Round 3: likesforests vs 1200
After a good night's sleep I was ready to rumble. More than once I stopped to admire the trophy that might soon be mine.
Round 4: 1500 vs likesforests
I'm up against a Russian who hasn't competed in a US tournament for eight years. The tie-breaks favor him, so he's content with a draw.
The TD suggests I agree--we would both win our sections outright and get an undivided first place prize fund. That's of no consequence to me. I want to win. I want the trophy.
A split-second after playing 21...Re6 I realized I had missed 21...g6.
I'm furious at myself for losing. I didn't even stay for my $120 consolation prize. Damn. Damn. $*&@)(%#! Next time, next time...