…in time-pressure, of course.
Round 3 started out as an interesting game, and I was playing quite well, although balked on grabbing the initiative with moves like …f5 and …Nb4, which I did spend a lot of time considering, just didn’t have the experience to know to play them, that they were okay/better than my passivity.
Starting with move 28…Qc8, I have lost the thread of the position, and am thinking about the “small picture” like how I am pinning this pawn against his queen. You can tell I am in time-pressure because it went from a game where I had my opponent well in hand, to one where it suddenly turned into a blunder-parade, one move after the other.
On move 29 I was going to play 29…g5, which is a strong draw, but last second the hand played …Bd6, which I felt like it is losing but I played it because I didn’t see how. Well, I didn’t see how because in time-pressure I didn’t have the time to size up the big picture with everything that was going on with the board.
I feel that at 30/90, G/30, I would have played the winning 29…b4! which is great for many reasons, gets the pawns marching down, keeps White’s rook out of a7 or a8.
I really only deserved a draw for playing the game so safe, but I was doomed to lose as it was because in time-pressure, I could not size up the big picture elements. For example, instead of Qc8, …Qa5 put s a pin on the rook, and Be7 is a great blockader of the pawn, why would I want to move it? Also, I would have given king-luft some consideration. Of course, getting into time-pressure with the queens on the board is nearly always fatal, I find.
So to recap, the two problems I suffered with in this game were timidity, and not saving enough time to always keep the big-picture in front of my considerations, or just in sight.