I played a standard chess game as black with time controls set at 15 minutes with a 2 second increment. The opening played was the Sicilian Defence, Smith-Morra Gambit Accepted. As is typical with accepting a gambit, black in this case accepts a pawn plus in exchange for accentuating white’s development. Black’s glaring weakness on d5 is one that can be occupied by multiple white pieces, however white’s d4 square is also a soft spot due to the pressure on white’s f3 knight. Who can make better use of the central weaknesses, and calculate better through a key tactical sequence?
1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. Bc4 e6 7. O-O Be7 8. Qe2 Nf6 9. Rd1 e5 10. Be3 O-O 11. Rac1 Bg4 12. h3 Bh5 13. a3 Rc8 14. b4 Bxf3 15. gxf3 Nh5 16. Nd5 Bg5 17. f4 Nxf4 18. Bxf4 Bxf4 19. Nxf4 exf4 20. f3 Ne5 21. Bd5 Qg5+ 22. Qg2 Qh5 23. Kf2 b5 24. Rg1 g6 25. Rgf1 Rxc1 26. Rxc1 Nd3+