Annotated Chess Game 12404972 by Philokalia

Annotated Chess Game 12404972 by Philokalia

Annotated Games
  • 1. e4 c5 2. Qd1f3 Nb8c6 3. Bf1c4 e6
    I always enjoy games where they go for the quick mate.
    • 4. Ng1e2 Ng8f6 5. b3 d5
      It felt like the Bishop was at risk of being blocked in. Even though I knew that it would not be very effective to go after it, I still threw something up because anything can happen with ELOs like these.
      • 6. exd5 exd5 7. Bc4b5 Qd8d7 8. O-O a6 9. Bb5d3 Bf8e7 10. Rf1e1
        I feel glad that I anticipated this by bringing the Bishop to e7. I can also say that this was move was anticipated because I normally do not feel that strongly about King's side castling. It's not exactly a "squad goal."
        • 10... O-O 11. Bc1a3 Qd7d6 12. Ne2f4 Rf8e8 13. h3 h6 14. c4 dxc4 15. Bd3xc4 b5 16. Bc4f1 Bc8b7 17. d3 Ra8b8 18. Nf4h5 Nc6d4 19. Qf3d1 g6 20. Nh5xf6 Be7xf6 21. Nb1c3 b4 22. Nc3e4 Qd6c6
          This had been a disappointing development -- I had really banked on exploiting this pawn here, and also having the f3 Bishop really actively threatening the rook on A1.
          • 23. Ne4xf6 Qc6xf6 24. Ba3b2 Qf6f5 25. Bb2xd4 cxd4 26. Re1xe8 Rb8xe8 27. Bf1e2 Qf5g5 28. Be2f3 Bb7xf3 29. Qd1xf3 Qg5c5 30. a3 bxa3 31. Qf3b7 a5 32. Qb7a6 Kg8f8 33. Qa6c4 Re8c8 34. Qc4xc5 Rc8xc5
            A very pivotal exchange here... does it pay off? (Spoiler alert: it doesn't.)
            • 35. Ra1xa3 Rc5c3 36. Ra3xa5 Rc3xb3 37. Ra5d5 Rb3xd3 38. Kg1f1 Kf8e7 39. Kf1e2 Ke7e6 40. Rd5d8 Ke6f6 41. Ke2xd3
              ... And that blunder loses the game. This is why chess at these levels is exciting, folks -- anything can happen.
              • 41... Kf6e5 42. Rd8xd4 f6 43. f4 Ke5e6 44. g4 Ke6f7 45. Kd3e4 f5 46. Ke4e5 fxg4 47. hxg4 Kf7g7 48. Ke5e6 Kg7h7 49. Rd4d7 Kh7g8 50. Ke6f6
                It all came down to a blunder on move 41. That was the story of the game. I imagine it could have been a draw.
                  Game started
                  01 Oct '17
                  Last move
                  06 Dec '17
                  Game Lost
                  Created
                  13 Jul '20
                  Updated
                  13 Jul '20
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                  Annotation Id
                  6750