I played one of the most active players in the USCF, who has played 2,356 rated games, scoring exactly 50% with 1073 wins, 1073 losses, and only 210 draws. My opponent intermittently streaks to his peak rating in the 1900s but spends most of his time near his floor in the low 1700s.
I was 0-3 against this player in games from 3-4 years ago in which I attained a clear if not winning advantage, but fell for some trick or swindle while being annoyed by various off-the-board tactics. This player engages in "total war" during his games-- i.e., by "adjusting" the pieces during an opponent's long think or, while the opponent is away, extending his legs under the opponent's chair and not moving them when the opponent returns. Anyway, this game was my long overdue revenge.
"During a chess competition a chessmaster should be a combination of a beast of prey and a monk."
My notorious swindler of an opponent simply missed 12...Na5 and 15...d4, each of which wins a whole piece.
This is the game i lost last night to a player of equal rating. I knew he played Slav-- I didn't feel like playing an Exchange Slav since I've hardly studied it and it can be boring. So I returned to 1.e4 for this particular game.
My opponent finally got his revenge and couldn't help gloating since I had scored 3.5 / 4 in our previous games that were not closely contested. I will probably get around to annotating this game sooner or later; for now I will publish the score as a way of holding myself accountable.
I now have 3.5 / 5 in the club championship which means that my chances of winning the tournament are very slight. The tournament has about 45 players including 6 experts.
My Results After 5 Rounds