Before the game, I told Buck “This is the first time I will have played you as White”.
It started out as a Scotch, which I was more glad to see than the French Defense. He played the ..6.Nd5 variation instead of ..Qe7, which is more drawish. Then he plays this weird ..Bc5 move, which I am thinking “This can’t be right”.
Later, in my exuberance, although I spent plenty of time on the move, I drop my e-pawn, but it doesn’t look so bad if he takes since I get in Nf3 and Re1.
I had around 48 minutes left at the end of the game. It’s two pawns for a rook compensation, which we both saw.
After the game he said “Well, now I know how you play as White!” I didn’t play 13.Bg5 until I had calculated that 13…Qxe, 14.BxRd8 f5, 15.Qg5, h6, 16.Bf6 looked alright. On the way home I calculated that it wins two exchanges (for a pawn). But then I decided to look for something better once he took on e5 with the queen.
Instead of ..g6, I pointed out that he looked okay if he had played 0-0-0. I was then expecting ..h5 and if I go Qf4, then …g5, Qe4, when I still liked my position due to the a3,b4 threat. I pointed out that Qxg7 didn’t look so hot to me because after Rdg8, Qf6 QxQ, e5xQ Bd4 he has equalized, and that I had originally played Qg4 merely to prevent the ..Bd4, ..c5 plan which he appeared to be setting. But as Fruit shows me now, I waited too long to play Qg4, he could have played ..Qxe5 earlier in the game. When he noted how much I had seen during the game he said to himself “I must have been in a dreamworld.” 🙂
This game didn’t last too long, so I spent more time watching the draw between Alex and Mark, and then me, Ken and them analyzed it together in their post-mortem. I took second place, as Paul had taken first with a last-round bye.