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Almost 3 in a row

October 26, 2010

Coming off back-back losses, I wanted to redeem myself in this game. So, what do I do – as black, I avoided any kind of blunder until the 3rd move!
1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 e6 3. Nf3 d5?
(3… Nc6)

4. d4 Nc6 5. exd5 exd5 6. dxc5 d4 7. Ne4 Bxc5 8. Nxc5 Qa5+ 9. c3 Qxc5
I calculated the lines with 9… dxc3 10. b4 Qxb4 11. Be3 c2+ 12. Qd2 Qb1+ 13. Qc1 Qb4+ 14. Nd2 and thought that white was better. Furthermore, most of white’s moves in this variation are forced, so we were more than likely to reach this very position on the board.

10. Nxd4 Nf6 11. Bb5 O-O 12. Bxc6 bxc6 13. O-O Rb8 14. Qf3 Nd5 15. Qg3 Rb7 16. Re1 f5 17. Re5 Rbf7 18. f4 Qb6 19. c4?
My opponent, trying to consolidate his advantage and neutralise my advantage, blunders a piece himself! The rest isn’t very hard, though the game carried on for quite a while.

19… Qxd4+ 20. Kh1 Qxc4 21. Bd2 Nf6 22. Qf3 Ne4 23. Be3 Qc2 24. Bd4 c5 25. Bc3 Bb7 26. Qf1 Rd8 27. Rc1 Qf2 28. a4 h6 29. Qxf2 Nxf2+ 30. Kg1 Ne4 31. Kf1 Rd5 32. g3 Rfd7 33. Ke1 Kf7 34. a5 Nxc3 35. Rxc3 Rxe5+ 36. fxe5 Rd5 37. b3 Rxe5+ 38. Kd2 Ke6 39. h3 Kd6 40. Rc4 Ba6 41. Rf4 Re2+ 42. Kc1 Ke5 43. Rf3 Bb7 44. Rc3 Kd4 45. Rc4+ Kd5 46. Rc3 Ba6 47. Rf3 g6 48. Kd1 Rh2 49. Re3 Rxh3 50. Re7 Rxg3 51. Rxa7 Bf1 52. Kc2 Kc6 53. Ra8 Kb7 54. Rf8 Bg2 55. Rf6 h5 56. Rb6+ Ka7 57. Rb5 h4 58. Rxc5 h3 59. b4 h2 60. b5 h1=Q 61. Rc7+ Kb8 62. b6 Be4+ 0-1

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