In the first round I had white against one of the strongest junior players in the country. I didn't have a long time to prepare for the game, so I played a sharp variation of the slav defense that I did have a chance to look at.
[Black "Round 1 Opponent"]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 (this is the position that defines the opening as a slav instead of a semi-slav, black gives up some of the center to develop his pieces) 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 Nbd7 7. Nxc4 Nb6 8. Ne5 a5 9. f3 Nfd7 10. e4 Nxe5 11. exf5 Ned7 12. d5 (this was the position I had prepared before the game) g6!? (this move was a surprise to me) 13. Be3 Bg7 14. Qd2 O-O (diagram 1) (It's hard to figure out exactly what the best course of action is here, white has some initiative, but it's fizzling, and if he gets no concessions out of black he will be worse due to the weaknesses on the queenside) 15. Rd1 Qc7 16. dxc6 bxc6 17. Be2 Ne5 18. Qc2 Nec4 19. Bf2 Nxb2 20. Rd4? (diagram 2, panic, instead Rc1 would have left white fine, he's down a pawn, but as compensation his pieces will be active and he has 2 bishops) Bxd4 21. Bxd4 Qd8 22. Be3 N2c4 23. Bh6 Qd4 24. Ne4 Ne3 25. Qc1 Nxf5 26. Bd2 Nd5 0-1
[White "Round 2 Opponent"]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 a6 5. a4 Bf5 6. Nf3 e6 7. Be2 h6 8. Qb3 Qc7 9. a5 Nbd7 10. O-O Be7 11. Bd2 Ne4 (this is where I embark on a plan that is just a bad idea, forutnately it's not bad enough that I'm losing) 12. Rfc1 Bg4 13. Be1 Nxc3 14. bxc3 dxc4 15. Qxc4 (the problem here is that I'm passive, I'd like to get in the e5 break, but I'm a little behind in development so it's hard to orchestrate) O-O 16. h3 Bf5 17. Nd2 Nf6 18. Bf3 Rfc8 19. e4 Bg6 20. Qe2 e5 21. Nc4 exd4 22. cxd4 Rab8 23. Bc3 Re8 24. d5 Bc5 25. Qb2 Nxe4 26. Bxe4 Bxe4 27. Be5 Qd8! (a strong move with my next move in mind) 28. Bxb8 Qg5! (a miraculous move to have!) 29. Ne3 Bxe3 30. fxe3 (diagram 3) Qxe3+?? (the losing move, after all my work) 31. Kh2! (I missed that this was possible, I thought Qf2 was forced) Rxb8 32. Qe5 (white will play Re1 next move winning the bishop that's oddly pinned in the opposite direction, black resigns) 1-0
What would you play as black?
Let me know any questions you have. I would prefer questions about the games, but if they're just questions about chess in general I will try to answer them if I have time. Hopefully I will play better tomorrow.