In June I played in the Gold Coast Open for the first time (Moulthun's post on his tournament: here).
June 22 (Friday night game) - Round 1.8: Ikeda (2309) - Black player (1783) [C00]
1.e4 e6 2.f4
After a break of 2 months from competitive chess, I felt like getting back into the swing of things by playing something new. In May, the final round win by Nakamura over Seirawan which he clinched the US Championships with had made a strong impression on me, leading me to play the same 2nd move. Apparently it's called the La Bourdonnais variation (which brings to mind this classic, Game 1 of The World's Greatest Chess Games which was probably my favourite book in primary school)?
2...d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.c3 Nge7 6.Na3 Nf5 7.Nc2
This position has been seen in about 75 games in the database.
7...Be7 (Seirawan had played 7...h5) 8.d4 c4 I was happy to see this move. Black should probably maintain pressure on d4. 9.Be2 Bd7 10.g4 Nh4 11.0–0 Nxf3+
12.Bxf3 g6 13.b3 b5 14.Ne3 14.f5 immediately would have been stronger.
14...Qc8?! 15.Bd2 15.f5 was best, again. 15...Kd8 16.f5 += Bg5? 17.Nxc4 +- bxc4
18.Bxg5+ Ne7 19.bxc4 Qxc4 20.Be2 Qxc3 21.fxg6
21...hxg6 22.Rf3 Qb4 23.Rb1 Qa5 24.Rxf7 Re8 25.Bd2 I liked the idea of switching the bishop from the kingside to the queenside. 25...Qxa2 26.Ra1 Qb2 27.Ba5+ Kc8