Death of a Chess Position
Eventually losing this position was like reliving Death of a Salesman. Act 1 Scene 1 is optimistic and full of hope ... but by the final scenes all of one's dreams are in disarray. It was instructive for me to see how it unfolded, pin pointing in post mortem the illusions I had at the time. Poor choices in which pieces to exchange, wrong moments to seek initiative, bad deployment of pieces to certain tasks.
In the beginning ...
From this decent position reached out of Tarrasch French, I felt White had a slight advantage due to better pawn structure and a Bishop pair.
Giving away the Bishop pair too easily
Here I have to criticise myself for playing Rad1 and giving the Bishop pair away too easily. I believed i would replace the Bishop with a Rook on d4, and eventually control the d-file and play c4.
Better would have been Bc5 to keep the dynamism in the position.
Ideal pawn structures for Bishop vs Knight