For the first time, Isaac did not play 1..e5 against me. Hard to believe he deviated openings first.
I have White and it’s C3 Sicilian, but he plays it the same as his coach Paul (from last night) does, so I know I can lead him into still waters, where experience helps. Of course, once again I played ridiculous on my clock, after ..f6 spending 20 minutes deciding whether to the play the quiet Be2, or fxe Nxf6, Bd3 which would be even and up Isaac’s alley. Not much choice after all, and Fruit likes Black better. One thing I didn’t like about that line is that he can form a Qc7,Bd6 battery against my f4 pawn, plus his knight is good on f6, how much more do I need to give the boy?
Well, he sort of “castles into it”, but I blunder a pawn with my b5? push (I figured I should have played Na4 earlier, forcing his queen to c7) where I would say he spent two seconds on the reply, but that is only because it took that long for him to reach the piece. He spent less than 20 minutes on the game, which was disconcerting after having played so many slower players lately, yet oddly the time that he did spend was a big help to me.
Still, I like my position. Then…it gets crazy, Isaac-like crazy. Luckily, ..a5 was not played instead of his ..Bc5??, which would have immediately equalized for Black. Thank you very much, I play a5 instead.
He started to throw tactical spanner-wrenches at me, but I dodged and weaved as best I could. I don’t know how one could call this positional play. The position was 100% pure tactical.
Luckily, he resigned prematurely as I told him as soon as he had that he could have continued on with …QxB, QxQ bxR. We played out the scenario post-mortem where he advances his center pawns, but like I told him “It looks close, but I think White can hold” and I did.
The best thing to happen at the end was getting paid. 🙂 My rating temporarily shot up to 1831, but the Wednesday tournament will bring it down unless I win my last round there against someone high-rated like Mark (if he shows).