Being from the same chess club, my second round opponent and I have faced each other many times but never in a tournament setting. We have played many casual games and even helped each other with some opening prep. I was hoping I wouldn't be pair with him almost always has the upper hand in our games. To make matters worse I was playing him with the white pieces and he had helped me prepare some responses to the French Defense, which is always his response to e4.
But this familiarity wokrs both ways, as I explain in detail in the annotations. Let's take a look.
Despite it being my only loss and giving up a winning position, I enjoyed this game the most. For most of the game (Including after 21.Nxh6+) the position was roughly equal although I gave up a pawn where I should have took a piece. There was slight time pressure at the end and the whole game was filled with sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat moments. It was the kind of chess that really gets my blood pumping. Good chess.