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Becky
20-11-2018, 01:49 PM
I just signed up for this new chess tournament in Tianjin (Binhai district) 24-th December 2018 to the 2-nd January 2019---it just happens to be in the city I live in. It's got some big prizes, and some big names have entered!! (Links: FIDE (https://www.fide.com/component/content/article/4-tournaments/11197-1st-binhai-cup-china-international-chess-open-tournament.html); current entries (https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?__biz=MzIzNzE5Nzg3Mw==&mid=2649834013&idx=1&sn=af63f0f8826a3c7d4051a47895175670&chksm=f0c9ad43c7be24555cd2c746a4e3531a3514bd8a358d 1c1b05258c43f1111daa5425d727491a&mpshare=1&scene=1&srcid=1120tz01uABiL3TOPxHoOBsz&pass_ticket=XAZhKIk%2B2ZOUUqiCU%2F22lnbEXeyEqfUsEs aQC6IGJSsL40***TJbubMS5%2FUgiRZ1#rd); and my FIDE page (http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=3208281).)

There's a bunch of 2600+ players: Ganguly (India), Chigaev (Russia), Sethuraman (India), Matlakov (Russia), Wang Hao (China). I hope I get to play one of them! (Although, experience indicates I'm more likely going to be crushed by a bunch of Chinese kids. Also, I haven't been particularly active recently.)

Wish me luck! You're my cheer squad!! *waves Australian flag*

Becky
24-12-2018, 11:31 AM
The tournament starts tomorrow. It's my first in a long time! Wish me luck! Haha!!

MichaelBaron
24-12-2018, 02:22 PM
The tournament starts tomorrow. It's my first in a long time! Wish me luck! Haha!!

Yep, good luck!
Do your best against Chinese cute and clever kids!

Becky
25-12-2018, 12:42 PM
Round 1 is on Christmas day. I`m against FM Fan Chen in a few hours.

He`s not a kid.. he`s older than me. Although, yeah, I`m probably going to be destroyed by a bunch of cute Chinese kids, who seem to pick up chess incredibly quickly.

Becky
25-12-2018, 07:38 PM
Woohoo! I drew (: I’m planning to go out now, so I’ll aim to post the game later.

My opponent played the Slav as black, and I ultra-boringly played an exchange variation.

MichaelBaron
25-12-2018, 09:34 PM
Woohoo! I drew (: I’m planning to go out now, so I’ll aim to post the game later.

My opponent played the Slav as black, and I ultra-boringly played an exchange variation.

Congrats, getting rating points while in China rather than giving them away is indeed a great effort!.

Becky
26-12-2018, 02:30 PM
Here's my game from yesterday. I'm white vs. FM Chen Fan 陈凡.

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Bf4 Nc6 7. e3 Bg4 8. Be2 e6 9. O-O Be7 10. h3 Bh5 11. Rc1 O-O 12. Ne5 Bxe2 13. Nxc6 Bxd1 14. Nxd8 Rfxd8 15. Rfxd1 Rac8 16. Na4 Nd7 17. Bc7 Re8 18. Ba5 f5 19. Nb6 Nxb6 20. Bxb6 Bd6 21. Bc5 Bb8 22. Rc3 Rc6 23. Rdc1 Rec8 24. f4 Kf7 25. Kf2 Ke8 26. Bb4 Rxc3 27. Rxc3 Rxc3 28. Bxc3 Bd6 29. Ke2 h6 30. Be1 g5 31. Bg3 h5 32. h4 gxf4 33. Bxf4 Bxf4 34. exf4 Kd7 35. Kd3 Kc6 36. Kc3 Kb5 37. Kb3 a5 38. a4+ Kc6 39. Kc3 1/2-1/2

I'm on my tablet PC, so it's not easy for me to typeset this. Help appreciated.

