After blundering in time-pressure last week, and having a record dismal tournament, I figured at the last second that I should still play this week just to get at least one game in and to test my new time goal out; namely, 30/60 G/30.
Well, I wasn’t intentionally trying to play overly quick. Like I say, my only goal for this game was really to play 30 moves in an hour.
BTW, my move 6…Nd4? – Fruit doesn’t like this move, but I’ve always wanted to try it and never have, not even online, so I figured that this was the time to do it. Of course I looked at c3,d4, but it didn’t seem to me at the time to be any weaker than other alternatives.
13.Ne4?? I consider this to be a big booboo because to me the game is over after this, he know longer has the 4-2 queenside pawn majority – it does cut out any …Bxh2+ action, but that is not saying much, positionally speaking.
16.b4?? I could have played the move I played, which was 16..Bd4 instantly, but I spent 8 minutes hear looking for ..Bxf2+ mates – trying to find the quickest win already.
17…Qxc2. Already, 17…Rxf2!, 18.RxR Qxc2 is a quicker win for Black, but I found it difficult to justify spending much time on this move when another convincing continuation was so evident.
From here on out the moves came rather quick, and his RxN?? blunder was an instant move on his part.
This may seem like a “nothing” win on my part, but it was important for me to “represent” since William is a student of Expert player/coach Lee Simmons, and Lee has his students choose gambit openings. Actually, it was kind of cool when I got there, William had this position setup on the board, thinking White was in trouble, dropping a pawn, and asked me what I should do. I blew the board up in two moves, showing that it was won for White. That was more impressive than my game. haha.
For once, I spent around an hour after the game walking around, watching other players games.
I didn’t understand why my rating ended up only dropping to 1703, while RollingPawns rating has dropped much lower seemingly more quickly. I think it’s because I had one opponent who was 1925, so that when I lost to this player not only did I not lose any ratings points, but may have gained 2 points out of it. If RollingPawns loses to only 1600’s it makes his result look weaker, but throw in the fact that I lost to a 1925 player (whom I had beaten 4x in a row at one point), that makes it look like I lost in some tougher tournament.