My opponent even resorted to what could be termed "Gamesmanship" when he started staring at me and standing behind me (making his moves from there!) He gained 233 points in the event!
The game is here
Cross table here.
Why am I bringing this up now? That's the best way I can think of to get over the disappointment of losing my last round game at the NASNAJ Open in Houston last Sunday.
A combination of good luck & good chess had me sitting pretty on 3.5/4.0 going into the last round half a point ahead.
All I needed was a draw for a guaranteed share of 1st. A win would have given me $350, a nice plaque and a rating close to 1950. I ended up with $50 and a rating of 1921 (Still an all time high) .
The difference between winning and losing at the HB Global was $2500 vs $500
After getting a huge positional edge, I didn't cash in on several tactical shots to bring home the point.
I am Black here, with so many options including ...Nxe3, ...Bxf4, ...Bb4, I chose the weak ...Nxd2 and in a few moves White was able to get his pieces out. I had to sac the exchange to get counter play and even after that had a good position, but had eaten up too much time.
The game is here.
I think that I am playing at 2000 level positionaly but tactically I am probably playing at a 1800 level.