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Event Canadian Open 2005, Edmonton
Date 2005.07.10
Round 3
White IM Eric Lawson 2373
Black Roger Blum 1618
Board 22
Opening Trompowsky Attack (A45n)
Annotator Roger Blum

Normally a 700+ rating point difference turns into "Bambi Meets Godzilla". I had beaten a 2100 player earlier that day and was feeling pretty good about it, and figured hey, got nothing to lose against this Lawson fellow, so why sit back and pray for a quick and painless death?

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5

rnbqkb..
pppppppp
..n.....
..B.....
..P.....
........
PPP..PPP
RN..QKBN

Eric must have seen the nine move spanking Robert Sasata gave me with the Tromp!

2... e6 3. e4 h6 4. Bxf6 Qxf6 5. Qd2 Nc6

Before playing this move I foresaw White's 6. e5 and wondered what to do about it.

6. e5

r..b..kb
pppp..pp
..n..pq.
.pP.....
..P.....
........
PPPQ..PP
RN..KBNR

And lo and behold, he played it. Should I be a big chicken and retreat the Queen, or should I go for it?

6... Nxe5! 7. dxe5 Qxe5+ 8. Kd1 Qxb2 9. Qc3 Qb6

r..b..kb
pppp..pp
..q..p..
p.......
........
..Q.....
P..P..PP
RN..K..B

Three Pawns for a Knight, his King stuck in the middle of the board, what's not to like?

10. Nh3 Bc5 11. Qb3

Not 11. Qxg7?? Bd4 and after that even I could win this game.

11... Bxf2 12. Nxf2 Qxf2 13. Nd2 O-O 14. Qc3

r..b..rk
pppp..pp
..p..p..
........
........
..Q.....
P..PN..q
RP.K..B.

Okay FOUR Pawns for a Knight. My King is safely tucked away, but my Queen is my only developed piece. But how do I get my Bishop out and my Rooks into play? I've got too many damn Pawns in the way!

14... c5 15. Ne4 Qd4+ 16.Qxd4 cxd4 17.Nd6 b6 18.Rb1 Rb8 19.Rb4 Bb7

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