A Tale of Two Halves- My Latest Tournament Part Two
So last time we left off at the end of Day One of my last chess tourney. I had played quite horribly but managed to win one game against a 1800.
Going into Day Two, I felt like I was in a must win situation. I fight for the whole point every game and do not like to draw games. I was going to win my last two games at all costs.
Round Four: Near Perfect
In Round 4 I got a pretty good pairing against one of the lower rated players in the tourney. I had the black pieces against a 1400.
What happened. Well, things went amazingly, my evaluations seemed to be right on and my calculation and canidate move selections were execellent. I played one of the best games of my life, if not one of the best games. I used 117 minutes of my clock (the time control was G/120).
In the opening I played fairly quickly as most of it was book moves and also I knew this variation of the Ruy Lopez pretty well. Maybe the start of his problems was the superficial move 10.Bc2 and my plan soon became simple: attack e4. I took a ton of time (almost 50 minutes!) on move 15 and found 15...c6 which kept my slight advantage. My opponent missed a few defensive chances in the middlegame that would be hard for anyone to find. 18.Nf1 was probably my opponent's first real mistake. I was then able to find another good move 20...Re6 (another move which I had taken a insanely massive amount of time on) which is the only move to keep the advantage. 22...Bc6 was my only mistake the whole game (22...d5! was close to winning) and my opponent could have had serious chances to survive if he had played 23.Qd3!. My opponent played 23.Nd2? instead and after 23...d5! my opponent position began to collapse. I was down to ten minutes by then but reeled in the game by playing amazingly precisely in time trouble.