Played another G/45 at the Mechanics Institute club this past weekend. Here’s a final-round game that’s kind of comically inept, although that sounds harsher than I mean it.
But there’s a long sequence where every move by either of us improves the other guy’s position by a half-pawn or more.
C’mon gang, let’s count the wrong moves!
Mays (1985) – Slater (2140 til I die)
Stockfish recommends: 15…b6 -0.9 (because 16.Nxf6+ Bxf6 17.Qxa8 Bb7 18.Qxa7 Qc6 19.f3 Ra8 20.Qxa8+ Bxa8 is -2.00 I did see this line, which is completely forcing, but my eval at the end was ‘white has no weaknesses, material’s about even and just because you found a tactic doesn’t mean you should play it.’)
16.b4?! (-1.3) cxb4 (correct!)
Now Stockfish recommends: 17… f5 18. Nd2 Bxb4 19. Rec1 Qd5 20. Qxd5+ Rxd5 21. Nf3 b6 -1.5
18.Rfc1 Qd5 (-0.7 ; better Qe8, which never crossed my mind)
19.Rc7 Rd7 (otherwise Rxb7 Qxb7 Nxf6+ lurks)
Here’s where it gets funny.
21.Bc5? (-1.5; better Nc5 at -0.7) Rd8? ( now -0.8; f5 was much better)
22.a3? (-2.1; Bxe7 was much better) b6? (-0.7; f5 was much better)
24. Bxe7 Qxe7
25. Qg3? (-1.3; Rc1 was much better) Kf8? (Rd4 and then Qd8 was much better)
and so on. 8 correct half-moves, six of which are exchanges, and 10 stinkers between us in that sequence.
(White kept going for broke and eventually overpressed, hanging a piece, so I won.)
Uh, it’s a very concrete position with few elements in common w/ previous posts. But I should have given f5 more serious examination. It’s the right move more than once, and I failed to recognize that I can drive white back instead of playing defensively.
( * “Excuse me, stewardess — I speak Corporate!”)