In this game, I avoided attacks and sacs early on, tried to get my “sea legs”, and could have probably played lots of improvements. I also made quite a few mistakes. However, once he got a good position and initiative, he didn’t quite know what to do with it, and I easily took advantage of that – even with only two minutes on my clock, didn’t matter with the increment.
17…Rd3! I played this move so that if 18.Qc1, then …Rae8, and White cannot place the Nb3-c1 to defend e2 because the queen would be on c1. After 18.Qc2, there is a windmill tactic winning both White’s f3 and h3 pawns.
I believe the only Round 1 upset in either tournament was Will Wolf’s drawing of Anthea, but he is also very under-rated (nevertheless, I I had no trouble against him in a couple of skittles games, but he has a very mature feel for standard openings – his Latvian gambit appeared to be a terrible choice against me in skittles).