This is the game I SHOULD have won at round 7. Complete with analysis. I was playing black in this game.
Better is 5... e6 which opens up the dark-square bishop's diagonal and doesn't double my pawns
8.e4 is a strong move as well
9. pxc3 Qd7
It is at this point that Be6 instead of e6 is being felt, as my bishop cannot leave it's starting square at f8, making it difficult to complete development and connect my rooks.
A strong move, as white continue his attack easily. I win my development back with 12.pxe5 qxd2 12.nxqd2 nxe5, leading to e6
Continuing the counter-attack. This plans for an early trade with 14.bxf8 Rhxf8 15.exd5 qxd2 16.Rxd2 Rxd2 17.Nxd2 Nxe5.
This removes pressure from the d4 square
Threatening mate at b7. Now I am up two pawns.
A more solid move was 18...Nxd4, winning a pawn
Too bad I missed taking the pawn, it's impossible now
man, this guy isn't happy with just a free knight. He wants mate, and he can taste my blood.
Oops, apparently I didn't see this, and rightly so, since it's an illegal move. Even more appalling is my response. No, it's not Rxc1
Wait, WHAT? I HUNG A ROOK!?!?
That was a waste of a move and a pawn.
Wait, wait, wait! Qxh7 wins for me!!! The game should go:
and black can just move out of the way. he has no worries, he can just trade queens and run his pawns! bonus if the king moves to h8 on move 39, then white can just sac his new queen for the pawn, allowing his either of his pawns to run!, but no! I just blunder it away.
35... Qd6+ Kxg7
Now black can't take h7 and win. A basic summary of the game is as follows.
36-63. Endless checking
64. Black blunders his draw away (White didn't take the draw)
I should've won that game. I did win that game. Once I did 29.RxRd1, It was over. But I lost. What a waste. I was the last one out of the playing area, and if I won that, or even drew, our team would've reached around 3rd (5.5 + 5 + 5 + 4, team score of 19.5/28)
Looking back, this game proves only one thing: I really need to pay more attention. some of those moves were terrible. I was under a lot of pressure, and I cracked. But I really put up some sort of fight.