In this game, Paul played apparently to get out of book (this is probably a mistake in some way as I am not a book player, anyhow – but then again, he is not a book player either), or just to keep the game interesting and full of the transitional phases, which is where he succeeded in getting me to lose my way.
10….Nbd4. I spent 29 minutes on this move, and for the rest of the game he had a 30 minute advantage on me.
11…Bd5. Paul pointed out that I had this strange possibility of 11…Na5, although it would only really make sense to try this on move 12, after he played 12.f3.
13…Nd4. A time-pressure move, didn’t see I was giving up Nf4 until after I played it. After the game, I preferred 13…Nc3-b8-d7 idea. 13…b4 looks dubious because of 14.Nc3.
19…Bf7. I miscalculated here as after 19…Bb7! 20.Qc4+ Kh8, 21.Ne6 simply …QxNa4, 22.NxR RxN is -+. Black would seem to have a strong attack here even after 21.Na4-b7 with …g5. The general theme here is that once I got into time-pressure I played both to not-lose, and to maintain “winning” (swindling?) chances, instead of continuing the attack and trying to play for a win.
25…Nd5. Even here I should probably be playing 25…g5, 26.Nd3 Re8, or much better why not 25…Nc7-e8-c6 trading off one of White’s big, bad blockading knights, while freeing up Black’s position with …Rc7 as well
26…Qd5, obviously a poor move, time-pressure induced (I actually wanted him to play 27.d3! (??))
29…f4 is the move and the game is still interesting. I mistakenly thought White couldn’t allow the bishop trade on d5, as if this were some standard attack out of the opening.
30…h5?! …g5 looks risky, but that’s the right pawn-break, to free up the bishop.
35…h4? 35. g6 is correct. I should be trying to build a maintainable position by this point, after White’s crafty and brilliant defense, and also should have traded queens.
39…QxRe7?? Time-pressure blunder, but I still think White should win this with queen and knight vs queen and bishop.
I could have played on with 47…Kh5, but after 48.Kg3, white has the h2-h3 tempo to zugzang my king back, once the a-pawns are locked up.