Game Against Master

For those of you who already play chess, here is a tournament chess game that I played against Peter Thiel, who is the co-founder of PayPal, a billionaire, and a master chess player. This was actually my very first tournament game against a master! I’m sure you’ll find this game instructional and exciting!

White: Peter Thiel (rating: 2272)
Black: Lauren (rating: 1619)

Burlingame Chess Club, 2003

1. e4 e5
Opening up with e5 is a good move because the pawn controls the center and opens lines for the bishop and the queen.
2. Nf3 Nf6
This opening is called Petrov’s Defense, also known as the Russian Game.
3. Nxe5 d6
I moved my pawn to d6 to attack his knight.
4. Nf3 Nxe4
Now it’s safe to take his pawn on e4.
5. d4 d5
6. Bd3 Be7
7. O-O O-O
Castling is important because the move gets the king out of the center. The king is safe behind my pawns! Castling also lets the rooks into future play.
8. Re1 Bf5
I moved my bishop to f5 for a couple of reasons:
1) It’s important to develop your bishops in the opening.
2) I had to meet his threat. Peter is threatening to win a pawn on e4 by capturing my knight with his bishop. After my pawn takes his bishop, then his rook can capture my pawn. Therefore, I would be down a pawn for nothing!
By moving my bishop to f5, my bishop is adding more protection to my knight on e4. Now Peter cannot win a pawn!
9. c3 c5
10. Be3 c4
11. Bc2 Nd7
I just finished developing my last knight. My knight will be going to f6, where the knight will support the other knight on e4. It’s important to develop all your bishops and knights toward the center.
12.Nbd2 Ndf6
13. Ne5 Qc8
14. Nxe4 Bxe4
15. f3 Bg6
16. Bg5 Bxc2
17. Qxc2 h6
18. Bh4 Re8
I moved my rook to e8. It’s also defending my black-squared bishop.
19. Re2
It seems like Peter wants double up on his rooks so he can take control of the e-file.
20. Bxe7 Rxe7
21. Rae1  Nxe5
22. Rxe5 Rxe5
23. Rxe5 Qd7
I moved my queen to d7 for a couple of reasons:
1) My queen now defends my d5 pawn.
2) My rook can get into play now by going to d8
3) My opponent’s rook cannot penetrate my position by going to d7. By the way, rooks generally love going to the 7th rank.

24. h3 Re8 
I moved my rook to Re8 to challenge his rook on e5.
25. Qe2 Re6
26. Rxe6 Qxe6
27. Qxe6 fxe6
The game is officially now a pawn and king endgame now. Notice that we have the same number of pawns.
28. Kf2 Kf7
29. Kg3 Kf6
In the endgame, it’s very important to activate your king! The king is a strong piece too!
30. Kg4 g6
As a general endgame rule, it’s important to restrict your opponent’s king’s mobility
so he’ll have a very difficult time penetrating your position. I moved my pawn to g6 so Peter’s king cannot go to h5.

31. f4 b5
32. a3 a6 
33. Kf3 a5
34. g4 Kg7 
35. Kg3 Kf7
36. h4 h5
37. Kf3 Kf6
38. Kg3 Kf7
39. Kf3 Kf6 
40. Kg3 Kf7
41. g5 Ke7
42. Kf3 Kd7
43. Ke3 Ke7 
44. Kd2 Kd6
45. Kc2 Kc6
46. Kb1 Kb6
47. Ka2 a4
48. Kb1 Kc6
49. Kc1 Kd7
50. Kd2 Ke7
51. Ke3 Kd7
No one has captured a piece since move 27!
52. Kf3 Ke7
Draw (tie game) 1/2-1/2
We agreed to have a draw in this position because nobody can make progress. In other words, my king cannot penetrate his position, and Peter’s king can’t penetrate mine. Moving a pawn would be a huge mistake because the pawn will be simply captured by a pawn.