Now I could have avoided the entire issue if I could have won a game in one of the earlier rounds. Easier said then done. My best chance was in round three when I finally got paired "down". Down is relative when paired against a 1653 when your own rating is 1700. Down is also relative when the opponent has a 5-1 record against you. In my New Years Day post I made some non-binding New Years resolutions. I certainly did not stick to them very well in this game, especially the one about managing my time better. Here is the position when I stopped inputting moves on my Mon Roi. Neither of us had much time.
This position occurred after 48. axb6 Qxb6+, 49. Qxb6 axb6. I didn't really want the queen trade, but it was check so I had no choice. I felt I was slightly better with the advanced and protected pass pawn, but that knight was making it impossible for my king to penetrate. I don't remember what really occurred after that. Both of us were moving very quickly, and several pawns got traded off. I offered a draw which he declined. Both of us had under three seconds each. Pieces were flying all over the place. Neither one of us seemed capable of putting a piece down on a square without something getting knocked over. The minor pieces eventually were traded off so it came down to king and pawns. We had quite the audience because we were the last game. According to the spectators one or both of us made illegal moves, but neither of us saw the moves. We both could have used an extra two minutes. Unfortunately in the time scramble I managed to lose a couple of pawns and my opponent promoted. 1 second with a 5 second delay is more then enough time to mate with a king and queen against a lone king.
When I saw that I had the bye for the last round I remarked "At least I can go home early." One of the players who also teaches chess to kids said to me, "Go home early, and when you get there count to five so that you know how long five seconds is. You didn't need to move immediately." He had been watching the game, and observed that I missed my chances because I been moving instantaneously. Some days I handle time scrambles better then other days. This was not one of the better days.