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The streak reaches three

March 21, 2008

My third win in a row (and all 3 games as white) came against a 10-year-old yesterday. Unusually for me, I tried to play my opponent more than I did the position and predictably, suffered in a slightly worse position for most of the game. My young opponent, though, made a couple of unfortunate mistakes in the endgame to lose the game.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.d4 Nf6 5.d5 a6 6.Ba4 b5 7.Bb3 Na5 8.Qd3 Nxb3 9.axb3 Be7 10.O-O O-O 11.b4?
I should probably just play 11.Nc3, rather than trying to clamp down on the a6 pawn, which was my attempt here.

11…Bb7 12.c4 c6 13.Nc3 cxd5 14.cxd5 Qd7 15.h3 Rfc8 16.Nd2 Nh5 17.Ne2 Bg5 18.Nb3 Nf4 19.Nxf4 Bxf4 20.Na5
20.Bxf4 exf4 21.Nd4 was also quite playable and would have given me a slight plus.

20…g5 21.Bd2 h5 22.Rfc1 Rxc1+ 23.Rxc1 Rc8 24.Rc3 Rxc3 25.Bxc3 [bxc3] Bc8 26.Qd1 g4 27.hxg4 hxg4 28.g3 Bg5 29.Bd2 Bxd2 30.Qxd2 f5?
30…f6 is needed, to stop the white queen from infiltrating the position.

31.Qg5+ Kf7 32.Qh5+ Kf8 33.Qh6+ Ke8 34.Nc6 Bb7??
The big blunder. Now, best-case scenario, the black queen is lost.

35.Qh8+ Kf7 36.Qh7+ Ke8 37.Qg8+ 1-0

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