It was a first round of the Monday’s tournament and I got the second guy from that ~1400 rated pair of guys that won the middle section last time. His rating is now 1627.

I got Black and played Queen’s Indian Accelerated. His Bg5 surprised  me a bit and that bishop was quite annoying for a good part of the game. After the opening I was feeling under pressure and thought that I am in trouble, but it wasn’t that bad. He could play 18. Bb5 and after 18… Qxb5 19. Bxe7 Bxf3 20. gxf3 dxc5 21. Bxf8 Bxf8 22. dxc5 bxc5 23. bxc5 Rxc5 24. Rxc5 Rxc5 he would be 0.5.

But he played 18. Bg5 and I found a good defensive resource with Nd5. Again he could get a bit better with 25. Ne5, but he played Bd6 which was equal. When I decided to play 25… e5 it seemed risky, because it was leaving less protection for the knight, but it was the only way to free my pieces. It was also letting me to start a counterattack, computer sees it and recommends Bf1 right away. His Rc4 was a mistake, only preventing Qg4, but not Qf5. He still didn’t see the danger, even after I played Nf4. I realized that his Bb5 was bad, so I needed to decide, Nh3+ or Ne2+. I saw that gxh3 is bad as well as Kh1.

Computer suggests a nice queen sacrifice after 29. Kh1 – Qxf3!! . But what about 29. Kf1? It looked less forced, so I decided to play Ne2+.  Still the best was 28… Nh3+, winning after 29. Kf1 Bxf3 30. gxf3 Qxf3 31. Qe1 Nf4 32. Rxf4 Qh1+ 33. Ke2 exf4+ with a forced mate.

Anyway his position was difficult enough and then he played 31. Rh4??, probably trying to prevent Bh6. After 31… Nd4 not only his 32. Ke1, but also Rhxd4 was losing on the spot. I saw that his rook is hanging and played g5. After his 33. Rhxd4 it was a mate in 16, but even better 33. Rh3 wouldn’t save him.  34. Bxe8 made that mate shorter.

 

 

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