I played Dean as Black, our second game with me playing Black, and once again a Max-Lange Attack. Last time Dean followed the book a little deeper with 8.BxNc6, but this time he decided to deviate with 8.Nc3? I didn’t play the strongest response which was 8…Nxd4, 9.Bxd7 Qxd7, 10.Qd4 Bc5 where the queen is skewered against the upcoming 11…Bxf2+ (protected by the Ne4).
My original intention was to simply play 9.Bd2 NxBd2 and then win the e5 pawn, which is also strong, but the Nxf2+ looked like more fun and is actually best if played right. In any case, it only took a single innacuracy for the game to really fold. Looks like Bf4, and then Re1 was best, but played in the reverse order had catastrophic results for White.
The more interesting game turned out to be the ending between Mark and Dragan. Mark was up two pawns in a rook ending but Dragan even managed to sac a pawn to split up his pawns and from 3 pawns down came back to create a winning position – I showed him where he passed up a win, after the game, but he had only 9 seconds. Dragan forced the stalemate draw with 9 seconds on his clock to Mark’s 20 odd seconds. hehe. Crazy. Needless time-presssure for both sides. Interestingly enough, Mark switched to Grob’s Attack (g4) for that game and seemed to have some understanding of it.
Dean took as much time as I did and since it was so few moves, it wasn’t difficult at all to finish the game with still half an hour on the clock. I made the first 8 moves in 5 minutes, but slowed down radically after that as there was no pressure on the clock or board.
After the game, I explained to him how to play that variation as White, and now that I look at the book play, if he simply follows what I explained to him, he should be able to draw against me as White with not much problem. hehe. Sort of funny, but yeah, that line requires at least that much homework, not much but enough to know the idea behind the line (marching the f-pawn down the board f3,f4,f5,f6).