I hadn’t played much this week, missing the Denver Open, City Championship, and Wednesday’s tournament this week, so I was more in the mood of playing it safe.
After the game, I told Alex that my …b5 move was a “horrible blunder”, and this is part of why I shied toward the draw, this and the clock issue which G/90 is famous for. I had at least 26 minutes remaining, but this is sort of the spot to request a draw, before the play gets fast and furious.
Fruit likes continuing the game by trading rooks on d3, but I would most likely have played ..h6, BxNf6 (he said he would have played this) ..BxB followed by …Rd4 which Fruit says is -.1 in Black’s favor, but of course this can turn depending who plays the position better from there.
Here’s a blitz game with admittedly a lot more “awesome sauce” in it than in the one I played OTB. This one is for my friend Alex who likes to say “Nezhmetdinov – no reverse-gear, baby!”