XI Obert Vila de Gracia, 5th Game: Tempo Moves, a Blunder, and a Fortress Draw (London vs. Benoni)
In the sixth round of the XI Obert Vila de Gracia I drew White against Jordi Buil Volart, Catalan ELO: 1939, Fide 1738 (Peak Fide: 1949 in 2004). Like my previous opponent, he has also clearly played for a long time and is very experienced.
I played the London with 1.d4, 2. Bf4, he answered in Benoni-style 1...Nf6, 2. ...c5, I pushed d5 and the action started fast. The first part of the game was dominated by his attempt to win a pawn, and my punishing him with a serious of forcing moves until.... I completely blanked and played the biggest blunder, simply hanging a piece. However, I played on, saw a glimmer of hope and was eventually able to build a fortress and draw. The whole game lasted for 3hrs and 45 min. of which at least the last 1,5 hrs were a complete waste of time since it was clear he can't make any progress without risking a loss, which he wasn't willing to do. Fortunately, the tournament director intervened finally, since I'm sure he would've kept trying on...
First, a few puzzles:
Here is the whole game:
I'm not even gonna list the obvious lessons...