I played in a tournament this weekend and played pretty poorly overall. One game in particular is giving me trouble. I was on the white side of the Budapest Gambit in a variation I've never encountered before.
I've run the game through Houdini to pick up on any tactics I missed, but I was wondering if y'all would mind giving me more plan-based feedback, as in where I made conceptual mistakes like minor piece placement, bad plans, etc. Here's a link to the game.
Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.
And I annotated the game a bit in Chessbase with some thoughts if that helps get inside my messed up head.
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Bf4 g5
Never encountered this variation of the Budapest in tournament play, so I was on my own from here.
5. Bg3 Bg7 6.Nf3 Nc6 7. Nc3
The move played here isn't bad, but the top players in the database are playing 7.h4 for quick play on the kingside. I didn't know that at the time, but do now.
7...Ngxe5 8. Nxe5 Nxe5 9. e3 d6 10. Be2 O-O
10...Be6 is significantly more popular.
Played with the idea of taking control of the b1-h7 diagonal which has been weakened by the ...g5 advance. Also planning to meet 11...Be6 with 12.b3 and the knight on c3 is protected.
11...Be6 12. b3 a5 13. h4
Better late than never.
13...g4 14. h5 h6 15. Rd1
I thought for a long time before 15.Rd1 trying to decide what to do. Basically I didn't see a clear plan and wanted to see how black would commit. This seemed like a good multi-purpose move, and the computer actually liked it best here.
15... Qd7 16. Nb5
The idea here was to relocate the knight to d4 to take control of the f5
square and capture the light-squared bishop at an opportune time to weaken the light squares around the king. If I had to do it all over again, I'd select
another plan. I wasn't able to really do much against black's king, it's
safer than it looks.
16...Qc6 17. Rh2
Unnecessary. I was worried about black capturing on g2, but I miscalculated. That's not a threat at all. The immediate 17.Nd4 is called for and the queen has to retreat to d7. Poor play on my part.
17...Qc5 18. Nd4 Rfe8 19. Kf1
Running low on time, I wanted to get
out of any possible e-file tactics and random Nd3/Nf3 discovered checks at
19...a4 20. Nxe6 Rxe6 21. b4
I can't let the a-file get opened and allow that rook to become active. The computer actually likes this move best and gives white a 0.50 advantage at this point. Too bad I'm not Houdini and can't convert.
21...Qxb4 22. Rb1 Qc5 23. Rb5
Turns out 23.Rxb7 was better. At the time I was still focused on black's king and wanted to force the queen off the central dark squares and the strong post. Again, I had less than 10 minutes at this point and was playing mostly on intuition.
23...Qc6 24. Bxe5
Played with the idea of 26.Rh4 as played in the game.
24...Rxe5 25. Rxe5 Bxe5 26. Rh4 Qd7 27. Rxg4+ Kh8 28. f4
In time trouble, I play a not-so-good move. Houdini likes 28.Qe4 and gives white a 1.0 advantage. The position is still very messy, though.
28...Bf6 29. Qe4 Re8 30. Qf3 Qf5 31. Qxb7 Qc2 32. Qxc7??
Completely missing black's game-ending idea.
Qc1+ 33. Kf2 Qxe3+ 0-1