Just make the right estimation of your own strengths and weaknesses, and also those of your opponent. – Anatoly Karpov
It was a good game tonight but it could be assessed that once again I fell short in that which I have lately come to call incisivity.
The Modern Defense went according to plan: White jostled, Black recoiled, and in the event, my higher-rated White opponent came out of the opening with an advanced, immobile center pawn that needed to be defended by pieces. Copacetic!
But next, despite seeing the advantages of the superior 19… Qd8-b6! with a slight advantage for Black, I chose 19. Qd8xd1, effecting conversion into a mildly inferior ending. White subsequently even managed to blunder a pawn but it was not enough to allow Black any serious winning chances.
Stasis was reached in a “knight and bishop of opposite color” ending as early as 42… Nb4-d5 wherein neither piece was in a position to help tempo off the enemy king. Structural weakness kept Black’s knight continually hopping home to keep his king company, while White’s bishop oscillated to keep the Black knight from breaking free and gobbling pawns.