A mate in 5, psychology and the endgame
I thought perhaps I would post some of my games from an online team tournament I play in some weeks. It is particually good because from about April to September my chess club in the UK are closed.
I will look at my last two games - well - all of my most recent game and parts of the one before that. Parts of that game are far too poor and humiliating to show to you.
Onto the first facepalm moment. I missed a mate in 5. I don't think the idea is that difficult, but 5 moves and a not so obvious move to finish off black (Not so obvious if you try and calculate from the start).
Perhaps we can see who will be the first person to find this.
I think the reason I missed the mate was not tactical, I am not even saying the in a normal situation I would always expect to find the mate. However I did not even consider it, and in this position played 1.Qd5?? after thinking for 12 seconds.
I think the real reason I missed this checkmate was that a pawn down in an ending with opposite coloured bishops. I was only thinking about getting to an ending with just the bishops on the board. I had given up all hope of winning the position - even though his king was still quite open.
Then later I manage to lose my bishop. However the ending is not easy for him because he just has one extra pawn. I think he goes wrong playing Ke6, but it is quite complicated so I am not sure, perhaps someone stronger could have a look.