Last night I was given the dubious honour of playing board 1 for the University in the top local division. It meant I was playing my highest ever graded opponent (134 v 173 - I believe his FIDE grade is 2046). I tried to remember all the wisdom about him starting with the same pieces as me and making him prove he was better. The game ended in a draw after a serious time scamble. He got into time trouble by move 20 and I reciprocated by about move 35. The PGN goes further though the end is incomplete although someone was kind enough to keep the score and I hope to get it sometime soon. Endgame mistakes I can see for myself now, but in the middle I find it hard to see improvements. Engines can objectively say x
is better than y
but can anyone here offer actual plans
or give specific reasons for why a continuation is better than what I played?
The game was a draw and finished with less than a minute each in this position:
Any input would be welcome
Edit: In the cold light of day 29. Nh3+ is just clearly better than 29. h4+