IM Essam El Gindy (2501)
IM Amon Simutowe (2424)

Africa Individual Champioship (6)
Abuja, NGR

1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. e4 d5 5... d6 Is what I had prepared. In my analysis it led to an equal position with a pawn up for black but over the board I opted for d5 as it leads to a variation which is more fragile for white 6. e5 Ne4 7. Bd3 7. a3 El Gindy used this move against Chumfwa in round 1 but he decided to change against me. 7... c5 8. a3 Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 Qa5 I had wanted to play the variation below which starts with ... cxd4 but I lost concentration and played this move though it's also okay 9... cxd4 10. cxd4 Nc6 11. Ne2 Qa5+ 12. Kf1 Nb4 13. axb4 Qxa1 14. c5 f6 I looked at this position during the game but when I started analysing another position it disappeared from my mind. why? 10. Ne2 cxd4 11. cxd5 exd5 12. f3 Nxc3 13. Nxd4 Ne4+ 14. Ke2 Qc3 15. Bxe4 Qxa1! El Gindy looked shocked when I played this move. I was calm as ever when I was unleashing this well calculated variation 16. Bxh7+ Kh8 17. Rd1 Nc6 17... g6 18. Bxg6 fxg6 19. Qxg6 Nc6 20. Nxc6 bxc6 21. Qh6+ Kg8 22. Qxf8+ Kxf8 23. Bh6+ Kf7 24. Rxa1 is better for white 18. Bb2 Qa2?? 18... Nxd4+!

is what I had calculated as it gives me at least a draw but after the position arose, I started thinking of getting more and ...... 19. Bxd4 (19. Rxd4 Qg1 20. Rh4 Qxg2+ 21. Ke1 Qxc2 (21... Qg1+ 22. Ke2 Qg5

23. Qa4 d4 24. Qxd4 Rd8 25. Bd3+ Kg8 26. Qe4 Bf5!

27. Qxf5 Qxh4 28. e6 fxe6 29. Qxe6+ Kh8 Interesting position. Black needs only a couple of moves to regain control) 22. Bxc2+ Kg8 23. Bh7+ Kh8 24. Bc2+) 19... Qxa3 20. Bc5 Qa6+ 21. Bd3 Bf5!

22. Bxf8 (22. Bxa6 Bxc2 23. Rc1 Rfe8! 24. Bxb7 Rab8 Is better for black) 22... Bxd3+ 23. Qxd3 Qxd3+ 24. Rxd3 Rxf8 25. Rxd5 Rb8 26. Rd7 Kg8 27. Kd3 a5 28. Kc4 Rc8+ 29. Kb5 Rc2 30. g3 Rxh2 31. Kxa5 Rh3 32. Rxb7 Rxg3 33. Rb3 Kh7 34. Kb4 Kg6 35. Kc4 Kf5 36. Kd5 g5 19. Nb3 g6 In this long variation, which made me decide against the ..18 Nd4, variation I did not look at the move that follows 20. Bxg6! 20. e6+ Kxh7 21. Ra1 (21. Qc3 d4 22. Nxd4 Nxd4+ 23. Qxd4) 21... Nd4+ 22. Nxd4 Qc4+ 23. Qxc4 dxc4 is what I analysed instead. What led to such a blunder? How normal is it for a player to overlook a simple tactic like Bg6? What led me to decide against good moves twice in one game? 20... fxg6 20... Be6 21. Ra1 Nd4+ 22. Bxd4 (22. Nxd4 Qc4+ 23. Qxc4 dxc4 24. Be4 with a winning advantage for white) 22... Qxc2+ 23. Bxc2 21. e6+ Kh7 22. Rxd5 Rf6

23. Rh5+ Kg8 24. Rh8+ Kxh8 25. Bxf6+ Kg8 26. Qxa2 Bxe6 Though this was a painful loss, the game was full of interesting ideas 1-0 [Simutowe A.]

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