Training games

I’ve played a couple training games with a friend of mine from undergraduate recently. Here is one of them, which features an instructive rook and pawn endgame.

[Event "ICC"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2012.09.14"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Aaron"]
[Black "Jason"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "?"]
[BlackELO "?"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+
{The Bogo-Indian. A solid choice.}
4.Bd2 Qe7 5.g3 Nc6 6.Nc3
( 6.Bg2 Bxd2+ 7.Qxd2 $6 Ne4 8.Qc2 Qb4+ {and Black equalizes.} )
6...O-O 7.Bg2 d6
( 7...Bxc3 8.Bxc3 Ne4 {and the bishop is snagged.} )
8.O-O e5
( 8...Bxc3 9.Bxc3 Ne4 10.Be1 {is now possible.} )
9.Nd5 $1
{Emphasizing Black's failure to capture on c3.}
9...Nxd5 10.cxd5 Bxd2
{Forced. But now White has an interesting choice of captures.}
11.Qxd2 $6
( 11.dxc6 Bh6 12.dxe5 dxe5 13.Qd5 {was the most precise.} )
11...Nxd4 12.Nxd4 exd4 13.Qxd4 $5
( 13.Rfe1 {is simpler, but the game continuation is more combative.} )
{Facing the prospects of a passive defense of the weak c7-pawn, Black
chooses instead to grab some material and start a fight. But now White
obtains a massive lead in rook development.}
14.Rfe1 Qb5
( 14...Qg4 15.Re4 )
15.Rac1 Re8
{The idea of Black's Queen placement. Now Black's back rank hangs by a
thread! }
{Finally, I decided on this simple continuation. Trading off a pair of
rooks highlights Black's pathetic rook on a8.}
( 16.Qc4
( 16.Bf1 Qd7 17.Qg4 Qd8 18.Qg5 Bd7 )
( 16...Qxc4 $4 17.Rxe8# )
16...Qxe8 17.h4
( 17.Rxc7 $2 Qe1+ 18.Bf1 Bh3 )
{Black tries to defend c7, but he cannot hold it for long.}
18.Qc3 Bf5
{Black finally mobilizes, but now the material balance is
reestablished, with White maintaining the active Rook.}
19.Qxc7 Qxc7 20.Rxc7 Rb8
{With perfect play, the position is likely a draw. However, Black's
pieces are so passive that White has excellent practical chances.}
21.Bf3 $1
{Starting a good plan of kingside expansion. In order to create
winning chances, White must activate his King and probe for more
{Removing the a-pawn from the vulnerable 7th rank.}
22.g4 Bc8
{Not ideal, but if the Bishop abandons the c8-h3 diagonal, White can
continue with Rc7-d7, picking off the d6-pawn. }
23.Kg2 Kf8 24.Kg3 Ke8 25.Be4 $1
{Probing for weaknesses in order to try to gain entry for the King
into Black's position.}
{Regardless of whether Black plays h7-h6 or g7-g6, he creates holes in
his sixth rank.}
26.Kf4 Bd7 27.Bf5 Bxf5 $2
( 27...Bb5 {and White has trouble coordinating his King and Bishop,
since both of them would like to occupy the f5-square.} )
28.Kxf5 b5
{Starting the plan of b5-b4 and Rb8-b5. But it's too slow.}
29.g5 $1 hxg5 30.hxg5 b4 31.g6 $1
{The point. White gets into the sixth rank. }
31...fxg6+ 32.Ke6
{White is now 'up a King' and winning.}
32...Kf8 $6
( 32...Rd8 33.Rxg7 Kf8 34.Rxg6 {and White is still winning, but not as
quickly.} )
33.Kxd6 Rb6+
{Basically a spite check, as Black cannot realistically stop White's
34.Rc6 Rb7
{This move does lose immediately, but it's hard to criticize since
Black is losing regardless.}
35.Rc8+ Kf7 36.Rc7+
{and Black resigned.}
( 36.Rc7+ Rxc7 37.Kxc7 {and the d-pawn is unstoppable.} )

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