Pittsburgh Open: Round 4 (03/13/2016)

Mar 19, 2016, 5:28 PM |
My round 3 game of the Pittsburth Open, against 957-rated David Hough, was my record longest game, in terms of time. It lasted 4.5 hours.
This game also sets a new record in my history of USCF-rated tournament games, but this time--with the number of moves. 73 moves!!! But it wasn't consequently the longest since my opponent moved rather fast throughout the whole game, taking advantage of my long thinking time to think/pre-arrange move plans. As a result, he moved almost instantaneously throughout the game despite the 40/100, SD 30, d10 time control, leaving me in relatively high time pressure at the end of the first time control (when we got near the 40th move) and at the very end of the game during the second time control (though not as much since the moves late then didn't take that long to calculate).
David also played his lines of the French Defense Advance Variation in a rather odd manner/order (for instance, 2. e5), thus making me burn some thinking time in the opening to make sure I wasn't tricked positionally. This was also the first time I've ever seen someone do 2. e5 after 1..e6, so readers, please feel free to let me know your thoughts on that deviation of the French main lines, as well as any other peculiarities.