Originally posted by Artsew
12.c3 is a mistake, I think 12.d4 keeps the black pieces away for a while.
19 g4? well... a mouseslip of some sort? I don't know, I would immediatly have gone for 19...Qd5, you use a different move order which is fine.
After your 22...Qxf3+ I would have continued 23.Qxf3,..
such a finish should be allowed to be played 🙂
Artsew, thanks for the post. In his defense about not letting the game end with the mate, I had messaged him "gg" on my last move QxR.
Anyway, as you said, 12.d4 would have been better for him than 12.c3, that's for sure.
Also, 19.g4 was awful. I think he was focused on the e3 square. 19.g4 was a gift.
Lastly, I considered 19...Qd5, but I thought he might have a chance to diffuse an imminent mate, and 19... Nh4 seemed less complicated to me. No detailed thinking on my part. Is the mate forced with 19...Qxd5. White to move below.
Also, I did want to do 20 ... Qd5. It seems intuitive. Yet, he could have knight forked me at c7, and because as you indicate the move order didn't matter, I went ahead without having to think or analyze and just did 20...NxN to provide for a more imminent mate upon Qd5 and render any fork at c7 moot. I know it probably didn't matter but I just didn't want to think about it. Black to move below.