I played this game in the middle of February, it was a first round and I got a top rated guy. I managed to beat him with White before New Year. I had Black this time, Scotch Gambit.  I didn’t want to play 4… Nf6 or Bc5, but my Bb4 doesn’t have very good stats.

Then I didn’t want to follow a known line –  8… Ne5 9. Bxf7+ Nxf7 10. Nxf7 Kxf7 11. Qh5+ g6 12. Qxe5, so I played 8… d5. Computer considers 9. Bxd5 stronger than exd5. 10… Bg4 was played just not to let his queen on h5. Until his move 12 I felt like I am on the edge and the game can be over for me very soon.

I expected 12. Qa4+ and was surprised by his Kh1. After 18… Qh4 I started to feel good. Then  I needed to play 21… Re7 instead of the rooks exchange, he could play 22. Bxe1 instead of Rxe1 with advantage. Another mistake was 24… Ba5, 24… Qf2 was equal.

Then I made a very serious mistake by playing 28… Re8. After 29. Rxe8 bxe8 30. Nf5 Bb6 31. Bg5 Qxc3 32. d6 cxd6 33. Nxd6 Black’s position is indefensible. Luckily he didn’t see it and played 30. Qe1. At that moment he had about two minutes, I had four. After two more moves he offered a draw which I gladly accepted.

 

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