Thursday, April 01, 2010

Ernest Marx Memorial 2010. Bergen Chess Mates ( Ridgewood, NJ). Finally, I get to play an opponent at or near master level, and I screwed up a great chance to get back into the game. So far, no big blunders yet at move 32 but black has managed to keep the bishop pair while I tried to keep the pawns on the board. Here, I played 33. Nb5 attacking that pesky bishop. Post game analysis showed that 33. Qh2 was much better. That move would have provided some initiative via 33...Bf5 34. Qf4 Rf8 35. Nf5 Rf5 36. Qh4 Kh6 and then 37. d6. A lost opportunity!