It was a second round in Mondays club, my opponent was a young man rated 1560. I beat him 8 months ago with White, this time I had Black. He played Scotch Gambit, I chose a passive, but pretty reliable line. Computer doesn’t quite like the exchange on g4. On move 16 I missed d5, which I of course considered, but didn’t like the line 16… d5 17. e5 Ne4 18. Nxe4 dxe4 19. Rxe4 not seeing that after 19… f5 White can’t take en passant.

On move 28 I got a bad idea of playing Ng4. I thought I will get some pressure, but actually I lost an initiative. He started to look confident, though the position was equal. Then I thought I could hold the bishop vs. knight endgame. But I completely missed a5, he actually could play it a move earlier. After a5 the game was practically over.

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