Early Summer Swiss 2021 – R3

This week’s round saw me pitted against an opponent c400 points lower rated – but being a Swiss, he had scored the same points as me so far – nothing could be taken for granted.

A smooth game overall: I obtained a favorable position on the White side of a Tarrasch out of the opening and at a critical juncture, not only did my opponent miss the critical continuation, he miscalculated the tactics and emerged a piece down.

There followed a brief hoovering of a few pawns by our Rooks, before I proceeded to encircle his King – and whilst he embarked on his retreat, I managed to advance a pawn sufficiently down the board that it’s prospects of becoming a Queen drew a resignation.

The game with light annotations can be found here

The position after 18…Nd4??