I played this game on just over 3 hours of sleep and a non-stop, overtime day at work. Luckily, sufficient quantities of coffee can transform me from “Clark Kent” to “Superman”.
I saw 13…d5 coming and figured that that was Black’s move. Also, I played 15.exd5 rather quickly and instantly regretted not having played 15.d4xe5 instead. Alex and John thought I was crazy, but Fruit agrees that it is twice as better. The weird thing is just like last night, I couldn’t pin down why it was better, just that I sensed it to be far superior positionally.
Once again, someone threw away my scoresheet, but coming home I still had the game moves memorized, so entered all of the moves in instantly.
I could have played d4 instead of d3, and that is what I was aiming for, but I was also happy to outwork a lower-rated player positionally, from a nearly equal position. I am actually practising slow positions to keep me from going bonzai, but as you can still see, by move 13, even for this slow-looking position, it had blown-up tactically.