I decided to post these two games together because they were played against the same opponent, though were very different.

Game 1. It was played in the last round of the tournament where I was +2, -3 against lower ( in average ) rated opponents. Interesting that my opponent beat me a few times in 2-3 minute blitz a few rounds before while we waited for the start.

I got Black and he played Torre attack. I was alright until his 14. Rf3, when I didn’t like his attack on the kingside and started to play weird. First I got that idea about exchanging on d2 and then played Ne4 to neutralize his bishop. Then after 17. Rg3  I saw that he can play Bh6 and didn’t realize that I can simply move out my rook. Then I played  18… Nxe5 not even seeing that I will have to give up the queen. I don’t know was it fatigue or a case of chess blindness.

I didn’t want to resign due to the tournament circumstances I described above and decided to organize some kind of attack on the kingside. He simply could play 26. exf4 and after exchanging rooks I had nothing. His next moves weren’t very good defense and suddenly I started to feel that I have a chance. Still it would be equal if he would play 33. h3. Instead he made a decisive mistake with 33. Qh3. He was really under a time pressure at this moment having 10-20 seconds left and playing on 10 seconds increment. After he gave up his queen my win was a matter of technique.

After the game he couldn’t believe he lost and pointed to a exf4 possibility. I could only smile, as I couldn’t believe myself I won.

Game 2.  This game was a first round. I got White and our game quickly transposed into Caro-Kann,  Gurgenidze variation. It was all about positional maneuvering where I tried to keep my two bishops.

33. Qxc4 was ending up with a perpetual, maybe he saw it  as more dangerous that’s why he played bxc4. He offered a draw soon after that, I refused on the base that he had less time and is 200 lower rated. I am not sure that  I wrote down the moves from 36 to 39 correctly, but the position on move 40 is right. On move 45 I already had a bit less time ( both about a minute ) and actually went for a 3-fold repetition. But he played Kg6 ( after the game he told me that he didn’t want repetition ) and it was a decisive mistake. 45… Ke6 would allow him to take on d5 with a king and it would be a draw. I thought that queens exchange given the pawn structure shouldn’t be bad for me and went for it. Then suddenly I realized that I can create a remote passed pawn and it’s a win.

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