For the purposes of learning, this was a game where I got quite a bit of guidance. I started off on my own and my opponent made some dodgy moves on purpose but it happened to have a good opportunity to "pawn storm". I've lost from someone paw... | Read More
Swiss 13, round 6
This has not been a very good swiss. I really hadn't shown to any of my games and lost them quite quickly. I had been assigned opponents that were far stronger than I am and it was a bit discouraging. I tried to put up a ... | Read More
Well... this was a disaster. No two ways about it. Disaster start to finish despite the prep.
Recall my goals:
1. Try my best, feel like I'm focusing. Nope. We didn't really get far enough but considering the mistakes I made, I say BBB... | Read More
Oh my gosh. Really? I must confess. My opponent CLEARLY did his homework. I did too. I looked up my opponent's old games and saw he often plays the Ruy as white. OH BOY. I saw he actually plays both the exhange variation and the non... | Read More
That's what the real Criss Angel often says... "Are you ready?"
Well, the answer was, "YES!" I did my homework. I practiced the Ruy over and over. I studied games of my opponent. I tried everything within my skills and within my power.... | Read More
One afternoon when I had a little bit of free time, I was watching some games in live. I came across a game played by Abhishek2 and WhirledPeas. Abhishek is known to me from the DHLC and he's quite good so I enjoyed watching. He played well ... | Read More
Okay, so for the first round in a Swiss, I'm paried naturally with someone a lot stronger than me. I'm not expected to do too much and I'm certainly not expected to win -- I just want to do my best. My opponent is almost 500 points or so higher ... | Read More
I was not looking forward to this game. I have a bit of a mental block with this opponent. In fact, the last time we were paired, he pulled a Sicilian on me and I lost in nine moves after getting my bishop trapped. That burned pretty bad. ... | Read More
Okay -- so we had three things in our favor:
1. Gunners is playing blindfolded.
2. It is both Yvan AND I... hopefully we can keep each other from screwing up.
3. Gunners gave us QUEEN odds...
Actually, it wound up being pre... | Read More
So, with my lousy rating (out of 57 players in this Slow Swiss, I'm #57 -- cripes), in a first round, I'm paired with someone much stronger. There are no expectations that I will win -- in fact, that's supremely unrealistic to think.
So if y... | Read More