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Another game

December 13, 2007

Disclaimer: I haven’t run this against any engine whatsoever, so if there are obvious blunders in there, then so be it 🙂

1.e4 d5

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The Scandinavian or Center-Counter.

2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qe5+

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Slightly unusual. Much more common are Qd8, Qa5 or Qd6, where its much harder for white to chase black’s queen with gains of tempo.

4.Be2 c6 5.Nf3 Qc7 6.d4 e6 7.O-O Nf6 8.Ne5 Nbd7 9.f4 Nxe5 10.fxe5 Nd5 11.Ne4 Be7

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A dream position for white. I get to plonk my knight on d6. And since its so wonderfully placed there, my opponent has to trade off his good bishop on e7 and allow a monster protected passed pawn on the same square.

12.c4 Nb6 13.c5! Nd5 14.Nd6+ Bxd6 15.cxd6 Qb6

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His best attempt. Try and create some counterplay by attacking the back of my pawn chain. Hopefully, if I can be tied down to defending my pawns, he can gain some activity in the process.

16.Kh1 O-O 17.Bh5 Bd7 18.Qf3 Qxd4

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19.Bxf7+ Kh8 20.Qh5 Be8 21.Bg5?!

By this time, I had lost the plot a little bit. My queenside was very weak, I was having trouble guarding my central pawns and was unable to activate my queenside minor pieces without making more concessions. But my opponent helps me out with his next move:

21 … Nb6??

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What is this move? It was essential to grab the pawn on e5 (picture below), severely weakening the d6 pawn, followed by grabbing the bishop on f7. After this, black is really struggling.

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22.Be7 Rxf7 23.Rxf7 Bxf7 24.Qxf7 Qxe5 25.Rf1 h6 26.h3 Qxb2

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Unnecessary pawn hunting. It was crucial to keep the queen in the center of the board where it was controlling proceedings. The above move allows white to grab the e6 pawn and control the center.

27.Qxe6 Nd5 28.d7 Qb5 29.Rd1 Qa4 30.Re1 Nf4 31.Qe4 Qxe4 32.Rxe4 Nd3

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Black’s last attempt at a swindle. If white queens, then after giving up his rook for the queen, Nf2+ wins the white rook right back.

33.Kh2 1-0

With no other tricks to stop white from queening, black resigns.

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