A strange game on the clocks. We both went down to about 14 minutes together, but I ended up with 9 and 1/2 minutes remaining to Mark’s 2 seconds, which explains the finish.
24…Qb5??, trying to flag his last 2 seconds with this double-attack, not noticing that I am giving up a forced mate.
26.Qg5?? 25.Qh4+, as Mark so rightly pointed out after the game, is mating.
After the game, going over the game with Earl, Pete, and Alex, I pointed out that I have a simple win here still 24….Bxf2+, 25.QxBf2 RxBc1+, 26.Kg2 Bf1+, 27.QxBf1 QxQ mate.
As a reminder, this tournament was played at G/24, d/5. It seems crazy that Black was winning down a full-rook, but I was feeling it as soon as I gave up that d-pawn, and I felt it was a done deal after he wasted the tempo playing Bg2xb7, was very glad to see Mark fall into my traps, particularly given the time-pressure it was costing him.
In this game, it’s rather simple, I took fruitless positional risks that added up to a busted position.
6…Bd6, 7.BxBd6. Now, as Earle pointed out, White gets in f4 in one go, and as I noticed the queen is misplaced on d6 and much better placed on e7.
9…Nc6?! Here I am taking a ridiculous positional risk. I felt that …Nd7 was more solid, and makes sense after …Ne4, then …Nd7-f6.
12…Nd4. Around this point, I couldn’t create an active nor solid plan, and my position deteriorates rapidly. The end was predictable.