After taking a bye in Round 1, I played Anthea in Round 2 and decided to play Ruy Lopez. I’ve played it twice recently OTB in past few months, but haven’t played it online in years for example. I was even more surprised than I already was at how slow the play develops, when I went over it for a few hours with Stockfish. I got into acute time-pressure and blundered a piece. I intentionally gave up the pawn on f3 because I felt stuck for a move, and after thought that Nd4 or Rc1 was better, but in reality even those are losing. a4 was best try.
I was more relaxed than I would normally be, having taken three tylenol, two aspirin, and an ibuprofen before the game, but that’s not why I lost. I didn’t hold it together under pressure, and Anthea, although I saw virtually all of her moves before she played them, played very well!
If you run it through a kibitzer, it will say Bxf7 was +.9, but actually in the right lines they all fall back to 0.0. The important thing in this opening, for example, is to have a very holistic attitude, and get in a4 for example, don’t worry about trying to win or hold a pawn, worry about the game as a whole. I was going to play 24.Rae1, but then in time-pressure I didn’t. Again, you can’t think too highly of tactics in this style game and positional strategy really needs to come first.