It was a first round in the Mondays club. My opponent was a girl, new member, she had FIDE rating 1857, played in some tournaments in SouthEast Asia. I had White, the game started as Caro-Kann, Fantasy variation, but quickly transformed into French, Winawer. It was an unusual for me position, but I found the right moves.

She tried to create a pressure on my queenside pawns and I started to attack on the kingside by 15. Ng5. Her 15… Bd7 reply was bad. I missed 16. f5 followed by e6. I think I looked a bit at it, but didn’t see that after 16. f5 exf5 17. e6 Bxe6 I had Bh5 with +3 advantage. My 16. Bh5 still allowed f5, but I didn’t see it as well. After my 17. Bf3 the game became equal.

I thought that taking her knight on f5 with “g” vertical opening could be risky, it was a wrong evaluation. So the position started to annoy me, I didn’t want to get a draw out of it and considered taking on d5. I saw that after 22. Nxd5 exd5 23. Bxd5 Rb8 I can play 24. e6 with 24… Bxe6 25. Bxe6 fxe6 26. Qxe6+. This sacrifice was not sound, but she had to take on e6 with the pawn, 24… fxe6 25. Bxe6 Kf8 with -1.8 evaluation.

After she took on e6 with the bishop the position would become equal after 25. Bxe6 Fxe6 26. Qxe6 Qe7 27. Qxg6 Qf7 28. Rfe1+ Kf8 29. Qxf7 Kxf7. She said after the game that she would play 26… Ne7, not 26… Qe7. That would actually give me ~1.6 advantage after 27. Rae1. But in the game I didn’t like exactly 26… Ne7 move, thinking that it would defend g6. So after 25… fxe6 I decided to improve my line with 26. Qe5 thinking that it will force her rook to move and then I will take on e6.

To my big surprise she just moved her king to f7 and I realized that I am in a big trouble. Computer evaluates it as -3.3 and the game was basically over after that. My 29. g4 only put more oil into the fire. She played good moves, I couldn’t do anything and in a completely lost position I resigned.