I had around 1:30 on the clock and my opponent had a little over 3 minutes. Instinct told me I did not want to trade queens and allow him the very advanced passed pawn. I didn't feel real comfortable trying to hold the pawn back with so little time. I looked at the position today and perhaps I can hold. One possibility is 43. Qxa3 bxa3 44. Nc2 a2 45. Kf1 Na6 46. Ke2Kf8 47. Kd2 Nc5 48. b4 Ne4+ 49. Ke3 f5 50. g4 Ke7, but who has time work that all out with less then two minutes? Even now I haven't worked it all the way out to the end. At the time I felt it was safer to keep the queens on the board. Unfortunately I managed to find the fourth worst square for the queen. a1, a2 and c3, tie for first in the worst square category. I played 43. Qc2, overlooking 43...Qa1+. Curses! Forked again!
That was not the Freaky Friday moment. The FF moment came in round four. Yes I actually made it to round four without getting paired against "please wait". My third round opponent so nicely hung a piece in drawish position. In the last round I'm playing the Black side of what was supposed to be an Accelerated Dragon Sicilian. The problem was I hit the accelerator way too early and played 3...g6 instead of cxd4. When he played 4. d5 I was totally oblivious to what I had done and said to myself "What the hell piece of crap move is that? White can't just push d5 there. That never happens." Then the light bulb comes on. "DUH! White can play that if you don't play 3...cxd4. Hello! How many years have you been playing the Sicilian Defense as Black?"
Here is the game in all it's splendid ugliness. I think after my brain fart I couldn't think straight, and kept finding horrible responses. Once again I was seeing things that didn't exist, and dismissing defenses that did exist. I could have held on longer if I didn't freak out over the move transposition. C'est la vie! Today is another day. Maybe I can beat King Kong tonight.