He just pushed e7. I'm looking at this move, and thinking to myself "Oh crap my knight is out of place. I can't stop e8. If I take on e7, I'm down a full rook. My passed pawns aren't going anywhere. If I check, I still can't get the knight back in time....I'm busted."
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 00:02, 00:01, ...Nxe7, 00:00
"Always check, it might be mate."
Damn, I hate this game sometimes. The night was not a total washout. In the next round I managed to draw with a higher rated player. It was surprising going into round three 0-2 and getting paired up. However that sort of stuff happens when the other 1/2 pointers are unrated. Unrateds don't get dropped down a score group unless they're the only ones left. The unrateds played each other and I got the 1890 who also had a 1/2 point.
The two unrateds were playing next me. At the time I had no idea both of them were playing in their first tournament. It was a very strange game. At first I thought one player was deliberately dumping the game, because he had mate on the move by capturing with his rook. Instead he captured with his knight, and then a few moves later sac'ed his queen. He ended out losing.
In the last round I got to play this guy. I would get to see for myself if he was dumping games to get a low rating. It was a crazy game where he attacked like a maniac. Towards the end he got up went to the bathroom on his own time. I thought that was a little weird. Was he going into the bathroom to check with Pocket Fritz to see what to play next? If he did, then his Pocket Fritz has a virus. When he came back he played probably the worst move on the board. I call these moves "Bathroom Blunders". I made one of those moves in Saratoga Springs this year. They happen when you don't take enough time to recheck what is happening in the game upon returning to the board.
Here's the game.
It actually had taken me awhile to find Qg8+. I had considered taking the pawn on b7, but saw that I'd lose a piece. I guess I had not been think about getting a check on the 8th rank because his rook had covered until that last move. My opponent told me afterwards that he saw the check almost immediately after he made the move. He was just waiting to see if I spotted it.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
After spending the weekend in Nashville watching kids do crazy things, I got back to my normal routine of playing "Cracktion" chess and dealing with insane positions with no time left on my clock. I probably should have reread my post Kidz Night to remind myself to stay away. Once again with the NYC schools on vacation there were lots of kids playing. After losing to a master in round one I got paired down against a kid in round two. We reached this position with two seconds left on my clock.