A fellow blogger was passing through my town and offered to play a game. We were fairly equally matched, rating wise. The game was typical of class-level players with missed defensive moves and tactical chances. The time limit was G60 and the clock was ticking down as the game moved into an opposite-colored Bishop & pawn endgame. I played for the draw, but think I may have missed a late-inning win. My next blog entry will explore that potential with another “Winning the Won Game” posting.
The variations and the move symbols are Houdini’s, diagnosed with ‘Scid vs PC’ at 10 seconds per ply. The verbal comments are my thoughts during the game and my interpretations of the analysis provided by Houdini.
Of special interest is White’s 14th move, where Houdini gives an increase in valuation from +0.61 to +2.44 without a previous error indicated for Black. My assumption (verified by subsequent analysis at 15 seconds) is that 10 seconds of analysis on Black’s previous move was not sufficient to see the error. This probably indicates an error that a class-level player should not expect to see OTB.
My policy is not to name opponents. However, my opponent, with my permission, will probably identify both players when he posts his analysis of the game.
It was fun to play against a fellow blogger to start my second year of blogging.