I was counting on my two passed P’s on the Q-side to win, but it wasn’t to be. The critical position was reached at move 19. Until that time we had been following a blitz match game between Kramnik and Kasparov played in London, 2000 which was drawn.
At move 19 I subjected the position to analysis with both the Houdini and latest version of the Fire engines. My database had 5 games and in all of them 19.cxb6 resulted in a draw, but I did not want a draw so that was what prompted my decision to look for something else and I thought I had discovered it with 19.Ne2. After all, it developed a piece, so how bad could it be?! As a result of my decision to vary at move 19, we reached the above position which I reckoned I could win owing to the two passed P’s. Indeed the engines all rated the position as equal. As it turned out, as the game progressed, I kept watching the engine evaluations swing more and more in Black’s favor and I simply couldn’t find a way to save the game. Moral of the story: I should have trusted the GM’s and accepted the draw.