This is an especially painful loss for me.
I wasn't feeling well at ALL - physically I was fine. But I've had a very difficult time emotionally this week and I suppose one could say my heart wasn't in it. I really did try my best but I NEVER EVER felt like I was focused and, of course, I made a fatal blunder (don't I always?)
1. Focus as much as possible. Feel that I'm doing my best given my skill level.
2. Do NOT give the opponent an easy win. Make him fight for it.
Well, I don't think I fulfilled either goal this time, sadly. I suppose this happens to everyone. I'm inexperienced and just don't know how to do some things. I tried to follow all the opening principles and my opponent did NOT - I wanted so badly to find a way to punish that - but I couldn't. I don't know how yet. ***sigh****
It's going to be a bit simpler this time. I'm still getting over my rough week but if I want to improve, I DO still have to try to learn from every game, even when it hurts. So, here we go. ******sigh again*********
(Only Cris Angel gets such nice opponents who try to help!! I do consider myself lucky that the opponent was very nice and even kindly showed me where I went wrong because at the time, I had no idea what I had missed.)