NC Open Round 1
After working 12 hours on Thursday night and enduring plenty of room share drama, not being able to take a substantial nap before the Friday night round as I had originally planned, and yes...even some fursuiting (during NC Open registration) it was finally time to play.
The Saturday morning session is only G/75 instead of the usual 35/90, g/60. I don't do as well in the faster time controls, but my work schedule really left me no choice. And given the way Friday unfolded, I DID make the correct choice. I might have to play faster, but at least I have the benifit of sleep. I think I mentioned this in my recap, but thanks again to my friends for stepping up and offering room space.
As expected, I did play up in round one. Despite an early inacuracy in the opening, I put up a strong fight and held a slight edge for most of the middle game. Ultimately though, I fell under 5 minutes and time pressure got me in the end. Even though this ended up being a loss, I was very happy with my performance and figured, if I could continue playing like this, I could pull some upsets once I got a full clock to work with...