I played yesterday in my new club, G/90. I am not satisfied with my play. I think I wasn’t fully concentrated, also my chronic under-calculating and maybe I played too fast, I had ~25 minutes left when it finished on 52nd move (my opponent actually had more) . Anyway, the result was good – I won. It was another +100 rated guy, it’s like I am playing in U2000 tournament. I was White and it was Ruy Lopez, Classical variation, 3. … Bc5. I never played OTB against this variation , had a few correspondence games that I don’t remember. It showed, as I missed winning a piece at the very early stage and got under some pressure later. At one moment I made a wrong move allowing my opponent combination winning an exchange, but he missed it. Then we got a position where I deliberately allowed his rook on the 1st line (following queens exchange) to relieve the pressure on “d” line. It actually brought me even bigger dividends, as we exchanged both rooks and went into the knight endgame where I clearly had better perspectives. I played pretty well this part, got “a” and “b” passed pawns. Then I made a stupid mistake losing a pawn, which again he didn’t notice. The pawns eventually decided the game, sacrificing themselves but distracting Black’s knight and king. I posted the game, raw pgn, you can consider it as a tactics exercise, try to find missing stuff. I will post Fritz’s annotations later, Fritz had his day on this one :). OK, here is what Fritz says about the game. I could win a piece with 6. d4 and 22. … Nd4 was winning exchange. 46. a5 was losing a pawn due to 46. … Nxa5.
“The winner is the player who makes the last but one mistake” – Savielly Tartakower