My Turn to Lunge

Still strumming my harp on the Caissic theme of lunging, the premature unbuckling of the position to the detriment of the lunger, I offer this game from a few weeks ago. This time I am the lunger.

In the diagrammed position, I opened the center with 14. d4 ? thinking to free my game. Instead, I freed my opponent’s game and dissolved all the tension created in the position by the opponent’s prior lunging at me with 10… g5!?

Better was simply 14. Qd2 connecting the rooks and preparing to bring them towards the center files as appropriate.

Instead, the game petered out into what my opponent felt was a dull draw.

Jacques Delaguerre