[Event "38th Denker Tournament of HS Champions"] [Site "lichess.org"] [Date "2022.07.30"] [Round "1"] [White "Rajanish, Adhvaith"] [Black "Bakhirev, Philippe"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B86"] [WhiteElo "2117"] [BlackElo "1518"] [Annotator "Adhvaith Rajanish"] [PlyCount "71"] [EventDate "2022.??.??"] [Source "PlyCounter"] {[%evp 0,71,19,28,40,50,75,57,72,30,24,27,68,43,64,31,25,25,25,18,22,0,4,-1,12,19,73,73,73,92,51,-29,105,105,199,231,216,211,192,218,197,197,440,490,493,325,322,227,209,214,253,252,245,212,219,214,222,215,222,213,259,237,237,217,239,220,221,210,253,264,496,501,560,552]} {This was my first tournament representing Michigan and I was nervous, but excited to play some good chess. After a long flight to California, we had a formal opening ceremony where we learned about the founders of the Denker, Barber, and Hering tournaments that were going on simultaneously. It was really inspiring to learn about how much each of them contributed to chess. A few hours later I got ready to play round one at 7 PM, which was at 10 PM Michigan time. I was a little tired, but more eager to play. My first round was against a lower rated player, but I didn’t take him lightly because I knew that each player earned the right to represent their state. Lets start the game.} 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 {This is one of my favorite replies against the Najdorf. I was looking to play an aggressive and attacking game.} e6 7. Bb3 Be7 8. g4 $1 {This is a strong move which isn’t giving White a crushing attack, but if you aren’t prepared like my opponent, Black's position can go out of hand with a few inaccurate move.} Nc6 9. g5 Nd7 $2 10. Bxe6 $3 {Although this looks winning, White has to be very accurate because Black can still get play as you will see in the game.} fxe6 11. Nxe6 Qa5 12. Nxg7+ Kf7 $2 {I was very confused with move. He had a clear opportunity to put his king in the relatively safe f8-square, but instead allows potential checks in the future.} 13. Nf5 Nde5 14. f4 {Good,} ({but} 14. Qh5+ Ng6 15. Nxe7 Ncxe7 16. Bd2 {opening up safe squares for the king before playing f4 is just crushing. I completely overlooked this idea after seeing 14...Ng6 because it looked safe for Black, but I didn’t calculate deep enough.}) 14... Bxf5 15. fxe5 $4 {After playing this, I completely freaked out because I missed} (15. fxe5 Bg6 16. O-O+ Kg7 17. exd6 Qc5+ {which is completely winning for Black.}) 15... Bxe4 $4 (15... Bxe4 {Now I am happy. I am pretty sure he got greedy and missed} 16. O-O+ {which unpins my knight.}) 16. O-O+ Ke8 17. Nxe4 {I just got a free bishop} Qxe5 18. Nf6+ Kd8 19. Bf4 Qc5+ 20. Kh1 Bxf6 $2 21. Bxd6 {I was clearly winning after 17.Nxe4, but now there is no chance at all because I will win the second pawn.} Qc4 22. Be5+ Kc8 23. Bxf6 Qe4+ 24. Qf3 Re8 25. Qxe4 Rxe4 26. Rae1 Rxe1 27. Rxe1 Kc7 28. c3 b5 29. Kg2 Kd6 30. Kg3 a5 31. Kg4 b4 32. Kf5 bxc3 33. bxc3 a4 34. Rd1+ Kc5 35. Rd7 Ra5 36. Rxh7 {He resigned. I was really happy to get my first win of the tournament after a grueling 4 hour game} 1-0 [Event "38th Denker Tournament of HS Champions"] [Site "lichess.org"] [Date "2022.07.31"] [Round "3"] [White "Rajanish, Adhvaith"] [Black "Wen, Tommy"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D02"] [WhiteElo "2117"] [BlackElo "2194"] [Annotator "Adhvaith Rajanish"] [PlyCount "78"] [EventDate "2022.??.??"] [Source "PlyCounter"] {[%evp 0,78,28,30,28,17,68,67,71,62,69,0,50,17,24,24,24,-11,-4,8,-31,-35,-11,-24,-4,-26,-24,-35,-35,-35,-32,-65,-53,-53,-53,-55,-67,-50,-48,-69,-67,-54,-40,-62,-62,-107,-107,-107,-107,-107,-107,-193,-90,-95,-95,-95,-95,-95,-95,-103,-107,-99,-94,-109,-96,-101,-90,-100,-79,-76,-67,-80,-92,-79,-93,-92,-92,-101,-101,-168,-168]} {The tournament hosted a buffet for all the players before this round, which was cool because I made a couple new friends. I was on 1.5/2 before this round and I was paired against a slightly higher rated player who drew an IM the previous round. This round was important to both of us because a win would allow the winner to move up boards and play against the best players there. A loss would do the opposite.} 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 {The London system} c5 3. e3 Nc6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Nbd2 cxd4 6. exd4 Bf5 7. c3 e6 8. Ne5 $6 {This move is somewhat premature.} ({The best move is to play} 8. Qb3 {with ideas of Bb5 then maybe Ne5.}) 8... Nxe5 9. dxe5 {I was surprised that this move is worse than} (9. Bxe5 {because I thought of using the d4 square as an outpost for the game, but you will see how Black gets counterplay in the game.}) 9... Nd7 10. Nf3 Be7 11. Nd4 Bg6 {This was a crucial moment in the game because I had to choose the right plan.} 12. Bb5 a6 13. Bxd7+ {I took his knight to remove the piece that could challenge my well placed knight on d4.} Qxd7 14. O-O O-O 15. Bg3 $2 {with ideas of f4 f5 damaging his pawn structure, but I totally missed his next move, which makes Bg3 look pointless} b5 $1 {With this move, he can play b4 next, challenging my c3-pawn and in turn challenging my knight on d4. After this move, I knew I was slightly worse due to the threats and the space he gains.} 16. a3 Rfc8 17. f4 Rc4 18. Qf3 Be4 19. Qg4 Bc5 20. Bf2 Rc8 21. Nf3 $4 Bd3 $1 {Forcing my rook to move and starting an attack where a lot of his pieces will be wonderfully coordinated.} 22. Rfd1 Bxf2+ 23. Kxf2 Qa7+ 24. Kg3 Qe3 {His queen enters} 25. Rd2 Bf5 26. Qh4 Re4 27. Rad1 h6 28. Rd3 g5 $1 {I was playing by mere seconds and this move totally caught me by surprise because of all the threats it carried. I saw a variation where I could escape from the attack, but I was still worse} 29. Rxe3 ({The computer suggests} 29. Qxh6 {but there are many complex variations which still end up worse for Black}) 29... gxh4+ 30. Kf2 Rxf4 {He gains a pawn after the exchanges and has a clearly better position.} 31. Rd4 Rc4 32. Rxf4 Rxf4 33. Kg1 h3 34. g3 Rc4 35. Nd4 Bg4 36. Kf2 Kg7 37. Re1 f6 38. Nf3 Bxf3 39. Kxf3 $2 {I missed his final move, but I was still much worse.} f5 {He will just play Re4 next, winning by 2 pawns. I resigned.} 0-1