How Was I Able to Pull This Win Off?
Every now and then, I play out a losing game out of respect for my opponent. I'm not talking about a blatant loss where my opponent would have to be a beginner to blow it. I'm talking about a theoretical and perfectly sound loss which would require some work and thinking on the part of my opponent.
In the former case, I consider forcing my opponent to checkmate me as a sign of disrespect. But in the latter case, I consider giving up as a sign of disrespect.
It's one thing to be 3 moves away from a forced mate and not resigning simply out of stubbornness or pride, or the flimsy hope that your opponent will cause a stalemate. That's just silly. Many disagree with me, obviously
But then there's the following game. In this game, I blundered a pawn in the opening. Then as a result of that position, my opponent impressively forced a losing exchange for me. At the end of the exchange, I was down a rook and a pawn in exchange for a bishop.
Resigning so early on seemed silly, so I wanted to see if there existed any counterplay which would lead to an advantageous position to compensate for my unintentional sacrifice.
And once again, the software paired me against a man who has become quite the familiar opponent to me. This would mark my third USCF rated game against him. And like the previous 2 games, I believe that there are many lessons yet to be learned from this game. I will attempt to learn those lessons now as I go through the game. Enjoy.