I played this game down to five minutes, and then while thinking about playing 24…Nb6, which draws easily, and the ugly looking 24….Nf6?? I chose the latter because it looked more forcing, and I decided I was going to play it quickly and hope it wasn’t a blunder because I was not nervous at all but very unimpressed that I had left myself once again with so little time to my opponents remaining whole hour. She captured and pushed c7, then I realized it was over. I had looked at c7 with Rc1, and looked at Rfd1, but I hadn’t put them together as c7, and then Rd1, but I saw my blunder as soon as she had pushed the pawn. In the post-mortem, I held it easily and she was the one who had to hold on.
The idea I hadn’t bothered to analyze the whole way at the end was 24…Nb6, 25.Rc1 Rc8, 26.Nf6+ Kg7, 27.Nd7?? Nb6xNd7 I made a conscious decision not to spend more time on purpose, but that was a very bad idea because I was also offering a trade which needed to be correct.
14…Bxc5! was a nice find, but I spend too long on moves like this. I see it a a couple moves prior but then spend like 15 minutes when the move arrives as a long blunder-check. Apparently 14…e5! was a stronger try for advantage. My move equalizes.
18…gxB. I was going to play 18…QxN!, but forgot my analysis when this position arrived, and realized I could play for a simple draw anyway. 18…QxN, 19.Bxg7 Rfe8, 20.Bc3 Qe4+, 21.Be2 Ba6, 22.Qb2. I had seen this far, but not until I see it set up on the computer do I notice that 22…Bxe2 simply wins the bishop. 23.QxBe2?? Qb1+. Therefore, surprisingly after 22.0-0 Ba6xBe2, Black has won that bishop but it still not winning.
This game once again shows that it is a victory to draw with Black, but once the draw is in sight, it is easy to forget what a big deal it is just to get a draw with Black against a lower-rated player. Once it seemed as though the draw was no longer a big deal is right when I screwed up. Alex said I should have played for the win when I had my chance, but really the draw as Black is the big deal, it’s the reason you drive all the way over there and show up is just to get that draw, and if they want to blunder that’s great but you can’t force them to, and you most of all can’t show disdain for the draw, or it’s a loss every time in my experience. Draws are as a rule much tougher games than wins, and usually come with the Black pieces. This could have been one of my best games had I drawn it.