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20 Mar 2018

A03 Bird's Opening with 1...d5 (1.d4 Nf6 2.e3 d5 3.f4 Bf5 4.Nf3 c5)

A03 Bird's Opening with 1...d5 (1.d4 Nf6 2.e3 d5 3.f4 Bf5 4.Nf3 c5)

This was played in the 2014 September Octet I 1700-1800 tournament at Red Hot Pawn. This game and my other game against veca were the longest lasting games of the tournament. Only thing that was at stake on those games was the second place in the tournament, which I got by winning both of my games against veca. But as only the winners of these tournaments are remembered, it did not matter all that much. The main thing I care about usually is that my rating keeps increasing, winning the tournaments would be just an added bonus, which I have been able to do in one tournament at Red Hot Pawn so far. The game below is one of the better games I have played at Red Hot Pawn, even though this was not played all that accurately by me. Then again I did not do any huge blunders.

[Event "Octet"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2014.09.10"] [Round "1"] [White "veca"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A03"] [WhiteElo "1703"] [BlackElo "1914"] [Annotator "Tactical Analysis 2.10 (30s)"] [PlyCount "140"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. e3 d5 3. f4 Bf5 4. Nf3 c5 {A03 Bird's Opening with 1...d5} 5. c3 Qb6 (5... e6 6. Bd3 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. Ne5 Nbd7 9. Bxf5 exf5 10. Qd3 Ne4 11. c4 Bxe5 12. fxe5 dxc4 13. Qxc4 cxd4 14. Qxd4 Qc7 15. Nd2 Ndc5 16. Nxe4 Nxe4 17. Rxf5 Qc2 18. Qb4 Rfd8 19. h4 Rd1+ 20. Kh2 {Vakhania,A (2199)-Rychagov,A (2538) Paleochora 2010 0-1}) (5... Nc6 6. Qb3 Rb8 7. Ne5 c4 8. Qd1 e6 9. Nd2 Nxe5 10. fxe5 Ne4 11. Qa4+ b5 12. Qxa7 Be7 13. a4 O-O 14. a5 Bh4+ 15. g3 Bg5 16. Nxe4 Bxe4 17. Rg1 g6 18. Bh3 f5 19. Bd2 Qc8 20. Qc5 {Tahiraj,A (1906)-Pedoni,L (1947) Crema 2016 0-1 (41)}) 6. Bd3 $146 (6. Be2 Nc6 7. Nh4 Be4 8. Nd2 g6 9. O-O Bg7 10. Ndf3 O-O 11. Ne5 Rad8 12. Bf3 Ne8 13. Nd3 cxd4 14. exd4 Nd6 15. Be2 e6 16. Kh1 Rde8 17. Nc5 Re7 18. Nf3 f6 19. Qb3 Qc7 20. Be3 Bf5 {Linner,C (2028) -Pierer,C (2090) Bayern 2003 1/2-1/2 (47)}) 6... Bxd3 7. Qxd3 e6 8. O-O { Black has an edge.} Be7 9. h3 Nbd7 10. b3 O-O 11. Ne5 Nxe5 12. fxe5 {And now dxc5 would win.} Ne4 13. Nd2 Nxd2 14. Bxd2 Rac8 15. Rfb1 f6 16. exf6 Bxf6 17. Rf1 Bg5 18. Rxf8+ Rxf8 19. Rf1 Rxf1+ 20. Kxf1 Qc7 21. Kg1 cxd4 22. exd4 Bf6 23. c4 dxc4 24. bxc4 b6 25. g3 g6 26. Bf4 Qc6 27. d5 exd5 28. Qxd5+ Qxd5 29. cxd5 $11 {Endgame KB-KB} Kf7 30. h4 {-1.33/40} (30. Kf2 $11 {0.00/45 remains equal.} ) 30... Ke7 31. Kf2 Kd7 {-0.17/42} ({Better is} 31... b5 $17 {-0.91/38}) 32. Kf3 {-0.68/35} (32. a4 $1 $11 {-0.17/42}) 32... Be7 {0.00/42} (32... b5 $1 $15 {-0.68/35}) 33. Ke4 {-0.72/35} (33. Be3 $11 {0.00/42 keeps the balance.}) 33... Bd6 {0.00/40} ({Black should try} 33... b5 $1 $17 {-0.72/35} 34. Bh6 a5) 34. Bxd6 Kxd6 {KP-KP} 35. Kd4 $2 {-#37/36 [#]} (35. g4 $11 {-0.08/40}) 35... b5 $1 36. a3 a5 37. g4 h6 38. Ke4 b4 39. axb4 axb4 {K3P-K3P} 40. Kd4 b3 41. Kc3 Kxd5 42. Kxb3 {KPP-KPP} Ke4 43. g5 h5 $2 {0.00/34} (43... hxg5 {-#23/33 mates} 44. hxg5 Kf5 45. Kc3 Kxg5 46. Kd3 Kh4 47. Ke4 Kg3 48. Ke3 g5 49. Ke2 g4 50. Kf1 Kh2 51. Ke2 g3 52. Ke3 g2 53. Ke4 g1=Q 54. Kd5 Kg3 55. Kd6 Qb6+ 56. Kd5 Kf4 57. Kc4 Ke4 58. Kc3 Qc5+ 59. Kb2 Kd3 60. Kb1 Qb6+ 61. Ka2 Kc2 62. Ka3 Qb3#) 44. Kc3 Kf4 {( -> ...Kg4)} (44... Kf5 $5 45. Kd4 $8 Kg4 $11) 45. Kd3 $2 {-#20/40 [#]} (45. Kd4 $11 {0.00/30}) 45... Kg4 {Black mates.} 46. Ke4 Kxh4 {KPP-KP} 47. Kf4 Kh3 48. Kf3 h4 49. Kf4 Kg2 50. Ke5 h3 51. Kf6 h2 52. Kxg6 h1=Q 53. Kg7 Qh5 54. g6 Kg3 55. Kf6 Qf3+ 56. Ke7 Qe4+ 57. Kf6 Qf4+ 58. Ke7 Qg5+ 59. Kf7 Qf5+ 60. Kg7 Kg4 61. Kh6 Qh5+ 62. Kg7 Kg5 63. Kf7 Qxg6+ 64. Ke7 Qc6 65. Kf7 Qf6+ 66. Ke8 Qg7 67. Kd8 Kf6 68. Kc8 Qa7 69. Kd8 Qb7 70. Ke8 Qe7# {Precision: White = 42%, Black = 49%.} 0-1

