In the second game, Robert Pearson tries to avoid my known openings with 1. Nc3!? but nonetheless ends up in a structure very similar to a Caro-Kann, which I felt comfortable enough playing. Some of the opening problems posed were different, however, and I was able to identify some key improvements for my play during analysis. After both sides castle queenside, the fireworks start when Robert speculatively offers a pawn sacrifice on move 13, which I eventually end up taking on move 15. White then had a possible sequence to get to an equal but unbalanced material situation (queen vs. two rooks) but opted to play more conventionally. However, White's next moves essentially help Black shift his pieces into better positions and then launch his own attack on White's more exposed king. The threatened rook sacrifice by White on the a-file would have led to mate, but he never had the chance to carry out the threat, as Black crashed through and chased the king into a mating net. A fun and dynamic game.
Annotated Game #80
Annotated Game #81