I played this game recently, and to my shame - lost the position with an extra exchange. What is the best plan to convert the material advantage? Is it possible to formulate it up front?
Jiganchine, Roman - Trotchanovich, Pavel, 2015.03.17 , C99
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3 d6 9. c3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Qc7 12. Nbd2 cxd4 13. cxd4 Nc4 14. Nxc4 bxc4 15. Bd2 Rb8 16. Bc3 Nd7 17. Qe2 Bf6 18. Rad1 g6 19. Qe3 Bg7 20. Qg5 Re8 21. h4 Rb5 22. Qg3 ( 22. Ba4 exd4 23. Bxb5 dxc3 ~ was rejected because of memories of our last game that went bad for me where Pavel sacked an exchange and won against me ) 22. ... d5 23. Ba4 dxe4 24. Nxe5 Nxe5 25. dxe5 Bxe5 26. Bxe5 Qxe5 27. Qxe5 Rbxe5 28. Bxe8 Rxe8 29. Rd4 Bb7 30. Rxc4 Bd5 31. Ra4 ( 31. Rd4 Bxa2 32. Rdxe4 Be6 ) 31. ... Re6 32. b3 Kg7
- White has a pure extra exchange, but the black pawn on e4 somewhat prevents the white rooks from getting activated, and converting the advantage unexpectedly proved a challenge. Coordinating the two white rooks while insisting on exchanging one of them must be the key to winning this position.