This is one of my favorite games but only because I won. Otherwise it would just
be another game where I blundered away a good position. It’s not everyday that
you lose your queen and can still pull out a victory. I also wanted to post this to try
out a new way to post annotations on this site since incorporating notes in the PGN
viewer is still on Russ’ to do list. I think this will make it easier to follow the game
and the notes at the same time. Hope you enjoy. I was the playing the black pieces.
4..Qe7 is played to maintain the pawn at e5. Paulbuchmanfromfics informed me
this is called the ‘strong point variation’. The alternative 4...Nf6 surrenders the
center to white. For after 5.d4 black is forced to exchange pawns. Having said that
4...Nf6 is the most popular move.
7.Bg5 seems natural enough. White develops a piece with a threat. But the bishop
won’t be able to stay there for long. I considered 7...f6 for awhile but went with
Nf6 only because I was more familiar with the position.
8.h3 was a waste of time. There was nothing to fear from the pin created by black
playing Bg4. White can simply close the center with tempo by d5 then play the
queen’s knight to d2. After 8...h6 the exchange is forced. If white retreats the
bishop to h4 then black plays g5 and wins the e pawn next move. 9...Qxf6 may
have been better but being able to attack along the open g file appealed to me.
I didn’t understand the purpose of 10.dxe5. It undoubles my pawns and gives my
queen access to join the attack on the king side. It is now important to point out
that black can safely win the e pawn by 14...Qf4+. However this will lead to
exchanges. White will be able to play Nxb6 and Bxe6 removing both of my
bishops. I want to preserve as many of my pieces as I can for a king side assault
so I played 14...Bc5.
Remember when I said it was safe to capture the e pawn. Well it was back then
but it isn’t now. After Qxe4 my queen doesn’t have any safe squares to move to. A
fact my opponent quickly capitalizes on by playing 18.Bc2. Things are pretty dismal
now. Resign? Never! Not with so many pieces on the board and open lines of
attack against the enemy king. I was trying to decide if I should trade my queen
for one of the knights or the bishop when I saw Rxg3! You can take my queen but
I’m going to smash open your king side and go down swinging.
I think here white is tired of defending and wants to create some counter play by
occupying the open d file. White is up a queen so I guess he feels safe giving back
a bishop. It would have been better to preserve the bishop. As Capablanca states,
sometimes when you obtain a material advantage you end up relinquishing the
initiative and can do nothing but submit to your opponent’s attack. Successfully
defend the attack and then you can use your extra material to win the game.
Indeed that is the case here. As soon as my attack runs out and white regains the
initiative there will be little hope for me.
26.Qe3 loses. I was worried about 26.Qb5 which would have caused me problems
since I had so many loose pieces. Hard to say what white was hoping for here. He
must have been expecting Rxe3 but I don’t see the merit of trading the queen for
the rook unless he thought mate was inevitable without the exchange.
White resigns. So what do you think? Show a pgn with 4-5 moves then write some
notes. Show a pgn with the next 4-5 moves then more notes and so on and so on. It
is a bit more work to do it this way but I do think it makes it easier to follow the game.