0 Pieces Developed is Bad. Develop! | Road to GM, Game 95

The second round from the Split Open. I played a lower rated opponent in the Caro-Kann. He played the opening poorly and lagged in development which gave me a big advantage.

2019 Split Open, Round 2, 08/05/2019, T. Mindoljevic (1544) vs S. Tomic (1920), Caro-Kann

The Swiss system is merciless. I played a 2400 in round 1 and a 1500 in round 2. So basically, you have to lose and then you have to win. The situation will normalize from now on hopefully. Today I’m playing a 2150, finally a normal game!

In this game I must say I had an easy time and my opponent let me win. He didn’t develop normally, nor did he compensate for that in any way. I had an advantage which I decided to convert in an easily winning endgame.

Write down your moves for our correspondence game! We are playing a Closed Sicilian!

1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. d4 Nc6
5. c3 Nf6 6. Bd3 Bg4 7. h3 Bh5 8. g4 Bg6
9. Bxg6 hxg6 10. Ng1 e6 11. Bg5 Qb6 12. Bc1 Rc8
13. Nd2 Bd6 14. Nb3 Ne4 15. Be3 a5 16. a4 Nf6
17. g5 Ne4 18. h4 Ne7 19. Rb1 Nf5 20. Bc1 Nxh4
21. Kf1 Ke7 22. Nd2 Qa6+ 23. Qe2 Qxe2+ 24. Kxe2 Nxd2
25. Bxd2 Nf5 26. Nf3 Rh5 27. Ne5 Bxe5 28. dxe5 Rc4
29. Rxh5 gxh5 30. f4 Rxa4 31. Kd3 Rc4 32. b3 Rc7
33. c4 dxc4+ 34. bxc4 Rd7+ 35. Ke2 Nd4+ 36. Ke3 Nc6
37. Rb5 Kd8 38. Bxa5+ Nxa5 39. Rxa5 Kc7 40. Rc5+ Kb6
41. Rb5+ Ka6 42. Rb3 g6 43. Ke4 b6 44. Ra3+ Kb7
45. Rb3 Kc6 46. Rb5 Rd1 47. Rb3 Rh1 48. Rb5 h4
49. Rb3 Rh2 50. Rc3 Kc5 51. Rb3 Re2+ 52. Kd3 Rg2
53. Ke4 Rg3 54. Rb5+ Kc6 55. Rb2 h3 56. Kd4 Rg2
57. Rb3 h2 58. Rh3 Rd2+ 59. Ke3 Rg2 60. Kf3 Rc2
61. Kg3 Kc5 62. Rxh2 Rxh2 63. Kxh2 Kxc4 0 – 1

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