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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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A topsy-turvy game

July 19, 2010
Replay (I was white)
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 c5? 4. exd5 exd5 5. dxc5 Qe7+
I expected my opponent to try and complicate play with 5… d4 6. Nb5 Bxc5 7. Bf4 Na6 8. Nf3 Bg4 9. Nbxd4 Bxd4 10. Qxd4 Bxf3 11. Qe3+. I still hold onto the extra pawn but there were plenty of opportunities for me to go astray. A funny continuation after this line would be 11… Qe7 12. gxf3 Qxe3+ 13. fxe3 O-O-O 14. Bh3+! Rd7 15. Rd1 Nf6 and white is winning.
6. Be2 Qxc5 7. Nxd5 Be6 8. Bb5+?
A flashy move with no real bite. (8. Nf4)
8… Nd7 9. Bxd7+ Bxd7 10. Be3 Qa5+ 11. Qd2 Qxd2+ 12. Bxd2 O-O-O 13. Ne3
(13. O-O-O) Around this point, with the idea of safely consolidating my extra pawn, I start playing more to restrict his pieces than activating my own and give back most of my advantage.
13… Nf6 14. f3
(14. Ne2)
14… Bc5 15. O-O-O Be6 16. Re1 Bxe3?
16… Bxa2! could safely be played, winning back the pawn and still holding the initiative.
17. Bxe3 b6 18. Ne2 Nd5 19. Bd4 Rhg8 20. c3 Nf6 21. b3 Nd5 22. Kb2 Kb7 23. Rd1 Rge8 24. Rd2 g6 25. Rhd1 Rc8 26. g3
(26. c4 Ne7) I’ve sorted out most of my problems and activated all my pieces. Over the next couple of pieces, I will also successfully redeploy my knight to a better position – all this while my opponent has made no obvious improvements in his position.
26… h5 27. Nc1 h4 28. Nd3 hxg3 29. hxg3 Bf5 30. Ne5 Be6 31. Nc4 Rc6 32. Be5? Ka8??
Not taking advantage of my error! 32… Rxc4! 33. bxc4 Ne3 34. Rd4 Nxd1+ 35. Rxd1 Bxc4 and the position is a dead draw.
33. a4
(33. Rxd5)
33… a6 34. Rxd5
I missed the shot the 1st time but not the second. With that, my opponent resigned. 1-0