Paladin's Easter Game
Eloranta (2138) - Behemon (1410)
Nimzo-Indian Defence: Rubinstein System, Reshevsky Variation [ECO E46]:
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6
I decided to avoid King's Indian Defence and my normal answer 2...d5 (Queen's Gambit).
3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O
An alternative would be more active 4...c5. I concidered it first but choosed the castling.
5.Ne2 (Reshevsky Variation)
5. Bd3 d5 6. Ne2 or 5. Bd3 d5 6. cxd5 exd5 7.Ne2 - Modern variation.
This move is quite passive but I did not want to play 5...d5 like in Queen's Gambit. Maybe I should have done that. An amateur can not analyze so deeply during the game that he could already see what will come after 15 moves.
6.a3 Be7 7.e4 d6 8.Ng3 c5 9.d5 exd5 10.exd5 Bg4 11.Be2 Bxe2 12.Qxe2 Re8 13.O-O Bf8 14.Qc2 Nbd7?!
I considered here to play something like 14...Na6 and later Na7 which prepares the move b6-b5. According CM Eloranta that might have been a good idea but it requires closer inspection.
14...Na6 15. Qf5 g6 16. Qf3 Bg7 17. Nge4 Nxe4 18. Nxe4 and black has good chances - CM Eloranta.
In the game black has a cramped position and only few possible moves. He can only wait what white is going to do.
15.f3 a6 16.Nf5 Qc7 17.Bg5 Rab8 18.a4 Qb7 19.b3 Qc7 20.Qf2 Re5 21.g4 g6 22.Nh6+ Bxh6 23.Bxh6 Rbe8 24.Qh4 Kh8 25.Bf4 R5e7 26.Bg5 Kg7 27.h3 Re5 28.Bh6+ Kh8 29.Bf4 R5e7 30.Rac1 Kg7 31.Bh6+ Kh8 32.Bg5 Kg7 33.f4 Re3 34.f5 Ng8?!
I decided to sacrifice a rook for bishop. Otherwise I had lost an officer in square f6. There is not anymore saving for black. I already suffered from lack of time in this phase of game. I had under 5 minutes time to make my moves.
35.Bxe3 Rxe3 36.Kg2 Ne5 37.Rfe1 Rxe1 38.Rxe1 Qe7 39.Qxe7 Nxe7 40.fxg6 N7xg6 41.Ne4 Nf4+ 42.Kg3 Nfd3 43.Rf1 and black resigned (1-0).
Black had only one and half minutes time left. White had approximately 8 minutes.
[Notes: Behemon and CM Eloranta.]