This was the fifth game between me and Dean.
It started out as one of those nuevo type responses for White against …e5 that we have been talking about. Luckily, because I have seen it so much online, and recently, that I remembered to play …Nf6 and then ..d5, and I can figure out the rest but hadn’t seen it before.
I wouldn’t recommend this opening for White as I saw and could have played …f6, but simply didn’t feel any need to risk anything in a new opening variation against a lower-rated player. As it is, Black was going to have the edge with either …f6 or ..a5, both are strong.
Basically, what happened in this game is that he wasted a tempo with c3, and that is what cost him a pawn. I had already come to this conclusion before I had played …a5, and also explained it to him afterward that simply playing bxa would have been his best move. I hate to say that I beat a lower rated player from a simple trick in under 30 moves, but this it seems is how most all of these G/90 games go, decided in under 30 moves, whether won or lost.
Right before the final position, I had anticipated g4, and then wanted to play ..c2, which luckily works since Rc1 and now Black hits up the knight for two tempos …Rc5, Nb7 Rb5, Nd6 Rb3 and then …c3 followed by …Rb1 cements the win as the bishop is preventing the knight from becoming effective.
You may or may not find this interesting, but I input this game without ever taking my scoresheet out. I find it amusing that other people I play with have not reached the point where they can remember the games that they’ve played. I think it’s because I spend so long on my moves which makes it simple enough to do that.