With approximately five minutes left on both clocks in game/90 time control, my opponent played a startling exchange sacrifice that looked winning. Surely he could have drawn by repetition. He tried too hard to win, probably because he was ahead several pawns in the queen-and-pawn endgame. But in these endings, the player with the furthest advanced passed pawn has the winning chances, not the player with the most pawns.
After move 49, I stopped keeping score. In time trouble, White missed 50.Qd4+ Qxd4 51.exd4 b5 52.d5!. The remaining moves were reconstructed afterwards and may not be 100% precise, although the final position is accurate. At the end of the game, I had four seconds left on my clock.
Round Three: Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation
Paulo Santanna (USCF 2028) - Jim West (USCF 2202), Mount Arlington NJ 6/30/2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.Nf3 Bb4+ 5.Nbd2 Nc6 6.a3 Nxd2 7.Bxd2 Bxd2+ 8.Qxd2 Qe7 9.Qc3 O-O 10.e3 Re8 11.Be2 Nxe5 12.O-O d6 13.Rac1 Bg4
14.Nd4 Bxe2 15.Nxe2 a5 16.Rfd1 Nd7 17.Nf4 a4 18.Nd5 Qd8 19.Rd4 c6 20.Nf4 Nc5 21.Rcd1 Qe7 22.Nh5 Qg5 23.Ng3 Rad8 24.Rxd6 Rxd6 25.Rxd6 h5
26.Qc2 g6 27.h3 h4 28.Nf1 Qe5 29.Rd4 g5 30.Nh2 Ne6 31.Rd7 Nc5 32.Ng4 Qe6 33.Rd4 Kg7 34.Qd1 Ne4 35.Qd3 Re7
36.Rxe4 Qxe4 37.Qc3+ f6 38.Qxf6+ Kg8 39.Qxg5+ Kf8 40.Qh6+ Rg7 41.Qf6+ Kg8 42.Qd8+ Kf7 43.Qf6+ Kg8 44.Qxh4 Qb1+ 45.Kh2 Qxb2
46.Nh6+ Kh7 47.Nf5+ Kg8 48.Qd8+ Kh7 49.Nxg7 Kxg7
50.Qe7+ Kg6 51.f4 b5 52.Qe6+ Kg7 53.Qxc6 bxc4 54.Qxa4 c3 55.Qd4+ Kf7 56.e4 Qd2 57.Qc4+ Ke7 58.e5 c2 59.Qc5+ Kd8 60.Qf8+ Kc7 61.Qe7+ Kc6 62.Qe6+ Kc5 63.Qc8+ Kb5 64.Qb7+ Ka4 65.Qa7+ Kb3 66.Qb6+ Ka2
67.e6 Qxf4+ 68.g3 Qd2+ 69.Kh1 c1=Q+ 70.Qg1 Qxg1+ 71.Kxg1 Qe1+ 72.Kg2 Qxe6 73.g4 Kxa3 74.Kg3 Kb4 75.h4 Kc4 76.g5 Kd4 77.h5 Ke4 78.g6 Qf5 79.Kh4 Qf4+ 80.Kh3 Qh6 81.Kg4 Ke5 82.Kh4 Kf4 83.Kh3 Qxh5+, White resigns.