Time-pressure is really a confidence check. If I were playing a Class C player, I would have played 28…Qe5, 29…Qc5 and won easily, a rook up, which I saw, but was worried that since he’s an Expert he might have seen something here, such as 28…Qe5, 29.Nf5 Qc5, 30.Ne7 and 31.e5+. Also, after 29.f4, can take on f4, or just play Qc5. In time-pressure, I believed him enough to think I could win without the risk.
43…Kg7. With 1min5sec on my clock, I was still writing down moves and only looked at the board enough here to actually make a move, otherwise 43…d6xe5 is blindingly obvious, as is not moving my king into a fork. Even here, this would have been a relatively easy win with a 30 second increment, but I was playing on a 5 second delay for this game. It’s ironic that superior blitz skills are a factor here, in an otherwise Standard time-control game. In hindsight, I should have stopped writing down moves (he was still writing them down, and not playing faster than he felt he needed to, though he is practically a blitz specialist), but this is also a bad habit to get into for the 30 second increment time control.
Off to a 2W 1L start. I was winning the game I lost, but blundered a piece with a minute and 5 seconds on my clock (G/90, 5 second delay for first two rounds).
38….Qf2+?? We were both under a minute. A panicked move in time-pressure. I told myself when playing 37…Qf6, that my next move was going to be do move the knight as a discovery on the queen, and I had seen the fork at some point as well, but I was trying to work out if there was either a mate or perpetual for some reason, and just blundered from here. I knew I had blundered with this move, but compounded it on my next, and then blundered my rook on the following move while thinking about a “winning endgame”.
This game took less than 20 minutes from my clock, a sad last round pairing, considering I could have been playing for prize-money instead had I won that previous game. Alex finished his game quickly and wanted to go home, so I wanted to finish my game quickly as well.
Sadly, I noticed as soon as I had played 9.exd6? that he had 9…Nf5 in reply, yet he blundered the game by taking with the queen anyway, then he played …Nf5 instead of …Nc6, so he had to give up the queen to avoid Ne5 mate.
I feel as if this game I just played is representative of where my level is at in chess right now, it’s somewhat higher than previously, and of course every time I’ve studied some of Tal’s games it’s helped my strength. The main thing about this game is that I knew where I was going in this game straight out of the opening, much better than he/she. I could tell during the game, even though it’s blitz, that my opponent was falling in with my plans. Chessdotcom 5/5 blitz game