It was a first round and I played in the middle section, so my opponent was low rated. I had Black and played Queen’s Indian. His g3, Bg2 caused me some grief, so next time I should be prepared better. I had a feeling that 11… Na6 wasn’t a very good move, nevertheless I played it, he could answer Ne5 with advantage, even more if 13. Ne5.

After 14. Qd3 I equalized and then managed to get an advantage after his 17. Nb3. He had to give up a pawn after 17… dxc4. Computer criticizes me for 21… Bd3.  Anyway I was increasing my advantage until it became winning and then I made a mistake by playing 53… Qf7 instead of b2.

It was equal after  54… Qf5 and 56… Rd2, but every time he was giving me a chance. But after 57… b2 I realized that he has a perpetual. Then he made a decisive mistake by playing 59. Qb8+, but I let him escape by playing 60… Qd6. Then after 63. Ng5 I finally took the game in my hands and in two moves he resigned.

 

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Despite of the bad weather – weakened hurricane that came to Ontario, there were pretty many people at the club. I had Black and played Queen’s Indian, here is the game. I need to study better this opening and stop hesitating to play Bb4 instead of Be7, which takes I think a good square from my queen.  There were nothing special in the opening besides my opponent spending enormous time on each move starting from move 15.

The time difference was getting bigger and bigger and frankly I thought that the game is almost over, not by time, but just because of the unavoidable mistake in the time trouble. But 24. Be4 was the first sign that it will not go so easy. I had to calculate quite a lot. Then he finally made that mistake allowing me to win his two rooks for the queen.

The game was here for taking. The funny thing is that I saw Rd2 after his Qg3 and that I can take on g2, but thought that I give back my 2 rooks, not realizing that in the pawn endgame I will have more pawns, i.e. win. Then when his remaining time reached 5 minutes he started to play very fast and never went below 6 minutes (we had 30 seconds increment). We kind of exchanged roles, with him playing fast and well and me – slow and  not so well.  Still I missed another clear win after 41. Qg5 and then started to play simply bad losing material.

Definitely his revival affected me, I had not much more time than him anymore and also played mostly on increment. Eventually I lost 2 pawns and got my rook out of play. I decided to give up an exchange thinking that maybe I’ll have chances with my rook and bishop against his queen. Luckily I managed to exchange queenside pawns and suddenly he offered a draw, saying that he thinks I can build a fortress.

Shootout confirmed that, 2 games finished in a draw.

I came to the club in a good shape and mood and left behind all the recent losses. They changed  time control and introduced 30 seconds increment in the middle section too, I thought it was good.

I got the guy with whom I had a draw in the past. I decided even before the start that I will play Queen’s Indian on his d4 and that’s exactly what happened, here is the game. It was actually Accelerated Queen’s Indian, because I wanted it even if he plays 3. Nc3, not just 3. Nf3. I tried to improve comparing with the game I played a week before. His decision to castle queenside looked suspicious to me. I started to prepare c5 which looked strong to me. He definitely saw it, didn’t like  and spent a lot of time thinking how to prevent it, but it was not possible. Computer suggests I could play it even earlier than I did.

His b4 definitely wasn’t a good idea. I finally played c5 and his position started to deteriorate. I missed 25… Nc3+, i.e. I saw it and thought that he will go to f1, didn’t see Qa1+. After 27. Ke1 I found the tactics, funny that being carried away by the idea of winning the rook I missed that in the middle of that line I could actually win the queen. Anyway it was enough to win.