On Sunday I played board 8 in the Somerset 1st team at the West of England Chess Union annual Jamboree (a tournament format which allows several teams to compete with each person playing only one game). I was white against Rob Thompson, a young Devon player who was the only person to beat Michael Adams in the recent Paignton simultaneous. Our post-mortem analysis indicated that at some point I was winning – for example 25. Qxh5 should have sealed the deal – but my time management was so idiotic that I was left with 5 minutes for 16 moves to make the time control at move 40, and I couldn’t play accurately. Here’s the game (numbers in brackets indicate number of minutes remaining on the clock):
In the end, Somerset, Devon and Gloucestershire were all tied with 6 points in the Open section, and Dorset won the Graded section with 8/12.