There comes a critical moment in every Chess game. I'm appreciating better when to sense that moment, largely through annotating and analysing my games in post mortem.
Any move that drastically changes the pawn structure is clearly going to be one such moment.
Critical Moment: White to Move
Black has just made a principled strike with 14. ... d5 asking me how I want to define the central pawn structure.
In considering 15. e5 vs 15. exd5 I weighed up
- Black's King in the centre
- The opening of the diagonal for the Black Bishop
- The pressure at g2
In choosing 15. e5 I effectively accepted a draw due to the liquidations that lead to this position after 15. e5 Ne4
No one is going anywhere in this pawn ending, and a draw was agreed
Keeping the Fire Going!
In analysing 15. exd5 Nxd5 I had considered my only move to be 15. Nxd5 after which Black could not be worse, and if anything I felt it is White that has pressure with Black's raking Bishop.
However, I hadn't consider the dynamics of 16. Ne4 which keeps the fire alive. I had since found an excellent game of the dynamics possible for Black.
With the initiative of Ne4, Rae1 and Qh5 suddenly White's position comes alive.
This reinforced the lesson of seeking dynamic initiative to keep the fire alive.
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