In the game, I only survived for the draw out of the kindness of her heart.
The position was basically equal for the entire game. We were both late, so both lost 5 minutes of time to start, actually she arrived another 10 minutes after that. I looked at a lot of lines before castling, spent 12 minutes there, but then correctly guessed her next two moves in any event, a move where I almost castled right off the bat anway.
By move 20, I had 21 minutes left (used to get down to 9 minutes), but I kept being casual about it except at the very end, and had 6 minutes left when she accepted my draw offer on move 31 – she had 27 minutes left, but I noticed her hesitate on her 31st move so asked her for a draw.
If this had been the old Chess Pal8ce time-controls of 30/90 G/30, I most likely win this game, but as it was probably should have lost another equal position on time.
On move 30, she blunders with Bg4?? But I thought to myself “I don’t have time to figure out the implications of this move, but I’m not going to sac my rook on e3 unless I double on that file first.” Realistically, had I noticed 31.Rxe! (really only noticed her move enough to write it down), I still didn’t have enough time to calculate the ensuing complications with just 6 minutes left. I blew this game on the clock, and needed more time to finish it. It was an interesting opening, hadn’t tried this line before, OTB. Even with …BxNc3 though, I was trying to bail-out with a draw because of my clock. Not that I wasn’t very happy to get a draw as Black against an equally rated opponent, I was.
I wasn’t expecting such a positional game from her because she normally has a very tactical style, also I hadn’t played her before. After the game she said that it doesn’t normally happen where there is nothing left in the position for her (as White), so that made me happy that I held. She figured that she should have traded BxN, we both agreed. I thought White had an endgame advantage had we traded, but it was so marginal in a way in terms of practical chances.
I was actually expecting Qb6 (Crafty’s move) instead of Bg4, and then trading queens. IOW, in time-pressure, there is no time to adjust to something that I hadn’t thought out during her move, unless it’s like a straight-up fork or clear blunder.
I had considered that combination much earlier, back when the bishop was on g2, and it wasn’t loose then. Actually, with her 30 minutes left, she probably just skirts that combo with Qb4, rook back to …e8, and White’s q-side pressure against the backward pawn is more than enough to hammer out another clock-win from an inferior position. hehe.