I was comfortably ahead in this game, knowing that a pawn trade on the a-file would be -+, but I put my rook there, figuring he’d probably push the pawn, but allowing it because I was trying to get an endgame lesson, and a win at the same time. This is the problem with having a tactical style and being proficient at it is that your endgame growth then gets stunted, and bypassed.
I flubbed up the ending, but I’ve gone over it, and I did get some great endgame lessons out of it! I had 1.5/3 in this tournament, so I had already written it off to be honest, and really didn’t know what was going to happen for sure once I let that pawn pass. I did let lots of opportunity slip away due to my lack of familiarity with the situation I found myself in.
One thing I learned is that I fully lacked patience in the endgame, whereas Dean did not. Dean spent a lot of time in the endgame, but I blundered by taking his h-pawn quickly, still with 14 minutes on my clock. I realized I had blundered right away, and he hadn’t spent much time on his preceeding move either, saying he knew that pawn was poisoned. For some reason I didn’t see this ….c6 sac resource until too late, as it could have saved my game.
The losing blunder was to move my rook off the a-file, which I figured it would be, but it goes to show that I still didn’t have the patience to use all my time on this move, when it mattered. I flagged in the end, but at one point had 57 seconds on my clock during the last move. It wasn’t for lack of time that I lost this game, I simply couldn’t keep my composure together long enough to find the moves; It was more of a physical/mental thing, not being able to sit on the hands long enough.
I think if I had started my “chess career” with a more ‘boring’ style, that endgames would be less of familiar territory for me than they tend to be.
Dean said that prior to this game I had 30 wins, 10 draws, and of course no losses to him.
There was some noise with a game finishing right next to ours when I blundered and I think it made us both move fast because we couldn’t concentrate well (though he has ear plugs). Right after I blundered, and people had left, it was quiet, like a mausoleum, and I could focus again. When it is noisy, you might not realize that you can’t concentrate as well, I’ve learned. A less experienced player might not realize this.
I think when people start talking or making noises, it’s not so much a distraction as it is a social cue to wrap up whatever you are doing. I’ve also started the bad habit of paying attention to other people’s game, as I used to not, and never even realized when they left the board or any of that. I think when people look at other’s games during their own, that it’s mostly out of boredom, and they think they are doing alright in their own game.
[White “Dean Brown”]
[Black “Brian Rountree”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. e5 d5 6. Bb5 Ne4 7. Nxd4 Bd7 8.
Bxc6 bxc6 9. O-O Bc5 10. Be3 O-O 11. Nc3 Nxc3 12. bxc3 Qe7 13. Qh5 Rfe8 14. Nf3
Bxe3 15. fxe3 Be6 16. Nd4 c5 17. Nf3 Rab8 18. Rfb1 Rb6 19. Rxb6 axb6 20. Ng5 h6
21. Nf3 Kh7 22. Qh4 Bf5 23. Qf2 Be4 24. a4 Kg8 25. a5 Ra8 26. a6 Bxf3 27. Qxf3
Qxe5 28. Rf1 f6 29. Ra1 Kh8 30. Ra3 c4 31. Kf2 Qd6 32. Ra1 b5 33. Qf5 Qxh2 34.
Qxd5 Qh4+ 35. Kf3 Re8 36. a7 c6 37. Qxc6 Qh5+ 38. Kf2 Qh4+ 39. Kg1 Rxe3 40.
a8=Q+ Kh7 41. Qf3 Rxf3 42. Qxf3 h5 43. Rf1 Kh6 1-0