My first game of the recent 4NCL weekend was more notable for the trouble I had getting to it than the game itself. Because of a major accident on the M1, traffic was slow, and because of another problem on the M40, there was no obvious alternative route. I arrived over an hour late for the game, but as there were many players in the same position, the 4NCL organisers had by then taken the decision to ignore the usual default time (one hour). This meant that as long as you arrived with some time on the clock, you were allowed to play. The thirty second increments after each move were a definite help as no-one was left with an impossible number of moves to make in the time available.
My game started well enough, with me gaining a typical advantage as White in the Budapest Gambit. Unfortunately, I then rashly decided to opt for a murky queen sacrifice, and my opponent played rather better in the resulting complications. I lost on time three moves before the time control, although my position was in any case completely lost.
I give the game below with some notes.