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Old 03-17-2020, 11:13 AM
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I more or less don't have an option that doesn't lose my queen at this point do I?
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Old 03-18-2020, 02:28 AM
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I more or less don't have an option that doesn't lose my queen at this point do I?
Well your King and Queen are in some danger, but you'd have to blunder to lose your Queen.

After 26. ... Qxa6 27. Nxb4, I would expect either 27. ...Qa4 or 27. ...Qb7.

27. ...Qa3? allows 28. Nc6 (dodgy for Black.)

27. ...Qb6?? allows 28. c5! as analysed above.
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Well your King and Queen are in some danger, but you'd have to blunder to lose your Queen.

After 26. ... Qxa6 27. Nxb4, I would expect either 27. ...Qa4 or 27. ...Qb7.

27. ...Qa3? allows 28. Nc6 (dodgy for Black.)

27. ...Qb6?? allows 28. c5! as analysed above.
Hmm, maybe I'm overthinking.

Ok. Back to it.
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Old 03-30-2020, 06:53 AM
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Having looked again at the position, I think White has a crushing attack.

White threatens 29. c6 Q moves 30. Qa6+ Qxa6 31. Nxa6 and 32. Rb8 mate.

(Alternatively 29. c6 Q moves 30. d7+ wins a Rook.)

This shows how quickly a game can change. A few moves ago Black was holding the position and preparing ... g6.
Once White could play b4, Black's position fell apart.
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Old 03-30-2020, 08:22 AM
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Having looked again at the position, I think White has a crushing attack.

White threatens 29. c6 Q moves 30. Qa6+ Qxa6 31. Nxa6 and 32. Rb8 mate.

(Alternatively 29. c6 Q moves 30. d7+ wins a Rook.)

This shows how quickly a game can change. A few moves ago Black was holding the position and preparing ... g6.
Once White could play b4, Black's position fell apart.
To that end, I saw that b4 would be my undoing several moves before it happened (I think I even posted about it), but seemed helpless to stop it. Looking back, was there anything I could have done differently or was it already a foregone conclusion by the time I spotted it? If it was inevitable...what do I take away from that?
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Old 03-30-2020, 03:38 PM
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To that end, I saw that b4 would be my undoing several moves before it happened (I think I even posted about it), but seemed helpless to stop it. Looking back, was there anything I could have done differently or was it already a foregone conclusion by the time I spotted it? If it was inevitable...what do I take away from that?
If you saw a threat in advance, you should be pleased with yourself.

I think it was an interesting game, where I chose a closed variation and you swiftly exchanged one of my best pieces.
It took a while, but my experience guided me to put my pieces on good squares (especially the knight on d3 ) and that meant I got ahead in the race to open up the opposing King.

I trust that seeing an experienced player in action was instructive.
Do have a look at all my spoiler comments.

If you like, I can put the game through a computer to assess the situation at each move...
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