I’ve played Gene (Kevin) many times on Thursdays, and he was once rated as high as 1727. He figured out how to play his queen attack quite brilliantly, if you consider how ill-conceived it was positionally to begin with.
I did not solve in this game the link between tactics and positional play, but it was a great learning game!
Studying this game is mostly about positional play and when to transition to which ending, although we never got there because he missed the simple 22…Bg6 and instead played 22…Qxd??
Afterward, Alex was glad I played and won, but chided me for missing both 21.Qc4! (instead of Qd2?!), and also missing 22.Rxg7+!, both of which he found nearly instantly. In my defense, I was down to 15 minutes on the clock and was more concerned about not throwing the game away, but that desire lead me ever closer to throwing away a once substantial advantage.
My real problem is that I spend too much time, particularly very early in the game, looking for forced wins instead of strong positional ideas (like a 1.d4 player would). For example, 18.Bf3-d1, then Bc2. I think just takes is fine, but I could have played a more positional, less hope-chessy type of game. Those are the skills that I would like to build. 😉