It a Russian proverb which I like to use to describe this game.

I come to the club and get a bye. I say to TD that I want to play and after some time I get paired with the guy from the middle section. He plays something like Simagin-Larsen opening, here is the game.

Then he blunders with 13. Nd2 and I see that I can win an exchange. After queens exchange I find a plan with moving “a” pawn and creating a weakness on the queenside. It is successful and I win the “b” pawn. I know he will play Be4 with the idea of sacrificing on g6, he does it. I don’t like arising complications and play protective Rg8.

After rooks exchange I also know beforehand that he will play on the kingside and decide to ignore it. But then it starts to look very dangerous. I think about moving the king and see that wouldn’t help. I feel a “cold sweat” at some point and realize that I probably lost. It puts me almost in the panic mode, my face is probably red.
He is ahead on time too, I have ~22 minutes, he has 10 minutes more.

Something inside me tells me that I have to move the passed pawns.
Then after he gets passed “h” pawn I decide to play aggressive – whatever happens.
I see his Bh7 as a bad move and suddenly the idea of closing the diagonal by rook comes to my mind. I do it after his h6, seeing that we get queens simultaneously, but I also can get another queen.
So it happens. I have a choice of playing 48… Qg6, but think that it gives him more chances for a perpetual if one of my queens is far. After 50… Kc6 he has no more checks.
I exchange the queens and the game is over.

I am happy that I won, praise his play on the kingside, etc.
At home I find that I was winning all the time and his kingside plan was wrong.
It is the first time in my chess life I had so many new queens on the board – four.

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My opponent was unexpected as well as that I will play Black. It was an old guy, never played him before. Here is the game. It was Reti opening, where I decided to give him hanging pawns. Finally he got them, but after a few moves decided to exchange knight on e5, that gave him an isolated pawn on c4. After queens exchange I thought that I am better.

His 34. Bc3 was a mistake, allowing me to exchange bishops and attack his c4 pawn. And then came a moment, when I evaluated the position wrong. I thought that after 38… Rxd3 I win a pawn, but then his king forces my king to stay on “a” line and it’s  a draw. I didn’t realize that he has no other moves and will have to move his king out of opposition losing the game. Really “seeing ghosts”. I also thought that in the rook endgame after winning “a” pawn I should win that endgame having two  connected passed pawns. He activated his rook and according to Fritz had good drawing chances, but 43. h5 ?? took his rook out of play with an easy win for me.

I played against an expert tonight,  second rated guy in our section.
He was 20 minutes late.  He was White and played Reti opening,  here is the game.
I tried again to transform it to Anglo-Grunfeld.
Funny thing, already his 5th move was a surprise to me.  I thought for a while, and only at home I realized why he looked at me with a bit of something like despise.  It was a fist choice move. Anyway, I found the right reply, later too, following the 1st line until move 11.  It was actually him, who played first a second choice move – 12.Qxe7.
I went a bit along the game – Xu Hanbing (2235) vs. Dembo (2341), ½-½,  then continued my own way just trying to equalize  (not without success).  On move 21 we had completely equal position, I had 1 hour,  he – 40 minutes.  He offered a draw, and since the position was simple my time advantage wasn’t important, so I agreed.