I was very tired before this game, worked 10 hrs, but then ate a burger and drank a large coke right before the start of the game. So then I must have still been thnking a little loopy, but felt fine and had energy, thus had a very false sense of security. I thought about playing 13…h6, 14.Bd2 to set-up the sac, which would have blocked him from his rook lift, and kept the game winning h-file closed, but I was deluded. Even then it would have been quite an unnecessary sac.
had asked for a bye, but then changed my mind and decided to play, knowing that I won’t get to play, most likely, in California, and one of the last chances to see people here before I go at the end of the month. I thought I would lose when I played this sac, but didn’t know how, and actually thought in some lines that I could play Qh6; quite delusional. Really makes you realize how it’s all about hampering opponent development, not always about your own play unless you know it’s coming in relatively unopposed. Very, very needless loss. I was at least happy that I got in a Chebanenko Slav – have a book on it, but haven’t read any of it. I was more or less okay out of the opening, just decided to go psycho and “have some fun”. Yikes!