He’s been playing online though, and the TD estimated him at 1600. Here is the game.
I like how Crafty thinks I had it “made in the shade”, but during the game I felt I was losing at times and that his a4, h4 (drowning sailor’s dream) really let the foot off the gas for his attack.
I played …c5, which I wasn’t as familiar with on the theory that anybody (any rating) can periodically get in a Greek-gift shot win against the Steinitz type of defense. Because I was playing against unrated and he had already lost to Anthea 1700’s, I felt like I needed more of a guarantee toward a win.
I felt that …Bd7 was the solid move, but felt I should try for a more active setup. My decision to fianchetto is what cost me the moves ..Qa5-c7 and Nd8 (which Crafty seems to have not much opinion on). …Nd8 was played because I felt that I had erred by not playing …Re8 on the previous move (then …Bf8 protects e6) – it was only at the last minute that I decided not to play …Re8, but then regretted it. Also, I could have simply played ..Bd7 and thereby left my queen on a5.
My opponent really got on himself that he was just losing the pawn and such, so he really doubted his moves, even quite a bit more than I doubted my own and that is saying something. Crafty appears to agree with him, but I would feel more in my element as White during this game as I could have been only one inaccuracy away from a “kill-shot” as Black. Luckily, he wasted tempos so that I was probably more like two inaccuracies away
We had a bunch of byes today, more than half the people in the tournament. Thankfully, Jason got the bye (last place) and not me – TD didn’t want to play, I guess. So there were only 2 games. It’s a little weird that someone will show up on round 2 and miss rounds 1 and 3, probably disturbs the results. This tournament/club is only guaranteed to go on until the end of August. I don’t know if I will play at Panera Bread on Thursdays, if that happens.
Problem is it’s easy to generate a lot of these wins (and potential losses) against unrateds and have no rating points to show for it. Even Jason, who I beat last Thursday, had his rating go up over 100 points from his last months tournament, so one doesn’t feel like one is getting assessed correctly for a win or loss against a semi-ringer. Luckily, my results have been strong recently. I have had my grave doubts, though, during some of these games.
Here is how a confident game could have gone. Note that this style of play takes a lot of confidence, precision, and not least important strength on the clock. But this is how a game “should” go, I reckon. I made Crafty play the sac on e6 because it’s important from a _human_ perspective, compensation and psychology-wise.