I played Ken for the second time, this time as Black. The opening to this game started out as a K.I.D. vs a London System. I don’t believe that I have ever played this opening online before, perhaps once back when I was a Class D player and had no clue anyway. Anyway, it just seemed like the right thing to do since I don’t face …Bf4 often, and the ..d5 stuff always seems to be a boring struggle for Black.
Playing this opening, I am so glad that I did. It showed me that I am not analyzing deep enough. I saw Crafty’s tries for Black that have big advantages, but I didn’t evaluate deep enough or came to incorrect conclusions. This is where I need to improve, analyzing deeper before coming to an evaluation. It is tough at G/90 because one ends up looking at lots of moves before even considering any one move, and then you wonder if you are just imagining it and usually Crafty shows that I wasn’t. So, lots of good stuff analysis going on behind the scenes. Naturally, I played the more passive moves as I did not analyze the more active moves correctly and had to look them off.
I did get into time-trouble and had 2 1/2 minutes at the end of the game. The only thing I can say to make that not seem too bad is that I looked over Mark and Alex’s game (the guy who beat me on time last night) and Mark had 13 seconds left with a queen and bishop to Alex’s bare king. Mark put his bishop in a corner, Alex ran his king into the other corner and just like last night exclaimed something – “Stalemate!” though not quite as loud this time. hehe. Just shoot me now. Yet he can at least say that unlike my game he responsibly garnered the half-point. hehe. What was the first thing we talked about after the game, you got it, openings! Actually, in that game Alex sacked a piece for 3 pawns just to be creative, but it was bad (yes, it sure did look like a human wave of a pawn chain) bishop, queen and 2 pawns vs. queen and 5 pawns – I told him he needed another piece to be able to do that.
What was interesting about their game was that they played the exact same opening! KID vs. London System, except in their game instead of White playing exd, Alex as White played cxd and it was a much more solid looking game than the enterprising, hair-rasing game that I had with Kenneth.
I was definitely thinking about that saying “the only thing exciting about a soccer match is the score.” to myself as if it were a mantra. I did not want to lose after last night, nor do something pathetic at the end, and that worked out for me. Ideally, I would try to analyze deeper at 40/2, G/1, but at this time-control one has to make due with the realities of it.
It’s easy to write it off, “Monday morning quaterback” style and say “rookie mistake” dropping an exchange and a fork, but the openings from these games against lower Class players can provide great material for analysis and a self-improvement check.
This weekend I am going to play at Manitou 2 days, 4 rounds. Time-controls are 40/2, followed by G/1. I would have preferred the tournament be last weekend, but it is always that way, next big, normal tournament like that isn’t until March. I signed up for the ‘Open’ section. There is also an U1400, and an U1800 section, so this is practically a once in a lifetime opportunity for me to play up, not be in one giant Swiss-style section or with faster time-controls.