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Another endgame win

July 19, 2010
Replay (I was white)
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bf4 Ngf6 12. O-O-O Nd5 13. Bd2 Bd6
As main line a Caro-Kann as possible. 13… Nb4 14. Qb3 a5 15. Kb1 a4 was an alternative, going straight after the white king.
14. Ne4 Bc7 15. g3 N7f6 16. Ne5 Nxe4 17. Qxe4 Nf6 18. Qe2 O-O?!
If 18… Qxd4, grabbing a pawn 19. Ng6 Rg8 (19… fxg6? 20. Qxe6+ Kf8 (20… Kd8 21. Bc3) 21. hxg6 Qd7 22. Bb4+) 20. Bf4 Bxf4+ 21. Nxf4 Qa4 22. Kb1 with good compensation for the pawn.
19. c3
19. Bb4 Re8 20. c4 was an alternative
19… c5
(19… Qd5)
20. Ng4
(20. dxc5)
20… Nxg4
20… cxd4 21. Bxh6 gxh6 22. Nxh6+ Kh7 23. Rxd4 Qe7 24. Nf5 with a dangerous attack
21. Qxg4 Qf6
21… cxd4 22. Bxh6 Qf6 23. Bg5 Qxf2 24. Rxd4 is even according to the computer but looks pleasant for white.24. h6 dxc3 25. bxc3 Be5 26. hxg7 Bxg7 27. Rdf1 f5 28. Qh4 Qxa2 29. Qh7+ Kf7 30. Qh5+ Kg8 31. Qh7+ is a wild variation ending in perpetual check.
22. dxc5 Rac8 23. Be3 Rfd8 24. f4 Qf5 25. Qf3
(25. Qxf5 exf5 26. Kc2)
25… b6 26. g4 Qf6 27. Rdf1?
Going through with a sub-par idea. I hadn’t realised how safe black’s king was going to be on h7! (27. cxb6 Bxb6)
27… bxc5 28. g5 Qf5 29. gxh6 gxh6 30. Rhg1+ Kh7 31. Rg2 Rg8 32. Rfg1 Bd6 33. a4 Qd5 34. Rxg8 Rxg8 35. Qxd5 Rxg1+ 36. Bxg1 exd5 37. f5?
I had seen this position before I played my 33rd move and realised that the a-pawn would be the crucial one in the resulting endgame. Here I could have forced matters instead with 37. b4! Bxf4+ 38. Kc2 cxb4 39. Bxa7 bxc3 40. a5 Be5 41. a6 Kg7 42. Be3 Bb8 43. Kxc3 f5
37… a5? 38. Kd2
(38. f6)
38… Kg7 39. Be3 Kf6 40. Bxh6 Kxf5 41. Bg7? Kg5 42. h6 Kg6 43. Ke3 f5 44. Kf3 Kh7 45. Bf6! Kxh6??
Giving up the a-pawn. Now the king is too far to stop white’s a-pawn. (45… Bc7 46. Bg5 d4 47. c4 (47. cxd4 cxd4))
46. Bd8 d4
(46… Kg6)
47. cxd4 cxd4 48. Bxa5 Kg6
(48… Bc5 49. b4)
49. Bb6 Kf6 50. a5 Ke6 51. a6 Bb8 52. a7 1-0
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My first game of the year

January 24, 2010

What a horrible way to start off the new year – a bad loss, personally, and for our team (we lost 4.5-0.5). My opponent and I shared the same rating, and its the first time in many months that I lost to someone not higher rated than me! Anyway, you can replay the game here (I play black).

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. g3 g6 6. Bg2 Bg7 7. O-O O-O 8. Nc3 Nc6 9. a3
How much more boring can an opening be? I take efforts to spice up the game a little!
9…Ne4 10. e3 Nxc3 11. bxc3 Qc7 12. Nd2 Rd8 13. e4 dxe4 14. Bxe4
I had looked at 14. Nxe4 Nxd4 15. cxd4 Bxd4 as leading to an interesting position where I get the queen and 3 pawns for a rook, knight and bishop, or win the a1 rook. Thankfully for me, my opponent chose not go into this line because if we had, he would most likely have found 16. Bd2! Bxa1 17.Qxa1.
14… f5
The beginning of my troubles. I should have just stuck to staking my claim in the centre with e5. Both of these lines leave me with a slight plus. 14… e5 15. d5 Na5 or 14… Bh3 15. Re1 e5 16. Nf3 exd4 17.Bf4 Qd7 18. cxd4
15. Qb3+ Kh8 16. Bg2 Na5
(16… e5)
17. Qb4 Be6 18. Nf3 Rac8
(18… Nc6 19. Qb5 a6 20. Qe2 Bd5 21. Bf4 Qa5)
19. Bf4
(19. Re1 Nc6 20. Qb5 Bd7 21. Bf4)
19… Qxc3
During the game, I thought that this was the blunder that caused all my trouble later in the game. But the computer suggests this was possibly the best move I had at this point in time and actually points to my 22nd move as the real blunder. All in all, I think I should have never allowed myself to get into this position!
20. Qxc3 Rxc3 21. Bd2 Rxf3 22. Bxa5 Rxd4?
(22… b6 23. Bxf3 bxa5 24. Rfe1 Bxd4 25. Rac1 Bg8 26. Rxe7 Bb2 27. Rb1 Bxa3 28. Rxa7 Bb4) (22…Rd5 23. Bb4 Rd3 24. Rae1 Bg8 25. Bxd5 Bxd5 26. Bxe7 Kg8 27. Rd1 Rb3)
23. Bxf3 Ra4 24. Bd8
(24. Rae1 Bc4 25. Bb4 Bxf1 26. Rxe7 Bf6 27. Re8+ Kg7 28. Kxf1)
The rest of the game was probably needless – I could’ve resigned right here. But with my opponent in time-trouble until the very end, I decided to drag it out – not one of my best moments!
24… Bxa1 25. Rxa1 Kg7 26. Bxe7 Rc4 27. Bg5 b6 28. Re1 Kf7 29. Rc1 Rd4 30. Rc7+ Kf8 31. Rxa7 Rd3 32. Be3 Rb3 33. Ra8+ Ke7 34. Ra7+ Kd6 35. Bf4+ Kc5 36. Rc7+ Kd4 37. Be3+ Ke5 38. a4 g5 39. Bd1 Rb4 40. Bxg5 Kd6 41. Rc1 Bd5 42. Bf4+ Ke6 43. Be3 Kd6 44. h4 Bc6 45. Ra1 Be4 46. Bh6 Rb2 47. Kf1 Kd5 48. Ke1 Bd3 49. Bg7 Rb4 50. Ra2 Re4+ 51. Kd2 Bc4 52. Rb2 Re6 53. Bf3+ Kc5 54. Kc3 b5 55. axb5 Bd5 56. Bxd5 Kxd5 57. b6 Re7 58. b7 Rxb7 59. Rxb7 Ke4 60. Bd4 h5 61. Rh7 f4 62. Rxh5 1-0