I played yesterday, my opponent was a middle-aged guy.  I thought his rating was 1300+ – 1400+. It reflected on my play, I played very fast (at least 2 times faster than usual) and felt really strong. He had White and played Scotch game, here it is. I am =1,-1 with it and after the last loss I decided to play 4… Nf6 instead of Bc5. I did’t play the best book moves, but after 8. Be2 Ba6 there is only one game in DB between two “C” class guys and Black won.:) The guy with Black used the same idea as me – Bb4+ after b3, counting on Bd2 and bishops exchange and leaving White with weak black squares. My guy played worse – Nd2 and lost a pawn after a bishop fork.

Little I knew that Fritz will find 12. c5 here and I am without a piece for two pawns. As I said for some reason I played fast and felt confident, too confident. I didn’t try to avoid exchanges, believing that in the endgame a spare central pawn should give me an advantage. I played 23… Kf7 preventing his intervention on “e” line, but didn’t see Qc2 winning my h7 pawn. Fritz found that there is nothing to be afraid of. I think Kf7 was generally bad, as soon there was another opportunity for him after 27…Nd7 – Qh5+. Nevertheless he didn’t see it. My 29… c4 had multiple purposes, one of them was to provoke f4. I saw that Ng6 was safe, but preferred more active Nd3. Then I saw that if after Qh5+ he tries to win d5 pawn he has a choice of getting into the bad endgame after Qxd5, trading queens and cxb3, or looking better Nxd5 which actually loses the game after 32… Qc5+ 33. Kh1 Nf2+ 34.Kg1 Nh3++ 35. Kh1 Qg1#.

I left the table not wanting to show any emotions. When I returned, I saw that he played Nxd5. After Qc5+ he didn’t see the mate.

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