Old Fat Lady emailed me his best win v an higher graded player
It was in a league game played a few days ago. Thought I'd share.
FL is Black, he kicks off the game with a 'ready or not here I come' 12...e5.
White pulls a psuedo sac out the hat winning a pawn. 13.Nxd5
Not sure if White underestimated, or simply did not see
the sting in the tail but Fat Lady did and nabbed back the pawn.
Black has just played 17...Bxh3
White decided here....
...to swap the Queen for the two Rooks. 19.QxR.
A big decision made by a good player OTB. I'm not going to look
at the 0-1 on the score sheet and say it was wrong.
Finding other White moves all appear to me meet with natural
Black attacking ideas but nothing alarming.
No 19 QxR was not a blunder, it was a stab at trying to win the game.
Weighed down by a ball & chain grade the higher graded player
is sometimes forced into selecting unclear paths.
Or perhaps White strolled around and saw his team were losing
on the other boards so had to go for the win.
Fat Lady's team won 4-2 despite being outgraded on every
so this game was critical.
After the Queen for two Rooks swap the Q and two Bishops
wriggled into a dangerous position and here I think was the error.
(it must be it drops the exchange and two pawns by force.)
White has just played 24.Rae1 missing 24...Bxf4+ and perhaps
realising then that he cannot play 25.Kxh3 because 25...Qh5 mates him.
It ended here.
The g & h pawns will set up mating and promotion threats
far two stong for the Rook and Bishop to handle.
A good game by Fat Lady. White is graded 2320