 minutes over this 27th move, and finally made a mistake. I had rejected 27. Ba2! Re7 but it is a sure way to open up the Black defence with 28. fxe6 Nxe6 29 e5. I spent most of that time considering 27. e5! Rf7 28. exf6 Rxf6 29. Ba2. But in the end I was using up valuable time, and I thought that I could win after 27. Ng4? e5 28. Ne3 and I could get my knight to d5.
27...e5 28.Ne3 Kh8 29.b3 Qd8 30.Rd1 Rxd1+ 31.Nxd1 Qd6 32.Qd3 1/2-1/2