This is Teah’s first classical tournament since the Denver Open. Unfortunately, chess is often not kind to a person who doesn’t play at a specific time-control regularly, although we were both tied for first this month with 2/2.
I had looked at our last games as Black and White before driving to the club, even though Teah was widely thought to have left for St. Louis on Sunday, to be with her teacher there, WGM Katerina Nemcova. It wasn’t long before she deviated and played longer into a standard main-line, which “un-prepared me”. hehe. Okay, it really was ridiculous because she was at 1:32 (hrs/min), when I had just played 12…Na5, and was down to only 38 minutes remaining! After move 18, I was down to 20 minutes. So, just because of the clock, it was anyone’s game, and I thought we might even draw.
My …Bg4 and …Ng4 moves were largely an attempt to trade down pieces in time-pressure, but her play wasn’t best, and that got me somewhere.
After the game, I told her that when she played 27…Qxb5 (“He who takes the b-pawn sleeps in the streets!” is an old chess adage), that the game had just entered the “weird zone” and was not going to end in a draw after that, someone would win it.
30.Rxd6 I was expecting her to instantly reply 30.Nf1, but she was taking a while, so I finally decided to use the restroom for the first and only time. When I got back, she was still thinking, hadn’t moved, at first I figured she was just being chivalrous, but after another five, maybe seven minutes I thought that she might be looking at something else, and immediately noticed 30.Nf1 Qe2 with a windmill attack on g2.
31…Ra3?? When I played 31…Qe1+ she turned beet-red, and I really felt sorry for her, since she otherwise can play so well outside of the occasional blunder. Final clock-times, I had 10 minutes, and she had 56 minutes remaining.
[Event “Classical Wednesdays”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[White “Teah Williams”]
[Black “Brian Rountree”]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. d3 b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. c3 d6 8. Nbd2
O-O 9. Nf1 d5 10. Qe2 dxe4 11. dxe4 Qe7 12. Ng3 Na5 13. Bc2 Nc4 14. O-O h6 15.
a4 Rb8 16. Nh4 Bg4 17. Nf3 Rfe8 18. h3 Bc8 19. Nh4 Nd6 20. Kh1 Ng4 21. Nhf5
Nxf5 22. exf5 Nf6 23. axb5 axb5 24. b3 Bb7 25. Rd1 e4 26. b4 Bd6 27. Qxb5 e3
28. Qe2 exf2 29. Qxf2 Qe5 30. Rxd6 cxd6 31. Ra3 Qe1+ 32. Qg1 Qxg3 33. Bd2 Re2 0-1