- Move 13: Be8. Wild over-confidence: "Queenside is tied up, this child will now strategically crack like an egg. Just play slowly and wait for the inevitable strategic crumble."
- Move 22: Ne2! Wild pessimism: "Holy crap. Ne2. How did I miss that? I've just wasted 2+ moves in a King's Indian. I am boned. Look for dodgy attacks."
- and of course, "under-focus", another new word more commonly known as "not concentrating hard enough" which lead to this whole schemozzle with 22. Nh4?
I noticed William as a new addition at the club a couple of weeks ago. 10 moves into my game against Efrain Tionko, I got up to grab a coffee and noticed a young kid rated in the 1500's already in a drawn rook and pawn ending with Mehmedalija Dizdarevic. Given the game had only gone for 20 minutes or so, I assumed Mehmedalija had taken him lightly. Appears I was wrong, and even if that were the case it's still an impressive result against a very strong player.
With younger players you expect to see them develop tactically first (like Jack Puccini, the Dales, Max Chew-Lee and a few others who are now very strong players). William appears more of a Ray Yang type however who seems to be developing strategically much earlier than one usually expects with juniors. William was impressive in that he showed a strong understanding of colour complexes, good and bad pieces and strategy in our game. His play with his Bishops was spot on I think.
As for me, I don't know what's happening with my concentration but on move 21 I didn't do myself any favours. h5 is the move I intended however at the last minute I decided on Nh4? because I thought it would force: Nh4, 0-0?!, Ng3, Rook moves then h5. I completely overlooked the simple Ne2, after which I think white has an advantage on the QS and black has stupidly slowed down his KS play for 2 moves by denying himself h5. I haven't had time to analyse the game so I don't know if:
- Pushing KS pawns was correct given white hasn't castled.
- If black is doing as badly as I thought on the QS when I sacced a pawn with Ng3?
- Whether I should play axb4. Actually. This is obviously wrong. I should allow bxa5.
- If I put the wrong knight on c5. Again, I'm fairly sure I did and it's the a6 knight that belongs there. I'd assumed in the game that the a6 knight would help control b4.
Anyway, here's the game. I thought 31. Bd2! was a really calm and impressive move for a junior to make.