Here is the game I promised to post. I still haven’t had time to analyze it as I’ve been fighting a fairly serious ear infection this past week, but it’s still instructive nevertheless.
In the final position I am clearly better. Plainly and obviously better. However, this was the one round of the tournament which had no secondary time control, and I’ve had a couple of games like this against Allen where I was better and then lost the thread in time pressure.
So from a pragmatic standpoint the result seems OK on the surface. In fact, I believe this makes my past two games against Allen draws, although the last one was dead dead drawn.
Yet from the standpoint of wanting to improve this result stings. I know that I should have pressed, but I did not. It’s tough to justify this. The good news is that it’s been years since I last did this, so let’s hope it’s years before I do it again 🙂
All in all I’m pleased with my play in this game although I am annoyed at my lack of fighting spirit.
Til Next Time,