…you’ve tried scrubbing, you’ve tried rubbing, but still….ring around the endgame (collar)!
It’s my own fault that I didn’t save time for it. Here is the Round 2 Game
After the game, I told Alex I should have played 42.gxh4. I looked at it, but he had played h4 quickly, so I moved quickly back, mostly just believing him but also feeling that quickened rythm equals compulsion to move.
Well, after he plays hxg I _then_ spend a minute deciding whether or not to resign. That minute would have been better spent deciding the best move on the previous move. When I analyzed it this morning, it looked like a draw, but if I play how I probably would have during the game, I can still easily walk into a loss without finding necessary finesses; e.g., 46…gxh4, 47.Rd4! (I didn’t even see this while analyzing) Rg6, 48.Rxf Rxg, 49.Rxh5 Rxb2, 51.Rh7+ Kc8, 52. Kd6 is winning for White.
I lost due to poor clock-management and endgame weakness, and also appreciate when Paul beats me because it shows the lack of necessary endgame “class” or finesse, particularly at G/90, that an Expert has.