Pirc Defense, Classical variation | Blitz Chess #410

I really missed out on time “gainers” in this game. Long after some early shuffling with a clueless light-squared bishop, an instructive endgame was produced highlighting a “tempo pawn”. This was a 5|0 time control game, where I was playing with the white pieces. The opening played was the Pirc Defense, Classical variation.

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bd3 O-O 6. O-O Bg4 7. h3 Bxf3 8. Qxf3 Nc6 9. Be3 e5 10. dxe5 Nxe5 11. Qe2 h6 12. Bb5 c6 13. Bd3 b6 14. Rad1 Qe7 15. Qd2 Nxd3 16. Qxd3 Rad8 17. Rfe1 Rfe8 18. Bd2 Qc7 19. Qc4 Qb7 20. Bf4 d5 21. exd5 Nxd5 22. Nxd5 Rxe1+ 23. Rxe1 cxd5 24. Qd3 g5 25. Bc1 Qc6 26. c3 Qc4 27. Qb1 d4 28. cxd4 Bxd4 29. Be3 Bxe3 30. Rxe3 Qa4 31. b3 Qd7 32. Re1 Qd2 33. Rf1 Rc8 34. Qa1 Rc2 35. Qf6 Rxa2 36. Qxh6 a5 37. Qxb6 Rb2 38. Qb5 Kg7 39. g3 f6 40. Kg2 Qc2 41. Qd7+ Kg6 42. Qe8+ Kg7 43. Qe7+ Kg6 44. Qa7 Rxb3 45. Qxa5 Qc6+ 46. Kg1 Qe6 47. Kh2 Rb2 48. Qc5 Re2 49. Qd4 Re4 50. Qd3 Kg7 51. Kg2 Qc6 52. Qf3 Qe6 53. Rd1 Kg6 54. Rb1 Re1 55. Rxe1 Qxe1 56. Qd3+ Kg7 57. Qd5 Qe7 58. Qf3 Qe5 59. h4 gxh4 60. Qg4+ Kf7 61. Qxh4 Qd5+ 62. Kh2 Qf3 63. Qf4 Qxf4 64. gxf4 Ke6 65. Kg3 Kf5 66. Kf3 Ke6 67. Ke4 f5+ 68. Kd4 Kd6 69. f3 Ke6 70. Kc5 Kf6 71. Kd5 Kf7 72. Ke5 Kg6 73. Ke6 Kh5 74. Kxf5 Kh4 75. Ke6 Kg3 76. f5 Kxf3 77. f6 Ke3 78. f7 Kd3 79. f8=Q Kc3 80. Qf7 Kd3 81. Qf6 Kd2 82. Qf5 Ke2 83. Qe5+ Kd2 84. Kd5 Kc2 85. Qe4+ Kb2 86. Ke5 Kb3 87. Kf4 Kb2 88. Qe3 Kb1 89. Kf3 Kb2 90. Ke4 Kb1 91. Kd4 Kb2 92. Kc4 Kb1 93. Kb4 Kb2 94. Qe2+ Ka1 95. Kb3 Kb1 96. Qe1

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  1. Jerry is a monster inside the last 5 seconds!

  2. Am i the only one who suspects you were playing a cheater?
    Look at the stats, less inaccuracies, no mistakes, less CPL than you and only 1 blunder that came at endgame when no time left to use an engine.

  3. That was beautiful display of bullet technique at the end

  4. White to play and win with less than a second on the clock. Jerry: hold my beer!

  5. i literally flipped out at the end of that game, i can't handle that level of stress

  6. Keeping the voice calm during the endgame is really a skill 😎

  7. 9:51 "No, I win this". With 1.5 seconds left on the clock and nothing but a blockaded pair of doubled pawns.

  8. man, that was pre move magic at the end. man you moved fast!

  9. how are you so calm???? what's the secret Jerry

  10. On move 22, RxRook+ before Nxd5 is the better line right? Because it removes a defender of d5

  11. 0. 5|0?! is an inaccuracy. The best move was 0. 4|2.

  12. Haha, This one is cool, man! Chess can be so stressfull πŸ˜€

  13. Talk about pulling a win out of nowhere. That was amazing, Jerry. πŸ‘

  14. Best instructor ever is Jerry. Not just because he knows how to play extremely well, but because his articulation is second to none πŸ‘

  15. I laughed out loud when he said his heart was racing. I can so relate. It's terribly stressful to play with a gun to your head lol

  16. You are my role model you have no idea😍😍😍

  17. Jerry, has anyone ever told you that your voice sounds nearly identical to Paul Rudd's? Sometimes I just pretend I'm learning chess from Ant-Man while he's on house arrest.

  18. Beautifully done. I was certain you were going to lose on time

  19. Jerry I still contend that you are the coolest human in existence. Thank you for your well articulated insights. My rating has improved tremendously since becoming a subscriber. Cheers.

  20. Insane! I stop breathing even after watching it twice.
    I thought u will lose on time,
    Then i thought u will draw.
    oh my god u can win???
    o my god!

  21. Is "eeny, meeny, miny, moe" the proper way to play openings? 0:32

    I'm confused.

  22. That was absolutely filthy at the end. What a time swindler!

  23. No increment is stressful that was too close

  24. That technique after 09:50 man OH MY GOD. That was something special spotting that ending in a second and playing with only premoves is underrated. I love your clean thoughts and your explanations. You play the game simple, solid and smart. More gameplay vids!!

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