Round 4 Thursdays.
28.Nc3 I saw the mate 28.Nxf6! before he played 27…h6, knowing that I was just winning there, but then forgot how it worked after I got back to the table and he moved.
Rocky Mountain Team Chess Challenge – Side Event Quads
I still had 18 minutes on my clock when Alexander proposed a draw in a position that Stockfish has as =+ in his favor. I should have played Qb3 instead of Rc1, but things always become a little clearer after a game. It also said I should play g5, and considered that, but was reluctant to in a G/45 match.
My first-time opponent was placed in this quad based on his 1774 blitz rating. He recently finished a 16 round blitz event, going 8/16, and finishing ahead of an A player who was once an Expert, and 1.5 ahead of Sara in that tournament as well. Unfortunately, he lost all three games in this quad, his first three slow-rated games, so his initial provisional rating will probably come out rather low.
I played the terrible move …e5 because I needed a win, and a queenside pawn majority was the only decisive strategy that I could come up with (hence, wanting to trade the e-pawn). Sara only a draw to win the quad. I should have played something other than QGD, and should have avoided trading pieces. This was my worst played game, but I hung in there long enough to see her finally blitz out a bad move that made her position more difficult. In the end, she should have pushed her b-pawn, her final mistake.
Well, I am off to play five rounds of quick-chess today. G/24, 5 sec increment.