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Hi! I've not been playing long (played a bit when I was a kid, and enjoying playing again now, despite the odd moment of head-banging stupidity). Had a game against a higher-ranked opponent, and I thought that towards the end I had what should have been a game-winning advantage. Would anyone like to tell me where I went wrong (either in the end game or earlier - I know there are a few foul-ups in there).
I've added notes through the game, as best I can remember. I figure that at turn 40 I should have a decisive advantage, but fluffed it. And 49.b5 was a mistake I'm still kicking myself over.
I won't comment on every single little thing.
13. Bxc2, forget the knight on d6, trap it, attack it, whatever. I'll just take the pawn. White's development stinks.
20...g5 is a bad move. 21.gxf4 gives you very crappy pawns on the kingside. Anything but this.
40... At this point, you can win a pawn back and it appears like you should win.
47....Nxh3+ now you must be winning.
49...Kd6 looks like one way. The endgame is a bit tricky though.
46 Nxh3+ seems better...? But I am not certain of it.
Thanks, Bonesy1116. I didn't really think about pawn structure from 20.g5, but now you mention it it seems obvious that that would make a mess of things.
Thanks jonnin. I wasn't sure about the rook swap, especially with a pawn race going on, but I figured that the knight advantage would count for more with the rooks off the board. I was also a bit worried that I couldn't defend my pawns from a rook as easily as he could, as mine were in a terrible arrangement and distant from the King.
It is difficult to defend against multiple pawns by just having a knight. You must play precisely to win. It's a better decision to keep the rooks on the board as they are better defenders and can counterattack very easily.
I think 54... f6 looks like a mistake. 54... Nxb4 55. d6 a5 might work for a tricky draw.
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