Oh, and for the record, I did not mean to accuse you of anything by the thought that it MIGHT have been a deliberate tactic. I know some here on CC frown on it HEAVILY. I'm not one of those. I don't favor it, and am not likely to use it myself (more due to impatience), but it is coded into the game, and therefore a legal and appropriate tactic, IMO.
Regardless, GGs! Heck, down to a shot at the title (I won't brag and call it an even shot, just a shot) is by far my best tournament result yet.