The next game is the only tournament game I’ve ever played against a grandmaster. My opponent was Georgian GM Mikheil Kekelidze. Not surprisingly, he outplayed me in every phase of the game. Obviously, I’ve still got a lot of work to do!

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[Event "Marchand Open"]
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[Site "Rochester, NY"]

[Date "2012.05.30"]

[Round "3"]

[White "Mikheil Kekelidze"]

[Black "Aaron Demby Jones"]

[Result "1-0"]

[WhiteELO "2563"]

[BlackELO "2106"]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5

{Not my usual repertoire, but I hadn't been getting good results with

the Queen's Indian Defense lately.}

4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.h3

{White plays to increase the value of his space advantage by avoiding

trades. (His move prevents a future Bc8-g4.)}

6...g6 7.e4 Bg7

( 7...Nxe4 $4 8.Qa4+ )

8.Bd3 O-O 9.O-O Re8

{Pressuring the e-pawn.}

10.Nc3

{White defends. Now Black has to figure out how to develop his

remaining minor pieces. It's always a struggle in the Modern Benoni.}

10...a6

{The start of the typical queenside expansion plan.}

11.a4

{The usual reply. White has no hurry in this position and first plays

to restrict Black's possibilities before embarking on his own plans.}

11...Nbd7

{A bit clumsy, but there was no clear alternative.}

12.Bf4

{White puts his finger on Black's awkward coordination. The d6-pawn

needs defense.}

12...Qc7

{An undesirable move from a future tactical point of view. (See

White's 17th move.)}

13.Re1 Nh5

{Dangerous, since if White lands g2-g4 at the right moment, Black will

lose a lot of time.}

( 13...Rb8 )

( 13...b6 )

14.Bh2 Ne5

( 14...Bh6 {was an interesting alternative.} )

15.Be2

{Retaining the bishop pair and threatening Nf3xe5, discovering an

attack on the knight on h5.}

15...Nxf3+ 16.Bxf3 Nf6

{Forced. Now Black has traded off a pair of knights but at the cost of

time.}

17.e5 $1

{Very energetic play. White takes advantage of Black's unfortunate

queen placement.}

17...dxe5 18.d6

{The point.}

18...Qb6 19.Bxe5 Be6 $2

( 19...Bd7 {was necessary to keep the rook eyeing the bishop on e5.} )

20.a5 $1 Qb4

( 20...Qxb2 $2 21.Nd5 {and White wins. Had Black played 19. ... Bd7,

this resource would not be available to White.} )

21.Ra4 Bb3

{The point of 19. ... Be6. But this is based on faulty calculation.}

22.Rxb4

{Starting a favorable forcing sequence.}

22...Bxd1 23.Rxb7 Bxf3 24.gxf3 Nh5

{I had foreseen this sequence on move 19 and thought that I was

winning material here. However...}

25.Re7

{... I overlooked this defense in my calculations. White has won a

clean pawn.}

25...Red8 26.Ne4 Bxe5 27.Rxe5 f5

{Trying to eliminate the dangerous d-pawn.}

28.Nxc5 Rxd6 29.Re6 Rxe6 $2

{Overly cooperative.}

( 29...Rd2 30.Rxa6 Rxa6 31.Nxa6 Rxb2 {and Black has some chances to

draw.} )

30.Rxe6 Nf4

{Black no longer has any meaningful counterplay. White is clearly

winning now.}

31.Rxa6 Rd8 32.Ne6 Rd1+ 33.Kh2 Nd3

{Desperately hoping for some sort of mating net.}

34.Rd6 $1

{A nice tactical solution. White forces trades.}

34...Re1 35.Rd8+ Kf7 36.Ng5+ Kf6 37.Nxh7+ Kg7 38.Rxd3 Kxh7 39.a6

{And I resigned. White's pawn promotes without much resistance.}

( 39.a6 Ra1

( 39...Re7 40.Ra3 Ra7 41.b4 Kg7 42.b5 Kf7 43.b6 )

40.Ra3 )

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