…but perhaps overly so at times.
This Game between me and Mark was for first place, but I was Black against 1.d4 and often don’t trust my play OTB as much as against 1.e4 openings.
I almost played 8…Nb6 to get it interesting and lively, but Mark is a respectable opponent, and I didn’t want to get into a guessing-game against him. Also, Fruit thinks I get an edge with …h5 in the endgame, not enough to win but to give him some losing chances with weak play. I had 10 minutes remaining at the end of the game to his 20, but he was oddly blitzing me for the last 15 moves or so and did not take my draw offer until it was an obvious 3-fold repetition.
It was a respectable result, as I should have White in the final round – and it’s always nice to get a challenging opponent in the final round.