On Wednesday both my nerves and nervous energy weren’t present. Perhaps a combination of refraining from coffee on my days off, then my fence blowing down, and then sliding into the median (no damage done) on a snowy street with my car, and Alex in it. My nerves were shot before the game, and then I simply ran out of energy during the game, could not calculate any longer. I saw that I could win a pawn, but could not calculate it clearly and so did not play it. I could not calculate the defense either, thought that …Qc7 was dropping an exchange but it isn’t. This short game is very tactical under the covers.
On Thursday, I was determined to play a solid game. For once, my play is more reminscent of a well-played game on FICS except better. Patient, and positionally sort of brilliant for a change.
After 18.Be2! Black has no defense to the f4-f5 threat. For example, …Ng6 simply drops the d6 pawn, and then the Nc5 is loose too. Even 18…Bc8 fails to 19.f4, 20.e5 I saw this trap when I played it. IOW, it came as no surprise to me when, facing such difficulties, Alemayehu dropped a piece.
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