King’s Indian Defense, “round 2”, as they say. Actually, this was the third and final round of this thatTuesday night tournament.
It’s apparent what I’ve let happen to my game. Instead of going for the “eval” computer-move, I’ve just chosen the craziest lines that I could possibly play and gone with that.
I was already disappointed when he played the steady 8.Be3.
15.h5 I was anticipating something more solid, I saw this line 15.Rc1 Bd7, 16.Nb5 QxQ+, 17.KxQ BxNb5, 18.BxB, OTB, which is probably equal, with a pull for White.
15…Nb3? Even during the game, I didn’t feel like this was the best move, but I played this game like an excitement-junkie. I bet that someone like Grishuk would have known to play a steady move such as 15…Bd7!? (controlling the b5 square) without a second thought. Once again, I felt that Nb5 might bite me later, but I was definitely going for the wow-fun factor here.
19…Bg4?? Here I forced Daniel to play nearly the only move in the position, 20.Kg2, which I hadn’t seen and White wants to play this move anyway. Actually, I miss these defensive king moves a lot. After the game, Daniel said “I don’t get it, you aren’t threatening anything, I can just play this…”Whereupon he played some move and then I lit his kingside up like a Christmas-tree, Tal style, and then swiped his Nb5, completely winning. But that is not the point, the point is that I just couldn’t calm myself down enough to “eval” the situation, and make the rational move.
If you don’t believe me (which by now you surely do), I was planning to play for example: 13…Bxg4, 14.fxg4, Nxd5, 15.NxNd5 NxNd5, 16.Queen moves …Rc8, until I noticed that White would defuse this combo simply with 14.BxNc5, so that in the end this distraction cost me around 10 minutes just to play 13…Qa5.
18…h5?? is another blunder. Surely, Black has nothing to fear after 18…Qa5 threatening 19…Qd8. I actually spent quite a bit of time on this move and was drawing a mental blank, which shows that I was simply not thinking clearly this late at night.
I should have played 19…Rfd8, as Daniel pointed out after the game, but this didn’t suite my no-holds barred, non-defensive psyho-chess style. Naturally, this is the eval move and spreads out White’s attack, even gives me an impetus to gain the c-file with a rook, which is what I was looking for. Crazy.
26…Rab8. Even if I had seen his queen-trap and played say 26…Nc8, he could still play 27.d6 and trap my queen with Na2 on the next move.
32…Rbc7. Here I blundered with 3.5 minutes remaining, but even after the more obvious looking 32…Rbd7, he was going to play 33.c5, which after 34.c6 is going to pick up that a7 pawn with 35.Nxa7, but in any case it’s a pawn-avalanche, drubbing to be.
Daniel always has this wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing rating whenever he plays me. I believe he is 6 out of 6 in the month of November, or darn near it. You could mentally swap our ratings and that would be a lot closer to the truth.
It’s funny, after the game Daniel said that he didn’t know the theory, and I assumed OTB that this must be some prepared line, since he didn’t play a normal move like Nf3.