It was a 4th round in the Thursday’s club, my opponent was a boy rated 1596. He had White and played Scotch Gambit. I had it 4 months ago and went along the same line with 5… d6. It is a 3rd book choice, but with good stats.

I was feeling under pressure until move 20, he could play 19. f6 with 0.5 advantage. Then I equalized, then suddenly he played 25. Kf2, it wasn’t a good move. His position started to deteriorate.

I considered 29… Rxe4 and didn’t quite like it, because it would lead just to a rook endgame with me being pawn up. So I found 29… d5. His 32. Rxd5 was a game losing mistake and after 32… Qxf5 he resigned, Computer evaluated this position as -9.


I played this game in the middle of February, it was a first round and I got a top rated guy. I managed to beat him with White before New Year. I had Black this time, Scotch Gambit.  I didn’t want to play 4… Nf6 or Bc5, but my Bb4 doesn’t have very good stats.

Then I didn’t want to follow a known line –  8… Ne5 9. Bxf7+ Nxf7 10. Nxf7 Kxf7 11. Qh5+ g6 12. Qxe5, so I played 8… d5. Computer considers 9. Bxd5 stronger than exd5. 10… Bg4 was played just not to let his queen on h5. Until his move 12 I felt like I am on the edge and the game can be over for me very soon.

I expected 12. Qa4+ and was surprised by his Kh1. After 18… Qh4 I started to feel good. Then  I needed to play 21… Re7 instead of the rooks exchange, he could play 22. Bxe1 instead of Rxe1 with advantage. Another mistake was 24… Ba5, 24… Qf2 was equal.

Then I made a very serious mistake by playing 28… Re8. After 29. Rxe8 bxe8 30. Nf5 Bb6 31. Bg5 Qxc3 32. d6 cxd6 33. Nxd6 Black’s position is indefensible. Luckily he didn’t see it and played 30. Qe1. At that moment he had about two minutes, I had four. After two more moves he offered a draw which I gladly accepted.


I realized almost right away that my opponent will  not come,  eventually I got paired with another one, girl 14 years old. She is from Colombia, her FIDE rating is 1900+, CFC provisional rating was the same, but dropped to 1711 after not successful play in Canadian Open. Her father is a master.

I got Black and as with her brother, with whom I played about 3 months ago, we got Scotch Gambit again, the same Dubois-Reti defense ( 4… Nf6) and almost the same line, here is the game.

Things went well in the first game. But there was a difference in the class,  she didn’t take my knight on g5, as her brother and it made my defense more difficult. I had to play 12… Ne4, but I thought about Nd2 exchanging my knight and then f5 and e6, though I would have enough time to play c5. The last chance to stay equal was to play 13… Ng5, not allowing Bh6 in the future. I was too optimistic about taking on f6, expecting only 15… gxf6 16. exf6 Bxf6 17. dxc5.  I realized right away after Bh6 that things are bad.

She was playing embarrassingly fast, I had 30 minutes less. Fritz says 20. Be6 was too passive. Interesting, that I thought that Bg6, Qf5 will provide enough defense and in the end even started to think that I have a chance to win.  She even slowed down. Then suddenly she took on h7. I completely didn’t see it. Funny, that I looked all the time at Qxh7, but only with the purpose of rook mating on h7. Yes, mate with a knight was a pattern that I didn’t know, too bad I had to learn it this way.

My rating after 3 losses in this tournament will go down by about 45 points, it’s a 3/4 of what I earned at Canadian Open (in 9 games!) . It’s almost like I wish I wouldn’t  play, but the only way to learn is to play, not to sit and look at your past success.

I played on Monday, it was a boy with whom I played G/15 2 weeks before, he blundered a piece and lost. This time it was more interesting, though still not very long. He had White and played Scotch gambit, here is the game.

Having two bishops I wasn’t afraid of his f5, though knew that I should be careful. He made a mistake right after that and the picture changed dramatically. He continued to play ignoring development of his queenside and I decided to use it. Soon he lost  piece and resigned.