Easter torment part 3: A blunderous finish
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Easter torment part 3: A blunderous finish

Nietsoj
Nietsoj
Apr 16, 2018, 5:16 AM |
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This tournament was a disappointment in several ways. First of all, I lost all my games. This is not completely unexpected, since I was among the lowest rated players in the field. And I think I played fairly well in two of my games. But another disappointment was that of the 6 rounds of classical games, I only got to play 3. In one game, I got a pass, in another my opponent didn't show up, and finally I had to forfeit the final round because of other obligations. Not the best way to spend the Easter holiday.

In my final game, my play was much weaker than in my previous two games. I quickly found myself out of book, although I think I got a playable position. And then I (spoiler alert!) blundered horribly and got a completely losing position.

 

How does white proceed from here?

 

The move 13. a4 was a horrible blunder. But it did not happen because I did not see that it was bad. It happened because I was so focused on evaluating whether Rb1 was worthwile, and calculating what would happen after 13. Rb1 and 14. a4. I knew I had to play Rb1 first, but I left it out of my calculation. As soon as I was done, I thought to myself "OK, a4 seems to work, so I'll play it". And as soon as I touched the pawn I knew that I had messed up. *facepalm*

I usually end my posts by asking for recommendations based on the game. But in this case, there is really not much to say. OK, I need to learn the QGD better, and I need to make sure that I don't play the wrong move after finishing calculation. Anything else? I don't think so...

Have you ever made this kind of mistake? Let me know in the comments.