So, I've played two chess tournaments in the last week, six games Monday and four games Saturday. In the home laboratory, I had been experimenting with a new(for me) opening that snatches a pawn on move six and then tries to hold on. This week I got two opportunities to roll it out:
I won the game on the left, but lost the game on the right. In the first game, I got to make up for a game I failed to win 20 years ago despite being up a rook(!) in the ending.
Fortunately or unfortunately this game has somehow managed to find its way into the global databases. Geary-Bursley, 1989
Although I lost the game on the right, the position is objectively equal. Obviously if black already has 100% compensation for the pawn, I've erred. Since I started playing chess again a year ago, I've played (now) 13-year-old Bryan Hu five times. My record: 0-5. He's gone from 2000 to 2200 in the last year, and I have donated half those points. I had prepared this opening specifically for him, but still seem to have lost my way. More lab work.