Chalk this up to luck!

October 15, 2010

One of the worst games I’ve ever played, especially as white! And yet, my opponent gifted me a draw! Replay.
1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Be3? g6?
3… Nxe4! was of course what my opponent should have played. Completely made a fool of myself and mixed up my move order without spending a moment to think. Thankfully, my opponent missed the same thing.
4. Nc3 c6 5. f3 b5 6. g4 Qa5 7. Qd2 h5 8. gxh5 Nxh5 9. Bd3?? Ng3!
And now, I might as well resign! Obviously, I’ve not put on my thinking cap for this game and I would have been forgiven for packing up and heading back home. Instead, I decided to try and elicit some sort of blunder from my opponent, who focussed his attention on trading off as many pieces as he could to get into a winning endgame. And there was nothing I could do to stop him!
10. hxg3 Rxh1 11. Qg2 Rh8 12. Bd2 b4 13. Nce2 Ba6 14. Nf4
(14. a3 Bxd3 15. Bxb4 Qa6 16. cxd3 Qxd3)
14… Bxd3 15. Nxd3 Na6 16. f4 Qh5 17. Nxb4
(17. e5)
17… Nxb4 18. Bxb4 Rb8 19. Bc3 Bg7 20. e5 Qh1 21. Qxh1
(21. Kf1)
21… Rxh1 22. O-O-O dxe5 23. fxe5
(23. dxe5 Rd8 24. Rxd8+ Kxd8 25. Bd4)
23… Bh6+ 24. Bd2 Bxd2+ 25. Kxd2 Rxb2 26. Kd3 Rxa2 27. Rb1 Rh2 28. Rb8+ Kd7 29. Rb7+ Ke6 30. Nf3 Rhxc2 31. g4 f6 32. g5 fxe5
(32… Rg2) (32… Rcb2)
33. Nxe5 Kf5 34. Rxe7 Rc1 35. Rg7 Ra3+ 36. Kd2 Rg1 37. Rf7+ Kxg5??
I was getting ready to resign and shake hands after 37… Ke4! but my opponent finally gives me an opportunity!
38. Nf3+ Rxf3 39. Rxf3 Ra1 40. Rc3 Ra6 41. Ke3 Kh4 42. Ke4 g5 43. Rc1 1/2-1/2
Despite still being somewhat better, I think he was so disgusted with his blunder that he offered me a draw, which I gleefully accepted.


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