I played this Sunday my regular OTB game.  I got to play Black with a guy rated 300 more than me,  never played with him before. The opening took unexpected turn after  1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Bc5  4. b4

I played a few times Evans Gambit with computer and online (as Black),  never OTB.  Saw quite a few old games with it, of course, but it was long time ago. After 4. Bxb4 5. c3  I chose less popular line  – Be7.  Funny, that not knowing it, I played a few book moves – 6. d4 Nf6 7. dxe5 Ng4 8.  Bf4


then went on my own – 8….O-O 9. h3 Nh6 10. Nd4 Nxd4 11. cxd4 d6 12. O-O dxe5 13. dxe5


Here I played 13. … Be6, computer thinks queens exchange is better. 14. Bxe6 fxe6 15. Bxh6 gxh6 16. Nc3 Qe8 17. Qg4+ Qg6


and here computer thinks that White shouldn’t exchange queens – 18. Qxg6+ hxg6 19. Nb5 Bd8 20. Rad1 a6  21. Nd4 Re8 22. Rb1

Computer definitely does not like Rb1, giving estimate -0.90 ( for white) after that


22. … c5 23. Ne2 b5 24. Rfd1 Bc7 25. f4 Rad8 26. Kf2 Rxd1 27. Rxd1 Rd8 28. Rxd8+ Bxd8


I went into B vs. N endgame, rightfully thinking that I should be better there, computer estimate  -1.39.

29. Ke3 Kf7 30. g4 Bb6 31. Nc3 c4+ 32. Kd2


Here I thought about 32… g5,  but that @#$%ing dogma, that you shouldn’t put pawns on the squares of the same color as your bishop  affected my vision.  Computer for crying out loud wants me to do this move – 32… g5 33. Ne2 gxf4 34. Nxf4 Bd4 35. Ne2 Bxe5 with estimation – 2.52!

32. …Bc5  33. Kc2 Bb6 34. Ne2 Bc5 35. Kc3 Ke7 36. Nd4 Bxd4+ 37. Kxd4 Kf7 38. f5 gxf5 39. exf5 exf5 40. gxf5 Ke7 41. h4 h5 42. a3 Kd7 43. Kc3 Ke7   1/2 : 1/2


It’s a first time I had the opportunity  to win the game against “A” class player.

As Jeremy Silman says:  “I recognize that ALL rules are meant to be broken. … It’s this ability to step beyond dogma that makes chess endlessly interesting.”

It should be interesting day. Our men team is playing with Yemen. Funny,  Yemen put 2100+ rated player on the first board against 2500+, and 2400 on the second one. I think,  Yemen is aiming for a draw creating a match on 2nd and 4th boards. Women’s team is playing against Nigeria, unrated FIDE, for now Nigeria plays pretty decently, but I think higher class should prevail. We will see. 

Carslen is playing with Mamedyarov, it could get sharp, and Kramnik plays against Naiditsch, he lost to Naiditsch recently in Petroff, they are playing Petroff now! It’s another variation.

10.40 am EST. Kramnik drew.  Nigeria team plays well, it’s starting to worry me.

11:25am. Women have advantage on 2nd board, other boards look pretty equal.  Carlsen gave up the bishop for 3 pawns, very sharp position.

12:10pm. Carlsen drew.  Women won on the 2nd and 3rd boards and are winning on the 1st, 4th looks good too.

1:05pm. Men’s team drew 2:2,  women won 4:0. Here is a beautiful finish of the endgame that Natalia Khoudgarian, 1st board, played with Black, position after 46. Kg2-h3 Kf5-f4


Frankly, I couldn’t understand move Kf4 and became really worried.

47. b6 Kf3!! 48. b7 Bg3  


White resigned ( none of the upcoming queens can prevent a checkmate 49. … g4# ).