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Still catching up on my games

June 13, 2009

My next game, played back on April 16th, again as black:

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 e6 3. f4 d5 4. e5 Nc6 5. Nf3 Nh6 6. b3 Be7 7. Bb2 O-O 8. Bd3 Qb6 9. Rb1 a6 10. Ng5 g6 11. Ne2 Nb4 12. Nc1 Nxd3+ 13. Nxd3 Qc6 14. O-O b5 15. Nf2 f6 16. exf6 Bxf6 17. Bxf6 Rxf6 18. Ng4 Nxg4 19. Qxg4 Ra7 20. Qh4 Rf5 21. Rbe1 Qd6 22. Re3 d4 23. Re4 e5 24. Rxe5 Rxe5 25. fxe5

Thankfully I realised before I recaptured on e5 with the queen that 26. Re1 spells doom. So it is time to fight a pawn down.

25…Qd5 26. Qf4 Bf5 27. g4 h6 28. Nh3 Bxc2 29. Qxh6 Rf7 30. Rxf7 Qxf7 31. Qf4 Bb1 32. Qxf7+ Kxf7 33. Ng5+ Ke7 34. a3 c4 35. bxc4 bxc4 36. Nf3 c3 37. dxc3 dxc3 38. Nd4 c2 39. Nxc2?

Having let a few drawing chances slip by, my opponent now lets his last big chance go as well. 39. Nb3, guarding the c1 square was probably the right way to go!

39…Bxc2 40. h4 Ke6 41. h5 g5 42. Kf2 Kxe5 43. Ke3 Bd1 44. h6 Kf6 45. h7 Kg7 46. h8=Q+ Kxh8 47. Ke4 Bxg4 48. Ke5 Bd1 49. Kf5 g4 50. Kf4 Kg7 51. a4 Kg6 52. a5 Kh5 53. Kg3 Kg5 54. Kg2 Kf4 55. Kf2 g3+ 56. Kg2 Kg4 57. Kg1 Kh3 58. Kh1 g2+ 59. Kg1 Ba4 0-1

Followed by my first white in 13 games (!) a week later:

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Nc6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. b3 Nf6 6. Bd3 O-O 7. Bb2 e6 8. O-O d5 9. exd5 exd5 10. Nxd5 Nxd5 11. Bxg7 Kxg7 12. cxd5 Qxd5 13. Bc4 Qd6 14. h3 Bf5 15. Qc1 Rad8 16. Re1 b6 17. Qb2+ Qf6 18. Qxf6+ Kxf6 19. Re3 Rfe8 20. Rae1 Rxe3 21. Rxe3 Nd4 22. Nxd4 Rxd4 23. g4 Be4 24. d3 1/2-1/2

Played unambitiously perhaps, but against a player rated much higher than me, I think it was a decent performance.

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