One thing we all have trouble learning is not to force the tactics as Black. The tactics will come; they always do.
A neat point of White’s Nd5 move was that there was some variation of ..Ng4, Nd5-Ne7+ then Nc6 forking Ba5 and Rb8. I saw this much OTB, but hadn’t calculated it 100% looking for additional zwischenzugs, since NxBe3 takes out some of the steam? (haven’t checked this yet). Just checked, it’s an insane looking tactical line where I get the bishop pair for rook and kingside pawn, yet double his kingside pawns and am +2 better, but how to win it?
I missed an even quicker tactic. 22.Bh6, then on …f6 or …f5 (Black must lose the Ra2 in any event), 23.Bc4+ wins the Ra2.
It was my dad’s Birthday today, so I had really wanted to win one for him, even if he doesn’t know that. After the game, spoke to him for the first time in a year, it was nice.