RollingPawns last game against the Owens looks positively sane compared to my “Romantic chess” try against it. How we try so hard to refute these non-main line systems!
My opponent was down to 3 minutes, and I down to 2 when I gladly accepted his draw offer (of course, I am just losing the ending).
9.c4? When I played this move, I didn’t consider that the diagonal leading to my king was so weak or I wouldn’t have played 11.d5 just to avoid the …cxd4 possibility. I did consider playing 11.f4 (my original consideration), and even that would have seemed far more sane.
13.Nf4? This didn’t work out, so 13.Bf4 would have been better.
15.Nxe7+? Major mistake according to Stockfish, but I hadn’t seen that I had no tactics that worked here.
I realized that my opponent had 18…Nd3, winning easily, and spent a lot of time on this move, so when he played 18…Ng6, I figured he must have worked everything out and quickly played 19.Qf2?, then immediately saw that I could have simply played 19.Qxc4, but this is where I began moving quickly, and what ultimately convinced my opponent to offer a draw a pawn up, because I was playing so quickly.
Because this game was so short, the main interest should be in the opening where 5.c4! could have been played instead of 5.Ne2, and transpose into a good King’s Indian Defense for White.
Instead of 9.c4?, 9.BxBa6 looks good because it misplaces the knight (Black will have to play …Nc7 where it seems to have little future). It’s better to just play 9.f4 because the trade of bishops on d3 is adding a tempo to White’s attack and development, and the queen posts well there. It’s funny that this would have been my blitz move, but all that time on my clock really let me overthink it, for sure.