In a few hours I'm against GM Ganguly from India. I hope not to embarass myself too much. He's quite capable of beating GMs, so I wonder how much effort he'll need for me. More luck required!

pappubahry
26-12-2018, 02:45 PM
Just need to put it inside a pgn tag:

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Bf4 Nc6 7. e3 Bg4 8. Be2 e6 9. O-O Be7 10. h3 Bh5 11. Rc1 O-O 12. Ne5 Bxe2 13. Nxc6 Bxd1 14. Nxd8 Rfxd8 15. Rfxd1 Rac8 16. Na4 Nd7 17. Bc7 Re8 18. Ba5 f5 19. Nb6 Nxb6 20. Bxb6 Bd6 21. Bc5 Bb8 22. Rc3 Rc6 23. Rdc1 Rec8 24. f4 Kf7 25. Kf2 Ke8 26. Bb4 Rxc3 27. Rxc3 Rxc3 28. Bxc3 Bd6 29. Ke2 h6 30. Be1 g5 31. Bg3 h5 32. h4 gxf4 33. Bxf4 Bxf4 34. exf4 Kd7 35. Kd3 Kc6 36. Kc3 Kb5 37. Kb3 a5 38. a4+ Kc6 39. Kc3 1/2-1/2

Becky
26-12-2018, 06:28 PM
1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 Bf5 4. O-O e6 5. d3 Be7 6. Nh4 Bg6 7. Nd2 O-O 8. e4 Nbd7 9. Qe1 dxe4 10. dxe4 c6 11. Nxg6 hxg6 12. e5 Ng4 13. h3 Nh6 14. g4 Qa5 15. Nc4 Qxe1 16. Rxe1 Rab8 17. Be3 Bc5 18. Rad1 Bxe3 19. Rxd7 Bb6 20. c3 Rfd8 21. Red1 Kf8 22. Nxb6 1-0

Here's my game vs. GM Ganguly (I'm black). 12...Ng4 was a mistake---I can't grab that pawn so my knight gets stuck for the rest of the game. Afterwards, I decided to gift him a piece and resign: my 1700 rating is showing. My preparation didn't make any difference, really.

Becky
27-12-2018, 01:38 PM
My last game reminds me of a Ben Finegold quote: "that's why I'm a grandmaster, and you're not".

By the way, the pairings for this tournament are on Chess Results: http://chess-results.com/tnr402892.aspx

Round 3, I'm against Yan Tianqi 颜天琪 who is rated 2098 (I'm 1792). So I still need a bit of luck! Haha!

Becky
27-12-2018, 04:06 PM
To keep people informed... we we’re experiencing many phone calls and random people knocking on our door and running away. Kids, who I guess are in the tournament.

I answered one of the calls to our room to get some transphobic remark, with a bunch of kids laughing in the background. Afterwards, I withdrew from the tournament. So there won’t be any more games from me.

Stuff like this is really upsetting... it makes me not want to play in tournaments again.

Leonkempen
27-12-2018, 04:45 PM
Becky
Really sorry to hear you have been hassled by idiots. I hope you do not give up chess tournaments.

Becky
27-12-2018, 10:04 PM
I’ve been in contact with the organizers, and I’m going to change rooms. I’ll try to avoid these kids, but they’re probably in the tournament.

I’ll regroup and try playing again tomorrow. I don’t want to be the drama queen... and I shouldn’t let this kind of behavior control my life. Since it happened just before the game, it didn’t give me an opportunity to have a measured response. But there was no chance of me being able to concentrate on chess directly afterwards anyway.

When stuff like this happens, it makes me feel like my whole life is a joke—that I, as a person, am a joke. I think “does everyone think this about me?” and some rather darker thoughts.

Thanks for your support Leon.

I hope this isn’t a mistake. I guess I’ll find out.

Also, I’d like to point out that usually my experience is that Chinese kids are quite well behaved, for their age. But here I think they’re bored, stuck in a hotel room all day, and are getting up to mischief.

MichaelBaron
28-12-2018, 01:56 AM
I’ve been in contact with the organizers, and I’m going to change rooms. I’ll try to avoid these kids, but they’re probably in the tournament.

I’ll regroup and try playing again tomorrow. I don’t want to be the drama queen... and I shouldn’t let this kind of behavior control my life. Since it happened just before the game, it didn’t give me an opportunity to have a measured response. But there was no chance of me being able to concentrate on chess directly afterwards anyway.

When stuff like this happens, it makes me feel like my whole life is a joke—that I, as a person, am a joke. I think “does everyone think this about me?” and some rather darker thoughts.

Thanks for your support Leon.

I hope this isn’t a mistake. I guess I’ll find out.

Also, I’d like to point out that usually my experience is that Chinese kids are quite well behaved, for their age. But here I think they’re bored, stuck in a hotel room all day, and are getting up to mischief.

Becky, never let people who are not worthy of your attention upset you! Let their stupidity be their problem. You are a highly successful person who leads a very meaningful life - do not make your happiness conditional on other's opinions!

Stay strong!

