Looking for feedback on this game. It was for 1st place in MACA tournament U1600

Hey guys, I'm looking for some feedback on this game to see what others thought, particularly higher rated players, but all opinions are welcome. The computer says 19).......Ne4 was a blunder, but I felt like it fit in nicely with black's goals and overall plan. What do you guys think?

Also, check out the bishops and rooks, working in legion on the poor king!! Really nice tactical combination followed by a forced checkmating sequence.

[Event "MACA Championships"]
[Site "Marlboro, MA"]
[Date "2018.04.15"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Alan Axelrod"]
[Black "Eddie Saldana"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1588"]
[BlackElo "1202"]
[ECO ""]
[CurrentPosition "5rk1/1b3rpp/p1q5/1pb1P1B1/4n2Q/P1N5/1PP3PP/R5RK w - - 3 20"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 { Standard Open Sicilian Najdorf moves up to this point.  Standard Theory } 6.Bc4 { A favorite move of Bobby Fischer, white develops the light squared bishop to the very dangerous g8 - a2 diagonal putting pressure on the sensitive f7 square.  Black's goals in this position are to continue developing his pieces and fighting for his share of the center, but finds a nice move that works against this bishop from a prophylaxis perspective.  In these structures, the light squared bishop typically is a star performer and is white's best piece and thus, it is a goal of black's to work against this bishop. } 6...e6 { A favorite of Garry Kasparov, e6 works against the light squared bishop while simultaneously providing a square for black's dark squared bishop. } 7.a3 { providing an escape square for the bishop for when black eventually plays b5. } 7...Nc6 { In a lot of variations this black knight finds itself on the f7 square, but in this game, black chose the more flexible Nc6.  From this position, it has greater influence on key squares, namely d4 and e5.  Both important central squares. } 8.O-O Be7 9.Kh1 { I'm not sure I agree with this move.  This continues to allow black to continue to build his position and make it even more solid.  I believe the idea behind this was to get the king off of the g1-a7 diagonal, for an eventual f4 push. } 9...O-O 10.Bg5 Qc7 { Very nice diagonal for the queen.  Black's goals continue to revolve around completing development and connecting the rooks.  Black is looking to find the right square for his light squared bishop, which obviously looks majestic on the long diagonal a8 -h1.  At the moment, black can accelerate his development, by gaining a tempo on the light squared bishop via b5 then immediately Bb7.  This also helps to identify a secondary goal of black's which is to target the e4 pawn for termination.  As there exists the rumblings of coordination between the light squared bishop and the f6 knight.  At this point, a few more moves needs to take place in order for this to materialize and thus black keeps that idea in his back pocket since it is completely congruent with the goals of his position and development. } 11.Ba2 { White correctly anticipates a b5 push by black. } 11...b5 { Absolutely.  Gaining space on the queenside, as well as liberating the b7 square for the light squared bishop. } 12.f4 { Black anticipated this plan and, in fact, it works nicely with black's goals since this push weakens the g2 square/pawn which unfortunately is going to be the subject of intense pressure by black in the next series of moves, all in accordance with black's goals. } 12...Bb7 { Connecting the rooks and putting the star bishop on his awesome square. } 13.Bxe6 { I have encountered this tactic before.  Here, black conducts a threats analysis and can pretty easily identify that this was a mistake.  The intended idea was for black to capture back with the pawn via fxe6 and then white would play Nxd6 forking black's queen and rook however black has other ideas. } 13...Nxd4 { Simply removing the defender of the bishop.  Now the bishop is lonely, undefended and en prise! } 14.Bxf7+ { Obviously, white figures he is going down a piece and thus kamikaze's and takes out one more pawn on his way out.  However, again, black finds a way to make this work against white while also furthering and advancing his own goals.  This capture opens the f file, which leads right to the king!  Thus, black's updated goals is to incorporate this in to his overall plan of developing a serious attack against g2. } 14...Rxf7 { Black decides to seize control of the f file by doubling rooks and providing support for the rest of the army. } 15.Qxd4 Raf8 16.e5 { I'm not sure what white was thinking here.  He literally opened the door for black's bishop and facilitates turning it in a fire breathing dragon.  I mean, good lord, this bishop is just gorgeously placed in this position!  An absolute monster!  Obviously black updates his overall goals by finding a way to take immediate advantage of the bishops powers and the open diagonal.  Also, another idea begins to brew out of this position.  The only thing better than one bishop on a beautiful long diagonal, is 2 bishops on long open diagonals aimed right at the king.  Ok, let's bring this all together and incorporate it in to black's overall plan and combine the ideas.  Here we notice if we could force the rook on f1 to defend g2, then the rook, and queen would be on the same dark squared diagonal.  This can be accomplished by first attacking g2 with a forcing move, then capturing the e5 pawn, which opens up the dark squared bishop for a nasty skewer on c4 skewering the queen and rook.  And then both bishops and black's queen will be pointed directly at the poor king. } 16...Qc6 { Doesn't get any more forceful than this.  Black is threatening checkmate on g2. White must defend. } 17.Rg1 { Doesn't matter if he defends on g1 or f2, the skewer will still work. } 17...dxe5 { Clearing the way for the dark squared bishop. } 18.fxe5 { Big mistake.  Obviously white just didn't see what had transpired with these series of exchanges. } 18...Bc5 { OUCH!! } 19.Qh4 { Black conducts a safety check to ensure he doesn't give up any pieces or forced mates.  No issues here and can continue torturing white. } 19...Ne4 { Clearing the f file for the rooks to add support to f2 to attack g2 again laterally from the 2nd rank.  White is already down in material and thus a trade of pieces only helps black.  This was taken in to account in black's calculation that after the series of exchanges, black would end up with a rook on the 2nd rank and 2 beautiful bishops aimed right at the king, which is winning for black. } 20.Nxe4 Qxe4 21.Qxe4 Bxe4 22.Rge1 Bc6 { Black didn't need to move this bishop because if Rxe4, it opens the door for a back rank mate via the doubled rooks.  However, from an aesthetics perspective, black wished to construct a position, with 2 bishops and 2 rooks in harmony and in legion. } 23.e6 { Desperately trying to create some kind of counterplay, however, this is futile. } 23...Rf2 { rook on the 2nd rank! } 24.e7 { Doesn't help. } 24...Bxg2+ { Black completes the finishing touches of his combination which ends in a forced checkmate. } 25.Kg1 Re2+ 26.Be3 Bxe3# { Very appealing checkmate and that was fun to play.  The coordination of the legion of rooks and bishops! } 0-1

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