[Event "World Cup Hybrid Qualification m/2"]
[Site "https://lichess.org/study/MmCjedXj/qf53GoYn"]
[Date "2021.??.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Colovic, A."]
[Black "Salgado Lopez, I."]
[Result "0-1"]
[Variant "Standard"]
[ECO "D50"]
[Opening "Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation"]
[Annotator "https://lichess.org/@/alexcolovic"]
[Source "https://lichess.org/study/MmCjedXj/qf53GoYn"]
[Orientation "white"]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 dxc4 { I couldn't remember anything after
this. } 5. e3 (5. e4 { was an alternative, but Black has } 5... b5 (5... c5 6. d5 Be7)) 5... c5 6. Bxc4 { I spent quite some time here, whether to go for an equal
endgame and a likely draw, or to play a fully-fledged IQP middlegame. I
decided to play on as I thought the IQP would give me good chances. } (6. Nf3 { leads to equality after } 6... cxd4 7. Nxd4 (7. Qxd4 Qxd4 8. Nxd4 Bd7 9. Bxc4 Bb4 { with a likely draw. }) 7... e5 8. Nf3 Qxd1+ 9. Rxd1 Nc6) (6. dxc5 Qxd1+ 7. Rxd1 Bxc5 8. Bxc4 { where White has nothing. }) 6... cxd4 7. exd4 Be7 8. Nf3 O-O 9. O-O Nc6 10. a3 { I knew this was a theoretical position and I
remembered the set-up for White was Qd3, Rad1, Rfe1 aiming for d5, from the
Yusupov game I looked at not so long ago with one of my students. There are
also other set-ups, of course. This move makes sure the queen can come to d3
to avoid ...Na5 trapping the bishop. } (10. Re1) (10. Rc1 h6 11. Bh4 Nh5 { was the Korchnoi-Karpov game and the idea I wanted to avoid in the game. }) 10... b6 (10... h6 11. Bf4! (11. Bh4 Nh5! { was the Karpov idea I wanted to
avoid. })) 11. Qd3 Bb7 12. Rad1 h6 (12... Nd5 13. Bxd5!) 13. Bc1!? { This
move took me 15 minutes, but at least here he started to think. } (13. Bxf6 { led to equality so I discarded it. After } 13... Bxf6 14. d5 exd5 (14... Na5! { is even better. } 15. dxe6 Nxc4 16. Qxc4 Qc8 17. exf7+ Rxf7 18. Qxc8+ Rxc8 $44 { 1-0 (58) Kamsky,G (2695)-Karpov,A (2740) Monte Carlo 1994 }) 15. Bxd5 Qc7 { looked acceptable for Black. }) (13. Bh4 Nd5 { was another move I couldn't quite
crack. After } (13... Nh5 { I didn't quite like, though the engine gives } 14. Bg3! Nxg3 15. hxg3 Bf6 16. d5 { I saw all this, just I wasn't sure of the
position when my piece lands on d5. } 16... exd5 17. Bxd5 { I couldn't evaluate
precisely how good this is. I remember I suffered against Drazic a long time
ago with this dominating bishop on d5 against Nc6 and Bb7, but I wasn't
entirely sure. } (17. Nxd5 { is also good. } 17... Bxb2 { here I wasn't sure if I have
enough, but there is } 18. Rfe1! (18. Qb3? Na5!) 18... Rc8 19. Ba2! Kh8 (19... Qd6 20. Ne7+) 20. Rd2 Bf6 21. Qf5 $18) 17... Na5 18. Qb1 (18. b4 Bxc3 19. Bxf7+ Kxf7 20. Qxc3 Qf6 21. Ne5+ Kg8 22. bxa5 { and White is a pawn up. }) 18... Bxd5 19. Nxd5 Re8 20. Nf4! Qc8 21. Rc1 Qb7 22. Nh5 { /\Nf6 } 22... Be7 23. b4 Nc6 24. Qe4 $16) 14. Bxd5 Bxh4 15. Be4 Bf6 { I wasn't sure about White's
prospects, for example } 16. d5 Na5 (16... Ne5 17. Nxe5 Bxe5 $13) 17. Qb1 Bxc3 18. dxe6 Qe7 19. exf7+ Rxf7 20. Bxb7 Nxb7 21. bxc3 Qxa3) (13. Bf4 Bd6) 13... Re8 14. Rfe1 Bf8 15. b4!? { I spent 25 mins on this move. The idea is to
prepare d5 so that White has Qb3 later on, and also to tempt Black to play ...