P.S. I suspect there are many people who think ''all kind of things'' about me ...However, I would rather not worry.

Becky
28-12-2018, 12:24 PM
Thanks Michael... it means a lot to have some support.

I'm mentally stronger than I used to be... so I've got a game today. I'll try to come back, but I'm guessing the tournament hall will have those same kids. I'm not sure how comfortable I'll be. I'm not really in a good mood, and I'm certainly unwilling to hang around while kids insult me. I probably shouldn't continue--I find it hard to believe I'm going to enjoy the tournament.

The organizers don't really "get it"--they want to prove me wrong and that the kids are innocent, or it's all some misunderstanding. They need to do something to manage bored kids getting up to mischief--it's just not appropriate, especially when there's world-class professional players involved.

To my knowledge, it was my first ever forfeit yesterday. I'm not proud of that. I spent the morning preparing for the game too.

My game today is against Lu Miaoyi, who is 8 years old, and about my strength... 1700ish. I hope it goes smoothly.

Becky
28-12-2018, 10:10 PM
Here's my game vs. Lu Miaoyi (鹿妙夷, rated 1717). I was quite worried I was about to lose in an endgame, but it got sharp and my opponent had more time pressure than me.

This was my first time playing the Budapest gambit as black. It's okay, but I'm not sure it's as exciting as people say.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Nf3 Bc5 5. e3 Nc6 6. Be2 Ngxe5 7. Nxe5 Nxe5 8. O-O O-O 9. Nc3 d6 10. b3 Qh4 11. Bb2 Be6 12. Na4 Bb6 13. c5 Ba5 14. cxd6 Ng6 15. g3 Qh6 16. Bf3 Rad8 17. Bxb7 Rxd6 18. Qf3 Rb8 19. Rfd1 Qg5 20. Rxd6 cxd6 21. Rc1 h5 22. Qc6 Qe7 23. Ba6 h4 24. Ba3 hxg3 25. hxg3 Bd7 26. Qxd6 Qxd6 27. Bxd6 Rd8 28. Bc7 Bxc7 29. Rxc7 Ne5 30. Nc5 Bg4 31. Bf1 Rd1 32. Ne4 Be2 33. Nc3 Rxf1+ 34. Kg2 Rc1 35. f4 Bf3+ 36. Kf2 Rc2+ 37. Kf1 Ng4 38. Ke1 Nxe3 39. Rc8+ Kh7 40. Rc5 Nd5 41. Rxd5 Rxc3 42. Rd7 a6 43. Ra7 Rc6 44. Rxf7 Bg4 45. Ra7 Rd6 46. a3 Kg6 47. b4 Bd7 48. Ke2 Kf5 49. Kf3 Rd3+ 50. Kf2 Rd6 51. Kf3 g6 52. g4+ Kf6 53. f5 g5 54. Ke4 Bc6+ 55. Ke3 Bb5 56. Ke4 Be2 57. a4 Bxg4 58. b5 Bxf5+ 59. Kf3 Rd3+ 60. Kf2 axb5 61. axb5 Rb3 62. Ra6+ Ke5 63. b6 Be4 64. Ra5+ Kf4 65. Ra6 Rb2+ 66. Ke1 g4 67. Ra7 Rb1+ 68. Ke2 Rb2+ 69. Ke1 Rxb6 70. Rf7+ Ke3 71. Rd7 Rb1+ 72. Rd1 Rxd1+ 73. Kxd1 Kf2 74. Kd2 g3 75. Kc3 g2 76. Kd4 g1=Q 0-1

Tomorrow, I'm white vs. Ning Kaiyu (宁凯玉, rated 2217). Hopefully, I don't get demolished.

As for the unpleasantness, the admin have sent word back to the kids' parents. Apparently, they're here unsupervised--in a hotel, all day (too cold to go outside). My roommate and I have moved rooms, away from them. Having forfeited the last game, the pairing resulted in me sitting towards the bottom, among the kids. I wad a bit concerned, but nothing bad happened. I managed to have a ressonable game.

MichaelBaron
28-12-2018, 10:14 PM
Here's my game vs. Lu Miaoyi (鹿妙夷, rated 1717). I was quite worried I was about to lose in an endgame, but it got sharp and my opponent had more time pressure than me.

