Re: BoyHowdy - L16: B vs evissecer [24:44]
It felt good to slow my thinking down and make solid moves once I knew that I had the advantage. I was thankful to survive a rocky opening.7...Nc6
It's funny how the knight is the "go to" piece when a player is looking to simply develop. I've got to be on the look out for pins which complicate my development. Probably 7...Be7 and O-O avoids trouble.13. Qh5
I was expecting a queen trade, but that probably trades away White's attacking chances.16. Nd4
Gives Black counterplay which defuses the attack.17...Bxh5
and Black goes up the exchange. Black has an opportunity to go up a piece by taking time for 17...Bf6, protecting the bishop and guarding against the royal fork. White's queen is still attacked and must now retreat to h3 (18. Qh4 is met with h6). Take the g5 knight and trade queens.21...a5?
Simplifies. The computer found another possibility in 23...Rce8 24. Nd3 Re2 25. Rxc7 Rfxf2 (knight cannot recapture because of back-rank mate).
I felt confident in the endgame. I should have taken the opportunity to trade the rook for the knight one move earlier, but otherwise, I think I played accurately.
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