[Comment "auto-generated from "]

[Event "corr. 1990-1991"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "D-r R.Merkell, Germany"]
[Black "D-r G.Popov, Bulgaria"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C60"]
[Annotator "user"]
[PlyCount "66"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a5 4. a4 {Original decision.} Bc5 ({Black had to
continue in the spirit of Steinitz Deferred.} 4... d6 5. c3 Bd7 6. d4 Nf6 7.
O-O Be7 8. Re1 O-O 9. Nbd2 exd4 $1 10. cxd4 Nb4 {That was the idea behind 9...
exd4 - the black knight finds a good square now.} 11. Bxd7 (11. Bc4 d5 $11)
11... Qxd7 12. Nf1 c5 $11) 5. c3 Nf6 6. d4 exd4 7. e5 Ne4 8. O-O d5 9. Nxd4 $6
({White had to play} 9. exd6 O-O 10. dxc7 Qf6 $44) 9... O-O 10. Bxc6 bxc6 11.
Be3 Qe8 12. f3 Nd6 13. Bf2 Nc4 14. b3 Nxe5 $1 15. Re1 f6 16. f4 Qf7 $1 17. Bg3
(17. fxe5 $2 fxe5 18. Nf3 Bxf2+ 19. Kxf2 e4 {and Black is close to winning.})
17... Bg4 18. Qd2 Rae8 19. h3 Bxh3 $1 20. fxe5 fxe5 21. gxh3 exd4 $40 22. Kh2
Rxe1 23. Qxe1 Re8 24. Qf2 Qh5 25. Ra2 Re3 $1 (25... dxc3 $2 26. Qxc5 Re2+ 27.
Rxe2 Qxe2+ 28. Bf2 c2 29. Na3 {is about equal.}) 26. cxd4 Bxd4 27. Qf1 Be5 28.
Rg2 Qg5 29. Qf2 h5 $1 {Threatening 30...Rxg3!} 30. Bxe5 Qxe5+ 31. Kh1 Re1+ 32.
Rg1 Re2 ({After} 32... Qe4+ 33. Qg2 Rxb1 34. Rxb1 Qxb1+ 35. Kh2 Qxb3 36. Qe2 $1
{Black is winning, too.}) 33. Qg3 Qe4+ 0-1