This was my first time playing the Budapest gambit as black. It's okay, but I'm not sure it's as exciting as people say.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Nf3 Bc5 5. e3 Nc6 6. Be2 Ngxe5 7. Nxe5 Nxe5 8. O-O O-O 9. Nc3 d6 10. b3 Qh4 11. Bb2 Be6 12. Na4 Bb6 13. c5 Ba5 14. cxd6 Ng6 15. g3 Qh6 16. Bf3 Rad8 17. Bxb7 Rxd6 18. Qf3 Rb8 19. Rfd1 Qg5 20. Rxd6 cxd6 21. Rc1 h5 22. Qc6 Qe7 23. Ba6 h4 24. Ba3 hxg3 25. hxg3 Bd7 26. Qxd6 Qxd6 27. Bxd6 Rd8 28. Bc7 Bxc7 29. Rxc7 Ne5 30. Nc5 Bg4 31. Bf1 Rd1 32. Ne4 Be2 33. Nc3 Rxf1+ 34. Kg2 Rc1 35. f4 Bf3+ 36. Kf2 Rc2+ 37. Kf1 Ng4 38. Ke1 Nxe3 39. Rc8+ Kh7 40. Rc5 Nd5 41. Rxd5 Rxc3 42. Rd7 a6 43. Ra7 Rc6 44. Rxf7 Bg4 45. Ra7 Rd6 46. a3 Kg6 47. b4 Bd7 48. Ke2 Kf5 49. Kf3 Rd3+ 50. Kf2 Rd6 51. Kf3 g6 52. g4+ Kf6 53. f5 g5 54. Ke4 Bc6+ 55. Ke3 Bb5 56. Ke4 Be2 57. a4 Bxg4 58. b5 Bxf5+ 59. Kf3 Rd3+ 60. Kf2 axb5 61. axb5 Rb3 62. Ra6+ Ke5 63. b6 Be4 64. Ra5+ Kf4 65. Ra6 Rb2+ 66. Ke1 g4 67. Ra7 Rb1+ 68. Ke2 Rb2+ 69. Ke1 Rxb6 70. Rf7+ Ke3 71. Rd7 Rb1+ 72. Rd1 Rxd1+ 73. Kxd1 Kf2 74. Kd2 g3 75. Kc3 g2 76. Kd4 g1=Q 0-1

Tomorrow, I'm white vs. Ning Kaiyu (宁凯玉, rated 2217). Hopefully, I don't get demolished.

As for the unpleasantness, the admin have sent word back to the kids' parents. Apparently, they're here unsupervised--in a hotel, all day (too cold to go outside). My roommate and I have moved rooms, away from them. Having forfeited the last game, the pairing resulted in me sitting towards the bottom, among the kids. I wad a bit concerned, but nothing bad happened. I managed to have a ressonable game.

Well..you were losing :) - great comeback though!

Becky
29-12-2018, 10:03 PM
Hereís my game versus Ning Kaiyu. This would probably be the best game Iíve ever played.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.c5 b6 6.cxb6 cxb6 7.Bf4 Bd6 8.Bxd6 Qxd6 9.e3 O-O 10.Bd3 Nbd7 11.O-O Bb7 12.Rc1 b5 13.Qc2 Rfc8 14.Qb1 Nb6 15.b3 g6 16.Ne2 Rcb8 17.Rc2 Nbd7 18.Rfc1 b4 19.Qb2 Ne8 20.Ne5 Nxe5 21.dxe5 Qb6 22.Qd4 Qxd4 23.Nxd4 Kf8 24.Kf1 Ke7 25.Ke2 Kd7 26.Kd2 Ra7 27.Rc5 Raa8 28.R1c2 h6 29.Ra5 Nc7 30.Rcc5 Bc8 31.Rc6 Bb7 32.Rd6+ Ke8 33.Rc5 Rc8 34.Rb6 Rab8 35.Rxb4 g5 36.Rb6 Kd7 37.Rd6+ Ke8 38.Ke2 g4 39.f3 gxf3+ 40.Kxf3 h5 41.h4 Ra8 42.Rb6 Ra7 43.Nc6 Bxc6 44.Rbxc6 Kd7 45.Kf4 Rg8 46.g3 a5 47.Be2 Rh8 48.Rd6+ Ke7 49.Bb5 Nxb5 50.Rxb5 Rg8 51.Rdb6 Rg4+ 52.Kf3 Re4 53.Rb7+ Rxb7 54.Rxb7+ Ke8 55.Ra7 Rxe5 56.Rxa5 Re4 57.Ra4 Re5 58.Rf4 f5 59.Rd4 Kd7 60.Kf4 Kd6 61.b4 Re4+ 62.Rxe4 fxe4 63.a4 Kd7 64.Ke5 Kc6 65.a5 Kb5 66.Kd4 Kc6 67.a6 Kb6 68.b5 Kc7 69.a7 Kb7 70.b6 Ka8 71.g4 hxg4 72.h5 e5+ 73.Kxd5 1-0

