I probably need a story to explain this game, because it borders on the inexplicable. I missed a very easy win with 25..Qg1+ Ke2, then ..Qxg2+ and ..Qxf3+. In chess terms, I missed this same tactical pattern, turning an easy win into a loss again Expert Josh D.
Before the game, I didn’t feel like playing, it wasn’t just the long-work week with the hour of OT (which is a lot when you are working a call-center job in tech support), but Alex called me at 2:30 until 6am talking about his court-sentencing. Well, I didn’t even think about it till later, but I didn’t eat a bite of food since before he called my until 11pm, after the game. I also went jogging (and don’t exercise during the week – no time/motivation).
So looking back on it now, I just physically crapped out during my winning position. I looked at sacs for 7 minutes and did not see the ..Qg1-g2+. It’s like I was just waiting for something to happen, the answer to come to me, and it never came. Instead I just realized that I would need to move or lose on time.
Then, in extreme time-pressure, I did not realize that …Kh8 was possible until after I gave my bishop up for nothing. In fact, it’s completely winning for Black. The nervous exhaustion was so great that I did not play …Kh8 when I was in check, but played the illegal ..Qe7 and lost on time. I felt okay during the game, if not overly nervous, but then my nervous energy ran out and I guess the exhaustion of the week caught up to me at an inappropriate moment. I hadn’t recovered from the week, and had a feeling this might happen, but was still stunned that it had. I also studied some boring, non-tactical Karpov game before playing, which I regretted because I didn’t have normal energy even after taking a B multi-vitamin, I just sort of had some nervous energy at the beginning without anything really substantial behind it.
I’ve also had a gum infection the last few days, and as Dr. Tartakover said, he’s never beaten a healthy opponent. hehe.