Wow. So I was pleased with winning the Southwest Virginia Scholastic Championship open section this past Saturday. I was 1477 rated with a couple other 1400s and a 1500 and several 1000-1300 rated players. I had won the open section of the last scholastic tournament in Roanoke, beating the 1500.
First let me say that before the previous tournament, I had been studying tactical drills (the other blog entries on the book I was studying was a result of that). I felt good about going into that tournament.
Also let me say that my wife and I recently bought a home, spent the entire Spring Break moving, and then have been getting settled in. So I have not been studying...only play a few Internet blitz and bullet games here.
Nevertheless, the last game I played turned out to be quite a disappointment for me. I won, but the way I won was not flattering. (I will come back and put the game in here once I get time at home.) I had what I thought was a formidable position against my 1300s rated opponent. Even though it did not develop as I hoped, I was confident that when I got home and put the game in Fritz, it would shown me the tactical punch I was overlooking. It didn't and, in fact, indicated that I never had more than just about a pawn advantage until my opponent blundered later. As I sat in the game, for about 6 to 8 moves, I was sure there was a sacrificial tactical pattern that led either to mate or an unrelenting position he would cave to. Nothing. There was never anything. It all looked good with no bite.
According to Fritz, my opponent eventually had -7 (he was playing black) if he just chose to en passant. He didn't and his evaluation dropped to +1, then to +5, etc.
Sigh. I will put the game in ASAP.
Here is the game: