Chessblogging: the defensive/simplifying sacrifice

Another one of those fun violent 3 minute games.  I was black.  Kindly ignore the blunder on move 15 and start to pay attention around move 26 or so.  My opponent could have had the draw via repeated checks on the g and h files (there was no way I was going to try to get out of that by moving my king off the back rank and risking a mating net in virtue of abandoning a rank protected by my rook and allowing his rook into the fight with tempo), which, given the material situation, would have been a pretty good result.  But instead, he insisted on trying to get fancy and advancing the h pawn to generate mate/promotion threats well protected by the queen.  He evidently didn’t expect me to sac bishop for pawn in order to get the queens off, get rid of all threats, and end up in an easy endgame (two passed pawns to his one, connected pawns to his disconnected ones, and my king in front of his passed pawn = win).

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Bd3 Be7 7. f4 b6 8. O-O Bb7 9. Be3 Nc6 10. Nxc6 Bxc6 11. Kh1 O-O 12. e5 dxe5 13. fxe5 Nd5 14. Nxd5 Qxd5 15. Rf2 Bh4 16. Bxh7+ Kxh7 17. Qh5+ Kg8 18. Qxh4 Qxe5 19. Bf4 Qxb2 20. Raf1 Qxa2 21. Bd6 Rfd8 22. Rxf7 Rxd6 23. Rxg7+ Kxg7 24. Qe7+ Kg8 25. Qxd6 Qd5 26. Qg3+ Kh8 27. Qh3+ Kg8 28. Qg4+ Kh8 29. h4 Qxg2+ 30. Qxg2 Bxg2+ 31. Kxg2 Rc8 32. Rf2 Kh7 33. Re2 b5 34. Rxe6 Rxc2+ 35. Kg3 Rc7 36. Re5 Rb7 37. Re3 a5 38. h5 b4 39. Kg4 a4 40. Kg5 b3 41. h6 b2 {White resigns} 0-1

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