A Modern Defense, with a nod to the King's Indian.
This is the final round game from an OTB tournament I played in last Saturday, the Daytona Beach Chess Club Open. It was a small, 23 person affair, and I managed to score 3.5/4 for clear second place, in spite of being 11th seed.
The time control was game in 50 minutes, so the clock definitely played a factor from move one. I was actually proud of my play, until this morning when I went over it and realized both of us missed a simple two-mover right in the opening! I think we were both a little tired, and it showed.
I am at least happy that my endgame technique held up reasonably well with limited time on the clock!
I've been in a bit of a slump the last few years, mostly due to infrequent OTB play, and this is the first of a bunch of events I plan to play in over the next year.
It was one of my best results ever, in that I ended up with a 2196 performance rating, and I gained 101 points in the event (from 1723 to 1824), the most I have ever gained in a single tournament.
The funny thing is that I only had to draw the last round to get my entry fee back, and if my opponent had offered early before the game became complicated, I probably would have accepted! Once I was in the driver's seat and knew I could safely draw later in the game, any potential offer lost it's appeal.