Jabari, who visits our blogs, contacted me to play a 4 game series. We started the series tonight (game 1 link here). It was one tough game tonight. So I felt I put up a pretty good fight, but I am still weak on seeing everything. I need to take some extra time for triple-checking.
11...Qc7 was a great move on his part. There wasn't really anything I could do to defend. I just needed to see that position a bit earlier in the game.
19. e4 wasn't so great. I saw the Qb+ move a few seconds after I pushed the pawn. Sometimes this happens on Chess Tempo ... I see so many things and then they are all floating up there in my head and I have a hard time organizing my thoughts and keeping track of bad lines and such.
So he took the b2 pawn and I figured I could get some play out of that. I did a little, but he navigated all the various lines well.
23. g4 killed me. I wanted to defend that f5 pawn. I probably should have just went ahead and played Bd1, giving me a chance to defend f5 while still getting a chance to take his c4.
After g4, I saw that h3 was now open for business. It went downhill from there. Since his clock was a little low, I worked a bit at forcing him to win it. But he played quite well and finished me off no problem.