Aranytiz round 6 - Draw against a Grandmaster
In round 6 I played with white against International Grandmaster Boris Kantsler from Israel.
I got a small edge in the opening against the Philidor defense.
Then I made a natural looking move, I moved out from a pin, but my other piece became pinned and I could have lost a pawn.
I increaed the pressure on the center and he went to an endgame.
The endgame was better for me with the pair of bishops and a passed pawn, but he could have blocked it well and would be possible a draw.
He made a critical mistake, b7-b5, which left the a6 pawn as a target.
After we exchanged the rooks, I found a winning plan, to go to an opposite coloured bishop endgame with a better king.
In the time trouble I looked counter-attacking chances for him and I was not brave to take the risk of loosing, so I accepted the draw in a winning position. It could be a complicated pawn race on both sides.
I will analyse the endgame in a separate post.