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June 29, 2010

Replay (I am black)

In our previous game, my opponent had played 1.e4 and I blundered in a better position to lose. Here, he switches openings but plays it extremely strangely, allowing me to equalise very quickly!
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. e3 e6 4. Bd3 c5 5. c3 Bd6 6. a4 O-O 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. b4 Be7 9. Bb2 b6
(9… a5 10. b5 Nbd7)
10. O-O Bb7 11. Qc2 Nbd7 12. Rd1 Rc8 13. Qe2 Qc7 14. a5 Rfd8
I looked deeply at 14… Ne4 15. Bxe4 (15. Rc1) 15… dxe4 16. Nd4 Ne5 with a pretty imbalanced position. I wasn’t sure if my pawn at e4 was a weakness or strength and so I decided to avoid this line.
15. axb6 axb6 16. Na3 Ra8 17. Nb5 Qb8 18. h3 Rc8 19. Rxa8 Bxa8 20. Ra1 Ne4?! 21. Bxe4
21. Nfd4 Ne5 22. Bc2, holding on to both bishops was an option.
21… dxe4 22. Nfd4 Ne5 23. Ra7 Bf6 24. Ba1
24. Ra1 was probably the right move, realising that the rook won’t be able to survive on the 7th rank.
24… Bd5 25. Qb2?
The rook needs rescuing! (25. Ra3)
25… Nc6?
25… Nd3! 26. Qa3 (26. Qe2 Bxd4 27. exd4 Nf4 28. Qe3 Bc6 29. Nd6 Qxd6) 26… Bh4 is already winning.
26. Ra6?!
26. Ra3 Nxd4 27. cxd4 Bc4 28. Nc3 -/+
26… Bc4 27. Ra3?
(27. Nxc6 Rxc6 28. Nd4 Rc8 29. Ra3)
27… e5 28. Nxc6 Rxc6 29. Na7?
29. Qd2! Bxb5 30. Qd5! Rd6 31. Qxb5 was the only chance, now its game over.
29… Rc7 30. Nb5 Bxb5 31. Qa2 Rc8 32. Ra7 Bc4 33. Qa3 Rd8 34. Qa4 g6 35. Qa3 Kg7 0-1
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