Another short loss with white

July 19, 2010
After losing a few weeks before to the same opponent with white, it felt like deja vu all over again! Replay (I was white)
1. e4 e6!
I have never seen my opponent play anything other than the Petroff, so he certainly caught me by surprise!
2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 cxd4
5… Bxc3 is by far the most common move.
6. axb4 dxc3 7. f4
(7. Nf3)
7… cxb2 8. Bxb2 Ne7 9. Nf3 Nbc6 10. Qd2?
(10. b5 Na5)
10… Nf5 11. b5 Qb6 12. Bc3
(12. Bd3)
12… Nce7
(12… d4)
13. Nd4
(13. g4 Qe3+ 14. Be2 Qxd2+ 15. Bxd2 Nh6 16. Nd4 Bd7)
13… Bd7 14. g4 Nh4 15. Qf2
15. Ra3! protecting the vulnerable bishop on c3.
15… Qc5 16. Bd2??
I had seen why the bishop needed to protect the knight on d4 a couple of moves earlier and then promptly forgot all about it! (16. Bb2 Neg6)
16… Qxd4! 0-1

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