Although the turnout at the club for the Thursday Knighter has been a bit low, I decided to play this month. I need the practice for tonight's Twin Cities Chess League match in Roseville.
I normally favor more open, tactical games, but this one was very quiet and positional. Up to move 27, we had exchanged a mere single pawn each. Each of us refused to open the position. We were running low on time--Dennis had 11:36 left on his clock, I had 18:09 after our 26th moves. However, after move 27, the blood starting flowing. It got extremely tactical and difficult as the time ran lower, even with the five second delay. I resigned with 3 seconds on the clock. This is the score of the game as I recall it (I couldn't write down the complete score after move 36). Enjoy!
[Event "Thursday Knighter IX"]
[Site "Chess Castle, Minneapolis"]
[Black "Joe Erjavec"]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 g6 4.e4 Bg7 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.g3 O-O 7.Bg2 c6 8.O-O Nb6 9.Qb3 Qc7 10.Re1 e5 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.h3 Be6 13.Bf1 Nfd7 14.Be3 f6 15.Rad1 Nc8 16.Qc2 b6 17.Na4 Kh8 18.c5 b5 19.Nc3 a5 20.Rd2 Na7 21.Red1 Rfd8 22.Rd6 Bf7 23.Qd2 Be8 24.Bh6 Nc8 25.Rd3 Ne7 26.h4 f5 27.Bg5 b4 28.Na4 fxe4 29.Rd6 Nf5 30.Bxd8 Rxd8 31.Re6 exf3 32.Rxe8+ Rxe8 33.Qxd7 Qxd7 34.Rxd7 Nd4 35.Nb6 Ne2+ 36.Kh2 e4 37.Nc4 Be5 38.Nxa5 e3 39.fxe3 Bxg3+ 40.Kh3 Rxe3 41.Nxc6 f2 42.Nxb4 Be5+ 43.Kg2 Nf4+ 44.Kxf2 1-0
This is the game on my website.
I said to Dennis after the game that this was one of the most satisfying games of chess I have ever played. I gained something by playing a quieter game.