229 ( +1 | -1 ) 3rd OTB game!Yes, 3 OTB games in 6 weeks! Beware, fellow GK'es! If this rate continues, I might be tempted to leave the warm and cosy niche of Internet chess and move along to playing with real pieces!
The question mark for this move is purely subjective. My opponent is a known chess instructor and great propagandist of chess among Israeli-Arabs. He's also an expert of the 4.Ng5 variation, which he studied in depth. This time, he decided to "try something different" - and later cursed himself for this decision.
4... exd4 5. Nxd4?
And this time the question mark is an objective one. Both 5.e5 and 5.0-0 were better. The text move gives up a pawn for an insufficient compensation.
5... Nxe4 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. 0-0 d5 8. Bd3
Somewhat better (but still good for black) were 8.Re1 or 8.Qd4
A somewhat careless move, allowing white a chance to complicate the game. Retreating to f6 was safer. My silicon friend recommends 8...Bf5 or 8...Qh4 as the best moves, but I don't trust either of them.
White goes down without a fight. He should have at least tried to use the awkward placing of the black pieces on the e-file with 12.f4 - and in the maze of comlicated variations black must work hard to find 12...Nxd3 13.Qxd3 Qb4! with advantage. Now, on the other hand, black has "the pawn and the compensation", as Dzinzihashvili used to say.
Over the past 6 moves white's position went from bad to worse, and this blunder wraps it up. From a psychological point of view, it's interesting to note how an experienced player such as Mr. Yunis can play so poorly once taken out of his opening preparation. Later we played a few skittle games with 4.Ng5, and he exhibited a much higher level of play ...
The c-pawn is of course pinned on the diagonal, so black can win a second pawn with impunity. Now the only challenge left for white is to "drag this game for as many moves as possible" - and he fails even at that.