The Big Enchilada III, Round 3 (why I don't deserve to be 1800)
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Interesting side note, I had played 9 rated games as black since the last time I faced 1.e4. The last time being at this same tournament....2 years ago! Don't think I'll ever see that happen again.
Easily the worst rated game I've played in years and the inspiration for my sub title "Why I don't deserve to be 1800". I'm almost embarrassed to even show it...for both of our sakes. I am well studied on the Pirc, but just don't have any experience against the g3 line and everything I did in this game was just flat wrong. I think the worst thing about this game was watching Gary open up, at one point, a full 60 minute time advantage. It pissed me off, but I wasn't mad at him, I was mad at myself. It was clear he's well studied on the Pirc AND the g3 response, but I also knew that I was doing nothing to warrent any thought on his part. It wasn't easy watching my position deteriorate like that against a player that wasn't even really breaking a sweat. I'll be going back and studying up on this line and actually may consider playing it from the white side sometime to see if I can frustrate opponents as much as Gary frustrated me, LOL!
...let the carnage begin.