I missed 2 games before in this club and that day I had a certification  exam in the afternoon. But I passed the exam well and though felt a bit tired I decided after some rest to go and get some distraction.

My opponent was the guy I played twice before having a +1, =1 score. He unexpectedly played e5 and again somewhat unusually went for Open variation in Ruy, here is the game. I had only one game with it, played Re1, lost, so here I decided to go for the main line – d4, though didn’t know it well. After 14. Bc2 I thought that I got some perspectives on the kingside, but with a few exact moves he neutralized it.

A few exchanges, which I felt I couldn’t  avoid, followed. He thought a lot starting from the opening and had 30 minutes less than me. Finally having less than 5 minutes he offered a draw. First I refused, but when after several moves we came into a dead drawn rook endgame I decided to accept it. He had less than 2 minutes, I had about 20, so he looked nervous and it was a relief for him. The first draw was similar to this one, we had opposite colored bishops and I offered a draw in his time trouble. And when I won with a rook sacrifice the second time, he showed the sacrifice to a few other people, praising me, people usually do the opposite, showing off if they win.

So, he is a nice guy and draw was a logical result of this game, as he rightly noticed after the game, nobody had an essential advantage  during the game.

This Murphy’s law can be applied very well to the yesterday’s game. I was in the new club, got White with a guy I drew with Black before. I was under attack in that game and escaped with perpetual in the queen endgame.

So, we started with Ruy Lopez, here is the game. His 5… Nxe4 was unexpected, nobody played yet Open variation against me. I knew that I have to play 6. d4, but I also knew that there are some lines, where I am without a pawn, also there is Riga variation, which I didn’t remember, so I played Re1. As a result, he got 2 bishops out of the opening.

I thought I can organize something on the kingside, but he maneuvered and eventually it was me who had to look after the kingside to  defend h3, etc.  My 20. Qf1 move was just for that, but I missed his tactics and lost a pawn. Then, trying to get some counterplay,  I made another mistake with 36. Qe4, after which he could win an exchange. He didn’t see it. We both were low on time, having less than 20 minutes each. It was one more mistake, playing with the same tempo as my opponent. That tempo was too slow for me and having complicated position with that time left wasn’t good.

Then something like a brain-cramp happened. I got distracted by the kids playing blitz loudly (they were stopped) and don’t even remember, or I forgot that I didn’t make a move or just thought too long, but suddenly I looked at the clock and saw that it’s my move and I have 5 minutes less than my opponent. I got nervous and quickly played 38. Kg2, thinking that taking on b7 is too dangerous (wrong!). Then I made that stupid Kh3 move, intended to free my bishop. It decided the game. Next 2 moves were bad too, but the game was already over.