Last game in Cali for this year

Round 2

I’m not going to make a long blog post about this game, as it will appear as a silly loss anyway.

15…Nd5??  My instinct was to play the correct 15..f6, but I saw ghosts in that line, and upon a second look at the game instantly noticed the …Nd4 resource to take away a lot of threats after 15…f6, 16.Nh5 Nd4, but that wasn’t the biggest takeaway.  My analysis methodology was off, i wasn’t applying “process of elimination” correctly.  In a tired moment I played this blunder, and noticed it as soon as I planted the piece.  I don’t do a blundercheck of holding the piece on the square for a few seconds, to make sure it isn’t really a blunder, as Isaac Martinez once used to do (he made Expert, then quit chess for music).  I consider that bad form.

I thought about resigning, but Paul took five minutes to show up at the board, then five minutes playing 16.e4, which struck me as rather odd, and so I decided to play on.  Paul prances around quickly while the position is even, then slows to a crawl once he is winning.  I was surprised at one point that he had gotten down to 17 minutes, much of his time spent after my blunder.  In fact, after 16…f6, he was going to play 17.Qc1 to torture me on the clock some more, seemingly.  I guess once he is an hour up on the clock, if not already winning by then, then he can allow himself to play for a win with a massive time-advantage.

Anyway, 25…Qd2?? I missed 25…Rd4 in time-pressure, though it was still a lost position here.

I did spend some time looking at the game and opening with an engine, but it’s not really pertinent to what happened in the game.

One of the real tests of analysis comes when defending rather than attacking.  Attacking is usually more pattern-recognition.  Defending tests one’s methodology more, when remembering and choosing between lines.

Ironically, before this game I would get to sleep by midnight, and got tired during the game, and afterward I am back to getting to sleep later and waking up later.  Some players such as Paul seem to have boundless energy even at 1am.  The thing I like least about Tuesdays is the late start time, as I don’t believe I would have played so poorly during the day.  Even if life was only about chess, the late start time would still make it difficult for a player to alternate between early morning weekend events, and late night weekday events.

I’ve seen Paul play one weekend event that I can recall over the seven years I have played in CO.  He appeared out of it, his results were off, lost many rating points.  His analysis was just as sharp as ever, but he appeared to have trouble holding his thoughts together, which is exactly what has happened to me many times on Tuesdays nights, in long games.

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2 thoughts on “Last game in Cali for this year

  1. Looking at the game you can feel it that you are not in a good shape and not sure what to do.
    It is a familiar to me situation where you can’t find a good strategy and do not see good moves.

  2. I only saw the strategies that I played, you are right.

    When he played Qc1, he took a long time on that move, and I had already been considering that I had missed this move before he had made it. He spends time on a move only when he has to, particularly on defensive moves.

    We blitzed out the first few moves, and he kept trying to leave the table after each move, and I was ready to play …d5 right away, but then he left the table and so I spent at least 12 minutes on it. Also, if someone had been spectating, I would have moved quickly as well. Beware of experienced players who like to leave the table a lot, as a rule it means they want to get you into time-pressure, and it gives their opponents a sense that they are confident and somehow know what they are doing.

    Later, when one is in time-pressure, then this person who never has time to sit down at the board suddenly has all the time in the world to work out how they are winning, and the spectators love to see you make fast moves in time-pressure, in fact your time-pressure is a big draw for spectators, and when I am on board one I get more people coming to the board as well, nearly always toward the end of the game.

    I was doing some work this week, and not as focused on chess, and not staying up so late.

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