I didn’t play on Wednesday because my car was in the shop. Our TD doesn’t carry a phone, you have to email him. So I had to wait until the car shop owner drove me home to email. Sent it 10 minutes before the round, but sent it to “@comcast.com” instead of .net. Got the Failure Daemon and resent it two minutes before the round starts. The TD said he didn’t get it until 6 minutes after and in any case I got a forfeit, zero point bye. So I pulled out of the Wednesday tournament for this month
Round 3, Thursday
On Thursday I played Rhett, and it aptly demonstrated the weakness of this G/90 time-control. Here the game is in all it’s glory, and you can really see how the G/90 5 second delay format really lowers the quality of chess. This game would have ended sooner had we had more time. He had 55 minutes to my 1 minute and 45 seconds. I actually took him down to 3 seconds left where I had 7 seconds. Unfortunately, I was paying more attention to his clock, thinking he might flag, but his sudden blitzing took away “my” time to think on his clock and I couldn’t mentally cope with it.
First, you can see I gave him a queen, where he breathed a sigh of relief and I couldn’t believe I had done that. Then I queened and said “queen” without yet putting my queen there, whereupon he took it with his knight but I thought he had promoted my pawn to a knight of the wrong color for a couple seconds, then realized he had taken it, then was in disbelief that I couldn’t win. So I tapped his knight twice with the tip of my finger, then pulled my hand back because I saw the skewer but just couldn’t “believe” what was transpiring on the board whereupon he said “you touched it” and I knew that meant I lose by the famous skewer, but played the two moves just because of the why-not factor, then resigned. I saw the skewer before I tapped his knight, but like I say I was just in such disbelief that I could not accept it.