It was a 1st round in Mondays club, I got a guy rated about 1450. I played with my opponent 2 months ago and beat him in French, Fort Knox variation. This time I had White again and we repeated the opening. His 10… b5 looked suspicious, but I didn’t see a clear refutation, so just continued my development. Computer recommends 11. Neg5 Bxf3 12. Nxf3 c6 with +0.65 evaluation.

I saw 15. Nxf6+, but didn’t calculate properly the lines arising after 13. Nxf6+Bxf6 14. dxe5 Be7. Maybe I thought that after 15. Bxb5 Bxb5 16. Qxb5 he still has 16… Rb8, but White has 17. Qxa5 and if 17… Rxb2 then 18. Bc3 winning. The best for White here is 15. Qg4 Kh8 16. Qh3 g6 17. Bh6 Rg8 18. Bxb5 Qc8 with +1.3.

Then the position got simplified. After 21… Rd8 I saw that I have Qa8 after 22. Rxd8 Bxd8 and went for it. I got a feeling that he will play 23… Qd7 and calculated that after 2 checks my king goes to g3 and there is no check on g6 because of my bishop on g5. The bishop could be saved by 23… Qf6, but White was still better after 24. Qc6 Be7 25. Qxc7. So I won a piece after a few moves and when he exchanged the queens it became a matter of technique.

 

 

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