I wasn’t quite happy to get this opponent, he is a former master (actually it’s for life in Canada) and I lost at least a couple of times to him. Last time it was painful because I missed a win  – .  Anyway, he gets White,  jokes using a few Russian words that he knows, game starts.

We get Slav defense,  here is the game.  After his 11. Ne5 I feel that I can get some play after Nxe5 and f6.  Then in a few moves he loses a pawn. Needless to say I start to get a good feeling about this game.  After his 22. g4 I realize that he is on the same self-destructive path as he was last time. The difference is that I have a lot of time, more than him by the way and I know that I should be careful.

I don’t like 25. Ra5 and I see his Bc2, Qd3 coming and that I can easily prevent the mate threat. The natural Bb3+ loses the game, his pieces are all bad placed at this moment. I find all the right moves and after his Ra3 see that the game is over. The guy just received the cup for the second place in the Club Championship, it makes it even better.