Marios Kouis vs GM Chris Ward

The only victor against GM Chris Ward in our Simultaneous played 04.04.17, Marios takes us through his game.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.a4 bxc4 [Equally good but of a different nature 4…Qa5+ 5.Bd2 b4 6.Qc2 g6 7.e4 d6 8.Bd3 Bg7 9.Nf3 Nbd7

This is the kind of position I wanted to avoid.]

5.Nc3 g6 6.e4 d6 7.Bxc4 Bg7 8.f4 O-O 9.Nf3 Ba6 10.Bb5 e6? 11.dxe6 fxe6 12.e5 Ne8 13.exd6? Simply… [13.Ng5!

Bc8 forced (if 13…Qe7 14.Nd5!)] and Black is busted.

13…Nxd6 14.O-O Bb7 15.Ne5 

[My initial idea was 15…a6 followed by Nc6. This is stronger than what was chosen in the game because the control of the centre, the razor sharp bishops and the outposts on d4, d5 and b4 are more important than the ugly pawn structure. =+]

15…Bxe5 16.fxe5 Nxb5 17.Qxd8 Rxd8 18.Nxb5 Nd7 

[My attempt for yet another Greek bailout. By taking on e5 I cover my e6 weakness and limit the activity of his bishop. =]

19.Bg5 Rf8 20.Bf6 Nxf6 21.exf6 Rad8 22.Rf2 [Rd2 was threatened]

22…e5 [Counterplay! a7 is irrelevant for now]

23.h3 a6 24.Nc7?

[Na3 – c4 was expected]

24…Kf7 25.Rc1 [The threat was Rd7]

25…e5 26.Rxc5? [This loses! From now on he is never allowed a chance to get back in the game. I was really pleased with my play.]

26…e3 27.Re2 Rd1+!

[White was hoping for 27…Rd2]

28.Kh2 Rd2 29.Rc2 Rc8 30.Rcxd2 exd2 31.Rxd2 Rxc7 [A technical win]

32.Rd6 Bc8!

[Getting ready for Be6]

33.b4 Rc4 34.Rb6 h6 [If 34…Be6 35.Rxa6 Rxb4 36.Ra7+ Kxf6 37.Rxh7 Rxa4

White is allowed drawing chances.]

35.Kg3 a5! [The bishop can move now and my rook is placed behind his passer.]

36.bxa5 Rxa4 37.Rb8 Bf5 38.Rh8 h5 39.Ra8 Bd3 40.Rd8 Bc4 41.Rd4 Kxf6 42.Kf4 [Exchanging rooks makes it easier]

42…Bb4 43.Rxa4 Bxa4 44.h4 Bc6 45.g4 Bb7 46.gxh5 gxh5 47.Kg3 Kf5 48.Kh3 Kf4

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