Wednesday, March 9, 2016

2016 Gibraltar Masters - Round 2

In the afternoon, I was paired with  Josefine Heinemann (2233), a 17 year-old from Germany who should get her WIM ratified in a few weeks.

I equalized relatively easy as Black, but I saw a serious ghost on my move 26.  White has just played 26.cd3; my pawn had been there since move 22. 

I now thought recapturing was a trap.  23...Nxd3 24. Rxd3 Qxd3 25. Qe6+ Kh8 (25... Ke8  26. Bc5 + Rd6 [but as below I didn't 'see' my Rd7 rook]) 26. Qe8+ mating.
I missed that I would have 25...Rd7.  So I should have taken the pawn and it is roughly equal, but I have to be careful from untangling from the pin.

 Eventually that d-pawn ran all the way down the board, and I resigned on move 55

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