City Championship, Round 3
At first, I thought this was just another ridiculous loss of mine, but I did through in some excitement value as well, as the ship went down.
11.Nc3? was positional laziness, just as much wanting to see how he would proceed. Perhaps I could play 11.h3 or some other move here.
13.fxe5?? I didn’t like “the look” of 13.dxe5, and made my move after maybe half a minute of thought. The thing is that I had been calculating Black playing …Rd8, and he played it here, but I hadn’t calculated it at all on this move, and suddenly I am just losing a pawn.
21.Bg5? I had told myself that it was positional madness to play this move, and yet I played it anyway once I realized how “boring that it looked” to play 21.dxc6 (I knew that dxe6 would make his knights strong and well placed, as I told him after the game) bxc6. 22.Ne4 NxN. 23.QxN Bg7 being a pawn down and trying to hold on in such a non-dynamic position, but it would have been better than the coffee-house moves which I chose that followed.
22.fxe6? This is why I had played 21.Bg5, because I had tempted myself into taking on e6 after all.
23.Bd2?! I am already playing for tricks, really, as I hadn’t wanted to allow …BxNc3, ruining my pawn structure -+.
24.Bd5? Can you blame me? I saw that I was simply dropping the pawn after 24.Ne4 NxN, 25.QxN Be5, 26.Bf4 Rxe6. The idea behind 24.Bd5 was to follow it up with …cxB, 25.Nxd5 Qf8, 26.e7, but this was hope-chess because I never saw the reply 24…BxNc3 until he played it, although honestly he simply needed to see what I was up to and then find it’s fatal flaw, which is more or less what happened. He used his clock impeccably, always solving the problem on the board and never making “clock moves”.
I flirted with the intermezzo 26.Bxf6, but it just doesn’t lead anywhere after ..QxBf6, 27.g4. Also, 27.e7 Rae8, 28.g4 will fail tactiacally to …Rxe7.
I completely missed 27…Nd4, and was rather surprised that it appeared to work, although 28.Qc4 would have been more of a common-sense replay which Alex found in post-game analysis, and should at least win a pawn versus what I played. Actually, 28.Qc4 Qd6? would be a blunder due to either 29.Rxf6 or 29.e7, either one should work, but after 28…Rad8 Black should be up that piece safely for no more than a pawn. 29.Bxa5?! b5! 30.Qb4? Nc6