2012 TX Collegiate

2012 TX Collegiate












(1) Bachmann,Axel (2620) - Getz,Alec (2420) [A28]
2012 Texas Collegiate Houston TX (3), 10.11.2012
[Getz,Alec]

1.c4 Going into the round I was not sure what to expect. But I had to try my best, since I was playing a member of our rival team. 1...e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bb4 5.Qc2 0-0 This straightforward approach against the English opening is nothing new under the sun; it has been played before by top players. 6.Nd5 Re8 7.a3 Bf8 8.Ng5 To be honest, I was happy to see a3 in conjunction with Ng5, since after 8...g6 the bishop is ready to go to g7 "in one move. " 9.Nxf6+ Qxf6 10.Ne4 Qe7 And here I realized that I was really thrilled with how the opening duel went. White has no single advantage to his name, and Black has a really free game. 11.d3 Bg7 12.Be2 d6 13.0-0 Be6 14.b4 f5 15.Nc3 Qf7 Not only joining the g8-a2 diagonal, but also clearing the e7-square for the 16. Kh1 which supports a future รข s Rd5 16.Bb2 probably after c6 16...Ne7 17.Rac1 c6 18.Rfe1 It is hard to suggest a good plan for White. Black is just taking over the game. 18...a6 Preparing 18. b5 after which the center really becomes Black's. 19.c5 Frankly, I thought that this move was really questionable, as it allows d5 easily and for nothing in return. 19...d5 20.Nb1 g5 21.Nd2 g4 One can sense the storm looming over White's kingside. 22.f4 d4! And Black assumes the initiative. White's pieces lack harmony. 23.fxe5 dxe3 24.Nc4 f4 exf4 Allowing Nd6. But the rook on e8 is not important here. 25.Rf1 Nd5 Nd6 Qh5 26.Nd6 Qh4 Threatening g3 when after 24. h3 Black has Bxh3! with mate on h2 coming soon. Rc4 I was getting a little nervous here, but I tried to remain cool. 26...Qh5 Ne4 f3 27.Qd1 Qh4 is beautiful, not only threatening the Rook on c4 but also the sneaky Qh3, after which mate on g2 cannot be stopped. 28.Rc4 Rf8 29.Ne4 f3 30.Bxf3 If gxf3, then Nf4 is beautiful, not only threatening the Rook on c4 but also the sneaky Qh3, after which mate on g2 cannot be stopped 30...gxf3 31.Rxf3 Bg4 32.Nf6+ Nxf6 On exf6, I had prepared Qf2+, after which the game is over. 0-1



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