For this series, I will be analyzing some of my own upsets, from what seemed to be simple wins transformed into draws or even defeats after a series of especially spectacular blunders. Perhaps after you have seen these you will inevitably question what in the world was I doing in my training, and hopefully you will not repeat the same mistakes as I did!
|Or else the Darwin Award awaits you|
Today we will go through three of my games from recently concluded rapid tournaments. The first is a quiet English game where my opponent blundered an exchange just after the opening, only for me to return the favour a few moves later:
Seems it is time to add to the old adage “loose pieces drop off” with the words “trapped pieces get crushed” :(
That was a display of tactical inadequacy, but how about other areas? Well, the next game is an example of what happens when you don’t revise your endgame basics:
The game in its entirety was an interesting struggle, given the numerous strategic errors that both sides committed. But alas, the loser is the one who blunders last, and the misgivings of 25… g6 are a reminder of how seemingly complex endgames can be decomposed into simpler patterns… if your endgame foundation is solid enough!
I have saved the best for the last. In contrast to many players my age, I feel more at home defending as compared to attacking. That feeling when you achieve strong counterplay against a determined attack is something that cannot be described in mere words. Unless you botch up your own defense together with your opponent…
Maybe I should go back and relearn from my previous self, who so exhaustively penned an entire series on the Greek Gift sacrifice!
At this point you may say: “But these are rapid games, anything can happen!” Yes that is true, so when it comes to standard or correspondence games I won’t make such epic screw-ups, right?
Well, we shall see what happens with these more “perfect” games in Part 2…
To be continued…
Part 1: http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.com/2017/05/diary-of-chess-patzer-part-1.html
Part 2: http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.com/2017/06/diary-of-chess-patzer-part-2.html
Part 3: http://nushsblackknights.blogspot.com/2017/06/diary-of-chess-patzer-part-3.html