In Thursday nights game, I lost my patience and then lost the game. Sure, I could chalk it up to cranked up heater in that room, or that when I went to take a break the line an Panera Bread was a solid 10 minute wait, so that I came back to the board and moved fast and blundered. But my style of rushing an attack is the biggest culprit.
I’ll post that game later, probably tomorrow night. For now, I’ll leave a link to this blitz game on FICS where my goal was to demonstrate patience, particularly in the opening.
Rooks for Queen Inspired by the RollingPawns game. 😉
Thursday’s game was strange. I forced myself to eat something before the game, but right around where I blundered I felt tired, hot, and that it would be good to take a break, as I had been making my moves quickly. Well, I never took that break because the concession line was too long, and blundered instead.
When do I ever move quickly, confidently, and then need to stop because I can’t think anymore? It didn’t make any sense to me, how did I win all of those games if I can’t concentrate during a game anymore? Was I always doing this? I thought and remember how work before a game made me really tired but I wasn’t that way.
Well, even today I didn’t eat until 7pm, had one piece of string cheese, then had “lunch” at 9pm, and not that hungry. I realized that it’s this sore in my gum, and swollen lymph node in my neck. It’s like the flu how you feel okay until you try and exert yourself strenuously, and then it kicks in a bit. Likewise, I feel much better at this moment, but earlier today was thinking I would not play this week, so I’m still not sure yet, but I don’t want to push it.
Chesswise, 16.Bxa7? was a blunder, obvious to me right after the game, but even my intuition kept screaming that 18.Be3 was the move, and that 18.h3?? was wrong, but I could not concentrate/focus well, as the calculation that I normally thrive in and enjoy was now leaving me feeling physically toasted.