For nineteen move, neither side moved neither a piece nor pawn beyond our fourth ranks. Perhaps this was a sign that we were both still licking our wounds from the previous rounds toll, trying to steady ourselves. And then, and then it was over on move twenty when the first pawn crossed the frontier. 20.e5! is already decisive.
Another funny thing is that on many moves during the game, I had looked at this sac 19.e5!! dxe, 20.Nxc6 bxc6, 21.Bxc6, but had given up looking at it, never thinking that if he moves ..Re8, and his other rook is still on …a8, which was very likely, then this sac would work.
Expert chessplayer Paul Anderson pointed out that I could have played the sac sooner, and that 24.Qc3 is much more decisive than 24.Kh1 – threatening to take the knight on c5 and also Bxf7+ with the discovery RxQ.
On move twenty-nine, if 29…Rd8, I was prepared to play 30.Bd6, attacking the queen, followed by 31.Nf5 putting the question to the bishop, and exchanging on d6 would add a pawn and lanes to my attack against his king.
Once upon a time I played chess this well, just not at G/90, but perhaps it’s getting there.