Blitz Adventures#2: An English Queen

[Date “2017.06.10”]
[White “Jtrot79”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “926”]
[BlackElo “954”]
[TimeControl “600”]
[ECO “A40”]
[Termination “Jtrot79 won by resignation”]

1.d4 b6 2.c4 Bb7 { A40: English Defense: 2.c4 Bb7 } 3.Nf3 a5 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Bb4 6.Be2 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 Nf6 8.Qc2 Ne4 9.O-O f5 10.Ba3 d6 11.Qd3 O-O 12.d5 exd5 13.cxd5 Ba6 14.c4 Nd7 15.Nd4 c5 16.dxc6 Ndc5 17.Bxc5 bxc5 18.Ne6 Qf6 19.Nxf8 Rxf8 20.Rab1 Bxc4 21.Qxc4+ Kh8 22.Rb6 Nd2 23.Qc1 Nxf1 24.Bxf1 Rc8 25.Qe1 d5 26.Qxa5 Rxc6 27.Rb8+ 1-0

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This is one of those games that I feel fairly proud of considering I’m not much of a blitz player. I would rather take my time to think lines through and consider the best possibilities, in this game I was able to find a happy medium between line depth and 10 minute timers.

After all the games of the Queens gambit I’ve played, I’ve never encounter the English opposition to it. Generally the Slav, QGD or Marshall are all I’ve seen with a mix of things I’m not really sure have a name. To my eye it seems like it isn’t the most suited opening to oppose the Queens Gambit, in this game my idealistic opening wasn’t hindered at all. I had pawns on c4, d4 and e3, a knight on f3 a knight on c3 and a bishop with an open diagonal. 5…Bb4 was really the first attack on my structure and the trading of a bishop for a knight allowed me to bring my wing pawn into the center and open my Queen side.

1.d4 b6 2.c4 Bb7 { A40: English Defense: 2.c4 Bb7 } 3.Nf3 a5 [This is a standard opening until a5 which is a waste of tempo, Nc3 shuts down the idea of  a pawn going to b5]

4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 [While e6 isn’t the best move, it is the structure I’m most familiar and comfortable with in going into the middle game]

Bb4 [This is the first attack on my position and the worst result would be trading of minor pieces and a pawn moving into the center, I considered a3 but there was no reason to delay castling and moving pawns so early]

6.Be2 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 Nf6 8.Qc2 [Another move that wasn’t the best but another position which I have been in quite a few times and I had ideas involving the Queen later on]

Ne4 [No threat in this move, even solidifying it with a pawn wouldn’t make it imposing]

9.O-O f5 10.Ba3 [This is something I really enjoy doing to my opponents, taking away their ability to castle indirectly by throwing a bishop on the diagonal. It forces them to deal with the problem and most times it is a sub par solution costing time or structure]

d6 11.Qd3 [This is my first inaccuracy of the game, I was looking to push the d6 pawn into the enemy camp and unstack my pawns. The best move would have been c5]

O-O 12.d5 exd5 13.cxd5 Ba6 14.c4 [This is the exchange I wanted and the attack from the bishop to my Queen allowed me to further push my c pawn to support d5]

Nd7 15.Nd4 c5 [My opponents first mistake, perhaps he assumed I didn’t know En Passant which allowed me to break his pawn structure and attack the knight]

16.dxc6 Ndc5 17.Bxc5 bxc5 18.Ne6 [I saw this fork a while back when I first moved the Knight to d4, this line allowed me to take advantage of it]

Qf6 19.Nxf8 Rxf8 20.Rab1 Bxc4 [I’m not sure what the idea was here, just a miscalculation under time controls]

21.Qxc4+ Kh8 22.Rb6 [While this is technically a mistake, my whole plan from here on out was to push this pawn to promote and let my opponent deal with it. The best move was c7 pushing now instead of waiting]

Nd2 23.Qc1 Nxf1 24.Bxf1 [Trading was fine for more as I was already up in material and threatening to promote]

Rc8 25.Qe1 [A slow move, looking to attack the pawn and support the rook already pushing with the pawn, better to have played Ba6 attacking the rook]

d5 26.Qxa5 Rxc6[ The final mistake leading to mate in 3]

27.Rb8+ 1-0

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