After yesterday’s goofy debacle, I was not of a mind to play any weird, overly spicy moves for this game, except for late in the game where I am winning, of course.
I had realized that 19.g4 was a terrible move, but so much so that it made me lazy. I saw his move, had a short debate between 19…Nd7 (idea of …Nb6), which should be a relatively easy and straight-forward win, and 19…b6, which I played very quickly and immediately realized I had blundered by playing the wrong move-order. This is a classic example of trading blunders, the psychology behind why this sort of thing can happen.
So now I had to “win differently” as the GMs like to say. After 20…gxf6, which Alex had predicted and was happy to see, he also let me know this is called the “submarine” pawn formation. Luckily, Paul’s technique was relatively atrocious (although just as understandable) from this point forward and I bagged the win. I’ve seen him play a lot better than this, but this is what happens when you get a bit rusty from not playing every week like so many of us do. For example, his longest think was on 20.BxNf6, and I thought that he should have snapped that off instantly, after my 19…b6 blunder.
I stopped keeping score at some point under five minutes, and ended up with 17 seconds remaining on my clock to his half an hour, but I queened the f-pawn for example, before he resigned, and picked up his knight to boot.