In the game as White, I simply mis-budgeted my time, looking for kill-shots early that were never there, like ghosts. BTW, Marc is rated in the 1820’s.
Later, I got an advantage but time had grown short. After a couple minutes I decided to exchange knights, and had around 10 minutes remaining, which took away some advantage but gave me a simpler one in return. I was planning on playing Qg3 when I began to realize that he plays ..f6 at some point and it just wasn’t there. I had made a mistake to wait for an early error on his part and needed to make a draw considering the remaining clock time.
I realize now that if I plan on playing for a win against Mark, it’s probably going to go the distance, as in this analysis.
We spent a long time analyzing this game and also from the final position. Really, the improvements that we found were all Black’s, and some pretty good ones at that.
Probably the biggest difference between now and the last time I lost as White against his Najdorf Sicilian is that back then I went for a reckless misadventure. This time, I had enough sense to look off the silly stuff, but was still too focused on silly stuff instead of working the game.
Hey, there was a snap-mate on move 57 according to Crafty, all I needed was another hour. hehe. Not enough time for openings at this time-control.
To be honest, what I took away from the end of this game is that keeping queens on the board makes play harder (yet better), but takes up more time and requires more skill. Subconsciously, one of my weak spots is I look to ditch the queens too much, otherwise I couldn’t be as effective as I have been in time-scrambles. It’s when queens have stayed on the board that I lost to that 1300 level player, for example (in a time-scramble). This is the biggest reason why I need to save my time more.