341 ( +1 | -1 ) OTB game #4As you remember, our team was doing quite well in the first rounds of the regional league. This time we were to play the best team of the league. In fact, these guys are rated so high that they could easily be mistaken for a national-level team. What are they doing in the regionals, you ask ? Well, most of their high-rated players don't like to show up to games! So they are usually playing with low-rated subs. BUT!! In this game against us, ALL their top players decided to show up! They were outranking us on every board by 300-500 points. David vs Goliath. Was there a happy end? Read and see!
In spite of white's best efforts, black is slowly stabilizing his position, and is ready to take the initiative.
22. Bb3 Rhe8 23. c3 b6 24. Nc2 Nc5 25. Bxc5 bxc5
Different-colored bishops are usually a good sign for the player who's fighting for a draw, but in this case black's central pawns are just too strong. The positions of all my teammates, by the way, also suck.
26. Ne3 d5 27. f5!?
A desperate attempt to confuse the opponent. Time: White 1:36 Black 1:15
27... gxf5 28. gxf5 Rab8!?
Somewhat careless, and allows white to rattle his saber a bit. Why not 28...d4 ?
29. f6! Bh8
After 29...Bxf6 30.Bxd5 or 29...Rxb3 30.fxg7 white has a fighting chance.
30. Kc2 c4 31. Ba2 Ne5 32. b3
Maybe white should have sacrifices an exchange: 32.b4 Nxd3 33.Rxd3 cxd3+ 34.Kxd4 with technical difficulties for black. One of my teammates resigned. At least I'm not the first one to lose.