A large chunk of this win was opening preparation. The 15-th move was the first move I hadnít memorized in the morning. I practiced the middlegame with the computer, and had an clear plan (swap off the rooks, get a good bishop vs. bad bishop endgame). I knew where the pieces belong because the computer had already punished me when I tried other squares. The computer would play b4 then a5 then Ba6 and swap off the bad bishop, and I practiced drawing this position.

My novelty was playing Qc2 followed by Qb1. Itís useful to eye both the e4 square and the h7 pawn, and itís safe from harassment from blackís queenside pawn advance and from knights jumping in the center. The knight on f3 prevents any Nd2 fork ideas. This ensures black cannot easily exchange off the bad bishop (I can basically ignore Ne4, and focus on controlling the c file). But most importantly, Qb1 also allows the rook on c1 to be recaptured by a rook, so I can basically force the exchange of both rooks, then control the c file with the queen. If black swaps off the queens, Iíll have a slightly better endgame, with a better bishop.

I guess my opponent didnít want to draw with a much lower rated opponent. I feel 16...Rcb8 was objectively a poor move.

Becky
31-12-2018, 11:09 AM
Nothing extraordinary from me in round 6... I was defeated by a much stronger opponent (rating 2300).

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 b6 5.Nbd2 Bb7 6.c3 Be7 7.h3 O-O 8.Bd3 d6 9.O-O Nc6 10.Bc2 Qc7 11.Ne4 Nxe4 12.Bxe4 f5 13.Bc2 Kh8 14.Bg5 Rad8 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.Bb3 Nb8 17.Qe2 Nd7 18.Rfd1 h6 19.Qc4 Bxf3 20.gxf3 Qh4 21.Qf1 d5 22.Kh2 Nf6 23.Bc2 g5 24.Qg2 Nh5 25.Rh1 Rg8 26.Kg1 cxd4 27.cxd4 Rc8 28.Bd3 Nf4 29.Qf1 g4 30.hxg4 Rxg4+ 31.fxg4 Qxg4+ 32.Kh2 Qh4+ 33.Kg1 Rg8+ 34.Qg2 Rxg2+ 35.Kf1 Qxh1# 0-1

My opponent seems very familiar with Nimzo-Indian lines, so I avoided them by playing s London system.

I was prepared up to 10...Qc7, which I think my opponent played since it got me out of book. I don't think it's great, but it's not worse. My opponent plays several openings and variations, and I prepared for them, but couldn't go to deep in practicing the middlegames and endgames. One observation: there's so much variety in this opening, it was hard to prepare, yet allowed his experience to show. I was basically prepared for how the computer plays the game (usually ...d5 followed by a queenside pawn storm), although I guessed he'd play ...d6 instead (it was more suited to his playing style).

In any case, I played a move which screams "you haven't played in a tournament in two years", namely 19. Qc4, simply forgetting that it was defending the knight.

I thought I was defending well afterwards... I thought wrong. My opponent found a nice tactic, so I felt I should let him play it out.

Today, I'm black against Zhang Lanlin (张岚琳, rating 2178). Again much stronger than me, although that's why I'm here.

Becky
31-12-2018, 07:01 PM
Round 7, and I lost vs. Zhang Lanlin. So disappointing, this time. I mostly played well.

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nf6 5. Ne2 e6 6. O-O Bd6 7. f4 O-O 8. Nd2 b6 9. Ng3 Qc7 10. Qf3 Bb7 11. Rf2 Nc6 12. c3 Ne7 13. Nh5 Ne8 14. Qh3 g6 15. Ng3 Nf5 16. Nf3 Nxg3 17. hxg3 f5 18. Ng5 Bc8 19. Re2 Qe7 20. c4 Qg7 21. Kh1 Nf6 22. Nxe6 Bxe6 23. Rxe6 Ng4 24. Be3 Nxe3 25. Rxe3 Qxd4 26. Re6 Bc5 27. Rd1 dxc4 28. Be2 Qxb2 29. Bxc4 Kg7 30. Rd7+ Rf7 31. Rxf7+ Kxf7 32. Rxb6+ 1-0

My preparation ended early, with 4. Bd3. She's played this unambitious stuff before, but she also knows the sharp lines, which I prepared for instead.

