[Event "Frederica Chess IM"] [Site "chess24.com"] [Date "2023.05.17"] [Round "1.5"] [White "Larkin, Vladyslav"] [Black "Nilssen, Ellen Fredericia"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2468"] [WhiteTeam "Ukraine"] [BlackElo "2114"] [BlackTeam "Denmark"] [Annotator "Nilssen,Ellen"] [Variant "Standard"] [ECO "A45"] [Opening "Indian Defense"] [Source "https://lichess.org/study/e8pUlx8p/0tVSXn9q"] [Orientation "white"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 d5 3. e3 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nd2 e6 6. Ngf3 Bd6 7. Bg3 O-O 8. Bb5 (8. Bd3 { Is the main line. }) 8... Ne7 9. Bd3 { I assume this is the point of 8. Bb5. White inteded to push the black Knight to e7 and then play Bd3 to argue that the Knight is placed worse on e7 that c6. White actually scores really well in this position after almost all of Black's responses. Here I tried to make use of the fact that the Knight was on e7 and not c6. } 9... Nf5 10. Ne5 { My opponent didn't want to give up the Bishop pair. } (10. Bxf5 exf5 { I kind of expected that my opponent would play like this to create some imbalances in the game but I didn't mind - I was ready for the fight! However, White should still be a bit better after } 11. Bxd6 Qxd6 12. dxc5 Qxc5 13. O-O $14 { When Black's pawn structure isn't something to celebrate, but there is some dynamic possibilities on the Kingside with f4. }) 10... Qc7 11. Qb1? { When preparing again my opponent, I noticed that he almost never plays main line and that he often chooses some weird sidelines - so while this move surprised me during the game, it also did seem like a move true to his style. He probably didn't want to place the Queen on c2 due to possible trades. } 11... Nh5? { During the game, I was rather proud of this move } (11... c4 12. Bc2 g6 { Was the correct way to play according to the computer, when White is a bit worse due to lacking coordination between his pieces. =+ / -/+ }) 12. Nef3 Nf6 13. dxc5 Qxc5 14. Nb3 Qb6 15. Bxf5 { Now my opponent decided that it was time to remove the Knight on f5. } 15... exf5 16. Nbd4? (16. Bxd6 Qxd6 17. O-O $14 { This is very similar to the variation from earlier when White captured on f5, but here the white Queen is on b1 instead of d1. White is still a bit better. }) 16... f4! { Finally, I found a good move in the game! Sacrificing a pawn for good compensation. } 17. exf4 (17. Bxf4 Bxf4 18. exf4 Qa6 { Stopping the King from running to f1. } (18... Re8+ 19. Kf1)) 17... Re8+ (17... Qa6! { This was the stronger continutation to play Re8 on the next move. }) 18. Ne5 (18. Kf1! { The only way to continue the game. }) 18... Ne4 { Unfortunately, I had missed White's strong continuation here. } (18... g5!! { An amazing move! I had in advance seen 18...Ne4 and didn't spend much time playing it. Instead, I should have paused for a little while and thought about other possible options. White will now lose a piece by force. } 19. O-O gxf4 20. Nxf7 (20. Bxf4 Bxe5 $19) 20... fxg3 21. fxg3 (21. Nh6+ Kh8 $19) 21... Bc5 $19) 19. f3! { When White is back in the game. } 19... Bxe5 { Not the most precise continuation as the resulting position gets a bit uncomfortable for Black. } 20. fxe5 Nxg3 21. hxg3 Rxe5+ 22. Kf1 h6 23. Qc2 Bd7 24. Kf2 Rae8 25. Rhe1 Qd6 26. Rxe5 Qxe5 27. Qd2 h5 28. Qf4 f6 29. Rd1 h4 30. Qxe5 fxe5 31. Nc2 hxg3+ 32. Kxg3 { While it's not been forced up until here, many moves have been rather natural. Here I continued making what I thought to be a natural move but it turned out to not be as simple as I thought. } 32... Bc6?! { Now my opponent found a clever manouevre. } (32... Be6 { Was the correct way to go, but to me it wasn't natural to block the Rook's defence of e5. }) 33. Nb4 Rd8 34. Kg4 g6 35. Nd3 Re8 36. Re1 e4 37. Nb4 Kg7? { Now the game is incredibly difficult. } (37... Bd7+! 38. Kf4 Rf8+ { Here it felt to me that I was helping the white King to the centre of the action. } 39. Ke3 { With the plan of Kd4, but apparently it's not as bad as I made it out to be. } 39... exf3 40. gxf3 Re8+ { And Black is OK! }) 38. fxe4 Bd7+ { One move too late. } 39. Kf4 Rf8+ 40. Kg3 dxe4 41. Rxe4 { While Black is, of course, still fighting. It was too difficult for me to hold, and my opponent didn't give me much room to create tricks. He won convincingly. } 41... Rf7 42. Re3 Kh6 43. Nd3 Bf5 44. Ne5 Rc7 45. Kf4 Bb1 46. a3 Bc2 47. Ng4+ Kg7 48. Kg5 Bf5 49. Nf6 Kf7 50. Re5 Rc6 51. Nd5 Rc5 52. b4 Rc4 53. Re7+ Kf8 54. Rxb7 Be4 55. Kf6 Rc6+ 56. Ke5 Bxg2 57. Nf4 Bf3 58. Rxa7 Ke8 59. c4 g5 60. Ne6 g4 61. Kf6 { 1-0 White wins. } 1-0