Costly Error: Missed Opportunity
May 12, 2016, 7:07 PM
A couple months ago in my second round of a quad, I got this position. White just played 35.Bb5, offering to trade Bishops. I've got about 4 minutes on my clock. What should I do?
I declined the Bishop trade with ..Bb7 and the gamed ended up in a draw. So I lost half a point on the scoreboard, and that cost me about 35 rating points.
Now, why did I miss this chance? The answer isn't really complicated. That problem was just above me. I might have spent 15 minutes on that move and never found the idea. When I looked at trading Bishops, I only saw that White's King penetrated on the kingside faster than I could counter on the queenside. The stunning 2..c4!! changes everything. Let's take a closer look at why it works.
Lesson learned? Maybe, and maybe not. Now that I've studied this, I know better, but next time this kind of thing comes up, will I do better? This we will know in the fullness of time.