Chess nerves were showing in this game.
7…Ne4 ought to be played. Instead, I hung back and completed development.
11..Qc7 to stop e4 (protect the Bd6), which she almost played once already.
15. a4. White is putting the onus on Black to come up with something.
16. Rf3 An inaccuracy, although it was difficult to guess where White was going to go next in this position.
17. Qd4 Drops the game in quite a nerve-wracking position for both players.
Perhaps simply 17.Rf2. I was looking for non-commital variations here which give me an “out”. For example, at the time I wanted to play ..b6, ..Nb7, ..Nc5, but this is simply not possible on account of Bxa6 +-. I would have been forced to find correct play OTB. 17…e5, 18.Bd2 looks best for White. White can play more active with 18.Nf5 Bc5, 19.fxe Qxe, 20.Nd4, then possibly trade down on d4 or play …Rc8-d8, and in any case add pressure down the e-file. Black may have an edge, but most importantly finally has counterplay or active play.
I half expected her to play Nxd5 sac as she did, and had already seen that even trading queens would land me up a rook, but I went for best play. After the fork, it was finally “child’s play” for me OTB, could feel that.
Stressful game, as it usually is for me as Black, even though I had 33 minutes remaining still. Shirley made a blunder in a very nervy position which surprised, and yet didn’t surprise me at the same time given what I said before.
The final position is a mate in 3 after Kf1…Qd1+, although Shirley resigned right away.