Shakmaty Bereolos - The Official Chess Site of Peter Bereolos

White: GM Bryan Wojtkiewicz
Black: FM Peter Bereolos
2019 US Masters
Round 2, Board 22

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Qc7 I had played 11...Nd7 against him in the US Chess League, but had prepared the more traditional main line for this game. 12.Nbd2 Nc6 13.Nf1 13.dxc5 and 13.d5 are thought to be the best ways for White to play for an advantage 13...cxd4 14.cxd4 Nxd4 15.Nxd4 exd4 16.Ng3 Nd7

17.b3 The 3rd game of the Lasker-Tarrasch World Championship match continued 17.Bb3 but Tarrasch ended up scoring his first victory. 17...Ne5 18.Bb2 Nc6 19.Qd2 g6 20.Qf4 Bb7 21.Rad1 Qd8 22.Bb1 Bf6 23.Ne2

23...d5?! I spent a long time trying to decide between this and 23...Be5 24.Qd2 d5 but I was worried about 25.f4 followed by e5, but 25...Bc7 with the threat of Ba5 seems to give Black the time he needs to equalize. 26.Nxd4 (26.e5!? Ba5 27.Qd3 Bxe1 28.Rxe1 Qh4 29.Rf1 Bc8) 26...Nxd4 27.Bxd4 dxe4 28.Bxe4 Bxe4 29.Rxe4 Bb6 As soon as I moved I noticed that he could sacrifice his queen in the line I had been looking at 24.exd5 Nb4 24...Be5 25.dxc6 Bxf4 26.cxb7 Rb8 (afterwords he mentioned that he was concerned about the in between move 26...Bh2+ but that seems to fail to 27.Kxh2 Qc7+ 28.Ng3 and White is ready for 29.Be4) 27.Nxf4 Rxb7 28.Rxd4 and the 3 pieces should be better than the queen. 25.d6 Nd5 26.Qg3 Qd7 26...d3 would have forced him to find 27.Bxd3 (27.Bxf6 Qxf6 28.Bxd3 Rad8 is equal) 27...Bxb2 28.Be4 and even here, Black has better chances to hold than in the game.] 27.Bxd4 Bxd4 28.Nxd4 Rad8 29.Nf5 Kh8 30.Be4 Ba8 31.Ne7 Nxe7 32.Bxa8 Nf5 33.Qc3+ Kg8 34.Bc6 Qa7 35.d7 Qb6 36.Re8 Ng7 37.Rde1 b4 38.Qc4 a5 39.R1e7 Ne6 40.Rxe6 fxe6 41.Qxe6+ Kg7 42.Rxf8 Rxf8 43.Qe7+ Rf7 44.d8Q Qxf2+ 45.Kh2 1-0

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