Here's one key moment in my game today. A moment that highlights my biggest chess problem (lack of a plan):
I'm black and its my move.....
What would you play and why?
I played Ne5??
For some reason I had visions of an attack that wasn't there. I should've played Bd3 and castled before I did anything stupid (or better yet, just not do anything stupid). He played Qa5 and I'm down a bit.
I played a couple more inaccurate moves that traded two minors and in this position:
I played 19. Rxd5, a move that I calculated out and thought would be okay with me getting 4 pawns. Why four pawns you ask? Because after 19. ... c x Rook I would've followed it up with the big stinker 20. Bxb5+. and throwing the game away because 20. ... Ke7 protects everything and after 21. Qxd5 I've got nothing but two pawns for my Rook.
19. Rxd5 cxRook needed to be followed by 20. Q x d5 and the fork on the B and R keeps things equal.
Well, my opp didn't play 19. ... cxR (thank goodness) and instead played Be7 (Fritz' prefered move by the way) and after an error next move I ended up winning the end game (I was up three pawns). I could've won earlier but missed a tactic because I was trying to "simplify" down to the won endgame.
Good result for what could've been a real stinker.
((in the interest of full disclosure I should add that Rxd5 could've been played two moves earlier to good affect))