Originally posted by moonbusI only noticed it because Nb8 looks suspicious and "everything else" is on a white square. I suppose one of the points is that decisions made at move 10 and 18 where the Bishops were exchanged for knights have consequences throughout the rest of the game. The positive (middle game) aspects NEED to be exploited before acquiescing to the negative and drawish (endgame) aspects. Aware of it or not that is the strategic decision being made - the landscape being created. If you make the exchange as a result of a strategical choice then you are in control and are probably more aware of what you should be doing. If the strategy is forced on you by what's left on the board after the exchanges then you are probably not in control, and are more likely to miss what is required. I should know - it happens to me all the time!!
Nice tactical shot.
OP asked for endgame advice, so I started looking only after the rooks were off.
Originally posted by RagwortOn second thoughts my line is sunk by Qxb5 (doh)
looks quite promising at first glance
Originally posted by 64squaresofpainYou had a 4-pawn to 2-pawn majority on the k-side. It was crucial to get that pawn mass rolling together; the far-advanced e-pawn alone just wasn't strong enough. Once you've seen it, you won't forget it. We all make mistakes.
Thanks guys, I see now 34. g4 was a clanger...
not sure what I was thinking, or why I missed the simple f4
Ya live n learn