A hard lesson in strategy and planning Β· Road to GM, Game 190

This is the most valuable game I’ve played recently. It was a valuable lesson in chess strategy and planning in complex positions.

I faced a 2100 rated opponent in a London System which transposed into a reverse Caro-Kann. A position I was very familiar with and which I’ve played numerous times before, and knew the plans in well.
Still, after several severely weakening strategic decisions, my opponent had small advantages he was able to build up on and amplify until his position became vastly superior and much easier to play than mine.
Learn from this game. Please.

Ciutat de Barcelona 2021, Round 5
Tomic S. (1927) – Millaret F. (2100)
London System

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 e6 3. e3 d5 4. Nd2 Bd6 5. Bg3 O-O 6. Bd3 c5 7. c3 Qc7 8. Ngf3 Nbd7 9. Bxd6 Qxd6 10. O-O e5 11. dxe5 Nxe5 12. Nxe5 Qxe5 13. Nf3 Qc7 14. h3 b6 15. Qe2 a5 16. Rfd1 Bb7 17. Rac1 Rfe8 18. Qf1 Ne4 19. c4 Rad8 20. cxd5 Bxd5 21. Bc4 Bc6 22. a3 Nd6 23. Be2 Qb7 24. Rd2 Ne4 25. Rxd8 Rxd8 26. Rd1 Qe7 27. Rxd8+ Qxd8 28. Qd1 Qxd1+ 29. Bxd1 f6 30. Kf1 Kf7 31. Be2 Ke6 32. Bc4+ Bd5 33. Bd3 h6 34. Ke2 Nd6 35. Ne1 g5 36. f3 b5 37. g4 b4 38. axb4 axb4 39. Bh7 Kd7 40. Nd3 Kc6 41. e4 Bc4 42. Kd2 Bxd3 43. Kxd3 Nf7 44. Bg8 Ne5+ 45. Ke3 c4 46. f4 gxf4+ 47. Kxf4 Ng6+ 48. Ke3 Kc5 49. Be6 b3 50. Bg8 Ne5 51. Be6 Nd3 52. h4 Nxb2 53. e5 fxe5 54. g5 hxg5 55. h5 Nd3 56. Kd2 Nf4 57. h6 Ng6 58. Kc3 b2 59. Bf5 Nh8 60. Kxb2 Kd4 61. Kc2 e4 62. h7 Ke5 63. Bh3 Kf4 64. Bf1 Kf3 65. Bxc4 g4 66. Kd2 Kf2 67. Be2 g3

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