When I searched for reference games where both players where 2300+ rated, only this game was found.

[Event "Benasque op 18th"] [Site "Benasque"] [Date "1998.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Brull Mayol, Cosme"] [Black "Kuzmin, Alexey"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A03"] [WhiteElo "2335"] [BlackElo "2545"] [PlyCount "134"] [EventDate "1998.07.??"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "ESP"] [SourceTitle "EXT 2002"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "2001.11.25"] 1. f4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 c5 4. d4 Bf5 5. Bd3 Bxd3 6. Qxd3 Nbd7 7. Nbd2 e6 8. O-O Qb6 9. c3 Be7 10. Ne5 O-O 11. Rf3 Rad8 12. Rh3 g6 13. Ndf3 Ne4 14. Nxd7 Rxd7 15. Ne5 Rc7 16. Qe2 f6 17. Ng4 f5 18. Ne5 Bd6 19. Nf3 Qc6 20. Bd2 a6 21. a4 c4 22. a5 Rg7 23. Be1 Qb5 24. Bh4 Bc7 25. Bg5 Rc8 26. Bh6 Re7 27. Ng5 Bxa5 28. Nxe4 dxe4 29. Bg5 Rf7 30. Rg3 Bc7 31. Bh6 Bd8 32. Bg5 Bxg5 33. Rxg5 Rg7 34. Qc2 h6 35. Rg3 g5 36. fxg5 hxg5 37. Qe2 g4 38. h3 Kf7 39. hxg4 Rcg8 40. Rf1 Ke7 41. g5 Rxg5 42. Rxg5 Rxg5 43. Qf2 Rg4 44. g3 Kd7 45. Kg2 Kc7 46. Rd1 Qd5 47. Rh1 Qd6 48. Rh4 Rg7 49. Rf4 Kb8 50. Qf1 Rc7 51. Qh1 Rc6 52. Qh5 Rb6 53. Rf2 Ka7 54. Qe2 Qd5 55. g4 fxg4 56. Qxg4 Rb5 57. Qg6 Qg5+ 58. Qxg5 Rxg5+ 59. Kf1 Rf5 60. Ke2 Rxf2+ 61. Kxf2 Kb6 62. Kg3 Kc6 63. Kf4 Kd5 64. Kg3 b5 65. Kf2 a5 66. Ke2 b4 67. cxb4 axb4 0-1