A test in calculation, strategy, and positional play · Road to GM, Game 210

This game was immensely instructive. It tested my tactical skill, positional and strategic play. It was very hard to understand, even when analyzing afterwards. I thought I knew what I was doing, and that my decisions were optimal. I was very wrong.

There were pawn break ideas, piece sacrifice ideas, pins, skewers, both kings were relatively unsafe, there were captures possible on almost each move in the middlegame, and the tension was very high. When we finally broke it, and started trading in a long tactical sequence, my opponent failed to see enough (not saying I have, but I saw more fortunately), and lost a piece to a fairly simple tactic. It seemed to simple. I thought I played well and understood the game. That is why analysis is useful:)

Morselli S. (1790) – Tomic S. (1970)
Caro-Kann, Advance Variation
Città di Arco Open A 2021, Round 4

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Bd3 Bxd3 5. Qxd3 e6 6. f4 Nh6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. O-O Be7 9. h3 Nf5 10. g4 Ng3 11. Re1 Qb6 12. Nbd2 h5 13. Kg2 h4 14. f5 Nf8 15. c4 O-O-O 16. a4 Qc7 17. c5 Re8 18. b4 f6 19. b5 exf5 20. gxf5 Rh5 21. Nxh4 fxe5 22. Rxe5 Rxh4 23. Nf3 Re4 24. Ng5 Bxg5 25. Rxe8+ Rxe8 26. Bxg5 Ne4 27. Bh4 Nd7 28. bxc6 Qxc6 29. a5 a6 30. Rb1 Rf8 31. Rb6 Nxb6 32. cxb6 Rxf5 33. Qa3 Qc2+ 34. Kg1 Qd1+ 35. Kg2 Qe2+ 36. Kg1 Rf1#

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