Dear Mr. Crabby Chess Player.
I am a low A player and I pride myself on combining an aggressive approach and a high degree of objectivity. If you must know, I am an actuary by profession. So I possess a good understanding of real risk versus perceived risk.
I very nearly won this recent OTB game against an expert, and in fine style. Alas, he cheapo’d me on the queenside. I know that your honest evaluation of my annotations will help me break through to candidate master.
AtomSmasher – Expert
1. d4 Nf6
2. Bg5 e6
3. f3 h6
4. Bh4 c5
5. Bf2 d5
6. dxc5 Na6 His knight is dim on the rim.
7. Nc3 Bxc5
8. Bxc5 Nxc5
9. Qd4 Qe7 My queen is active in the center.
10. O-O-O a6 With my king safe I am ready to surge forward on the kingside. Opposite-wing castling always leads to a race.
11. g4 b5
12. h4 Bb7
13. Qd2 b4
14. Nb1 Rc8
15. g5 hxg5
16. Qxg5 g6 Black has to burn a move on defense and now his dark squares are weak weak weak.
17. Bg2 b3
18. Nc3 d4
DIAGRAM. Black blunders a pawn, but I figured why take this d4 pawn when I can spend the tempo bringing my knight into the attack?
19. Ne4 Bxe4
20. fxe4 bxa2Wienerschnitzel. Despite my advantage in space I have fallen into a fork (21.Kd2 Nxe4+ nicks my queen). 0-1.Black was on the ropes – Where did I go wrong?
Looks like your mistake was showing up. This unprepared lunge with g4 reminds me of watching a seventh-grade band dork trying to hit on the ninth-grade cheerleading squad captain. Do chess a favor and stick with life insurance.