I hadn’t played against Anthea in a while, and she threw me a novelty in the opening (for me it was, anyway). So once again I chewed up my clock on the opening and didn’t have enough time to play the ending.
For example, I understood that 20.bxc was probably the correct move, but wanted to avoid the complexities and steer for a draw instead. At this point, I am no longer playing proper chess but survival chess. Then, I almost go for 24.Rxc7, but I figure the position may get wildly complicated (for the amount of time left on my clock), after 24..Ne5+, 25.Ke3 Rhe8, 26.Nc2. White is still winning, but I blitzed it to test my instincts and Fruit forced a draw as Black, so it really was too complex to be blitzed.
Not finding a win wasn’t the worst part however. I almost let myself get forked, and then in a drawn rook endgame, I let her push ..a3! (the c-pawns had already been traded). Now her rook and king got in and she won my a2 pawn, and then by g2 pawn. I was hopelessly lost. But, I pulled another “Tebow” act out of the hat and was rather miraculously able to force a draw with just one second left on my clock after she made a blunder in a winning position.
Anthea was rated 1835 almost six months ago to the day. She had nearly 80 minutes when I was down to well under 5 minutes, and finished the game with around 45 minutes. It’s crazy to have to play a complex ending under such circumstances, but that is how it is.