…as Mark said tonight, regarding a tricky Benoni line we were looking on. Well, I was playing the King’s Gambit Declined, so it’s more like “Put your space-hats on” for this one.
The Game was a short one. I’d like to post what I was thinking during the game, and I saw a lot of the computer’s analysis, most of it, but it is difficult to keep the lines straight OTB.
After 10…0-0 (we both played our tenth move rather quickly), I realized that I could/should have played 10…Ng4 instead, but that is a whole nother ball of complications which I did not have to get into, as it turns out.
13…h3?? was the just the blunder I had hoped for in this very tricky position to evaluate and play through. I knew that he had “dropped the chalupa” as soon as he reached for it the second time and played it.
When I played 13…Ne3, I was hoping that he wouldn’t play the setup with Qd2 and Ke2, because I had accurately seen that the ..Rxf3, ..Qh4+, then ..Ng2-f4 maneuver is just equal, but it wasn’t until _after_ I had played 13…Ne3, that I noticed that the Ne3 was immune after 14…Nxb4!. So, incidentally, if White had gone 14.Qd2, then …Nd4! works on the same principle, the immune Ne3 so taking on d4 just gives the Ne3 the d4 pawn to support it with, which I had seen previously, but hadn’t found that tactic to connect it with.
Here is the analysis we were looking at in the post-mortem. I told him right away after he resigned that I would not have taken on a2, but would have played …Ra3 going after his king. What’s weirder is that we went over this variation a second time and I didn’t take his rook on a1, leaving both knights on the board, which Fruit says is even _stronger_, although a little more complex than necessary I have to admit.
I feel very blessed to get away with such an easy win. I had been studying a lot more KGA, and have a line ready for that, it’s a classical line I’ve never played before, although those positions lead to more hair-raising complications, it’s still good for Black. Although modern lines are better for White and who could say what he knew.
Oh, I didn’t take his b4 pawn sac because I wanted to keep my bishop on the diagonal that prevents him from castling, although Fruit definitely prefers taking the pawn (figures, it’s a computer, and can change it’s mind anyway).