From 1793 to 1820, then back to 1788 all in the same month is a real disappointment. Even though I shouldn’t be playing for rating points, it shows how performance based that my rating is.
First game of the week, I play well. Second game of the week (the next day), I meander, miss simple winning shots, make simple game-losing blunders, clearly not the same player. On Sunday through Wednesday nights, I got only a few hours of sleep for each of those nights, and by Wednesday it clearly shows.
On Wednesday, I stayed an extra hour for the shift bid and got a terrible shift. Swing Shift 3:30 pm – Midnight with Sunday and Mondays off. So I will have one more week of days, then two weeks of some other mid-day transition shift for two weeks, and then will go to that permanent swing-shift above which will last for 6-8 months (but in reality usually lasts over a year).
Next month, there won’t be a first round on Wednesdays, and I may only be able to play in the first round on Tuesdays, and then that’s it, rather depressing. The good news is that I will be playing the Pikes Peak Open this weekend, a five-rounder with first two games at G/90, d/5, and then G/90 Increment 30 after that. Don’t know what I am going to do about my job, might quit it – I had a gnawing in my stomach this morning at work just thinking about it. Besides missing chess, I don’t like the third shift, and didn’t even get an easy supervisor, just the worst shift, done it before and the new position is what I was doing before, just on the contract side versus prepay phone service, so the responsibilities would be even greater for same pay.
On the physical side, I am impressed that I focus as well as I do during my chess games, as I have not jogged since my achilles heel popped six weeks ago. Last Sunday I wrenched my knee on same leg and it has popped out of place many times since then. Knee will probably be fine in another week or two. I might be able to jog in another two weeks, but it’s going to be up to my achilles heel, will see how that goes; It’s been healing slowly and well, but it’s an injury with a slow recovery time, usually 4 to 12 months for people who break theirs – mine is okay, it just feels sprained, tight.
As for the games, on move twenty-nine of Wednesday’s game, everyone but me saw that I had 29…Ne2+ winning the exchange. Funny thing is that I was going to play it and then said to myself “Can’t he just take it, what was I thinking?”, and then analyzed other stuff, and then finally moved my queen just to support the …Ne2+ move, which then of course never happened. I need to study tactics again, and get more sleep, and manage my time better, but it’s mostly a case of the first two.