Round 4 saw me playing against one of my most frequent opponents. I don’t want to say that I have 20 wins and 2 draws against him and no losses, but it’s probably somewhere close to that. I finished this game with 59 seconds on my clock to his 19 minutes. For that reason, it felt like both a win and a loss at the same time. This time, my “big think” move was 16…Qc5, which of course looks completely obvious when you see it; sure, I had seen this move early on, but it was more of a decision, as even …Qb4 is a possibility, for example, but …Qc5 is clearly best. I spent approx 15 minutes on this move, half of what I spent in the other game on my big-think there, but this was still disappointing.
It’s as if I’ve finally mastered 30/90, G/30 as we had it back in CA, but it’s nowhere close to being a true G/90 game. I was happy that I had won, but also depressed that I had failed to manage my clock well, despite trying my best.