A Game for days

After playing blitz primarily in the beginning I decided to dabble in daily chess which has the requirements of one move a day at the minimum. This kind of chess is typically good for deep analysis of a position and learning. On chess.com and other similar sites there are no rules about using opening books or other items to play these games due to the fact it can be impossible to tell if someone is cheating with the extreme time controls. This is my first daily game played in January which gave me about 2 months of general practice to understand some fundamentals and theory. I played white here, it was a fairly short game for the time controls. The opening is similar to the previous game I reviewed in that I never took it up as something of interest even with success. Part of the reason is the McConnell Defense isn’t a very popular response to the Kings Pawn Knight Variation.
[Date “2016.12.09”]
[White “Jtrot79”]
[Black “Smithsonian66”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “1447”]
[BlackElo “1117”]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Qf6 3.d4 Nc6 4.Bg5 Qe6 5.d5 Qd6 6.Nc3 f6 7.Be3 Qb4 8.Rb1 Nh6 9.a3 Qa5 10.Be2 Nd4 11.Bxd4 exd4 12.Nxd4 c5 13.Nf5 Nxf5 14.exf5 d6 15.Qd3 c4 16.Qe4+ Be7 17.Bxc4 O-O 18.Qxe7 Bxf5 19.O-O Qc5 20.Qe2 Rae8 21.b4 Qc7 22.Nb5 Qb6 23.Qd2 a6 24.Nd4 Bg4 25.Qf4 Bd7 26.Nf5 Re5 27.Bd3 Rxd5 28.Ne7+ Kh8 29.Nxd5 Qc6 30.Qh4 g6 31.Bxg6 Rf7 32.Bxf7 Be8 33.Qxf6# 1-0

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Qf6 [An interesting choice to defend with, this blocks the knight from f6 and the pawn, additionally it gave me a target early on]

3.d4 Nc6 4.Bg5 Qe6 5.d5 [As with any opening where the Queen is activated to soon I decided to play aggressively and pressure with tempo and develop my pieces into the game]

…Qd6 6.Nc3 f6 7.Be3 Qb4 8.Rb1 [a3 is clearly a better move leading to Qe7 as the Queen is misplaced with a5]

Nh6 [A mistake, the knight on h6 doesn’t pressure the center and isn’t a threat on g4]

9.a3 Qa5 [The Queen is limited in her options with this move]

10.Be2 Nd4 11.Bxd4 [A blunder on my part, a better line would have been 11. Nxd4 exd4 12. b4 Qxa3 13. Qxd4]

12.Nxd4 [I was looking to exploit the center king with Nxd4…Nf5 with a trade of knights and recapture on exd5 leaving the file open]

c5 13.Nf5 Nxf5 14.exf5 d6 15.Qd3 c4 16.Qe4+ [Allowing me to put pressure on the king as I had planned earlier and also allowing the pawn on c4 to hang]

Be7 17.Bxc4 O-O [I have to imagine this was a blunder due to the threat of an imposing queen on a center king and a need to castle to avoid further issues]

18.Qxe7 Bxf5 19.O-O Qc5 20.Qe2 Rae8 21.b4 Qc7 22.Nb5 [This and the last move allowed me to advance my position while attacking Blacks Queen and saving my own]

Qb6 23.Qd2 a6 24.Nd4 Bg4 25.Qf4 Bd7 26.Nf5 Re5 27.Bd3 Rxd5[This was a critical blunder, hanging my pawn knowing the capture would lead to Ne7 forking the King and Rook]

28.Ne7+ Kh8 29.Nxd5 Qc6 30.Qh4 g6 [With this move mate in 5 is unstoppable, h6 being the best move]

31.Bxg6 Rf7 32.Bxf7 Be8 [A move allowing an acceleration to mate] 33.Qxf6# 1-0

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