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An endgame win

July 19, 2010
Replay (I was black)
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 g6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. e3
(5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. Bf4)
5… O-O 6. Bd3 b6
(6… c6)
7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Be4 c6 9. Nxd5 cxd5 10. Bd3 Ba6 11. O-O Bxd3 12. Qxd3 Qd6 13. Bd2 Nc6 14. a3 Rac8 15. Rac1 Rc7 16. h3 Rfc8 17. Bc3 Qd7 18. Rc2 Nd8 19. Rfc1 Qa4 20. Ne1 Nb7 21. Bb4 Qd7 22. Rxc7 Rxc7 23. Rxc7 Qxc7 24. Qc3 Qxc3 25. Bxc3 e6 26. Nd3 Nd6 27. Nb4 Bf6 28. Kf1 Kg7 29. Ke2 h5 30. Nc6 a5 31. b4 a4 32. Bb2 Nc4 33. Bc1 g5 34. Kd3 g4 35. hxg4 hxg4 36. e4 Kg6 37. e5?
Neither one of us has played very ambitiously and the result has been an even, balanced game. In the past, however, I have realized that my opponent is pretty strong through the middle game but gives chances in the end game, so I felt I was still playing for 2 results – at least until the position turned into a dead-draw. The last move was what I was hoping for, since it blunders a pawn. (37. f4 gxf3 38. gxf3)
37… Bg5!
The rest is simple.
38. Kc2 Bxc1 39. Kxc1 Nxa3 40. Kb2 Nc4+ 41. Ka2 f6 42. Ne7+ Kf7 43. exf6 Kxf6 44. Nc6 e5 45. f3 gxf3 46. gxf3 e4 47. fxe4 dxe4 48. d5 e3 49. Nd4 Ke5 0-1
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