In this Round 4 Game I had White against a lower-rated opponent, and that is frequently a one-way street, like this game. The opening was played with four pawns across for White, not yet crossing the frontier as Bronstein calls it, but gaining a lot of space.
The game may look a little ridiculous until you consider that I was not playing for tactics, but rather for position and for endgame advantage. Alemayehu is frequently a strong tactical player, but I broke down his patience I guess, and that’s basically what I intended to do, cruelly admitted.
21…Ng8, 22.e6 Nb8, 23.Ne7 Rd8, 24.exQf8(N)+ RxN would have been picturesque.
25.Qd3+? is lame, and I knew it when I played it because I had spent so long looking at 25.RxNf6, but was worried about zwishenzugs. If 25…Qc5, then Nd7, if 25…Qe7, then Rxh6+ followed by Qd3+ and Qxb5 winning a piece and pawn outright, and I even have against 25…Re2, 26.Bxh6 is a possibility but not necessary as I was just calculating this wrong and am simply up a piece. I was expecting 25…Ne4 instead of 25…Kg8??, when I could play 26.QxRb5 NxBd2, 27.Qd3+ Ne4 and am now up an only an exchange from all of that, which is still a rook for two pawns all in all. I showed him this last variation after the game.
The sad part is that this game was not the highlight of the evening. The highlight was when Mark offered a draw to Expert Paul A., and I showed that Mark had a forced win in the endgame which even Paul didn’t believe, but Mark did find one of the moves himself. Anyway, it was a pawn sac and then exchange sac for the win, made my chess year. Oh, it was opposite colored bishops with rook pair and pawns. Poor Mark, it’s as if he sensed what to do, but lacked the confidence to play it or to believe in a final outcome.