Our club won over La Palma’s club by one point. Unexpectedly nice/high turnout.
I played Shyam. Two short draws, one with White and one with Black. Not bad considering I had only had four hours of sleep and their coffee-maker was out of coffee (which is why I took the second draw as White). Second game I offered a draw and he seemed pleased as punch to get a draw. The move he blurted out that he would have played was inferior, so I should have waited one more move just to make sure. Since he immediately thought his move was losing, I still sorta suspect he may have found a right move. I saw a way for him to more or less equalize, that even Crafty did not see, but seemed obvious enough to me.
So, he’s currently 1694. Ratings estimator says I lose 10 points. I think I was 1854, so now it’s 1844. I was by no means stressing over the results while I was playing – in any case it was a nice way to kill time as I woke up at 5 am rather than my usual time in the afternoon, so I needed somewhere to go and be a bit tired. He was nimble in the openings (not even sure if he is a teenager or younger than that). I probably would have had to beat him on technique and drag him into a 50-60 move game. If it were slower time-controls, I also would have been more eager to play on.
Wished I wasn’t so tired and they had the normal timed tournament on Saturday. I also realized that it is more motivating to play to win a section-prize, or to try and play well against a higher-rated opponent, than simply a team event (where not losing is traditionally more important). They gave us free ChessPalace shirts for playing on their team, which was really nice.
Game 1 I had a slight edge at the end, but was not very familiar with this opening position. I couldn’t see how to proceed, but he said I had the better chances. IMO, if I push the b pawn and capture on c3, he can recapture with a bishop on d2.
Game 2 I expected him to play 14…Ne4 15.Rae1 (threatening Bc1, which would let the rook on d1 attack the knight on e4)…f5 16. exf where Nxf is possible. Also, he has time to play a rook to c8 before playing …f5, so that the c-paw is protected first. White then has the standard very-slight edge. He blurted out that he would have played QxQ, but almost immediately realized that it drops his c-pawn.
Somehow, I suspect he would have spent a few minutes on the move and played something better than that. I probably offered the draw quickly as an enticement for him to accept (need at least a tiny cup of instant coffee to sit there and proffer my chess-technique) as I had realized that whether or not he drops the pawn, any potential win would still be a long way off.