[Event "1997 Philippine Masters Classic, 2nd Leg"] [Site "Manila"] [Date "1997.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "FM Sales, Jesse Noel"] [Black "GM Villamayor, Buenaventura"] [Result "1-0"] [PlyCount "65"] [EventDate "1997.??.??"] [EventCountry "PHI"] {Have you played your friend or either your coach? GM Villamayor was my coach, and thankful for his time teaching me invaluable chess education.} 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 {The Semi-Slav: 5..h6 variation: Solid but flexible in developing pieces. This style avoids the wild Botvinnik Variation.} 6. Bxf6 {I prefer this variation, it is much smooth and white retains slight edge.} ({Other moves are:} 6. Bh4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} dxc4 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 7. e4 {[%emt 0:00:09]} g5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 8. Bg3 {[%emt 0:00:04]} b5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 9. Be2 {[%emt 0:00:04]} Bb7 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 10. h4 {[%emt 0:00:04]} g4 {[%emt 0:00:00]}) 6... Qxf6 7. e3 Nd7 8. Bd3 g6 {Standard line for black where diagonal a1-to h8 will become black's playground. But there is a disadvantage beyond this variation. Just make sure, you control the center as well as make the bishop at g7 a 'small lizard'; and "Not a Dangerous Dragon"...} 9. O-O Bg7 10. e4 {Yes, timely as it is when white pieces are all set to disrupt black's piece development} dxc4 ({Other moves are:} 10... dxe4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 11. Nxe4 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Qe7 {[%emt 0:00:59]} 12. c5 {[%emt 0:00:01]} O-O {[%emt 0:00:04]} 13. Re1 {[%emt 0:00:00]} b6 {[%emt 0:00:21]} 14. b4 a5 15. a3 Ba6 16. Rb1 Bxd3 17. Qxd3) 11. e5 {Of course, to control the center.} Qe7 12. Bxc4 O-O 13. Qe2 b5 {Black needs to expand his queenside.} 14. Bd3 {The bishop must stay aligned with the purpose of pressuring black's kingside.} b4 15. Na4 {(Not 15. Ne4)} c5 16. Rac1 {This move was overlooked by my opponent and till then black needs to defend accurately because all sides will be attacked.} cxd4 {A pawn is just a pawn in the middlegame with no value at all with this kind of position.} 17. Rc7 Qd8 {Only move...} 18. Rfc1 Nb6 19. Nxb6 axb6 {Black must get out from the grappled position at queenside, but another side has a weakness too, that must be penetrated as well.} 20. h4 {This is the start of black's miserable position...} h5 {Forced...} 21. Bxg6 {I took more than 30 minutes to analyze this tactical move, I was confident it would negatively hit my GM opponent's state of being clear headed.} fxg6 22. Qe4 {Great Timing Indeed...} Bd7 23. Ng5 Qe8 24. Rxd7 {Yes, to be able to finalize the finishing touches of this work of art, I must divert the black queen away from the kitchen.} Qxd7 25. Qxg6 {Here comes the vicious white queen...the lazy black king must stay away from the mating net.} Rfc8 26. Rd1 {Yes, of course, this rook will pivot at d3 to f3 or g3} Qe8 27. Qh7+ Kf8 28. Rd3 Rc1+ 29. Kh2 Bxe5+ 30. g3 Bxg3+ {This is a desperate move...} ({Other moves are:} 30... Ra3 31. bxa3 Rc3 32. Qh6+ Kg8 33. axb4 Rxd3 34. Qh7+ Kf8 35. Qxd3) 31. Rxg3 Ra5 32. Ne4 {Mate at g8} Qf7 33. Qh6+ {Black resigned due to unpreventable queen loss. I cherish this game since GM Villamayor was already one of the brightest prospects in Philippine Chess that time but with perseverance and positive make-up, I have beaten my Coach.} 1-0