….are what wins chess games.
On Tuesday’s game, I sensed that 25.fxe6 was winning, but in time-pressure played another move 25.BxNd7 because I could not calculate the winning move (the f-file pressure is decisive in many lines, and not just on this move).
Then on move 27.fxe6? I correctly sensed that 27.h4 was winning, and was going to play it, but then backed out at the last second while evaluating 27…exf, 28.hxg5 fxg4, and played something even worse instead. At the end, I could not find a move that works and played 28.Be5? while my flag had fallen, when 28.Bf2 is the move, found by Stockfish.
This game was an important lesson on trusting one’s instincts. When I could combine instincts with analysis, I was fine, but when it came to trusting my instincts alone, I chose not to and paid the consequences.
On Thursday’s game, on move 18 I moved the wrong knight to e4, then paid for it when it came to 21…exd5!, which was a surprise for me. Perhaps the best thing I did in this game was to trust in my instincts and not flag, as my time-pressure was just as bad as in Tuesday’s game with the exception of how I handled it better, and capitalized on the opportunity that would not have presented itself had I not hung tough, avoiding the flag.