….is very limiting.
After I went over the Game with Paul, I berated myself to my friends that I had not found the winning 26…Rf6 ++-. I spent time considering it and the more “postional” looking …Rf7. Incidentally, I though after the game what a crock that the word “positional” is, it’s really just a wise-@ss way of saying what move one should have been played with hindsight – apart from that, the word “positional” is really a fabrication and very harmful to the experienced player, I now feel.
With my 40th move …g5?? I knew that I had blundered the moment that I had instantly played it. I had 1 minute and 21 seconds left after trading queens, plenty of time to make a 40 move time-control, avoid that blunder and draw the game with a seconds time-control. [BTW 37…Qc3 holds onto the pawn]
They say that chess is a game, as in just a game, but it’s really just a game for weaker players. If I had won this game I would have won $40, that’s like half a day’s work after taxes for me, so it’s not really “just” a game anymore than my going to work each day is just a game. Paul was very happy to have made his Expert rating back, and it seems more than likely that he won’t be playing next month.
I looked up after playing 47…Bb4 to see that I had just flagged. It wasn’t a difficult move, and I was just double-checking, having a quick look around the board.
The thing of it is that in this day and age of digital clocks, there is really no excuse for not having an increment as part of the time control. Another thing is that we don’t have a second time-control, and yet everyone has enough time to stand around and shoot the sh*t for an hour after their games, including mine. So, we don’t have an increment, and we don’t have a second time-control
So what then is G/90, with 5 second delay? G/90 is horrible combination of both classical and blitz chess. One needs to be composed enough in the opening to find an advantage, and then in the middle-game maintain that advantage, while still having enough energy and crack-addicted like reflexes to shoot out saving moves in a time-scramble.
I was very composed today, didn’t even remove my sweater, but did not flip that switch of being like a person on speed in my time-pressure. Why should I have to, why should this be part of classical chess? My point is that I knew in my heart immediately after losing on time that even had I not dropped the b7 pawn that I would have lost on time in an even position just because I was being a little too “casual” making my moves – and why should this be such a chess sin? A major feature of chess is it’s subtlety, and should be more of a feature than the frailty of humans to hold onto their material in time-pressure.
Funny thing about this opening is that I just played the exact same line this morning in this Blitz Game that happened in our game last night. It’s weird how the opening in the blitz game was played so much more believably. I guess online, the faster the game, the more people know their openings. It’s uncanny how I flagged on move 40 taking his pawn – the postion should be a draw. See, even blitz needs a second time-control! Where was the ending? 😉