November 2017

It was a last round and my opponent was a new, Russian-speaking guy, unrated, but his rating after the tournament should be about 2000. He replied to my Semi-Slav by 4. g3 and it was a line I didn’t know well.

His 12. Ng5 looked like a premature attack. The idea of getting my bishop to f7 was to play e5 of course, but I didn’t play it, having second thoughts about possible weakness of the pawn on e5. His 31. d5 looked strong to me and I spent a lot of time considering my replies and lost my half an hour advantage, but computer says it was equal.

After his 37. Rd3 I got worried about Re3 and possible attacks on 7th horizontal and got an idea about perpetual, it explains the title. So I played 37… Qe1+ which was a mistake and then played 38… Re8, which was a fatal mistake. The problem was I didn’t see move Rf3, completely defeating my idea. I could play instead 37… Rc8 perfectly holding the position.

So after a few moves it became clear that the game is lost and after I found myself in a hopeless rook endgame I resigned.


My opponent was an old guy, I played him a couple of times in the past and won. I had White and he played Sicilian, French variation. I was not inclined to play d4, so I played c3 instead.

His 5… Nc6 didn’t look right to me, I saw c4 right away and after some thinking played it. Then 9… b5 was really bad, I just had to see that I should take with the bishop, not knight, taking into account a possible queen check after knight’s exchange.

Computer thinks that 12. Bc4 was better then my 12. 0-0. Anyway he played soon 13… d6, opening lines for attack on his own king. After 14. exd6 he realized that and resigned, computer gives me about +5 in this position.