This game was played a week ago, in the first round. I got a master, had White, in 5 games before with French in all of them the score was =3, -2 . French again, this time for diversity sake I decided to play an Exchange variation.

It was going well, the opening and the early middlegame. After move 35 I even thought I have an advantage, but the game was equal, he was careful enough to move his king. Around move 40 the game was absolutely equal, I just had to stay cool. But maybe because of the time pressure, I suddenly decided to play f4, probably it was a desire to open up his king. This move was still OK,  but if you say “A” you have to say “B” – I had to play 44. Qf5 and if 44… Qxb6 then 45. Qg4+ Kf7 46. Qd7+ Kf8 47. Qxd5 and it was equal. Instead I played Qb4, the move that I had to play instead of f4. Of course he exploited it and got an advantage.

Then I saw that I can answer his f3 with 48. Qc7+, but decided that after 48… Qxc7 49. bxc7 f2 I will be pawn down in the arising queen endgame. He told me after the game, that he could play 48… Kg6, but after 49. Qxg3 fxg3 50. gxf3 it is a draw. So I had a chance and I missed it. Instead I played horrible gxf3, lost both “h” and “f” pawns and was going to lose. I resisted, thought at some moment that maybe I will get a perpetual, but he made the exact moves and I resigned.

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