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My first game back after a 2-month break

October 26, 2010

The following game, in which I was black, was an English which proceeded with both sides trying to manouever on the queenside. I had a bit more space and seemed to be slightly better when my opponent suddenly switched his focus to the kingside. I completely underestimated his initiative on that wing and capitulated in a hurry!
1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 c5 3. e4 d6
(3… e6 4. e5 Ng8 5. Nf3 Nc6)

4. d3
(4. g3 g6)

4… e6 5. g3 b6 6. Bg2 Bb7 7. Nge2 Be7 8. O-O Nc6 9. a3 O-O 10. f4 Nd7 11. h3 a6 12. Kh2 Qc7 13. Be3 Rad8 14. Qc2 Bf6 15. Rab1 Nd4 16. Bxd4 cxd4 17. Nd1 b5 18. b3 Rc8 19. Qb2 e5 20. Nf2 bxc4 21. bxc4 Nc5
21… Rb8 22. Qc2 Bc6 was perhaps a better approach, getting the rook onto the open file!

22. Qb6 Qb8 23. Qb4 Qa8
23… Bd8 24. Bf3 Qc7 25. Qd2 Rb8, again getting the rook onto the open file and the bishops into better positions.

24. Qd2
24. Ng4! Bd8 25. fxe5 h5 26. Nxd4! hxg4 27. exd6 and white has a dangerous initiative in the center

24… Rb8
(24… Be7)

25. Ng4 Nd7
25… Ne6! 26. Nxf6+ gxf6 is actually better

26. Nxf6+ Nxf6 27. fxe5 dxe5 28. Rxf6! gxf6 29. Qh6 Rbe8
(29… Rfe8)

30. Rf1
30. Rxb7 Qxb7 31. Nxd4 exd4 32. e5 Qxg2+ 33. Kxg2 fxe5 34. Qg5+ Kh8 35. Qf6+ Kg8 36. Qxa6 e4 37. dxe4 d3 38. Qa5 Rxe4 39. Qd5 Re2+ 40. Kf3 Ra2 41. Qxd3 Ra8 42. Qd7 R2xa3+ and white is slightly better in this position.

30… Bc8
30… Re6 31. Rf5 Rc8 32. Rh5 f5 33. Qxh7+ Kf8 34. Rxf5 and white is much better.

31. Rxf6
31. Nxd4 exd4 32. e5 Qxg2+ 33. Kxg2 fxe5 is much stronger than the game continuation and the variation described on white’s 30th move.

31… Qb8
31… Qb7 32. g4 Kh8 33. Ng3 Qe7 34. Rxa6 f6 pushes off the mating attack for some material losses.

32. g4 Re6 33. g5 Qb2
33… Qd6 34. Ng3 Rfe8 35. Nh5 Qf8 36. Rxe6 Rxe6 37. Nf6+ Rxf6 38. Qxf8+ Kxf8 39. gxf6 should be a trivial endgame for white.

34. Ng3 Qd2 35. Nh5 1-0. Mate follows.

 

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