Round 2 - Cripes, another opponent whom I believe is about 477 points or so higher than me in rating? For Cripe's sake. How on EARTH am I going to do that? I was even mildly irritated that three rating points were at stake. "well," I thought. "that's three more points down the drain..."
Forget ratings, Cris Angel! Just do your best!
OKay, FINE. I will.
I'm afraid it was a bit typical at the outset. I don't like Sicilian; it's tricky so I was a bit flustered that the opponent played Sicilan. Nonetheless, it is what it is - so let's just use sound principles and fight for the center. Don't break the rules. Move a piece once before you move a piece twice. Develop your pieces. Build a strong center. For cripe's sake, DEFEND the strong center once it's built. No hanky panky until fully developed.
And of course my goals for all of my matches:
1. Focus as much as possible given my skill level.
2. Do NOT give the opponent an easy win.
Okay. We fulfilled goals 1 and 2 here. And I tried to just follow the regular guidelines as above. Unfortunately, I'm inexperienced. So this all takes time.... and... it just ran out at the end. I was STILL choosing between a few options and when there was about fifteen seconds to go, I KNEW... well, that's it. So I thanked my opponent at that point. I really tried hard.
Ready to see it? Don't be expecting brilliance although there is ONE move in here where I'm very pleased. hehehehe.