I was happy with how I played, but I thought I was winning, so I pushed on. She made it complicated and I faltered.

I saw 26...dxc4, and felt I could draw easily with it. I should have played that. Her queen is still offside, and I can exchange rooks and activate my pieces. But I played for a win... and failed.

I calculated 29...Kh8 was okay, but quickly thought "oh, 29...Kg7 is even better". It wasn't.

Becky
01-01-2019, 07:52 PM
Here's my game from today vs. Zhou Chuheng 周楚珩 who is unrated. He played well and I was beaten.

1. d4 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. e3 O-O 5. Ne2 d6 6. O-O Nbd7 7. Nd2 Nb6 8. Rb1 e5 9. b3 exd4 10. Nxd4 d5 11. Ba3 Re8 12. N2f3 Ne4 13. Bb2 c6 14. Qe2 c5 15. Nb5 d4 16. Rbd1 Bd7 17. Na3 dxe3 18. Bxg7 exf2+ 19. Rxf2 Nxf2 20. Qxf2 Kxg7 21. Qxc5 Qe7 22. Qd4+ Kg8 23. Nc4 Nxc4 24. Qxc4 Qe3+ 25. Kh1 Bc6 26. Qd3 Qxd3 27. Rxd3 Rad8 28. Rxd8 Rxd8 29. Kg1 Rd1+ 30. Kf2 Bxf3 31. Bxf3 Rd2+ 32. Ke3 Rxc2 33. Bxb7 Rxa2 34. h4 Kg7 35. Kf3 a5 36. Bd5 Rd2 37. Bc4 Kf6 38. Ke3 Rd8 39. Kf3 Ke7 40. Ke3 f6 41. h5 gxh5 42. Be2 Rb8 43. Bc4 Rc8 44. Kd4 Kd6 45. Bf7 Rb8 46. Kc3 Rb5 47. Kc4 Rg5 48. b4 Rg4+ 49. Kb5 axb4 50. Bxh5 Rg5+ 0-1

I avoided any opening theory, but maybe I shouldn't have. I didn't prepare much for thid match... he has no games to study.

I regret 12. N2f3, which gives up the defence of e4, and I regret 14. Qe2 even more... that's where my knight is supposed to go after it gets chased away by a pawn. My opponent made use of my poor moves. I tried to hang in there as long as possible, but there was not much to say after dropping the exchange.

Becky
02-01-2019, 05:42 PM
In the final round, I played a fairly solid game against Cherriton Hunt (unrated) and managed to win.

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6 6.Bc4 Bf5 7.Ne2 e6 8.Ng3 Bg6 9.c3 Qc7 10.Qf3 Nd7 11.Bf4 Bd6 12.Bxd6 Qxd6 13.Ne4 Bxe4 14.Qxe4 O-O-O 15.O-O-O h5 16.h3 h4 17.Rhe1 f5 18.Qf3 Kb8 19.Qe2 Rdg8 20.f3 Qf4+ 21.Kb1 Rg6 22.Qc2 Rhg8 23.Bf1 Nf6 24.c4 Qc7 25.Qf2 Rg3 26.Qe3 R8g6 27.Qe5 Kc8 28.Qxc7+ Kxc7 29.d5 cxd5 30.Rd4 Rh6 31.cxd5 Nxd5 32.Rc1+ Kd6 33.Rcd1 Ke7 34.Re1 Nb6 35.Rc1 Nd5 36.Re1 Kf6 37.Ra4 a6 38.Rc4 Rg8 39.a3 Rhh8 40.Kc2 Rc8 41.Rxc8 Rxc8+ 42.Kd2 Kg5 43.Bd3 Kf4 44.Re2 Kg3 0-1

He was not familiar with this opening, although I play it a lot online and occasionally in tournaments, so I was quite familiar. It's an opening to play when you don't want a draw.

Around 24...Qc7, I didn't have much of an idea how to win. While every piece of mine can attack the g2 pawn, every piece of white's can defend it. The computer says it's close to equal.

The computer points out that 27...Kc8 is an error, since 28. Qc5 hits the undefended a-pawn, and also threatens Qf8+ winning the f7 pawn. Neither of us noticed this. Surprisingly, black is almost in zugzwang, as moving the knight to a natural square gives Qh8+.