Round 2 in the online tournament espuelando esp 1000-1250 #1 tournament for players rated 1,000 - 1,250. I got lucky in round 1 where my opponent timed out so I got the two wins. This time, the opponent seems to be on the ball and we actually moved pretty quickly. Surprisingly, I won the game where I had to play black. In this one, however, I had gotten myself in trouble quite a few times. I don't know if it was me being careless or from my inexperience or what..... but this was just NOT going as well and I was getting very nervous -- Points are at stake here! I suppose I should have been relieved because since I had won the other game, I would automatically advance but I had just gotten my rating above 1,100 and if I lost, back down it would go. I was pleased at having gotten out of trouble with what I thought was a very good move at one point but I got myself right back into a pot of trouble. Somehow, though, I came up smelling like a rose, and my poor opponent is probably fuming. At one point, it looked like I could have "perpetual check" and I thought to myself, PHEW! I can get a DRAW out of this and I was thrilled..... I fooled around with the analysis board for a VERY long time trying to figure out what I could do if he moved here or there.... and, as you will see and I will attempt to explain in the annotation, I did figure a way to mate if he moved to a particular square. When I saw I could have repeat checks, I DID offer a draw but he refused and I figured we'd keep making the same moves and the automatic server would declare a draw by repetition - but I guess he might have known that too and didn't want it to happen so he moved to a different square - the MAGIC square, if you will - and I KNEW what to do at that point.... This is a classic, "DON'T EVER GIVE UP" game.... I'm so glad I hung in there. I strongly considered hitting the "resign" button when I got in such trouble (I'll point out where I considered hitting resign in my annotation).
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