RollingPawns replies: We are waiting for the games :).
hehe. How cool! 🙂
I played some long ones. You are going to hate me for this, but in the that game I won, I had maybe 7 minutes for my last 24 moves and won. lol. It just seemed like I had 5 minutes forever.
In the game I drew, I got lost in Denver and was over 50 minutes late off my clock, he was using a BHB analog clock. I was just under 4 minutes and he had 10 minutes for our last 8 moves and I just did not see the point of bothering to blitz it out (since I had already been playing the game like it was G/60 to make up for my time deficit). Ironically, I probably stood much better with my 4 minutes to his 10 since I wasn’t spending as much time.
Okay, I’ll try and get some of them up before I hit the hay. 😉
Round 1 I had a draw with 34…RxN, almost played it, didn’t find the draw in the meager time I looked for it, but lost this game due to terrible, terrible clock management. I hung my rook with Rd6, a planned move “if he does this, I’ll do that”, but as soon as I took my fingers off the piece I was like “I just hung my rook”. It took him a minute to notice it! Imagine if we had both been in time-trouble!
Round 2 I didn’t realize that Kc5 would have got me out of the pin, so I took the pawn on a4 at the end of the game. This game came down to me making a bunch of bad moves at the end of both time-controls. The last time-control I only made the one losing mistake, Crafty gives it 0.00 move after move. This is a great example of how cagey old veterans will try to beat you on the clock (even if they aren’t consciously doing it).
Here is Round 3. My only win. Round 2 should have been a win, and I guess round 4 as well.
Round 4 I am surprised he is the highest rated. In post-mortem, I explained to him the difference between a3, Be2, and Millner-Barry systems. He didn’t know the very basics of Milner-Barry! – although one has to play it to learn the basics, not just read the MCO on it or look at it (it drops 2 pawns!?? err, no.) He calculated well, but I was surprised in post-mortem he made a losing move, but could have been okay (his king needed to lose a pawn instead of defend a pawn immediately), would have been move 38. Anyway, it was hard to expect him to mess up, and you can’t trust skittles analysis.
…Nh6 in this game was bad and I didn’t calculate …Nd7 (best) correctly until after I had moved. The reason …Nh6 (never tried it before) doesn’t seem to work is that Black needs at least one knight on the board still, IMHO. NxBc2 got rid of the knight that I would have needed to make any kind of sense out of this move, I thought.
The upshot of this tournament is that now I now what my problem is, but ironically a lot had to due with my low confidence level at the beginning of the tournament. By the end of it, that level had made a complete turnaround and I realized that other people aren’t necessarily going to make what you think are the best moves, so don’t spend too much time!
If I follow the Rolf Wetzell model of disciplining myself on the clock, at 40/2 G/1 time-controls, it’s hard to see why I couldn’t just as easily also be rated in the 1900’s. I wasn’t exactly getting blown out of the water, even when I wasn’t playing at my best, since they aren’t always playing at their best either!
New rating -> 1761 Correction: They revised it down later to 1745, gee thanks.