I was 15 minutes late for this round. Got 5 hrs sleep the night before, and then took a 20 minute nap before the round. I remember that 1.d4 had served me well last time that I had played Jesse, to avoid a Scandinavian Defense. Also, I had been going over quite a few of Magnus Carlsen’s games the past week, and so I was motivated to try and play an endgame.
It’s kind of funny, my usual style broke out, and I got coffeehouse-like by the end of the game, knowingly sacking two pawns, when I probably should have pushed the d-pawn. One of the secrets of Magnus endgame play is that there are frequently these sort of snap mating threats because there is less material in the way of the king.
It seems crazy the way I play, and probably had around two minutes left when I sacked the two pawns. I suppose it was less than ideal, from the promising position which I had had previously, but I was guided by intuition.
After the game, I admitted that I thought I was lost in a couple places. Intuition isn’t always an objective thing, sometimes it tells you where you have swindling chances. With more time, I would have played more objectively. Even before I saw the engine’s analysis, I guessed most of it’s moves, figured that I should have played Rad1 earlier, d5 push, played more sanely, indeed! I felt rusty already from the layoff, the way I used my clock, and was fortunate to come out of it with a victory.
[Event “March Swiss”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Jesse Williams”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bf5 5. e3 e6 6. Be2 dxc4 7. Bxc4 Nbd7 8. a3
Bd6 9. O-O Qc7 10. Re1 Bg4 11. h3 Bxf3 12. Qxf3 Nb6 13. Ba2 Nfd5 14. e4 Nxc3
15. bxc3 Be7 16. Bf4 Qd7 17. Bb3 O-O 18. Qg3 Rfd8 19. a4 Nc8 20. e5 Bf8 21. Bg5
Ne7 22. Bc2 Rdc8 23. Re3 c5 24. Rf3 g6 25. Rd1 Nf5 26. Bxf5 exf5 27. Re3 Qxa4
28. Rde1 cxd4 29. cxd4 Qxd4 30. e6 fxe6 31. Rxe6 Rc3 32. Be3 Qc4 33. Qe5 Bg7
34. Re8+ Rxe8 35. Qxe8+ Bf8 36. Bh6 Qc8 37. Bxf8 Qxe8 38. Rxe8 Kf7 39. Ra8 a6
40. Bb4 Rb3 41. Ba5 h5 42. Kf1 g5 43. Rh8 h4 44. Rh6 Kg7 45. Rb6 Rxb6 46. Bxb6
Kg6 47. Ke2 g4 48. hxg4 fxg4 49. Ke3 Kf5 50. Bd8 h3 51. gxh3 gxh3 52. Kf3 b5
53. Ba5 Ke5 54. Bc3+ Kd5 55. Kg3 Kc4 56. Bg7 a5 57. f4 b4 58. f5 Kd5 59. Kxh3
b3 60. Kg4 a4 61. Bb2 Kc4 62. f6 Kb4 63. f7 1-0