Originally posted by moon1969
Very nice. My brother plays that Reti type of opening as white. I guess is did bite on the draw because he was a pawn up and also because he was rated higher than you.
I guess it was some relief to win the piece at around move 32. That had to be a good feeling.
That took some balls and good technique to sac the B for the pawn. and win with the extr to queen a rook pawn. The opposition was the key, I guess.
Congrats on being in the money.
Actually, returning the bishop was easy, because it removed any fear that I would miss something and give the piece back- I was trying to reduce my "choke" possibilities! His rook was the source of his counterplay, and removing it along with giving up the bishop for a pawn is all that is needed to win. It's a forced win after Bxf7, so I could stop calculating and go on autopilot.
Once I had the piece, I knew I could win if I got rid of the queenside pawns, and then exchanged all the material for his f-pawn. With the pawn formation, I knew my backward f-pawn gave me two free tempi ( I could always "pass" with f2-f3 one move, and with f3-f4 on another move, but his pawns were frozen, so he only had king moves), so I could force his king back and occupy g5. From that point, it's just advance the f-pawn, trade it for the g-pawn, and then win the h-pawn because there is no way he can protect it.
It's not hard if you recognize the pattern and know the plan- I think I used less than 2 minutes for the whole game after we exchanged the last piece (he was thinking each move, so I just checked my thinking until he moved, and then I just played my next move).
Endgame study actually improves middlegame play- if you know where you need to go to secure the win or salvage a draw, it is much easier to find the middlegame moves to get you there. In my case, I also had some luck in that he just missed a two-mover. We're all human!