I should have lost this Game, but you wouldn’t know it by going over the game quickly; maybe because that is how the game was played, quickly. By the time his position was lost, he had spent just under 20 minutes on the game, and I was down to around 3 and a half minutes.
Luckily, he blitzed all game long, well up until he was losing anyway, didn’t even stop to get the kill-shot variation correct. I was fortunate to get a walk-through win when I was playing more like a chess-tourist after yesterday’s loss.
I spent the first five minutes deciding between a King’s Gambit or Spanish, not feeling I deserved to play the King’s Gambit just yet, but regretted not playing it as he went into his Philidoresque, Scotch-Gambit declined variation.
He was letting me off the hook, from a computer’s standpoint, on virtually every move. His first winning tactic which I didn’t see would have been a simple double-attack with 16….BxNf3, 17. RxBf3?? Qa5 (forking Re1 and Bg5). What can I say, I was chessically out of it, and he didn’t punish me for that (probably my high rating caused him to believe me somewhat).
20.Qe3?? At least I can say that I didn’t have time to analyze this move, which of course would still be my fault for frittering away my clock.
22…BxNf3?? Letting me off the hook. I knew this move was bad without any analysis necessary, but he could simply have won a piece with 22…Re8, 23.Qxd6 QxQ, 24.BxQ (24.RxRe8+ is the same difference) BxNf3, 25.RxRe8+ NxRe8, 26.gxBf3 NxBd6. As soon as Fruit showed me 24..BxNf3 was winning a pice, I could quickly see the rest on my own.
The rest of the game, I feel like I sort of intimidated him into the loss more by virtue of previous victories than by anything I did in this game. He sort of believed my attack and then let me through in some winning cheapos there, rather than let me suffer with his huge clock advantage.
The debacle that should have been, but wasn’t; it’s nice to be on the other side of one of these games. Maybe I got psyched out yesterday, and my opponent here got psyched out today. Like I say though, coming off a loss I was sleep-walking through this one, which is why I did it so convincingly.