I was much better out of the opening but started going astray in the early middlegame. By move 34 the position was equal and my opponent had a K-side attack but, in mutual time trouble, he missed the advantageous 38...Rxh3+!
Several further errors by both sides followed but I ended-up being a lucky bastard for the 3rd straight week as Black missed at least 1 draw (44...Bxg2+!) and blundered with 47...Rg5?
Tonight, in round 2 of May Mania, I won an ugly game against Section B's #3 seed:
John Moldovan 1852 - CastleOO 1857
D35 Queen's Gambit
My 19.b4? gave Black an edge but he couldn't hold it and blundered with 26...Ra4?? However, I then hung a piece (30.Ne7+??) and missed 3 wins (30.Rc7, 35. Re8 & 38.Qg8+). Finally, my opponent's 50...f4?? turned an equal R-ending into a White victory
At move 37, I mouse-slipped while trying to play 37...Rxf4 but my opponent, showing great sportsmanship, did not retreat his Bishop! I tried to return the favor by offering a draw, but he declined twice and blundered a few moves later.
Aravind Kumar (DOCA) 1923 - John Moldovan (Summit) 1823
E58 Nimzo-Indian Defense
My opponent played the opening well and eventually got an edge but, with the match going in his team's favor (they won 3.5-0.5) and the clock in mine, he offered a Q trade instead of trying to squeeze with 25...Qc7.
I entered the 4-SS, 40+20 tourney yesterday, to get some games in before the U.S. Amateur East, New Yorker Open, Chess Mates Championship and Kenilworth Summer Tournament, but now the event may be in doubt.
If we do play, my 1st round opponent in section B, where I am the 6th seed, will likely be 1722-rated Jariv.