After my last rather disappointing showing (and I'm sure people will tell me that we ALL have games like that), I needed to try to jump back on the horse and try again. So, let's recall my goals:
1. Focus as much as possible. Feel that I am playing up to the absolute best of my abilities.
2. Do NOT give the opponent an easy win. Make him work for it.
I DID THAT!! And BOY did I do that!!
It's always nice when you have an opponent who is pleasant. Barnstorm was a most gracious and pleasant opponent.
Let's remember. I'm a beginner who has played MAYBE nine and a half months. I joined in October 2011, played one game, got destroyed, and didn't come back until March 2012. That is when I REALLY tried to start learning. There are things I miss here. Tactics were missed and had I seen them, I would have won. I also had a "brain workout". I was TIRED towards the end of this. It was mentally exhausting for me and I'll have to work on endurance along with openings, tactics, middle game, blunder checking, end game.... the list is endless, isn't it??? We're all probably perpetual students.
With that in mind, my game.