….I find is a very difficult thing to pull off.
The Game ended after White’s 22nd move, so I included some of the analysis we looked at, with the help of Fruit.
I offered a draw with 21 minutes on my clock to Alex’s 58 minutes, and he accepted (because he saw 22..a6 coming, with advantage to Black, but not winning).
I find these strategic types of positions so difficult to play at G/90, with just a += or =+ eval, because there is really more to analyze from a strategy viewpoint.
So hard to believe that at 75 ratings point difference, the ratings calculator wants to give me 14 points for a win, 21 points for a loss! and a mere 4 points conceded (as Black) for a draw – that’s cheap!
Here is a line/ending where Black gets an advantage, but look how difficult it is just to grab some of the momentum as Black. That …f5 idea is mine, naturally, after seeing how the previous line didn’t work out. The moral of the story, however, is that in strategical positions the person with the bigger amount of time on their clock can have a marked advantage in the outcome because of that. I was relieved to avoid having to watch my ever step/mistep for the next 30 move or more.
In that second line, looking at it after waking up this morning, I’d rather be White with the time because White is up a pawn and can play Kg2. Fruit suggested …Qf5 (to control c2) because …Qh3 is met by Rh1+ and Rg2.
If anyone is reading this post, I want you to look at this Third Example. This is awesome because in the first go through of the post-mortem I found the right moves, but because I needed to start moving faster I had become more nervous, and hence suddenly scatter-brained, and could not find these moves in the right order, which is hard to understand now, but easier to understand when you are in that position of being “slow-minded”, and then hurrying up the same thinking process.
I told him after the game that I had wanted to play …cxd, and I felt that NxB (not g4 as Fruit suggests – I was looking at this more out of desperation of needing to stop playing chess and go for the king because of time-pressure), but I saw that it gives him a tempo to play Bg3; however, I didn’t realize that this just transposes as per the line shown in this example.
Now on move 30 of this third example, Black is =+ better, and really the Black knight belongs on e6, not f6. Watch how this makes a difference in that example, and if Black starts playing quickly (I did this as a for example), that White is going from the -.5 position on move 30 to an easily winning endgame.
The MDLM method is virtually a self-fulfilling prophecy; i.e. it nearly always works because you are either finding tactics faster than your opponent, or you are making simple moves quickly, which don’t hurt your position, and then ending up with a huge clock advantage which again statistically should prove decisive with decent play.
So he spent just under a minute and half per move, and I spent approx 3:10 on each move (my ending time was 21:59 since I had 22 when reaching for the clock on my last move). That’s all it takes to become perhaps hopelessly lost on the clock, barring some easy to take advantage of blunder from one’s opponent. My biggest think was after his f3 in the opening, because I have been studying like 95% 1.e4 games.