Walking with the Queen

While blitz chess is all fun and daily is very analytical I was looking for the right balance between the two, the answer was Rapid. It is classified as anything over 10 minutes but less than an hour. This allows for accurate chess but at a faster pace where blunders, mistakes and time trouble can still arise. This is one of the first games where I started to experiment with the Queen’s Gambit system, one that I would continue to play and make one of my all time favorite openings.
[Date “2017.01.14”]
[White “Jtrot79”]
[WhiteElo “962”]
[BlackElo “945”]
[TimeControl “1800”]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.cxd5 Qxd5 4.dxe5 Qxd1+ 5.Kxd1 b6 6.f4 Ba6 7.Nf3 f6 8.Bd2 fxe5 9.Nxe5 g6 10.Nc3 Bd6 11.Nf3 Nf6 12.h3 b5 13.e3 b4 14.Bb5+ Bxb5 15.Nxb5 Na6 16.b3 Ne4 17.Rc1 Nf2+ 18.Ke2 Nxh1 19.Rxh1 h6 20.Nh4 g5 21.fxg5 hxg5 22.Nf5 g4 23.Nfxd6+ cxd6 24.Nxd6+ Kd7 25.Ne4 gxh3 26.gxh3 Rhe8 27.Nf6+ Kd6 28.Nxe8+ Rxe8 29.h4 Kc5 30.h5 Nc7 31.h6 Ne6 32.h7 Rh8 33.e4 Nd4+ 34.Ke3 Nc2+ 35.Kd3 Nd4 36.Bf4 Ne6 37.Be5 Rd8+ 38.Ke3 Ng5 39.h8=Q Rxh8 40.Rxh8 Nf7 41.Rh5 Kc6 42.Bh2 Kd7 43.Ra5 Ke6 44.Rxa7 Nd6 45.Bxd6 Kxd6 1-0

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 [This seems to be a popular answer to the Queen’s Gambit as I’ve seen over the time playing it, if unprepared it can be quite deadly. If 3.dxe4 then the Black d pawn moves to d4 and can become and effective central wedge]

3.cxd5 Qxd5 4.dxe5 [Not having much experience with the counter gambit I wasn’t sure of the progress and made an obvious mistake here allowing the queen trade and the loss of my ability to castle for a pawn]

Qxd1+ 5.Kxd1 b6 [Allowed me to take initiative back and work to keep the center advantage I have]

6.f4 Ba6 7.Nf3 f6 8.Bd2 fxe5 9.Nxe5[I was comfortable trading my stacked pawn and opening Blacks pawn shield]

…g6[removes any possibility of having a safe kingside castle, giving me +1.5 on the engine]

10.Nc3 Bd6 11.Nf3 Nf6 12.h3 b5 13.e3 b4 14.Bb5+ [Although not the best move I was looking for the trade of bishops and the recapture with the knight putting pressure on d6]

…Bxb5 15.Nxb5 Na6 16.b3 Ne4 17.Rc1[Generally a sound move however in this position it was a mistake overlooking the Knight fork in the next move]

Nf2+ 18.Ke2 Nxh1 19.Rxh1 h6 20.Nh4 g5 21.fxg5 hxg5 [I felt good having the pawn majority on the kingside and f5 allows me to pressure the Bishop]

22.Nf5 g4 23.Nfxd6+ cxd6 24.Nxd6+ [The engine throughout all this puts the game as flat 0]

…Kd7 25.Ne4 gxh3 26.gxh3 Rhe8[The deciding mistake of this game putting the King and Rook in the position for a fork]

27.Nf6+ Kd6 28.Nxe8+ Rxe8 29.h4 Kc5 30.h5 Nc7 31.h6 Ne6 32.h7 Rh8 [Standard pressure on promoting, having more Rook space is incredibly important I learned. Being able to protect the pawn and pressure the 1st through 6th rank is a great advantage]

33.e4 Nd4+ 34.Ke3 Nc2+ 35.Kd3 Nd4 36.Bf4 Ne6 37.Be5 [When a piece is pinned the best thing to do it to attack it again]

…Rd8+ 38.Ke3 Ng5 39.h8=Q Rxh8 40.Rxh8 Nf7 41.Rh5 Kc6 42.Bh2 Kd7 43.Ra5 Ke6 44.Rxa7 Nd6 45.Bxd6[trading for blacks last piece is a clearly won game seeing as there is very little room for counter play, the opponent resigned after]

Kxd6 1-0

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