Continental Open 2013, Round 5, "Darn it, I was just figuring out the game..."

Aug 17, 2013, 2:56 PM |

Sicilian as Black, poor opening on Black's part, and just as Black starts to recover, White executes a game ending blunder. Darn it, the game was just starting to get interesting.

2.Nc3, I'm embarrased to say but in the game I didn't know what do despite me having been playing Sicilian for a while. Nonetheless Black persevered, and by 6...d6, managed to have unwittingly transposed to the recommended line in Palliser's "Fighting the Anti-Sicilians" (1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.f4 Nf6). Not bad, but I chewed up way too much time groping through the opening.

With 8...Nxf3+ Black starts a little "hanky panky" before being fully developed. Black continues to develop and by 12...b6 is solidifying his position. 

With 15...d5, Black managed to then start expanding and with this move is starting to equalize the position. From an initiative/momentum perspective however, White is feeling the pressure, and I think maybe White is perceiving the "tides are changing."

16.exd5 and the center is clarifying. 17...f5 and Black is in retreat. 18.Ng5 is too ambitiuos, better is 18.Nd2. 18...e5, and White touched the f pawn. My opponent looked at me in the game as if to say "you didn't see that did you?" Of course I did; I reminded him this major OTB tournament uses "touch rule," and he promptly resigned.

Doh. And I was just figuring out the game. I'll take the point though.