I knew my opponent a bit, but never played him before. I got White, Ruy Lopez, Deferred Steinitz variation. I remembered about Noah’s Ark Trap and didn’t take on d4 with my queen right away, first playing Bd5. I accumulated some positional by move 30. I criticized after the game his 23… b4, but it is not that bad.

What is a bad is 27… c4, then also 30… Na3 instead of Rc2. Then the crucial mistake is 34… Rcc2 allowing me to me the pawn with two rooks on the board. I ignored his Rxg2 threat seeing that he has nothing there. On move 37 I had a thought to play e7, but then quickly realized that I need to give a check first.

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