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My last game before I head off for vacation

October 19, 2009

Played last week, at the start of the new league season. Previous games against the same opponent are here, here, and here. Last week’s game is here (I am black).

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 e6 3. f4 d5 4. e5 Nc6 5. Nf3 Nh6 6. Be2 Qb6 7. a3 Bd7 8. d3 Be7 9. Na4??
Completely misses my next move, loses a couple of pawns and gives me a monster passed a-pawn.

9… Qa5+ 10. Nc3 d4 11. b4 cxb4
11… Nxb4 12. Bd2 Nxd3+ 13. Bxd3 dxc3 14. Be3 was possibly even stronger!

12. Ne4 bxa3+ 13. Bd2 Qc7 14. O-O b5 15. c3 Qb6?!
Nothing wrong with my move, though the idea is flawed – my idea leads me to lose a piece though I still have good chances due to the strong, advanced connected passers. (15… dxc3 16. Nxc3 b4)

16. Kh1 Nf5?
(16… dxc3 17. Nxc3 b4)

17. cxd4 Nfxd4?
(17… O-O 18. g4 Nfxd4 19. Be3 Rad8 20. Rc1 b4 21. Rc4 Be8)

18. Be3 b4
(18… O-O)

19. Rc1 Rd8
(19… b3)

20. Rc4 O-O 21. Nxd4 Nxd4 22. Bxd4 Qa5 23. Bc5
(23. Nd6 Bxd6 24. exd6 Bb5 25. Rc1 Rxd6 26. Bc5 Rc6)

23… Bxc5 24. Rxc5
(24. Nxc5 Bb5)

24… Qb6 25. Qb3
25. d4! is very strong instead, activating the bishop. My pawns are not yet ready to go marching down.

25… Bc6 26. Rc4?
(26. Rfc1! Bd5)

26… Bd5 27. Qxb4
(27. Nd6 Qe3 28. Bf3 Bxc4 29. Qxc4 Rb8)

27… Bxc4 28. Qxc4
Now, I am definitely better and the a-pawn cannot be stopped. 28. Qxb6 axb6 29. dxc4 Rd4 was an option.

28… Qb2 29. Re1
(29. Bh5 a2)

29… Rc8 30. Qa4
( 30. Nc5 a2)

30… Qxe2
I fully expected my opponent to resign here. I was shocked when he played on for a few more moves!

31. Ra1 Rc2
(31… Qb2 32. Qd1 Rc2 33. Qf1 a2)

32. Rg1 Qxd3 33. Nd6 a2 34. Qxa7 Qb3 35. h3 Rb2 36. Ne4 Rb1 37. Nd2 Rxg1+ 38. Kxg1 Qd1+ 0-1

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