…but he didn’t see it (as Ben Finegold might say). Whereas, he dropped a piece…and I saw it (Ben’s videos crack me up).
The complications after 15…e5 looked mind-boggling, and I was even considering going for a positional win with 16.Nxe5, spurning the piece (because he had spent so long on this move before making the “automatic” rook recapture of 15…Rxf6, to which I credit him for making just to hang in there with chances later on). I would probably just take his pieces and survive, as that looks quite winning it just requires the right mindset; really, it would have been fun to defend that for the win. You can’t know everything, but you can play within your limits, and those limits can be far out there.
It’s funny how we had both missed the Ng5 recapture (I saw it when I played exf e.p., but I would have postionally played that move in any event). But when you spend time on one specific postion, you can really drill-down deep into the tactical complications. At least tactical complications are more forcing than positional sequences.
I thought he could have played 21…e5, 22.fxe Nxe5, but the thing is that he would be starting out complications a piece down to begin with.
29.Re1?? I should have played this a move sooner, I missed ..exBf4. 30.Re8+ Kf7, whereas he rejected it because of 31.Rd8, but then he has Bc6, 32.Nxd5 and I’ve won a pawn for my piece and his f-pawns are a target, so it’s somewhere between equal and -1. Actually, when I played 28.Qf2, that was a touch move and had to play it, else I would have played 28.Re1. Well, at least I am giving it my best shot to play within the time-control.
I had 7:01 remaining on move 50, so I was proud that this was a full game, and played like one, yet I still had time. I thought his weakness was that he didn’t make moves in complications quickly enough, he was giving me too much time, and yet he did spot and play the pawn-winning …Qxe5 move instantly. I didn’t see it, but knew that the Bf4 reply had only improved my position.
Because I’ve been studying so much of Karpov, the tactics just seem to be a back-up of the positional play. Not getting the inferior position is the thing to strive against (although you can’t win ’em all).