Originally posted by RJHinds
29.Qd3 was the move that should have ended all hope for Black, but you made no comment as if it was just a routine move.
I agree that 7...d6 should have been played because 7...e5 along with 8...f6 messes up the normal Dragon defense.
Good game on your part, especially for an OTB game.
What I remember about making that move is that I could see he had a check coming on e2 forking king and rook. I knew I had to find a move that maintained the initiative rather than go into this...
when everything has gone and is exactly the type of thing that GP and Fat Lady are talking about.
I remember I had about 11 minutes left to reach the time control we have at move 35 and calming myself to find a better move than the above. I briefly considered Qd5 then Qd3 but saw that his Ne2+ was still possible because of the the protection from the Qh4. I saw that I threatened mate and could then work out the variation after Ne2+.
I found trying to capture all that in a three line note too difficult and went for the device of suspense because the reader might see it was a mate in one, and the game continuation was the main line. The ifs and buts can follow if anyone showed interest in the post. Annotator's risk I suppose.