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Was there anyway me or my opponent could have improved in this game, preferably a missed tactic, that would have kept this game from being drawn?
10. Qxd8 Rxd8 (or Kxd8) 11. Nxe5.
I just realised you were black.
I think (can't be bothered to calculate), that playing 33...h4 and giving white the move might mean you could outflank and attack his pawns.
white is missing to many good moves where would they could of been up a piece
@Scottrf nope. It's a draw even if 34.Ke3 Ke5! 35.Kf3 Kd4 36.Kf2. g5 pawn is too close.
27...h4 seems more interesting
white's 5 e3 is an inaccuracy. Bb4+ is right, but you should wreck his pawn structure with dxe3 (same if he had played 6 Bd2 - still dxe3 exploiting the pin and threatening exf2+)
as played the position after move 15 feels quite drawish.that said, 27.. h4 might or might not win - work it out yourself. :p
You were lucky white did not exploit your blunder
12...Qxd1?? 13.Bxd1 would leave white with a piece up!
close but no - leads to a Q vs Q ending i think.
Oh, I see white queens too. Well it's a good try anyway :p
yeah. it'd show good form to at least try it :P
31.Ke3? Why did you not take the initiative and push into his territory. Ke3 solidifies a draw while Kd4 gives white the oppurtunity to win.
Edit: i was unaware that you were black. I would say that you were lucky to excape with half a point, white had many chances that were not capitalised on.
What I see at the end game (starting around move 30 to 33) is if White goes after the black a and b pawns and Black goes after the g and h pawns then black wins by one move.
As far as opening/mid-game: why not for White: 10. QxQ+, 11. NxN?
Edit: as Scottrf posted.
If you mean 31.Kd4 instead of 31.Ke3 then a simple calculation comes:
31.Kd4 h4 32.g4 Kf4 and now white has 9 moves to queen (Kc5-b5xa6xb5, a4-a5-a6-a7-a8) and black needs 7 (Kg3xh3xg4, h4-h3-h2-h1)
Black would win the race, moreover Qh1 controls a8 and block a7-a8
Thus 31.Ke3 was the right move otherwise white would lose
after 31 Kd4 white has a few (unlikely) chances to go wrong. imo black's best try is h4 and then
27...h4 proof it's 0-1
You and/or your opponent shouldn't have moved your kings like that. You should have moved them in different directions, which would have lengthened your game. Even though there would be a boring endgame, it would be possible to capture pawns and promote. However, the chances of that would be extremely unlikely, and so I think the game should have been a draw overall. Good game.
32. g4?? is a terrible blunder and as loveyou pointed out, 32.gxh4 also leads to a draw. My point was that white was definitely better and if black did not play 31...h4 then he would be in a losing position, but h4 creates an equal position, and in a game filled with blunders the sharpest possible move Kd4 gives white his only chance to win.
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