Strategic domination · Road to GM, Game 288

This is probably the most instructive game I’ve played all year. It was full of positions I failed to understand and ended up misplaying. It went from almost winning to equal to worse to lost. And I thought I was doing everything correctly.

Tomic Stjepan (2056) – FM Bender Ivan (2221)
Hvar Open, Round 4
London System

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 d6 3.e3 Nbd7 4.Nf3 g6 5.h3 Bg7 6.Be2 O-O 7.O-O Re8 8.Bh2 a6 9.a4 b6 10.Nbd2 Bb7 11.c3 e5 12.Qb3 e4 13.Ne1 a5 14.Nc2 Ba6 15.Bxa6 Rxa6 16.Na3 Ra8 17.Nb5 Nf8 18.Qc4 Re7 19.d5 Qd7 20.Nd4 Ree8 21.Nc6 Qf5 22.Nd4 Qc8 23.b4 Qb7 24.Nc6 N8d7 25.Rfd1 axb4 26.cxb4 Nh5 27.Ra2 b5 28.axb5 Rxa2 29.Qxa2 Qxb5 30.Qc4 Qxc4 31.Nxc4 Ra8 32.g4 Nhf6 33.N6a5 h6 34.Kg2 Kh7 35.Bg3 Rb8 36.Nc6 Rb5 37.Ra1 Nb6 38.Nxb6 Rxb6 39.Ra5 Nxd5 40.Rxd5 Rxc6 41.b5 Rb6 42.f3 Bc3 43.fxe4 f6 44.h4 g5 45.hxg5 hxg5 46.Kf3 Kg6 47.Ke2 Kf7 48.Kd3 Ba5 49.Rf5 Ke6 50.Rd5 Rb8 51.Ke2 Ra8 52.Kf3 Bb4 53.Rd3 Rb8 54.Rd5 Bc5 55.Be1 Rxb5 56.Rd3 Rb1 57.Ba5 Bb6 58.Bd2 Rb5 59.Ra3 Bc5 60.Rd3 Rb2 61.Ba5 Bb6 62.Bd2 Ra2 63.Be1 Ba5 64.Bg3 Rc2 65.Ra3 Rc5 66.Rd3 Bc3 67.Rd1 Kd7 68.Rd3 Kc6 69.Rd1 Kb5 70.Ke2 Kc4 71.Be1 Bxe1 72.Rxe1 Kc3 73.Rf1 Rc4 74.Rxf6 Rxe4 75.Rf7 c5 76.Rd7 Re6 77.Rg7 Re5 78.Rf7 Re4 79.Rd7 Re6 80.Rg7 Re5 81.Rf7 Kc4 82.Rf1 Re4 83.Kf3 Re8 84.Ke2 Kd5 85.Rd1+ Ke5 86.Rf1 Kd5 87.Rd1+ Kc6 88.Rf1 Re4 89.Kf3 d5 90.Rh1 c4 91.Rh5 c3 92.Ke2 Rxg4 93.Kd3 Rc4 94.Kc2 g4 95.Rg5 Kd6 96.e4 Rxe4 97.Kxc3 Kc5 98.Kd3 Ra4 99.Rg8 Ra3+ 100.Kd2 g3

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