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17 Nov 2017

C98 Closed Ruy Lopez: Chigorin Defence, 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nbd2 Nc6 (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.h3 Na5 9.c3 O-O 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nbd2 cxd4 13.cxd4 Nc6 14.Nf1 exd4 15.Bf4)

C98 Closed Ruy Lopez: Chigorin Defence, 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nbd2 Nc6 (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.h3 Na5 9.c3 O-O 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nbd2 cxd4 13.cxd4 Nc6 14.Nf1 exd4 15.Bf4)

While I do still keep correcting and perhaps improving on my previously posted games, this game may be something I have not shared in this blog before. I am maybe 90% sure that it has not appeared here before, the reason why I share this now, is that it was the next one on the list of analysed games in the database I am going through. It is actually a mixed bunch of games, containing both previously shared and games that have not appeared here before. I will mainly concentrate on making changes to the old posts, but these new games may appear from time to time. This game was played at Chess.com in a team match called EPIC MATCH. It was played between The King Attackers and DORU-66 & HIS BEST FRIENDS on 60 boards. I played on board 9 for DORU-66 & HIS BEST FRIENDS and lost both of my games. The final result, however, was 51.5 - 68.5 in our favor! For the first 23 moves the game both players made reasonable moves, but then it was me who messed up and then it was quickly over for me.

In the game I played 24.Nexd4, which was the game losing blunder. I did continue playing for awhile, but the game continuation shows quite well how hopeless my task was. The game ended in a position where the material is even, but I could not prevent my opponent from queening the a-pawn without giving my queen for it.

[Event "EPIC MATCH - Board 9"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2016.04.24"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "Ardell9648"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C98"] [WhiteElo "1808"] [BlackElo "1980"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "64"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. h3 Na5 9. c3 O-O 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Qc7 12. Nbd2 cxd4 13. cxd4 {Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Chigorin Defense Panov System} Nc6 14. Nf1 exd4 15. Bf4 { C98 Closed Ruy Lopez: Chigorin Defence, 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nbd2 Nc6} Be6 16. a3 Nd7 17. Rc1 Qb6 18. Ng3 g6 $146 {Secures f5+h5} (18... Nde5 19. Nf5 Bf6 20. b3 (20. Nxd6 Rfd8 21. Nxe5 Bxe5 22. Bxe5 Nxe5 23. Nf5 d3 {0-1 (23) Nurkic,S (2395) -Lazic,M (2495) Pula 1990}) 20... Rfd8 21. N3xd4 Nxd4 22. Nxd4 Bxh3 23. Be3 Bg4 24. f3 Bh5 25. Ne6 Qa5 26. Nxd8 Rxd8 27. Rf1 g5 28. g4 Bg6 29. Qd5 Qxa3 30. Bd1 h6 31. Be2 Qb2 32. Rf2 Qa3 33. Kg2 {Salas Romo,J-Letelier Martner,R Santiago de Chile 1951 0-1 (40)}) (18... Nde5 19. Nf5 $11) 19. Ne2 $11 {The pressure on the isolated pawn grows. White threatens to win material: Ne2xd4} Bf6 20. Bxd6 Rfc8 21. Bd3 {The white bishop is safe in front of d4} Nce5 22. Bxe5 Nxe5 23. Rxc8+ Rxc8 24. Nexd4 $2 (24. Nf4 $142 $11 {is a viable option}) 24... Nxf3+ $17 25. Nxf3 Bxb2 26. a4 $4 {terrible, but the game is lost in any case} (26. Ng5 $142 $19) 26... Rc1 27. Qe2 Rxe1+ 28. Nxe1 bxa4 29. Bxa6 Bc3 30. Nf3 (30. Nc2 { praying for a miracle} Qb2 31. Kh2 $19) 30... a3 31. Bc4 Bxc4 32. Qxc4 Qb2 ( 32... Qb2 33. Kh2 a2 34. Qf1 a1=Q 35. Qxa1 Qxa1 36. h4 Qf1 37. h5 gxh5 38. Kg3 Ba5 39. e5 Bb6 40. Kf4 Bxf2 41. g4 Qd3 42. gxh5 Qe3+ 43. Kg4 Qe4+ 44. Kg5 Qxf3 45. e6 f6+ 46. Kh6 Be3#) 0-1