23 May 2017

D41: Semi-Tarrasch, Main Line, Exchange Variation

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 c5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 cxd4 8. cxd4 Bb4+ 9. Bd2 Bxd2+ 10. Qxd2 O-O 11. Bc4 Nc6 12. O-O b6{ D41: Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch, Main Line, Exchange Variation, 6...Nxc3 7.bxc3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2 O-O 11.Bc4 Nc6 12.O-O b6 } 13. d5 exd5 14. Bxd5 Bb7 15. Rac1 Na5 16. Rfd1 Bxd5 17. Qxd5 Qf6 18. Rc7 Rad8 19. Rd7 Rxd7 20. Qxd7 Ra8 21. e5 1-0

 This recent match in which I won as white wasn't a very exciting game, but I'm proud nonetheless. When I ran it through chess.com's deep analysis, the computer analysis couldn't find a single mistake on either side. Actually, black's capitulation could be seen as a mistake since black had a possible continuation (Qe6) that would prevent mate. (After white's Qd8, black can bring the queen to e8, preventing the mate.) On the other hand, white should win based on the position (as far as I can tell), so maybe the black capitulation makes sense.