Final Week of the Quick Chess tournament.
I played 18…Rfd8 to protect the isolated d-pawn, instead of 18….Qg5! which is 0.0, according to Stockfish. After 19.0-0, I sensed it was now too late to play 19…Qg5??, but played it anyway, not seeing she now was 20…Nf3+, 21.RxN. I did see the right way 19…Nc6, and then 20…d4, but I realized that my bigger problem was that I walked into a position that I had a distaste for. Next time, I’ll play something a bit more to my liking.
I played this game in 4 1/2 minutes. Once she had made a couple of opening mistakes, the game played itself.
John’s regular rating is 1610. I believe this was the first time I had played him.
As a reminder, the time-control for this event was G/24, d/5. Alex won all three of his games, he beat a Class A player, an Expert, and a Master to share for first place.