Here we see the position after Black’s 22…., Rd4 – the crucial moment in the game for me, where I should play Rd2 in response – a creeping move of immense importance as far as I’m concerned – rather than what I chose to do in exchanging Rooks, thereby giving Black the passed pawn.
And with 27…., Qd6 Gary’s opponent hands him victory!
Having taken the opportunity to annotate this great game Kevin played, Kevin spotted that I’d missed a fork of his King and Queen if White Castled – but this was not the end of my flawed and often incomprehensible analysis. The big news however, was that the Computer Engine had spotted a win for White – something completely omitted from this annotation – which basically involved the White King backtracking and circling back toward f3 I believe the theory went, rather than chasing down Black’s h pawn. When exactly that continuation occurred remains a mystery to me now – I’m sure Kevin is aware of when the win was overlooked – I’m merely pointing out I am aware of it, I just can’t remember at what point that idea occurred. The Diagram position looks favourable to White, given the strong passed c pawn. And although many continuations end in draws; the passed c4 pawn should cause Black so much trouble as to force the win – indeed, the win the Computer Engine spotted might be thought to be the most logical win, despite the counterintuitive nature of the Engine’s backtracking with the King rather than going straight for the jugular with the King assault upon the h pawn. The actual game is possibly not quite as fascinating as the correlation I found with one of my own manoeuvres during the same month – which prompted me to consider the movement of the White King onto the Queenside and led to some interesting revelations; refuted though my contemplations were in the final analysis – the Engine exposes the truth of the win to be with the White King on the Kingside.
Stan decided under time pressure, to give his opponent a piece.