But I feel bad about it since I really beat myself in the game I lost (You know it’s bad when you could have beat yourself. hehe). I lost 2 tempos against a 1900 players with a solid style. If I had played the move I was going to play I would have had those tempos, but instead messed up by making a “safe-looking” move, first. I should not have been intimidated, drats.
Against the 1954 player, I was lost because of his brilliant combo, but he decided not to exchange queens, and then I clawed out a win with the better late-middlegame/endgame technique.
Last game was against a guy, about 1526 (don’t know if that’s current, or if it is lower now). He lost the exchange, just missed seeing it, but he was at least fine if not better, and he resigned immediately, very, very early in the game, and then left.
My pre-tournament, current rating was about 1674, so I should be over 1700 now, but got very lucky in that first game. I even spent half an hour looking at a combo before I came to the conclusion that it wouldn’t work. Could have just as easily lost rating points, so I am sort of frustrated by my mistake, a tired mistake really, but objectively it turned out quite well.
Next time I play that guy I lost to, I am going to be so gunning for him it will be ridiculous. I should have lost to the guy I won against, and I really want to beat this guy I lost to. I’ve played him twice before, and he always goes for that tiny winning advantage that I stupidly hand over to him. It’s starting to piss me off. hahaha.
Mar28, Round1 – The game I won. Now I realize how awful we both played it. Ra2, instead of Rb1, would have given me a slight advantage (instead of a big one for him).
I am White:
It takes me a long time to recreate these games, as I think I left my scorepad there, and my handwriting is so bad that I keep them all in short-term memory, and then play them out on a board in order to recreate it.
Round 2, I am Black
I played this game like the tired scaredy-pants that I was. I was amazed at how much of my analyses was correct, and when it wasn’t it was because I was “taking his word for it”, that he played the right move. Shoot, he was right, I should have won the exchange (and the game). I did see the back-rank threat on the next move. Jeez, he missed all sorts of stuff and I was false defensive/afraid of my opponent.
The scary realization I’m shockingly coming to, is that I’m the one some of these players should be afraid to play, but didn’t realize it myself until just now. You could see it in the round 1 game how passive I started out, like a lamb waiting for the slaughter. hehe.
Round 3, I am White:
Like I told him after the game, he should have played …Re8 with the …e5 push, and that I should have played Ne2 instead of Nf3 earlier, was playing over-aggressive instead. My opponent looked like he could barely keep his eyes open and had just turned his completely winning ending into a draw during the previous round, so I guess he was completely gassed. He actually beat me last time we played when I was gassed and blundered a rook to him. I was no where near that tired and easily won some blitz games afterward to someone else, and analyzed with some other players, etc.