How to Beat A Strong Player

NM martiniirichard
Jan 16, 2015, 9:55 AM |


[Event "SWCC Winter Swiss"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015.01.15"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Martin, Richard"]
[Black "Seghers, Evan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2186"]
[BlackElo "1714"]
[Annotator "rich"]
[PlyCount "100"]
[SourceDate "2001.08.16"]

1. e4 d6 {I was expecting e5, but maybe I can play the Tiger attack.} 2. d4 Nf6
3. Nc3 Nbd7 4. Bg5 $6 {I for some reason ignored the changes in the structure
and assumed I could play Bg5 here. But more traditional moves are better.} e5
5. dxe5 dxe5 6. Nd5 $6 (6. f4 exf4 7. Nf3 Bd6 $19) (6. Qd2 Bb4 7. O-O-O (7. f3
O-O 8. O-O-O c6 9. Bc4 $11) 7... Bxc3 8. Qxc3 Nxe4 9. Bxd8 Nxc3 10. bxc3 Kxd8
$19) 6... Be7 $1 {This simple move proved to be problematic for me. How do I
avoid the exchange on d5 and not give black easy developement? I had seriously
looked at many other moves, but neglected to give this one serious
consideration.} (6... Bc5 7. Nxf6+ Nxf6 (7... gxf6 8. Bh6 $14) 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.
O-O-O+ Ke8 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. f3 $11) (6... Bd6 7. Qf3 c6 8. Nxf6+ Nxf6 9. Bxf6
Qxf6 10. Qxf6 gxf6 11. O-O-O Ke7 12. Bc4 $14) (6... c6 7. Nxf6+ Nxf6 8. Qxd8+
Kxd8 9. O-O-O+ Kc7 10. Bd3 Be6 11. Nf3 Bd6 12. Nh4 $14) 7. Nxe7 (7. Qd2 Nxd5
$19) (7. f3 Nxd5 $19) (7. Be3 Nxe4 $19) 7... Qxe7 {I was extremely
uncomfortable here. How do I keep the bishop pair and avoid pressure on my e4
pawn? If I am unable to do both black has a small advantage and easy play.} 8.
c3 {I do not think this move is bad, but due to previous decisions I am stuck
defending a tough position.} h6 $1 {A subtlety I was hoping he would miss. I
now do not have time to defend my pawn and keep the bishop pair.} 9. Bxf6 Nxf6
10. Nf3 O-O {A very tough position to play. I have very few active ideas and
none of them can be executed because of the pressure on e4 and on the dfile.}
11. Qc2 Rd8 12. Be2 {The bishop should come here because I want to protect my
knight. Also the c4 square is a vunerable place to put my bishop.} Bd7 $1 {
Evans correctly surmised that the bishop belongs on c6 increasing the pressure
even more on e4.} 13. Nd2 Bc6 14. O-O a5 $1 {Again the correct plan. Limit all
of my active options and ratchet up the pressure.} 15. Rfe1 $6 {I had a plan
to relocate my pieces to f5, f3 and later challenge the d file. However, this
plan is too slow and I should fight over the d file. I saw all this, but felt
the position was too equal for me to work with.} ({Stockfish 5 64 SSE4.2:} 15.
Rfd1 Qc5 16. Bd3 Bd7 17. Nc4 Bg4 18. Re1 Be6 19. Ne3 Ng4 20. Nxg4 Bxg4 21. h3
Be6 22. b3 f6 23. Rad1 b6 24. Be2 c6 25. c4 b5 {-0.24/18}) 15... Rd7 16. Bf3 $6
{Being the stubborn player that I am, I continued to execute a flawed plan
because I thought I could make it work.} Rad8 17. Nf1 $6 {
My last chance to fight over the d file.} Qc5 {
I am in trouble now because black is executing all the right ideas.} 18. Rac1 {
I back up my queen and prepare to fight on the queenside. But, I do not have
enough.} Bb5 {My opponent corectly sees that d3 is weak and pounds me there.}
19. Be2 Bc6 20. Bf3 Bb5 21. b4 $2 {I played a move that I knew was bad because
I thought I could make the game sharp and fight a tactical battle. If my
opponent was 2000+ I would have agreed to the draw.} axb4 22. cxb4 Qxb4 {
My opponent accepts correctly and just proceeds to destroy me.} 23. Rb1 Qa5 $1
{He even correctly finds the right square for the queen.} 24. Qc5 {
My only shot at getting any complications.} c6 25. Be2 $4 {I had a board
vision error here. But my position was close to collapsing anyway. Black has
all the play and white will be working hard just to keep it interesting.} (25.
Qxe5 Qxa2 26. Ne3 Rd2 ({Stockfish 5 64 SSE4.2:} 26... Re8 27. Qg3 Nxe4 28. Bxe4
Rxe4 29. Nf5 f6 30. Nxh6+ Kh7 31. Nf5 Qd5 32. Qh3+ Kg8 33. Ne3 Qe6 34. Qf3 Bd3
35. Ra1 Qe8 36. Rec1 Re5 37. Qd1 Be4 38. Qb3+ Kh7 39. h3 b5 40. Ng4 Rd3 41. Rc3
Rxc3 42. Qxc3 {-1.13/24}) 27. Qg3 $11) 25... Nxe4 26. Qxe5 $2 {
This move didn't help matters, but I am busted anyway.} Nc3 27. Bg4 Rd5 28. Qe7
Nxb1 29. Rxb1 Qxa2 $1 {The rest of the game his him consolidating and giving
me no play at all. Basically, nothing interesting to oversee.} 30. Re1 Bxf1 31.
Rxf1 Qc4 32. h3 b5 33. Re1 Qc5 34. Qc7 Qd6 35. Qb7 Rb8 36. Qa7 Re5 37. Rd1 Rd5
38. Re1 Rf8 39. Re7 $2 Re5 40. Rxe5 Qxe5 41. Qb6 Qd6 42. Bf3 Re8 43. g3 Rb8 44.
Qa6 b4 45. Bxc6 b3 46. Qa4 Qxc6 47. Qxc6 b2 48. Qc7 b1=Q+ 49. Kh2 Rb2 50. Qc5
Qc2 0-1