Position after 16…h3 +-

This was an actual game between an Amateur and a strong GM. White (Amateur) completely outplayed the GM up to this point. White was also way up on time. The Amateur inexplicably lost in less than 10 moves.

Do you get nervous when you play a Grandmaster or against a much stronger opponent? As I always teach my students:

Play the board, not the opponent!

Amateur – Grandmaster [B24]
1.e4 g6 2.Nc3 Bg7 3.d3 c5 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 Rb8 6.Nge2 b5 7.0-0 b4 8.Nd5 e6 9.Ne3 Nge7 10.f4 d6 11.f5 exf5 12.exf5 Be5 13.f6 h5 14.fxe7 Nxe7 15.Nf4 h4 16.g4 h3 17.Bxh3 Bxf4 18.Rxf4 Rxh3 19.Kg2 Rh7 20.Qf3 Bb7 21.Re4 d5 22.Re5 d4 23.Nd5 Bxd5 24.Rxd5 White resigns 0-1

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