GM Chess Analysis #57 Zapolskis vs Williams: British Championships 2019: Round 4

My fourth round game against IM Antanas Zapolskis – FIDE 2290.
How to escape a dodgy opening!

Antanas Zapolskis vs Simon Williams, British Championship, Round 4, 2019.

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. Be3 a6 5. a4 b6 6. Qd2 Bb7 7. f3 Nf6 8. Bh6 Bxh6 9. Qxh6 e5 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. Bc4 Nbd7 12. Nh3 Ng8 13. Qe3 Qh4+ 14. Nf2 Qh6 15. Qe2 Ngf6 16. O-O Qf8 17. Nd3 Qe7 18. f4 O-O 19. Nd5 Nxd5 20. exd5 e4 21. f5 Rae8 22. Rae1 Nf6 23. Kh1 Qd6 24. Nf4 a5 25. Bb5 Re5 26. fxg6 hxg6 27. c4 Kg7 28. Qf2 Rh8 29. Qg3 Bc8 30. h3 Rf5 31. Ne2 Rxf1+ 32. Rxf1 Qxg3 33. Nxg3 Rh4 34. Re1 Kf8 35. Kg1 Ke7 36. Kf2 Kd6 37. Ke3 Ke5 38. Nf1 Nd7 39. Kf2 f5 40. Nd2 Kd6 41. Nf3 Rh8 42. Ng5 Ne5 43. c5+ bxc5 44. g3 c4 45. Ke3 Kxd5 46. Rd1+ Kc5 47. Ba6 Bxa6 48. Ne6+ Kb6 49. Rd5 Nd3 0-1

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  1. Black Lion, Pirc, Modern and KID stand for the most entertaining games. Great to watch, cheers

  2. Very instructive game. Learned a lot by the Nf-g1 maneuver, and the potential tactic with Nxe4 and Qa4+ if d6 had been played was sweet as well. I remember that tactic from KID theory and it's a pleasure to discover it's a tactic in Tiger's Modern as well.

  3. Рыжий, почему так мало видосов выкладываешь?!

  4. “Chess in not something that drives peoples mad; it is something that keeps mad peoples sane. ”
    – Williams Hartston

  5. That looked like a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

  6. Surprised you got out of that opening so safely!

  7. this game illustrates well the diff between a very good player and a GM…great vid !

  8. Instructive game, well done Simon! Thanks for sharing — Cheers!

  9. Great lectute simon ! I would like to ask you: How much time do you spend analyzing your own games?

  10. Wonderful game mr. Simon. Congratulations sir. As always I hope to see you #1.

  11. very nice si, smart play after a ballsy opening

  12. It's not just poor memory that made you miss e6 instead of Nf6 Simon it was as much a case of seeing a 'different' game. An inferior game.

  13. "Antanas Zappaloskius. I hope I pronounced that reasonably well".
    Sure, you only added a few syllables. Other than that, great job…

  14. Very interesting video as I have personally trying to become a modern specialist and been slowly building my modern repertoire for 3 years based mainly on Tiger's advises. I most of the time play against 1.e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 … a6!?. An interesting move, which has been played by Rapport for example.

    The line played is called flexible dragon in Tiger's book.

  15. This video is so incredibly clear and concise. Every point the GM makes helps to clarify something important that's happening in the game, and something about chess generally, and few words are wasted. I especially appreciated it. It is a nice game of chess, too.

  16. Nice my boys playing bositional, and he's been grinding endgames! I'm sure Charlie dug that game

  17. Hardest move to find a move with the knight back- this is a perfect illustration of that. Good defense GM

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