So there I was on the Sunday with genuine chances. I felt reasonably confident but there was still a long way to go.
In the morning I faced a guy who was playing in his first Congress that weekend but he did show some very good calculational skills. Anyway, here it is:
And more good news for me! The only person with more points than me drew! So going into the final round there were 7 people on 3.5 (if you're paying attention, it means that it's quite likely that I got the numbers wrong earlier). A win was essential if I was to get a chance of sharing first place.
Over lunch I ranted (again) about 2 things:
1) In the open, it happens that people blunder queens. Why does that not happen to me in the minor?
2) I really dislike playing against a Colle. It's naff and boring. Since I'd be entering the final round as black, I was adamant I would not face 1. d4 and certainly not a Colle.
To that end, I declared very clearly, "I will not face a Colle and my opponent will blunder his queen." What do you think?
"I'm gonna go for it"... Fantastic! Don't get me wrong, I absolutely admire the courage to sac a queen when you're not sure it's winning, but wow!
Just to round off the story, that means that 3 people (including me) tied for first. There was an impressive turn around by one player, and a crushing defeat by another... And me. The 7th player on 3.5 was quickly beaten by a solid attack on h7 by one of the juniors at the event.
So remember, you'll need to believe that your opponent will blunder!