I don’t “really” need to be lectured on the clock after this one since it’s the only reason that I lost, but you can if you want.
I got there 13 minutes late, he was 20 minutes late, but we both had 80 minutes to start the game, he a couple minutes less.
I got into bad time-trouble for one reason, I didn’t want to play moves I figured would just about lose, but after spending lots of time I felt forced to play them anyway to avoid losing on time.
He exchanged too quickly as I pointed after to him repeatedly after the game (he kept wanting to look at it), and explained that he should move his king one or two squares first even though we played it out a bunch of times first where I showed him he was losing.
Anyway, in the game it was Q and Pawn, I had an extra pawn but 1:23 left on my clock. I knew I would have to make a move anyway before offering a draw (so it really doesn’t get one out of a pickle). I dropped the pawn back because I was too frazzled still and couldn’t decide on move the king (loses a pawn) or e4 or Q moves, which all looked okay except for king moves.
Then I offered him the draw, he refused, whereupon my clock went blank (battery died) and we got another clock and the TD knew it was his 3:23 left to my 1:08. We unexpectedly had time some time right then, and I showed him it’s an easy hold. He refused, and then I said something like “you are totally going to take a crap on me because of the clock, I can’t believe this”. Sure enough, that is what he did.
I believe there was 3-fold repetition 2 or 3 times but I did not make a claim. He did play f3 at one point, so I honorably thought he may have been trying to improve his position and did not make a claim. He never went ahead with any attack although it looked like he was trying to at first.
I looked over to my clock and it said 2 seconds, then I reached to press it and it said zero seconds, I never saw it say 1 second, must have blinked, even though I was looking right at it (it honestly felt like a time-warp had just occurred, and this must be destiny for him). Anyhow, he had 45 seconds at this point (may as well have been 5 hours, relatively speaking). Anyhow, we play on for another 10 moves, him not noticing my zero seconds. I only spent about 2 seconds on each of those moves because he was simply checking me back and forth, even did 3-fold, and then moved his queen one square over, and then repeated this 3-fold checking scheme. I could not believe it. Then he noticed at 23 seconds that I had none and immediately called time.
So I walked away feeling like I had lost because of this game of “chicken” on the clock, and then I end up giving him a post-mortem endgame lesson making him a better adversary for next time. I lose for non-chess reason and then probably he is stronger now that I told him how to win/handle that endgame. Bizarre.
First thought on my mind after the game was try never again to finish a game with <5 minutes on the clock or it will simply turn into a game of "who has more time left." Seriously, why take the draw, even if losing, compared to winning on time. It felt like a FICS game, but at least on FICS I expected that behavior. I knew the writing was on the wall with about him having 9 1/2 minutes left he just started moving and not writing the moves down til later, but I think that that may have been the last move he wrote down anyway, so he was blitzing on my time-trouble and was obviously studying the clock.
The game went on maybe 25 moves longer than I am showing, and he did not even push f3 for a while. He pushed h5, traded pawns on g6, tried to get his king involved but I checked him from h1 with my queen three times. And it was only after all this that I lost on time and he started simply checking the crap out of my king rather mindlessly while never pausing to look at the clocks. I mean, he knew that I was quite interested in a draw, so it wasn’t even about his wanting to simply survive on time that he failed to notice the clocks.
We both missed that he had 31. a5! winning, but I had thought I had been forced to play into his win for quite some anyhow. Funny that he wasn’t able to find the win even though spending quite a few minutes on it around that point. After the game he said “I should have played BxN (before I played Be7)”. I said that “Yes, it would have been stronger so why didn’t you?” and then I continued “I’ve only played it about 25 times in the past anyway.” It made me realized how just about everybody is screwing their game up, in some way, in order to play to the clock. It’s not a totally natural time-control for OTB play.
Here is the game.
Next game I am just going to play for a time control. I’ll play 20 moves to have 30 left, then to move 30 to have 20 minutes left (massive overkill for me), then play it out.
Playing quickly as Black is important in G/90. White can push Black around because White has the initiative, but Black cannot push White around, except on the clock. It’s also important to look for tactical opportunities quickly as Black because White can go for a slow, boring positional win and it’s up to Black to confuse the issue. It’s also a double-whammy playing Black because the higher-rated player usually gets White, so it’s more important to not bother with a correct game too much, other than having it work somehow in your own mind, because you have to make it snappy on the clock. As White, you are usually getting the lower-rated player anyhow so can usually get away with screwing off on the clock more.