…but not the game, of course.
I debated between 16..e4? and 16…Na5, 17.Bb3 (saw that this was forced), NxBb3, 18.axN a6. I saw and almost played this line, but it looked a little “boring” so I went for more with a bad pawn sac, yet again.
When I played …Bg4, it somehow escaped my notice that Nf3-g4-d5 would block my pawn. I almost played ..h6 instead of Nd4, but I realized that the pawn was gone anyhow, and I had messed up. I don’t have enough time to calculate some things out, so I believe I sort of “guess” to save some time, but guessing usually means I end up with the nothing there that I saw all along – no fresh insight after playing it, it’s just a bad move.
After the game, I realized that I blew my chance on move 11, could have played …Rf4 here, and I didn’t even notice the pin if 12.Bd3 Bf5 -+/=+. Once again, I guess and rushed this move, hoping that there would still be something of an attack left for me.
I thought after the game that I should not look for big combos, but simply play the …Na5 move and go with my initiative. It “looks” like a draw, but I can play out my initiative and possibly win if he blunders just one more tempo somewhere later on.
..h6 or ..Bf5 would have also been better than the pawn sac, obviously, and had wished I had at least gotten in ..h6 there for later on.
My opponent didn’t analyze with me after the game. That seems to be the rule these days, get up smugly with your ratings points and ask no questions.
Unfortunately, Wednesdays are accelerated in pairings in Round 1 (only), which means that Round 2 is like the “bozo” round, if you lose your Round 1 game in the upper section. Luckily, it’s a 5 round tournament, so anything can still happen.
Perhaps the only cool thing about this game is that little Daniel Herman stopped by and offered to analyze the game with me. I showed him that ..Rf4 move, but with ..Bg4 instead of ..Bf5 follow-up. We looked at that move maybe 2 minutes tops because Alex wanted to go, but I’m happy to have looked at that position with him. It’s a very deep line that Fruit shows, perhaps one day I can pull that sort of thing off at G/90.