So I finally decided to skip Wednesdays for this month. I was tired and it’s really too much to keep up that back to back schedule, particularly with a four round tournament coming up this weekend – the Tri-Lakes Open.
In Round 1 on Thursday’s game, I was paired against Gene, who hadn’t been playing much in the last few months – once he was even rated 1700.
I missed a lot tactically in this game. For example, I should have played the simpler 13.Bxh7+ winning a pawn, since I will then pick up his knight on e7. I completely missed that Black can nearly equalize with 14…Qxg2+,15. KxQ Nf4+, 16.Kh1 NxQh5. This is where simple tactics, pattern-recognitions, are crucial.