g6. } (15. d5 { was premature. } 15... exd5 16. Rxe8 Qxe8 17. Nxd5 Nxd5 18. Bxd5 Rd8 19. Qb3 Qd7 { gave nothing. }) (15. Ne5!? Qc7 { /\Rad8,Ne5 } (15... Nxe5 16. dxe5 Qxd3 17. Rxd3 { looked good for White as Black has problems with the knight on f6. }) (15... Rc8?! 16. Qg3!)) (15. h3 { was a neutral move again hoping for ...g6,
but if Black plays } 15... Rc8 { then the luft didn't improve White's position that
much. }) 15... a5 { Black didn't have many useful moves. } (15... g6? 16. d5! { was my idea. Now after the opening of the a2-g8 diagonal the pawn on g6 hangs. } 16... exd5 17. Rxe8 Qxe8 18. Nxd5 Nxd5 19. Bxd5 $18 { /\Qg6 } 19... Kh7 20. Bb2 { with a
crushing position. }) (15... Rc8 16. d5 exd5 17. Rxe8 Qxe8 18. Nxd5 Nxd5 19. Bxd5 Rd8 20. Qb3 { was my idea, the pawn on b4 restricting Black and avoiding ..
.Na5, though Black remains solid after } 20... Rd7) 16. b5 Ne7 17. Rxe6!? { This is
the idea I had in mind when thinking over 15 b4. Unfortunately this doesn't
work. } (17. Ne5 Ned5 { was unclear and in fact it would have felt like a
failure of my play as I was playing to avoid Black achieving a blockade on d5. }) 17... Bxf3 (17... fxe6? 18. Bxe6+ Kh8 19. Ne5 $18 { was the main idea. }) 18. Rxf6 Bxd1 19. Rxf7 (19. Bxf7+? Kh8 20. Rf4 { with the idea to trap the bishop
on d1 and the rook on e8 doesn't work in view of } 20... Nd5 $19 (20... Ng6)) 19... Rc8!! { He spent half an hour to find this move. I noticed it, but I
missed something in the lines. After the game he called this move the best one
of his life! This move, coupled with the next, refutes White's sacrificial
idea. } (19... Nd5!? { and the reply } 20. Bd2!? { was my idea, covering e1, when play is unclear. } (20. Be3 { is another
move, but I didn't consider it. } 20... Nxe3 21. fxe3 Kh8 22. Nxd1 $44) 20... Nxc3 21. Bxc3 Kh8 22. Qxd1 { I thought here I should have good compensation. }) (19... Kh8? { was bad as } 20. Nxd1 { /\Bh6 wins for White. }) 20. Bd2 { This same idea as
after 19...Nd5, but Black has a pretty refutation. } (20. Rxe7+ { was the best
chance objectively, but after } 20... Kh8 21. Rxe8 Qxe8 22. Be3 { but here Black has } 22... Bc2 (22... Bh5) 23. Qxc2 Rxc4 { when I didn't see it too promising. }) (20. Rf4+ Kh8 21. Nxd1 Nd5 $19 { /\Re1,Nf4 }) 20... Bc2! { The only move that wins. } (20... Qc7 21. Ba2! { when I thought White had good play. }) 21. Rxe7+ Kh8 22. Qxc2 (22. Rxe8 Bxd3 (22... Qxe8 23. Qxc2 Rxc4 { is also winning for Black. }) 23. Rxd8 Rxd8 24. Bxd3 Rxd4 { I lose one of the bishops. }) 22... Qxe7 23. Bf1 Qxa3 { The rest is easy. } 24. Qg6 Qd6 25. Qg4 Qe6 26. Qh5 Bb4 27. Qf3 Rf8 28. Qg3 Bxc3 (28... Qb3 29. Bxh6 { was the last chance, but even that doesn't work after } 29... gxh6 (29... Qf7 $19) 30. Qe5+ Kg8 31. Qg3+ Kf7 { and the king runs and hides easily. }) 29. Bxc3 Qb3 30. Bd2 Qxg3 31. hxg3 a4 32. Bd3 a3 33. Bb4 a2 { 0-1 White resigns. } 0-1