I decided to be much more responsible than Polly. Instead of leaving 1/100th of a second on my clock to reach move 30, I left a FULL second. 😀
I dropped a pawn against Anthony in my time-scramble, but reached time-control (actually, I dropped two pawns with that blunder, talk about a bad blunder). In the second time-control, I was able to pull out a draw in the ending. He offered a draw, but we blitzed out the remaining moves afterward, just for fun, and it was a draw.
Anthony, of course, also runs the shop so he occasionally gets a game in when someone doesn’t show up. I think his rating right now is around 1800, but most of the time it’s been around 1900. He is like a Mikhail Tal in the opening, so I played it conservatively and then made a fairly simple blunder later on. He thought I played part of the endgame “brilliantly”, so I am flattered. Of course I was simply playing to hang on and was relieved he didn’t finish me off right away after my blunder. I’m sure he missed more than a few wins, and before my time-control in particular. So, I am very pleased with the result, even though I was White and blundered.
Now I know why Reshevsky was positively gleeful about getting people to blunder (or blunder back) in his time-pressure. It’s like a train-wreck in motion that no one can take their eye’s off of; not that I or anyone else would recommend it.
In the opening, I spent most of time calculating giving up the e-pawn, but went the conservative route because I knew that once he had my e-pawn, g-pawn (after …Qxe, Be2 Qxg, Bf3 Qg6 and my king has nowhere to hide because of doubled c-pawns and an open g-file). Black could afford to give up the rook on a8 and a pawn on b6, when his king at least has safety compared to mine.
So I didn’t give much thought to the conservative route, though it was my initial instinct, such that after I played Bd3 I realized I should have played g3 first, to bounce his queen (Crafty second’s this notion), but after Bd3 it would have been bad.
I spent most of my time at move 19 looking at Rf4, but lacked courage and then quickly played Bf3 instead, which blunders a pawn – Neal was watching and I felt like I would be embarrassed by such an irresponsible looking move as Rf4 (suddenly self-conscious), but at first I thought the position called for it and that it was neat.
The actual game ended after his 40th move. I’ll show the full draw according to Crafty, but this isn’t how we skittled it out after the game. The way we skittled it out should have won it for him, had he played a tad more accurately and noticed that he had zugzwang (he actually sacked his e-pawn for my knight instead, when White has an easy draw after that – I think he played Kf1 instead of playing Kf2 which is winning based on zugzwang once he maneuvers his knight correctly).
19.Rf4 was definitely the correct way from that point (I actually thought of Petrosian when I was thinking about it, but finally looked it off). White gets a += positional edge. Weird, Crafty chose a bad move for Black …d5, but instead after …Ne5 White can cramp Black and Crafty even gives up the last bishop for knight. Weird thing is this is a very human way to play chess, not a computer-engine way. You see lots of these types of positions at tournaments. I didn’t feel that pushing the f-pawn all the way type of cramp was the best way, simply the most forcing and thus practical considering my time situation. Early on, Anthony was with a customer, so I didn’t want to move and make him feel rushed to have to come back to the board, but the reality is that he blitzes his moves, so it hardly would have mattered.
Anyway, that’s the advantage of endgame experience, you can often turn a loss into a draw and a draw into a win. I’m still scratching my head over how Bxh3 never got played. I believe that was the correct position. Kinda wow, huh? But that’s how it goes, I guess. hehe. 30/60 not the same quality as 30/90 (or even as much as G/90, really). Afterward, he said he was trying to see if he could get a win on time – hence probably why he missed Bxh, which would have all but ended the game (among other moves, probably).