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White: FM Peter Bereolos
Black: GM Alexander Ivanov
Land of the Sky XX, 2007
Round 5 Board 1

1. d4 b6 2. c4 Bb7 3. Nc3 e6 4. e4 Bb4 5. Bd3 f5 6. Qh5+ g6 7. Qe2 Nf6 8. Bg5 fxe4 In a deja vu with my game a couple of weeks earlier against IM Burnett, Ivanov also spent an hour on the clock to reach this position

9. Bxe4 Bxe4 He played this quickly, whereas Ron went into the tank for another half hour before sacrificing his queen with 9...Nxe4!? 10. Bxf6 Qxf6 11. Qxe4 Nc6 12. Nf3 Bxc3+ 13. bxc3 O-O 14. O-O Qf5 15. Qxf5 If White is going to accede to the exchange of queens, a better way was 15. Rfe1 Qxe4 16. Rxe4 Na5 17. Ne5, but White should probably just retreat with 15. Qe2 or 15. Qe3 as the ending is slightly favorable to Black because of White's weakened pawn structure15... Rxf5 16. Nd2 Already a passive move, but 16. Rfe1 Raf8 and White probably has to do something awkward like 17. Re2 to free the knight to guard c4. 16...e5 17. d5 Na5 18. Rfe1 d6 19. Re4 Raf8 20. f3 Rf4 21. Rxf4 Rxf4 22. g3 Rf7 23. Kf2 g5 24. Ke3 h5 25. h3 Kf8 26. Rh1 Rg7 27. Rg1 Ke7 28. Kd3 Rf7 29. Rf1 a6 30. Rh1 Nb7 31. h4 Nc5+ 32. Ke3 Rg7 33. hxg5 Rxg5 34. Rh3 Kf7 35. f4 35. Ne4 Nxe4 36. Kxe4 (36. fxe4) seems like a simpler road to the draw. 35... Rg4 36. Nf3 White should still have good drawing chances by activating his pieces with 36. fxe5 dxe5 37. Rxh5 Rxg3+ 38. Kf2 Rxc3 39. Rh7+ Kf6 40. Rxc7 36... Kf6 37. Nh2?!37. fxe5+ looks like an improved version of the previous note 37... Rg8 38. Nf3 exf4+ 39. gxf4 Re8+ 40. Kd2 Ne4+ 40...Re4 picking up both c4 and f4 looks much stronger, when Black should have good winning chances 41. Kc2 Kf5 42. Rh4 Ng3 43. Kd3 Kf6 44. Nd4 Rh8 45. Ke3 b5 46. cxb5 axb5 47. Kf3 I think this move shows that I wasn't really understanding the position. The White rook has the kingside under control, so the White king should head the other way 47. Kd3 Nf5 48. Nxf5 Kxf5 49. c4 47... Nf5 48. Nxf5 Kxf5 49. Ke3 Kg6

50. Kf3? The losing move. Again, it was imperative to head the other way with 50. Kd3 or 50. c4 bxc4 51. Kd4 50... Ra8 51. Rh2 Ra3 52. Rg2+ Kf6 53. Kg353. Ke4 puts up more resistance 53...Rxc3+ 54. Kh4 Rf3 I played this out much longer than normal because he only had a couple of minutes left on his clock but the result was never in doubt. 55. Rc2 Rxf4+ 56. Kxh5 Rc4 57. Rd2 Ke5 58. Kg6 Rc5 59. Kf7 Rxd5 60. Re2+ Kd4 61. Rd2+ Kc5 62. Rc2+ Kb6 63. Ke6 Rh5 64. Rb2 Rh6+ 65. Kd7 c5 66. a4 b4 67. a5+ Kxa5 68. Kc6 Ka4 69. Kd5 b3 70. Rg2 Ka3 71. Rg8 b2 72. Ra8+ Kb3 [0:1]