The march to 52 games before the end of August continues. I'm reaching the half-way point with my next game. I may try to troll the FICS seek board tomorrow for a 60 0 or 60 15 game.
nygren. You can review the whole game here (annotated by the FICS DB). This game was a fight for inches. I ran this through Fritz 11 and it appears that I did ok in the opening, but still lacking. There were a few spots I could have done better on. I should have played 4...Bxc3+. Maybe that would have helped a bit. Alternatively, as nygren suggests, I could have played 4...Nf6. So, as usual, there is plenty of room for improvement in the opening.
The center was in dispute up to move 15 or so. His smooth play won him a pawn and allowed him to dominate the center. I tried gaining some ground back with my N, but then he played 21. c4. I withdrew with 21...Nb6 and then he played the correct 22. d5 getting a ! from Fritz 11.
The game was still not out of hand for me yet, but he kept constant pressure; traded queens and then gobbled pawns. In the end, I tried a few tricks ... but they were just that - tricks and he saw right through them. So then I went into "infinite resistance" mode to try to force him to checkmate me. But his sly play was too good. I would be forced to trade rooks after which he would queen. At that point, I resigned.
This series is tied 1-1 now.
As always, please let me know if you want to enter a 4-game series with me (75 15 games on FICS). I usually play on the weekends at 03:30 FICS and at 18:30 FICS on weeknights. If 75 15 is too long for you, I'd be happy playing a G/60 or a 60 15.