Crazy game where lost on time. I tried to wait until I had on second on my clock before moving, but that doesn’t work when you only have two seconds, so I captured his pawn with one second, and then called my own flag. Biggest surprised there was that after the game, even with his 46 seconds or so remaining he said “I don’t know what I would have done”. I clearly saw the queen trade on d4 straight away; for example, 25.Qxe3 Qd4, 26.QxQ (forced) BxQ+, 27.Kh1 Bxb2. Now if 28.Rd1 then Bd4, and if 28.Re1, then Bf6, the rooks have no entry and it’s game over from an objective standpoint. Although, if I had been looking at this more subjectively, I would have figured that I had blitzing chances still, but that didn’t really occur to me.
A lot of tactical tricks in this game. For example, 18…NxBe3?, 19.Rf6 draws, I calculated OTB. I should have played
I should have played 19.Bd2, but it’s a wacky time-control. My emotions tend to help me in slow-rated games, but they’ve nearly always hurt my play in faster games.
After the game, Jeff said that I should have played (the respectable-looking) 16.h3. Actually, I was not considering that move as 16…Ba6 comes next, and 17.Rf2 isn’t something I wanted to stoop to in this position as I felt that I had something and wanted to take a risk. 16.Qd3?! in all likelihood was the wrong risk. The other move I was looking at was 16.RxNf6, and if this had been a slower time-control, no doubt would have played it. I am looking at my board in ChessX and noticing/calculating that I have this pretty line:
16.RxNf6! (leaving Black no time for defense or development, and removing a defender of the king), BxN, 17.Qf3 (…Bg5, 18.BxBg5 and Black will get checkmated in a couple moves) Bg7, 18.dxe5 Qc7, 19.Rad1 Nd7?, 20.Rd6 Kh7?, 21.Rxg6 KxRg6??, 22.Qf5 mate. Also in this line Nd7-f6 is not available because of exNf6. Incidentally 19…Ba6? is shooting in the dark as after 20.Rd6 that whole Rxg7 followed by Qf5 mate is available again. So 19…Na6, 20.Rd6 and after 20…Bd7 (blocking the queen on c7 too) comes 21.Bxh6 or 21.Bxg6, take your pick. Meanwhile 19…Bb7 once again gives up the diagonal, so we are left with 20…Kh7 or 20…g5. 20…g5?, 21.Rg6 (threatening 21…Nh5) and if …Kh7, 22.Qh5 with 23.Bxg5 coming next (even his queen cannot succ defend this square). So 20…Kh7 is the move to look at, but then 21.Nf5 is the spanner in the works, and …BxNf5, 22.e4xNf5 (threatening 23.Rxg6) ..gxf5, 23.Qxf5+ Kh8, 24.Rd7 Qc8, 25.Bxh6! BxBh6, 26.Qf6+ Kg8, 27.Qxg6+ Kf8, 28.Qf7 mate. So instead. 24…Rf8, 25.Qe6 Qc8, 26.Qe7 Rg8, 27.Qf7 Qf8, 28.Bxg7+ QxBg7, 29.Qh5+ Qh7, 30.QxQ mate. Whew! I calculated all this by only looking at the initial position. I knew he was messing up in the complications but didn’t have time to find the right line.
Alternatively, after 18….Qd8!, 19.Rad1 Qe7, 20.Rd6 Kh7, 21.Bd4 this position is looking very computeresque, and non-human, or unclear. Let’s say we continue with 21..Nh6, 22.h4 Qxh4 (the queen is overworked), 23.Qf7 QxN, 24.e5 Qe1+, 25.Kh3 Qh4+ is a perpetual. Or 21.Bf4 Na6, 22.Nf5 now or play another move first is as clear as mud.
I’ll admit, I was howling after putting this game into the computer, it’s pretty funny that I lost it, but my results aren’t funny at all, rather pathetic, and I probably won’t get any sleep once again for Thursday’s game where I play Daniel, which is not a great situation to go into. Nevertheless…
My fastest move of the game was 15.0-0-0, which I somehow hadn’t planned and yet still played it instantly. This is where Peter came over, and I gave him a look like I wanted to thump myself over the head. After 15.0-0, the mate is practically drawn up already with Qf4, Ng5, Qh4, Qh7 mate. Naturally, this won’t happen, but he will have to weaken his kingside irretrievably to slow my attack down, and he has nothing over there to defend against it. Sad, pathetic, true that I didn’t play this line, but now you see what happens at G/30.
I saw his …Na4…Nc4 maneuver as soon as I castled as well, although he was slow to play it.
31. Kb1? Obvious blunder, should have played 31.a2, which I had considered but was in serious time-pressure already with < 1 minute on my clock.
38.b4?? I told myself not to play b4 because it drops a4, but in time-pressure I was so nervous that I played it anyway, probably down to 6-12 seconds by now.
44.Rc4?? 44.Rf6 probably draws, maybe, maybe not, but now he is moving faster than I can think and the rest of the game looks like a Bugs Bunny cartoon (he had done this before to me, previously, and it’s the one thing I wanted to but wasn’t able to avoid). In my mind, I had given up, thinking he could escort his pawn with this rook anyway, but then of course I could take his f7 pawn and wasn’t even seeing that far ahead, conceptually.
The sad part is that I was easily better in the ending before I played Kb1, but went downhill from there.
Here is a lesson on how to sac the exchange by Anatoly Karpov:
Any questions? ;-p