Originally posted by gothcharles
I'm not doubting you didn't play well in the game but cynically I would say the supposed 1900 player you beat is not actually 1900!! or perhaps they are wanting to drop their rating for tournament entry as many seem to do, sandbaggers as they are known.
As a high 1800-low 1900 rating player here, I can attest that lots of mistakes are still made at this level, at least by me. Especially when playing an opening that one is unfamiliar with.Amen to that. I have been on the receiving end myself a few times. Here at RHP I once left my Q en prise against a 1500 player (incredibly, my opponent did not see it); I managed to finagle a won endgame and then proceeded to throw that away, too. Altogether an embarrassing performance on my part. My opponent got away with a well-earned draw, I reckon. Lack of attention to detail was the culprit.