For the last round, Round 4 I had been planning on playing a Sicilian Dragon (my nemesis variation) against Dean, but I was feeling stomach distress at the start of the game, and felt daunted by the circumstance and also my lack of recent study on it, and so stuck with the C3 Sicilian. In any case, once I ate the free Smashburger that Shirley paid for (she bought everyone a Smashburger), I felt great actually, but had already started the game in any case.
There’s not much to impress with in this game, as it has a “seen it all before” feeling to it. I can say that I knew that his …0-0-0?? move was dropping a piece before he even played it. Luckily there was the 30 second increment or it could have been more stressful. As it was, I got down to 8 minutes on my clock, but sure appreciated the increment!
There is that odd nagging feeling when entering a game like this, as I know that Dean “Fritzes” his games, and it seems like could have improved on many moves. I enjoy a good game. It’s weird how I can play so positional and still make it look so easy, against Dean in this case.
My rating dropped from 1797 to 1787, and I have one win as Black for a couple of rating points on Tuesdays; so I do have the start to the month one can feel good about.