Games
[Event "Southwest Class"] [Site "Fort Worth"] [Date "2017.02.20"] [Round "9.3"] [White "Matsenko, Sergei"] [Black "Popilski, Gil"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D41"] [WhiteElo "2522"] [BlackElo "2539"] [Annotator "GP"] [PlyCount "66"] [EventDate "2017.02.16"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "USA"] 1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nc6 7. O-O {I declined a draw offer here, wanted to finish well after a painful 8th round loss.} Be7 8. d4 O-O 9. Nxd5 exd5 10. dxc5 Bxc5 11. Bg5 Qd7 12. Qc2 Bb6 13. Rad1 Re8 14. Bc1 h6 (14... Qf5 $5) 15. a3 Qg4 {A dynamic pawn sacrifice that guarantees black equal chances, in my opinion.} (15... Qd8 $5) 16. b4 {I think white had to take the pawn to keep the balance.} (16. Rxd5 Be6 17. Rd6 (17. Rd2 Rac8 18. Qd1 Na5) 17... Qc4 18. Qd1 (18. Rd2 Na5) 18... Qb5) 16... Bf5 (16... Qc4 17. Rd2) 17. Qd2 Be4 18. Bb2 Rad8 19. Qf4 Qh5 20. b5 Na5 21. Bd4 Nc4 ({ I also considered} 21... Nb3 $5 22. Bxb6 axb6 23. Qc7 d4 24. Qxb6 d3 $36) 22. Bxb6 axb6 23. Qc7 Rc8 24. Qd7 (24. Qxb7 d4 25. Qd7 d3 26. exd3 Red8 27. Qxd8+ Rxd8 28. dxe4 Rxd1 29. Rxd1 Qxb5 30. Bf1) 24... Nxa3 25. Rc1 (25. Nd4 Rb8) 25... Rcd8 $5 {Practical attempt.} (25... Rb8 $15 {Keeps the extra half-pawn and black is slightly better.} 26. Rc7 $4 Rbd8) 26. Qxb7 d4 27. Qa7 $6 (27. Qxb6 d3 28. Rc5 Rd5 29. Qc6 (29. Rfc1 dxe2 30. Ne1) 29... f6 30. Rxd5 Bxd5 31. Qd7 dxe2 32. Re1 Qf7 $11) 27... d3 28. Qxa3 $2 (28. exd3 $3 Ra8 29. Qxb6 Bxf3 30. Rc5 f5 31. Qc7 $11) 28... dxe2 29. Rfe1 Rd3 30. Rc3 Rd1 31. Re3 Qxb5 $1 32. Qc3 Bb7 $3 {Protecting c8 and e2 at once!} 33. h3 $6 (33. Rxe8+ Qxe8 34. h3 ( 34. Nd4 Bxg2 35. Kxg2 Rxe1 36. Qxe1 Qe4+ 37. Nf3 b5 38. Qc3 b4 39. Qe3 f5 $3) ( 34. Nh4 Qe5 $3) 34... Qc6 35. Qe5 (35. Qb4 Qc5) 35... Qe6 36. Qb8+ Qc8 37. Qxc8+ Bxc8 38. Kh2 Ba6 $19) 33... Rc8 0-1