06 April 2015
Annotated Game #146: Fog on the tactical horizon
This last-round tournament game is primarily interesting for the calculation error which leads to my loss. I correctly spot the way to take advantage of White's move 19 oversight, but lose my way in the tactical complications. First, I missed the very important in-between move that White has on move 20. Second, I despaired once I saw that all of the options for Black were apparently bad. I dismissed 20...cxd5 out of hand, once I saw that Black's knight could not escape following its pin against the queen with 21. Rc1. However, this was a premature shortening of the calculation horizon, as Black has an impressive desperado tactic with the knight to end up with two rooks for a queen and a positional edge. In the actual game, I picked the worst recapture option on d5, trying to complicate matters for White, who then showed impressive calm and skill to finish me off carefully, with a nice deflection tactic at the end.
Posted by ChessAdmin at 9:42 PM