A topsy-turvy game

July 19, 2010
Replay (I was white)
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 c5? 4. exd5 exd5 5. dxc5 Qe7+
I expected my opponent to try and complicate play with 5… d4 6. Nb5 Bxc5 7. Bf4 Na6 8. Nf3 Bg4 9. Nbxd4 Bxd4 10. Qxd4 Bxf3 11. Qe3+. I still hold onto the extra pawn but there were plenty of opportunities for me to go astray. A funny continuation after this line would be 11… Qe7 12. gxf3 Qxe3+ 13. fxe3 O-O-O 14. Bh3+! Rd7 15. Rd1 Nf6 and white is winning.
6. Be2 Qxc5 7. Nxd5 Be6 8. Bb5+?
A flashy move with no real bite. (8. Nf4)
8… Nd7 9. Bxd7+ Bxd7 10. Be3 Qa5+ 11. Qd2 Qxd2+ 12. Bxd2 O-O-O 13. Ne3
(13. O-O-O) Around this point, with the idea of safely consolidating my extra pawn, I start playing more to restrict his pieces than activating my own and give back most of my advantage.
13… Nf6 14. f3
(14. Ne2)
14… Bc5 15. O-O-O Be6 16. Re1 Bxe3?
16… Bxa2! could safely be played, winning back the pawn and still holding the initiative.
17. Bxe3 b6 18. Ne2 Nd5 19. Bd4 Rhg8 20. c3 Nf6 21. b3 Nd5 22. Kb2 Kb7 23. Rd1 Rge8 24. Rd2 g6 25. Rhd1 Rc8 26. g3
(26. c4 Ne7) I’ve sorted out most of my problems and activated all my pieces. Over the next couple of pieces, I will also successfully redeploy my knight to a better position – all this while my opponent has made no obvious improvements in his position.
26… h5 27. Nc1 h4 28. Nd3 hxg3 29. hxg3 Bf5 30. Ne5 Be6 31. Nc4 Rc6 32. Be5? Ka8??
Not taking advantage of my error! 32… Rxc4! 33. bxc4 Ne3 34. Rd4 Nxd1+ 35. Rxd1 Bxc4 and the position is a dead draw.
33. a4
(33. Rxd5)
33… a6 34. Rxd5
I missed the shot the 1st time but not the second. With that, my opponent resigned. 1-0

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