Eventful Game and a Weird Self-Mate

Protip

Yesterday I played my second, long game in a while, and it went better already. I won and used my time a lot better.

The opening went normally. At move 15 by sacrificing my knight I won the exchange (a rook for a minor piece). At move 17 however I think I did a mistake by playing f6 (Ben Finegold always says: never play f6), and created a weak square on e6 that my opponent used well.

I won a few pawns with my queen in the next few moves and my opponent got some kind off an attacking position. I survived somehow from the attack, but I had to give material back. The result was a queen endgame, where my opponent had a bishop, but I had two pawns and one passed pawn.

Both sides had the danger of perpetual check resulting in a draw, but both of us wanted to win. Or at least I thought so. Because my opponent walked straight to be executed! I haven’t seen this kind of a self-mate in a while. Did my opponent lose faith or didn’t he see the mate? Anyways, a win is a win.

I learned these things from the game:

  1. Don’t create weak squares.
  2. Don’ be too greedy regarding material.
  3. Don’t do a perpetual check, if you think ou can win the game. Or you think that your opponent can lose.

Game notation:

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 d6 3.Nf3 g6 4.Bg5 Bg7 5.e3 O-O 6.Bd3 c5 7.c4 cxd4 8.exd4 Qb6 9.b3 Nc6 10.d5 Nd4 11.Nbd2 Bg4 12.h3 Nxf3+ 13.Nxf3 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 Nxd5 15.cxd5 Bxa1 16.O-O Bg7 17.Re1 f6 18.Bd2 Rfe8 19.Re6 Qd4 20.Qe3 Qa1+ 21.Kh2 Qxa2 22.Bc4 a6 23.Bc3 Qc2 24.Ba5 Kf7 25.Bc7 Rac8 26.Bb6 f5 27.Bd4 Bxd4 28.Qxd4 b5 29.Bd3 Qxb3 30.g4 Qc3 31.Qe3 Qc1 32.gxf5 gxf5 33.Qf3 Qg5 34.Bxf5 Kg8 35.Re4 Rc4 36.Be6+ Kg7 37.Rxc4 bxc4 38.Qf7+ Kh6 39.Qxe8 Qf4+ 40.Kg2 Qg5+ 41.Kh2 c3 42.Qf8+ Qg7 43.Qf4+ Qg5 44.Qc4 Qe5+ 45.f4 Qe1 46.f5 Qd2+ 47.Kg3 Qe3+ 48.Kh4 Qg5# 0-1

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