Wow, I really cracked this time.
First game, I was playing a 1550 girl, really sweet, she told me after the game that she was amenable to a draw, and really I had nothing, but played on because I didn’t want the draw, and she didn’t defend best and took a poisoned pawn instead late in the game, so I got my attack in on her kingside and won.
Second game, you don’t want to know, you are not going to believe it. I played a Master as Black in the French and told myself he’s obviously going for the cheapo king-side attack, which he acknowledged – after the game we analyzed and it was given and take, we both had useful suggestions/analysis. I castled kingside, okay you really aren’t going to believe this, and immediately said to myself “Oh, shoot, we’ve been over this a hundred times, Bxh7+.” I still had one chance after that but tried to play the move too late. I lost to a knight fork (I was going to play Qg4 instead of Qh3, but forgot about the fork), but it was lost, another one where I saw it as soon as I made my move. I resigned before he could play the fork, but he was moving his knight there, hand in mid-air. He was talking minutes to make his first couple moves and I became impatient. See, first round when I do well, I don’t get impatient. In fact, I was so patient that I made my last 25 moves in like 15 minutes, had about a minute left in first time-control when I checkmated her king.
Third game was against a 1602 player, as White. I was winning, but it felt like 90 degrees in there (They have these huge hot-air blowers somewhere, I could feel the wind from them, but I look around and it seems like I am the only one affected as other people are wearing more clothes than me) and I got hot-tempered and no longer wanted to win but win as big as I could. I made some blunders and by the end couldn’t even focus anymore, the heat had gotten to me, but OTW would have felt great. I knew if I played Bd2 and Qh3, calm moves, I could easily win, but tried for too much, so it ended up as a draw. He offered the draw, up a pawn, and I graciously accepted.
The best part was I got to check out Manitou Springs for a couple hours after round 2 debacle; I felt like Polly, having the perfect excuse to check out the whole town. Beautiful town, gorgeous, best strip I’ve been on for that sort of thing, there is even a mardi-gras like avenue, lots of side-avenues to check out and shops, biker bar and other bars, etc. I also got to talk to the guy who plays chess in Colorado and shares my last name. Wow, I think we even look related, super-cool guy.
This is such a bizarre result, it makes me feel that I have lost “it”. Even when I thought I was playing okay, I wasn’t so much. I forgot how different that OTB chess is. Just because my FICS rating is about the same, doesn’t mean that I am doing any, or expected to so much, deep analysis during those games.
Wow, I can’t believe how many tactics there were to look at with the early Nxd7. I saw some of them but not just missed a lot, there was a lot to analyze for that one move, you could spend the better part of an hour just on that one move OTB, I would imagine, if you wanted to get it right, and weren’t analyzing quickly (round 3 game).
Went through game 2. If I had played the saving move Ne5 early, I would have actually got a winning game, but the tactical analysis is just about the craziest I’ve seen. He said after the game “Sometimes it’s hard to know when Bxh7+ works and when it doesn’t. In all honesty, I couldn’t see the refutation at first, but realized I probably wouldn’t hang on as well as he in the complexities either.
The third game is another wow. …Bxb did work, and it did seem right, but it takes a tactically energetic refutation of White’s gambit there.