Thursday. Round 1
(I love how at 7:04 Jimmy Paige throws away his guitar-pick)
Again, I was still not feeling 100%, getting over the cold, so my play is still a little shaky, but I feel better now.
White has 4.fxe, best, but I never really considered taking the free pawn.
Fruit thinks 5…exf was weak, 5…Nf6 is the move. Well, I was certainly happy to see 5…exf4, yes.
6…Nxd4. Fruit actually likes this move and thinks White is only +=, being up the piece for two pawns and losing the right to castle. Of course, no one plays that sac, so the engine probably just doesn’t really know.
Naturally, Black is messing up by trading pieces.
Instead of 15.Qe1, Fruit prefers 15.Rg1, which was my second choice.
17.h3 was a bit passive. Fruit prefers the wonderful idea of 17.Rf1 and if …g4, then Kh1, and I like this better too, having a better look at it now.
Tactically, and attacking-wise, I played this game rather lamely and should have lost because of that. For example, Fruit would play 24.Ne6+ piece-sac already here. Rather surprisingly, I saw 25.Ne6+ but didn’t play it because after say …Kb8, 26.NxRe8 gxh4+ I made a simple visual error of thinking that the knight was still on d6, cutting communication between Qd3 and Rd7 so that Black would have 27.Qe6+ and 28.QxRe7, but of course the knight is not on d6 in this position, it is on e8. After the game, I let Gene know that this is why I didn’t play 25.Ne6+, but apparently he never even saw the move. Someone bring out the stretcher, my tactics calculation needs help!
33.Qxf7?? Time-pressure blunder. I was also considering 33.Rxf7 which isn’t good either because of the move I failed to see, which is 33…Qe5+. 34.Qd5 covers the e5 square, and puts White back in command of the position after 35…Re8, which appears to be forced.
I began to lift my hand when he reached to play 37…Rg1+?? instead of 37…Qf3+ which is mate in two. I was going to congratulate him on his win after the correct move here, but as soon as he played my hope-chess move I quickly reached for my king and moved it instead.
Only five seconds were remaining on my clock, so I missed the nice mates here after 41…Kc6 (or any other king move). White was mating, but I saw another way to go which was just as effective, +10.