On the razor’s edge

This game was really strange. There have been various moments where I could have really taken the upper hand, but I missed many of them. So, I consider it instructive to show how a game could be improved.

I played black, and as I usually do when e5 is played, I responded with c5, going for the Sicilian Defense.

1. e4 c5

2. Nf3 e6

3. d4 cxd4

4. Nxd4 Nc6

5. Nxc6 bxc6

6. Be2 Bb7

7. Nc3 Be7

8. Be3 d5

9. exd5 cxd5

10. Bd4 Nf6

11. g4 h6

At this point, I could have gone for the immediate e5, and after Bxe5, d4, Bf3, Bxf3, Qxf3, dxc3 I would have won a piece.

12. h4 Rg8

Again, there was the option of e5.

13. Bb5+ Nd7

14. Be5 Kf8

15. Bxd7 Qxd7

16. Qf3 f6

Here, there was the option of d4, and after Ne4, Qd5 I would have won a piece.

17. O-O-O Ke8

Again I could have played d4.

18. Bg3 d4


19. Qd3 Bxh1

20. Nb5 Kf7

Here Kf7 was really unnecessary, I could have calmly played Bd5 to save the piece.

21. g5 Bc6

22. Nc7 Rac8

Here I started playing very precisely, and, in fact, it didn’t take much time to convert the position into a win.

23. gxf6 Bxf6

24. Na6 Bb5

25. Qa3 d3

26. Nb4 Rgd8

27. Kb1

Here’s the position where a mate in 2 is possible, it’s not difficult to spot, but, here it is.

27. Kb1 dxc2+

28. Kc1 Qxd1#


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