With this game, I took 2nd place in the Wednesday tournament with a score of 4/5, no losses.
We went over the game and I showed him how I thought he should have handled the middlegame, tried for a win, and also showed him the tactics I was looking at.
There is a G/60 3 round tournament this Saturday. I am not planning on playing. It’s a downer after a while when people do drive-by’s of my blog and suggest I should have lost on time. Yes, some of my games have been subject to altercations over time, but it’s a downer because I know it’s going to happen, simply don’t want to hear the comments anymore about those particular games.
People do play for time, they all do in my experience, and at this time-control that becomes even more exaggerated. My opponent’s blunder in this game was because as he said he got lazy playing in my time-pressure. I had nearly 5 minutes left at the end of this game. Marc, the tournament winner, finished his game where he was up a pieced with just over 2 minutes left. It’s terrible, I even wondered if he’d blow it on time, but this tournament showed that it was the person who went down on time the most that pulled it out.
I think this result should pull my rating up from 1755 to about 1770. It’s odd that the one game I lost all month is the one I really should have had, forced win, simply ran out of gas, and perhaps confidence dipped at that moment as well. The fact that I am familiar with most openings that I play has been helping me a lot. If I am fresh on tactics, they don’t take too long to find, so I don’t get stumped as much as I do with openings problems.