Somehow, I ended up thinking with the clock, instead of the board. Trading queens was a weak attempt to ditch out of the game, based mostly on clock differences (he was nearly half an hour up on the clock, though we were equal on it for quite a while before that), and it was virtually the losing moves. I figured that my position was okay, but also quite complicated, which it is.
20.bxc3? Played this move, thoughtlessly and quickly, after returning from the restroom. 20.BxNh6 would avoid dropping the c-pawn.
I figured, casually, that 23.Nf4 is much better, plugging in the game, but that’s equal at best for White. 23.Rf4 is the move, but it never crossed my mind (strong move).
30.Nd1 I almost played 30.Nxh3, and the engine will make it seem like Black is okay in this line, despite what your eyes tell you, until you play it out far enough, and then it will change it’s mind. This is why I think Magnus, or a similar strong human, could still win games/endgames against an engine. It’s not that a person can’t play stronger than a computer, it’s that a computer makes fewer mistakes.
I know I’ve pointed this sort of thing out many times in the past, but if you pick a line, play it twenty moves deep with an engine (not just Monte-Carlo shootouts), you’ll see that Black is winning after the queen trade.
Even at G/90, 30 second increment, it’s not a lot of time to play a chess game against a strong player. By the end of the game, I was playing on the increment and Paul had around 16 minutes remaining.
[Event “Strong Swiss”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Paul Covington”]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c3 Nc6 4. d4 d5 5. e5 cxd4 6. cxd4 Bd7 7. Nc3 Rc8 8. Be3
Be7 9. Bd3 a6 10. O-O h5 11. Qd2 h4 12. Rad1 h3 13. g3 Nh6 14. Bb1 Na5 15. Ne1
Nc4 16. Qe2 b5 17. a3 b4 18. axb4 Bxb4 19. Nd3 Bxc3 20. bxc3 Nxe3 21. fxe3
Rxc3 22. Qd2 Rc7 23. Qa5 Bb5 24. Rc1 Rc4 25. Qxd8+ Kxd8 26. Nf2 Nf5 27. Bxf5
exf5 28. Rxc4 Bxc4 29. Rb1 Kc7 30. Nd1 Rb8 31. Ra1 Rb3 32. Kf2 g5 33. Ke1 Kb6
34. Kd2 a5 35. Kc2 f4 36. gxf4 gxf4 37. Rb1 a4 38. Nb2 Kb5 39. Nxc4 Kxc4 40.
Ra1 Rc3+ 41. Kd2 fxe3+ 42. Ke2 a3 43. Kf3 Kxd4 44. Kf4 e2 45. Re1 Kd3 46. Kf5
Kd2 47. Ra1 e1=Q 48. Rxe1 Kxe1 49. Kf6 Rf3+ 50. Ke7 d4 0-1