A lesson on endgame principles · Road to GM, Game 292

Endgame principles are easy to apply and understand. Following them in practical play is a different matter, though, which this game clearly shows. Instead of improving my king, which is almost always priority number one in the endgame, I wasted time on a useless plan and ended up losing a perfectly equal endgame.

Tomic Stjepan (2056) – Petricevic Mateo (1876)
Hvar Open, Round 8
French Defense, Rubinstein

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Nxf6+ Nxf6 8.Bd3 O-O 9.Qe2 c5 10.dxc5 Qa5+ 11.c3 Qxc5 12.O-O Bd7 13.Ne5 Bc6 14.Nxc6 Qxc6 15.Rad1 Rad8 16.Rfe1 b6 17.h3 Nd5 18.Qh5 g6 19.Qh4 Bxg5 20.Qxg5 Qc7 21.Bc2 Ne7 22.h4 Rxd1 23.Rxd1 Rd8 24.Rxd8+ Qxd8 25.h5 Nc6 26.Qxd8+ Nxd8 27.hxg6 hxg6 28.Be4 f5 29.Ba8 e5 30.Kf1 Kf7 31.Ke2 Ke7 32.Kd3 Kd6 33.Kc4 Ne6 34.Bf3 e4 35.Bd1 Nf4 36.g3 Nd3 37.Be2 Nxf2 38.Kd4 Nh3 39.b4 Ng5 40.a4 Ne6+ 41.Ke3 Ke5 42.Bd1 g5 43.Bc2 f4+ 44.gxf4+ gxf4+ 45.Kf2 Nc7 46.c4 Ne6 47.Bb1 Nd4 48.c5 bxc5 49.bxc5 e3+ 50.Kf1 Kd5

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