I played Jason for the third time. I was White in this game
My chess goal was to pace myself on the clock. I didn’t even play my best line, but it seemed like it could be interesting. He played for fast development, so my h3 was probably a mistake.
Like I say, I was pacing myself and he had over an hour for most of the game, and didn’t take long on moves. For the first time I can remember I was writing legibly on my scoresheet, only left the table once, and didn’t have any nervous mannerisms – was calmly losing, lets put it that way, like a calm “FICS” game.
My big mistake was to play Bd3 after he played …Qc7. I had momentarily considered Qe2, but moved too quickly because as soon as I had moved I realized that I had made a big mistake by not spending more time on that move and realizing that Qe2 was virtually forced.
There was a great defensive tactic that I missed on move 18. I figured that if he played 17..e6, which he did, that I would play 18.Bg5, then saw he has 18..f6, so 19. Bf4 Qc8 and now 20. Rfe1 threatens to “remove the defender” of the capturing rook on d5. 20..exd, 21.cxd Rxd, 22.Re8+ RxR, 23.QxRd5+. I was vaguely looking at bank-rank possibilities, but didn’t put all of this together. That is real chess. That is also hard to find at G/90 unless one gets proficient at finding and calculating these ideas.
It felt like my opponent was playing G/30 against me, so yes that makes it more a feat to find that on one’s own time. The only reason my opponent spent as much time as he did is that he frequently left the table during moves, not because he had any lack of making a response in under a minute. Quite a few moves were instant. I even made some instant middlegame moves where I could see that the clock’s time had not changed.
Anyhow, I saw that he was winning my bishop with …Qa5, but played …Nb4 instead, and naturally I traded my bishop for it.
Then, on different moves he really let off the pressure he had built up, in the endgame. My technique was stronger than his.
Move 70, I made the move, hit the plunger and just as I was taking my hand off my clock it beeped. Play would have continued …h3 then Rxf+ followed by Rxh, KxR and there is no material left. When he played Kg2, it made me think for a moment since I thought he would play the drawing ..h3, but then I realized I can’t move my rook anywhere or he will queen immediately. I wasn’t trying to time it close like that, it just happened that way.
When I had a minute left, I did spend half a minute counting rook and pawn endgame but played the same move I would have played since it seemed forced. At one point I had 5 1/2 minutes and then noticed it was at 4 minutes and still running during his turn, so I pressed it and then he quickly moved.
I had asked him for a draw earlier but he didn’t reply, probably because of the clock times but I had almost 6 minutes left when I asked. After the game he said that he would have given me the draw had my clock not timed out, which I suppose was being nice but it didn’t matter since there is no time for me to ask for a draw in that situation. People say “It’s your clock!” to me. That is frustrating because I ask people if I can use their clock and my set and even asked him. No, he did not bring a clock and we used his set – this happens to me very frequently. Anyhow, it’s not the clock’s fault, I simply took too long. Of course, I wish the delay were longer than 5 seconds, but that is not what the rule is. I could cheat and set the delay to 7 seconds, nobody would know, but I won’t do that.
That was the closest I’ve ever come to getting a final move in on my clock and not getting it, but I wasn’t even aware of how many seconds that I had left, I was simply playing chess. My opponent could have asked for a draw at any moment, so I don’t know why he said that at the end, maybe it made him feel better, but he definitely wasn’t “giving” me the draw and was instantly beaming when my clock beeped. I was thinking to myself “You saw me press the clock.” but I don’t expect any handouts and didn’t.