Dean has never beaten me, so that a draw as Black is the next highest achievement.
The endgame was rather interesting. Instead of trading queens, I should have been looking to get in the move Rb1, even at the cost of the d4 pawn, something I didn’t know during the game, due to the strength of that passer and even what it can do before it finally promotes.
I thought that I missed a win as I was playing 32.dxBe5 as it struck me during the move that I should be playing 32.Nxe6, although even there, 32….Rb4 is probably holding the draw.
Later I seem to be missing the win by a single tempo, for Paul A. showed that if I could have gotten in g4, keeping his Kf5 from happening, it would be a structural win, but all I can see now is that I was a single tempo short with my king in all of these lines.
This game was a well deserved draw for Dean, and it’s apparent that I am more comfortable as an e4 player with king-hunts than a-pawn conversions. 22.Be2, rather than 22.a4 first, was likely more accurate, as well as perhaps taking on a6 with the knight – I was worried that opposite-colored bishops draw, but it’s possibly way too early to determine that here.