and then we probably would get a draw
by repetition (*). It anyway now looks drawish indeed,
so i'll offer a draw again.
(*) if i would have to avoid move-repetition as White, (eg. under
possible new correspondence rules), i could do that with 25.Rb5,
then after 24...Nd5 we would get some tactics, but in
the end also equalize.
Presuming this time you accept my draw offer, congrats.
It appears that in very long time controls an opening book
-surprisingly- indeed (hardly) isn't needed anymore...
Your setup played strong enough, also in the endgame. In the
past some were suggesting that search-depth is more important
than accurate eval, but now with the better Nnue evals,
an Aquarium/'Idea' setup with different engines for me is just
cumbersome because it's losing the alfa/beta efficiency (**)
Still -for me at least- it was interesting till the end, i had expected
19...Re8, and then first thought White could make chances with
grabbing the Black a pawn, but later it equalized again.
After your latest move 19...a5!, and some extra analysis, i didn't
see any way to proceed to an endgame with e.g one pawn more.
(then i should have played 19.Rd1 instead of 19.Rb1...
In retrospect, 12.Nc3 may have been slightly better (+0.16)
than 12.Re1 (the Ding Liren move against Aronian 2020);
also according to the engines (at least at my shallow depths)
10.Bg5 may have been better (+0.21), but i have my doubts
because Black then gets the bishop pair. Overall, maybe i should
have started with 1.e4, but your engine probably would have gone
for the Berlin defense, against which i also get +0.21 after
5.Re1 (instead of 5.d4) but i doubt i would be able to increase
such an advantage.
For high level human chess i suspect that opening theory will take
some rather big steps forward again, as result of the Lco/SFNnue
revolution(s); minor changes maybe for a beginner's eye, but
certainly many new attacking schemes at the end of the
known opening lines (eg. h4 against fianchetto's as Gruenfeld),
and so on. Not a revolution as the first spectacular alfa-zero
games seemed to suggest, but anyway certainly a
continuation of the 'Evolution'...
Meanwhile i'll leave possible future new correspondence rules
to the ICCF, wait for LK's book about board options, and in the
meantime maybe program a little on a more b/w equal initial setup
with f2 and c7 removed, possibly also for Crazyhouse chess.
(**) which is not implying that the top-engines can't improve
further eg. in endgame strategy, btw (although maybe there's a
top somewhere around 3900 eg. with rapid time control(s))