Mar. 14th, 2016

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Stacia (1175P21) v. Roy (1255)
Parma Chess Club, March 8th, 2016
Queen's Gambit Refused: Baltic Defense

Game Summary:

Basically, in this opening Roy bring out his dark square bishop early. I should play cxd5 in this situation for a nice advantage! Still, I played well early, trapping his bishop and winning a piece early in the game. Later, I noticed I couldn't really play for my e4 pawn break (my usual plan), but all my pieces were pointed at the Queenside, so I went for an attack there doubling up my rooks on the A file. This proved very effective. Roy had a Kingside attack and pinned my g pawn to my King, but ran out of options for the attack.

There was an exchange when he ran out of attacking moves where no material was lost but my attack advanced. I then won a knight and a rook; now I was up loads of material. I never should have lost! Roy did something very smart though, he found an escape route for his king once I was dominating the 8th rank. It stopped my attack!

In the end he picked up his Kingside attack. I tried to counter with a desperate rook sacrifice which was probably a blunder. Then his threats became pretty rough. I played g3 to avoid a checkmate on g2, however, this weakened my dark squares and trapped my King. Once I got under 3 minutes I stopped notating and tried to hold on, but he picked off my queen and rook and I resigned.

So I outplayed him basically; adjusted my plan beautifully and lost due to Roy's great escape plan and his ability to have such a strong attack with just a bishop and a Queen. Then ultimately time pressure killed me. I believe it has every game with him.. something to keep in mind; but at the same time it should become less of an issue as I continue improving.

R7/6k1/2Q1p2p/3p4/3Pb1q1/4P1P1/3B1P1P/6K1 w -


1.d4 d5 2.c4 Bf5 3.e3 e6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.a3 Ba5 7.Bd3 Bg4 8.Be2 O-O 9.O-O Nc6 10.Qc2 Qe7 11.b4 Bxb4 12.axb4 Nxb4 13.Qb2 Nd7 14.c5 a5 15.Bd2 Ra7 16.Ra3 Nc6 17.Rfa1 Qf6 18.Nb5 Qg6 19.Bf1 Bxf3 20.Nxa7 Nxa7 21.Rxa5 Nc6 22.Ra8 Ncb8 23.Qxb7 h6 24.c6 Nxc6 25.Qxc6 Nf6 26.Rxf8 Kh7 27.Raa8 Qg5 28.Rxf7 Bh5 29.Rxc7 Ne4 30.Bd3 Bf3 31.Bxe4 Bxe4 32.g3 Qg4 33.Rxg7 Kxg7


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